Attend a Meeting

Come hear what’s new in the neighborhood!

Olde Towne Civic League meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm except in July and December at the Trinity Church Parish Hall, 500 Court Street, Portsmouth (entrance on King Street). An agenda is emailed to members prior to the meeting. During pandemic restrictions, meetings are held via Zoom.

Please register online to become a member. Annual membership is normally $10 (+PayPal fees) per person. Due to limited member engagements and hardship caused by the pandemic, 2020-2021 Membership is FREE. Please use coupon code OTPCL2020 when registering online. To request a paper application, please contact our membership coordinator, Robin Altice at

Join a Committee

If you are looking for a way to enrich the neighborhood and meet your neighbors,  volunteer to join or lead one of our committees. Our committee members play a vital role in promoting Olde Towne’s community spirit. Being a part of a committee is a rewarding experience. Volunteer today!

In addition to our committees, the Olde Towne Civic League has several VOLUNTEER opportunities open. Click here to see if there is an opportunity that fits your skill set! We look forward to working with you. 

The Beautification Committee cares for our parks, plants our beautiful flowers, and coordinates neighborhood clean-ups. Committee chairman John Joyce is passionate about cultivating our outdoor spaces. Volunteer opportunities are posted on our Facebook page.

Doors, Porches & Gardens Tour
Doors, Porches, & Gardens walking tour showcases the hidden gems and secret gardens in Olde Towne’s lovely historic neighborhood. Committee members plan and coordinate this biennial event. If you’re interested in this leading committee, please email us.

Ghost Walk
Our most popular walking tour is based on the Jack-the-Ripper Walks in London, participants are treated to some of the most haunting stories of Portsmouth’s past. Ghost Walk is quite the production and many volunteers are needed. There’s a job for anyone’s skill set. Chaired by talented and creative Jeannette Rainey, committee members plan and coordinate every detail of the event. Olde Towne Portsmouth Ghost Walk held annually, the Friday before Halloween. (Cancelled for 2020).

Holiday Wreaths
Each year Olde Towne residents gather on an early December morning to prep and hang holiday wreaths throughout the neighborhood. Led by Mr. Les French and co-chaired by Brandy Markova, this tradition is a favorite in our community. 

Holiday Homes Tour
The biennial Holiday Homes Tour is a Portsmouth holiday favorite. Beautiful historic Olde Towne homes dating back as far as the mid-late 1700s dressed in their holiday best are open for touring. Committee members plan and coordinate this tour. If you’re interested in leading this committee for the 2022 tour, please email us.

National Night Out
This evening of family-friendly community fun is a partnership between neighborhoods and their local police departments.  Held annually on the second Tuesday in August, committee members plan Olde Towne’s National Night Out event. (Cancelled for 2020). If you are interested in leading this committee, please email us.

Kids ages 5-12 are invited to join as helpers for civic league events and neighborhood activities. Chair Kitty Bryant developed this program to recognize kids of members who volunteer along side their parent/guardian. We hope being a Skipper gives your child a sense of responsibility for helping their neighbors and city. Parents/Guardians should be Members. Kids do not need to come to meetings and there is not an additional cost for kid members, just lend a hand when it fits your schedule. Skipper opportunities are posted on our social media pages and Olde Towne Portsmouth Families Facebook page.

Square Captains
It’s hip to be square in Olde Towne! Square Captains represent a neighborhood square to communicate with neighbors about Olde Towne Civic League events and news. Captains are attend captain and league meetings, distribute newsletters, share community information and concerns, and lead positive changes in our neighborhood. ChairRobin Altice launched this endeavor to bring our community together. There are a few squares that need Captains. Click here for more information.

Tech & Communications
Information is key! The Tech & Communications committee manages the league’s website and social meeting pages. Chaired by Jennifer Deason, the committee provides and updates content, recommends digital best practices, and maintains communication continuity.