Here are five reasons to visit the Granite State in April, including several ways to get outside and enjoy the return of spring in New Hampshire!
1. Discovering silver in New Hampshire waters
April 1st is opening day of salmon season on the state’s designated salmon and lake trout waters. Though ice is not always gone from the lakes this time of year, anglers weary of the long winter seek open water from Winnipesaukee to Winnisquam, from Sunapee and Nubanusit to Squam and Ossipee, in search of the fast, bright silver, hard-fighting fish. Live bait (smelt and shiners) on light line is best for this kind of early season fishing and getting outside on opening day in New Hampshire is a long tradition. More info: NH Fish & Game press
2. Art on the Cutting Edge
The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester is hosting “Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor” (through May 5th). What is most captivating about this display is the way the armor, blades and accoutrements of this warrior culture take on a surreal, spiritual quality. How this was achieved without modern tools is a wonder. The samurai were not only warriors, but were considered artists and intellectuals. How this comes through in the fine craft of their tools of conflict is truly spellbinding.
3. April Foolishness
New Hampshire is home to some excellent performing arts venues and April in the Granite State is proving to be filled with mirth. Brian Regan’s irreverent comedy comes to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, April 4. Saturday, April 6 at the historic Portsmouth Music Hall, it’s Second City: The Laughing Matters. Comedy Night at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry is somewhat of a regular event and there’s always a great line up. April 13 features PJ Thibodeau, Jimmy “PJ” Walsh and Joe Espi. Also the night of April 13th, the Amazing Kreskin plays the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth. Kreskin still says he’ll pay $1,000,000 to anyone that can prove he uses assistants to produce his mentalist feats. All of the aforementioned venues are a delight to visit, are in buildings of historical significance, have a wonderful, organic “vibe” and have incredible schedules of performances. Keep them on your radar!
4. April Green
While you may associate March with green for St. Patrick’s Day, April is a great month for green in New Hampshire. Several excellent winter farmers’ markets continue into the month and there’s now no shortage of greenhouse grown local goodies. After a long winter, a salad with fresh spinach or greens, or locally raised, hormone-free meats is a delightful way to welcome the longer days. In Concord, Cole Gardens hosts a long running market, featuring dozens of vendors: their last two markets of the winter season are on April 6 and 13, from 10am-2pm. Lake Street Garden Center in Salem hosts the Salem Winter Farmer’s Market, Sundays 10-2, through May 19th. For local meats, also check out J & F Farms in Derry, on Route 102, just west of Beaver Lake. Their farm raised beef and pork is fantastic and this is definitely a place to return to in season, as their veggies are hard to beat.
5. Getting Wild
If there was ever a great event to bring the kids to… Discover Wild New Hampshire Day would be it. Held at NH Fish & Game headquarters in Concord, April 20 from 10 to 3, there are lots of activities and exhibits from wildlife, outdoor and environmental groups. Kids can see live animals, enormous hatchery fish and trained falcons and hawks. They can cast a line, shoot a bow, do crafts, tie flies or build bat houses. For adults, there are displays and presentations on recycling, environmental protection and saving energy… even energy efficient vehicles. It’s a good idea to arrive early because there’s always a lot of ground to cover at this annual Earth Day event.