Rock Rest Tribute
PORTSMOUTH – The New Hampshire Black Heritage Trail has announced the unveiling of two new landmarks honoring the Rock Rest. , a historic home in Kittery Point, Maine, which, from the late 1940s through the 1970s, welcomed African-American travelers at a time when many accommodations were closed to them. The Seacoast NAACP Youth Council and New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Track will host two unveiling parties on Saturday, June 4. The first will be held at Second Congregational Church in Wallingford Square, Kittery, Maine, beginning at 1 p.m. They were invited to take a private bus to Rock Rest for the second reveal immediately after the first event. The celebrations are free and open to the public.
Clayton and Hazel Sinclair officially opened their home as a guest house called “Rock Rest” in 1946. While working, the home served as a summertime vacation retreat in the seaside area. Although Maine and New Hampshire did not have “Jim Crow” laws at the time, Rock Rest operated in an era when it was common practice to prevent black travelers from staying in hotels, serving restaurants, or accessing places to stay. Public residence in the sea coast area.
The memorial celebration will begin at Second Chapel with opening remarks at 1 p.m. by Reverend Dr. Lillian Buckley, a lifelong Kittery resident and music artist. Gretchen Soren, author of Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights, will be present via Zoom as a featured guest speaker. Following a program of poetry, speakers and song presented by local residents and members of the Seacoast NAACP Youth Council, participants will walk a short walk to Wallingford Square for the unveiling of the first sign by JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director of the Black Heritage Trail New Hampshire.
At the conclusion of the first reveal, participants will be invited to take a bus to the Rock Rest at Kittery Point. New Hampshire author and historian Valerie Cunningham, seaside musician Sharon Patricia Jones and community leader Kelvin Edwards will give participants a rare opportunity to hear stories about Rock Rest from those who remember it well. JerriAnne Boggis will join speakers for the unveiling of the sign on site at Rock Rest before closing remarks by Reverend Buckley. Bus transportation will be provided.
With this concert, we invite the public to come together to honor the Rock Rest and the legacy of the Sinclair family in our local and national history. In making these signs, we commemorate a part of the seacoast’s shared ethnic history and help educate future residents and visitors to our region.
Celebrate June 2022 with The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
Portsmouth – The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is hosting a series of programs to honor Juneteenth 2022 from June 10 to June 20. Telling stories, crafting history, and helping address past injustices.
To kick off this year’s Juneteenth festivities, the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire in partnership with the Prescott Park Arts Festival will present the Disney-Pixar Soul. Starring the vocal talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, and Graham Norton, the movie premieres Friday, June 10 at 8:30 p.m. in Prescott Park. The film is free and will be available to the public.
On Saturday, June 11, the public is invited to explore African American history, art, and poetry with a bus tour to Saint-Gaudens Historic National Park in Corniche, NH. The tour will take visitors to the home, studio, and gardens of the sculptor Augustus Saint-Goddens, the artist behind the Memorial to the 54th Infantry Regiment in Massachusetts. The memorial is designed to honor Robert Gold Shaw and the soldiers of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, many of whom were killed during the initial attack on a fort that protected Charleston Harbor.
Dana Green, PhD candidate, Public History and Art Fellow at St. Gaudens National Historical Park will attend as a featured speaker, along with Newton Rose, the park’s chief interpretive ranger. The tour bus will pick up participants at Portsmouth Park and Ride at 8:30 AM, and Concord Park and Ride at 9:30 AM. Tickets cost $40 with a bus transfer and $30 without a bus transfer. Lunch included. Please register before 2 June.
For more information on our Juneteenth Week of Programming blackheritagetrailnh.org/juneteenth-celebration-2022.
Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc. About Donation and Sponsorship Levels
PORTSMOUTH – In the depths of planning mode, members of the Portsmouth NH 400 management team are paving the way for a vibrant community celebration next year and have begun scheduling iconic events including the 400th Anniversary Parade, a community dinner and an air show in the fall, along with legacy projects designed to make a statement About Portsmouth’s past, present and future.
As PNH400 General Manager Valerie Rochon and Community Engagement Officer Susan LaBrie recently explained to Portsmouth City Council, “We plan and promote a series of fun and educational events throughout the year for all ages and interests, which are designed to make the entire community feel involved in the celebration. We create ways for everyone to participate and feel connection with the community.
Donations and sponsorships are beginning to appear, via the online portal on the city’s website (click on the PNH400 logo at the top of the home page, CityofPortsmouth.com) and on the PNH400 website,
Portsmouth NH400.org. The Portsmouth NH 400th Inc. It is a 501c3 nonprofit, so all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Check donations made must be sent to Portsmouth NH 400th, Inc. To PNH400 at One Junkins Avenue, Box PNH400, Portsmouth NH 03801.
Donors are invited to contribute to this historic celebration by joining the Portsmouth NH 400 Shoalers Club by making a donation of $400, or the 1623 Revolutionaries Club with donation amount related to the year of settlement: $1,623. Each level is accompanied by special recognition and benefits.
There are also five levels of care:
The PNH400 Lightkeeper ($50,000 level) symbolizes the ability to overcome challenges and adversity, to guide the path forward. The Lightkeepers support all marketing and promotion of the PNH400, allowing the PNH400 to tell stories that shed light on the city’s past, present and future. This is the most comprehensive option.
PNH400 Luminaries ($25,000 level) Ignite Community Support Through Leadership. Luminaries support all programmes, marketing and promotion, influencing others to contribute to a successful year-long celebration.
PNH400 Beacons ($10,000 level) motivates community members to become ambassadors to build programs, events, and projects that will ensure the city’s legacy and spark its potential.
The leaders of the PNH400 Program ($5,000 level) demonstrate their dedication to bringing the city’s stories to life, as the leaders who ensure the success of each program.
PNH400 Champions ($2500 level) provide mentorship and inspiration as passionate supporters and advocates for their chosen programs.
For more information about sponsorships, donations, and other funding opportunities, please contact PNH400 Community Engagement Officer Susan LaBrie at [email protected]
Humana is named after NH Gives Matching Funds, the sponsor that supports Gather’s programs to prevent food insecurity
PORTSMOUTH – Gather is participating in NH Gives’ annual online fundraising event that takes place from June 7 to June 8. Health insurer Humana, which partners with Gather regularly, sponsors $5,000 matching funds during a 24-hour period from NH Gives, an initiative of the NH Center for Nonprofits.
“We would like to partner with Gather to continue supporting our local community. Our Bold Goal initiative is a population health strategy focused on addressing the social determinants of health such as food insecurity, loneliness, social isolation, transportation and housing, to improve clinical and social health outcomes for our members. We appreciate Gather’s commitment and its efforts because it is closely aligned with our commitment, and we are eager to provide the opportunity to provide these services,” said Nicole Karahalios, Northeast Sales and Marketing Support Executive at Humana.
The public can visit NHGives.org and search for a “collection” to make donations during NH Gives. The link will become active on June 7, 5pm, and will be open for 24 hours.
For 200 years, Gather has been serving coastal populations facing starvation. Gather’s mission is to make the Great Sea Coast a hunger-free community. Some of the Gather programs include the Pantry Market, Mobile Markets, Meals 4 Kids, Community Cooking 4, Farm Shares 4 Families, and Grow 4 Gather.
All donations to NH Gives or directly through the Gather website are tax-deductible. Please contact [email protected] to visit our website at GatherNH.org for more information.
Retired community residents collect thousands for Ukraine
Durham – RiverWoods Durham employees and residents have raised nearly $9,000 to support people in Ukraine, and the number continues to grow.
It all started with employee Titiana. She began offering wooden plaques of the Ukrainian flag, made by her daughter Kate, to raise money for the family still living in Ukraine. Another resident coordinated Blue and Yellow Day on April 8, displaying lapel pins for sale, and encouraging all employees and residents to wear blue and yellow in a display of support.
To date, $5,600 has been raised through the sale of lapel pin strips and wood panels.
In March, a large group of residents began working together to create Hearts of Hope Quilt with the goal of featuring it in the clouds.
The quilt design comes from a pattern that international quilt designer Bonnie Hunter created for the quilting community around the world as a money-raising sweepstakes prize for Ukraine. Bonnie started issuing instructions on a weekly basis starting March 25th.
RiverWoods Durham resident Robin Shelley donated the fabric, coordinated the construction, and provided instructions where necessary. “When I first saw the design, I knew this was something I could teach my friends at RiverWoods Durham,” Shelley said.
The quilting volunteers from RiverWoods Durham met every Friday to review the instructions and start building the units. The quilt was completed in about six weeks.
Shelley continued, “My personal hope for the quilt is to start his own legacy. I hope the raffle winner will take the quilt to another community (church, city hall, library, Lions club, etc.) and start another raffle. Kind of like a ‘travel quilt’ fundraiser for Ukraine.”
The raffle has already raised $3,250. Filters hope to see that number rise to over $4,000 by the time of drawing.
The funds are received by the Razom Organization of Ukraine.
RiverWoods Durham CEO Kim Gaskell said, “I am proud of the many ways our residents are raising awareness of social justice issues and delivering this to our community. They are truly committed to making a difference. It’s great to see how their energy and efforts can have such an impact globally. “.