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A Candlelight Stroll At The Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH

The 34th Annual Candlelight Stroll At The Strawbery Banke Museum is a Holiday Season Tradition on the New Hampshire Seacoast!  Located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, this authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Seacoast Photographer’s Group invites you to join us for a very special December Photo Walk beginning with a "social hour” gathering at The Common Man Restaurant and then together head out to Strawbery Banke and enjoy the “Once Upon A Winter’s Eve” celebration! 

Showcasing 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke.

Visitors stroll from house to historic house, greeted by costumed role players and performers who recreate the traditions of times past, rediscovering the joys of simpler times. A toasty bonfire crackles throughout the event to warm frosty fingers and toes. Complimentary refreshments and hot apple cider are offered at the Cider Shed. The White Apron Café at Strawbery Banke offers light meals and serves a pub menu in Pitt Tavern -- visited by George Washington, John Hancock, and the Marquis de Lafayette. Traditional hearth-cooking demonstrations, crafts demonstrations, and winter projects for kids provide interactive fun for multiple generations.

More details on the parade here: www.strawberybanke.org

LOGISTICS and TICKETS 

Beginning at 3:00 pm, we MeetUp with a social hour at The Common Man Restaurant at 96 State St in Portsmouth, NH.  Here we will confirm any commercial restrictions the museum has for photography on site.  At 4:00 we gather our camera gear and walk a short distance to the entrance of Strawbery Banke. TICKETS TO THE MUSEUM WILL BE PURCHASED AT THE DOOR.  SEACOAST PHOTOGRAPHER’S GROUP MEMBERS RECEIVE A $5.00 DISCOUNT RATE OF $17.00 PER PERSON. Everyone is free to photograph at will and at the end of the evening will come together, once more, at a second restaurant in Portsmouth to warm up, share images and have a bite to eat, if you are so inclined. 

WHAT TO BRING 

Your camera and a good flash. We have received permission to photograph indoors with  flash but not tripods. You may use your tripods anywhere on the grounds outside. Unfortunately we will not be alone in the buildings. It is not unusual to have between 2 and three thousand visitors to the museum community each day and there simply is no room in the closed quarters for a tripod. Outside, however, tripods are more than welcome. In the event of a winter storm the Strawbery Banke remains open and this MeetUp will not be called for weather. In fact, we are told less crowds visit in bad weather and as photographers already know that could be very helpful to our cause. 

DIRECTIONS, MAPS & PARKING:

Please click here to download the Strawbery Banke Parking Map

Strawbery Banke Museum is located in beautiful, historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire on the southern bank of the Piscataqua River. Portsmouth is 1 hour north of Boston, 1 hour south of Portland, and 1 hour east of Manchester.

Directions to Strawbery Banke Museum

From either I-95N or I-95S, take exit 7 (downtown Portsmouth)

At the end of the ramp, head south towards the center of Portsmouth: left if coming from the north, right if coming from the south.

Proceed approximately one mile, through one traffic light, to a yellow blinking light. At this blinking light veer to the right onto Russell Street. At the stop sign at the end of Russell Street, take a right.

At the next intersection, make a left turn onto Maplewood Ave. Stay in the left lane and go through 2 sets of lights. At the third set of lights take a left onto State Street.

Get into the right-hand lane on State Street. Go through 2 sets of lights and continue to the stop sign where State Street intersects with Marcy Street.

Take a right onto Marcy Street. (Prescott Park will be on the left hand side). Proceed on Marcy Street, past Mombo Restaurant and take the next right, which is Hancock Street. The Strawbery Banke Museum parking lot is on your immediate right. Museum ticketing is in the Tyco Visitors Center, conveniently located adjacent to the parking lot.

GPS Coordinates for Strawbery Banke Museum:
N43°4.4919, W070°45.198

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  • Pat C.

    How To Share Your Images With Strawbery Banke Museum:

    Hi Pat -- So glad you had a successful photography Stroll!

    1. If the photographer is willing to have Strawbery Banke Museum use their images in promoting future Strolls -- with credit line -- I need high-res (over 1 Mb) files. Sent to me at this email [masked]


    2. For social media -- any who post their albums to Facebook I will share to Strawbery Banke Museum's 10,000 Facebook fans. Just give me the Facebook name so I can find them.

    Thanks again!
    Best,
    Stephanie

    Stephanie Seacord
    Director of Marketing Communications
    Strawbery Banke Museum
    Box 300
    Portsmouth NH 03802
    [masked][masked]

    December 20, 2013

  • Pat C.

    Thanks So Much to The Common Man Restaurant of Portsmouth and the fabulous Alana Brita behind the bar, for the warm and toasty seat by the fire and the delicious hot cider to start our photographers out on our Candlelight Stroll! Once again The Common Man was a perfect host for our Seacoast Photographers Group Social Hour and Photo Walk.

    December 17, 2013

  • Frances M. D.

    Tonight feels colder than last night. Must have been the company that warmed things up. The snow decorated the houses and it did look Christmassy.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Jim O.

    Perfect time to take pictures. New snow and a full moon. Best of all is the company I was with!!

    3 · December 16, 2013

  • Alan R.

    Perfect evening at Strawberry Banke with the new snow and cold temperatures

    2 · December 16, 2013

  • Frances M. D.

    Fantastic!!!!! It was great!. It wasn't too cold, the exterior and interior were fabulous. Those who were the historical people had interesting stories to tell. It is a fun group and I am glad I went.

    1 · December 15, 2013

  • Pat C.

    What an incredibly beautiful evening for our Candlelight Stroll! The Strawbery Banke was a festive delight with beautiful holiday lights, horse drawn carriages, musicians and carolers, an open bon fire, hot cider and snow, snow, sow! It was great to see so many Seacoast Photographers out strolling! Can't wait to see everyones images from Meetup. Thank you to all who joined us this evening!

    4 · December 15, 2013

    • Susan H.

      It WAS a beautiful evening, wasn't it! Can't wait to see YOUR pictures ;-)

      3 · December 15, 2013

  • Ysanne H.

    That was SUCH a great time! Thanks to everyone (Pat) for putting this together!!

    2 · December 15, 2013

  • Susan H.

    It's no secret to those of us who have lived downtown before, and have no garage or even a driveway. Everyone parks in this garage to get off the street during the parking ban ;-) hopefully streets will have the ban lifted by later today and residents will be making their exit about the time we want to get in!

    December 15, 2013

  • Jim O.

    I am going to let everyone on to a big secret.....shhhh...don't tell anyone. Parking garage on Hanover St......75 cents an hour.

    December 15, 2013

  • Frances M. D.

    If I am late, don't wait. I read that the parking at the museum is for handicapped. I'm leaving at 1:30. It takes 45 minutes to Stratham, so about an hour to Portsmouth and then look for parking. A meetup in Salem Ma, I spent 45 minutes until I found the museum garage. Woburn.... never did find the cinema. 45 minutes after the show started I went north and home.

    December 15, 2013

  • Pat C.

    At noon the roads are being cleared and we even saw some sidewalk clearing over here in Stratham and Greenland area already. Getting to the Meetup today in Portsmouth may be slow but doable. Plan on extra time to drive slow and arrive safe. Check for parking at the Strawbery Banke, it is close to The Common Man Restaurant where we meet at 3:00. They should have it plowed but it may fill up fast. There is a parking ban in town due to the snow removal so the parking garage is going to be pretty full. Allow for extra time to find your parking space.

    I think our biggest concern today will be trying to keep warm, especially when the sun sets and the winds add to the cold. Dress in layers, everyone and get yourself some "Hot Hands" to keep in your pockets. Also bring a spare battery for your camera and keep it in an inside pocket to swap if the one in your camera slows in the cold and decides to quit on you.

    December 15, 2013

  • Jim O.

    An extra half hour for libations....good call Pat!!

    1 · December 14, 2013

    • Pat C.

      Yes Jim, a little more time allowed for folks to make there way in after the storm!

      December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anybody else watching this impending storm that may or may not slam us on Sunday? I hate to even ask if it might get cancelled...I HOPE NOT!

    2 · December 11, 2013

    • Jim O.

      It snows in New Hampshire?!!

      1 · December 14, 2013

    • Pat C.

      ;-)

      December 14, 2013

  • Pat C.

    New England Weather BRING IT ON! Nothing like a fresh (deep?!) coating of snow on Strawbery Banke for our First Annual Drink and Click™ Portsmouth Candlelight Stroll Photo Walk on Sunday Dec 15! And we have a special guest joining us, come what may. Meagan Corlin-Brogran flew all thew way from her nice warm home in Hawaii and is fully prepared to don her boots for this one! If SHE can do it we hardy New Englanders sure can ;-)

    YES, THE PHOTO WALK IS ON! No matter what Mother Nature throws at us. Meet us at The Common Man in Portsmouth from 3-4 for our Social Hour and so we can give everyone a little extra time to clear the walkways for us and our tripods! Any serious concerns just send us an email at [masked] and we will come dig you out of the snow bank you are buried under! Well, we'll bring a shovel for you to shovel yourself out, at the very least Safe Travels All !!!

    Check your emails for my cell phone!

    December 14, 2013

  • Frances M. D.

    I have an hours drive and no longer have to drive in hazardous weather since I am retired. My last year working I was totaled b a plow that was backing out of a small parking lot at a high rate of speed. The car was spun around by the impact to the passenger side and the trunk. Traveling in icy, dangerous conditions aren't regular for me. This will be the 2nd last weekend for shopping, so "shoppers' may still be out in force on the roads to Portsmouth/malls.

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Frances M. D.

      Thanks Pat. The night the Saab was totaled was at midnight and the roads were greasy with light snow falling. I saw the plow backing up into the street at a high speed and stepped on the gas rather than try to stop sharp on a slick road. Fortunately I was not hurt, due to the Saab, which I can't replace. 3 discounts totaling about $16000. GREAT car with comfortable seats.

      December 12, 2013

    • Pat C.

      Wow, I sure can't blame you for being weather weary after something like that, Frances! I've heard great things about Saab providing good protection in collisions.

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Dan T.

    Looking forward to finally going to an event! I hope the weather is alright because I'll be driving from Concord.

    1 · December 10, 2013

    • Pat C.

      Looking forward to having you at the event, Dan! Weather forecast is improving significantly and in our favor!

      December 12, 2013

  • Pat C.

    So there are no questions about this, there will be ABSOLUTELY NO RE-SCHECDULING OR CANCELATIONS FOR THIS EVENT! Good News everyone, the forecast is changing. At noon today I heard them say we will not receive a significant snow storm as predicted at the beginning of the week … only 3-5 inches in Boston area with snow starting Saturday afternoon and ending Sunday morning. The Museum has informed us that they do not close for inclement weather. In fact, they tell us that the crowds diminish significantly at Strawbery Banke when there is weather so this could work in our favor. And a nice, fresh coating of snow on the rooftops and decorations is actually a gift from Mother Nature, herself ;-)

    Check your emails, I am sending my phone number to all YES RSVPs.

    1 · December 12, 2013

  • John R. M.

    Well if the Christmas lights are on the list of outside shots then a balanced light between the blue hour and the time the lights come on is what I'm hoping for. A blend of ambient light from the darkness and artificial led lights. So an hour after sunset. Just my opinion.

    1 · December 9, 2013

    • Pat C.

      John if you want to photograph the holiday decorations in daylight, for a short time only they open for guided tours after Christmas day. I found this information for you:

      1 · December 9, 2013

    • Pat C.

      December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
      10:00 am-2:00 pm
      Guided Holiday House Tours
      Guided tours of five decorated historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum. Tours offered on the hour. Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.

      December 9, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Since sunset is just after 4p these days, I'm thinking that from 3:30 - 4:00p, will probably be the best light of the day. A time when, as much as I'd like to be inside with a hot drink, I'll probably be thinking we should be outside. Anyone else thinking this?

    December 9, 2013

    • Pat C.

      Oooh Roger, I know your disappointed but a Saturday meetup would have been worse. They don't open their doors until 5pm!

      December 9, 2013

    • Pat C.

      If you want to photograph the holiday decorations at the museum the do open for daylight hours for a short time from December 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
      10:00 am-2:00 pm
      Guided Holiday House Tours
      Guided tours of five decorated historic houses at Strawbery Banke Museum. Tours offered on the hour. Adults $15, children 5-17 $10, children under 5 free.

      December 9, 2013

  • Pat C.

    I don't see why not John, as they will not obstruct the walk ways. That was the specific concern for restriction of using the tripods.

    December 4, 2013

  • John R. M.

    Pat,

    Will monopods be allowed indoors?

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Pat C.

    Susan, HOORAY! So glad you will be able to join us!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Pat C.

    Ooooh, speedy recovery, Sharon! Stay warm by the fire and we will do our best to capture some wonderful images with you!

    November 21, 2013

  • Susan H.

    I've got the day off, to attend!

    2 · November 21, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    I'll look forward to the shared photos! Have an amazing time and to all - I hope the holiday season is filled with joy. Peace!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Sharon H.

    This sounds awesome but I'm unable to join. I'm having knee surgery on the 12th. :-(

    1 · November 21, 2013

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