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May 2, 2016
Making a home in a forgotten hardware store.

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One of the very cool things to like about this year’s Kitchen Tour is that it’s a walking tour in downtown Portsmouth, it showcases the city’s great history even as it shows off its sense of contemporary style, and it includes 10 homes that are each quite special. Okay, that’s three very cool things. But it’s hard to be shy about this year’s Kitchen Tour. It’s going to be a winner.

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April 30, 2016
Moonshine Musings: A Conversation with Valerie June

Valerie June

We can’t wait to welcome the unique singer-songwriter Valerie June to the historic theater as part of our Intimately Yours series on June 7.  A small town girl who grew up in Humboldt, Tennessee (population 8,000), Valerie has become a highly regarded rising star, captivating audiences and critics alike with her strikingly individual voice and heartfelt stories. In 2013 Rolling Stone named her album Pushin’ Against A Stone one of the year’s top 50, and in 2014 she was nominated by the Americana Music Awards as Emerging Act of the Year. She’ll be debuting her “organic moonshine roots music” at The Music Hall. Valerie recently shared some insights with The Music Hall’s Deputy Programming Director, Thérèse LaGamma.

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April 27, 2016
Membership May

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Once again this year we are celebrating Membership Month this May! For the entire month if you become a new member or upgrade your membership, you’ll automatically be entered into our Membership Month Raffle!

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April 26, 2016
Desk Tour: Ashleigh Tucker Pollock

Ashleigh Desk Tour

We have a pretty great team here at The Music Hall, and I’m excited to introduce them to you through a new blog series “The Music Hall Staff Desk Tours”. Seeing as the inspiration for this came from our beloved Kitchen Tour, that happens to be celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, I thought it was only fitting to start with the force behind the Kitchen Tour, Ashleigh Tucker Pollock. Check out my interview with Ashleigh and find out what her favorite things on her desk are, what she thinks her desk says about her, and what her favorite aspect of the Kitchen Tour is. Enjoy!

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April 25, 2016
Bella Vita on the Piscataqua River

Bella Vita Kitchen Tour

If you’re lucky enough to have a home with a direct view of the beautiful Piscataqua River, you’re lucky enough. If that home also happens to possess a fantastic kitchen, well, molto fortunato. Very lucky.

We have two homes on this year’s 25th Anniversary Kitchen Tour that are right on the river. I invoked a little Italian above because the lucky folks who own one of those homes have rightly named it “Bella Vita,” which means beautiful life. Indeed.

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April 19, 2016
Be our guest

Beauty and the Beast

When I was a little girl I was obsessed with princesses, real life ones such as Princess Diana and Grace Kelly and fictional ones such as Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, but my favorite without question was Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I related to her on a level that I didn’t have with the others. She had brown hair, liked books, and was a daddy’s girl just like I was. I wore out my VHS of Beauty of the Beast at least half a dozen times. Sorry Mom….

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