May 31, 2014: The Newmarket Heritage Festival is back!
After a short hiatus in 2013, the award-winning Newmarket Heritage Festival, one of the Seacoast region’s most anticipated annual events, will return this spring on May 31, 2014.
Produced by the Newmarket Main Street Corporation, the event celebrates the arts, culture, history, and community spirit, bringing together a host of talented performers and artisans to create an experience recognized by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts as one of the region’s outstanding cultural events.
New this Year
This year’s festival will be held in a new location—inside the renovated Newmarket Mills at 55 Main St. The South Venue Millspace features the main stage and dozens of vendor booths. The North Venue features artisans at work, music, and more vendors. (This year’s event will not include outdoor activities.) “What better location than our historic mills for a multicultural celebration rooted in the rich mix of immigrant traditions that define the heritage of this mill town,” says Suki Casanave, who has served as director of the festival for the past 13 years.
Festival planners have been working closely with local organizations and businesses to determine the shape of this year’s event, which will focus on the music and arts that represent the core of the festival mission. “Lamprey Arts and Culture Alliance, Chinburg Properties, and Rivermoor Landing Condominiums have been invaluable partners as we work out the logistical details,” says David LeGault, a member of the NMSC board and logistics coordinator for the festival. “Together, we are working to ensure the long-term viability of the festival and maintain its high quality.”
The 2014 Newmarket Heritage Festival features a return to the stage of many favorite performers, including the legendary accordion master Gary Sredzienski, the dazzling Chinese Folk Art Workshop, and the high-energy rhythms of the Awkwabba African drummers. New this year will be the New England Irish Harp Orchestra, joined by the local McDonough-Grimes Irish Dancers and Newmarket’s Mini City Hip Hop Dancers. Popular returning artisans, include R.P. Hale and his 18th-century printing press, wildfowl carver Fred Dolan, and fly tyer Bob Wyatt, among others. A selection of high-quality vendors—including local merchants on Main Street and in the Newmarket Mills—will be another feature of this year’s event. The Bristol S-Gauge model trains will be back in the American Legion building and the Community Church will host a Soup and Chowder Fest.
The festival would not be possible without sponsorship support. Major sponsors of this year’s event include the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Town of Newmarket, as well as festival partners LOCO Sports, Liberty Mutual, Newmarket Dental, PSNH, and Wintercrow Studio. Other supporters include Ron Lemieux, Proulx Oil, and RBC Wealth Management. Friends of the festival include Appledore Real Estate, Lamprey Health Care, Northeast Delta Dental.
“We are delighted to be returning this year in a new location and with a new format,” says Casanave, “and to be able to continue the celebration of the arts, culture history and community spirit that have defined the Newmarket Heritage Festival for so many years. We look forward to seeing everyone at the festival!”
About the Festival
The Heritage Festival, now in its 16th year, is a celebration of the arts, culture, history, and community spirit—rooted in a small New England mill town. Known as the Seacoast’s favorite international block party, the festival has gained a reputation for its eclectic mix of entertainment and activities, as well as its friendly atmosphere. Produced by the Newmarket Main Street Corporation, this lively celebration takes place in the shadow of Newmarket’s historic mills, where laborers once worked so hard–and where a sense of community continues to thrive.
Date: May 31, 2014. Hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; children $2 (ages 6-12); under 6 free. Free parking is available at the high school (213 S. Main St.) with free trolley to festival venues.
For Festival Updates
Visit www.heritage-festival.org or find us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HeritageFestivalNH).
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