Seacoast Skating with the Stars
Check back in fall 2023 for more information about the 2024 event!
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About Seacoast Skating with the Stars:
Strawbery Banke Museum, in partnership with Ice Dance International, presents Seacoast Skating with the Stars (SSWTS) professional skating show. Watch skating routines by local "stars" paired with professional skaters from Ice Dance International.
Directed by Douglas Webster, Ice Dance International & Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond Artistic Director, local "stars" are paired with IDI pros in a skate-off for audience votes. As in “Dancing with the Stars,” esteemed judges give their marks on skill and expression. Seacoast Skating with the Stars also includes performances by the IDI company.
Meet the 2023 "Stars":
Ashleigh Tucker Pollock:
Ashleigh Tucker Pollock is the Chief of Staff at The Music Hall. A former professional dancer, Ashleigh is looking forward to challenging herself with a new art form, "dancing" on ice. She is thankful for this opportunity and hopes it inspires the community to get out on the ice and enjoy another way to love living on the Seacoast in the winter. Click here to watch Ashleigh Tucker Pollock's contestant interview.
Logan Sherwood is participating in Seacoast Skating with the Stars for two reasons. Reason one is simple: nostalgia. Logan grew up playing hockey and having his parents bring him from rink to rink. Some of his best childhood memories were his dad waking him up to go to an early morning hockey game, grabbing a bagel and OJ at Dunkin', and sleeping in the car to the rink. Skating brings Logan back to his fun, youthful, carefree days.
The second reason he is participating is to spread that nostalgia, perhaps to those who have never skated. While skating, most people think about their glides and the wind on their faces. It is a way to disconnect from your hectic or stressful life, release some endorphins, and be active in the wintertime. Whether it is ice hockey or figure skating, skating is beautiful, and he is happy to introduce that to anyone who has not tried it yet. Click here to watch Logan's contestant interview.
Joanna Kelley is the owner of Cup of Joe, a welcoming cafe & bar in the heart of downtown, a Strawbery Banke Trustee, and is the Assistant Mayor of Portsmouth serving her first term. Although this is her first time skating, and she is nervous about her ice-dancing debut, Joanna hopes her participation in SSWTS 2023 will inspire all to embrace new challenges. Click here to watch Joanna's contestant interview.
Ned is a 20-plus-year resident of Portsmouth and has three children, the youngest a junior at Portsmouth High School. He has served three terms on the City Council and is known for his advocacy of green building, renewable energy, and making Portsmouth a bicycle-friendly community. He was just elected to represent 3/5 of the City in the State Legislature, but he’s going to do his best to represent the whole City just the same. Although a lifelong hockey player, Ned has always loved the grace and athleticism of ice dancing and figure skating, so SSWTS was a chance he could not pass up! Click here to watch Ned's contestant interview.
Cynthia Mead Whitcomb:
Cynthia is honored to participate in this great community gathering. She believes that no matter where you are personally, the common factor of skating, with all levels and ages of participants, is so welcoming and soul-soothing. The sense of family and support gained for you to be the best you can be with smiles, on ice, and with the community! Cynthia is skating in memory of Wayne, her husband, who passed away a year ago. Click here to watch Cynthia's contestant interview.
Born and raised in Somersworth, NH, Emmett Soldati is a small business owner, activist, and proud townie. As the owner of Teatotaller Cafe, a queer hipster oasis in Somersworth and now Concord, Emmett spent the last decade working to connect and uplift the community he knows and loves — his hometown. As a relatively new skater, he's excited to participate in this year's event that highlights our community's shared values of inclusion and acceptance. Click here to watch Emmett's contestant interview.
Tickets for rinkside viewing:
Tickets are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
- VIP* (meet & greet the skaters PLUS skating admission post-show until 1 PM*)
- Adult: $22
- Children (ages 5-17): $18
- Children (5 and under): free, ticket required
*Due to the rink capacity, skating is on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure a complimentary ticket for skating, please check in at the Admissions Desk in the Lawrence J. Yerdon Visitors Center. Rental skates are not included.
- General Admission
- Adult: $15
- Children (ages 5-17): $10
- Children (5 and under): free, ticket required
Seacoast Skating with the Stars 2023 is presented in part by:
Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
There is NO onsite parking for Seacoast Skating with the Stars. Event attendees are encouraged to park at nearby offsite parking options including:
- Hanover Street Garage (near Market Square)
- Foundry Place Garage (near Sheraton, Residence Inn, Fairfield Inn & Suites).
If there has been an error with a ticket order, please contact Strawbery Banke within 24 hours of the ticket purchase. The Museum will work with the ticket purchaser within the 24-hour window, as availability allows, to make the adjustments requested. For ticket order errors contact Sarah Regan, Member and Visitor Services Associate, at sregan[at]sbmuseum.org or 603.241.1644.
Due to the limited capacity of this event, there can be no refunds.