Prescott Park reaches more than 300 local families


Portsmouth, NH 03801


Prescott Park Arts Festival reaches more than 300 local families through Family-in-Need Program.


PORTSMOUTH, NH - This summer, local families in need have been able to enjoy Prescott Park Arts Festival's events. As part of the festival's Families-In-Need program, more than 300 season memberships subscriptions were distributed to families through organizations such as Families First, Cross Roads House, New Hampshire Child Advocacy Center, Seacoast Cancer Center and Amy's Treat.


While all Prescott Park Arts Festival events are offered to the public at no fixed admission, the Families-In-Need program offers challenged families complimentary membership buttons to allow entry and enjoyment of events without being asked for the suggested donation, including the musical production The Wizard of Oz and the River House Restaurant Concert Series with performances by acts like Shawn Colvin and Taj Mahal.


"Our gatekeepers welcome everyone, but many people simply don't feel comfortable entering the park without making a donation, especially in front of their children," says Prescott Park Arts Festival's executive director, Ben Anderson. "With a challenging economy, this program has become more important than ever. The letters and thank you cards alone that we receive each year from parents or children are worth this effort."


Last season, Piscataqua Savings Bank launched a special program, matching every Family-In-Need donation made by individuals on a one-to-one basis. This year, through ongoing generosity of donors, Prescott Park Arts Festival has succeeded in nearly tripling the number of complimentary memberships distributed through this program.


"The beauty of the program," Anderson adds, "is these memberships are identical to those purchased by our patrons, and they are awarded at the discretion of the selected organizations, keeping everything anonymous to both us and the general public."


To donate to a family-in-need, simply go to the Festival website, or call (603) 436-2848.


Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 music, theater, dance, and art productions offered at no fixed admission. Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival is considered to be a gem of the Seacoast and introduces many residents to their first experiences with live performances. Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. The Festival was named 2011 "Business of the Year" by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission to serve the community through a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.


All events offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented free of charge with a suggested donation of $5 - $8.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit, or call 603-436-2848.