December 17, 2014

Ski Fanatics has New Owners!

John and Kate Gallagher are the new owners of Ski Fanatics of Campton, NH. John, a previous employee of

Ski Fanatics, has great knowledge of the winter sports industry and is a skilled ski mechanic and boot fitterJohn and Kate Gallagher

while Kate has a business management background and high standards for customer service. John and Kate are

excited to reinvigorate an established business with newfound enthusiasm and the support of previous owner, Deb

Engelhardt, who continues to be employed at Ski Fanatics. Customers and the community alike can expect a

seamless transition as the Gallagher’s introduce new efforts towards growth.

December 15, 2014

Lavinia’s Launches Feed A Charity Thursdays (F.A.C.T.)

Lavinia’s Launches Feed A Charity Thursdays (F.A.C.T.)

\”Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.” The ghost of Jacob Marley spoke these words in the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Now, at this time of year when we are both mindful of our many blessings yet still keenly aware of those around us in need, one of Center Harbor’s premier restaurants has taken Dickens’ words to heart and made charity their business too.

Every Thursday at Lavinia’s Restaurant & Tavern is now designated as Feed A Charity Thursday, or F.A.C.T. Each F.A.C.T. features a different Lakes Region non-profit, with Lavinia’s donating 10% of their sales for the evening to that cause. Some of the charities that Lavinia’s has supported since F.A.C.T. was introduced on October 30 include: the Interlakes Christmas Fund, Lakes Region Food Pantry, Wright Museum of World War II, and the 98.3 LNH Children’s Auction.

“As a relative newcomer to Center Harbor, I have experienced first-hand the warmth of this community in the way they have welcomed me and my restaurant,” said local owner/chef Brendan McGuff. “I am so appreciative of how people have embraced my dream of bringing classic comfort food to an historic New England setting. “When you participate in one of our Feed A Charity Thursdays you are doing more than just supporting a local non-profit and the good works that they do; you are also supporting a local small business. Ultimately, when people support F.A.C.T. they are supporting their town and the local area and enjoying a great meal.”

Thursdays at Lavinia’s also feature something else that is becoming somewhat of a tradition in the area – the Triple B: One Burger, One Bourbon, One Beer, all for only $19.

Area non-profit groups slated to be featured on F.A.C.T.s in December and January include: the Lakes Region Visiting Nurse Association (December 11), the Lakes Region Conservation Trust (December 18), the Meredith Lions Club (January 8), the NH Humane Society (January 15), the Interlakes Community Caregivers (January 22), and the Altrusa International of Meredith (January 29). If your non-profit group is interested in booking a F.A.C.T. event, please call 603-253-8617 or email

Lavinia’s, open Tuesday-Sunday, 4:30 p.m. till closing, located in the heart of the Lakes Region in the historic Coe house at 18 Main Street, Center Harbor, is a restaurant that brings a fresh take to some of New England’s classic comfort dishes. For more information or to make a reservation please call 603-253-8617.


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November 22, 2014

Santa Rides up Mount Washington on the Cog Railway Snow Train

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is inviting Santa Claus to ride the snow train up Mount Washington as part of a festive Family Holiday Weekend, happening November 28-30.Santatrainkids

The Cog will be offering three Snow Train trips with Santa, Friday through Sunday, at 10:30 am, 12 Noon and 1:30 pm. The halfway round trip up the mountain to Kro-flite Kamp takes approximately one hour. Passengers can get off the train at this half-way point and take photos of the train and views with Santa.

Santa will have a special gift for every child on the trip, and on return to Marshfield Base Station, visitors can enjoy complimentary cookies, hot cocoa and mulled cider, gather by the fireplace and join in family fun activities such as “Pin the Nose on The Snowman”, a reading of “The Little Engine That Could” and Cog trivia with prizes.
The Railway’s gift shop will be open for some great unique gift ideas and the station restaurant, Catalano’s, will be open serving some special holiday items, hot soups, pizza and snacks.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Road, Marshfield Station, NH, just 6 miles from Bretton Woods and Route 302. Tickets for halfway trips are $37 for adults and $29 for children ages 4-12. Children under 4 ride free on an adults lap. Advance ticket purchase is recommended for Santa trains. Tickets can be purchased online at, at 603.278.5404 or directly at Marshfield Base Station.

November 22, 2014

Winnipesaukee Playhouse Hosting Holiday Concerts

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse invites audiences to get into the holiday spirit with two concerts which will kick off the holiday season with great music and lots of fun.

On December 3rd and 4th at 2pm, the Playhouse welcomes back audience favorite Kristhani Pappas for a show called Sleigh Bells Swing. Krisanthi has performed at the Playhouse on and off since 2004, and this time she will be joined by her band. They will be performing jazzy renditions of holiday favorites like Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, Santa Baby, and many more! The show contains some audience involvement, adding interactive fun into the mix! The Jazz Times says, ““Krisanthi Pappas has a soft, dusky voice like Norah Jones’ or Diana Krall’s… her performance is one of subtle restraint and beauty.”

On December 6th at 2pm and 7:30pm, NH-based theatre company Not Your Mom’s Musical Theatre will be at the Playhouse performing Something Wonderful I Missed! Holiday Edition. This innovative concert mixes great songs from Broadway and off-Broadway musicals with the often hilarious history behind those songs. Four versatile, talented performers, playing a range of characters to live piano accompaniment, will present a concert of holiday selections from musicals, from now classics like Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and We Need A Little Christmas to lesser-known gems you might have missed from shows as varied as Striking 12 and Promises, Promises. The show gets into the holiday spirit with a glimpse of musical theater at its finest and simplest – actors onstage, telling a story through music. The Nashua Telegraph says, “NYMMT consistently provides cutting-edge, lesser-known — and FUN! — theatrical performances. Go.”

Tickets for both productions are $25 in the orchestra and $15 in the balcony. Group rates are available for groups of 20 or more. Tickets are available at or by calling (603) 279-0333.

November 22, 2014



The Capitol Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome two Vermont-based artists to the historic Kimball House as part of the inaugural year of the Salon Series in January of 2015. Visual artist Kate Gridley will converse about her work on Saturday, January 3, at 7:30pm, and composer and flutist Su Lian Tan will speak about her work with Jamaica Kincaid and more on Saturday, January 23, at 7:30pm.

On January 3, artist Kate Gridley will give a multimedia presentation about her installation “Passing Through: Portraits of Emerging Adults”, which consists of 17 over life sized oil canvasses paired with 17 audio portraits that are accessible via a QR code on a viewer’s cell phone. This exhibit is traveling through New England, 2013 – 2016.

Kate Gridley sees a world in which emerging adults are recognized, honored and supported to fulfill their potential. Through painted canvasses and audio portraits, “Passing Through” marks moments in which 17 emerging adults transition to realize their selves and claim their voices.

A New England village links subjects and artist. For some, it is their birthplace; for others it became home; others came to visit and continue to return because it is a home away from home.

Different religious and cultural beliefs, a range of sexual identities and orientations, socioeconomic status, work and travel experiences, failures and successes, family structures and health issues are represented across the 17 subjects. Conceived as an installation with multiple characters’ images and voices that expands the notion of portraiture, Gridley is now collaborating with young visitors to the exhibit to create a library of photographs and sound snapshots. “Passing Through” goes beyond capturing moments of an individual life to note psychological presentations of self in a particular time, culture and place.

Later in the month on January 23, composer Su Lian Tan will give a talk about the music of language and the literary nature of music. Focusing on her collaboration with author Jamaica Kincaid, “Jamaica’s Songs”, Ms. Tan will elucidate her process of capturing idiom and fusing rhythm with character. Also a flutist, she will demonstrate the colors the fluidity and coloristic possibilities of composing for the flute while bringing Asian elements into predominantly Western structures.
Ms. Tan has received numerous accolades and citations for teaching as well as for her music, including awards from ASCAP and the Naumburg Foundation. She holds degrees from the Trinity College, London (F.T.C.L.), Bennington College (B.A.), The Juilliard School (M.M.) and Princeton University (Ph.D.).

These performances are part of the Capitol Center’s Salon Series, bringing artists and audiences together for thought-provoking lectures and performances in the intimate, Victorian-era Kimball House

Tickets for each performance are $25 and are available now by calling 603-225-1111, online at, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

November 22, 2014


Operating weekends starting Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 21, 2014

 2013 - Santa at the windowOwners of the Hobo Railroad are pleased to announce the schedule for their popular Santa Express Trains which will depart weekends at 1:00pm from their Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln, NH starting Friday after Thanksgiving, November 28th and operating through Sunday, December 21st, 2014.


“We’re excited to announce our 2014 Santa Express Train schedule”, stated Paul Giblin, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Hobo Railroad. “The Santa Express Trains have been part of our annual schedule since the Hobo Railroad first opened in 1987.  For many, enjoying hot chocolate and holiday cookies with Santa and his Elves aboard our 1 hour and 20 minute holiday excursions each year have become a family tradition for a number of generations.  It’s great to watch the children’s faces light up each year when Santa and his Elves surprise them with a gift aboard the train.”


Ticket prices for the Hobo Railroad’s Santa Express Trains are $20.00 for Coach seating and $25.00 for First Class seating (for all ages 3 and up), while ages 2 and under ride for free.  Advance reservations are strongly suggested and can be made by visiting or by calling (603) 745-2135 Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 3:00pm.


2014 Santa Express Train Schedule

Hobo Railroad – 64 Railroad Street, Lincoln, NH 03251

  • Nov. 28, 29 & 30 – departing at 1:00pm
  • Dec. 6 & 7 – departing at 1:00pm
  • Dec. 13 & 14 – departing at 1:00pm
  • Dec. 20 & 21 – departing at 1:00pm


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November 22, 2014

Open for the Holidays in the White Mountains

Freshly fallen snow coats the ground and the excitement of the upcoming holiday season is beginning to build. In preparation, towns and attractions throughout New Hampshire’s White Mountains have planned seasonal events through the rest of this year.

Santa Claus is big fan of trains, and will be a regular aboard many of the train excursions in the region. He’ll be riding the rails of the Mt. Washington Cog Railway during their Family Holiday Weekend, November 28-30, travelling up to the half-way point for a photo stop.

The Conway Scenic Railroad and the Hobo Railroad also welcome the jolly old man on their Santa’s Holiday Express Trains beginning November 28through December 21. More is in store at Conway Scenic during the holiday week when trains run twice daily from December 26 through January 2 for one hour trips.

The attraction that celebrates Christmas all year round, Santa’s Village in Jefferson, will be in full swing beginning November 22 and then every weekend thereafter through December 21. Santa is available to hear wish lists and Mrs. Claus will welcome guests with a cup of warm wassail. Many of the popular rides will be operating and park-wide lighting displays cheerfully warm the nights throughout the holiday season. On December 31, Santa’s Village will turn the clocks ahead 3 hours so young guests can ring in 2015 at the New Year’s Eve Partybration at 9 pm with a visit with Father Time, good food, good family fun and fireworks.

For the thrill-seeking enthusiast, the zip lines in Lincoln at Alpine Adventures and Loon Mountain are open this winter for you to soar through trees and the crisp winter air. Both offer spectacular views of the White Mountains and the surrounding valleys and peaks.

Beginning in mid-December, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will give the adventurous an opportunity to experience a 4.5 mile snowy journey up to the tree line aboard their Snow Coach. Departures are from Great Glen Trails and for a real adventure, telemark or cross-country ski your way back down!

Littleton’s Annual Holiday Parade will trumpet in the season on November 28 at Noon, and Berlin’s Parade of Lights keeps the festivities going during the evening hours that same day with a 7pm start time.

It’s not news that Santa arrives on a sled pulled by energetic four-footed friends, but in Waterville Valley, it’s a little different from his usual mode of transportation. On November 29, Santa and his team of sled dogs will speed into Town Square at 3:30pm. Each child will receive a small gift and candy.

At the Rocks Estate Christmas Tree Farm in Bethlehem, a sleigh ride, mountain vistas and the aroma of fresh balsam envelope those in search of the perfect Christmas tree. With the exception of Thanksgiving Day, the estate is open daily from 10am – 4pm through December 24.

The sound of sleigh bells fills the air in the Christmas-card town of Jackson during the Jingle Bell Chocolate Tour on November 30 and December 6, 7, 13 & 20. Participants snuggle in a horse-drawn sleigh as they make their way through the Village of Jackson stopping at shops and country inns to receive specially prepared chocolate treasures. Everyone is presented with a silvery memento of a jingle bell.

Shoppers in North Conway can really get into the spirit during Settlers’ Green Holiday Tree Festival on Saturday, December 6 from 10am to 2pm. Live caroling music, festive trees decorated by local residents, complimentary hot chocolate & candy canes, free horse-drawn wagon rides with Santa and Cranmore Mountain Resort’s miniature snow tubing park complete a fun-filled afternoon.

Take a step back in time in a Currier & Ives setting at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth during their Homestead Christmas event on Saturday, December 6. Costumed interpreters add to the festive feel and visitors can participate in craft and open-hearth cooking activities. The Captain Enoch Remick house will be decked out in holiday style and will be open for tours.

October 29, 2014

Moulton Farm Announces Second Annual Farm Fun Run Open to all ages and abilities

On Saturday, November 8, instead of tractors passing through the fields of Moulton Farm in Meredith, there will be people of all ages running through the fields of the 131 year old farm. The farm’s second annual “Farm Fun Run” provides a unique 5k course that takes participants around the farm, through fields most people never have been in and part of the farm’s corn maze. “It’s definitely a unique course,” says John Moulton, owner of the farm. “On some parts of the course the runners are on pavement. On other parts they are going through fields or running on dirt tracks used by our tractors.” The course and the event are the brainchild of the farm’s field manager, Kyle Lacasse.Moulton Farm Run

“The idea was to have fun and give people a chance to experience a different part of the farm,” says Lacasse. “Last year we had a wide range of runners from people doing their first five kilometer run to school teams. We even had parents and children running together.” It was also fun for the supporters who watched the race and cheered the runners on. After the last runners finish the farm gives out its “Cob Awards” in the one of the farm’s greenhouses. “It’s a fun event and medals just didn’t seem to fit,” Lacasse notes. “We’re a farm, so this seemed much more appropriate. Plus the emphasis is on fun, rather than competition. We do, however, provide times for people who wish to see how they did.”

In addition to the 5k course, the farm will have a shorter course available for children who wish to participate but need a shorter distance.

There is no charge for the event and runners can register the day of the event, although the farm does encourage people to print out and bring a copy of the registration form that is available on the farm’s website at Registration opens at 8:30 am and the run starts at 10 am.

Moulton Farm is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith and is open seven days a week. The farm practices sustainable agriculture and is dedicated to providing the highest quality fruits and vegetables while preserving its rich soil for future generations. In addition to growing its own produce including items from its season extending greenhouses, the farm offers fall decorating supplies, soups and prepared foods from its farm kitchen, baked goods, cider doughnuts and a quality selection of seafood, meats, cheeses and other items from northern New England producers. More information is available at

October 29, 2014

Lakes Region Tourism Association Announces 2014 Tourism Award Two Scholarship Awards Announced At Annual Meeting

The Annual Lakes Region Tourism Association Meeting was held on October 22nd, 2014 at Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, NH. The meeting reviewed the marketing efforts for 2014 and the plans for how the Lakes Region Tourism Association will promote the region in state, out of state and internationally in 2015. The mission of the LRTA is to increase the number of visitors to the region, in order to create a positive economic impact on businesses. Senator Jeanne Shaheen was among the guests, and spoke about Brand USA the National organization that promotes the United States internationally. Greg Goddard of Gunstock, is the President of the LRTA and opened the meeting with the President’s report, followed by the business reports and the election of officers. Amy Landers, Executive Director of the LRTA presented the marketing report.

The 2014 LRTA Tourism Award was presented to FunSpot founder and owner, Bob Lawton, shown here with LRTA President Greg Goddard.

The 2014 LRTA Tourism Award was presented to FunSpot founder and owner, Bob Lawton,
shown here with LRTA President Greg Goddard.

Each year the Lakes Region Tourism Association presents their Tourism Award given to an individual or business that has made a difference in the past year, by bringing visitors into the Lakes Region and Central New Hampshire. This year the Tourism Award was awarded to Bob Lawton the founder and owner of FunSpot, one of the largest arcades in the world according to Guinness World Records with over 75,000 square feet of entertainment for the whole family.

Captain Jim Morash presents the  Mildred A. Beach Scholarship to Marguerite Kennish.

Captain Jim Morash presents the
Mildred A. Beach Scholarship to
Marguerite Kennish.

The Mildred A. Beach Scholarship Award is given to a student attending a college, university or technical college in the Lakes Region to pursue a degree in tourism, hospitality, and or culinary arts. This year, the Mildred A. Beach Scholarship Award was given to Marguerite Kennish, an inspiring Culinary Arts student from the Lakes Region Community College.

Winner of the Mel Borrin Scholarship is  Cynthia Foster (center),  shown here with  Tina Borrin (left)  and Mark Borrin (right).

Winner of the Mel Borrin Scholarship is
Cynthia Foster (center),
shown here with
Tina Borrin (left)
and Mark Borrin (right).

The Mel Borrin Scholarship Award is given a student who shows enthusiasm and entrepreneurial skills and is self-motivated to succeed. The Mel Borrin Award was awarded to Cynthia Foster, the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hampton Inn & Suites in North Conway, NH. Cynthia Foster studied University of Maine Orno and plans to continue her education with the assistance of this scholarship.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association Annual Meeting was sponsored by the following businesses: Meredith Village Savings Bank, Checkmate Payroll, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Granite State Credit Union, New Hampshire Print & Mail, Catamount Color, Vantiv, New Hampshire Employers Insurance Company, Iberdrola, EVP Marketing & Media, CTM Media Group, Ettractions, Hartford Courant, LTD Company, Centerplate, Performance Business Solutions and The Scott Lawson Companies.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association welcomes new members and invites all Lakes Region businesses to join in their cooperative marketing effort to keep tourism strong in New Hampshire.

The Lakes Region Tourism Association is the official tourism board of the region, representing close to 100 communities, 273 lakes and ponds, and more than 400 businesses in central New Hampshire, including area attractions, restaurants, retail establishments and accommodations. For more information or visitor’s guides visit, or follow on Twitter. The LRTA office is on Route 3 in Tilton, NH and it can be reached by calling (800) 60-LAKES.

October 29, 2014


The Lakes Regions’ newest restaurant is opening mid-November in Wolfeboro at the former site of The Lakeview Inn. Scott Ouellette, owner of Canoe and “O” Steak and Seafood restaurants, said that in addition to the restaurant “we will be operating the largest function room on this side of the Big Lake” in the historic Barn adjacent to the Bistro.

“We have been doing an extraordinary number of catering events in the Wolfeboro area” said Ouellette of his Magic Food Productions catering business. “This site gives us a beautiful setting to serve the area’s restaurant and catering needs.

“O” Bistro will open with a full “bistro” dinner menu and will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 3 pm during the winter months. They will also be featuring a Thanksgiving Day buffet in the Barn from 11:00 am-3:00 pm featuring a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu and prime rib. They will be open 7 days from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. For reservations call 569-1335.

The catering and function facility will operate year round and can accommodate parties up to 225. Ouellette noted that they will be hiring upwards of 25 new full and part time staffers for positions at the Bistro including bartenders, servers, catering staff and kitchen prep workers.

October 6, 2014



Annalee Dolls is excited to announce that this year marks its 80th year of creating their timeless wire-framed felt dolls that have brought smiles to young and old since 1934. Their 80th Anniversary Celebration will be taking place Columbus Day weekend, October 11th through October 13th at the Annalee Gift Shop in Meredith. Hours will be 10am to 5pm each day.

Annalee Dolls has been a New Hampshire tradition since 1934 when Annalee decided to turn her childhood hobby into a business to support her family. It’s a true, once-upon-a-time, story of a doll making cottage industry making it big. Today, the magic and whimsy of Annalee continues to be a brand that people recognize worldwide. They bring New England charm and Yankee ingenuity to the world of holiday gift-giving and seasonal decorating. The same techniques in the artwork, wire-frames anAnnalee 80th Elvesd felt used by the founder are still used to this day. Annalee’s famous motto, “If you smile, someone else has got to smile back!” is infused into each design along with her thoughtful method of positioning each doll so that it tells a story.

Annalee Dolls will be hosting a celebration of their 80 years over the long Columbus Day weekend. It will involve in-store specials, door prizes worth $80, sales on over 80 styles, and an amazing display of 80 elves! Visitors will be able to watch dolls being made in the design workshop! Enjoy refreshments while learning about Annalee’s 80-year history and have your portrait drawn in the Annalee style!

Make a day of it by taking the short drive up I-93 to the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln to see the colorful Cornstalk Critters display that Annalee Dolls created! This year’s theme, “Scarecrows of the Silver Screen”, features life-sized Cornstalk Critters, complete with Annalee facAnnalee_the _Artistes and wire-framed bodies, depicting classic moments in American cinema. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge from 10:30am to 3:00pm daily until October 19th.

The Annalee Gift Shop is located in scenic Meredith, NH across from the Winnipesaukee Railroad. Open daily 10am to 5pm. For additional information about Annalee’s 80th Anniversary Celebration and for directions visit or call (603) 707-5377. Annalee Dolls, Inc 8 Maple Street, Meredith, NH 03253

October 6, 2014

Brad Washburn Squam Lakes Maps Available Online

Bradford Washburn is famous for being an explorer, mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer. He is credited for first ascents and creating new routes on many major Alaskan peaks. He also established the use of aerial photography for analyzing mountains and planning expeditions. Washburn is also well known for his long tenure as Director of Boston’s Museum of Science. In addition, Washburn created maps of various mountain ranges including the Presidential Range in New Hampshire.

In the Lakes Region, he is well-known for his detailed survey of Squam Lake in the 1960’s. He produced five editions of his Squam Lake Chart, still widely used today. The first, in 1936, was simply a tracing of a mosaic of vertical aerial photos taken in 1935 from an airplane flying at 10,000 feet. His 1948, 1954, and 1962 editions included refinements and a modest amount of new information. Later in the 1960’s he spent a tremendous amount of time surveying Squam Lake and the surrounding area in detail, building an extensive and extremely accurate three-dimensional database. He used this new information for the major upgrade (1968) to the Squam Lake Chart, and eventually for his map of the Squam Range in 1973. The 1968 edition of the lake chart not only had huge improvements in accuracy, it featured contour lines on the land surrounding the lake and a 300-foot grid of depth soundings, 99% of which were taken in the winter through the laborious process of drilling over 3,000 holes in the ice.

For the first time, these in-depth maps of Squam Lake are available online thanks to the efforts of Holderness resident and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center volunteer Tom Stepp. Tom researched, scanned, and labeled maps from the Washburn collection at the Science Center. It is his hope that lovers of maps, property owners around Squam Lake, students of history, and people interested in the extraordinary life of Brad Washburn will enjoy viewing the original work plans.

Brad Washburn’s Squam Lake maps can be found at or by going to and following the Your Visit link to the Brad Washburn Squam Lake Maps.

About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for more than forty years about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit

October 6, 2014

Vintage Car Show Comes to Canterbury Shaker Village Saturday October 18

Vintage Car Show Comes to Canterbury Shaker Village Saturday October 18: White Mountain Region Chapter of MAFCA joins with historic site to showcase autos from many eras

Canterbury Shaker Village and the White Mountain Region Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America will host a Vintage Car Show on the Village grounds on Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Visitors can admire automobiles from many eras, meet with the owners and other vintage car enthusiasts, shop for local handcrafts at the Museum Store and enjoy Village guided tours and exhibits, including Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations. An outdoor grill will be available as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods at the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand. The Vintage Car Show is sponsored by Valpey Financial Services.

CSV_CarShow_Wide_1The Vintage Car Show is free with the price of regular museum admission. Tickets can be purchased by visiting

“The Canterbury Shakers were often on the leading edge of technology,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director. “As innovators and entrepreneurs they were quick to see the value in new technologies and were among the first in the state to embrace and own an automobile. The Vintage Car Show and our partnership with the White Mountain Regional Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America is a tribute to this aspect of the Shakers’ heritage.”

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include Ghost Encounters on October 25 and Christmas at Canterbury on December 6 and 13. Upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include Shaker Broom Making on October 4; A Naturopathic Biomedical Tune-up—Adrenal Health on October 18, Fresh Pasta and the Healing Power of Art on October 19. To view the complete 2014 calendar of events and workshops visit

About Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year Shaker legacy of fine furniture, beautiful architecture and simple living by providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors are encouraged to rethink tradition by learning about the life, ideals, values, and history of the Canterbury Shakers. The National Historic Landmark includes 25 restored original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. The Village cafe offers simple lunch fare and the Museum Store features unique gifts and wares handmade by regional artists. Canterbury Shaker Village, located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, is open daily from May 27-October 26 and weekends in May and November. For more information, visit

October 6, 2014

“Magnificent Barns!” At Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village presents “Magnificent Barns!” an illustrated lecture by painter and illustrator on Sunday, October 19 from 4:00-5:30pm. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

“Magnificent Barns!” explores the achievements in architecture, agriculture, and design made by the Shaker communities in the building of their major barns during the 19th century. Agriculture was one of the principle economic enterprises of the Shakers and their efforts toward perfection and achievements as innovators resulted in the construction of some of the most notable barns of their era.

The lecture will be presented by artist Robert Braun and includes more than 160 archival photos, maps, and drawings of historic barns. Also included will be a selection images created by Braun for the Shaker Barn Project, a series of paintings, scale drawings, and models that both document and illustrate a number of important Shaker barns as they were originally built. Representations of livestock and poultry known to have been raised by the Shakers or typical of the era and geography enliven the paintings and expand the subject matter to include animal husbandry.

Robert Braun is an accomplished artist who has been an Art Department Illustrator for films including The Great Gatsby, Revolutionary Road, The Departed, aAlfred & Hereford Oxennd The Manchurian Candidate. Braun has worked as a Design Assistant producing paint elevations and models for numerous Broadway productions as well as the Metropolitan and Washington Operas. He has also created murals and done decorative painting for Michael Graves, Diane Von Furstenburg and Iris & B.Gerald Cantor as well as illustrations for museums and the National Park Service.

Braun will be an Artist in Residence at Sanborn Mills Farm in Loudon, New Hampshire the Week of October 20 sketching, painting, and learning the details of traditional timber framing from noted artisan Steve Fifield of Canterbury.

“Magnificent Barns!” was originally presented in 2013 at the Shaker Seminar at Mt. Lebanon, New York, an event that also included an extensive survey of the barns in New York State. A question and answer period will follow the lecture and full-sized high quality giclee prints of the original watercolors in the Shaker Barn Project will be available for sale after the presentation.

“Robert Braun’s paintings of Shaker barns capture the innovation and achievements of the Shakers’ agricultural enterprises,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director. “We are honored to be hosting such an accomplished artist as part of our Hands to Work partnership with Sanborn Mills Farms.”

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include Ghost Encounters on October 25 and Christmas at Canterbury on December 6 and 13. Upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include Fresh Pasta and the Healing Power of Art on October 19, and Shaken Not Stirred: Herb and Fruit Cordials on November 1. To view the complete 2014 calendar of events and workshops visit

Interested attendees are encouraged to pre-register online at

September 26, 2014


Classic Fall Foliage Experience Kicks Off Month-Long Event In Lincoln, New Hampshire

The Hobo Railroad recently announced details of a new fall foliage event they’re hosting called the Hobo Harvest Time Express. Taking place through October 19th at the Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln, event organizers have a variety of special fall-themed events planned on a daily basis to celebrate the excitement of the always-popular fall foliage season.

One of the highlights of the month-long celebration are the Railroad’s colorful “Cornstalk Critters” created by the talented artists at Annalee Dolls in Meredith, NH. Long known for their signature dolls whose faces were modeled after their creator, Barbara Annalee Davis Thorndike created her first doll in 1934.

This year’s theme, “Scarecrows of the Silver Screen”, features life-sized Cornstalk Critters depicting classic moments in American cinema. Visitors should easily recognize the scenes inspired by well-known movie titles such as: Forest Gump, Star Wars, Singing in the Rain, Saturday Night Fever, Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Polar Express, the Wizard of Oz and Super Man. Dressed in the appropriate costumes for the movie characters, the Cornstalk Critters feature the world-famous Annalee doll faces and take on a life of their own with a creative Harvest Time twist. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge from 10:30am to 3:00pm daily.

“We’re honored that our friends at the Hobo Railroad asked us to be part of this amazing harvest-time event” stated Betsey Pelletier, Retail Director for Annalee Dolls, Inc. “Annalee has been bringing smiles to young and old for 80 years! We’re excited to add some Annalee whimsy to these Cornstalk Critters and help create special memories for all of the visitors.”

The backdrop for the month-long fall-themed event is reminiscent of days gone by consisting of a farm yard and harvest stand along with a variety of outdoor games the entire family will enjoy such as pumpkin bowling, sack races, bean bag toss, horse shoes, ring toss and more.

The Hobo Harvest Farm Stand and Farm Yard is open daily from 10:00am to 3:00pm and features a variety of NH MADE products from the Moulton Farm and Annalee Doll Company in Meredith, NH, the Apple Hill Orchard in Concord and Fadden’s General Store & Sugarhouse in North Woodstock, NH. Included in the mix of seasonal items will be Fadden’s Maple Syrup which was recently voted the “Best Maple Syrup in NH” for the sixth time since they started producing Maple Syrup products six generations ago. In addition, the event will feature several other NH MADE vendors on-site on weekends between 10:00am and 3:00pm including Pam Innis and New Hampshire Toffee on October 12th; Ms. Mels Body Lotions on September 27th and October 5th & 12th and Homemade Specialty Soups on September 28th.

“We are delighted that the organizers of this fun fall event have reached out to our NH MADE members and are featuring locally made products. It’s a win-win for all” stated Ann Vennard, Membership & Community Relations Manager for the NH MADE organization.

One hour and twenty minute train rides along the Pemigewasset River depart daily from the Hobo Junction Station in Lincoln at 11:00am and 1:00pm during the month-long autumn celebration. Those riding the train will be treated to complimentary samples of seasonal items and specialty products from the Hobo Farm Stand while they enjoy the foliage from restored vintage coaches dating back to the 1930’s and 1950’s.

“The Hobo Harvest Time Express also affords passengers the opportunity to relax, unplug and enjoy the ever changing foliage views from the window of a moving train” remarked Benjamin Clark of the Hobo Railroad. “The concept arose from our desire to create a unique and entertaining way for families of all ages to experience the magic of fall foliage and harvest time in New Hampshire”.

The Hobo Railroad is located in the village of Lincoln, NH, just off Exit 32 on I-93, left on Route 112, directly across from McDonalds. For additional information regarding the Hobo Harvest Time Express celebration, other special events or departure times, visit or call (603) 745-2135.

September 26, 2014

Fall Workshops Kick Off at Prescott Farm September 29th

Prescott Farm is excited to be offering a variety of workshops this fall starting September 29th.  From Smoothies 101 to Paint Evening at the Farm, we have something for everyone! Join us for one or all and learn how you can gain knowledge in leading a healthier lifestyle, skills to create your own homemade masterpieces and much more!

Chellsey Latham, Owner of Natural Roots and Remedies will start our workshops off with Smoothies 101 on September 29th from 6:00-7:30pm. Those that attend will learn all about different superfoods and ingredient combining for a wholesome blend. Bring the family along and be ready to try some samples and take home some great recipes!

Other workshops to keep an eye out for this fall include Make Your Own Soap, RAW Dairy, Basic Woodcarving, Kimchi and Sauerkraut, Preparing for Winter with Herbs, Hard Cider, Beer, and Mead Making and last but not least Art, Nature and Yoga. Most of these workshops take place during a week night, but some do take place on Saturday mornings.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a “green” building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond.

Reservations are required for these workshops and spaces do fill quickly! You can register by calling us at 603-366-5695. We look forward to enjoying fall with you!

September 22, 2014

Canterbury Shaker Village’s special exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations

Canterbury Shaker Village’s special exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations will to be on display at the National Historic Landmark through December 12. The exhibit is a collection of creative works that range from literal translations of specific Shaker forms to pieces that embody ideas or themes from the Shakers. These contemporary voices, by professionals, creative citizens and students who found inspiration at Canterbury Shaker Village, are paired with historic Shaker artifacts that represent elements of the ongoing dialogue betweCanterbury Shaker Village Exhibit Fall 2014en the Shaker legacy and the human spirit. The exhibit is included with the price of regular admission.

“Inspiration is a silent conversation between the external world and your inner self. Those silent and personal conversations are given a physical form in this special exhibit through the contemporary works of art by professional artists, creative citizens and students,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director and Exhibit Curator. “Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations is more than a collection of individual pieces. Rather, it is part of a larger ongoing conversation between all of us and the Shakers.”


Canterbury Shaker Village is open daily from 10:00-5:00 pm through October 26, on weekends in November and for Christmas at Canterbury on December 6 and 12. The price of admission is $17/adults, $8/children (6-17) and free for members and children 5 and under.


“Many museums strive to make history relevant for today’s visitor,” commented Jim Garvin, adjunct professor at Plymouth State University and the former State Architectural Historian. “Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations brings to life Shaker themes and artifacts in a new way and challenges visitors to rethink these traditions. This special exhibit is not to be missed.”

September 20, 2014

Cascade Spa Attracts Nationally Recognized Beauty & Wellness Speakers

Meet the Professionals at Cascade Spa in October

The newly renovated Cascade Spa at Mill Falls will be holding several events throughout the month of October for their “Meet the Professionals” series. The public is invited to attend these unique events on October 1st, 8th and 30th.

At each special gathering, guests can meet experts in the health, wellness, and beauty industry, enjoy networking with spa professionals from around the country, learn about new lines and brands, and experience product sampling and discounts.

Martha Zyla, Director of Cascade Spa, said she often launches new product lines by hosting an event to educate her guests and showcase the products and treatments. “I have found that meeting the owners and corporate managers behind a spa brand allows our guests to feel connected and have a positive feeling towards the brand and its integrity,” she said.

Of the featured professionals who will be at Cascade Spa in October, Zyla said, “They have been in the spa industry for years and are so knowledgeable and passionate about spa and wellness, as am I.”

On Wednesday, October 1st from 4 – 7 pm, Zyla will be introducing BABOR, a German Luxury Skin and Body Care Line. Brian Bechtel from BABOR will be on hand with the Cascade Spa team to offer mini spa treatments, skin analysis, facial cleansing, and fluid applications. Tickets for the event are $20 per person, and the full price of each ticket will be credited back towards any BABOR retail purchase at the event.

The second evening in the “Meet the Professionals” series will take place on October 8th from 5 – 7:30 pm. The event, titled, The Holistic Shift: A Night of Women’s Wellness, will feature Ellie Whalen, Katie Hess, and Lisa Reinhardt. These women with diverse backgrounds will share their deep well of experience in embracing a holistic lifestyle. They provide real-life examples of physical, mental, and spiritual transformations that are available with the right tools. Guests will enjoy an inspirational talk, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, sweet treats, and shopping. The event will take place at the Carriage House at Church Landing, and tickets are $20 per person. The full price of each ticket will be credited back towards Sprayology, Lotuswei Essential Oils, Perfumes & Elixirs, and Wei of Wellness Chocolate retail purchases at the event.

On Thursday, October 30th from 10 am – 5 pm, Spend the Day with Moroccanoil and Steven Turpin, the company’s International Educator. Turpin will share Moroccanoil product news and secrets for beautiful, healthy, natural-looking hair. At the event, guests can reserve one or more of the following Moroccanoil services for $45: a Blowout with Shampoo and Mask Treatment, a Manicure, or a Pedicure. $25 of the service fee will be credited towards Moroccanoil purchases at the event. Guests who spend $50 or more on Moroccanoil products will also receive a free gift.


“It always excites me to launch new services and products,” said Zyla. “It allows me to bring Cascade Spa to a new level of commitment of quality for our clients.”


Nestled within Church Landing at Mill Falls at the Lake, Cascade Spa is a world-class, full-service day spa for both women and men. This lakeside resort oasis has been recently renovated with a stunning Art Deco Decor and features two new couples treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge with a juice bar overlooking the indoor-outdoor pool, a steam room, and expanded deluxe private treatment rooms. Cascade Spa offers signature services, including massage, body treatments, facials, hair care, and nail care. Reservations are recommended to ensure availability. For more information, please visit or call 866-719-0161 or 603-677-8620.




September 20, 2014


Shop and Support the Search for a Cure During the Annual PinkSTYLE Campaign

 In support in the ongoing efforts to end breast cancer, Tanger Outlets Tilton invites its customers to “think pink” this Fall and help support the search for a cure during the 21st annual Tanger PinkSTYLE campaign.

From September 15 through October 25, the Tanger PinkSTYLE Campaign will take place at Tanger Outlets in Tilton. Shoppers can purchase 25% OFF Pink Cards in Savings Packs of five Pink Cards for five dollars and save 25% on a single item at participating stores. Customers can purchase as many Pink Card Savings Packs as they like from Tanger Shopper Services. Proceeds from Pink Cards will benefit LRGHealthcare breast cancer initiatives and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

“We are proud to join with our customers and tenants at our centers across the U.S. and Canada to bring awareness and raise much needed funds for breast cancer research and prevention,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “We remain committed to supporting these important organizations that are helping further educate women on prevention and hopefully will find a cure to a disease that has affected so many women and families.”

Additionally, Tanger Outlets Tilton in conjunction with Northeast Communications, Belknap Landscape Company, Granite State Credit Union, The Citizen, CrossFit Corps, Comcast Spotlight will host the Sixth Annual Fit for a Cure 5k Run/Walk presented by AutoServ on Sunday, October 5th at 8:30AM. This is a USA Track & Field certified (NH13018TY) timed 5K (3.1 mile) event that will take place at the Tanger Outlets. The first 800 registrants will receive a race t-shirt.  All finishers will receive a commemorative participant medal and shopping discounts.  Prizes will be awarded to top 3 male and female winners along with division winners in each age category.  Runners can register at  The registration fee is $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 12 years of age or $25 beginning October 3rd – race day. If a business or organization will have 10 or more participants, please contact Tanger’s General Manager, Eric Proulx, at for group discount information.

In 2014, the American Cancer Society estimates that more than 295,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States alone. More than 800 women are diagnosed each day and breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women across the nation.

Since 1994, Tanger Outlet Centers has contributed more than $13.5 to breast cancer research through the PinkSTYLE Campaign, 5K races, Pink Partini Events and other breast cancer-related fundraising events across the country. In 2013, the company raised $1.5 million during PinkSTYLE, the most money raised in a single year since it began supporting this important cause.

September 20, 2014

2015 Recreational Trails Program Grant Applications Now Available

The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Trails announces that the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications are now available. The RTP is a competitive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail projects throughout New Hampshire. This grant round is for projects to be completed in 2015.
Limited grants are available for motorized, non-motorized and diversified trails. Eligible projects include, but limited to, maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of trail maintenance equipment and construction of new trails. Applicants may be non-profit organizations, private groups or government entities. Applications are due November 14, 2014. For an application and more information, visit the RTP link on the Partners & Community Resources page at
Funding for the Recreational Trail Program is generated from federal gas tax dollars paid on fuel purchases by off-highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles. These funds are appropriated to the states by the Federal Highway Administration as authorized through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (Map-21) Bill. The program in New Hampshire is administered by the Bureau of Trails.
The Bureau of Trails is one of four bureaus in the Division of Parks and Recreation. The Division is comprised of the Parks Bureau, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. The Division manages 92 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divisions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. To learn more, visit or call 603/271-3556.


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