Strawbery Banke Thanks Vintage & Vine Sponsors
October 01, 2012 2:00 AM
Sept. 24 — To the Editor:
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff, I extend my utmost appreciation to our friends in the greater Seacoast community, whose hard work and energy contributed to Strawbery Banke Museum’s incredibly successful Vintage and Vine 2012, held Sept. 8.
The fine wine and food festival incorporated a Green, Grow, Global theme. By recycling and composting all materials, the event achieved zero waste for the first time with the support of EcoMovement.
Thanks to the partnership of New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlets, the leadership of event co-chairwomen and trustees Cynthia Harvell and Michelle Firmbach Nadeau, event coordinators Jordan Osbon and Sarah Thibodeau of Aqua Communications, the devotion of auction coordinators Cynthia Fenneman and Siobhan Hyman, and unparalleled support from a manifold of businesses and individuals in the greater community, the wine festival exceeded fund-raising goals. This annual tasting resulted in a total income of $100,000 and a final profit of $72,000 to support our building and landscape preservations efforts, school and summer camp programs, and the wide variety of events and programs the museum provides for more than 75,000 annual visitors.
We also wish to extend a wholehearted thank you to our hard-working event volunteers and all of our community partners for their support. This event would not have been possible without their generosity.
Thank you to our 38 participating restaurants, 15 wine brokers, 35 sponsors, and more than 180 businesses and individuals who graciously donated items to the Vintage and Vine silent auction, which raised more than $20,000 for the museum.
Thank you to our sponsors: Waste Management, Planet Fitness, Demeters Steakhouse, David Wendell Associates Inc., Exeter Trust Company, Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa, Aqua Communications, BayRing Communications, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Federal Savings Bank, Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown, Homewood Suites Hilton, The Mark Wentworth Home; McLane, Graf, Raulerson and Middleton; Northeast Credit Union; Optima Bank & Trust; Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center; Residence Inn Marriott Portsmouth Downtown Waterfront; R.M. Davis Inc.; Stonewall Kitchen; Sir Speedy Printing Center; Catapult Seacoast; Guy Esposito; Castello Banfi; Mary Ann Esposito of Ciao Italia; Jay Curcio of The White Apron; Foster’s Daily Democrat; Taste of the Seacoast; Coastal Home Magazine; Doris Rice Watercolors; Regal Limousine Service; Rhythm Method; EcoMovement; Graphic Details; Flower Kiosk; Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce; Cleary Cleaners; and Natural Rocks Spring Water Ice Co.
Thank you to our wine partners: Dunn Wine Brokers LLC; E&J Gallo/Pine State Trading Co.; Fortune Wine Brokers; Horizon Beverage Company; Jewell Towne Vineyards; LaBelle Winery; Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire; Moonlight Meadery; M.S. Walker; Perfecta Wine Company; Pine State Beverage; RP Imports; Southern Wine ane Spirits of New England; The Imported Grape LLC; and Vinilandia NH.
Thank you to our featured chefs: Amie Hurd of The Exchange, Ben Hasty of When Pigs Fly, John Forti Curator of Historic Landscape at Strawbery Banke Museum, Matt Louis of Moxy, and Morrgan Machado of Demeters Steakhouse.
Thank you to our restaurant partners: AJ’s Wood Grill Pizza; Anneke Jans; Attrezzi; Black Trumpet Bistro; Blue Mermaid Island Grill; Bonta; Café Mediterraneo; Cava; Chocolate Chic at Attrezzi; Epoch Restaurant and Bar at The Exeter Inn; Flatbread Co.; Henrys’ Market Café; Michelle’s on Market Square; MoJo’s BBQ Grill and Tavern; Portsmouth Brewery; Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center; Queen City Cupcakes LLC; Radici; Ristorante Massimo; Robert’s Maine Grill; Seaport Fish; Stonewall Kitchen; The Carriage House; The Common Man; The District; The Green Monkey, The Kitchen; The Library Restaurant; The Oar House; The One Hundred Club; The Portsmouth Gas Light, Three Chimneys Inn, and Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa.
With deep thanks to the community and all involved.
Lawrence J. Yerdon
President and chief executive officer
Strawbery Banke Museum
Source. Seacoast Media Group. http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20121001-OPINION-210010319