The latest happenings at Centennial Hall


1405, 2018

Eversource Donation

Eversource has awarded the FOCH $500 towards our rehabilitation efforts. Stay tuned for the receipt of check and photo op!

1305, 2018

NH Preservation Alliance Visit

Andrew Cushing, Field Service Representative of the NH Preservation Alliance, visited us today joining Steve Bedard, who is in finalization mode of his building assessment with historic preservation guidelines. After a full building tour, Andrew followed-up  with great suggestions for other grant opportunities that we can explore in the next months, and appreciated our successes to date commenting, "..  that we are a model in the State." Thanks Andrew for all the great input and time spent.

105, 2018

LCHIP grant workshop

Board President, Marcy McCann and Vice President, Jen King attended the LCHIP grant workshop in Concord this morning in preparation for filing our upcoming request on June 22nd. According to Digit Taylor, LCHIP Executive Director "Based on the forms received, it appears that there may be up to 80 applicants in this grant round, the largest number of applications in LCHIP’s eighteen-year history.   LCHIP is budgeted to have $3.5 million to distribute in grants.   The total anticipated request in the Intent to Apply forms is just over $11 million, 50 historic resource projects seeking $5.2 million and 30 natural resource projects seeking $5.8+ million.  This grant round looks to be highly competitive! "

1403, 2018

North Hampton’s 275th Anniversary Celebration

Congratulations to the entire 275th committee for all your efforts in planning and coordinating a most wonderful 275th celebration on a picture perfect day! Centennial Hall had a tremendously successful open house. It is estimated that more than 250 visitors come to: view the art, be bedazzled with glitter, see the ballet dancers, and listen to the various musical performances that were offered. Our tenants, the Seacoast Academy of Music, and the Brush and Palette, made an outstanding effort to put together a beautiful backdrop to showcase the building. Body Barre dancers fit in beautifully to the schedule and were enthusiastically received. And as expected, Monica Leo of Trading Faces facepainting had a steady stream of little faces (and arms & hands) to adorn. With guidance from our greatly supportive Fire Department, we opened our back stairwell, building a new set of stairs to address easement issues for the volume of tours we anticipated. And that assumption was correct. Carolyn and Sue Brooks conducted a dozen full building tours, many with residents that had never seen our upper levels. It's an inspiring experience for us when people first realize the magnitude of the resource that's hidden away up those stairs. The addition of the enchanting red brick school house out front, and the magnificent Hobbs painting in our main studio, greatly complemented the historical picture they were able to draw for those touring. As you know the mission of the FOCH is to return the building to a fully functioning community resource for the arts - and on Saturday, October 14th, even with our limitations, we were most definitely so!

1403, 2018

Kitchen Modernization

Thanks for your help with some important modernization features at Historic Centennial Hall! The Friends of Centennial Hall, (FOCH) were pleased the Hall was able to host so many activities and celebrations for North Hampton residents in 2017, and look forward to even more in the coming year. Thanks to your year-end financial support, and with a grant from the Josephine A. Lamprey Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, we have been able to upgrade our kitchen facilities, providing a far better functioning and more serviceable area for events. This is the tenth grant that has been generously awarded to the FOCH from the Josephine A. Lamprey Fund, each of which has been directed to supporting on-going restoration and renovation of the building. It’s so rewarding to read your words of appreciation for our efforts on the donor response cards, and we thank all that have continued to support us over the years, including Josephine Lamprey, and we gratefully welcome the many new donors that joined us this year. The availability of on-line donation on our website proved to be a convenient asset for many, and we will continue to improve our website features and communication in coming months. Together we continue to Celebrate the Community Spirit in strengthening the services Centennial Hall continues to provide. Our sincere thanks for your continued support! The Friends of Centennial Hall, (FOCH)

712, 2017

Centennial Hall Town Tree Lighting Reception

NORTH HAMPTON -- There may not be snow on the ground yet, but Christmas was in the air as residents gathered on the green to celebrate the 23rd annual lighting of the town tree. Once again a concert of carols was sung by the fourth-grade students of North Hampton School, as they stood in the glow of the gazebo’s festive lighting, joined by the crowd in song. After the lighting and caroling, in what has become another annual tradition, the crowd moved over to Centennial Hall where a reception was held. In commemoration of the event, Centennial Hall was decorated in holiday flare, which included an exterior illuminated display. “I love that the holidays get people singing,” said Christine Petrucci, director of the Seacoast Academy of Music which is based in the Hall. “The amount of people singing at Christmas time is great.” Petrucci was playing holiday tunes on the piano for the crowd which had gathered to enjoy a donated spread of delicious cider donuts and apple cider. Helping to set up those refreshments were Riley Queenan, Eily Burgeson and Annika Jacques, members of local Girl Scout Troop 51106. The evening’s tree lighting marked the beginning of what looks to be a busy holiday season for all three. “I’m going to have three Christmases,” said Jacques, who described her holiday plans being a busy schedule of visiting different family at various locations. When asked what she’d most like to find under the tree? “A giant squishy,” she responded with no hesitation. In case you may not know what that is, it’s a giant squishy foam object of almost anything from a panda, to a watermelon slice. “I’m going to New York,” responded Queenan, who also had a full slate of holiday stops. On her wish list - a giant Beanie Baby. For Burgeson, the highlight of the season is getting and decorating a tree with her family, and for underneath it, she is hoping to find a Hatchimal. The holidays can evoke many different feelings for people, and these third-graders were no different. For them, the yuletide season is about more than gifts, it is a reminder that February vacation is getting closer. “I’m going to Florida, so I’m looking forward to that,” said Queenan.

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