NH Brewfest 2014

By Katie | Oct 22, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery is opening its backyard to local and national brewers for an afternoon of fun, sampling, and beer. The sixth annual NH Brewfest takes place this Saturday, October 26 at Redhook's Portsmouth location. The outdoor event features beers from all over the United States, while placing special emphasis on those from New Hampshire and neighboring New England states. 

Tickets are available for purchase now, and come with a sampling glass to take with you from booth to booth, sampling the best the world of beer has to offer. There will also be live music and festivities, making this afternoon event a party you won't want to miss! 

Acorn School Celebrates Fall Fundraisers

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 22, 2014 | in

For some students, the transition from hours outdoors in the summer to being herded into classrooms may come with a bit of a struggle. Let’s face it, not all kids flourish in a traditional classroom, which may lead to frustrations with school and learning. The Acorn School of Stratham allows kids to develop healthy, encouraging learning habits by forging (maybe even disguising) their love of outdoors and hands-on activities with education. To celebrate the new school year, and the unique atmosphere The Acorn School has created, they are hosting a Back to School Comedy Night from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 at Portsmouth Gaslight Co. The night is sure to be fun filled with food, drinks and laughter by comedian Wes Hazard, named 1 of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by the Boston Globe.

The night of the event they will be announcing the winner of the ongoing 50/50 raffle that they are running. Only 200 raffle tickets are being sold at $50 a piece for a chance to win $5,000! Don’t miss out on purchasing tickets for this hefty pay-day, while supporting The Acorn School! The winner will be drawn at the fundraising event on November 15, but you do not need to be present to win. Contact Chrissy Caron at to get your tickets for the 50/50 raffle.

Best of Taste Bash 2014

By Katie | Oct 22, 2014 | in

While you're reading an issue of TASTE of the Seacoast Magazine, do you ever find yourself thinking, "I could just devour that"? Well, here's your chance! 

The Best of TASTE Bash 2014 is coming up on November 22, bringing together the 2014 winners of "Best of TASTE" competition. The winners represent over 50 restaurants, and will be cooking up some delicious foods for guests, accompanied by signature cocktails.  Green Alliance Business Partner, TASTE of the Seacoast Magazine will play host for this evening of indulgence. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Green Maids

By Madalyn | Oct 21, 2014 | in

Who: Green Maids

What: Launched in 2009, Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services New Hampshire and southern Maine. The company uses eco-friendly products and methods that are all-natural, biodegradable, Earth friendly, non-toxic, and EPA and Green Seal certified. Owner Johnmark O'Brien is adamant that keeping a home clean with organic or natural products can help alleviate, or prevent, respiratory illnesses, allergens and certain types of cancers. By making the switch to Green Maids, O'Brien says homeowners also contribute to the overall health of the environment; keeping harmful chemicals from leaching into the soil and drinking water sources. O'Brien purchased a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle as Green Maids' company car to lower auto emissions when traveling to different job sites.

Where: P.O. Box 349, York Harbor, Maine Call: (207) 361-4445


Redhook Brewery 10% Tuesday to Benefit Blue Ocean Society!

By Katie | Oct 21, 2014 | in

Breweries and community giveback, may not seem to be synomynous. Breweries and local environmental protection organizations may seem even further apart; yet, Redhook Brewery combines all of these components effortlessly. Aside from making bold, flavorful beers and equally great foods, Redhook Brewery has made community support a part of its mission. Aside from the great things the Portsmouth-based brewery does to make the community greener, they also play host to the 10% Tuesdays program. Every Tuesday Redhook donates 10 percent of its profits to a local, New Hampshire non-profit organization. The recipient of this charitable giving this month is a fellow Green Alliance partner, the Blue Ocean Society.

Founded in 1996, Blue Ocean Society has become an indespinsible resource for researchers, environmental advocates and citizens of all ages thanks to a bevy of engaging and educational outreach programs. In 2012 alone, Blue Ocean Society headed 219 beach cleanups - all in an area extending from York, Maine to Salisbury, Massachusetts - in the process collecting 12,477 pounds of trash.

Print Bounces Back to the Top of Direct Mail Marketing

By Craig | Oct 20, 2014 | in

By Barbara Perkins

In the world of direct mail marketing, print was long considered best in class. Business was still decent enough when The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General reported 213 billion pieces of mail were handled in 2008. That was then. Today most direct mail marketing is distributed digitally.

While digital, offers a cheap and quick point of entry, it falls short at providing evidence that it works. Complaints about unwanted banners, pop-up ads and unrequested email have skyrocketed. Indicators point to an overload of online messages being sent to folks who don’t want to hear them. Toss in security breaches or computer viruses and the world of online marketing is not only plagued by too much noise, it is now all-out interruptions.

Consumers fed-up with bloated in-boxes come as no surprise to John Sobczak. An industry veteran, with Hampstead, N.H.-based RAM Printing, Sobczak says he personally gets more than 200 emails a day. “I don't have time to deal with that either,” he says. However, customers angered by online marketing is precisely the type of news that bodes well for companies like RAM – one of a handful that remain smitten by print.

Gundalow Company Donates Vessel to City of Dover at No Charge

By Craig | Oct 20, 2014 | in

For centuries the gundalow connected the cities of Dover and Portsmouth for trade by way of the Piscataqua River. With the implementation of the railroad and the automobile, the need and popularity of gundalows quickly decreased by 1900. Soon the gundalow - unique to the seacoast - became a memory.

In 1982, however, with a renewed interest in the history of Portsmouth's past as a bustling port, gundalows caught a second wind and a replica, christened the Edward H. Adams, was built. The 70 foot by 17 foot vessel is a gift to the city of Dover from the nonprofit Gundalow Company. Plans and approval fo the gundalow's placement, which include installing it at Henry Law Park, will be decided at a City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22.

In a report by Fosters Daily Democrat, Gary Bannon, City Recreation Director, said the boat will be incorporated into the $400,000 playground improvement project scheduled for summer 2015. Installing, storing and moving the gundalow will cost nearly $25,000. The city and the Gundalow Company have worked out logistics and other technical issues relating to the donation. Funds have also been raised by local residents and businesses to handle the cost of moving and storing the gundalow.

A Watershed Moment

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 18, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is helping to promote the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser and will be giving away 2 free tickets to the gala to the first new Sustaining Member to join the GA and email These tickets are valued at $75 each so the first new sustaining member will pay $150 for a membership and event with a combined value of $300! To become a sustaining member click here.

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will be celebrating their merger at the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser with the theme “A Watershed Moment.” The event will take place on Friday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center (100 Deer St, Portsmouth).

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and conserving the natural resources, beauty and character of the land throughout the Strafford County region of New Hampshire. The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire’s mission is to protect and sustain the land in our community for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests and wildlife. The organization has acquired more than 150 properties, totaling in excess of 9,300 acres of land. Both organizations achieve their missions through the promotion and acceptance of conservation easements, education and the acquisition and stewardship of land.

Open Houses at Brixham Montessori Friends School

By Madalyn | Oct 17, 2014 | in

It's admission season at the Brixham Montessori Friends School located at 18 Brickyard Court, York, ME! They are hosting three Open House events for prospective parents and families, one November 11, December 9, and January 13. All of the Open Houses are from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the school.

The Open Houses allows caregivers with interest in the school to come and check out the overall facility as well as the classrooms. The tours are lead by faculty and staff of the school, which allow parents to ask and receive answers to their questions while visiting the school.

The school has dual roots in the traditions of both Montessori (an educational philosophy which champions independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development) and the Quaker-inspired Friends movement, Brixham prides itself on values of simplicity, equality, community, and peace education. Brixham’s  student-to-teacher ratio is 7:1, which assures that every student gets the attention – and the creative encouragement –they deserve.

Plant a Rain Garden at Woodman Museum in Dover

By Madalyn | Oct 16, 2014 | in

Calling all green thumbs, conservationists, and anyone who enjoys digging in the dirt to help plant a rain garden. Join the Great Bay Stewards at the Woodman Museum in Dover on Tuesday Oct. 21 from 10:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

A rain garden gives rainwater runoff from urban areas the opportunity to be absorbed. There will be two shifts for people to participate either in the morning or in the afternoon; the first shift, the digging shift is from 10:30 - 12:00 pm. The second will be the planting and cleanup shift from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Stewards are partnering with the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for this event. It will be a wonderful opportunity to get the whole family involved in planting a sustainable community garden. 

The Unique Maine Farms' Book Out Now!

By Madalyn | Oct 16, 2014 | in

Author and photographer Mary Quinn Doyle has traveled around Maine, taking pictures of numerous types of farms in the state of Maine. In her travels she visited 185 farms, a selection of 178 farms are featured in her recently published book, Unique Maine Farms'.

Farming and agriculture make up a significant percentage of industries in Maine. The book focuses on an array of farms throughout Maine including: organic/ conventional farms, school/ research farms, dairy farms, fiber farms, tree-related farms, and highly-diversified farms. The book contains 440 color photographs showcasing the beauty of different farms' plants, animals, and the people who tend to the land.

The book represents a variety of unique farms including those from four of Maine's native tribes and various aquaculture operations, to name a few of the farms featured. The wide selections in Doyle's book gives an extensive overview on the variety of farms and the significant presence of farming life in Maine.

It was extremely important to Doyle that the book support the local communities like those featured in her book. So, Unique Maine Farms' is printed in Maine, on paper farmed from Maine. Doyle felt that it was only right to support the local paper industry as well as Maine printers for a sustainable project.

As Dwindling Monarch Butterflies Make Their Migration, Feds Try to Save Them

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 15, 2014 | in

Check out this amazing story by GA friend Eve Conant for National Geographic on the decline of the Monarch Butterfly population and what you can do to help reverse it. It is extremely important that we educate ourselves to the problem and do whatever we can to help.

CAPE MAY POINT, New Jersey—Two years ago migrating monarch butterflies transformed the lush gardens of Cape May Point into a series of "giant orange snowglobes." That's how Mark Garland of the Monarch Monitoring Project describes the good monarch days, the kind of days when thousands fly overhead.

There's been no such spectacle yet this year, but Garland and members of the project's team, who take a census of the monarchs three times a day, are holding out hope. The popular orange-and-black insects will be drifting toward this peninsula for a few more weeks to fill up on nectar before riding the winds that will hoist them over the Delaware Bay and on toward Mexico.

NHPTV Wins NH Advantage Award

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 15, 2014 | in

The Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage Awards Celebration will be held on October 29 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. The event will recognize and honor New Hampshire Public Television with the 2014 New Hampshire Advantage Award presented by Citizens Bank.

Established in 2006, the New Hampshire Advantage Award honors businesses, organizations or projects that enhance New Hampshire’s special character and quality of life in meaningful ways.

New Sustaining Members receive NH Film Festival Passes!

By Sam | Oct 15, 2014 | in

The New Hampshire Film Festival is, to put it lightly, a big deal on the seacoast. People flock from all over New England and beyond to enjoy a weekend of amazing cinematography from independent New Hampshire directors and producers, as well as others across the country and the globe. 

In addition to all these amazing, locally-produced films, there are a number of inspiring and environmentally focused films, including Divide in Concord, the heroic story of 84-year old Jean Hill taking on the third largest industry in the world – bottled water.

The first two new Sustaining Members to join the Green Alliance each get a full weekend pass to the NH Film Festival - that's four days of films! These passes are valued at $75 each, and if you become a Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance, you'll receive a lifetime of discounts with our Business Partners, access to exclusive events, and all our love and affection. Sign up here to become a sustaining member, and then email to collect your ticket.

Open House at the Acorn School

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 15, 2014 | in

The Acorn School is having its annual open house on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The event is a great opportunity for parents and children to come visit and learn what makes Acorn School so special.

The Acorn School, founded in 1975 by Rebecca Shepard, uses its beautiful surroundings to help forge a curriculum and philosophy aimed at stirring within their preschool and kindergarten students an appreciation for the natural world. Touting a diverse curriculum where finger painting and drawing meld seamlessly with Lego-building and sign language Acorn School has served as a beacon of early childhood education in the Seacoast for more than forty years.

Throughout the years Acorn has remained steadfast in its efforts to maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio, providing more one-on-one interaction, communication, and personal growth.