Fall for Portsmouth

All of Hampton Roads has something amazing to offer, and this fall, it’s time to “fall” for Portsmouth.

The city is not without its flaws; tolls on the Downtown Tunnel add a line on the budget to folks who work in Portsmouth and some unsettling news has sprung up in the last few months about the city’s government, but “Create Portsmouth Now” founder Niki Park says that’s no reason to write off the city.

“The politics are not reflective of what’s going on in the community,” says Parks, voice full of local pride. “People who care about Portsmouth need to stick together.”

That exact mentality is what led to the foundation of Create Portsmouth Now, just one of the many newly-minted organizations that focus on civic pride, volunteerism, and community.

Recently we were thrilled to wander around Portsmouth and take in some gorgeous street art, and Halloween was a blast for locals with the well-attended and always fun Olde Towne Ghost Walk.

But the fun and city pride doesn’t stop there.

November 14th is the first ever “Fall for Portsmouth” festival event. The purpose of the event is to “showcase creativity, talent, and entrepreneurship in our own back yard,” said Park excitedly. There will be a variety of inspirational speakers, music acts and local artists all assembled to highlight civic pride and inspire the Portsmouth community to band together and remind other 757-ers  that not only is Portsmouth around and an active destination for Hampton Roads families and fun, but also united, creative and talented.

Create Portsmouth Now‘s mission is a simple one: Empowering a creative and diverse community through volunteerism. They tackle local issues such as public art, hospitality, economic development, education, youth relationships, and really anything that impacts Portsmouth residents. Fall for Portsmouth is a union of related Civic Leagues and people in Portsmouth who just want to make a difference (and who could use a little help!)

So Hampton Roads, let’s step up. Portsmouth loves being part of Hampton Roads. It’s time the rest of Hampton Roads to love Portsmouth back. Start by showing up on Saturday to this fun, free event! It’s at Towne Bank in Olde Towne starting at noon on Saturday.

Learn more about Create Portsmouth Now by visiting their Facebook Page.