Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Contact: Neva Cole, Communications Director
6 Washington Street
Dover, NH 03820
A Fishy Contest
Dover Chooses Name for Alewife Fish Sculpture
Dover, NH – (August 3, 2017) One of the Dover Adventure Playground’s unique features is a 1,200-pound, 3-foot by 8-foot climbable Alewife granite fish sculpture by artist Thomas Berger. When the playground opened earlier this summer the public started to vote on what this fish should be named. According to the artist, this particular female fish is a nod to the alewife who spawn in the Cocheco River, bordering the playground. Voting took place online on the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s Facebook page and inside the museum with traditional ballots. All suggestions were welcome.
“As you can imagine,” said Neva Cole, CMNH Communications Director, “we had some amazing and imaginative suggestions.” Some names reflected the interests of many of the children voting, like “Cookie,” “Elsa,” and “Kitty.” Some of the names were distinctly nautical like “Fishy McFishface,” “Sushi,” and “Alosa” after the Alewife’s scientific name “Alosa pseudoharengus.” And some of the names were just downright inventive like “Oprah Finfrey,” “Megatron,” and “Paidia” which is Greek for “childish play and amusement.”
After the public narrowed down the suggestions to the top three names, a panel of judges, who were closely involved in the creation of the Dover Adventure Playground, chose the winner: Henrietta. “The Dover Adventure Playground sits inside Henry Law Park, so many voters said they were drawn to that connection,” shared Cole. In the end, over 300 names were suggested and close to 500 people voted to choose the top three names. “This naming contest was a great indicator of just how involved the citizens of Dover are with their community,” said Gary Bannon, Dover Recreation Director. “I think that’s something to celebrate.”
Visitors who wish to stop by and say hello to Henrietta can visit the playground any day between 7am and 9:30pm. To learn more about the Dover Adventure Playground, visit the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire’s website at www.childrens-museum.org/visit/dover-adventure-playground or contact Dover Recreation at 603-516-6401.
About the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
The not-for-profit Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is located at 6 Washington Street in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on, interactive exhibits for children from newborn to middle school. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. Open year-round, the Silver LEED-certified museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of live performances, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information, please call the museum at (603) 742-2002 or visit www.childrens-museum.org