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Friday
Jul242015

NH DOS - PORTSMOUTH FIRST RESPONDERS CRITICAL INCIDENT RESPONSE TRAINING 

PORTSMOUTH, NH – More than 100 local and state first responders will conduct an active threat response drill tomorrow, July 24, in partnership with the Portsmouth School District to test emergency response plans. This exercise is sponsored by the Portsmouth Police and Fire Departments with funding support from State Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

 

Residents and visitors in the area of Portsmouth High School, Middle School and Little Harbor School will likely see a large presence of law enforcement and fire personnel at all locations.

 

WHO:             One hundred local and State police, fire and emergency medical technicians from Portsmouth and area communities

 

WHERE:        Multiple locations including Portsmouth High School  

 

WHAT:           Active threat training exercise for state and local first responders

 

WHEN:           July 24, 8:00am – 12:00pm

 

CONTACT:    Emily Martuscello, Exercise Training Officer, (603) 892-8104

Thursday
Jun042015

Prescott Park Announces 2015 Season 

 

Prescott Parks 2015 Season Concert Series Line Up

 

Portsmouth NH – The much anticipated reveal of Prescott Park Arts Festival’s 2015 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 nationally known for presenting distinguished musical acts from a dynamic 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 encounters its 41st season welcoming an all-star lineup of acclaimed artists to the Seacoast including Trampled by Turtles, Neko Case, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, Devil Makes Three, Milk Carton Kids, Steve Earl, Richard Thompson, and more on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage this summer.



“It’s been a long winter and this season is very much anticipated” described the Festival’s President, Ben Anderson, “Our staff has spent countless hours to be able to offer this caliber of acts, and this experience to the full community. It’s no easy feat to present this on a give-what-you-can basis. It’s truly the gem of the seacoast.”



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 Anderson, “Regardless of means, anyone and everyone can enjoy the same magical and high-quality arts entertainment at Prescott Park. Our mission to provide this asset to the community has been steadfast and true.”



Leading off the star-studded season is legendary, Grammy-nominated Neko Case on Wednesday, June 17th. Her restless musical curiosity is matched only by the caliber of her compositions and clarion voice. Formerly of the Canadian group The New Pornographers, Case has eight widely-acclaimed Grammy nominations to her credit, and no apparent limit to her talent.



Matt Andersen, award-winning Canadian blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, returns to the Wilcox Industries Main Stage on Wednesday, August 12th . With awards including ECMA male solo artist of the year and blues recording of the year (2009), Andersen was the first Canadian to win the International Blues Challenge (2010). The festival is thrilled to welcome the internationally-credited Andersen back to the main stage, after his well-attended and unarguable epic performance last season.

 

American bluegrass folk/rock band Trampled by Turtles will make their Prescott Park debut on Wednesday, July 29th. They are no stranger to festivals, having performed at venues such as Coachella and national television programs including Late Show with David Letterman. With top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, Trampled by Turtles will be sure to please attendees.

 

Other season highlights as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series will include British folk rock icon Richard Thompson (Wednesday, June 24th); redefined acoustic bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band (Wednesday, July 1st); captivating Americana band The Steel Wheels (Saturday, July 4th); alternative indie sensation Thao & the Get Down Stay Down (Wednesday, July 8th); The Duhks, Heather Maloney, and Mike & Ruthy (Saturday, July 11th); premier acoustic duo Milk Carton Kids (Saturday, July 12th); Grammy award winner Steve Earle & the Dukes (Wednesday, July 15th); critically acclaimed Martin Sexton (Sunday, July 19th); The Stray Birds (Sunday July 19th); Spirit Family Reunion (Sunday, July 19th); Dustbowl Revival (Sunday, July 19th), Grammy winning banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (Wednesday, July 22nd); exuberant Americana trio Devil Makes Three (Friday, July 24th); Canadian folk rock hero Bruce Cockburn (Wednesday, August 19th); extraordinary folk-rock American songwriter Josh Ritter (Friday, September 4th); and the must-see bluegrass band Della Mae (Wednesday, September 9th).

 

 

“There is more to come,” hinted Anderson, “We have a few favorites to announce very soon. We still have some very exciting acts in the works.”



The Arts Festival will feature Peter Pan the Musical, presented by C&J Bus Lines, as their signature musical production this season. Beginning Friday, June 26th, Pan, Tink, and the pirates promise to take the Park by storm with this award-winning musical filled with hilarious fun, melodies and flying. 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 reservation now 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.

 

Friday
Jan162015

Prescott Park Arts Festival concludes its Capital Campaign 

Pictured above (Left to Right): Festival President Bill Duncan, Festival Vice President Claudette Barker, Campaign leaders Steve Marchand, Sean Mahoney, Jamey French,
City Manager John Bohenko and  Executive Director Ben Anderson 
Photo Credit: Rick Dumont Images

 

PRESCOTT PARK ARTS FESTIVALS CAPITAL CAMPAIGN A GENEROUS SUCCESS
 
PORTSMOUTH, NH - Three years ago, the Prescott Park Arts Festival embarked on a mission to make substantial and long overdue upgrades. Fast forward to the conclusion of their successful 40th anniversary season and you will find a beautiful new Pavilion featuring a pristine commercial kitchen, improved public restrooms, a new lighting and information building, professional quality stage lighting,  in addition to upgraded electrics throughout the park.
 
“Support for the festival inaugural campaign effort was overwhelmingly positive. The upgrades we needed to make had been built up over the years and were impacting the quality of performances and overall experience,” said Executive Director Ben Anderson. “Before upgrading the electrical service, we were losing power mid-performance. And because of the long bathroom lines, we used to experience a 40 minute intermission time which made for a late night for kids and families.”
 
In order to launch the first capital campaign in 40 years, a volunteer committee of community leaders was formed spearheaded by co-chairs Sean Mahoney and Steve Marchand, as well as Jamey French, Everett Eaton, Eric Gregg, Chet Homer, Jim Jalbert, Kathy Williams Kane, Susan Labrie, Diane Devine Mizusawa and Dan Plummer.
 
Through a collaborative effort between city officials and the festival, a private-public partnership was formed to aid the efforts of the new pavilions construction that included new restroom facilities for the park. From start to finish, the city contributed $200,000 to the more than three quarters of a million dollar project.
 
In addition to the city’s aid, the Festival was awarded $250,000 in tax credits from the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA). Receiving strong support from community business leaders like Bauer, Federal Savings Bank, and Secure Planning, the Festival sold out of tax credits in less than 3 months – which laid important groundwork for the success of the campaign.
 
The remainder of the $1.2 million dollar campaign was funded through the generosity of nearly 1,000 donations including individual leadership gifts from the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation, the Montrone Family Charitable Fund, Dan and Renee Plummer, Sean and Kirsten Mahoney, Jameson and Priscilla French, Martha Fuller Clark, Paul Holloway, and countless others.
 
The shining jewel of this effort is the updated Pavilion building. No longer restricted to pre-packaged snacks, this new facility allowed the Festival to expand the menu to include a healthier and more diverse range of lunch and dinner options, all cooked to order, as well as establish various partnerships with area businesses.
The new Pavilion building also houses environmentally friendly and expanded public restrooms. This upgrade brings an end to long lines and over-extended intermissions, as well as offering accessible and family-friendly facilities, as well as a uni-sex unit.
 
The upgraded lighting system brings the festivals entertainment to an entirely new level and holds steady as Seacoast’s favorite tradition. Rather than providing a bland wash on the stage, the new LED lighting allows for greater expression through light design. Upgrading from basic PAR cans, an outdated and simple lamp design, to ellipsoidal and LED lighting allows for greater and more diverse color and area lighting to enhance the performances. This is a key aspect to providing an authentic and professional performance. These lighting upgrades are not only of a higher caliber professionally, but a more sustainable option drawing less power with an LED set up. Thus far the upgrades have offered a hands down more dramatic and professional end result.
 
Lastly, the Festival was able to develop an entirely new website in collaboration with Genius Switch Studios of Dover, NH. The newly designed site is leagues ahead of its predecessor offering users easier navigation, while accommodating a higher volume of online requests and transactions. Visitors can now purchase memberships, reserve tables or blankets, make a donation and even order a pizza to enjoy during a show.  All in all, the site designs allow the Festival to be even more accessible and convenient for all to enjoy.
 
Prescott Park Arts Festival has inspired and reached more than three million people with over 10,000 productions and presentations since starting in 1974. “In forty years, the festival had never before embarked on a capital campaign,” said Anderson, “To have been able to accomplish that is both exciting and extremely important for this community asset.”
 
“We look forward to celebrating and enjoying these improvements,” concluded Anderson, “while continuing to make investments back into the park for everyone to enjoy each and every season.”
 
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, professional performance opportunities for aspiring and seasoned actors, as well as more than twelve community groups.
 
Established in 1974, this community arts organization has reached more than 3 million people through more than 10,000 events. This past season marked the 40th anniversary of the festival and featured the well-attended Shrek the Musical, presented by C&J Lines, as its signature musical production on the Wilcox Industries Main Stage. In addition, a mix of local, national and international artists graced the stage as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series. The Monday night film series, Shakespeare, food festivals and much,    more.
 
To learn more about the festivals employment opportunities, visit the festival website at https://www.prescottpark.org/employment .

 

 

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