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A Summer Filled with Lantern Festival Events!

The Alliance has been busy this summer planning and promoting Lantern Festival events!

A Summer Filled with Lantern Festival Events!

In June, the Alliance dropped off 75 lanterns at the Connie Bean Recreation Center for Camp FunStuff campers to decorate while having kindness conversations. These lanterns were made possible by the generous donations of our Kindness Champions! We look forward to seeing them float at the festival on September 30th.

Next was Portsmouth’s Art ‘Round Town on August 4th! The Alliance participated with a display of lanterns at the Portsmouth Historical Society and met art enthusiasts interested in learning more about the Lantern Festival.

The next day Alliance Board Members were guests of the Portsmouth Arts Festival at Prescott Park where they provided coloring sheets for the children attending the performance of Into the Woods. Everyone loved coloring the kindness coloring sheets while waiting for the show to start!

On August 16th, the Portsmouth Library partnered with the Alliance to host a Lantern Decorating program. Forty-eight participants, young and young at heart, gathered to create kindness designs on lanterns provided by the Alliance. Kristi Bryant, Supervisor of Programming and Outreach, was excited to sponsor the evening.

“We are grateful to the Alliance for Greater Good for their efforts supporting the community of Portsmouth. We were glad to collaborate on the Lantern Decorating program. It was a fantastic, fun, intergenerational event, and everyone did such a great job decorating their lanterns! We look forward to seeing the beautiful lanterns at the Lantern Festival on September 30, and to collaborating with the Alliance for Greater Good in the future!” - Kristi Bryant, Supervisor of Programming and Outreach

Upcoming Events

The Alliance invites you to the following events that are free and open to the public.

  • September 1, Art 'Round Town, Portsmouth Historical Society

From 5:00 - 8:00 PM meet members of the Alliance Board of Directors, purchase lanterns, and learn more about the Lantern Festival. No registration required.

  • September 13, Celebrate Grandparent's Day, Portsmouth Senior Activity Center

Morning Party- 9 AM-11:30 AM- Enjoy Music & Movement, Make & Take Bubble Wands, Decorate Kindness Lanterns, and Pat Nilla the Therapy French Bulldog

Afternoon Party- 4:30 PM-5:30 PM- Enjoy Ice Cream Bar & Crafts including decorating Kindness Lanterns.

Reserve your spot by calling the Portsmouth Senior Activity Center at 603.610.4433.

The Alliance is still seeking “Kindness Champions” to help purchase the lanterns for the kindness activities that will be held at our local schools in September. As with the purchase of all lanterns, monies donated will go to the Seacoast Mental Health Center. Click on the button to learn how you can become a Kindness Champion!

Save the Date, 9.30.23

Don't forget to save the date for the Lantern Festival- September 30th (rain date is October 1st) from 5-7:30 PM. Come celebrate 400 years of Community Kindness and enjoy watching the lanterns float on the South Mill Pond, all while raising thousands of dollars for the Seacoast Mental Health Center.

Join the Alliance's Community Kindness Campaign by purchasing lanterns, becoming a kindness champion, and/or joining them at the Lantern Festival. To learn more, visit the Alliance website at

For more information or to share ideas for future events, email the Alliance for Greater Good at, visit its website and follow it on Facebook and Instagram.

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