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Prescott Park Arts Festival Roof Goes On New Pavilion

Portsmouth, NH – Prescott Park Arts Festival has raised the roof today on a new addition to Prescott Park.  
The new Pavilion will provide more upgraded public restrooms, new food services, and an enhanced audience and park visitor experience.    With the support of more than 100 donors so far, Prescott Park Arts Festival has raised $1 million to fund construction of this new building and make other improvements to the Park.
“It’s a thrill to watch the new structure rise from the ground, emerging from the earth as the snow washes away.   This progress, along with our recent announcement of the summer musical, makes us all feel a little bit of spring in the air;” commented Executive Director Ben Anderson.  “I look forward to sharing the improved Park with all the Festival fans in the coming months.  We are so appreciative of the overwhelming community support.”
As construction speeds along, the Believe in Magic capital campaign for these improvements, has added a corporate phase to help reach its goal.   To date, more than thirty local businesses have joined the Campaign Corporate Club, with gifts ranging from $250 to $50,000. The Campaign goal is $1.3 million and a ribbon cutting is anticipated early this summer.
Contributions to the campaign, and more information about the Campaign Corporate Club, may be made online at or sent via mail to Prescott Park Arts Festival, PO Box 4370, Portsmouth NH 03801.
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music – with no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting. For many residents, the festival provides a first experience with live performances, as well as offers nearly twelve community groups with a professional festival performance opportunity.
Established in 1974, this community arts organization has reached more than 3 million people through more than 10,000 events. The 40th anniversary season will feature Shrek the Musical as the festival’s signature musical production on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage, a mix of local, national and international artists as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series, a film series, and much more.
To learn more about the festival and campaign effort, visit the festival website at

Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast’s premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.

For more information contact Ben Anderson at (603)-436-2848(603)-436-2848 or



More than five million Americans have enrolled in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
However, many more are facing cost constraints, concerns or outright confusion over their options.
Frisbie Hospital CEO Al Felgar says the Affordable Care Act has been a disaster.
Felgar and a panel of three other local business leaders spoke to citizens Tuesday evening at an Americans For Prosperity event titled "'Obamacare': Real Stories, Real People."
Felgar has worked at Frisbee for 21 years and remembers when there were dozens of insurance companies writing policies in the state. Now, under the Affordable Care Act, New Hampshire citizens have only one provider to choose from.
Felgar doesn't understand why Anthem was given a monopoly in the state under the ACA and says, "They control everything."
He said Anthem was able to "choose the 16 hospitals they want to play ball with," while those who didn't make the cut are out in the cold.
"When a hospital is knocked out of 'Obamacare,' most of the doctors are unable to participate," he said.
This has left 10 hospitals in the state and the majority of Frisbie's 14 physician practices from being included in Anthem's coverage under the ACA.
"The whole process stinks," he said. "We've got many, many patients who will sign up under the Affordable Care Act, but they can't go to the hospital they've been going to for decades."

Felgar believes it is "grossly unfair" for people to have to leave their communities and give up their doctors to be treated.
"Your family doctor is really under the gun these days to do a good job for you, and when this came down in the middle of the night — that they were wiped out for no reason — it devastated them," he said.
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NHDP - Fmr. Mayor Ferrini: Portsmouth Supports Jeanne Shaheen

Don’t Let Wall Street and Big Oil Buy Our Senate Seat

Portsmouth, NH—As former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown plays tourist in New Hampshire, he keeps running into concerned New Hampshire residents who want to hold him to the same standard he set in Massachusetts when he signed the People’s Pledge in 2012.
“What Scott Brown will see in Portsmouth is that we support Jeanne Shaheen. Thanks to her work to secure funding for the Memorial Bridge, keep the shipyard open, and bring the KC-46A tanker to Pease, Portsmouth and the families that live here are better off,” said former Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini. "We know Jeanne Shaheen is going to stand up to special interests and fight for us. Scott Brown has to prove that he will do the same. That means signing the same People's Pledge he signed in Massachusetts to keep Wall Street and Big Oil from buying our Senate seat."


Prescott Park Arts Festival announces Shrek as season musical 

PORTSMOUTH, NH- Catch all your favorite fairy-tale characters as they invade Prescott Park this summer! Shrek has been announced as the musical for Prescott Park Arts Festival's 2014 summer season. Wilcox Industries COO, Laurie Teetzel and CEO, Jim Teetzel, made the announcement of the selected musical for the Festival's 40th season at a VIP reception at the 100 Club yesterday evening.
The Festival is bringing the brand-new musical to Prescott Park for the first time. Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre - not a handsome prince - shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who can’t keep quiet, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.
The 2013 summer musical, Annie, was a wild success for children and adults alike, and the Festival expects nothing less for its upcoming rendition of Shrek. "We’re thrilled to be welcoming Billy Butler back as director for a third season," says Executive Director, Ben Anderson. "With the team we have in place, we’re confident that this is going to be a phenomenal production."
The first performance of Shrek will be on Friday, June 27th on the Wilcox Industries Mainstage in Prescott Park, and will be held every Thursday through Sunday during the summer season. Auditions for the musical's host of characters will be held on March 24th, March 25th, March 29th, and March 30th, at University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. More information will be available on Prescott Park Arts Festival website (, Facebook and Twitter pages, or by calling the Festival office at 603-436-2848.
Prescott Park Arts Festival, a non-profit organization, is the Seacoast's premier outdoor performing arts venue, offering a uniquely accessible experience of high quality live theater and music -- no fixed admissions fees -- in an idyllic natural setting.
For more information, contact Ben Anderson, Executive Director, at 603-436-2848 or at  


Prescott Park - N.H. Fish & Lobster Festival to offer grant opportunities

PORTSMOUTH, NH - N.H. Fish and Lobster Festival, known locally as Fishtival, invites the community to Portsmouth's Prescott Park each September to honor, celebrate, and rediscover the proud tradition of small-scale, local commercial ground-fishing in New Hampshire and its valuable contribution to our local food system, local economy and local culture. Now, the mission continues with the announcement of small grants available from the proceeds of the 2013 event.
Grants are available in amounts from $200 to $1,500 to an event, cause, campaign or organization that helps further the mission, vision and values of the N.H. Fish and Lobster Festival, increasing public support of the region's small-boat local fishing industry. The application deadline is Friday, March 14. To apply, visit
For five years, Fishtival has attracted thousands of locals and visitors from all walks of life to taste locally landed species, explore the decks of local fishing boats, meet fishermen, play games, and learn more about the state of the fishing industry. The event is free and open to all, in the hopes of building a more engaged, aware and informed community. Fishtival purposefully builds bridges among all who have a stake in a healthy fishery, including consumers, markets, restaurants, fishermen, cultural and environmental organizations.
The impact over the past five years can be measured in several ways:

  • Attendance: Nearly 20,000 people have attended the event in person.
  • Awareness: Further, the message has reached many thousands more through print, television, radio and social media coverage. Different facets of the festival—boat tours, underutilized species, a cook-off contest, campaigns for the NH Seafood Fresh and Local brand—attracts public interest in the fishing industry that extends far beyond the event itself.
  • Familiarity: The event serves as an annual attraction in the local food/economy movement and is part of the Seacoast’s popular festival scene.
  • Partnerships: Longstanding local and regional partners return year after year to participate and help promote the message, including the participating fishermen, chefs and environmental educators. Most recently, the uniquely local, grassroots festival drew international attention when it helped launch Slow Food’s international “Slow Fish” campaign, focusing on artisanal fishing, neglected fish species, and the state of the sea’s resources.
  • Relationships: Although only a four-hour event held once a year, the community bridge-building that takes place in the course of planning Fishtival has facilitated new ideas among participants, including an effort by the local chapter of Chef’s Collaborative to make more year-round connections between local chefs and the local fishing industry.
  • Education: As a result of all of the above, combined with the efforts of many others throughout our community, we see greater awareness of the status of fish stocks, the concept of “seasonality” when it comes to local fish, and the value of the small-boat fishery in finding sustainable solutions.
  • Shifting practices: Moreover, we see a customer base responding to new efforts such as off-the-boat sales and the subscription-based Community Supported Fishery. Fishtival helped lay the groundwork by increasing broader citizen awareness of our local fishery, which had previously been disconnected from the local economy and food system due to groundfish being shipped out of state and not dispersed on local shores.

Fishtival organizers look forward to hearing from any event, cause, campaign or organization that seeks to continue this good work and increase public support of our small-boat local fishing industry in 2014. Proceeds will be distributed by April 1.
Seacoast Local and Prescott Park Arts Festival co-host the N.H. Fish and Lobster Festival in collaboration with local fishermen through N.H. Sectors, Granite State FISH and more, as well as local food advocates including Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, NH Seafood Fresh and Local and UNH Slow Food.
Smuttynose Brewing Company, the Seacoast’s uniquely local and award-winning craft brewery, is the festival's annual sponsor.
Grant funding is provided by UNH Sea Grant. Generous donations are also provided by Seacoast Growers’ Association, Yankee Fishermen’s Cooperative, N.H. Community Seafood, and numerous fishing vessels. In-kind support is provided by participating restaurants and educational non-profits, including Blue Ocean Society, Seacoast Science Center, Strawbery Banke Museum, Slow Food Seacoast, Seacoast Eat Local, and UNH Marine Docents, among others.
More information about the festival is available at To find out more information about the ongoing movement to support New Hampshire's local fishing industry, visit