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Summer Music Under the Stars

Smyth Public Library will present the 7th annual Summer Concert Series on seven consecutive Wednesdays beginning July5th. The series is held at the Candia Pond Park gazebo, behind the library at 55 High Street, and will move to the CYAA field house if it rains. The concerts are free, with funding from the Friends of Smyth Library and the Friends of the Concert Series. The concerts run from 6:30-8pm. Bring a chair or blanket for the lawn, and a hat, as the view is toward the setting sun. Ice cream will be available. Call the library at 483-8245 for updates, or watch our Music page at

July 5th- Rick Goldin:A Hammer and A Book; Songs About Building and Reading. Rick Goldin’s “A Hammer and A Book” music and puppet program is an upbeat and entertaining family concert that fits in well with the 2017 library summer reading theme “Build a Better World”. It includes songs about books, reading, and libraries, as well as songs about carpenters, tools, lumber, construction vehicles and other building themes. It also features appearances by Rick’s singing animal puppets Henry the Horse, Quackleberry Duck and others. Rick’s children’s concerts feature singing and song-leading of original and familiar songs (with guitar accompaniment), movement songs, child-participation, and lots of silliness and fun for the whole family.

July 12th Nicole Murphy Murphy has come a long way in a short time. Though she played in her father’s Vermont-based band as a teenager before getting married and moving to New Hampshire, Knox Murphy had for years traveled back to the Green Mountain State to play with her father before family and work obligations took priority. Once she picked up the guitar again, however, all the passion of her youth came flooding back. Performing in public, soon she was strumming and singing with other like-minded individuals at Henderson’s Pickin’ Parlor in Candia.

July 19th Stan Jr.’s Super Legends Do you remember those good old days when we used to hang out together? Now you can relive those days with these fantastic flashbacks of Great Times, Great Friends, and Great Music! From the sounds of Las Vegas to Country Music, Easy Listening to Old Time Rock ‘n Roll, and a touch of Gospel, Stan Jr. has it all. As the front of a band, a solo entertainer, and a tribute artist, Stan Jr. is known as a dynamic personality and successful crossover act. He fills his performances with comedy, oldies, dance music, modern country, and specialty numbers on the harmonica and fiddle. In 2012, Stan was inducted into the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame. He continues to record original work plus music by a wide variety of artists in his own style.

July 26th Jeff Snow-Celtic Music  Jeff Snow is a talented multi-instrumentalist who plays the music and tells the stories behind the songs. He plays six and twelve string guitar, autoharp, Celtic Bouzouki & Bodhran.

Jeff also plays the drums and a variety of other percussion instruments. A skilled guitar player, Jeff was featured in the August 2006 issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is also a contributor to the magazine. Jeff has performed for audiences of all ages and in a variety of settings including concert halls, libraries, museums, churches, schools, and private homes. When not singing, playing, or teaching Jeff can often be found on his bicycle, a golf course, or a beach.

August 2nd To Be Announced

August 9th Judy Pancoast (Summer Reading Program finale) Celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with fun original songs about reading and books, and building a better world with Grammy nominee Judy Pancoast!  Visit Judy at and learn why she’s one of New England’s favorite children’s entertainers! During this performance, children who participated in the Summer Reading program will receive a free ice cream! Effervescent, eccentric, energetic….all of these words describe Judy Pancoast; a singer, songwriter and recording artist who radiates joy in her music.  She crafts clever songs with infectious melodies that delight the young and the young at heart, as evidenced by the 2011 Grammy Award nomination for Best Children’s Album for her one-of-a-kind CD, Weird Things Are Everywhere!

August 16th Bedford Big Band, a 20+ piece Big Band performing at events ranging from casual to black tie. From outdoor concerts to elegant dinner dances, fund raisers, weddings and anniversary parties — they do it all! Fun and stylish, truly everyone loves Swing and Big Band music! The band’s repertoire includes many of your favorite jazz and Big Band standards, Latin rhythms, waltzes, R&B, as well as some exciting contemporary arrangements that you’re sure to enjoy.

All seven performing groups are compensated, and all funds must be raised privately. The success of last year’s series was in large part due to the support of local businesses, and to the very generous support from a number of Candia families who were charter members of the Friends of the Summer Concert Series.  That’s where you, the listener comes in.  If you think that a high-quality, mid-week, outdoor event summer music series on the lawn right here in the middle of Candia is special, and something you’d like to support and see continue, we invite you, your business, or your family to become a Friend of the Summer Music Series by donating just $25 for the entire series of concerts. You will be recognized in our program guide if your donation is received by June 25, but more importantly, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you helped make this year’s event happen! If you feel you can make a more generous donation, it would help us even more. Thanks in advance for your support of this special Candia cultural event. Please indicate how you would like be identified in our program and on the Friends of the Concert Series sign, which is displayed at each concert.


Please remember our Orion StarBlast 4.5″ telescope which, weather pending, may be available for preview at the Concert Series and also available for individual patron checkout.  This is provided to the library through the generous donation of the Friends of Smyth Public Library.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful summer of music under the stars here at the library,

Heidi, Pattie and staff

Heidi Deacon, Director

Smyth Public Library

55 High Street

Candia, NH 03034


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