Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC) has joined in helping Kittery’s “End 68 Hours of Hunger” this Thanksgiving season. PMAC will host their 15th annual Concert of Thanksgiving, Nov. 9, at the Star Theatre at Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road. The show starts at 7 p.m. PMAC’s annual concert is free and family-friendly. In lieu of tickets, PMAC simply asks people to donate food to End 68 Hours of Hunger.
In past years, many concert attendees have brought full shopping bags of non-perishable food items, yielding tons of food donations and several hundred dollars in financial contributions. End 68 is a particularly appropriate organization for PMAC to support. Many students enrolled at PMAC are children with families in need and recipients of tuition assistance. “It’s really important to us and connected to what we do,” said PMAC’s Executive Director and co-founder, Russ Grazier.
The Concert of Thanksgiving will feature adult ensembles that participate in weekly programming at PMAC, 12 in all. Each ensemble will play two or three pieces during the two-hour event and are comprised of amateur musicians playing ukuleles, bluegrass, jazz and more. There will even be a concert band. Grazier described the event as an all-city concert for adult groups, similar to the youth concerts that take place at Portsmouth High School. The major difference here is that parents and grandparents are on the stage while their children and grandchildren are in the audience. More information about the event can be found on PMAC’s website: https://pmaconline.org/
About End 68 Hours of Hunger: End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. This weekend program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend. They are entirely volunteer-based and 100 percent of funds go directly to feeding at-risk children unless otherwise designated by the donor. More information can be found at http://www.end68hoursofhunger.