Portsmouth, NH, Featured in Yankee's November/December Issue
DUBLIN, New Hampshire (November 28, 2012)— Yankee Magazine’s November/December issue gives top billing to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and its month-long “Vintage Christmas” celebration. The cover image features a close-up photograph by Carl Tremblay of a decorated mantelpiece at a Strawbery Banke home with the cover line “Christmas Magic in Portsmouth.” The travel feature, written by senior editor Ian Aldrich, explores New Hampshire’s graceful city by the sea as it celebrates the holidays with caroling, candlelight, and old-fashioned festivities.
“‘Finding Christmas in Portsmouth’ blends the lively streets and bustling spirit of this New Hampshire coastal city with the tranquility of candlelight at its Strawbery Banke Museum,”says Yankee Magazine’s editor Mel Allen. “If you’re feeling the holiday blahs, do what writer Ian Aldrich did, and spend a day or two letting Portsmouth wash over you.”
The article gives local businesses some additional holiday buzz and a sense of pride for being part of the celebration and for being mentioned in the story. “This morning one of our local retailers told me that she keeps a copy of the November/December issue on her counter and holds it up for every customer to see when they come into her shop,”says Valerie T. Rochon, tourism manager for Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce. “That’s just one example of how proud our retailers, restaurants, and lodging properties are to be part of the story in Yankee Magazine.”
“Portsmouth is the perfect town for ‘Vintage Christmas’ since it’s a charming mix of the contemporary and historical,”says Patricia Lynch, executive director of The Music Hall who first conceptualized “Vintage Christmas”in 2005 and invited Strawbery Banke Museum to partner on the event. “I envisioned that Portsmouth could become the Christmas Capital of North America, and well 2012, here we are!”
According to Lynch, “Vintage Christmas”celebrates the winter, the warmth, the light, and our collective memories of holidays past. As part of the celebration at The Music Hall, visitors should expect lavish decorations in the both the Historic Theater and the Loft, top flight comedians spoofing the holidays, great holiday music from legends like Natalie MacMaster, literary events, and magical holiday treats.
At Strawbery Banke Museum, the Candlelight Stroll is in its 33rd year and is a cherished family tradition for many. “Every year we make the experience different for our guests,”says Lawrence J. Yerdon, president and CEO of Strawbery Banke Museum. “Visitors who come to Portsmouth thanks to the wonderful Yankee Magazine cover story will find that this year’s Stroll theme, ‘Winter’s Eve on Puddle Dock,’ complements the city-wide ‘Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth’ celebration we anchor each year with The Music Hall—a celebration of holiday strolls, shows, and shops that lasts the entire month of December.”
The following establishments were mentioned in the article:
Where to Stay
Ale House Inn — www.alehouseinn.com.
Ashworth by the Sea — www.ashworthhotel.com.
Where to Eat
Breaking New Grounds — 603-436-9555
Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café — www.jumpinjays.com.
Popovers on the Square — www.popoversonthesquare.com.