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Jonathan Edwards at Prescott Park! 

Legendary Singer/Songwriter Jonathan Edwards to Perform Prescott Park Arts Festival Songs "Sunshine" and "Shanty"

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival continues its River House Restaurant Concert Series in Prescott Park at 7pm on August 12 with the legendary singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards.

Held each Wednesday evening in Prescott Park, the River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the festival's summer offerings and has featured such acts as Richie Havens and Tom Rush this season.

The word "legend" is often used to describe veteran folk singer Jonathan Edwards, whose 1971 million-selling song "Sunshine" brought him instant fame. He has acquired an enviable track record, one of skill and grace in the sometimes brutal world of the music business. He started out opening for such acts like the Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King. His career went on to include albums with Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffet, and Christine Lavin, a gig narrating the successful PBS travel series, Cruising America's Waterways, and a lead in the Broadway musical Pumpboys and Dinettes. He produced Cheryl Wheeler's Driving Home and Mrs. Pinocci's Guitar and wrote the musical score for the movie The Mouse.

Minnesota-born Jonathan Edwards is perhaps most famous for his notable hits like Shanty and Sunshine - a deceptively upbeat song that was in fact a protest against the Vietnam War. "It was just at the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon", Edwards recalls. "It was looking bad out there. That song meant a lot to a lot of people during that time - especially me." It started on a Boston radio station, and before long it hit the top five on the national charts, earning him his first gold record.

"Once you hear Jonathan Edwards' voice, you'll want to hear it again and again," explains Prescott Park's executive director Ben Anderson, "His rich, warm tenor has a distinctively unique and natural quality."

Like all of Prescott Park Arts Festival's events, the concert is offered at no-fixed admission and no tickets are required. A donation of $8 is suggested. Audience members are permitted to bring chairs, or rent those offered by the festival.

Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series experienced record attendance last summer, and once again features a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. Other acts to be featured this summer include folk veteran Jonathan Edwards and Grammy Award-nominated Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and more.

The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 35th season that also features the musical Grease Thursday to Sunday closing on August 23, 2009.

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

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

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



DSCC - WASH POST: NH Senate Race One of Top Primaries In Country 

9. New Hampshire Senate (R): National Republicans rejoiced when Kelly Ayotte announced that she would resign as the state's attorney general to pursue a run for Senate. But, the increasingly likely candidacy of Ovide Lamontagne, who was the party's nominee for governor in 1996, complicates Ayotte's path to the nomination. Lamontagne would run to Ayotte's ideological right and use the support she has won from Washington Republicans against her. Remember that New Hampshire Republicans don't like being told what to do, priding themselves on their willingness to buck the party and choose the candidate they think best suits their state. See "McCain, John" in the 2000 presidential primaries. (Previous ranking: N/A)


Washington Post: Friday Line: Primary Colors

Chris Cillizza 8/7/09




New Hampshire Public Relations Professional Alicia Preston Joins Guinta for Congress Effort


Manchester, NH – 1st District Congressional candidate Frank Guinta today announced that he has hired Alicia Preston to assist his team’s press and communications efforts. Preston, of Hampton, NH, has worked for numerous campaigns and organizations in the Granite State and across the country.


“I am very happy that Alicia has agreed to join our effort,” said Guinta. “I first worked with Alicia on my successful 2005 race for Manchester Mayor, so I know first-hand just how important she will be to our team. Alicia brings a wealth of experience having worked on several Congressional races and she is very well respected in her industry.”


Guinta’s Senior Advisor, Mike Biundo, has worked with Preston on several projects, including the 2005 Manchester Mayor’s race. “I’m very excited to have Alicia on board. Her experience with Congressional races and her familiarity with the Mayor and our team will make her a perfect fit. ”


Frank Guinta, former businessman and current Mayor of New Hampshire’s largest city, Manchester, announced in May that he is a candidate for the 1st District Congressional seat currently held by Carol Shea-Porter. During his tenure, Guinta has earned a reputation as a strong advocate for the people as he works to reduce taxes and spending, and provide a business climate to foster growth. He hopes to bring that drive and experience to Washington to restore fiscal sanity to Congress and prosperity to New Hampshire citizens.


Preston joins Team Guinta alongside Meridian Communications, General Consulting; On Message, Polling; Jamestown Associates, Advertising Media; Johnston Consulting, Fundraising.


Alicia Preston is the Principal of the Preston Group, a PR firm based in Hampton, NH. Preston spent nearly 10 years as a reporter, before joining Governor Craig Benson’s team. Since then she has worked as a PR Consultant on many business and political projects including Frank Guinta’s 2005 Mayoral race, NY Governor George Pataki’s Political Action Committee, and numerous Congressional across the country including Jeb Bradley’s re-election campaign in 2008.



Guinta For Congress - WHERE'S CAROL'S TOWN HALL? 


No Sign of Carol Shea-Porter Scheduled Events for “Summer District Work Period”


Manchester, NH – The United States House of Representatives has recessed until September for the annual “Summer District Work Period,” but 1st District Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter has given no indication as to what events she will hold to meet with her constituents. Recently, as news reports have shown, there has been a significant focus on Town Halls being held across the country in order to promote the Shea-Porter supported government takeover of healthcare.


As an article on today aptly points out, New Hampshire is “town-hall-happy.”


New Hampshire constituents are renowned for being actively involved with their government’s decisions and strive for understanding and awareness. So, where is Carol Shea-Porter scheduled Town Hall?


“The purpose of this summer break is to give Congress men and woman the chance to talk with constituents and give them the chance to express their beliefs to their elected officials,” said Frank Guinta, 1st District Congressional Candidate. “One would think that if Congresswoman Shea-Porter was interested in doing either, a town hall would be one of the first things she schedules. I believe the people have the right to speak with those who represent them, I hope that the Congresswoman feels the same and follows through with a meeting face to face with citizens.”


One explanation may be the recent coverage of opponents to government run health care actually showing up at these events. “There has been a lot of focus in the news recently on the people who disapprove of the government takeover of health care, showing up at these public events. However, our Congresswoman’s job isn’t to gather a group of fans in a room, it’s to represent all constituents,” said Guinta. “I hope our Representative gives our citizens the opportunity to speak to her in person.”


In today’s Politico article, Shea-Porter also promoted the idea of a controlled environment for discussion through a tele-town hall, conducted over a phone line and not in person. Citizens are urged to reach out to Carol Shea-Porter and let her know they’d like to speak with her in person.



LFOD Rally Manchester Shuttle 

*Manchester shuttle to National NH Live Free Or Die Rally*


Departs Friday August 21 at 6 PM from Wal Mart in Manchester across from Mall of N.H. , Arrives at LFOD Rally at 7.30 PM


Departs Sunday August 23 at 1 PM from LFOD Rally, arrives back at Wal Mart in Manchester at 2.30 PM


For all info in regard to shuttle: / 603-733-4732


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