Pro Portsmouth to Reveal First Night 2018 Logo
Press Conference to take place at 250 Market

PORTSMOUTH, NH. November 6, 2017 – Pro Portsmouth, producers of the Community’s major Downtown festivals, invites the community to kick off the Holiday season at 250 Market at the Sheraton Portsmouth Harborside. A Press Conference will be held on Tuesday, November 14th at 5:00 for the official unveiling of the First Night Portsmouth Logo and an overview of First Night festivities. Pro Portsmouth stands alone in New Hampshire with its continued commitment to and production of First Night.

About Pro Portsmouth, Inc.
Pro Portsmouth, Inc. is a 501c (3) organization serving the Seacoast area. Its Mission is to promote the arts, culture, history and community of the region through such events as Children’s Day, Market Square Day Festival & 10K Road Race, Summer in the Street and First Night® Portsmouth.

Pro Portsmouth, Inc. seeks First Night® Portsmouth 2018 Logo Design

PORTSMOUTH, NH. September 26, 2017. On Sunday, December 31st, the Seacoast will say farewell to 2017 and greet 2018 with the celebration of First Night® Portsmouth. As has become the tradition with Pro Portsmouth events, the artists of the Seacoast are invited to submit their work for consideration to become the logo for First Night® Portsmouth.
This event marks the beginning of Pro Portsmouth’s 41st year of producing events on the Seacoast (we’re now the only community hosting a First Night in NH!) and once again, the organization looks forward to working with the artistic community in creating this year’s First Night® logo.
Deadline for entries: Friday, October 20, 2017
Send entries to:
Barbara Massar – Pro Portsmouth, Inc. – P.O. Box 967 – Portsmouth, NH 03802
Email entries to:  JPEGS, please
Or drop them off at: Pro Portsmouth - 909 Islington Street - Portsmouth
• Graphic design, painting (watercolor, oils, etc.) mixed are fine – the key factor: can we successfully scan your work in order to create the button, poster, merchandise, etc.
• Scannable-sized pieces (for us, 8.5” x 11”)
• Bold colors (maximum 6) work well
Possible ideas/ themes for the image:
• Celebration
• Holidays/Winter
• The Seacoast of New Hampshire
• Pro Portsmouth standard of “Arts, Culture, History, Community”
• Previous FNP logos can be viewed at
• The top three artists will be eligible for prizes of $300 (1st), $125 (2nd) and $75 (3rd) • The artwork is used on all First Night® Portsmouth 2018 merchandise, Facebook and collateral that Pro Portsmouth produces for the event.

About Pro Portsmouth, Inc.
Pro Portsmouth, Inc. is a 501 c (3) organization serving the Seacoast area for 40 years. Its Mission is to promote the arts, culture, history and community of the area through such events as Summer in the Street, Children’s Day, Market Square Day and First Night Portsmouth. For more information on the group, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit or contact Barbara Massar at 603-433-4398.

June 16, 2017

Celebrating 40 Years of Market Square Day

To the Editor: If anyone has had the experience of producing an outdoor event in Portsmouth, you know this to be true: you can create a detailed plan, and have great people in place to execute the plan, but you have zero control over the weather.

So, after a truly odd weather week, we were rewarded with an absolutely beautiful June day for the 40th Annual Market Square Day Festival & 10K Road Race.

Thanks go out to all who participated and made this day so very memorable. As is tradition, thousands began the day witnessing one of the great spectacles of Market Square Day: 1,600 runners and walkers making their way up Congress Street as they head out into our neighborhoods.

Cheers to the vendors, businesses, non-profits and others who came out, set up and had a great day…same for all of our performers…once again we were able to feature so many fine musicians on our Market Square Day stages – we are so fortunate to have so much talent here on the Seacoast, and this year was no exception.

We truly thank the many area businesses who make Market Square Day possible – our 2017 supporters, like long-term sponsors including Liberty Mutual Insurance, Access Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, Oakhurst Dairy, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Runner’s Alley, and Coca Cola of Northern New England. Thanks go out to People’s United Bank, Lyons Law Offices, Wheelabrator Technologies, Ashton & Co., P.A., Bottomline Technologies, Seacoast Dermatology, ConvenientMD Urgent Care and Portsmouth Chevrolet.

Other contributors included: Strawbery Banke, Ad Cetera Graphics, Infinite Imaging, Blue Dolphin, Ceres Bakery, Dunkin’ Donuts – Woodbury Avenue, Portsmouth Pizza Factory, Moe’s Italian Sandwiches, Hannaford/Portsmouth, The Mall at Fox Run, Middle Street Baptist Church, South Church, Bank of America, TD Bank, and The Works Bakery Cafe. Thank you for all you do.

Acknowledgements go out to the City of Portsmouth Staff, Public Works, Police and Fire Departments.

Of course we are truly grateful to the Pro Portsmouth Volunteers (many who go above and beyond for us!). They give their time at each of our events and make them true community efforts. From the ice & soda team, to the neighborhoods who cheer on the runners, water stops staffed by the Aldrich & Woodbury neighborhoods, SIX03, and Team Salchunas – we couldn’t have done it without you. To the folks at the Finish Line, bib pick-up, and at Volunteer HQ – your efforts are appreciated. To our Logistics Team: you literally do all of the heavy lifting: a humble thank you.

Thanks also go out to our Board of Directors that is engaged, energetic and supportive…we are a team.

To all who support Pro Portsmouth and our Mission of keeping the arts, culture, history and community of the Seacoast alive and vital through events – thank you.

To all who have yet to join in, what are you waiting for? Be Pro Portsmouth!

Next up: See you on Pleasant at the Square for Summer in the Street, Saturday evenings from 5:30-9pm, July 1st through July 29th.

Barbara Massar
Executive Director
Pro Portsmouth, Inc.

Pro Portsmouth Unveils 2017 Market Square Day
Festival & Road Race Logos


PORTSMOUTH, NH. Tuesday, May 23, 2017. The 40th Annual Market Square Day Festival & 10K Road Race marks a first: two logos were selected to mark the event. Pro Portsmouth unveiled the logos and discussed the City’s premier Downtown festival at the NH Art Association’s Robert Levy Gallery.

Pro Portsmouth’s Executive Director Barbara Massar thanked the many area businesses who make Market Square Day possible – Road Race Title Sponsor Access Sports Medicine as well as Festival and Race Supporting Sponsors Liberty Mutual Insurance, Wheelabrator Technologies, Oakhurst Dairy, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Coca Cola of Northern New England, People’s United Bank, Runner’s Alley, Lyons Law Offices, Bottomline Technologies, Ashton & Co., CPA, The Mall at Fox Run, Seacoast Dermatology and Portsmouth Chevrolet.

Representatives from Access Sports Medicine, Runner’s Alley and Wheelabrator were on hand for the logos’ reveal. “Our Seacoast artists were up for the throwback logo challenge, making this one of the more difficult years in terms of selection,” noted Massar. “So, we decided to try something different and go with two logos.”

Artist Paula Ring’s design was chosen from numerous submissions and will be featured on all Race and Volunteer T-shirts as well as the Festival T-shirt which will be available at the Pro Portsmouth booth in Market Square during the event. Paula is a Cape Neddick freelance designer with over 20 years’ experience in the field. This particular logo project was a fun collaboration for Paula and her daughter. Eight year old Scarlett played a big part in creating this MSD logo as the “lil” art director, giving the logo a young, playful feel.

Jeremiah Gould’s interpretation of Pro Portsmouth first logo sign, designed by Roomet Aring, was selected for the 10K race and will be used for all future branding of the race. Jeremiah is a writer, runner, printer, and designer. Born and raised on the Seacoast, he is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. Beyond heading up design and marketing at Runner’s Alley, Jeremiah also operates Rye House Press: an intermittent letterpress publishing poetry broadsides and chapbooks. His artwork and design can be spied on running posters, shirts, stickers, and hats all over the state. The third place design was submitted by Kelly Goodwin.

Pro Portsmouth also announced that the NHAA was their featured non-profit for Market Square Day. “The New Hampshire Art Association operates the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery and off-site venues to service the Seacoast and statewide community of artists. They are committed to bringing art into the community to foster creativity and spirit. We at Pro Portsmouth see the NHAA as kindred spirits and felt that having our unveiling at the gallery was true synchronicity,” noted Executive Director, Barbara Massar.

A variety of Volunteer opportunities are open. Information regarding Volunteering for MSD is available by contacting Shawn Bjorklund at 433-4398 Ext. 4 or

The Market Square Day Historic Walk takes place on Friday, June 9th at 6:00pm. The Walk begins at Market Square in front of the North Church. “The Walk was the creation of the late, great Bruce Ingmire, and although he last gave the tour in 1992, we at Pro Portsmouth are proud to carry on the tradition,” stated Massar.

Market Square Day features entertainment throughout the day on two stages. Various acts will fill the Downtown with music. Noted Massar, “This year’s musical offerings take on a very diverse sound with new performers’ from Patrick Dorow Productions opening up the festivities on the Main Stage at Pleasant Street.”

An abundance of crafters, local businesses and food vendors will set up ‘shop’ on the streets of Portsmouth. Over 170 will be on hand for this year’s festival.

Parking restrictions do take place in Downtown Portsmouth beginning at 4:00am on Saturday, June 10th. Streets will be posted on Friday, June 9th to indicate where parking is prohibited during the festival. Parking restrictions will be enforced and vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense. The Parking Garage offers a flat fee of $5.00 from the hours of 6:00am – 4:00pm.

Free Shuttle service (STA) provided by Pro Portsmouth runs from the overflow Lot at The Mall at Fox Run (across from the JC Penny/Lens Crafters side of Mall) to the Hanover Street Bus Station across from the Hilton Garden Inn (Hanover Street Bus Stop) in Downtown Portsmouth. The shuttle runs from 8:00am – 4:30pm; details online at

The event, often referred to as the unofficial start to Summer on the Seacoast, attracts 2,000 runners and competitive walkers for the 10K race and 50,000 festival-enthusiasts to the heart of the City. The Road Race starts at 9am in Market Square. The Festival runs from 9am through 4pm.

Market Square Day is produced by Pro Portsmouth. Pro Portsmouth, Inc. is a 501c (3) organization serving the Seacoast area. Its Mission is to promote the arts, culture, history and community of the area through such events as Children’s Day, Market Square Day, Summer in the Street and First Night® Portsmouth. For more information on the group, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit

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