Bridges Connecting Communities | Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge

 

Portsmouth NH - Memorial Bridge - Summer View - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

Portsmouth New Hampshire’s Memorial Bridge has connected the 2 communities of Portsmouth NH and Kittery Maine since 1923.  And now, for a fairly short time, this bridge won’t be connecting these 2 communities in the physical way that it has all that time.  But it has connected and brought together communities within each of these 2 towns in really interesting ways that I’d bet most of us never thought about before the bridge dismantling began.

 

 

Memorial Bridge Portsmouth NH - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

All the years I’ve lived here, this bridge has been mostly a means by which to get across the river.  Many days, I’d go back and forth across it several times a day, depending on appointments I had.  From time to time, I’d be stuck on it while it was in the up position for a ship or tanker to go through which often gave me time to sit and just soak in the view for a few minutes.   And I suspect that’s what the bridge was for most others who traversed it daily as well – a means to get where we’re going.

 

Portsmouth NH Community Bridge-Watchers

Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge - Middle Section Floating - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

Jim and I became avid bridge watchers as soon as they began preparing the sections for removal, and we joined the ranks of other area residents who were doing the same.  We’d go down and watch the workers several times a day, and as they got closer to being able to remove the middle section, we’d go down and watch for hours at time on the days/nights the middle section was to be removed.  This picture is of the middle section being floated upriver to be tied up to the dock so it could be readied for shipping down to the Boston area.  The NH DOT Memorial Bridge Project site does a great job keeping the community updated on changes and progress.

During those visits, we would end up meeting all kinds of people down there doing the same thing we were.  The conversations with various people were really interesting – many of them sharing amazing memories with us.  We met people who told us of their childhood memories of Sunday drives with their parents and crossing the bridge, other memories were of fishing with grandparents, boat trips, family members who’d worked on the bridge.  We met a man who was in his late 80’s who shared some special memories of dating his girlfriend and how he proposed to her on the bridge.  Some many wonderful people from all walks of life and some very special memories that have been shared with us…

 

We have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, all the wonderful people we’ve met through a common interest in bridge-watching.  Several times this past week I went down to see how the tearing down of the approach road to the bridge in downtown Portsmouth is being torn down.  I took a quick lunch with me twice and sat on one of the benches to watch for awhile.  Each time 1 or 2 people approached me and chatted for a bit, one man sat down beside me to eat his lunch.  Over that quick lunch I learned of some of his memories too – the memories he shared with me had to do with long ago fishing trips that his dad had taken him on, fishing under the bridge.  As he finished his story, I noticed tears in his eyes, which put tears in mine.   I’d venture to say, many a set of eyes have moistened up as cherished times connected to this wonderful bridge have been shared.  Who knew this kind of bonding and sharing would go on because of the dismantling of a bridge??

Portsmouth NH Memorial Bridge Middle Section Removed - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR     Portsmouth NH Kittery Side Being Removed - Ann Cummings NH REALTOR

The crews working on the bridge are in the process of taking down the Kittery Maine side, pictured in the middle picture above.  Our new bridge is slated to be up, operational and open for traffic in July 2013.  And I know when the bridge begins to go back up, many of those same people we’ve met will be there watching again, just as we will be too.  Bridge-watchers, what wonderfully interesting bonds this has created!

Ann Cummings and Jim Lee - 6-26-2011 Wedding Day - Memorial Bridge in Background
The Memorial Bridge was a backdrop to our wedding on June 26, 2011 – it appears in the background of many of our wedding pictures.

It’s a little special to us as well…..   Winking smile

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to make your home here in the Seacoast areas of NH or southern Maine, let us know – we’d love to show you the area and help you find that special home just right for your needs.  We love living here and calling Portsmouth home and we know you’ll love this area too!

Call us or email us – we’re here to help you with your real estate needs – ann@anncummings.com and jim@jimlee.com  1-888-349-5678 ext 3839 for Ann and ext 3801 for Jim.

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Tall Ships Are Coming to Portsmouth NH

If you live in or around Portsmouth NH, you know we always have lots of things going on that are centered around all the water we’re so lucky to have all around us! 

Tall Ships Festival - Portsmouth NH

Another fabulous event going on this week is our Portsmouth NH Tall Ships Festival, which is brought here to us by our Piscataqua Maritime Commission. 

 

We’ve been fortunate to have had Tall Ships visit us for a number of years now, and visitors and residents alike just love our summer Tall Ships Festival.  This is our 10th annual festival.

 

 

This year, we’ve got 4 ships coming in: the US Coast Guard Eagle, the Kalmar Nyckel, the Spirit of Massachusetts, and the Spirit of Carolina. These ships have begun arriving in Portsmouth Harbor.  The Spirit of Massachusetts is already in port, having arrived on Sunday.  The others will be arriving on the 5th and 6th.  During the week, these ships will be sailing up and down the river – great picture-taking opportunities.

The Tall Ships Boat Parade will be held the morning of August 7th, starting at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbor, going upriver to the docks in downtown Portsmouth.  Once the ships are docked, the official festivities will begin – tours, entertainment, day sails, and more.

This is a wonderful event to take part in – plan a day here in Portsmouth NH and see these beautiful ships!  I watched the boat parade last time, and got to see them at the docks.  They are beautiful ships for sure!

3 Tall Ships Abreast at the State Pier in Portsmouth NH - Ann Cummings July 8, 2007   Line of People to Buy Tickets to See Tall Ships

If you’re here and make Portsmouth NH home, or if you’re in the area or are close enough to take a day trip here, come see these magnificent Tall Ships – well worth spending a day here to see them and enjoy all that downtown Portsmouth has to offer.

Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market?  Do you have questions about the buying or selling process?  Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!

 

 

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NH and Maine Coastal Living Pictures | New Photo Blog

I love living here in Portsmouth NH, and really enjoy showing off this great place I’m fortunate to call home.  And because of that, I have tons of pictures I’ve taken.  I wanted an easy way to share them with others who love this area, and with those who may be thinking about making the Seacoast areas of New Hampshire and southern Maine their new home.

Below are examples of pictures you’ll find on my new photo blog:

Looking Out to Sea in York Maine Portsmouth NH Homes - A Peek A Boo View of a Beautiful Portsmouth Home

Here's Looking At You Newcastle NH - Wentworth By The Sea and Marina

So, with that in mind, I started my own photo blog – www.NHCoastalLiving.com.  And I invite you to check it out!

If you love Portsmouth NH homes, the City of Portsmouth, and just everything about living in and around Portsmouth, then you just might become a fan of New Hampshire Coastal Living Photo Blog!

I hope you enjoy the pictures there, and if you have pictures you’d like to share, I’d welcome your submissions, and will give you proper attribution.

Enjoy!
Ann

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Portsmouth NH Area Fireworks

July 4th

Looking to catch some great fireworks displays in the Portsmouth NH area?

Here’s where some of them will be:

Friday, July 3rd –
Portsmouth fireworks starting at 9:15pm – South Mill Pond across from Portsmouth Middle School.  Music at 7:30pm.
York fireworks start at 9:05pm – Harbor Beach York Harbor.

Saturday, July 4th
Dover fireworks start at 9pm – Maglaras Park.
Greenland fireworks start at 9pm – Bramber Valley Golf Course – outdoor grilling all evening.
Hampton fireworks start at 9:15pm – Hampton Beach area.
Rye fireworks start at dusk – Parson’s Field.

Sunday, July 5th
York Beach fireworks start at 9:30pm – Ellis Park Short Sands Beach

UPDATE – Portsmouth NH fireworks have been move to Sunday night, July 5th, same time and location

Find a fireworks display near you and enjoy them!

Happy 4th

I wish you and yours a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday weekend!

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Summer Fun Begins! Portsmouth City Pool Opens

 

Portsmouth NH City Pool

Every summer in Portsmouth NH, kids of all ages look forward to the city pool opening up for the season.  This year’s season for the Peirce Island Pool begins today, June 29th, and remains open through August. 

 

 

 

 

If you live in Portsmouth’s Little Harbor area or the South End area, you’re lucky enough to be able to walk to the pool and other fun things in the area.  There is parking, so if you have to drive, no worries.

Portsmouth NH Peirce Island Cit y Pool

If you’re a town resident, use of the pool is $1.00 for adults and free for kids as long as you have proof of Portsmouth being your home.  If you don’t live in Portsmouth, you can use the pool for a $2.00 admission for adults and $1.00 per child.

 

 

 

 

For a full schedule of the city pool hours, swimming lessons, etc., check out this City of Portsmouth Pool link.  Portsmouth also has an indoor city pool, which residents are welcome to use as well.

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