The Portsmouth Partnership's First Friday Courtyard Concert series is entering its seventh consecutive year of operation, continuing to draw 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. Once again, from March through October, visitors of all ages will enjoy live music along with light breezes, afternoon shade, and PACC's two floors' worth of innovative and ever-changing art exhibits. All beverage donations will continue to benefit the Portsmouth Museums Foundation. And . . . as always, Olde Towne's many restaurants beckon, all within a short walking distance. See
While the Lefcoe Leadership Class of 2017’s time together has officially come to a close, its best qualities will live on for years to come: friendships will endure, mutual efforts will be shared, the Lefcoe Alumni Association will take on new, energetic members and, last but not least, the kids who play baseball and football at the Churchland Little League facility will enjoy improved facilities and a significantly upgraded concession stand. Since the income from concession sales produces a huge chunk of the Leagues’ annual income, this is a very big deal. Parents and volunteers who staff the concession stand
The Lefcoe Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for the Class of 2017. DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE The Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify and pre pare individuals for leadership roles in the City of Portsmouth. The course was founded in memory of Vann H. Lefcoe by the Trustees of the Lefcoe Foundation. Since our inception in 1997, we have sponsored twenty leadership courses, graduating 480 individuals who serve our community in various capacities including serving on City Commissions and actively participating in civic organizations. Mr. Don Comer
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
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
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!
Applications for the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Development Program's Class of 2016 are now being accepted. Interested individuals should download the application below. Applications are due by November 6, 2015. Lefcoe Leadership Program Application Class of 2016
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!
THE TERM “BUSINESS INCUBATOR,” for most of us, conjures images of quirky urban spaces where casually-dressed young techies huddle over smart devices and foot-tall cups of Starbucks coffee. But the 30 or so vendors at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market contend that they, too, share an incubation space with a vibe all its own: their weekly market at Court and High Streets. Their stalls are, after all, the ultimate “temp space;” their revenue provides investment for their businesses’ growth, and their customers’ testimonials provide the most credible brand of advertising out there. “I STARTED MY BUSINESS OUT OF MY HOME over
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 of