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Friday
Oct172014

Prescott Park - The 6th Annual NH Brewfest October 25th 

The 6th Annual NH Brew Fest kicks off Saturday, October 25th
 
Saturday, October 25th, the NH Brew Fest kicks off its 6th year in the back yard of Redhook Brewery on the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, NH. This popular fundraising event benefits the Prescott Park Arts Festival supported by the Master Brewers Association of America and WHEB's The Morning Buzz. For just $35 per ticket, New Hampshire Brew Fest attendees have the chance to sample unlimited tastings of over 100 brews from more than 30 craft breweries from across the nation.
 
“Brew Fest is the perfect way to end the season and it’s no surprise the tickets sell out quickly year over year. There’s such a dynamic collection of brewers with a generous array of their own unique craft brews, folks are in for a real treat” says Executive Director Ben Anderson. “As always, we’re tremendously grateful to have the opportunity to work with Redhook Brewery, The Master Brewers Association and with great sponsors like WHEB.”
 
New Hampshire BrewFest offers a limited number of VIP tickets available for an hour long private session that will feature limited edition brews, and a chance to meet with the brew masters from 12-1 pm. Many of the distinct craft brews that are offered during the VIP Session will not be available for Session 1 and 2. For the VIP ticket price of $45 (advance sale only), guests will gain entry to the exclusive VIP session plus, the entirety of Session I from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. There is a second Sampling Session that runs from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Designated drivers can purchase a discounted ticket for $15 in advance online, or at the door.

General admission tickets are $35 in advance and include entry into the event, a 5 oz souvenir sampler cup, unlimited beer samples, live music and entertainment. Ticket sales are available through www.brewnh.com. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their tickets soon, as attendance is limited and this event always sell out.
 
The Master Brewers Association of America will present a host of brewing companies including: Allagash Brewing Co., Baxter Brewing Co., Beara Irish Brewing Co., Boston Beer Co., Brooklyn Brewing, Earth Eagle Brewing,  Elm City Brewing Co., Geary’s Brewery, Goose Island, Great Rhythm Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewery, Henniker Brewing Co., Jack’s Abbey Brewing, Kennebec River Brewery, Kennebunkport Brewing, Kona Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing, Moat Mountain, Narragansett Brewing, Oskar Blues, Portsmouth Brewery, Redhook Brewery, Sebago Brewing Co., 7th Settlement, Shipyard Brewing Co., Smuttynose Brewing Co., Stoneface Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Throwback Brewery, Traveler Beer Co., Tributary Brewing, Tuckerman Brewing, Wachusett Brewing Co., Widmer Brothers (plus Omission), Woodstock Inn Brewery, and more.

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 or info@prescottpark.org
 
Thursday
Oct092014

Prescott Park - The 25th Annual WHEB Chili Cook-Off on Columbus Day Weekend

On Saturday October 11th, Prescott Park Arts Festival will hold their much anticipated 25th Annual Chili Cook off, sponsored by WHEB. This year, nearly a dozen local restaurants will be participating in the event to see who will take home a brand new and locally crafted trophy with the highly coveted “Best Chili” award. Starting at 11:30 am, the 25th Annual WHEB Chili Cook-Off is hosted in conjunction with Strawbery Banke’s New Hampshire Fall Festival in Puddle Dock, just across from Prescott Park.

“The WHEB Chili Cook-Off has the perfect elements of New England Fall Festival; local restaurants, great beer, homemade cider donuts, and the whole community coming out in support of a great cause” says executive director Ben Anderson. “It’s a great event that wraps up our favorite season of the year. The changing leaves, crisp Autumn air, delicious food and incredible beer is the perfect celebration.”

The list of local restaurants participating in the 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off is one to tempt even the most lackluster chili fan. Restaurants bringing their best chili recipes will include The District, Marcia’s Jamaican Sauces, 7th Settlement, Dos Amigos Burritos, Fat Belly’s, The Soup Guy, The Portsmouth Brewery, Ri Ra Irish Pub, The Thirsty Moose Tap House, and  Cork n’ Keg.

Folks will vote on which restaurant deserves the coveted Best Chili Award and a recently crafted Chili Fest trophy compliments of the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH. This award is given to the restaurant that the public votes as their favorite. People’s Choice will also receive free advertising with WHEB. The Judge’s Choice award for best chili will receive free advertising with Taste of the Seacoast Magazine.

In addition to the delectable chili available to guests, When Pig’s Fly Bakery will be on-site providing fresh out of the oven bread samples, Cabot Cheese will offer a variety of their signature cheddars and The Prop will be selling their fresh, homemade cider donuts and hot cider drinks. American Lamb will be handing out free samples of their very own lamb jerky as well as inviting folks to join in the fun at their photo booth. To complete the classic chili and beer pairing, Redhook Brewery will be on-site with their perfectly autumn inspired craft brews.

Just before the 25th Annual Chili Cook-Off, Prescott Park Arts Festival and Seacoast Community School team up to host the 2nd Annual ISM Memorial Bridge Road Race. The 5K run will cross over the landmark Memorial Bridge and loops through the historic South End of Portsmouth. The race concludes at Prescott Park. All participating runners will receive $5 off entry to the Chili Cook-Off and NH Fall Festival, plus a Free Drink Ticket. Learn more and sign up for the Memorial Bridge Road Race at www.prescottpark.org/roadrace.cfm.

The Chili Cook-Off starts at 11:30am and goes until the chili is gone.  The event is free for Prescott Park Arts Festival and Strawbery Banke Museum members, $17.50 for non-member adults, and $6 for children. Kids age 5 and under are FREE. Bring your own spoon or borrow a spoon from the Festival for a $1 deposit.

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 or info@prescottpark.org

Friday
Oct032014

Prescott Park - 2nd Annual ISM Memorial Road Race honors Military personnel 

The 2nd Annual Memorial Bridge 5k honors servicemen this October 11th


Last year the 1st Annual ISM Memorial Bridge 5K kicked off with an impressive 886 registrants, and raised over $32,000 to benefit Prescott Park and the Seacoast Community School, two local non-profit organizations. This Columbus Day Weekend, Saturday October 11th, the 2nd Annual ISM Memorial Bridge 5K Road Race returns celebrating the landmark bridge and honoring our community’s veterans, active duty and military reservist. With that in mind, the Prescott Park Arts Festival and Seacoast Community School have made this growing tradition completely free to all military personnel; retired, active duty and reservist.
“This road race is as symbolic of our gratitude for the sacrifice and commitment that our military men and woman have given as it is an opportunity for runners to come together and honor their community. The fellowship of this tradition brings the park to life one final time until next season.” exclaims Ben Anderson, Executive Director of the Prescott Park Arts Festival.
Free registration to all veterans, active duty and reservists is made possible with the support of Long Term Care Partners. "As a federal contractor serving the uniformed services population, both active and veterans, LTC Partners understands well the sacrifices these men and women and their families make so that we may enjoy the political and economic freedoms we do today," said Paul Forte, CEO of LTC Partners. "We are proud to sponsor race entries for veterans, active duty, and reservists free of charge for this wonderful community event.”
 The 2nd Annual ISM Memorial Bridge 5K Road Race is made possible with the generous support and sponsorship from local businesses including Interventional Spine Medicine, Long Term Care Partners, Wilcox Industries, Atlantic Orthopedics, York Hospital, Rockhouse Media Group, PAX World Investments, HM Payson, Jim Collins of Blue Water Mortgage, The Rubber Group, Federal Savings Bank, Piscataqua Landscaping, Kittery Trading Post, Elements Massage, Georgetown Bank, Runners Alley, Atlantic Parking Services and Madden Realtors.
This Columbus Day weekend, the 5K will start on Badger's Island in Kittery, ME. The runners will cross over the Memorial Bridge into New Hampshire completing a 3.1 mile loop through Portsmouth’s historic South End, concluding in Prescott Park. Post-race, there is a free Kids' Fun Run around Prescott Park that is open to all children. All registered runners will receive discounted entry and a free drink ticket for Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 25th Annual WHEB Chili Cook-Off and Strawbery Banke’s NH Fall Festival immediately following the race from 11:30am until the Chili is gone.  
All proceeds from the race benefit the Prescott Park Arts Festival and Seacoast Community School quality early childhood and school-age programs, creating school-readiness. To learn more, contact the Festival at (603)-436-2848, or visit www.prescottpark.org. Seacoast Community School can be reached at (603)-422-8223, or www.seacoastcommunityschool.org 

Founded in 1967, CCCC is a not-for-profit organization serving all families in the seacoast with quality early learning and before & after school programs across Portsmouth and in Greenland. Its early childhood education programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Visit www.seacoastcommunityschool.org, or call 603-422-8223.

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 or info@prescottpark.org.


Friday
May302014

Chowder Fest Kicks Off Summer at Prescott Park 

The 30th Annual WOKQ Chowder Festival Kicks-off Summer on the Seacoast June 7th
 
Portsmouth, NH – On Saturday June 7th, Prescott Park Arts Festival will hold their much anticipated summer kick-off event: the 30th Annual Chowder Fest, sponsored by WOKQ and Taste of the Seacoast Magazine. The Festival will open their gates to Prescott Park at 11:30. Historically, this decade’s long tradition draws thousands from near and far for the all-you-can-eat chowder tasting competition. This year, more than a dozen local restaurants will compete in the event to take home the coveted Best Chowder title. The event will host a live oyster shucking demonstration, fun family activities and music by Houston Bernard.
 
Chowder lovers will enjoy this New England staple from 7th Settlement Brewery, British Beer Company, Goat Island Oyster Company, Roger’s Redline Diner, Bob’s Clam Hut, Billy’s Chowder House, Newick’s Lobster House, Portsmouth Gaslight Co, RiRa Irish Pub, The Martingale Wharf, and The Portsmouth Brewery. The live oyster shucking demonstration will be given by the Goat Island Oyster Company.

“The chowder fest grows bigger and better with every season,” says Executive Director, Ben Anderson. “We’re thrilled to kick off our favorite season of the year with a tradition every true New Englander undoubtedly can enjoy.”
Houston Bernard will take to the Wilcox Industries Main Stage, courtesy of WOKQ. Drawing musical inspiration from his rockabilly roots, this musical artist is said to reveal a new maturity--and a new direction for both dance and country.

The Chowder Festival offers more than delicious New England fare and toe-tapping beats. This great tradition is destined to be even greater than ever this year, with even more fun family activities featured at Prescott Park. The festival offers a Decorate Your Own Chef Hat station for kids, test your chowder knowledge quiz, plus a photo booth for all to enjoy.

Folks will vote on which restaurant deserves the recently-established Golden Ladle Award. Considered to be something like the Stanley Cup of Chowder Fest, this award is given to the restaurant that the public votes as their favorite. The Judge’s Choice award for best chowder will receive free advertising with their choice of WOKQ and Taste of the Seacoast Magazine.
The Chowder Fest starts at 11:30am and continues until the chowder is gone.  The event is free for Prescott Park Arts Festival members, $14 for non-member adults, and $7 for children age 12 and under. Bring your own spoon or borrow a spoon from the Festival for a $1 deposit.

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 or info@prescottpark.org

 

 

Sunday
May112014

Prescott Park Arts Festival Announces 2014 Season Line-up

 

 Portsmouth NH – The much anticipated reveal of Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 2014 season line-up was announced to the public after a week-long sneak preview at the concert series’ sponsor, the River House Restaurant. The summer concert series is well known for offering prestigious music acts from a diverse range of genres in a one-of-a-kind picturesque outdoor setting along the Piscataqua River, all on a suggested donation basis.
 
This non-profit arts organization will celebrate its 40th anniversary by bringing acclaimed artists to the Seacoast such as Patty Griffin, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Dr. John and more on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage this summer.
 
“We are so incredibly excited, but also really, really proud,” described the Festival’s executive director, Ben Anderson, “To be able to offer this caliber of acts, and this experience to the full community on a give-what-you-can basis is truly quite special and unique.”
 
Founded in 1974, the festival has continued to offer its events on a suggested donation basis for its entire history, having raised the amount only once in the early 1980s from $3 to the current amount of $5.
 
“This is a really important part of our mission,” explained Mr. Anderson, “Regardless of whether you are struggling to pay your electric bill, put gas in your car, or food on your table – you can enjoy the same magical and high-quality experience in Prescott Park.”
 
Kicking off the season’s concert series will be American Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician, Patty Griffin on Saturday, June 21. Known for her stripped-down songwriting style centered around the folk music genre, her songs have been covered by a host of musicians including Emmylou Harris and the Dixie Chicks.
 
The Festival is also delighted to welcome American singer-songwriter and author, Rosanne Cash on Saturday, July 5. The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash, Rosanne has charted twenty-one Top 40 country singles, including eleven Number Ones. She has also received a Grammy Award, and twelve other nominations.
 
Mary Chapin Carpenter will return to the Park on Saturday, July 12, after being voted most wanted to return following her double-bill performance with Marc Cohn in 2013; a concert that set a brand new, all-time attendance record for the festival.
 
The 40th anniversary season will close out in style when the festival welcomes in American musical icon, Dr. John. Straight from New Orleans, Dr. John will take the audience on a funky rollercoaster ride of timeless swampy soul blues classics with his soundtrack of tunes from an illustrious fifty-plus year Rock & Roll Hall of Fame career. The six-time Grammy award winner is sure to get the temperatures rising along the banks of the Piscataqua for a one-of-a-kind season finale.
 
Other season highlights as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series will include up-and-coming Indie folk powerhouse, Houndmouth (Wednesday, July 23); gritty, soul-drenched Americana trio, The Wood Brothers, as part of the folk festival with Austin-phenomenon Shakey Graves (Friday, July 25); celebrated Country-folk star, Iris Dement (Wednesday, July 30); acclaimed soulful singer Martin Sexton (Wednesday, August 6); hot and swinging Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown (Saturday, August 9); Grammy Award-winning American songwriter, Loudon Wainwright III(Wednesday, August 13); soul and blues sensation Ruthie Foster (Wednesday, August 20); THE legendary songwriter’s songwriter, Chris Smither (Saturday, August 23); and The Wailin’ Jennys with their heart-stopping harmonies (Wednesday, August 27).
 
“There is more to come,” hinted  Anderson, “The phone has been ringing off the hook about the summer, so we decided it was time to announce what we had– but we still have some exciting things in the works.”
 
Prescott Park Arts Festival will also offer Shrek the Musical as their signature musical production presented by C&J Lines this summer. Beginning on Friday, June 27th, Shrek and Donkey promise to take the Park by storm with this award-winning musical filled with hilarious fun, songs and dancing. This well-loved musical will be held every Thursday through Sunday during the summer season.
 
Tables on the Federal Savings Bank VIP Seating Deck are available for reservations as of Monday, May 12 through Prescott Park’s website, in addition to the blanket reservations in front of the Wilcox Industries Main Stage. Special discount pricing is available for Festival members. All reservations can be made through the Festival’s website at: www.prescottpark.org.
 
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 info@prescottpark.org