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March 15, 2013


Newmarket, NH — After 15 years, the award-winning Newmarket Heritage Festival, which has become one of the Seacoast region’s most anticipated annual events, will be on hiatus in 2013. 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.

“The festival has been a wonderful community celebration and a boon for Newmarket and the region,” says Suki Casanave, who has served as director of the festival for the past 12 years and works closely with a dedicated volunteer committee to plan the annual event. The organization is now poised to start a new chapter in its history, according to festival organizers, working closely with other local organizations and businesses to determine the shape of the future.

“For numerous reasons, financial and logistical, we decided it was time to modify the festival’s current model to ensure the long-term viability of producing a high-quality event,” says David LeGault, the festival’s logistics coordinator and treasurer of the Newmarket Main Street Corporation. LeGault has been involved with the festival since the beginning.

The organizing committee wishes to thank all of the performers, artisans, other participants who contributed their many and varied talents to help create a wonderful community event throughout the years. Thanks also to the thousands of attendees who came out to enjoy the festival and to the volunteers who pitched in to make the weekend possible. The festival planners are grateful also to the many faithful sponsors who have supported the festival for so long, making it possible to bring a high-quality event to the region year after year.

“We look forward to being in touch again when the festival returns in its new format,” says Casanave, “and to continuing the celebration of the arts, culture history and community spirit that have defined the Newmarket Heritage Festival for so many years.”

For updates and more information: Visit our web site ( and Facebook page ( Interested in volunteering on the festival planning committee? Get in touch:




September 5, 2012

An international block party–a celebration of the arts, culture, history, and community spirit

NEWMARKET, NH—It’s an international block party—and you’re invited! Don’t miss the 15th annual Newmarket Heritage Festival, a celebration of the arts, culture, history, and community spirit in this historic mill town on Sept. 22. Where else can you to try African drumming and Irish ceili dancing, medieval sword fighting and the art of juggling? Doo-wop tunes and barbershop harmonies; Polish accordion music and a Bavarian oompah band; Laotian, Indian, and Flamenco dancing-–they’re all on the festival stage in the heart of this historic mill town. For details and updates, visit the festival web site ( and Facebook page (

OVERVIEW: The Newmarket Heritage Festival honors the rich diversity of tradition, past and present, that defines this small New England mill town and the Piscataqua region. Through the years, the traditional art forms of many cultures have been featured at the festival, including Polish, French, Irish, German, Laotian, African-American, Chinese, Indian, and traditional American cultures. The event has grown from a one-tent festival to an event full of multicultural music and dance performances, artisans at work,  hands-on children’s activities, a busy waterfront venue, fine arts and craft vendors, delicious food, and lots more. The festival has gained a reputation for its eclectic mix of entertainment and activities, as well as for its friendly atmosphere. This lively celebration takes place in the shadow of Newmarket’s historic mills, where so many once labored so hard–-and where a sense of community continues to thrive.

MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES in 2012 include classical and folk dances of India with the Indian Dancers of the Seacoast (10:30-11:15); extreme juggling with the Tardy Brothers (12:00-12:45); Irish step dancing with the Murray Dance Academy (1:45-2:30); African drumming and dancing with the Akwaaba Ensemble (3:15-4:15); Spanish Flamenco dancing with the Flamenco Dance Project (5:00-5:45); music of the old country and more with Accordion Man Gary Sredzienski (6:30-7:45); and world music with 100-plus ‘Diamond Divas’ of Voices from the Heart (8:00-9:00).

WORKSHOP STAGE PERFORMANCES and demonstrations include traditional dances of Laos with the Newmarket Laotian Dancers (10:00-10:30); a Beatles to Broadway Sing-Along with Susie Burke & Family (11:15-12:00); an African drumming workshop with the Akwaaba Ensemble (12:45-1:45); Doo-wop & Oldies Favorites with The Fabulous Bel Airs (2:30-3:15); an Irish ceili dance workshop with John Grimes of Riverdance (4:15-5:00); and music and handcrafted instruments of Zimbabwe with the Maine Marimba Ensemble (5:45-6:30).

WATERFRONT STAGE and STROLLING MUSIC: Waterfront Stage performers include Ray DeMarco & Friends, Shades of Grass, Nice and Naughty, Erin Robertshaw and Grass Knuckles playing American Jazz, Old Favorites, Original Contemporary Folk, Country and Bluegrass. Strolling musicians include Eastern Sound Trio, the Fiddling Thomsons, Vibe Quartet, Dick Kaplan’s Jazz Band, Opa’s Oompay Band, and Myschyffe Managed playing Polish Music, World Music, Barbershop Tunes, Jazz Favorites, Bavarian Music, and Medieval Madrigals.

ARTISAN TENT: Funded in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the festival Artisan Tent includes artisans at work who love sharing their passion for the past: blacksmith Garry Kalajian, cooper Ron Raiselis; dulcimer maker Alan Batchelder; wildfowl carver Fred Dolan, and 18th-century printer R.P. Hale, who will be creating the eighth in a series of prints of historic buildings. The tent also features “try-it-yourself” traditions for all ages: Chinese brush painting, pottery, letter-press printing, fused glass fun with magnets, spinning, weaving, woodworking, and more.

ACTIVITIES: The festival is packed with activities in the Waterfront and Downtown venues. (Some require a small fee.) Activities include: kayaking on the river and scenic boat rides; a medieval encampment and with medieval combat demonstrations; a model railway and a roaming raceway; a bungee bounce and climbing wall; farm animals and sidewalk art; historic walking tours and a harvest supper.

CRAFT & FOOD VENDORS: Handcrafted jewelry, wooden keepsake boxes, hand- embroidered clothing, goat’s milk soap, folk art, baskets, garden signs, and more–the festival features dozens of craft and food vendors selling fine arts, crafts, gifts, and edible goodies at all three venues.


Saturday, Sept. 22, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Adults: $7; children: $3 (ages 6-12); under 6, free.
Admission covers all performances and events (excluding select activities).

Location: The festival takes place in the heart of historic downtown Newmarket at three locations: The Mill Venue, the Downtown Venue, and the Waterfront Venue. Check the website for directions and more information.

Free Parking and Trolley: Parking is available at the Newmarket Junior/Senior High School (213 S. Main St./Route 152). The free festival trolley (which is handicap accessible) runs continuously to all the festival venues (9:30 am – 9:30 pm).

Handicap Access: The festival site is handicap-accessible except for the second floor of the Stone School Museum and parts of the mill building.

Reminder: The festival is a No Smoking event. For safety reasons, the festival is also a “fido-free” environment. Service dogs only are allowed. Thanks for your understanding.

For more information:

SPONSORS: Produced by the Newmarket Main Street Corporation, the Heritage Festival is made possible thanks to the generous support of our sponsors: Leaders: New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, TD Bank, Town of Newmarket. Partners: Flavor Magazine, Liberty Mutual, Loco Sports, Newmarket Business Association, Newmarket Dental, Newmarket Mills, PSNH, 102.1FM/The Shark. Supporters: Anonymous, Churchill’s Garden, L Wynn Sound, Proulx Oil, RBC Wealth Management, Rivermoor Landing. Thanks also to our Friends and Community Partners.

Rooted in the diversity of Newmarket’s past and present, the mission of the Heritage Festival is to bring people together for a celebration of the arts, culture, history, and community spirit. The festival is produced by the Newmarket Main Street Corporation, a nonprofit group dedicated to strengthening and revitalizing the historic and cultural characteristics of the community and to preserving the legacy of Newmarket for future generations.

For more information: or 603.659.5588.



Sept. 1, 2012

An international block party–a celebration of the arts, culture, history and community spirit

NEWMARKET, NH: It’s the Seacoast region’s annual international block party—and you’re invited! Visit the historic mill town of Newmarket, NH, for the 15th annual Heritage Festival–a weekend of music and dance, arts and history, food and fun.

PERFORMANCES: African drumming and Polish accordion tunes; Indian and Irish dancing; a Bavarian oompah band and a Ceili dance workshop; Zimbabwe marimba music  and a flamenco dance performance; folk, jazz, and barbershop music;  doo-wop tunes and drum circles.  More about performers.

ARTISANS: The Artisan Tent is always hopping at the festival. Watch a blacksmith, cooper, dulcimer maker, 18th-century printer, wildfowl carver at work. Try Chinese brush painting, fly tying, fused glass work, spinning, weaving and more. More about artisans.

ACTIVITIES: Kayaking and boat tours, medieval sword fighting, a model railway, history walks, and a harvest supper. More about activities.

FOR KIDS: Try-it-yourself traditional arts in the Artisan Tent, farm animals, a climbing wall, a bungee bounce, juggling, a roaming raceway—and more! More about fun for kids.

VENDORS: And don’t forget to visit the vendors in the festival marketplace selling fine arts and crafts, great gifts, good food, and more. More about vendors.

HOURS: Sept. 22, 10 am – 9 pm. ADMISSION: Adults: $7; children: $3 (ages 6-12); under 6, free.
Admission covers all performances and events (excluding select activities).


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