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  • Rink Services Group issues $5,000 match fundraiser to expand the rinkside patio at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke

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    PORTSMOUTH-Strawbery Banke Museum announced a fundraiser to expand the rinkside patio at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, the seasonal outdoor skating rink. 

    Gary Warriner, the owner of Rink Services Group, which manages the rink, issued a $5,000 challenge for Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, seeking to match that amount in donations. The challenge fundraiser launches on the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond Facebook page on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 14, and all gifts made to the fundraiser through Monday, Jan. 17 will be matched.

    The outdoor rinkside patio, a temporary structure that is reinstalled every season, serves as a place to gather outdoors when visitors take a break from skating or watch a child participate in Learn-to-Skate lessons. Additionally, the patio is handicap-accessible, helping to enable skaters of all abilities to experience outdoor ice skating at Strawbery Banke. 


    Setting up the patio and operating the outdoor rink overall is a costly annual expense. In an effort to keep ice skating affordable and accessible, Strawbery Banke is committed to keeping admission costs low and relies on the support of fundraising efforts. Regular repairs and improvements, such as increasing the size of the patio and making it a permanent structure requires extra funds. 


    “We are particularly excited about this year's match as it will not only enhance the skating rink but will be an asset to the museum that can be enjoyed year-round by visitors, said Gary Warriner, owner of Rink Services Group. 

    “Strawbery Banke is so grateful for the continued support and generosity of Rink Services Group,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, President and CEO. “Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond has truly made Strawbery Banke a wintertime destination and with the rink’s increased popularity. Expanding the patio and making it a permanent structure will be a tremendous help in reducing the annual set up costs.” 

    In addition to the Facebook fundraiser, donations made in-person at the admissions desk at the TYCO Visitors Center (14 Hancock Street), and via StrawberyBanke.org will be matched dollar-for-dollar between Jan. 14 - Jan. 17.

    The rink is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. For information, visit StrawberyBanke.org/skate.cfm

    About Strawbery Banke Museum:

    Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, is a 10-acre history museum interpreting over 300 years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, through historical houses on their original foundations, heirloom gardens, traditional crafts, and costumed roleplayers who share the stories of the families who lived in the authentic waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock.

    The Museum welcomes visitors, members, schoolchildren, and volunteers for daily programs, exhibits, skating, and signature special events throughout the year. Strawbery Banke Museum is funded in part by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & National Endowment for the Arts; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom; the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. For more information and a complete calendar of events, please visit StrawberyBanke.org