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    Rain or Shine, Partnership’s 2016 First Friday Concert Shows Go On

Rain or Shine, Partnership’s 2016 First Friday Concert Shows Go On

For six years now the Portsmouth Partnership’s First Friday Courtyard Concert series has drawn people of all ages to the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s historic, tree-lined brick courtyard at the corner of Court and High Streets. And, most of the time, guests have enjoyed light breezes, afternoon shade, and an opportunity to view PACC’s two floors’ worth of innovative and ever-changing art exhibits. But last year and, again in 2016, First Friday events have seen more rain than sunshine. What to do? Small groups, and solo musicians like Matt Thomas or Lewis McGehee, have simply moved indoors to PACC’s […]

Partnership’s 2016 First Friday Concerts Under Way

First Fridays serve as a great excuse to unplug from routine to gather with friends at the end of a work week. Free music and the availability of a cool beverage provide an informal, 3-hour backdrop where adults can re-connect, kids are always welcomed, and Olde Towne’s restaurants beckon.

While “Concerts in the Courtyard” take place under the live oaks of the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center’s historic brick outdoor garden, they move indoors behind PACC’s gift shop when inclement weather interferes.

This year, rainy May weather required that we reach out to Olde Towne partner Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Sports […]

2015 Scottish Walk? You bet!

Edgy weather has never stopped the annual Olde Towne Portsmouth Scottish Walk, and this year was no exception. As these Facebook pics show, a big crowd came, stayed, and enjoyed!

Supporters of Portsmouth Public Art Strike Again!

The SPPA’s newest murals are now mounted on Olde Towne’s New Colony Theatre, across from the Commodore Theatre. The three giant-sized works depict three musical giants who hailed from Portsmouth: Tommy Newsome, Ruth Brown, and Bill Deal.

We can all thank the SPPA volunteers for their pursuit of a cool and quirky Olde Towne vibe. Their creative ideas, fund-raising prowess, and ability to follow-through  continue to  make Olde Towne a fun and welcoming place for everyone. Visit them on Facebook!

Halloween in Olde Towne brought fun; folks

What better way is there to immerse yourself in the rendering of ghost stories but with a guided walk through a darkened, tree-lined historic district like Portsmouth’s Olde Towne? On Friday, October 24, over 1,000 visitors found what guests for over 34 years have discovered: the Olde Towne Civic League’s annual Ghost Walk is second to none for bringing home the spooky spirit of Halloween. On Saturday night the Olde Towne Business Association’s Safe Trick of Treat saw over 9,500 kids collect over 101,000 pieces of candy from the neighborhood’s shops. Also on Saturday, Portsmouth was declared the winner […]

Did You Say: “Halloween in Olde Towne?”

Yup, the Olde Towne Civic League’s annual Olde Towne Ghost Walk is happening on Friday, Oct 24, at 7, 8 and 9pm. Get your ticket info at 525-0318, and get your gang down there! Stroll through the night to hear spooky tales . . . and, perhaps, encounter a surprise or two!

And, for the first time this year, carve YOUR pumpkin, install a battery-operated tea light, and take it to High Street Landing between 3-6pm on Friday, Oct 24, or between noon-3pm on Saturday, Oct 25. Help Portsmouth vie against Norfolk for honors in the GREAT PUMPKIN CHALLENGE. Pumpkins […]

Olde Towne Fall Crawl is Oct 4

It’s time again for the Olde Towne Fall Crawl! This year the event, organized by Ghent Bar Tours, benefits the Portsmouth Humane Society. Following the Partnership’s First Friday Courtyard Concert and Saturday Farmers’ Market, the OTBA’s Antiques to Flea Market, and the Portsmouth’s Coast Guard Celebration at Portside, this year’s crawl will showcase the numerous and diverse restaurants of Olde Towne.  Early registration is only $20 ($25 on the day of the event), and the event will run from 4 until 9pm on Saturday, October 4. Further info and registration can be had at OldeTowneFallCrawl.com. See you there!

Portsmouth named Bicycle Friendly Community

City of Portsmouth Named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists

As thousands participate in Bike to Work Week nationwide, the League of American Bicyclists has announced its latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community℠ (BFC) awards, including the City of Portsmouth at the bronze level. With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a competitive, livable community.

The BFC program is revolutionizing the way communities evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation […]

Olde Towne street art continues . . .

“Before I die, I want to . . . take this piece of chalk and write what I want to do before I die.” That’s all there is to it. Chalk is provided in front of the Colony Theatre next to the Bier Garden Restaurant, and you’re free to fill in the blank. As you can see, there have been lots of takers – there seems to be lots to do.

Have you seen the OTBA’s new video?

The Olde Towne Business Association has put together a beautifully filmed sampling of the variety of enticements offered by Portsmouth’s Olde Towne. The spot marks the launch of the OTBA’s own YouTube channel. Short term goal? 500 subscribers and 1,000+ “likes” by April 1. Long-term goal? Spreadin’ the word!