Portsmouth Advocates Awards Night

Honor Historic Preservation Projects

Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street
Thursday, November 21, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm
Award presentations 6:00 pm.

Light refreshments will be served.

Advocates 2018

Portsmouth Advocates, a key program of the Portsmouth Historical Society, is preparing for awards season! Since 1989 Portsmouth Advocates has honored individuals and projects that enhance the city’s unique historic character and make Portsmouth a better place to live and work. On Thursday, November 21, from 5:30-7pm at Discover Portsmouth, the Advocates will continue this tradition by presenting awards to exceptional individuals and projects completed within the last year. [Read more…]

Winners of the 2019 Young Writers Contest!

We are delighted to announce the winners of our 2019 Young Writers Contest!

Writers in grades 3 to 12 who participated in our second annual Young Writers Contest came to Discover Portsmouth to view the exhibition, “New Hampshire Folk Art: By the People, For the People.” Each writer selected a work from the exhibition, spent time with the work and composed a response.

A panel of judges read and evaluated entries based on content, creativity, expression, clarity, quality, and connection to the original artwork.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s winners. You may click on the links below to read their submissions.

Grades 3-5

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WINNER – Maetta Jagentenfl
3rd Grade – Dondero Elementary School

Exhibition selection (above) “Spotted Fawn”, Archie Gilbert (1868–1947). Landaff, N.H., ca. 1932. Carved and painted wood. League of NH Craftsmen
Entry Title –The Five Friends
HONORABLE MENTION – Ella Karp

Grades 6-8

WINNER – Isobel Horowitz
Home School – Age 12 – Grade 7

Exhibition Selection (above) “Dexter” Running Horse Weathervane, America, probably New England, ca. 1875–1900
Copper, cast iron, New London Historical Society
Entry Title – Stolen From the Skies
HONORABLE MENTION – Amelia Chick

Grades 9-12


Grades 9-12
WINNER – Josie Sedam
10th Grade – Portsmouth High School – age 14

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Exhibition Selection (above) Capt. Caleb Currier and Sarah Marden Currier, ca. 1820. William Chamberlain (1790–1860). Paper on black cloth, ink, pencil. Portsmouth Historical Society
Entry Title – The Immortality of Shadows

Thanks to our Contest Sponsors

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“It’s Pastel” 11th Annual Juried Show

October 25-November 30, 2019 • 9:30am-5pm 7 days a week.

Awards Ceremony and Opening Night Reception Saturday, October 26th, 2019, 5-7pm. Free admission

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Portsmouth Advocates Seeks Award Nominations 2019

2018 Portsmouth Advocates Award

2018 Portsmouth Advocates Award Recipients

Since 1989 Portsmouth Advocates has honored individuals and projects which enhance the city’s unique historic character and make Portsmouth a better place to live and work. On November 21, 2019, Advocates will continue this tradition by presenting awards to exceptional individuals and projects completed over the last year.

For the first time, Portsmouth Advocates is soliciting award nominations from members of the public. Do you know of a project, homeowner, organization, or developer, doing great things? Let us know!
Submissions must be received by October 11, 2019. [Read more…]

Carl Austin Hyatt: From Portsmouth to Peru: in Search of Anima Mundi

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Discover Portsmouth,
Friday, October 25 – Sunday, December 22.

LECTURES BY THE ARTIST
Thursday, November 14
Thursday, December 5
5:30 to 6:30pm

Carl Austin Hyatt shares his experiences in Peru with indigenous shamans.

Doors open at 5:00pm
These events are free and open to the public.

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New Hampshire Film Festival Headquarters 2019

nhff_1The 2019 New Hampshire Film Festival comes to Portsmouth, NH October 17-20. The festival presents 100 of the best independent films from around the world in four downtown screening venues over the four days.

NHFF made its initial debut in 2001 in Derry, New Hampshire. In 2004, the festival moved to its permanent home in the charming seacoast town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Offering a completely different experience from going to a movie at a movieplex, the screenings take place in downtown Portsmouth historic landmarks: The Music Hall, The Music Hall Loft, 3S Artspace, Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden and NHFF Headquarters, Discover Portsmouth

The NHFF program always maintains a level of quality on par with major festivals like Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, and SXSW. Yet, NHFF maintains integrity with original premieres and underground indies that start their journey in NH and spiral on into the world. What results is an eclectic mix of features, docs, and shorts that provides all accepted films the prestige of being included in a world-class program.

For the second time, viewers can experience films using Virtual Reality (VR) technology at the New Hampshire Film Festival. During the four-day film festival there will be a Virtual Reality Lounge located at Discover Portsmouth .

Viewing a film in Virtual Reality gives a viewer an immersive experience and a lingering understanding of the problem the film presents. As filmmakers have been experimenting with this new technology, this is the perfect opportunity to get it in front of audience members.

Since 2006, the four day event has begun on the Thursday after Columbus Day each year with the New Hampshire Day and Night Program. New Hampshire has a vibrant filmmaking community, and the New Hampshire Day & Night program is dedicated to presenting films that are filmed on location in NH, or which have filmmakers, producers, or actors from the Granite State.

NHFF & Discover Portsmouth:

Festival Headquarters are located at Discover Portsmouth, a non-profit cultural center that combines a multi-level gallery, conference hall, museum shop, and community showcase on the corner of downtown’s main street.

The New Hampshire Film Festival is truly an event like no other. Festival passes are the best way to experience everything NHFF has to offer, but individual tickets are available for individual screenings as well.

VIP Pass ($225):

Premium and advanced seating at every screening at every venue throughout the weekend, (as long as patrons arrive 15 minutes before scheduled screening time) entrance to all ceremonies and parties including the VIP brunch at the 100 Club. Admission into all panels and workshops.

Weekend Pass ($100):

Entrance to every screening at every venue for all 4 days, entrance to all ceremonies and parties excluding the VIP Brunch at the One Hundred Club. Admission into all panels and workshops. Seating at screenings and entrance to ceremonies, parties, and panels are on a space available basis.

Day Thursday Pass ($25):

NH Day & Night! Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to NH Night welcome and awards ceremony and Flatbread after party. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All entry is on a space available basis. Seating at screening and entrance to ceremonies, panels and party are on a space available basis.

Friday Pass ($40):

Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to opening night ceremonies, and opening night party. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All on a space available basis. Seating at screenings and entrance to ceremonies, panels and party are on a space available basis.

Saturday Pass ($40):

Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to all Saturday parties. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All on a space available basis. Seating at screenings and entrance to panels and parties are on a space available basis.

Sunday Pass ($40):

Entrance to every screening at every venue. Entrance to Closing Night Ceremonies. Admission into all panels and workshops throughout the weekend. All on a space available basis. Seating at screenings and entrance to ceremonies and panels are on a space available basis.

Passes are on sale now on the New Hampshire Film Festival Website: nhfilmfestival.com

Passes available at The Music Hall Box Office and NHFF Film Festival Headquarters at Discover Portsmouth during the weekend of the festival only.

For more information visit New Hampshire Film Festival

Silhouette Portraits at Discover Portsmouth Holiday 2019

Silhouettes

Sunday, December 1 2019

To Benefit the Portsmouth Historical Society

Hand-cut by artist Marcella Comerford, these lovely portraits make WONDERFUL holiday gifts and become family treasures!

All work is done free-hand and even the most wiggly little ones are welcome!

By Appointment at Discover Portsmouth

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New Hampshire Folk Art: By the People, For the People

with Companion Exhibition, Contemporary NH Folk Art, by League of NH Craftsmen

NH Folk Art Exhibition 2019 Portsmouth NH

Friday, April 5 – Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:30am-5:00pm Open 7 days

at the Academy Gallery, Discover Portsmouth

Gerald W.R. Ward, Curator

This Exhibition is Free and Open to the Public
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20th Portsmouth Maritime Festival

a GRAND Finale!
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 28 & 29, 2019.
Visit pmffest.org for schedule info

We hope you will join us for what we trust will be a truly memorable farewell celebration of the Portsmouth Maritime Festival.
The festival was begun 20 years ago with a simple goal: to promote sea music and talented local and “away” performers, and foment a wider appreciation of maritime history in general and, particularly, that of our home port, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

On Sunday from 10am to 2 pm, there will be festival performers outside on the lawn of the John Paul Jones House, 43 Middle St. (in case of rain, the performers will be at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St.). There are indoor and outdoor performance venues all around Portsmouth, and performances during the day both days are free.

Joining the Maritime Festival to mark this year’s very special anniversary and farewell celebration will be many singers and instrumentalists who in the past have graced our performance stages with their remarkable talent and contributed so much to the success of the seaside festival. Also, we will proudly showcase several new acts, in keeping with our commitment to feature unique and exciting performers, who are the future of traditional music.

Please join us for our final voyage. Visit pmffest.org, for the September 28th and 29th schedule of events.

Hope to see you there!

6th Annual John Paul Jones Jubilee and Auction

Thursday, September 5, 2019

5:30-8:00pm
Discover Portsmouth
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH

$40 for Members / $50 for Non-Members

Tickets are Non-refundable
*Handling fees may apply to online purchases; you may also purchase tickets by calling 603.436.8433

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