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  • Cochecho Arts Festival tickets now on sale!

    Tickets are now available for the 2020 Cochecho Arts Festival! The festival will take place August 14-16 in a safe and enjoyable format. Visit dovernh.org/caf to purchase your tickets and see the full schedule.
    The Cochecho Arts Festival has taken place each summer for the past 33 years, bringing music and arts to downtown Dover. Given the situation around COVID-19, the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce is adapting to bring the arts to downtown in a safe and enjoyable format. This year’s festival is underwritten by Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, and would not be possible without the generous support of all CAF sponsors.
    Friday and Saturday’s shows will be in drive-in format and held at St. John’s United Methodist Church, located at 28 Cataract Avenue in Dover, NH. The visual arts on Sunday will be held at the Seacoast Growers Association Farmers’ Market in upper Henry Law Park on Henry Law Avenue in Dover, NH.
    Friday, August 14 will be the Drive-In Movie Night, sponsored by Newburyport Bank. For only $10 per vehicle, you have the chance to view ‘Rocketship’, a short-film (15 minutes) directed by Alfred Thomas Catalfo, a local award-winning screenwriter, director, and attorney. Following that will be ‘Shrek’. The voices of the highly-entertaining Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz that led to an Academy Award will be on display.
    The Drive-In Children’s Series on Saturday, sponsored by Service Credit Union, will be free of charge (registration still required). Magic Fred will get things started at 10 a.m. with lots of age-appropriate comedy to keep everyone laughing and high-quality magical illusions that will leave you in awe. At 11 a.m., Wayne from Maine will be performing his unique, interactive brand of children’s music that he’s been performing for over two decades. There’s never a dull moment when the audience becomes part of the show! To cap off the Children’s Series, magician BJ Hickman will take the stage at 12 p.m. for his magic show that is always loaded with clever deceptions, mind-reading miracles, and lots of non-stop action and silly surprises.
    Saturday night’s Headliner Series, sponsored by First Seacoast Bank, will be $10 per vehicle. The night will kick off with “Shark in the Parking Lot” at 5:30 p.m. with a performance from Rosie, hosted by 102.1 & 105.3 The Shark. Rosie has been touring New England for 39 years with various members. Their music ranges from originals to hard rock, metal, blues, and some country. Taking the stage at 7 p.m. is Entrain, the eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based six piece formed in 1993. Entrain has recorded eight albums which highlighted their ability to shift effortlessly between rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk. Capping off the Headliner Series is the Dover native Soggy Po’ Boys at 8:30 p.m. who have been honing their craft of New Orleans’ music. The Soggy Po’ Boys serve their jazz messy, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, Meters-style old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition.
    On Sunday, in collaboration with the Seacoast Growers Association, the Cochecho Arts Festival will showcase artists and their work at the Farmers’ Market in upper Henry Law Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and check out all of the different local crafters and artists and what they have to offer. This event is free and open to the public, with no ticket required.
    The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce would like to thank both the community for their willingness to adapt to a different format this year given the circumstances, as well as all of the sponsorship support for the fun-filled weekend.