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March 29. 2012 11:14PM

Music, fireworks set for Hampton Beach park gala


This is a view of part of the new oceanside complex at Hampton Beach taken in December. (Courtesy N.H. Division of Parks and Recreation)

HAMPTON — A gala celebration has been scheduled for June 1 and 2 to officially herald the completion of the $14.5 million Hampton Beach State Park renovation project.

The project included a complete overhaul of the bath houses at the north and south ends of the promenade and construction of the new Seashell Stage complex.

“This gala is the official kick-off of what we hope will be an exciting future at Hampton Beach,” said John Nyhan, gala chairman and chairman of the Hampton Beach Commission. “A great deal of work has been completed over the last 10 years as we have begun implementing the tasks on the Hampton Beach Area Master Plan.”

Nyhan said work remains to be done, but the gala is an opportunity to come together as a community, have fun and celebrate successes.

Plans are being finalized, but the event should include a ribbon cutting by Gov. John Lynch on Friday, June 1, followed by entertainment that evening on the new stage. A variety of bands that have played Hampton Beach over the years will be featured, and a fireworks display will cap off the evening.

On Saturday, the fun will recommence at noon with an art show hosted by the Hampton Arts Network, a craft fair with vendors selling New Hampshire-made products and services, plus continuous entertainment on the Seashell stage until 10 p.m.

The formal dedication of the Chief James Donahue Life Guard Station will be held. Donahue has been a lifeguard at Hampton Beach for more than 50 years.

The gala is being coordinated by the Hampton Beach Area Commission along with a committee of representatives from the town, state, Greater Hampton Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Beach Village District, Hampton Arts Network and other local community and business leaders.

More entertainment and activities are expected to be added and will be updated at hamptonbeach.org.



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