The Beat Festival was amazing! and there are so many people to thank. Thank you to the presenters Jonathan Stoker, Alicia Fisher, Rebecca Allsop, Angela Whiting, Scott Plante, Amanda Whitworth, Shannon St. Pierre, Binod Rai, JerriAnne Boggis, Kristen Ringman, Alice B. Fogel and Catherine Stewart.
Thank you to the musicians Larry Simon, Scott Solsky, Scip Gallant, Mike Barron, Chris Stambaugh, Cynthia Chatis, Frank Laurino, Don Davis and also Michael Zalenski and Josef Crosby.
Thank you, Jason Johnson and Angela Whiting and Binod Rai for lending us your art for the evening.
Thank you to the volunteers Lauren Wb Vermette, Crystal Paradis and Megan Stelzer.
For donations to the raffle Thanks you’s go to Steffanie Antonio, Portsmouth Book and Bar, The Friendly Toast, Bull Moose, Megan Stelzer of Stelzer Metalworks, Amanda Whitworth and Silver Center for the Arts, The Hotel Portsmouth, The Music Hall, Alicia Fisher and Papercut Designs: custom collage art, Rochester Opera House and the Seacoast Rep.
Thank you Flatbread Portsmouth for feeding our presenters and musicians and thank you The Kitchen NH for feeding our audience.
Thank you, Mike Teixeira, of Deck Presentations for designing the poster.
Thank you 3S Artspace for being awesome and easy to work with.
Thank you to The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for the generous sponsorship. and Thank you to the Portsmouth Poet Laureate Program for supporting me and this event and this amazing community of artists.
In total, we raised 2,514 dollars (838 each) for the International Institute of New England, Safe Harbor Recovery Center and The Chase Home for Children. Thank you to almost 200 people that bought tickets and came out to show and participated in the raffle because that’s where all that money came from.
I’m so grateful to this incredible community of artists, organizations and businesses that made The Beat Festival one for the books. Check out the pics mostly taken by Denise Wheeler and a few by Todd Dowey and Crystal Paradis.
To watch Binod Rai, a refugee from Nepal, read his poem that he wrote in the IINE poetry class on stage click here.