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November 3, 2017

Sponsor Spotlight: C&J Bus Lines

C&J Bus Lines

We are so pleased to have C&J Bus Lines as a valued partner in The Ogunquit Playhouse at The Music Hall series. As we look toward our 2017 holiday production, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical, I had an opportunity to ask C&J President Jim Jalbert a few questions about what he’s looking forward to from this show, his favorite memories from past years, and why supporting the community is central to C&J’s business.

Jennifer Minicucci: You were involved the first time The Ogunquit Playhouse at The Music Hall series brought Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, The Musical to Portsmouth, back in 2015; I believe you declared it to be “spectacular”. What are you most looking forward to about this year’s production?

Jim Jalbert: We are very excited for this year’s production of White Christmas; it’s my all-time favorite Christmas movie, and a wonderful holiday tradition. We are looking forward to seeing Sally Struthers take the stage and to see what The Music Hall and Ogunquit Playhouse have up their sleeves for this year’s performance.


JM: I know you recently expanded your New York City service to include Dover. Can you tell us a little more about what’s new at C&J?

JJ: Yes, in October we launched the expansion of our popular New York City Service with the addition of service to Dover, NH. This new location at our terminal in Dover operates schedules daily between New York City, seven days a week.

In 2018, C&J will be celebrating its 50th year. We have built our company on offering top-notch customer service and providing reliable, consistent transportation. We are always looking to improve and to expand the C&J experience for all our riders. In 2018 we look forward to some technological advances for the company…mobile ticket scanning, a new entertainment system for our NYC coaches, and more! Stay tuned!


JM: C&J is very active in the community, supporting arts and cultural events and nonprofit organizations across the region. Why are you so committed to, as you put it, “contributing time, talent, and services to help further the goals of community-minded organizations”?

JJ:Giving back to the community is a vital part of our organization. This community has supported us now for 50 years and we give as much as we can to the community who has made us what we are today. We understand the huge role the arts play in the Seacoast community and want to encourage the growth and expansion of The Music Hall as well as other organizations.


JM: What do you enjoy most about partnering with The Music Hall, and what would you tell other businesses that may be interested in sponsorship?

JJ:The team at The Music Hall is wonderful! We work together as a team to craft and develop a sponsorship that fits our individual needs. We like to be creative with our sponsorship and do some out-of-the-box ideas, and The Music Hall always supports that.


JM: Is there anything else you would like to add about being a Music Hall sponsor?

JJ:The Music Hall is an iconic gem of the City of Portsmouth. We are proud to support one of the cornerstones of this community that brings so much pleasure to so many people, especially families, throughout the year. We can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for The Music Hall!

About the Author Jennifer Minicucci

Jennifer joined The Music Hall in September of 2017, bringing with her a passion for the arts, education and community building along with a broad range of fundraising and project management experience. Most recently, Jennifer was the Director of Development at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) where she became enthralled with the cultural life of the Seacoast. Prior to her work at PMAC, Jennifer was the Manager of Stewardship and Internal Events at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH where she spearheaded the creation of the successful Heart of the Arts annual gala. Early in her career, Jennifer honed her public relations and marketing skills at Ogilvy, Adams and Rinehart in Washington, DC and Cone Communications in Boston, MA. While she and her husband were raising three future performing artists, she ran a handcrafted jewelry business, selling her designs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire galleries. Jennifer is a proud co-founder and the founding chairperson of Polaris Charter School, and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Academy for Science and Design and Granite State Arts Academy.
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