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Oyster River Womenade prepares for Harvest Moon Festival

The Harvest Moon Music Festival is coming back to Portsmouth this Sunday, Sept. 19, for a day filled with music, food and fun.

Held at the Redhook Brewery, this event will run from 12-7 p.m., and will provide hours of local and exciting entertainment for all ages.  

The musical guests include the all-female group Bliss, the UNH-born band Truffle, the up -and-coming artist Jason Spooner and the headliner Adam Ezra Group.  

The event will also be complete with local food trucks, drinks and activities for the whole family.

Though the event’s musical guests and assets are spectacular, the true headliner is the great cause that it supports, as 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Oyster River (OR) Womenade, a local nonprofit organization.

According to Bliss musician and Womenade board member Karen Larson, OR Womenade “grants to individual referrals of families in a short term financial crisis.”

Thanks to the support of their sponsors, the entirety of the festival is funded from outside sources, allowing for OR Womenade to collect all proceeds.

Contrary to what the name may portray, OR Womenade does not only support females, but is run by women in the seacoast area with a desire to help their neighbors in need.  

In previous years, the Harvest Moon Music Festival has raised $85,000, and is projected to collect at least $100,000 this year.  

“It’s a feel good festival,” Larson said. “It is a lot of fun and has a true festival vibe, with hula hoops and everything.”

As if those aren’t reasons enough, the festival is also a zero waste event, making it a great sustainable way to celebrate a Sunday off.  

The Harvest Moon Music Festival is family friendly, so all ages can enjoy a bite and a song.  Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door or at

Whether for the music, the food or the amazing cause, be sure to check out the Harvest Moon Music Festival this weekend.  

Follow Colleen on twitter @thrutheirvine

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