Saturday, December 4, 2010
Greenvale Vineyards' co-owner says she plans to "press on" after the Board of Review voted 3-2 to not allow a special use permit for the vineyard.
The Portsmouth Zoning Board of Review recently rejected Greenvale Vineyards ability to go forward in the special use permit process. The vote involved a determination under Article 5 of the Zoning Laws. The vote also involved that of "similar use." "Similar use,"such as a country club or a recreational facility, was the "burden of proof" that Greenvale Vineyards needed to convince the Zoning Board. In a 3 to 2 vote Thursday evening, the board decided that Greenvale Vineyards did not meet the criteria or the "burden of proof" of Article 5 or that of a "similar use." In the majority were Kevin Aguiar, John Borden and Byron Hall. In the minority were Tia Scigulinsky and Brian Smith. Greenvale had said that events including weddings and …
Friday, September 10, 2010
A look at the many events happening in town Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Friday, September 10, 2010
What's happening in Portsmouth this weekend? From a Feast in the Field to a Bohemian Quartet in Concert, this weekend's events are sure to please appetites for both delicious food and good music. The Portsmouth Democratic Town Committee's annual clam boil will be held this Sunday at the Portuguese American Citizens Club, 35 Power St. Open to the public, this event begins with an auction and all-you-can-eat chowder and clam cakes at 1 p.m. Take advantage of great bargains and enjoy the fun during the auction, the music and mingle with friends. The traditional New England clam boil will be served fresh at 3 p.m. Continuing a long tradition, members of the Portsmouth Democratic Women's Club will be on-hand providing help to make this a fun …
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
A look back at the history of Greenvale Vineyards and a peek at the vineyards' controversial expansion today.
Far down off the beaten path on Wapping Road, one can find Greenvale Vineyards, a picturesque, family-run business that is part of Portsmouth's history. The 72 acres where the vineyard now operates was originally settled by John Barstow in 1863. He decided to retire at age 38 after dealings in the sea-faring trade. Barstow based his lifestyle and the layout of the future vineyards' settlement on a book called "Country Life," which stressed an attitude of work hard by day and relax come sundown. Owned today by descendant Nancy Knowles Parker, the vineyard is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1960s, the couple began privately growing grapes, officially turning it into a vineyard in 1982. During the 1990s, with …