Keene First Friday Art Hop

Once a month, Keene First Friday Art Hop will turn our Main Street sidewalks and other public spaces into a celebration of art and culture. Enjoy indoor and outdoor cultural offerings and family activities.

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Join us for the next First Friday Art Hop on December 7th from 5pm-9pm.

DECEMBER THEMES: Shift Your Shopping and Winter Squash (Harvest of the Month)

Special Events:

Shift Your Shopping Stocking Stuffer Party: Inspiration to Shift Your Shopping and stuff your stockings with delightful goodies from locally owned businesses. Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress Street. Event runs 4 – 7pm.


Myles Bullen + Jesse the Tree & Alyssa Marie Live at the Hive: 25 Roxbury Street, 8 – 11 pm ($8 cover)

Cherish the Ladies, A Celtic Christmas: Colonial Theatre, 95 Main Street (Tickets start at $23).


“Carry It In” Photo Pop UP Keene: 37 Roxbury Street (side entrance to the Green Energy Options). Open 5 – 9 pm.  Presented by the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, VT.

Tyler Rogers – Beyond The Wall Of Sleep: Featured Artists at Prime Roast Coffee Co, 16 Main Street, Open until 9 pm.

WakaDoodles Open Studio: 12 Norway Avenue (NEW LOCATION!)


Social Hour Fridays: Luca’s Mediterranean CafĂ© from 4 to 5:30 pm — the tapas menu and drink prices will be 20% off the regular menu price. Make Luca’s your gathering spot after work and to unwind after a wonderful week! Harvest of the Month Special: Butter Nut Squash Soup with Spiced Almonds and Gorgonzola.

Food & Drink: Harvest of the Month Specials (Winter Squash)

  • 21 Bar and Grill, 21 Roxbury Street
  • Fireworks Restaurant, 22 Main Street
  • Local Burger, 82 Main Street
  • Luca’s Mediterranean Cafe, 10 Central Square: Butternut Squash Soup with Spiced Almonds and Gorgonzola
  • Prime Roast Coffee Co, 16 Main Street, Open until 9 pm: Frosted Winter Squash Cake
  • Taqueria Odelay, 44 Main Street
  • Tillie’s Restaurant and Whisky Bar, 9 Court Street

Local Businesses

  • Big Ideas Warehouse, 12 Norway Street
  • Brewbakers Cafe, 97 Main Street, Open until 8 pm
  • Brewtopia, 40 Washington Street
  • Creative Encounters, 18 Main Street
  • Good Fortune, 110 Main Street
  • Green Energy Options, 37 Roxbury Street, Open until 6 pm
  • Hannah Grimes Marketplace, 42 Main Street, Open until 8 pm
  • Machina Arts, The Hive, 25 Roxbury Street
  • Miller Brothers Newton, 105 Main Street, Open until 8 pm
  • Moda Suo Studio, 7 Main Street, Suite #1
  • MOE momentum clothing, 8 Main Street, Open until 7 pm
  • Monadnock Food Co-op, 34 Cypress Street, Open until 9 pm
  • Monadnock Imaging, 64 Main Street, Open until 9 pm
  • Ted’s Shoe and Sport, 115 Main Street, Open until 9 pm
  • Terra Nova Cafe, 48 Emerald Street
  • The Colonial Theater, 95 Main Street
  • The Simple Nest, 12 Main Street, Open until 9 pm
  • The Toadstool Bookshop, 12 Emerald Street, Open until 9 pm
  • WakaDoodles, 12 Norway Avenue
  • Willow Tree Boutique, 21 West Street
  • Winchendon Furniture, 20 Main Street, Open until 7 pm
  • The Works Cafe, 120 Main Street, Open until 7pm

Businesses, Artists and Nonprofits:
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Peterborough First Friday

Every month, Downtown Peterborough will celebrate First Friday.  Stay tuned for the December 7th line-up including  open houses, art exhibits, sales, tastings and lots of refreshments.

The "Healthy Holiday Theme" for this month has opened doors for many businesses for the first time, which is very exciting.  Additionally, we are proud to highlight the 5 NEW BUSINESSES in town and 4 new Gallery exhibits!   Here is a sampling of the happenings, that you will not want to miss……..

1)  POP-UP Fair with International Artisans Coming to Cultural Cocoon and Mariposa Museum.  Come do some holiday shopping as raisins from all over the world offer their work for sale at Cultural Cocoon (at 32 Main Street ) and the Mariposa.  This pop-up fair will feature one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from around Asia, Africa and Latin America.

NEW EXHIBIT, at Mariposa Museum, And Still We Rise: Story Quilts Narrating 400 Years of the African American Experience.  View 10 beautifully handcrafted story quilts, created by members of the WOMEN OF COLOR QUILTERS NETWORK, that narrate the history of the African American Experience, capturing the stories of freedom's heroes.  Explore these events through the fiber artistry of women of color, the quilts bear witness to the perspectives that written history has often neglected.  This is a once in a life time exhibit not to be missed! 

ADDITIONAL SPACE FOR MARIPOSA MUSEUM with Art Sale and Wine & Cheese Reception ------ Located upstairs, 30 Main Street, above Cultural Cocoon.  See the new office space and meander through the fine art from the Mariposa's collection and donations from community members that will benefit the Mariposa Educational Programs.  Bid on the beautiful art while enjoying delightful munchies………..

2)  THREE OPENING ART EXHIBITS ----- Fry Fine Art, manager and curator, Mindy Taylor has two new presentations, Newest Exhibit, American Artist, Paul Bernard King (1867-1947), through March 2019.  Versatility, artistic maturity and mastery of technique and medium are all hallmarks of acclaimed American Artist Paul Bernard King, known for his seascapes, portraits, landscapes and rural scenes.  Also, showing the MINIS!! with 12 New Hampshire artists and featuring Gary Shepard in the Pelletier Studio.

Then The Gallery (third floor), Offices at Depot Square, The "6 Packs", featuring 6 Diverse and Dynamic Male New Hampshire Artists who have conquered the world and have brought that experience to their art and living in the Region.  Come and here the stories of Brian Cohen, Bob Marrone, Roger Goode, Michael Havey, Lee Dunholter and Kevin Whitfield……..
LIVE MUSIC will be featuring David Duhon, new addition to the Region's music scene.  David is a classically trained cellist who has over the past decade, become a jamming cellist.  You can often catch him playing at the Peterborough Farmer's Market or at Harlow's.  David's music includes Bach, the Dead, Celtic meanderings, Show Tunes…… Music should be fun!!!  Complimentary Refreshments available.

Last but not least is the long awaited reopening of LAUNCH F18 SPACE, on Grove Street, 2nd floor stairs above Nonies.  The exhibit features paintings and sculpture of Christine and Ed Monttau among others including our much beloved Tim Donavan!  One not to be missed!!!

3)  New Business------- Granite State Natural Medicine Dr. Ruth Galbraith, DEPOT SQUARE.  Specializing in:  Family Medicine, Hormone Balancing/Menopause, Thyroid Complaints, Digestive Health, Insomnia, Fatigue Dr. Galbraith has been serving the Keene community for nearly 11 years.  She has been the Gold Winner of the Best of Monadnock Reader’s Choice Award for Best Alternative Health Care Provider every year since 2014, and has recently expanded her practice to Peterborough.  You can find us in Depot Square on the second floor above Sharon Arts Store & Gallery, entry door facing Waterhouse Restaurant.  Come help us celebrate with delicious, healthy refreshments!   What do dark chocolate, red wine and tea have in common?  Oft-demonized, these foods are actually good for you…in moderation.  Come check out Granite State Natural Medicine's new Peterborough office on First Friday — the chocolate, tea and wine are on the house!

4)  New Business ---------  Shining Spiral Healing Arts has recently opened their doors at 45 Main Street building.  Master Reiki Practitioner, Jocelyn Brown, provides a soothing and gentle healing practice to support balance within our energy bodies aka chakras. When they are out of balance, physical and emotional illness can surface and effect the way we move through the world. Jocelyn channels light energy for better alignment within.  Sessions are usually $50 and I can offer $10 off for anyone who purchases a session on first Friday (gift certificates available).

5)  New Business ------  Chrysalis Community Health Center, 45 Main Street, Don't forget to take care of yourself during the holidays!  Join Chrysalis Community Health Center for a relaxing 30-minute acupuncture treatment.  Come enjoy some Tibetan Herbal Tea in a safe group setting and return home realized and rejuvenated.  Seats are limited, so please call ahead to reserve a spot (between 5pm and 7pm)….. 924-0804

6)  New Business ------ PETborough Boutique and Bakery, Depot Square, NOW OPEN!!!  Meet owner, Dara Forleo (also owns Dara's Paw Spaw for all your pet grooming needs).  This has been a dream of Dara's for some time……. Find all you pet needs along with items to pamper your beloved pet for the holidays!

7)  Open House with Health Professionals -------- Massage therapist Michelle Jarest, Phillip Malone along with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Tiffany Calcutt invite you to join them at the 3rd floor of the Guernsey Building, Main Street.  They will share some of their expertise while you play carnival-style games!  Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary services.  Tiffany will provide nourishing holiday recipes, tips for healthy holiday habits and ultrasound body composition assessments.  Michelle will discuss various benefits of massages, including craniosacral therapy, applied kinesiology, epigenetics, acupuncture and cupping.  While Phillip offers short sample sessions of structural bodywork, postural assessment and fascial technique.  While visiting, sign up to win a free 60-minute nutrition counseling season and two 60-minute massages.  Healthy Holidays was never so much fun……..

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