The Potash Bowl in Swanzey is home to four concerts performed by local bands each summer on Friday evenings. Sponsored by The Old Homestead Association, the concerts are free and go from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The Potash Bowl is an outdoor Amphitheater with bench seats for about 200 and ample room for lawn chairs and blankets on the hill. There is a refreshment stand where you can purchase brownie sundaes and drinks.
Built in 1936 as a community center on a by a hill that would become a natural outdoor amphitheatre, The Potash Bowl is the third oldest outdoor theatre that continues to host plays. For nearly 75 years, the Bowl hosts a community production of Denman Thompson’s The Old Homestead, a four act play of life in Swanzey in the 1880’s. The Potash Bowl got its name from the use of the site as well as the land’s contour. During the early part of the nineteenth century, general stores conducted its business through bartering items, including wood ashes. The ashes taken in trade by at least one of these stores near the amphitheater were stored here, and later processed in huge iron kettles to produce potash, lye, etc. for making soap and other uses.
621 Old Homestead Hwy. Swanzey, NH 03446 603-352-4184