Portsmouth 375th picnic brings smiles to all

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PORTSMOUTH — "This is the best afternoon of my life! My pockets are full of great stuff!"

That's what one young boy of 8 or 9 blurted out at the Portsmouth 375th Anniversary family picnic held Sunday, a successful finale to a busy Gala Weekend.

The carnival-like free picnic, held at Glen Park, featured live music, square dancing, food vendors, model helicopter demos, a National Guard HALO jump, the Artillery Company of Newport, pony rides, games for kids and much more.

Deb Correia of the Portsmouth 375th Steering Committee, the chairwoman for the picnic, gave the bulk of the credit for the event to her husband, Ted.

"Ted knew how much it meant to me to create a memorable and fun family day for the town I grew up in, and we raised our children with loving memories of family outings," said Ms. Correia. "I may have been the planner and organizer, but it was truly because of his unrelenting strength and hard work that the picnic was a success. We must give most of the credit to him."

Mr. Correia was tireless in his efforts to make the event a success. He designed and built fun games for the kids and assembled the game booths; drove out of state to retrieve boxes of donations; picked up the refreshments, prizes and supplies; and helped out during the picnic.

"As if that wasn't enough, he stayed to clean the grounds and was the last to leave the park," said Ms. Correia, who thanked all the other volunteers who also helped out.

Check out our gallery of photos from the picnic, taken by Bill Murphy.

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