June Events

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Preschool Story Time

10:30 AM - All ages welcome. Programs are designed for 3-5 year olds. Open to families and home daycares with 8 children or less.
(Larger groups must call to register for a special session.)

Main Library - Every Tuesday
Churchland Branch – Thursdays
Manor Branch – Thursdays
Cradock Branch – Thursdays

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Civil War Tour - Every Tuesday and Thursday

7:30 PM - Union occupation of Portsmouth during the Civil War is the focus of this walking tour lead by Private James Cook.

• All tours leave from the Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth
• Approximately 90 minutes
• $10.00 per person
• For Large Parties or MotorCoach Step-On-Guide Service please call 757-391-0155 or visit the Colonel Wm. Crawford website

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The Hill House Museum Tours - Every Wednesday

Noon - 4 pm This house was bequeathed intact by the family, and remains a absolute time warp of life from the early 1800's through 1960's. The tour costs $5.00 which is totally contributed to the ongoing restoration of the House.

The Hill House Museum, 221 North Street
Special tours can be arranged by calling 757-393-0241

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Olde Towne Living History Tours - Every Friday

7:30 PM - Join Portsmouth's founder, Colonel William Crawford, for a stroll through four centuries of maritime history in the home of America's first and largest shipyard.  Hear tales of early growth and expansion, British occupation during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 and Union occupation during the Civil War as you pass one of the largest collections of historic homes on the Eastern Seaboard.

• All tours leave from the Renaissance Hotel, 425 Water Street, Portsmouth
• Approximately 90 minutes
• $10.00 per person
• For Large Parties or MotorCoach Step-On-Guide Service please call 757-391-0155 or visit the Colonel Wm. Crawford website

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Olde Towne Farmer's Market - Every Saturday

9 AM – 1 PM - Historic district market with locally and organically grown veggies, fruits, nut, herbs, beef, chicken, eggs, seafood, artisanal breads, scones, pastries, cakes, pies, jams, jellies, salsas, fresh, dried and silk flowers, soaps, lotions, pottery, arts/crafts. Just outside the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard at Court and High Streets. Visit the Portsmouth Olde Towne Farmers Market website for more details

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Fire & Water: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

In this photojournalistic program, artist Pam Ponce (Virginia Beach, VA) worked with the staff of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Youth Conservation Corps to provide documentation of the burn areas from 2008 and 2011 fires.  In the exhibition, featuring panoramic photographs, original prints and educational panels, the artist shares a rich experience that combines art and science, and reflects the complexity and fragility of natural ecosystems. 

TCC Visual Arts Center - 340 High Street. Gallery hours 9am - 8pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, 757-822-1888 or www.tcc.edu/vac

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Art on a String

Offered in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will feature kites in all shapes and sizes from collections and local kite-makers.  International kites will also be on display.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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2014 Outdoor Sculpture

through October 5 - The 9th annual Outdoor Sculpture exhibit, juried by Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art offers $4,000 in awards and travel stipends for participating artists.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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The Eastern Amateur

The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame puts on display their favorite pieces of sports memorabilia.

Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum (757) 393-8031  

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Changing Appalachia: Custom to Cutting Edge

through July 6 - Drawing from an abundance of natural resources from the Appalachian region, artists and craftsmen create both utilitarian and decorative objects. 

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Everybody's Cookies?

through July 12 - Sissy Cutchen bases her exhibit on her book of the same title which is a celebration of American cuisine and how that brings children together no matter where they travel.

Children's Museum of Virginia, 221 High St., Portsmouth | 757-393-5258

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Portsmouth Book Group

6:30 - 7:45 pm Are you a voracious reader who loves to talk about books? Come join the Portsmouth Book Group! Our book selections are eclectic, so we hope to attract a wide variety of readers. Try us out and share the titles you would like to discuss.

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-393-8759

FirstEvents - Olde Towne Portsmouth

Held the first Friday through Sunday of each month, Olde Towne Portsmouth's business community opens its doors along High Street between Effingham Street and the riverfront. Events and activities include Arts to Antiques Flea Market, free museum admission, exhibit openings and art afternoons, and a lot more. Sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association | 757-397-7173

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

Noon - 6 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

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Concert In the Courtyard - Free Music Series

5 - 8 PM - Enjoy music in the courtyard from Modern Funk Jazz Band. Presented by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and PortsEvents.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Loose Strings Band - music in the Courtyard

10:30 AM & Noon - In conjunction with the Changing Appalachia exhibit The Loose Strings Band (LSB) is an all girls band , four members ranging in age from sixteen to twenty years of age from Galax Virginia. Once known as a youth band, the girls have now crossed over into the adult league and placed thirteenth out of 178 registered bands in the adult competition at the world famous Galax Fiddlers Convention. They are known in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and beyond for their nice blend of tight vocal harmonies and sweet rhythms. They are also unique in their style since they all play an instrument and sing!

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Corner of High & Court St. | 393-8543

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Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market

10 AM - 2 PM - The Olde Towne Antiques to Flea Market is conveniently located in the Middle Street Garage at the corner of Middle & London Streets and is held year round, rain or shine on the first Saturday of each month. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 2 p.m. Always Free Admission & Free Parking! Call 757-339-1876 for additional information.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

10 AM - 4 PM - basement of the Main Library, 601 Court Street

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Road, Rail, Steam, and Sail

10 AM - 5 PM - Discover how the wheels of progress have turned in Portsmouth for over 250 years. From dugout canoes and horse pulled carriages to velocipedes, automobiles and steam packets the rivers and the roads have always kept the people and products in the city flowing. Enjoy hands-on crafts sand activities as we journey back to the crossroads of transportation technology at the dawn of the 20th century. Admission is free as part of our First Weekends, First Saturdays programming series.

Presented by the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship Portsmouth Museum | 757-393-8591 www.portsmouthnavalshipyardmuseum.com

8First Sunday Breakfast, Brunch, or Lunch

Call your favorite restaurant for details.
Click here for a list of downtown area restaurants

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Seawall Music Festival @ Portside

This is Portsmouth's summer celebration of music with free family fun. Daily musical performances by local and regional bands, children's activities and the East Coast's largest pyrotechnical show. Check back for a complete list of musical acts, time and activities or call 757-393-8481 as the date gets closer.

Friday June 6, 2014
6-7 pm: Jody Brown (Main Stage)                                    
7-8:30 pm: The Good Life Band (Water Stage)
8:30-11 pm: The Original Rhondels (Main Stage)

Saturday June 7, 2014                                    
1:30-2:30 pm: White Lighting(Main Stage)
2:30-3:30 pm: Phazz II (Water Stage)
3:30-4:30 pm: Swing Tine (Main Stage)
4:30-5:30 pm: Against All Odds (Water Stage)
5:30-6:30 pm: The Wilson Knight Project (Main Stage)                        
6:30-7:30 pm: RaJazz (Water Stage)
7:30-9:30 pm: Bloodstone (Main Stage)

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ACME Reptile Show

10 AM - Join Brian Fiske from ACME Reptile Shows to see and learn about the habits and homes of reptiles from Virginia and around the world. You might see alligators, snakes, turtles, amphibians and more. Free for members and $5 for non-members. Date and time subject to change.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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All About Honey Bees

1 PM - Join members of the Beekeeper's Guild of Southeast Virginia for an interactive program about bees. See a demonstration hive in action. Great program for kids and adults, $5 non-members, FREE for members. Date and time subject to change.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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High Street Entertainment

Noon - 3 PM - Olde Towne

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Avett Brothers at nTelos

7:30 PM - A folk-rock band from Mount Pleasant, NC, the band is brothers Scott and Seth Avett, who play the banjo and guitar respectively, and Bob Crawford who plays stand-up bass. Joe Kwon, cello, and Jacob Edwards, drums, are touring members, with Kwon featured on recordings from 2007's "Emotionalism" to present. The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky-tonk, and ragtime.

nTelos Wireless Pavilion Box Office | Ticketmaster

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Writers Group

6 pm - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538

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Veterans' Services

1:30 pm - 2nd and 4th Wednesday  of the month  

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538

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Moonlit Journey

7:30 - 9 PM - Explore the dark side of Paradise. Search for wildlife and get up-close with our bug light trap. Registration required

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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27th Annual Cock Island Race

Known as the largest sailing event on the East Coast. Several classes of sailboats race up and down the Elizabeth River, but the race is not just for professionals. Causal boaters hit the water, too. The race kicks off with concerts and food Friday night and ends Saturday evening with an awards ceremony and more live music.

For more information, call 757-393-8481.

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Early Bird Walk

8 - 10 AM - Stroll around Lake Ballard with local bird expert Clark White to identify birds by sight and sounds. Be prompt, gates close at 8:15am; late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Free of charge and no registration necessary. Donations are always appreciated.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Junior Rangers Program

9 - 10:30 AM - Sign your child up to receive an Elizabeth River Junior Ranger Certification. We will explore the park, clean-up park trails, create a craft, and play a fun, nature inspired game. For children aged 7-11.

Registration required.

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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Volunteer Work Day

10 AM - 1 PM - Join us to maintain the Preserve's trails and facilities.
For more information, please call 757-686-8684, email hofflercreek@hofflercreek.org or visit hofflercreek.org.  Sign up through Volunteer Hampton Roads at www.volunteerher.org

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Beautiful Butterflies

1 - 3 PM - Stop by Paradise Creek Nature Park's Education Station to learn about the environment on your own time. The education station can be found on the bridge over looking the wetland at Paradise Creek Nature Park.

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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Full Moon Paddle

8:30 PM - Explore Hoffler Creek by moonlight, then enjoy s'mores by the campfire. $35 non-members, $20 members. Call 757-686-8684 or email hofflercreek@hofflercreek.org to register. Advanced payment required.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Gospel at Portside

2 - 5 PM - featuring featuring "The Voice of Restoration" and their Praise Dancers, along with a Gospel Comedian.
For more information contact Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services
Valora Baskerville 393-8481

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Summer RAYS Program

Various Locations throughout the City of Portsmouth
A nine-week summer recreation program for ages 6 – 17 at the City of Portsmouth Recreation Centers and Portsmouth Public Schools.

For more information, please call 757-393-8481. 

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Family Movie Night

6:00 pm - Enjoy a night out and bring your family to watch a movie on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538

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Daryl Hall & John Oats

8 PM - "Do what you want. Be what you are." Daryl Hall and John Oates are the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history!

Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today's popular artists that the September 2006 cover of Spin Magazine's headline read: "Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground." Their artistic fan base includes Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie and MTV's newest hipsters Gym Class Heroes who dubbed their tour "Daryl Hall for President Tour 2007." One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion.

nTelos Wireless Pavilion Box Office | Ticketmaster

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Creek Kids Program

9 - 10:30 AM - Join your little one as they earn an Elizabeth River Creek Kid Certification. We will read a nature story, explore the park, and complete each day with a fun, nature inspired craft to take home. For children aged 3-6.

Registration required

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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Creek Critters

1 - 3 PM - Stop by Paradise Creek Nature Park's Education Station to learn about the environment on your own time. The education station can be found on the bridge over looking the wetland at Paradise Creek Nature Park.

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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96X Fest featuring Panic! at the Disco, Grouplove,
Dirty Heads, X Ambassadors, Vancy Joy and The Dahus

5 PM - Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, April 11 at the Pavilion Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations

nTelos Wireless Pavilion Box Office | Ticketmaster

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Birds of Paradise

8 AM -

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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Paradise Creek Volunteer Saturday

9 - 11 AM - Become a River Hero! Help us clean up Paradise Creek Nature Park and improve plantings.

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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High Street Entertainment

Noon - 3 PM - Olde Towne

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Father's Day in the Park

1 - 3 PM -

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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Celebrate Kids!

10 AM - 5 PM - Fun, interactive activities and events for the whole family at the four Portsmouth Museums.

At the Children's Museum of Virginia, celebrate under "The Big Top" with a carnival atmosphere for the day. Play games and win prizes, see some animals and have your face painted. On hand will be carnival crafts and food-inspired activities to complement "Everybody's Cookies," on display through July 12, 2014. Sissy Cutchen, creator of "Everybody's Cookies," will be here reading her story and giving tours.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum: Discover life at sea in the 1700s with the Portsmouth Privateers. Enlist in the Civil War era U.S. Navy with the Tidewater Maritime Living History Association, and learn how to board and repel through hands-on demonstrations.

Lightship Portsmouth Museum: Find out about life aboard this former floating lighthouse for the Coast Guard sailors who served.

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center: Musician Bob Zentz will bring unique handmade musical instruments created from the Appalachian region, which he will perform and display. Rich Gray will instruct participants in paper airplane designs to test-fly in the courtyard. Families can also decorate pre-baked, iced sugar cookies, using food coloring markers that write in edible ink.

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Rebelution and special guests Iration, The Green, Stick Figure

6:30 PM - Rebelution, one of the world's top reggae bands, is bringing their "love and positivity" this summer. The band's 2012 album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Reggae and Independent charts, and at #13 on the Top 200 Albums chart, Rebelution will follow up with "Count Me In," their fourth full-length release, on June 10. Originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2004, Rebelution's strong DIY mentality, relentless touring and deep connection to their fan base via social media, has led them to being one of the best-selling reggae artists on the planet. Since the 2007 release of "Courage to Grow," the band's first full-length album, Rebelution's music has been praised for its crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics and savvy musicianship.

Iration is a reggae group from Santa Barbara, CA. All members originally hail from Hawaii. They play a mix of reggae, dub, rock and are known for playing a lot of Sunshine Reggae.

The Green's newest CD opens with a chant of "He Mele No Ku'u Hawai'i" prepares the album's listener as much as the band. Hawai'i '13 dances through roots reggae, soul, and R&B. The album charts a journey through Hawaiian life and music, reflecting The Green's musical upbringing as much as their vision for the future of Hawai'i and its musical output.

Launched in Duxbury, MA, Stick Figure showcases the talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff. Stick Figure's music has a unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. Often referred to as the "one man band," Scott single-handedly created four full length albums from 2006-2012 (a fifth album, "Reprise Sessions," was recorded with a full band and released in 2010), and has sold more than 50,000 albums worldwide.

nTelos Wireless Pavilion Box Office | Ticketmaster

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Teen Book Club

2:45 - 4 pm - Middle and high school teens ages 13 - 18 interested in the monthly teen book club. Participants get their books at the meeting.

Manor Library - For more information, please call 757-465-2916

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2014 Great Race Antique Car Procession

5:30 pm - Crawford Parkway to Old Holiday Inn site - Portsmouth will host an overnight stop on the 2014 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty.

The Great Race, the world's premiere old car rally, will bring more than 100 antique automobiles downtown to North Landing for the $150,000 event.

The race will start in Ogunquit, Maine, on June 21 and weave its way 2,100 miles over nine days down the Atlantic Coast through 13 states before the finish in The Villages, Fla., on June 29.

Great Race website

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Coolin' Out at Portside

7 PM
For more information contact Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services
Valora Baskerville 393-8481

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Writers Group

6 pm - 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538

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Veterans' Services

1:30 pm - 2nd and 4th Wednesday  of the month  

Churchland Library - For more information, please call 757-686-2538

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Summer Courtyard Concert

7 pm - The First Presbyterian Church courtyard concert series begins. The event is free and open to the public. Enjoy live music performed by Americana Lovebirds, an indie band playing Americana music for the 21st century.

First Presbyterian Church, 515 Court St.

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Old School at Portside

6 PM - featuring the TFC Band
For more information contact Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services
Valora Baskerville 393-8481

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Second Annual BioBlitz

6:30 AM - 2 PM -

Paradise Creek Nature Park | 757-399-7487

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Genealogy Discussion Group

10:30 AM - Ask for advice, discuss your current work or seek help with a road block.

Main Library 601 Court St. 

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Bat World Bat Walk

8 - 9:30 PM - A very informative yet entertaining program called “Bats of Virginia” will be offered by the Bat World Hampton Roads.  The program will feature a variety of live bats including bats only found in Virginia followed by a nature walk with equipment to detect bats flying in Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve.  Cost is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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Summer Mindfulness Walk

1 - 2 PM - Celebrate summer with HCWF Programs Director and yoga instructor Kirsten Halverson for a mindful walk through the preserve. The walk will feature some gentle stretching and breathing, silent walking meditation and discussion. FREE

Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve | 757-686-8684

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What's Behid The Mask - Workshops

10 AM - 4 PM - Explore the art of mask-making with artist and curator, Sammy Nicely of Atlanta, Georgia. Visitors can partake in ongoing party mask activities, using simple materials, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
At 2:00 p.m. a workshop of collage mask-making will take place. Participants can expect to walk away enlightened, with a fantastic colorful mask design of their own.
$20 for members or $25 for non-members. Register: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center | 393-8543

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