Past Events


Caroling Event and Holiday Reception 

December 10, 2017 at 5 PM

Please join us in celebrating the holidays! We will be meeting at Sanders Fish Market at 5 PM to carol through the South End and conclude by bringing uplifting music to the residents of the Wentworth Senior Living home from 5:30 to 6 PM. 

A holiday reception is to follow at the home of Dave and Catherine Anderson, 394 Pleasant Street, at 6 PM. Contributions are much appreciated - please feel free to drop off your favorite appetizers and desserts to the Anderson's throughout the day on Sunday.

See you there - cheers!

FOSE Lobster Bake

Sunday October 15, 2017 from noon to 2 PM

Sanders Lobster Co, 54 Pray Street

Please join us for our annual Lobster Bake at Sanders Lobster Company from 12 to 2 PM on Sunday, October 15. This is a great event which kicks off the fall season as well as promotes a sense of community as we gather around the table. And what a great view!

The prices this year are as follows: ***                                                                                                                                                                 

 Lobster Meal   $22   (includes a full sized lobster, clams, potatoes, egg, and kielbasa sausage!)                                                                  Extra Lobster  $10                                                                                                                                                                                                             

***Included in the price are salads, chips, beverages, and as a special treat, Gail Sanders has generously offered again this year to make her wonderful apple crisp served with vanilla ice cream.

FOSE members who have not received an evite may contact event coordinator Sue Shea. Sue is also calling for volunteers to help with set up, bagging, serving, manning of the grill, and clean up. It's easy and fun.

DON'T MISS this special event!


FOSE Fairy House Tour

September 23 - 24, 2017  

11 AM- 3 PM  Rain or Shine 


The Friends of the South End Fairy House Tour--the world's largest--takes place each fall. More than 200 fairy houses built by creative professionals, community members, and students are displayed on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, the Governor John Langdon House, and in Prescott Park.

This magical community charity event is produced by the Friends of the South End with the assistance of Canoe Harbor Consulting.       All proceeds benefit the local schools and organizations that make the Fairy House Tour possible. 

Volunteers are essential to making this event a success and it offers a fun opportunity to work with your neighbors.                          ***Please sign up here.

Visit the event website for more information or follow the FHT on Facebook


National Night Out

August 1, 2017 from 5 PM to dusk  

Four Tree Island

National Night Out is an annual campaign designed to promote police and community relations in our neighborhoods to make them safer. It is a great way to meet new neighbors, touch base with old friends, and foster a sense of community by bringing police and fire personnel together with citizens under positive circumstances. Millions of people take part in this national event in all 50 states each year. Flyers will be distributed in July to South End homes with more information. 

Historic Home Research Seminar Part II

Thursday June 22, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Ave.

Special Collections Room, 2nd Floor

All FOSE members are invited to attend the second in our series of presentations regarding how to research the history of our historic South End homes. The seminar will be presented by Nicole Cloutier, Special Collections Librarian. Nicole will assist the group in learning how to use the library's vast resources pertaining to local history and genealogy, including books, articles, city documents and directories, vital records, maps, photos, and newspapers. 

Space is limited so please email Sue Shea at to reserve your spot today!

FOSE will be gathering the information its members collect ahead of our 400th celebration and are thinking of initiating a Walking Tour of South End homes. The tour would be open to the public, much like the Garden Tour, and participants would be guided by a booklet of pertinent information. You will find a downloadable template for that info here. If you are interested in helping with this project, again       please contact Sue Shea.

FOSE Historic Home Research Seminar

Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Portsmouth Athenaeum, 9 Market Square

In honor of National Historic Preservation Month, all FOSE members are invited to attend a research seminar presented by Thomas Hardiman, Keeper of the Athenaeum. This special program will focus on how we can utilize the considerable resources available at the Athenaeum to learn about the history of our own homes. The seminar is open to the first 48 FOSE members to respond and is free of charge. Please email Sue Shea at to reserve your spot for this great opportunity!

2017 Annual Meeting

Sunday January 29 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Tyco Visitors Center at Strawbery Banke


The Friends of the South End's Annual Meeting takes place every year in January and its aim to inform members of the events of the past year, as well as to provide updates regarding FOSE's financial health and Board personnel changes. Each year we also have a guest speaker, and this time we have asked Mr. Nicholas Cracknell, the city's Planning Director, to present an overview of the new Design Guidelines for Portsmouth's Historic District. You can view the new guidelines on the city's website here.

Our long term goal is to focus on the upcoming celebration of the city's 400th Anniversary in 2023 with a six-year program we are calling "Countdown to 400". This is an effort by FOSE members to develop a sense of pride for Portsmouth's past AND future, and more specifically in the South End's connection to that history. With that in mind, we are asking FOSE members to attend on the 29th and to bring along interesting facts or photographs that they may have discovered about their homes to present at the meeting. The aim is to start compiling this information for a book to be published for the 400th.

See you there!