The New Hampshire Animal Rights League has traditionally hosted two popular annual events — a “Gentle Thanksgiving” and a Summer Vegan Potluck. These events bring like-minded diners together and encourage those on the path to plant-based eating. The public has always been welcome at these events. Many current NHARL members first got involved by attending one of these events.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we cancelled our in-person events and held our annual meeting online in November 2020.

For 2021, we are tentatively planning to hold both the Summer Picnic and Gentle Thanksgiving, with the expectation that it will be safe to do so. We will follow the guidance and best practices from the Governor’s office and CDC for both events.    


Gentle Thanksgiving

Our annual Gentle Thanksgiving event celebrates the lives of turkeys —
and all animals — by leaving them off our plates.

The Gentle Thanksgiving gathering is typically held the week before Thanksgiving. It takes place in different locations from year to year. The meal is usually a vegan potluck, although one year two members who are chefs cooked for everyone!

This celebration includes a recap of the year’s advocacy, as well as a guest speaker. In 2019, the speaker was Pattrice Jones, founder of VINE (“Veganism Is the Next Evolution”) Sanctuary.

The public is welcome. Check our Meetup and Facebook pages for details.

Gentle Thanksgiving 2019. The dessert table (above) and President James Glover (right)

Summer Vegan Potluck

Our annual summer vegan potluck is traditionally held in early August at Four Tree Island in Portsmouth.

Four Tree Island is an idyllic spot for a picnic. There is a Pavilion and a large grill that we reserve for our gathering.

The public is welcome. Check our Meetup and Facebook pages for details.