Market Square Day goes green; recycling becomes part of the plan at this year's event

Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Fosters.com

BY AMIE PLUMMER
aplummer@fosters.com

Article Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2008

 

PORTSMOUTH — With Market Square Day and Pro Portsmouth celebrating 31 years on the Seacoast, the organization has decided to turn over a new leaf and go green.

According to Market Square Day Executive Director Barbara Massar, there will be a big effort to recycle at the event. "This is the first time at a downtown event that we will have recycling," she said. "It is going to be a pretty big effort considering all the trash we have at an event like this."

Massar said for the event's 2008 logo design contest, she asked for submissions to follow the same lines the event is in going green. She said with more than 80 submissions, it was difficult to pick just one. "We get so many people, from professional artists to amateurs, that send in submissions and in so many different mediums," she said. "It was a difficult choice to make."

The winning submission came from University of Southern New Hampshire student Christine Gorayeb, 22, of Hampton. Gorayeb, who studies graphic design, also received a check for winning the contest. Her logo features a large tree in front of the cityscape. "I looked at past logos to see what worked and what didn't," she explained. "I followed the go green theme and, to me, the history and culture of Portsmouth has always given off a simple and organic kind of vibe."

The logo will appear on all Market Square Day merchandise, including T-shirts for the race, volunteers and those for sale. The festival T-shirt may be purchased at the Pro Portsmouth booth in Market Square during the event. Volunteers and board members also will be on hand to accept donations for Pro Portsmouth programming.

Market Square Day, held on June 14, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and will begin with the 10K Road Race sponsored by Ad Certa, Fox Run Mall, Liberty Mutual Group and many more. "I really want to thank all of our sponsors for this year's event," Massar said. "This day doesn't happen without a lot of people helping and supporting us."

The race begins at 9 a.m. in Market Square, travels throughout the city and finishes at Strawbery Banke. "The race is really exceeding all of our expectations," Massar said. To date more than 11,000 participants have signed up for the race and more are expected. "We had to put a cap of 17,000 for safety and comfort reasons," she said.

To make room for the close to 150 vendor and food booths, entertainers and many visitors, most of the streets in the downtown area will be closed. Parking restrictions will be put in place in downtown Portsmouth beginning at 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. Streets will be posted on Friday, June 13 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 from the hours of 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and $3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. A free shuttle service provided by First Student Transit/Pro Portsmouth also will be available. The shuttle will run from the overflow lot at Fox Run Mall (across from the JCPenney/Lens Crafters side of mall) to Hanover Street across from the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Portsmouth. The shuttle will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The festival will feature entertainment throughout the day on three stages. Ranging in style from folk to jazz to ballet, various acts will fill downtown with music and dance.

Seacoast Coca Cola returns as the Official Beverage Sponsor of Pro Portsmouth and Market Square Day. This year, the finish area for the 10K will feature samples of SmartWater.

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, visit http://www.proportsmouth.org/.

The event would not be possible without help from volunteers. For information regarding volunteering for Market Square Day, contact Liz Rubin at 610-5530 or send an email to volunteerproportsmouth.org.

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