August 20, 2014

Enjoy The Big Lake Adventure with the New Hampshire Boat Museum

Do you like surprises? Do you love to get out on Lake Winnipesaukee and explore on a picture-perfect day? Is your idea of fun riding in a sleek mahogany vintage boat? Then the New Hampshire Boat Museum has a fun new event for you!

The Museum is hosting its first Big Lake Adventure on Friday, September 12th. Building on everyoneIMG_3851_01‘s love of the Boathouse Tour, the Museum has created this new and different exciting on-water fundraiser.

Starting at 9:30am participants will be taken on a “mystery tour” of Lake Winnipesaukee aboard beautiful wooden vintage boats for an adventure they won’t forget. Guests will get to visit some hidden out-of-the way spots on Lake Winnipesaukee, see breathtaking scenery and sit back and relax on this spectacular boat ride.

At noon the boats will dock at a charming island-based private yacht club. There they will dine on a gourmet lunch made with all locally-sourced foods, as well as a choice of wine or soft drinks. Following lunch the group will explore more of Lake Winnipesaukee until 3:30pm.

This museum fundraiser will be something not to miss. The cost to participate in this all-inclusive fundraiser is $300 per person. A perfect Lake Winnipesaukee adventure guests won’t forget!

Many thanks to Zach Tarter of Edward Jones, Wolfeoboro, for sponsoring this new event for the New Hampshire Boat Museum.

To make a reservation, either visit the homepage of the Museum’s website at or call the Museum at 569-4554.


August 20, 2014

43 Bank of New Hampshire Prestige Plus Members Travel to Italy

Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members were treated to a trip of a lifetime as they toured the amazing country of Italy. Some of the highlights included: Rome, Ruins of Pompeii, Sorrento Coast, Isle of Capri, Florence, Statue of David, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice and Murano Island.

The visit to Rome was impressive as they visited Piazza Venezia, the Roman Forum, the Circus Maximus and the Arch of Constantine. During their in-depth visit to the Colosseum, the guide recounted its rich history to Prestige Plus members. No visit to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Vatican Museums, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of art and the world-famous Sistine Chapel.

Prestige Plus members were moved beyond words during our visit to Pompeii, a city frozen in time. The excavated ruins of Pompeii were remarkably preserved and provided a fascinating look at the daily life of an ancient Roman city.

A trip highlight was a scenic boat ride to the enchanting Isle of Capri. Upon arrival, Prestige Plus members took a panoramic ride to the island’s highest town, Anacapri. They enjoyed their time in Capri with its world-famous piazzetta and explored the paradise island of chic boutiques, lush vegetation and outdoor cafés before returning to the Sorrento Coast.

Tuscany’s vista of vineyards and olive groves unfolded around every turn as they enjoyed the scenic drive to Florence, the “Cradle of the Italian Renaissance,” offering Italy’s best art and architecture. Their visit to the Academy Gallery to see Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David was impressive.

They ended their tour of Italy in the resort town of Stresa, located in the breathtaking Italian Lakes District.

“We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members,” stated Valerie Drouin, SVP – Prestige Plus Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. “With 24 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for one of our trips, that the quality will be unsurpassed. We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for banking at Bank of New Hampshire. As with most of our overnight extended trips, this trip sold out on the day it was announced.”

Prestige Plus is available to all Bank of New Hampshire customers who maintain a prestige checking account which offers outstanding benefits such as unlimited free ATM withdrawals, higher interest rates on CDs and money market accounts, in addition to a number of other benefits. To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus program, visit your local office or call 1-800-832-0912.

August 20, 2014

Canterbury Shaker Village Celebrates 51st Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream Speech”

Canterbury Shaker Village Celebrates 51st Anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream Speech” with Special Tour and Bell Ringing August 28: 500 lb. Paul Revere bell will be rung at 3:00 pm

On August 28, 2014 Canterbury Shaker Village will commemorate the 51st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” with a special “Shakers & Equality: Let Freedom Ring” tour at 2:00 pm. The tour, which is free with CSV Let Freedom Ring_DwHouse_Bellmuseum admission, will connect visitors with the Shaker ideals of gender and racial equality. The tour will culminate in the ringing of the 500 lb. Paul Revere bell atop the Dwelling House at 3:00 pm.

On August 28, 1963 at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King first uttered one of the most powerful and memorable phrases in American history, “I have a dream.” Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” marked a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and asserted his absolute commitment to a nonviolent approach to confronting America’s entrenched system of racial bias. In it, he urged Americans to let freedom ring “….from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.” His words resound through the years, celebrating the progress America has made in the quest for racial justice, and recalling us to the challenges that still confront us as a nation.

For a more information on museum admission and this and other events, please visit

August 20, 2014



When Loon Mountain Resort opens for the 2014-15 winter season, skiers and riders will discover exciting improvements, including key snowmaking upgrades, expanded terrain park offerings for kids, and a responsive new website.

This winter, early-season snowmaking will get another significant boost thanks to 50 new HKD KLIK semi-automated snowmaking hydrants on Upper Picked Rock and Lower Bear Claw, two key early-season snowmaking trails. By increasing the efficiency of the snowmaking process, these semi-automated hydrants will allow Loon’s snowmaking team to take better advantage of the brief snowmaking windows typical of November and early December weather conditions.

“We already know these hydrants are effective,” said Ralph Lewis, Loon’s director of mountain operations. “Thanks to the installation of 100 HKD KLIK hydrants on the mountain last summer, we were able to open for skiing and riding on November 8, the earliest top-to-bottom opening in Loon’s history. With 50 additional hydrants on the slopes this year, we plan to open even more terrain more quickly in the early season – and deliver better snow all season long.”

This year’s snowmaking improvements are just the latest phase of Loon’s multi-year commitment to snowmaking excellence, with more than $3 million invested in snowmaking improvements since 2010.
Terrain Parks

Young snowboarders this winter will get to enjoy an expanded Burton Lil’ Stash, Loon’s newest terrain park for kids. The expansion of this gladed park gives young riders and their families a series of rollicking wooden berms that ride like a banked slalom in the woods. In addition to these new terrain features, kids will discover new animal carvings to go along with larger-than-life carvings of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
New Website has been completely redesigned with a fresh new look and responsive design, making it easier than ever for guests and potential guests to find information about snow conditions, events, vacation planning and more. The website’s responsive design means guests will have a great viewing experience, whether they’re using a desktop, tablet, or mobile device.

Buy a New England Pass, Help Restore the White Mountain National Forest
When Tropical Storm Irene unleashed flooding and devastation across New England in August 2011, many areas of the White Mountain National Forest were badly damaged. In response, Loon has partnered with the National Forest Foundation, a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit working to repair damaged hiking trails, improve wildlife habitat and restore national forests across the country – including the White Mountain National Forest.
Guests can choose to make a donation to the NFF’s Ski Conservation Fund when they purchase passes and eTickets through Loon’s e-Store. Donations will be matched 50% by the NFF, which works with local partners to complete restoration projects in the White Mountain National Forest.

“In addition to being Loon’s home, the White Mountain National Forest is an important asset to the Northeast, and there are still many projects that need to be done,” said Rick Kelley, Loon’s president and general manager. “By partnering with the National Forest Foundation, we want to help facilitate these projects and preserve the Forest for future generations to enjoy.”

Since beginning its White Mountain campaign in 2012, the NFF has repaired several trail systems and is now focusing its efforts on Tuckerman Ravine area trails, the 19-Mile Brook Trail, and trails in the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness Area. More information about the NFF and its work in New Hampshire can be found by visiting

More information on Loon Mountain and New England Passes, which are available at pre-season prices through October 13, is available at

August 20, 2014

Hampton Beach State Park Lifeguards Best in Northeast

Competing against teams from around the Northeast and Canada, Hampton Beach State Park lifeguards took top honors last Saturday at the 35th annual Northern New England Lifesaving Championship in Ogunquit, Maine.
The entire Hampton Beach team took first place overall. The men’s team placed first and the women’s team took second.
They competed against lifesavers from Ogunquit, Scarborough and Wells beaches in Maine; Nantasket and Salisbury, Mass., and Nova Scotia.
“The main competition came from Ogunquit and Salisbury,” said Jim Donahue, Hampton Beach State Park Lifeguard Chief. “Our lifeguard competition team scored in every event throughout the day.”
He said the daily training required for all Hampton Beach State Park lifeguards and “is a huge contributor to the first place overall victory and current and future success of the New Hampshire State Beach Patrol and Hampton Beach lifeguards.”
The daily training regime includes physical training, first aid and use of equipment, which has insured a highly skilled professional staff on duty at Hampton Beach for decades.
The competition teams had an intense workout just two days before the contest, after a passing storm created strong surf and rip currents. Last Thursday, lifeguards made 10 surf rescues and six on Friday.
Representing Hampton Beach were Pat Murphy; Bruce Butterworth; Wells Costello; Pat Casey; Quinn Parker; Ben Mitchell; Kendall Kaspar; Jack Dolan; Jeremy Schmidt; Dan Ryan; Nick Africano; Ali Bartlett; Katie Kaspar; Rachel Flinn; Catherine Jacques; Rebecca Mitchell; Meagan Boucher; Mara Jaffarian and Maggie Noonan.
The Division of Parks and Recreation, one of four within the Department of Resources and Economic Development, is comprised of the Bureau of Park Operations, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. To learn more, visit or call 603/271-3556.

hampton beach lifeguards

Team photo from left to right – Front Row – Ben Mitchell, Jack Dolan, Pat Casey, Pat Murphy, Nick Africano, Dan Ryan, Wells Costello, Jeremy Schmidt Back Row – Kendall Kaspar, Rachel Flinn, Maggie Noonan, Quinn Parker, Ali Bartlett, Rebecca Mitchell, Catherine Jacques, Mara Jaffarian, Katie Kaspar, Meagan Boucher… not in the photo Bruce Butterworth

One-mile run / 100 meter ocean rescue/men – second place, Parker; third, Mitchell; fourth, Murphy. In the women’s event, Boucher, second; Mitchell, fourth.
Rescue reel team – Murphy, Costello, Bartlett and Kaspar, first; Casey, Mitchell, Dolan, Noonan, third.
Iron Guard men – Costello, second; Dolan, fifth; women – Kaspar, third, Barlett, fourth.
Paddleboard rescue – open event – Murphy, second, Casey, fourth.
Surf Rescue – open event – Kaspar, second; Jacques, fourth; Flinn, fifth.
500m paddleboard – men – Costello, second; women – Bartlett, fourth, Kaspar, fifth.
500m swim – men – Dolan, fifth; women – Jacques, second; Flinn, fourth; Kaspar, fifth.
Beach Flags men – Costello, first; Casey, second; women – Bartlett, second.
4X100 swim relay – Team of Dolan, Kaspar, Flinn and Jacques, first; Barlett, Kaspar, Ryan, Costello, fourth.
4X200 paddleboard relay – Casey, Parker, Murphy, Costello, second.

August 20, 2014

Great Waters Music Festival finalizes 2014 Summer season presenting North Shore Acappella

Great Waters Music Festival will finalize their 2014 Summer season presenting North Shore Acappella at The Inn on Main Friday evening, Aug. 29th at 7:30pm. Performing for over 30 years, North Shore Acappella has excited audiences throughout New England with a blend of harmony, rhythm, and tempo. With songs ranging from the 1940’s through today, members Tommy Duarte, Paul Lopes, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Staccia, and Guy Chiapponi, deliver music without instrumental accompaniment – and that is what North Shore Acappella is all about! The group makes regular appearances at venues across New England and will be performing a return engagement with Great Waters – back by popular demand from a sold out performance in 2013. Tickets are available through the Great Waters website ( for $25 or by calling their office at 603-569-7710.

The award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire of hundreds of popular hits that cover the last five decades. Each number and performance is arranged in a way that showcases each member in a role of lead singer – a trait that very few acappella groups in the country can claim.

North Shore Acappella has appeared as the opening act for The Temptations, The Platters, Ben E. King, Johnny Maestro, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Frankie Vallie, and Gene Pitney. In 1991 North Shore Acappella won The National Harmony Sweepstakes in San Rafael, California, defeating six other top finalists from across the country. Ten years later, in 2011, the group was featured on NBC’s The Sing Off dazzling listeners across the country.

North Shore Acappella’s commercial advertising experience ranges from radio and television voice-overs for T.J. Maxx to a variety of corporate public relations assignments, including the New York Stock Exchange. North Shore Acappella has led entertainment efforts for major fund raising events, including the American Red Cross Mass Bay Chapter Food Relief Campaign, Massachusetts Special Olympics, and the Crispus Attucks Children’s Center.
This performance is being sponsored by Fidelity Investments along with Steve and Carol Bush of Maxfield Real Estate.

North Shore Acappella

The Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices with tickets ranging from $20.00 to $80.00. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at

August 15, 2014

Events at Enfield Shaker Museum

Saturday, August 9 through September 27, 2014 – Regular Museum Hours
Exhibit: Spotlight On North Family Cooperage
An exhibit of how the production of cooperage in 1869 became the mainstay of the North Family’s economy and returned them to solvency.
Cost: Regular admission. Members free.

Saturday, August 16 – 6:00 pm
Dragonfly Ball Fundraiser
Join us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and lawn games. Featuring a delicious seated dinner and music by Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Band. Proceeds benefit the Enfield Shaker Museum.
Cost: $70 per person, members $65
To purchase tickets, contact us at (603) 632-4346 or email
Overnight rooms are available.

Friday, August 22, 2014 – 7:30 pm
Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle and Banjo Concert
This benefit concert with 100% of the ticket sales donated to the Enfield Shaker Museum and the Upper Valley Land Trust will include original and old time Appalachian music performed by Ken and Brad Kolodner.
Cost: $25 per person
Contact the Enfield Shaker Museum to purchase your tickets today. Phone: (603) 632-4346. Email:

About Ken and Brad Kolodner
Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the United States, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world to perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.” The dynamic father-son duo pushes the boundaries of the Appalachian tradition by infusing their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddler tunes and songs. Visit their website to learn more about their music:

Fall Events
Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Using and Preserving Tomatoes
Tomatoes tonight and some for the winter…
Open to adults and limited to ten participants. This hands on workshop, taught by Herbalist Happy Griffith and Chef Nan Munsey, teaches four recipes using garden fresh tomatoes and new techniques for saving tomatoes for use in the winter.
Cost: $25 members, $30 non-members
Register by calling ESM at (603) 632-4346 or email giftshop@shakermuseum

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Shaker Harvest Festival
A yearly tradition set on the picturesque grounds of the Enfield Shaker Village.
Celebrate the autumn harvest with horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, hay stack treasure hunt, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical entertainment including Blue Grass and a special a cappella concert in the Mary Keane Chapel, museum tours with a cooperage exhibit, a special sheep herding demonstration and more. Lunch available.

Cost: Adults – $12, Ages 13 to 17 – $8, Ages 12 and under – $5, Families of 3 or more – $20. Broom making workshop – $10 (must pre-register, limited spaces).

Overnight rooms available throughout the weekend.

Walk in or register by calling the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email

August 9, 2014

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Village Rising August 16: Day-long event celebrates modern impact of Shaker legacy with new exhibit, concert, special tours and activities

Canterbury Shaker Village will host Village Rising on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The day-long event celebrates the modern impact of the Shaker legacy through a new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, a concert of original music by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise, special tours and programs. All activities and the concert are included with regular museum admission.

The new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, will be unveiled during Village Rising. The exhibit showcases the many ways in which visitors have been inspired to translate the Shakers’ commitment to simplicity and mindfulness into their personal expressions. The collection of submitted works, many of which have been paired with historic artifacts from the Village’s collection, is located in the Carriage House and will remain on display through DecCSV_Village Rising_1000x800pxember 2014. A Gallery Walk with Executive Director and exhibit curator, Funi Burdick will take place at 11:00 am.

Commissioned by Canterbury Shaker Village as part of Shaker Traditions, Contemporary Translations, Land of Pure Delight: Shaker Songs and Dances for String Quartet will be performed at 3:00 pm in the historic Meeting House. The original work composed by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise takes Shaker musical themes and places them in the context of a contemporary string quartet. A variety of styles are explored, from tuneful hymnody to foot-stomping marches. Concert tickets are included in the price of admission and may be reserved by pre-registering by phone (603-783-9511). On the day of the event, remaining tickets will be available in the Museum Shop on a first come, first serve basis.

Special tours and programs will be offered including, “Relationship with the Land,” a walking tour with Lauren Chase-Rowell at 11:00 am; “Shaker-inspired Recipes,” an audience-style cooking demonstration with Chef Todd Sweet, Executive Chef of University of New Hampshire’s Philbrook Dining Hall at 1:00 pm; and “Translating the Shaker Aesthetic for Contemporary Life,” a walking tour with Peg Donahue, Feng-Shui Design Consultant at 1:00 pm
Families interested in hands-on activities can make Upcycled Bird Feeders and Aromatherapy Art until 3:00 pm.
Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include the Let Freedom Ring Tour on August 28; Canterbury Artisan Festival on September 13; Vintage Car Show on October 18; and Ghost Encounters on October 25. Upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include Chowders on September 7; Shaker Broom Making on September 14; and The ABC’s of Letterpress Printing on September 27. To view the complete 2014 calendar of events and workshops visit

August 9, 2014

Summer Celebration at Science Center Brings World-Renowned Big Cat Expert Dr. Alan Rabinowitz from Panthera to speak at event

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds its 2014 Annual Meeting and Summer Celebration on August 9 which will feature a very special keynote speaker – Dr. Alan Rabinowitz. Rabinowitz is one of the world’s leading big cat experts, and has been called ‘The Indiana Jones of Wildlife Conservation’ by TIME Magazine. Dr. Rabinowitz is currently the CEO of Panthera, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving the world’s wild cat species.

Dr. Rabinowitz has traveled the world on behalf of wildlife conservation and over the years has studied jaguars, clouded leopards, Asiatic leopards, tigers, Sumatran rhinos, bears, leopard cats, raccoons, and civets. His work in Belize resulted in the world’s first jaguar sanctuary; his work in Taiwan resulted in the establishment of this country’s largest protected area and last piece of intact lowland forest; his work in Thailand generated the first field research on Indochinese tigers, Asiatic leopards, and leopard cats, in what was to become the region’s first World Heritage Site; and his work in Myanmar has led to the creation of five new protected areas, including the country’s first marine national park, first and largest Himalayan national park, and the world’s largest tiger reserve in the Hukaung Valley.

Dr. Rabinowitz has dedicated his life to surveying the world’s last wild places, with the goal of preserving wild habitats and securing homes, on a large scale, for some of the world’s most endangered mammals. His focus on cats is based on conserving top predators, which affect entire ecosystems. By saving cats, the impacts are far reaching and conserve vast landscapes upon which many species depend, including humans. One of Dr. Rabinowitz’s greatest achievements was the conceptualization and implementation of the Jaguar Corridor – a series of biological and genetic corridors for jaguars across their entire range from Mexico to Argentina. Dr. Rabinowitz also launched Panthera’s Tiger Corridor Initiative; an effort to identify and protect the world’s last remaining large, interconnected tiger landscapes, with a primary focus on the remote and rugged Indo-Himalayan region of Asia.

The 2014 Annual Meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. and is free to attend for members and their guests. Business will include electing officers and trustees; honor retiring board members; recognizing employee service; a 2013 year in review; and presentation of the 2014 Horizon Award. Detailed information including officer and trustee election slate and biographies of nominees for election to the Board of Trustees is available online at

Following the Annual Meeting is the Summer Celebration beginning at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Rabinowitz will tell his amazing life story and show spectacular photos featuring his work to save the world’s big cat species and last wild places.

The Summer Celebration will start with a cash bar and appetizers followed by a Live Auction featuring various science and nature related items. Dr. Rabinowitz will take the stage at 7:30 to speak about his life and his work. After Dr. Rabinowitz’s presentation, the Science Center will have copies of two of his books, An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar and A Boy and a Jaguar, available for sale to be signed by Dr. Rabinowitz.

Tickets for the Summer Celebration are $75 for adults. A program for children featuring crafts, stories, activities, and food is $10 per child. The Summer Celebration is Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s largest annual fundraiser. As a non-profit organization all financial support the Science Center receives goes to furthering their mission to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Community support means a great deal to the Science Center which is in its 48th year of operation in Holderness.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 603-968-7194, option 7.

August 9, 2014

Mt. Kearsage Indian Musuem announces late Summer and early Fall exhibits

Exhibit – All of My Relations: Faces and Effigies of the Abenaki World
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH
August 1 – October 31

Admission to the art gallery is free.
Guest curator and Abenaki artist Vera Longtoe Sheehan has assembled works from Abenaki artists working in many media including photography, painting, wood and wampum 456-2600

Talk & Book Signing: The Visual Language of Wabanaki Art with Jeanne Morningstar Kent, Sunday, September 7, 1pm-3pm, Free

Sunday, September 14, 2:00 p.m., Free
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH
Dams and mills ended the annual spawning runs of native species. Jack Noon will talk about how the watershed conditions and new species introductions have changed and continue to change New Hampshire Fisheries. 456-2600

Sunday, September 21, 1:00 p.m., Free
Meet at the junction of Route 103 & West Roby District Rd.
The Warner Historical presents a walk along the Warner River from Laing Bridge to the Redington Mill Site in Roby. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 456-2437

Sunday, September 28
10:00 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH
Co-hosted by Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and the Little Nature Museum.
A celebration of the season presented by Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and the Little Nature Museum. Woodlands Indian encampment, Audubon raptors, Wildlife Encounters, music, Native foods, games, crafts and more!
Members Free. Non-members $8.50 adults, $6.50 children ages 6-12, $26 family maximum 456-2600

August 9, 2014

FEEDNH.ORG LAUNCH ANNOUNCED Great NH Restaurants’ New Charitable Trust

Great NH Restaurants, the parent company to T-BONES, Cactus Jack’s, and Copper Door is proud to announce their new non-profit, – Great NH Restaurants’ Charitable Trust. Now celebrating their 30th year in business, Great NH Restaurants has been well known for their dedication to giving back to the community. Their efforts are wide-spread throughout the state with events such as “Thanks for Giving” and have donated over $1,000,000 in gift certificates to thousands of non-profit organizations since 1984.

“Our goal has always been to be an active member of our community and giving back means so much to our entire organization. Our team is always looking for ways to do even more, and launching this new initiative is a great milestone for our 30th Anniversary,” states Tom Boucher, owner and CEO of Great NH Restaurants. will benefit Families, Education (as it relates to secondary/higher education hospitality school scholarships, and educating children/adults on healthy culinary), Elderly, and the Disadvantaged in New Hampshire.

The Charitable Trust’s Board of Directors have chosen this acronym as these groups align with Great NH Restaurants’ values as a caring and thoughtful company and aligns perfectly with their family driven culture. The mission of is to strengthen New Hampshire communities through philanthropic collaboration, dedicated employee involvement and volunteerism benefiting local Families, Education, Elderly, and the Disadvantaged. FEEDNH…Enriching Quality of Life For Us All.®

The restaurant group has chosen to form the charitable trust as a way to streamline its community work and put itself in a position to provide donations that have a significantly larger impact on specific initiatives in the community. has scheduled their 1st Annual Golf Tournament in partnership with Martignetti Companies of NH, to be held on August 25, 2014 at the Manchester Country Club and will be the trust’s first major fundraiser. Centrix Bank, Hendrick’s Gin, and Anheuser Busch are among the leading sponsors for the tournament respectively as the Platinum, Signature, and Gold sponsors.

To learn more visit – Great NH Restaurants’ Charitable Trust is located at 124 Bedford Center Road Suite B, Bedford, NH 03110

August 9, 2014


The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith & Weirs Beach, NH have teamed up with the popular Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton, NH to extend summer and help reduce the cost of back-to-school shopping.

Starting Monday, August 25th and running for five consecutive days through Friday, August 29th, tickets at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln and the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith & Weirs Beach will be available to everyone ages 3 and up at children’s prices – only $12 in Lincoln, NH for the 1 hour and 20 minute ride, $14 in Meredith, NH for the 2-hour ride and $12 at Weirs Beach, NH for the 1-hour train ride – while ages 2 and under ride for free as always.

“We wanted to offer a way for families to make the most out of the final days of summer by extending discounted pricing”, stated Paul Giblin, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads. “With everyone riding as a child, families will have a bit more money to spend on their back-to-school shopping needs – while also enjoying a chance to have some family fun along the way”.

In addition to enjoying reduced train fares, families will receive a voucher good for a $10 Tanger Gift Card and coupon booklet for the 50-plus store Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton, NH to help reduce the cost of back-to-school shopping. The $10 Tanger Outlet Gift Cards will be limited to one per family with ticket purchases in Lincoln, Meredith and Weirs Beach while supplies last.

“Tanger is very committed to serving the communities where we work and live”, mentioned Eric Proulx, General Manager of the Tanger Outlet Center in Tilton, NH. “The Hobo and Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad partnership is the perfect way to help our families maximize their back to school budgets.”

Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad Train Schedule – August 25-29, 2014
Hobo Railroad – Lincoln, NH
Departure Times – One hour & twenty minute excursions: 11:00am & 1:00pm

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad – Meredith, NH
Departure Times – Two hour excursions: 10:30am & 12:30pm

Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad – Weirs Beach, NH
Departure Times – One hour excursions: 11:00am, 12:00pm & 1:00pm

August 9, 2014

Artist Scott Bulger Presents ‘Anonymous’ Exhibit

Scott Bulger is pleased to present ‘Anonymous’, a solo exhibition of new work hosted by River Room Gallery at the Belknap Mill, Beacon Street East, Laconia, New Hampshire. Please join us on Friday, August 15, from 5 to 7 pm for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.Bulger - Anonymous

Three years in the making, ‘Anonymous’ illustrates the constraints placed upon those subjugated and objectified by corrupt corporate and government power. Effective communication between the people and the power has ceased to exist causing the populace to be ignored, censored, and minimalized. We have been stripped into anonymity.

In 49 powerful black and white prints, Bulger artfully illustrates the bonds of anonymity into which the populace has been forced, and the emerging awakening that will eventually allow us to break that which binds. Bulger’s exhibit will be on display until the end of August. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Scott Bulger is a Northwood, New Hampshire based artist with 30 years of experience working primarily in a photographic medium. He holds a B.A. in Visual Communication from Savannah College of Art and Design, and is a M.F.A. candidate in Visual Arts at Lesley University College of Art and Design while currently teaching photography at Plymouth State University. Bulger’s collection of large scale, alternative process images titled ‘Evolution’, is currently on display at Gallery 136 ½, Manchester, Connecticut.

August 5, 2014

On The Green 2 Arts & Crafts Festival August 8-10!

Don’t miss this fabulous arts and crafts fair with over 80 outstanding exhibitors including handsome wood carved decor and benches, plants and floral arrangements, metal decor, glass art, quilts and quilted table decor, Saffie’s fantastic cookies, fine jewelry, face painting, personalized signs, soy candles, glass art, delicious homemade fudge, wooden toys and games, Ben’s NH maple syrups, acrylic paintings, solar lanterns, functional and decorative pottery, photography, gourmet dips, garlic graters, handpainted furniture, cedar handcrafted furniture including beds/bureaus/picnic tables/chairs/lamps/signs, handpainted scarves, wearable art, fine jewelry, handpainted clothing, floral arrangements, felted animals, wooden puzzles, cutting boards, decorative signs and lots more.

Food + Music of Tim Janis – Free Admission & Free Parking – Info Joyce (603)528-4014 or – Directions: Located on Rte. 28 next to downtown Wolfeboro! Rain or Shine Under Canopy! Date and Time: August 8-10 – Brewster Academy, 80 Academy Drive, Wolfeboro, NH – Fri & Sat 10am to 5pm, Sun 10am to 4pm – Buy American Made Arts & Crafts!!!

July 26, 2014

Join Special Olympics New Hampshire for the Rail Trail Run & Ride!

Leaves along the Northern Rail Trail may just be changing color as the 2014 Rail Trail Run & Ride to benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire passes through on September 27.

The inaugural event will feature 50K and 100K cycling events and 5K and 10K runs along the hardpack path of the old railroad beds that run through several communities in the state’s Lake Sunapee Region. This event also features fun for the whole family with offerings including a 4.5 mile family cycling ride and running and riding events designed for children ages 10 and under.

Participants, including Special Olympics New Hampshire athletes, are invited to celebrate the conclusion of the races during an outdoor festival at Proctor Academy with food, music, inflatables and more. Families can also visit the Highland Lake Inn ahead of the family ride for a fall apple festival.

Please join SONH in helping to support and inspire the more than 3,160 athletes in the state that benefit from SONH programming by registering to run or ride today!

The mission of SONH is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to not only develop physical fitness, but to build friendships and gain life skills.

Celebration and Awards will be ongoing throughout the day and all participants and guests are encouraged to enjoy the day and take in the festivities!

Event t-shirts available to every registrant until August 30, 2014.
Race day packet pick up times and locations will be announced closer to event date.

July 21, 2014


Students & audience members to learn about music history & performance together

Plymouth, NH – The New Hampshire Music Festival is excited to introduce New Vibrations, a mentoring program that pairs students with Festival audience members to learn more about how an orchestra works. The first group of students and mentors will attend the Festival’s Family Concert on July 26 at 10 a.m. at the Silver Center for the Arts in Plymouth, New Hampshire and will be led by 10 volunteers from the neighboring towns of Holderness and Ashland. Future groups will attend the classics concerts on either Thursday or Saturday throughout the summer season.

Liz Cody of Ashland, New Hampshire, came up with the idea for the program as a way to bring in a younger demographic to Festival performances.
“I was at a concert and thinking about how inspired I felt by the music, how transformational the experience was,” Cody said. “If we could involve more kids and get them interested in music at a younger age, we will have a whole new generation of musicians and audience members and ensure that organizations such as the Festival will always have a place in our region. These are the future leaders of our community.”
Cody will be one of the group leaders along with Festival board member Sid Lovett, who will be in charge of a group from Holderness. Each is recruiting four other mentors from their towns to participate, for a total of ten audience members in the initial group.

“We hope that other towns will hear about the program and want to be involved. It would be great if we were able to add more towns and students each week, and also include other types of activities, such as theatre or dance. This is really an opportunity to promote music and arts education in a fun way,” Lovett said of the idea.
Students of all ages are invited to join New Vibrations and the Festival is seeking volunteers from all towns to serve as mentors. Each volunteer will be responsible for purchasing a ticket for themselves and accompanying the group to the Family Concert, which is free to all kids 18 and under and college students with an ID. Students are encouraged to ask questions, learn more about the instruments, music and orchestra and meet with some of the musicians to hear about their experiences as members of the Festival. After the concert, the group will grab an ice cream at local favorite M ‘n M Scoops on Main Street in Plymouth.

Friends of the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire will both be involved with the project and are inviting all of their students to participate. Frumie Selchen, Executive Director of the Arts Alliance, is excited to bring this type of initiative to the community.

“We were so happy to hear about this idea, particularly because it has a great synergy with other programs we are doing. Being able to offer this as part of our Youth Arts initiative provides students with a wide variety of opportunities to experience all types of visual and performing arts. We hope that enthusiasm for these types of programs will allow us to offer them year-round,” Selchen said.

For further information or to purchase tickets for the New Hampshire Music Festival, please visit or call the Silver Center for the Arts box office at 603-535-2787.

July 17, 2014

Things have changed a lot at Proctor’s Lakehouse Cottages in Weirs Beach … and yet, they have stayed the same.

In a gentle changing of the guard, the vacation spot (where families come back year-after-year to rent family suites or cottages for a week or longer) will now be managed by Patrick and Gladys Clausen. The couple is the son and daughter-in-law of longtime Proctor’s owners Fred and Maureen Clausen.

Last year, Fred and Maureen decided to put the business on the market but it was not a decision they came to without much consideration. The original plan was to sell the lakefront property for potential condominium conversion; thus the listing price was higher.

“If it had not sold by this summer, we had made the decision to hire a manager to run Proctor’s,” said Fred. He explained that the physical work of running a 24/7 seasonal business was very taxing and he and Maureen have done it for many years. Although they had other projects and a chance to “just relax” on the horizon, the couple wanted to make sure their beloved Proctor’s was in good hands before stepping back.

Enter Patrick and Gladys who had spent many wonderful summers at the lakeside business visiting Patrick’s parents and enjoying the area. Patrick approached his parents and told them he was interested in managing the business, instead of having them hire someone outside the family.

While Gladys initially was unsure if she was ready for such a drastic life change (the couple has resided in Massachusetts where Patrick had a full-time career as a sales manager), she came to the conclusion that the move was right for their family. With three young children (Charlie, William, and Monica) who love spending time with grandparents Fred and Maureen at Weirs Beach, Gladys and Patrick knew the time was right to step in and take over the running of Proctor’s Lakehouse Cottages.

“I didn’t want Patrick to look back 15 or 20 years from now and regret not doing this,” Gladys said. “It is his dream to run Proctor’s.” “My job in Massachusetts was great but it was not so good that it stopped me from making the decision to take over the management of Proctor’s,” Patrick commented.

Because Patrick was in college when his parents bought Proctor’s, he watched the busy lifestyle they led and had some idea of the amount of work — and the rewards — of running the seasonal business. But there was a lot he did not know how to do and he is now learning the ropes from his father. Fred is there to help in many aspects as Patrick takes over the day-to-day operation of Proctor’s.

“My plan,” Patrick said with a grin, “is to totally do whatever my Dad says for one year so I can learn everything. Then I will step in with my own ideas.”

For those who love Proctor’s just the way it is, there is no need to worry. Fred and Maureen are still the owners of Proctor’s and their son and daughter-in-law will act as employees and run the business. Guests will get the best of all worlds: continued ownership by the elder Clausens and on-site management by the younger generation of the family. Patrick and Gladys know many of the customers and families who return to Proctor’s each year and they are sensitive to what those guests want, as Fred and Maureen always have been.

According to Fred, the younger couple will bring new ideas and strengths to the business, such as a solid knowledge of social media, marketing, and methods to upgrade computer systems. He jokingly said that the younger generation has a much better grasp of not only social media on the Internet, but also the ever-changing uses of cell phones.

Patrick already enjoys the variety of duties he experiences on any given day at Proctor’s. “I like it that I will do manual labor in the morning, such as planting flowers, and then I may be doing office work right after that in the afternoon. There is never a dull moment!” he said.

With 12 cottages and eight family suites, the new managers will be busy. Patrick and Gladys will be making changes slowly. “We will have a green [environmentally friendly] emphasis,” Gladys said. “We are putting in rain barrels and we will be growing vegetables that we will make available to our guests.”

As their parents did before them, Patrick and Gladys will be splitting their time between their home in Massachusetts and their seasonal job at Proctor’s. When the business winds down at season’s end and everything is closed up tightly for the winter, the couple will return to Massachusetts until next spring. “We love the town we live in; it’s a great community,” Gladys added.

With their children, ages five, three, and one, it makes sense to spend the school year at their Massachusetts home. School will soon be on the horizon and the children will enjoy the best of both worlds: going to school with their friends in the fall, winter, and spring; and spending wonderful summers at Weirs Beach.

Gladys certainly will have a busy schedule, helping with marketing and management of Proctor’s as time permits, but also being a full-time mother of three. “Our first priority is for her to be there for the kids,” Patrick said. Gladys smiled as she added that she also is a flamenco dancer and has performed with her family in the past.

Proctors Lakeside Cottages

Gladys and Patrick Clausen with their children join Maureen and Fred Clausen at the business they will be managing. (Photo: Kathi Caldwell-Hopper)

“We will be here to do whatever is necessary to help them run the business,” said Maureen. “That might be babysitting or checking guests in or making beds; we will help them as much as they want or need.”

Although Patrick and Gladys will be running Proctor’s, they are quick to add that Patrick’s sister and her husband are part of the overall plan as well. While they hold jobs elsewhere, their input is valuable. Both Clausen children were married at Proctor’s and it continues to be a big part of their lives.

This year, guests at Proctor’s will be treated to some upgrades, including flat-screen, digital televisions in all units. The property is kept immaculate thanks to the hard work of all the Clausens and two long-time employees. “We will be looking for one more housekeeping staff member for the season,” added Patrick.

When guests check in this summer, they will see familiar faces because Patrick and Gladys have always been around for visits and Fred and Maureen will also be around a lot. But it is the younger generation that will be running things with the support of Fred and Maureen.

So, while things have changed at Proctor’s, like all successfully run businesses, a lot that is wonderful will remain the same.

July 17, 2014

ICONIC LAKES REGION TOURISM LANDMARKS UNITE TO OFFER RAIL & SAIL PACKAGE Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad & M/S Mount Washington To Offer Special Lake Tour For One Low Price

Owners from the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad and the M/S Mount Washington Cruise Boat announced today they are embarking upon what many would call the ultimate tour of Lake Winnipesaukee – the Rail & Sail package. This new offering includes a 2-hour train ride aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, along with a 2 ½ hour scenic cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington Cruise Boat – all for one low price.

Starting Monday, July 21st thand available every day through Sunday, August 24, those interested in experiencing the 6-hour Rail & Sail tour will be able to purchase this option at the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad’s Meredith Train Station located at 154 Main Street in Meredith, NH. The price is just $39 for adults and $29 for children 5-12 years of age, while ages 4 and younger ride for free. In addition, the package can also be purchased over the telephone by calling the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad’s main office at (603) 745-2135 or through the Railroad’s on-line ticket service at

“We’re pleased to be able to offer such an exciting package to our guests,” stated Benjamin Clark, Vice President of the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. “Both the Railroad and the M/S Mount Washington have been fixtures in the Lakes Region for well over a century. The Rail & Sail combination ticket is like taking a step back in time, and harkens back to a period when tourism was just beginning in New Hampshire.”

Departing Meredith Station at 10:30am, passengers will enjoy a relaxing train ride aboard restored vintage coaches along the western shore of Lake Winnipesaukee through Weirs Beach and continuing on to Lakeport, NH. After a making a brief stop in Lakeport, the train will reverse direction and travel back along the western shore of Paugus Bay to Weirs Beach where they will arrive at approximately 12:00pm.

Passengers enjoying the all-day Lake Winnipesaukee adventure will then depart the train at Weirs Beach, walk down the boarding ramp where they will be greeted by the M/S Mount Washington’s staff and prepare for a 12:30pm departure. With a variety of Ports of Call depending on which day of the week your adventure is to be enjoyed, the M/S Mount Washington will travel to either Diamond Island, Glendale, Wolfeboro or West Alton and pass by Governor’s Island or Rattlesnake Island along the way, returning to Weirs Beach at approximately 3:15pm.

Once returning to Weirs Beach, passengers will disembark the M/S Mount Washington and have an opportunity to enjoy the shops and attractions at Weirs Beach for approximately 40 minutes before boarding the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad at 4:00pm at Weirs Beach for the 30-minute return trip to Meredith.

“The Owners and Crew of the M/S Mount Washington are pleased to welcome this iconic partnership for what is sure to be the best way to experience the history and sights of Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s exciting to think our passengers who travel the Rail & Sail package will have the ability to see where the 1888 Châteaugay was delivered, rebuilt, and launched in 1940 as the M/V Mount Washington, after the original S/S Mount Washington was destroyed by fire in 1939,” remarked Christopher Secord, Director of Sales for the M/S Mount Washington.

The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad is located in the village of Meredith, NH at 154 Main Street. For more information regarding the new Rail & Sail package, advance ticket sales, train schedules or special events taking place at either the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH or the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith & Weirs Beach, NH, visit or call 603-745-2135.

July 15, 2014

Prescott Farm Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an alliance of over 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give one percent of revenues to environmental causes.

Prescott Farm is now eligible to receive donations from 1% for the Planet member companies, placing them among a diverse, global network of environmental organizations. 1% member businesses fuel this non-profit network through their annual contributions, which totaled over $20 million in 2013. Partnership with 1% greatly expands the potential pool of funding to which Prescott Farm can look to for support.

Prescott Farm contributes to a healthier planet by “celebrating the interconnections between our community and the natural systems that sustain us all.” Prescott Farm offers year-round environmental education for all ages including WildQuest vacation camps, school field trips, family and youth programs and Naturalist-in-Residence programs at 3 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, heritage gardens, and a forested pond. Prescott Farm’s 3-mile trail system is open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk.

Over 3,600 nonprofits worldwide are included in the 1% for the Planet network, and over $100 million has been funneled to its nonprofit partners to date. “The intent of 1% for the Planet is to help fund these diverse environmental organizations so that collectively they can be a more powerful force in solving the world’s problems,” says John Tashiro, Interim CEO of 1% for the Planet.

“At Prescott Farm, our vision is to inspire our community to make choices that will result in a healthier future on a personal, local and global scale,” says Executive Director Sarah Dunham-Miliotis. “We are constantly working to make Prescott Farm a place that people want to visit, spend time and fall in love with the natural world. As many others have said, ‘you won’t be inspired to save something unless you love it first.’”

July 15, 2014

Best of NH Award Recognizes Nature by Rail Series Partnership Hobo Railroad, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and Bank of NH Partnership Recognized

The Hobo Railroad announced today that the 3-way partnership created in 2013 to develop and implement the Hobo Railroad’s popular “Nature by Rail” series has been recognized by NH Magazine in their annual “2014 Best of NH” awards as an Editor’s Pick for “Best Business Partnership in a Recreational Category”.

Nature by Rail excursions were introduced in 2013 by the staff at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH. Naturalist Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH worked to develop a program unique to the ecology of the Pemigewasset River Valley. The idea came from a desire to enhance the guest’s overall experience aboard the regularly scheduled train rides that travel through the naturally wooded area along the banks of the Pemigewasset River between Lincoln and Woodstock, NH. The hour and twenty minute onboard experience affords guests the opportunity to better understand the environment that surrounds the train while enjoying their ride.

“We felt the Hobo Railroad could provide the “rolling classrooms” for the Naturalist Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to share fun facts and information regarding the wildlife and plant life along the route we travel,” stated Paul Giblin, Director of Marketing & Business Development for the Hobo & Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. “Once the Hobo Railroad and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center partnership was solidified and development of the program began, we shared the Nature by Rail concept with Anthony Ilacqua, the Lincoln Banking Office Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. Our thought was to ask Tony if he felt Bank of NH would consider underwriting the Nature by Rail series – thus allowing the guests riding the train the ability to enjoy the Nature by Rail program at no additional cost other than the purchase of the basic ticket. After Bank of NH officials reviewed the concepts of the program, they agreed to underwrite Nature by Rail and the 3-way partnership was established.”

As a result of the 3-way partnership becoming finalized, the Nature by Rail series moved from a concept in February to reality in just a few months with Nature by Rail programs taking place in June, July and August of 2013. Having enjoyed a successful first year of programming, and thanks to additional support from Bank of New Hampshire, the Nature by Rail series continues to move forward in 2014 and has been expanded to five event dates which include July 19th and 26th as well as August 2nd, 9th and 23rd.

“Bank of New Hampshire was honored to be asked to take part in the regional partnership to make Nature by Rail a possibility,” stated Tony Ilacqua, Lincoln Banking Office Manager for Bank of New Hampshire. “It’s a Win, Win for all. It is creative partnerships like this that will help drive our local economy.”

In addition, Naturalist Instructors from Squam Lakes Natural Science Center hosts a popular 20-minute live animal presentation at the Hobo Railroad’s Choo Choo Theater. These presentations typically focus on one of the following animals: Peregrine Falcons, Skunks, Beaver or Owls. Taking place between Nature by Rail departures at 12:30pm and again at 2:30pm on the scheduled programming dates, the live animal presentations provide a perfect opportunity for those interested to learn more about the wildlife common to this part of New Hampshire in an up-close-and-personal format.

“It’s a great way to educate the public about the amazing wildlife and nature that New Hampshire has to offer,” said Dave Erler, Senior Naturalist at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. “Visitors enjoy a train ride while learning something about the surrounding environment right outside their window.”


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