Main Street Matters | August 18 2016
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“Fiddling Thomsons & Ice Cream Social ” At Music On The Square. August 26
Father and son duo Ryan and Brennish Thomson  will be featured as The Fiddling Thomsons at the Friday, August 26 Music On The Square concert in downtown Rochester.. Underwritten by Federal Savings Bank and a grant from the NH State Council On The Arts/National Endowment For The Arts, the Music On The Square Concerts are held on Fridays from 11:45 am until 1:30 pm through August 26. Concert goers are asked to “bring a chair and buy or bring a lunch” to enjoy a musical performance in the heart of downtown Rochester. This is the final concert in the 2016 series.

Ryan Thomson is a music and dance professional who has been honored by inclusion on both the Traditional and Touring Artist rosters of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts He is a past winner of the Northeastern USA Regional award at the National Fiddle Contest and is a multi-instrumentalist who performs and teaches weekly on fiddle, banjo,flute, piano, accordian, pennywhistle and other instruments. You can watch and listen to his performances on these instruments on his You Tube channel.  In his spare time he enjoys playing chamber music in an amateur classical ensemble.

To celebrate the end of summer at Music on The square there will be an "Ice Cream Social" from 11:00 am until 11:45 am, just prior to the concert. For a $3.50 donation, guests can build their own sundae. Proceeds will benefit next years concert series.The Free parking nearby is available at the North Main , Union, and Congress Street Parking lots. For more information please contact the Rochester Main Street office by calling 603-330-3208 or email director@rochestermainstreet.org. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
August 18, 2016
Greetings,
Thank you for taking the time to read this week’s Main Street Matters and learning about the events and news in downtown Rochester. Our weekly e-newsletter is brought to you through a generous donation by Albany International and Frisbie Memorial Hospital. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and helping the downtown revitalization effort, or working at one of our many events, then please contact the Rochester Main Street Office at 603-330-3208 or email director@rochestermainstreet.org.
Thank you for reading, and hope to see you soon downtown!

 
 
 
 
 
Rochester Main Street Events
Friday, August 19-"Music On The Square" with Poor Howard and Bullfrog, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm
Friday, August 26-"Music On The Square" with The Fiddling Thomsons, 11:45 am to 1:30 pm
                               Ice Cream Social, 11:00 am to 11:45 am , $3.50 donation
Saturday, September 10-Gay Pride Rochester, Central Square & Downtown, 12:00-5:00 pm
Saturday, October 8- 8th Annual October Festival, 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Central Square & Hanson Street

 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 

Rochester Celebrates 2016 Arts & Culture Week
The Rochester Arts & Culture Commission celebrated the kick off of Rochester Arts & Culture week with the 4th Annual Rochester Arts Awards at the Governor's Inn on Monday, August 15. Mayor Caroline McCarley read a proclamation declaring  August 14-20 Arts & Culture Week in the City of Rochester and declaring August 15 as Arts & Culture Day. Over 100 persons gathered to enjoy refreshments and honor arts nominees for their work in the city over the past year.

Pictured, l-r are award recipients : Brian Sylvester-Rochester Public Library-Authors Fair; James Schwartz-Rochester Main Street-Author's Fair; Amy Reagan-Rochester Museum of Fine Arts-Film Shorts Series; Matthew Wyat-Rochester Arts & Culture Commission Chair;  Kris Ebbeson-RiverStones Custom Framing and Ben Franklin Gallery-Visual Art Exhibit-"Impressions of Ireland"; Jennifer Marsh-Rochester Economic Development-Authors Fair; Dr Walter Hoerman -2016 Humanitarian Award-Foley Run (www.foleyrun.org); Heather Stachura-Lilac City Grille-live Music Venue; Anthony Ejarque-Rochester Opera House- musical production "Chicago"; Susan Page-2016 Supporter of the Arts; Sharon Asher-Peoples Choice Award-Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-Millworks Theater Troupe; and Susan Roy -Rochester Main Street-live music series-Music On The Square, sponsored by Federal Savings Bank. unable to attend and accept was Spaulding High School Drama Department-Costume design for the musical "Shrek".      

The Rochester Arts & Culture Commission congratulates all of the honorees and thanks them for their working in bringing Arts & Culture to residents and visitors of Rochester throughout the year. Thanks are also extended to The Governor's Inn for hosting the event and to Samantha Rogerson for the wonderful design of the invitations.. Members of the Arts & Culture Commission are: Chair; Matt Wyatt, Vice Chair-Amy Regan, Elaine Lauterborn and Michael Provost. City Staff representative is Michelle Mears. We would also like to remind you that there are still openings to serve your community on the Arts & Culture Commission, and you may secure an application by contacting Michelle Mears at michelle.mears@rochesternh.net.  For more information on the Rochester Arts & Culture commission you can look online at www.rochesternharts.org .

 The Rochester Arts & Culture Commission is seeking a Poet Laureate for the City of Rochester. Interested persons may download the application at www.rochesternharts.org
 
 
 
 
 
Rochester Historical Society Yard and Book Sale, Saturday, August 20, 8:00 am-2:00pm
The Rochester Historical Society’s annual Yard and Book sale is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, from 8 AM to 2 PM on the Museum grounds at 58 Hanson Street.  The rain date is the following Saturday.  This is one of the Society’s major fundraisers that helps to support the operating expenses of the Museum, including heat, lights, and telephone.  We’ve received many fine donations of a wide variety of household and kitchen items, toys, knickknacks, tools, books, puzzles, and much more, so you are sure to find something to buy and support the RHS Museum!  For more information please call the Museum at 603 330-3099 or e-mail rochesterhistorical@metrocast.net

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Rochester Looks To Break Disc Throw Record! by Liz Markhlevskaya 
The date and new location have been set for Rochester's attempt to break the Guinness World Record in simultaneous disc throw. The event will take place at the Lilac Mall on Sunday, Oct. 16. Those wanting to participate in the disc throw are welcome to register the morning of the event. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 16, and the attempt to break the world record will begin between 9 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.

The event is being organized by several members of the community, the School District, and representatives of Rochester businesses. The goal is for Rochester to break the current record of 958 people throwing discs at the same time. The current record holder is Miura Beach 900 Challenge Executive Committee, which broke the record on April 16, 2016, in Miura, Kanagawa, Japan.

Although Rochester's attempt to break the record was previously planned to take place at the Ridge, it turned out that the Lilac Mall was more conducive for parking for participants, said Dean Graziano, extended learning opportunities coordinator for Rochester schools, who came up with the idea for the event back in March.

To break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous disc throw, participants will have to stand behind a clearly marked line, and throw the discs at the sound of a loud signal. The signal will be given by three people, including Mayor Caroline McCarley, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Laura Ring, and a school administrator. According to Graziano, these three people will represent the partnerships among Rochester's local government, businesses, and schools.

Graziano said although almost anyone is welcome to participate in the breaking world record attempt, there will likely be a limit on age, to ensure that as many discs as possible fly at least three feet. He said that volunteers at the event will be counting the number of discs that don't travel more than three feet. If 10 percent or more of the discs fall short, the entire event will be disqualified as a record breaker.Businesses interested in becoming sponsors for the event can contact Graziano by calling 332-0757 ext. 2126.

 
 
 
 
Rochester Celebrates Start of City Hall Annex Construction
Rochester Public Works Department hosted City Councilors, Historic District Commission Members, city employees, and invited guests to kick off the start of the City Hall annex renovations into new offices for Codes, City Planning and Economic Development . this exciting project will also restore the facade of the original 1904 Fire Station, celebrating the city's architectural heritage. 

Molly Meulenbroek, chair of Rochester's Historic District commission spoke on the importance of the adaptive re-use project and retaining a piece of our city's heritage for future generations. the project is expected to take approximately 9 months, and will require a reduction in parking spaces available at City Hall. City Employees will be able to park in the nearby former  Ben Franklin Parking lot, keeping available spaces open for customers. In addition, bicycle racks have also been installed at City Hall.     
 
 
 
 

"Canyon Country" at Rochester Historical Society, Thursday, September 8, 7:00pm 
On Thursday, September 8, at 7 pm at the Rochester Historical Society Museum on Hanson Street, Raymond Turmelle will present Canyon Country, a three projector multi-image slide presentation of Utah and Arizona, well known for their spectacular National Parks and monuments: the red rock wonders of Glen Canyon;   the inspiring reverence of Monument Valley;   the towering spires of Bryce Canyon;  and the grandeur of Zion National Park.   Whether you are a tourist, a hiker who seeks solace and inspiration, or simply enjoying the wonders of nature, Canyon Country is the place for you. 
 
Monument Valley in northern Arizona and Utah is Navajo Country where Native Americans still live in harmony with this challenging and rugged land.  Snow Canyon is a state park in Northern Utah and not as well-known as the more popular National Parks, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for with its beauty and geological formations.
 
Ray Turmelle is well known for his years leading the Graniteer Drum and Bugle Corps. An experienced hiker and photographer, he has hiked on five continents and taken wonderful photographs of beautiful scenery that he has gladly shown to those who only dream of such adventure. 
 
The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the meeting. For more information please call 330-3099 or e-mail rochesterhistorical@metrocast.net.


 
 
 
 
Rochester Main Street Offers Historic District Facade/Code Enhancement Grant Program
The Design Committee volunteers at Rochester main Street are pleased to announce a new Façade/Code Enhancement grant program that will become available September 1 for property owners in the Downtown Rochester Historic District. This is a 50/50 matching grant and is made possible through a partnership with the City of Rochester CDBG 2016-2017 Action Plan. To learn more on eligibility and get an application, please contact the Rochester Main Street office after September 1. Facde improvements must be approved in advance by the Rochester Historic District Commission and all applications are subject to an environmental review and must adhere to current Federal Davis-Bacon Act wage scales. The purpose of the program is to assist property owners in improving or repairing commercial facades and/or correcting code violations in building interiors. As this is an initial trial  pilot program there is only a small amount of funding available at this time.  For more information you may email director@rochestermainstreet.org or call the office at 603-330-3208 for an initial confidential consultation.      

 
 
 
 
Rochester Chamber of Commerce Announces Raffle Bash Winners!  
The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Craig Brayen is the winner of this year’s Chamber Raffle!  Following a reverse raffle drawing of 325 tickets at the “BBQ and Hoedown” Chamber Raffle Bash event, underwritten by D.F. Richard Energy, on August 12, 2016, at The Governor’s Inn, Craig’s ticket was the last one drawn!This year, 325 tickets, sponsored by Holy Rosary Credit Union, were sold at $100 each with the grand prize being the winner’s choice of a vivid black, 2016 Harley-Davidson FXDL Low Rider or $10,000 cash.  The winner did not have to be present to win. Craig was in attendance at the event and when his ticket was the last one remaining he, with great excitement, selected the motorcycle!  Additionally, runner up prizes were also awarded. The third runner up winning $250 cash was Kevin Rosher, the second runner up was Doug & Kelly Glennon winning $500 cash, and the first runner up receiving a $1,000 cash prize was Brian Healey!

Approximately 250 attended the fun and exciting Chamber Raffle Bash and enjoyed a country themed evening that included the reverse raffle drawing, sponsored by Frisbie Memorial Hospital, which took place throughout the evening.  Guests also enjoyed a fantastic country themed menu, hospitality sponsored by Waste Management, which included hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Lydall, a buffet, and dessert sponsored by Albany International and Laars Heating Systems Company. Live entertainment was generously provided throughout the evening by The Texas Pete Band and was co-sponsored by The Farmer’s Kitchen, The Granite Group, Granite State Lab and La Corona Mexican Restaurant. Before the festivities began, attendees enjoyed a relaxing social hour co-sponsored by Poulin Chrysler Dodge Jeep & Ram and Tritech Engineering Corp. The presentation was co-sponsored by The Links at Outlook Golf Course and State Farm Insurance – Kevin Ryan which recognized all of the sponsors. The table sponsors were invited to participate in a table decorating contest and decorate their table in the “BBQ and Hoedown” theme. The winner was Willem Verweij Physical Therapy who received a $50 Visa gift card donated by ConvenientMD Urgent Care!   Lucretia Brayen won the scavenger hunt, sponsored by Federal Savings Bank, and received a $100 gift certificate for horseback riding for two donated by Castle in the Clouds.
 
Additionally, every ticket drawn during the reverse raffle process, other than the runner ups prizes and the grand raffle prize winning ticket, was entered into “second chance” prize drawings for 25 different prize packages.  Those present at the event were eligible to win any one of these fabulous prizes valued at almost $8,000. These second chance prize packages were generously donated by area businesses and organizations and included a fire pit, UNH Hockey and Football tickets, water park tickets, overnight stays, health and wellness packages, automobile care packages and much, much more!  A “Booze Bucket” raffle containing 18 various liquors and wines was won by Sheila Walter!  Additionally, there was a Scratch Ticket Boot raffle, sponsored by Berry Surveying & Engineering, containing $200 in scratch tickets that was won by Gloria Gagnon!
 
A live auction was also held for three fantastic packages, sponsored by Waste Management! The first was a Smugglers’ Notch Getaway, donated by Mark Farrell! The highest bidder was David Suton! The second package was an attractions package featuring tickets and passes to Water Country; Funtown, Splashtown USA; Canobie Lake Park; Rochester Opera House; NH Farm Museum; Children’s Museum of New Hampshire; and a bounce house rental! This package was generously donated by iHeart Media, Rochester Opera House, NH Farm Museum, Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and the YMCA of Strafford County. The highest bidder of the attractions package was Michelle Trochalakis. The third item was a Cowboy Fire Pit Grill, donated by The Home Depot #3489, and a grilling set and $25 gift card to Seacoast Brothers Butcher Shop, both donated by Federal Savings Bank. The winning bid went to Jody Keravich.

The Chamber would like to thank all of those involved in producing such a fantastic event including the committee members, raffle ticket sellers, generous event sponsors, motorcycle display locations, Harley-Davidson Shop of Rochester, second chance prize donors, ticket purchasers, volunteers and attendees! Congratulations again to our grand prize winner, Craig! For more information on the Chamber Raffle, contact the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce at 603-332-5080 or email events@rochesternh.org.

 
 
 
 
Rochester Opera House *0's Themed Prom With Gazpacho, Sept 30
The Rochester Opera House, with the support of Jetpack Comics, will be hosting an 80’s themed Prom celebrating the Rochester Opera House’s upcoming season, as well as, Jetpack Comic’s 10th anniversary.

Attendees are encouraged to dig up their old ruffled prom dresses and tangerine tuxedos for an exciting night of live music, dancing, contests, and more.  There will be prizes awarded for Best Dance Off, Prom King & Queen, as well as a $250 cash prize for the evenings Best Dressed, thanks to Jetpack Comics.  The event will include live music by 1980's cover band, GAZPACHO, with opening act, The Toes.

GAZPACHO has been performing an infectious blend of music and musicianship throughout the New England area.  Formed in 1996 as an acoustic trio, GAZPACHO has grown into the area's top 80's tribute band.

The event will take place on Friday, September 30 at 7:30pm.  (Doors 7:00pm)  The public is welcome to attend.  80’s themed prom attire is encouraged but not required.  Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office for $12 ($10 in advance.)  Cash bar.  An adult must escort attendees under 18.  Visit www.rochesteroperahouse.com or www.jetpackcomics.com for more information.



 
 
 
 

EAST ROCHESTER SCHOOL TO HOST CHAMBER BUSINESS AFTER HOURS 
The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, the East Rochester School will host a Chambers Business After Hours!  This event will be held from 5:30 to 7:00pm at 773 Portland Street in East Rochester. 
 
This Business After Hours will feature various tables for each of the Rochester schools to showcase some of their programs. It also provides guests with an opportunity to tour the beautiful, newly constructed and renovated East Rochester School building, meet the faculty and staff and learn more about the excellent educational opportunities that are being offered. The East Rochester School is the first school building in Rochester to have solar panels and attendees will be able to view the special screen to view the energy and associated costs being saved. It will also provide those who attend an opportunity to network with fellow chamber members so be sure to bring plenty of business cards! There will be light refreshments provided and door prizes to be raffled.
 
For additional information or to register, contact the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce at 603-332-5080, email events@rochesternh.org or register online at www.rochesternh.org.  


 
 
 
 

Veterans Matter at Rochester Farmer's Market
Over the last six years or so, a World War 2 helmet has sat on the counter by the cash register in Benedict's Grill in Rochester. It started out as a way to make enough money to help Honor Flight New England take local World War 2 veterans, all expenses paid, to Washington D.C. to see the WW II Memorial. The memorial was erected in their honor in 2004.   Enough money was raised to fill a Southwest airplane and make a dream come true for many of these heroes.
Since that time the helmet has stayed on the counter collecting money for local veterans. Local Veteran groups were notified of the fund. After some disbursements, the account has been dormant for two years and after some discussion it was decided to give the remainder of the money to the Rochester Farmers Market on the Rochester Common for disbursement to Strafford County Veterans. This is a way for the RFM and community to say thank you to all our local heroes.
Beginning Tuesday September 6th, Strafford County Veterans may go to the Rochester Farmers Market to receive $25.00 in vouchers for market purchases. The vouchers will be distributed in five -  $5.00 vouchers. There is no cash value and they are not transferrable. Vouchers are redeemable September, 2016 only.
 To be eligible to receive the vouchers, veterans need to bring to the Rochester Farmers Market official tent, a copy of their DD214 or their healthcare enrollee ID card from Veteran’s Affairs plus a current NH Driver’s license showing they live in Strafford County. The vouchers are redeemable all Tuesdays in September.            The RFM intends on giving out these vouchers throughout September as long as there is money in the account to do so. If there is money remaining at the end of September, they will do it again beginning September 2017. The Rochester Farmers Market is located on the Rochester Common, South Main Street, Rochester, NH.. The market is open Tuesdays June through September with one fall harvest market in October. They are open from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

Meanwhile the helmet is still on the counter in Benedict's Restaurant. Anyone interested in saying a big thank you to our local veterans may do so by dropping by Benedict's and making a donation to the helmet.

 
 
 
 
Rochester Opera House presents “John Pizzi, Comic Ventriloquist” on Saturday, August 20th, 2016.
One of the hottest rising comics in the entertainment industry, John Pizzi has brought his unique brand of comedy to audiences around the country!  He has been the opening act for entertainers like Jerry Vale, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Joy Behar, Weird Al Yankovic, The Trammps, The Regents, Ray Romano, Al Martino, Clint Holmes and many more.

Pizzi has performed as a national headliner at many of the nation's best comedy venues such as New York City's famous Caroline's, Dangerfield's and Laugh Factory comedy clubs, Atlantic City's prestigious Borgata Hotel and Las Vegas' legendary Riviera Hotel.  Recent television appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) and America's Got Talent (NBC).

John Pizzi is a one man variety show, a comic, ventriloquist, and magician, who does it all with a unique “one, two punch” style of humor.

Tickets $18. Show starts at 8pm. (Doors open 7pm)  Reserve tickets online or call/stop by the box office (603) 335-1992, W/F from 12-5pm and 1-hour before the show.  Cash Bar.  Under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  This show is sponsored by Waste Management, TD Bank North, Eastern Propane.  The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH.  Visit www.RochesterOperaHouse.com for more information. 

 
 
 
 
Union Street Antiques Holds Annual Flea Market August 27
Union Street Antiques will be holding their annual outdoor flea market on Saturday August 27 in our parking lot at  union street. Approx 17 dealers. Hours are 8:00am-3:00 pm.  Hot dogs will be on sale by Wowzer's Wieners.
 
 
 
 
Rochester Main Street Volunteers Awarded $5,000 "Make America Beautiful" Grant from Waste Management Foundation
We are pleased to announce that working in partnership with Waste Management of NH and Rochester Public Works, Rochester Main Street has been awarded a $5,000 "Make America Beautiful" Grant from the Waste Management Foundation. The grant will cover the costs of three new Victorian Style powder coated metal benches for the Rochester Riverwalk to replace the older wooden ones that are in poor condition, and fund the purchase of 172 tons of stone dust to level and improve the walkways at the Rochester Common. Waste Management of NH has also generously offered to fund any extra cost of the stone dust needed that exceeds the amount of the grant award in order to ensure that the project may be completed. we would also like to recognize the Brox Company  for their assistance in making this project a reality in helping to supply the stone dust. 

Volunteers from Waste Management and Main Street will work with City public Works employees in the assembly and installation of the new benches and the leveling and spreading of stone dust at the commons. We at Rochester Main Street wish to recognize our local Waste Management of NH office, especially Bob Magnusson,  for their assistance in procuring this grant to benefit residents and visitors to our city as  they enjoy the Riverwalk and the Common Walkways and the Rochester Public Works Department for their assistance in executing the work. This grant underscores the benefit of creating strong partnerships between non-profit volunteer organizations like Rochester Main Street, local corporations such as Waste Management of NH, and City of Rochester departments in order to help beautify our community. The work will hopefully be completed by mid fall.  

 
 
 
 
Rochester Opera House presents “It Was A Very Good Year, starring Tony Sands” on August 27 & 28.

It Was A Very Good Year, a multi-media tribute starring Tony Sands as "The Voice" is a musical journey of the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra.  From the early days with Tommy Dorsey, to the bright lights of New York City, the silver screen of Hollywood, and the "Main Event" comeback, Tony sings all Sinatra’s best-loved songs!

“It’s not just somebody going out there and doing his music - we tell a narrated story, with multimedia projections at six different points in his career,” Sands said.  “We start in the big band era and we end up at Madison Square Garden, the time he came out of retirement.  When I sing it, my voice comes out naturally, like his.” Sands said.

Lifelong Sinatra fans are startled when they hear Tony Sands start to croon.  For more than 20 years, Tony Sands has been perfecting his act and wooing audiences throughout the United States with his silky, mesmerizing and tantalizing renditions of the “Chairman of the Board’s” song stylings.
 
Tickets $25. Saturday show starts at 8pm.  (Doors 7pm)  Sunday show starts at 2pm.  (Doors 1pm)  Reserve tickets online or call/stop by the box office (603) 335-1992, W/F from 12-5pm and 1-hour before the show.  Cash Bar.  Under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  This show is sponsored by TD Bank North, Eastern Propane, Shaheen & Gordon P.A., and Norm Vetter Foundations.  The Rochester Opera House is located in City Hall, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester NH.  Visit www.RochesterOperaHouse.com for more information.

e at 603-332-5080, email events@rochesternh.org or register online at www.rochesternh.org.  


 
 
 
 
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GREATER ROCHESTER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOSTS 5th ANNUAL 9-HOLE GOLF SOCIAL & BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce will present the “End of Summer Olympics” 9-Hole Golf Social & Business After Hours on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at The Links at Outlook Golf Course.  Underwritten by Eastern Propane & Oil and Fore Products, Inc., this fun, Olympic themed 9-Hole Golf Social will be a shotgun format and will begin at 3:00pm.  Player registration is $50 and includes greens fees, cart and registration gifts.  Golfers will be going for gold on the course that will be complete with fun contests and prizes! 
Immediately following the golf event, The Links at Outlook Golf Course will host a Business After Hours for Chamber members and guests beginning at 5:30pm.  Those who attend will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffles and networking so be sure to bring plenty of business cards!  There is no cost to attend this Business After Hours event.For additional information or to register to play in the 9-Hole Social, please contact the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce at 603-332-5080 or visit www.rochesternh.org. 
 
 
 
 

Gay Pride Rochester, Saturday, September 10, 12-5 pm 
The Rochester Museum of Fine Arts invites the LGBT community (and those who love them) to Central Square, in downtown Rochester, for a free public pride celebration on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 from 12-5pm with remarks at 2pm. Our mission is to promote unity, visibility, inclusivity, equality, and a positive image of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
 
Downtown businesses and organizations will display rainbow pride flags.  Some participants will host events and activities within their establishments.  Supporters include: At Peace Body Arts, Bernier Insurance Inc., First Church Congregational, The Garage at The Governor's Inn, The Governor's Inn, Jetpack Comics & Games, Lilac City Grille, Magrilla's Restaurant, Mel Flanagan's Irish Pub & Café, Revolution Taproom & Grill, RiverStones Custom Framing and Gallery, Rochester Opera House, Skeletones Records, Spaulding Steak & Ale, Studley's Flower Gardens, Tri-City Bycycles, and Under the Moon Shoppe.
 
The event will have live music by: Dan Lofthouse Band, Leftist Marching Band and remarks by: Rev. Eliza Buchakjian-Tweedy, First Church Congregational; Mayor Dana Hilliard, Somersworth; Mayor Caroline McCarley, Rochester; and Carol Shea Porter, former U.S. Representative.
 
The event will also have vendors/information booths with activities and resources.  Vendors include: ACLU New Hampshire, Connect A Pet New England, First Church Congregational, Friends of the Rochester Public Library, Granite State Choral Society, Guyer Travel, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Marvelous Mouse Travels, Paparazzi Accessories, Pure Romance, Rochester Main Street, Seacoast Outright, and Younique.
 
The Rochester Public Library will be screening "The Birdcage" starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane.  The library also features multiple art exhibitions throughout the building.  RiverStones Custom Framing and Gallery will have art on display as well.  When the event ends, attendees are invited to Revolution Taproom & Grill for an “After Party” gathering.  Visit our website to see more.
 
Free Parking is available on Union Street, North Main Street (Across from Lilac City Grille), and behind City Hall.  Event organizers are discouraging attendees from parking in private lots to help avoid ticketing/towing.
 
This event is made possible by Rochester Main Street (supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council On The Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.), Rochester Police Department, and the City of Rochester.  Visit www.rochestermfa.org/pride for more information. 


 
 
 
 
 
Downtown Rochester and Area Calendar of Events
Thursday, August 18-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-Cecil Abels, 6-9 pm
Friday, August 19-Music On The Square, Poor Howard & Bullfrog, 11:45- 1:30 pm
Friday, August 19-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-Mike Morris, 6-9 pm
Saturday, August 20-Rochester Historical Society Yard and Book Sale, 8-2 
Saturday, August 20-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-Bolidoscope, 7-10 pm
Sunday, August 21-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-Colin Axwell, 4-7 pm
Tuesday, August 23-Rochester Farmer's Market , 3:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 23-Concert on The Common-Quint-Essential Winds, 7-8:30 pm
Wednesday, August 24-Chamber Business After Hours at East Rochester School
                  5:30-7:00 pm, RSVP, 603-332-5080 
Thursday, August 25-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-Scalawag, 6-9 pm
Friday, August 26-Ice Cream Social , Central Square, 11;00-11:45 am, $3.50 
                               Music On The Square, The Fiddling Thomsons, 11:45-1:30 pm 
Friday, August 26-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-Brian Munger, 6-9 pm
Saturday, August 27-Union Street Antiques Annual Outdoor Market Place
Saturday, August 27-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-Dancing Madly, 7-10 pm
Sunday, August 28-Summer Music at The Governor's Inn-The Whiskey Stones,4-7pm 
Tuesday, August 30-Rochester Farmer's Market , 3:30-6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 30-Concert on The Common-North River Band-7-8:30pm
Thursday, September 8- Rochester Historical Society Meeting, Canyon Country, 7:00
Saturday, September 10- Gay Pride Rochester, Central Square, 12-5 pm
Tuesday, September 20-Chamber of Commerce 9-hole Golf Social and Business
                  After Hours at the Links, RSVP 332-5080 
Friday, September 30-Rochester Opera House/Jetpack Comics 80's Prom-Gazpacho
Saturday, October 8- Monarch School Charity Bike Ride/Walk, 9:00 am & 10:00 am
Saturday, October 8-9th Annual October Festival, Hanson Street, 11:00 am-4:00 pm 
Saturday, October 15- James K Foley Run www.foleyrun.org
Sunday, October 16-Disc Throw Guinness Record Attempt, Lilac Mall, 7:30 am 
 
 
 
 
If you have any questions regarding the content of this newsletter, local news (must be in regular text format-no flyers)or any upcoming events, please contact Michael Provost at (603) 330-3208 or director@rochestermainstreet.org

Sincerely,
 
Rochester Main Street
603-330-3208
 
 
 
 
                
 
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