Nexus: This Weekend’s Music and Arts Festival in Downtown Lebanon.
Thank you, Lebanon Opera House
“After 17 long months, LOH’s ‘COVID intermission’ has come to an end,” and “it’s showtime!” So says Joe Clifford, Executive Director of Lebanon Opera House, as he and his team prepare to bring Nexus, a three-day arts and music extravaganza, to downtown Lebanon NH this weekend (August 13-15).
On Friday, August 13, you’ll find Katie Runde (click here) creating her 3-D chalk art work on the pedestrian mall (raindate: Saturday) from 12:00 to 8:00 pm. Revels North will lead a procession through the newly opened, much-lauded Rail Trail Tunnel before its choral performance in Colburn Park. They will be followed by a concert on the Main Stage behind City Hall with Boston’s Twisted Pine and their “Americana funk.” There’s a late night pub sing under the tent at Salt hill.
And that’s only part of Day #1! By my count, the weekend features more than 30 concerts, exhibitions, puppet shows, circus performances, dance studio visits, a cappella barbershop harmonies, and my favorite, Acrobuffos, two clowns from New York City who plan to engage in not one, but two epic water balloon fights in Colburn Park. Maybe bring a poncho.
All events are free. Food trucks and local restaurants will take care of your hunger for a price. (“Reckless Breakfast” in Colburn Park on Saturday is a bluegrass musical performance, not a meal.) Undoubtedly, I have left out infinitely more than I’ve included here, because there is so damn much good stuff. Click here for a complete listing, and read the rules and regs and parking possibilities before you go. If you can, consider a donation to Lebanon Opera House, tax-deductible and matched up to the amount of $150,000 via a grant from the always generous Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.
(Photos by permission of Lebanon Opera House)
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