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Prescott Park Arts Festival celebrates 50 years, invites community to share pictures and stories

PORTSMOUTH — Prescott Park Arts Festival, celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2024. As the Arts Festival prepares to return to its picturesque waterfront setting in downtown Portsmouth this summer, they are inviting the community to share stories and pictures from the past 50 years to add to the festivities.  

“50 years is a major accomplishment for any business, but especially a non-profit with a suggested donation revenue model. As we prepare to celebrate this milestone, we want to invite the community to share their memories through pictures and stories of the Arts Festival throughout the years,” shares Courtney Perkins, Executive Director of Prescott Park Arts Festival, “The Arts Festival belongs to our beloved community and while our staff is working extra hard this year to put together a very special summer celebrating 50 years, we want to include those personal stories and images in our celebration. Part of the magic of the Festival lies in those generational stories and sharing them for this landmark occasion feels very important as we reflect on our history and springboard into the future.” 

The Arts Festival invites community members to share stories and images from their own experiences at the Festival in Prescott Park throughout the past 50 years. Anyone interested can fill-out their Google Form and upload images there as well. Another option is to email anniversary@prescottpark.org

'Spring Is In The Air’ Art Show & Open House at Lydia’s House of Hope

SOMERSWORTH — Lydia’s House of Hope will open its doors to the community for their ‘Spring is in the Air’ Art Show & Open House’ on Friday March 22. The event will be held at Lydia’s House of Hope on 21 Grand St., in Somersworth from 4-8 p.m.

Lydia’s House of Hope invites you to tour their beautiful 33-room historic home, marvel at the exceptional artwork created by their talented residents, enjoy delicious appetizers and refreshments, and learn more about what they do to break the generational cycle of homelessness in our community.

During the tour, guests will view their state-of-the-art commercial kitchen donated by Loco Coco’s, 12-piece gym donated by Planet Fitness, uniquely designed individual family rooms, learning centers for children and adults, and so much more. Artwork and crafts featured at the Open House will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the families served at LHOH.

For questions about the event, contact Maria at adminassistant@seedsoffaithnh.org or call 603-441-5288. More information about this event will be found at LydiasHouseNH.org and on the Facebook Event page.

16th Annual NH Brewfest announced for this fall

Prescott Park Arts Festival announces the return of the 16th Annual NH Brewfest.

PORTSMOUTH — Prescott Park Arts Festival in partnership with Cisco Brewers Portsmouth, the New England District of the Master Brewers Association of Americas (MBAA), and WHEB/ iHeartMedia, announces the return of the crowd-pleasing craft beer festival on Oct. 12, 2024.  

For $60 per ticket, New Hampshire Brewfest attendees can try beer samples from nearly 50 breweries, while DJ Skooch spins tunes all day, with games and lots of festivities. Tickets are on sale now for the highly anticipated event. Food is not included but is available for purchase. Brewfest offers three types of admission; a VIP ticket for $80 with early access and commemorative Brewfest drinkware, a General Admission ticket, and a special Designated Driver ticket for $20 for those who want to support their loved ones who love beer. Taps down will be at 4 p.m. and the event will end at 4:30 p.m. 

Special early bird pricing is being offered now through April 1 with $15 off the VIP ticket, bringing it down to $65, and $10 off the GA ticket, bringing it down to $50. Attendees can use promo codes “EARLYBIRDVIP24” and “EARLYBIRDGA24".

Specific breweries will be announced closer to the event.  For more information visit NHBrewFest.com. Ticket sales are available through www.portsmouthnhtickets.com.

'Kittery, Our Town & Etchings' by Mary Margaret Sweeney presented by Kittery Arts Association

KITTERY, Maine — Join the Kittery Art Association in a celebration of our community, on view through April 7. Kittery is the oldest incorporated town in Maine, and this beautiful seaside community is steeped in history. Our town has much to memorialize; rocky beaches, traditional architecture, historic defense structures, parks, and quiet private spaces. This is our ode to our home, the gateway to Maine.

For more information visit www.kitteryartassociation.org or contact us via email: info@kitteryartassociation.org or byphone: 207-451-9384