Blog : Local Businesses Come Together to Host Annual Summer Cruise

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

 By Katelyn Monroe

The Green Alliance and New Hampshire Public Television are partnering once again to host a summer kick off cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's M/V Thomas Laighton. On June 13, the businesses and guests will sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast.

Local rock band, Humble Be, will perform live and 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria will supply complimentary hors d'oeuvres for guests in addition to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.'s (ISSCo.) two cash bars on the boat.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but new members are encouraged to join the Green Alliance to attend. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, you can become a member and get a ticket for the cruise in the process.

Those planning to attend can join for the discounted price of $25 then RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz to reserve their spot. Or they can also join at the dock on the night of the cruise.

According to Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown, last year nearly three hundred guests attended the cruise bringing together green-minded citizens and businesses owners alike, many of whom are interested in networking and learning from each other.

"Last year's cruise was a phenomenal success," says Brown. "We sold out the boat and it gave business owners and consumers a chance to meet and talk about sustainable issues."

The Green Alliance, an organization with upward of 100 Business Partners, works to increase the profits of companies, large and small, that have the least impact on the environment. Both NHPTV and Isles of Shoals are Business Partners with the Green Alliance and have been for several years. The collaboration partnership has helped to spread awareness about both businesses and their environmental initiatives.

NHPTV provides educational, environmental and locally focused programs to New Hampshire residents. The network has also become more sustainable in its everyday broadcasting operations and support of NH sustainable initiatives.

 For its commitment to the local community and environment, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company places an emphasis on education and conservation, stressing the importance of maintaining the New Hampshire seacoast's fragile ecosystem along the Piscataqua River. Realizing its own impact on the local environment, ISSCo.'s M/V Thomas Laighton recently underwent a series of sustainable renovations to its interior. They are the first major interior renovations since the vessel was constructed.

“From a business perspective, we depend largely on the natural beauty of the environment,” says Captain Jeremy Bell, co-owner of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company. “Using eco-friendly products is one way we can help keep the environment healthy and looking good. The eco-elements we incorporated were competitive with traditional products from a cost and performance standpoint, making their use an easy decision. Every time we tackle a project we look for the best available eco-friendly option, and we’ll continue to do so.”
Among the improvements aboard the Thomas Laighton is new high-efficiency LED lighting, carpet made from recycled materials, and a stainless steel rail system that is built to last.

“The first eco-element of the renovation was the demolition of the vessel interior,” says Captain Bell. “We were able to recycle, reuse, or donate about 50 percent of all the demolition materials, including several hundred pounds of steel from the old railing.”

The 2015 summer party cruise will not be the first time the three seacoast businesses have come together. The Green Alliance and NHPTV hosted the sellout cruise aboard the Thomas Laighton last year, and NHPTV and the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company frequently work together for fundraisers and outreach.

Each spring, NHPTV holds an auction to raise money to bring the public free and educational television programs, and in the past few years it has been critical to the network's operations.

“This fund raising effort has never been more important than in the past four years after the State of New Hampshire legislature voted to cut funding for the station with just three months’ notice," said Judy Pinkham, Director of Special Events and Auction at NHPTV. "This funding loss of $2.7 million was what was used to fund programming and services offered throughout the state of New Hampshire.”

This year, for the 42nd annual NHPTV spring auction, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company contributed to the auction in a big way. The business donated a two hour chartered boat cruise aboard the Thomas Laighton, valued at $2,900, and has done so for the past several years.

“We want to help keep public television around for a long time so others can enjoy it and learn from it as we have," says Captain Bell. "The donation is great exposure to a demographic that we feel will enjoy our cruises and that will value our support of NHPTV.”

On June 13, join the Green Alliance, NHPTV and the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for an unforgettable summer cruise and learn more about these three businesses and their commitment to the community and environment. Boarding for the cruise will begin at 7 p.m., the boat will leave the dock at 7:30 p.m. and return by 10 p.m.

To learn more about the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company visit https://islesofshoals.com

For more information on NHPTV visit http://www.nhptv.org

To learn more about the Green Alliance and to get a tkt. to the Summer Party Cruise visit www.greenalliance.biz