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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 30, 2014

NEWMARKET, NH — 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 Street. 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.”

Great Line-Up!
The 2014 Newmarket Heritage Festival will feature a return of many favorite performers, including the legendary accordion master Gary Sredzienski, the dazzling Chinese Folk Art Troupe, 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, Fred Dolan and his wildfowl carving, 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. (Main Street will remain open to traffic.)

Sponsors
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, and Newmarket Dental, PSNH, and Wintercrow Studiio. Other supporters include Ron Lemieux, Proulx Oil, and RBC Wealth Management. Friends of the festival include Appledore Real Estate, Lamprey Health Care, and 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.

2014 Information
Date: May 31, 2014. Hours: 10 am – 8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; children $2 (ages 6-12); under 6 free. For updates: visit the festival web site (www.heritage-festival.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HeritageFestivalNH). Volunteering: Interested in volunteering? Get in touch: newmarketfest@yahoo.com.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2013

NEWMARKET HERITAGE FESTIVAL TO TAKE HIATUS IN 2013—
WITH PLANS TO RETURN IN 2014

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 (www.heritage-festival.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/HeritageFestivalNH). Interested in volunteering on the festival planning committee? Get in touch: newmarketfest@yahoo.com.

 

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CALENDAR LISTING

Sept. 1, 2012

15th ANNUAL NEWMARKET HERITAGE FESTIVAL: SEPT. 22, 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).

MORE INFO: www.heritage-festival.org. OR www.facebook.com/HeritageFestivalNH





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