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.

https://www.bikereg.com/23389

July 21, 2014

NEW HAMPSHIRE MUSIC FESTIVAL INTRODUCES NEW VIBRATIONS PROGRAM

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 www.nhmf.org 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 www.HoboRR.com.

“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 www.HoboRR.com 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.”

July 15, 2014

Little Church Theater Presents: Picasso at the Lapin Agile and more!

“A non-stop kick teeming with one liners.” The Duluth Times

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile is a very funny show. Every character is interesting and has something to say.” Indiana Public Media

“Tastefully naughty, and riotously funny.” The Baltimore Sun

Written by Steve Martin, the “wild and crazy guy” of Saturday Night Live.
Directed by PSU Theater Adjunct Faculty Member, Sharon Rae Paquette.

July 31, August 1 and 2, 8:00 pm at The Little Church Theatre
Set on October 8, 1904, when both men are on the verge of an amazing idea (Einstein will publish his special theory of relativity in 1905 and Picasso will paint Les Demoiselles d’Avignon in 1907). They have a lengthy debate about the value of genius and talent as well as art and science while interacting with a host of other multifaceted characters.

Go to the website for more info:  http://www.littlechurchtheater.com/

Tickets:
$25 first four rows
$20 general admission
Call 603-968-2250 with questions or to buy tickets.

Other BIG Performances
A stage reading of “The Salon”
by Jessica Hoffmann Davis
July 24 7:30 PM
It is the 5th Annual Battle of the Green Designers. This year’s theme is travel. Enter as a designer or just come see the show! Cash prizes for 11-17 and 17+ age categories. For entry forms call 968-2250.

August 14 7:30 PM
Join Mario, hairdresser extraordinaire, and his salon favorites for an evening of laughter and tears.

August 21, 22, 23 8:00 PM
Directed by Monique Devine and Thom Coupe
It is the story of love and life in a fishbowl with a girl who has the memory of a goldfish.

August 30 8:00 pm
Directed by Christine Chiasson
Be entertained by local musicians and enjoy an evening of music and merriment.

July 15, 2014

The Mount Washington Cog Railway Offers Summer Summit Photo Tour

The Mount Washington Cog Railway’s busy 145th season of bringing visitors to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak is under way. This Monday, July 21, The Cog is offering the last in a series of popular Summer Summit Photo Tours.

At the helm will be professional photographer George Mitchell, who will focus on the majestic Presidential range from the top of Mount Washington. The tour consists of a round trip train ride to the summit and back down, with two hours to spend at the top with a short guided hike to Great Gulf. There will be plenty of vantage points for shooting the passing trains, panoramic views and unique characteristics and weather of the Presidential range.
Participants will also get the opportunity to visit the Mount Washington Observatory’s new interactive weather exhibit, Extreme Mount Washington, located in the Sherman Adams Summit Building, as well as enjoy the other summit activities.

Limited space is available. Summit Photo Tours are $119 per person. Please book in advance by calling 800.922.8825 or 603.278.5404. The July 21st photo tour will be open for booking through July 17. Additional details and times for all events can be found online at thecog.com. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, Marshfield Station, NH, 6 miles from Rt. 302 and historic Bretton Woods, NH.

July 15, 2014

LakeFest on-land festival expands to include arts, Watershed Warriors, live music, vendors + more… Raft-a-Palooza pre-registration tops 2013 turnout with 20 days to go

On Sunday, August 3rd, NH LAKES’ LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, presented by Binnie Media, will take over Lake Winnipesaukee’s Endicott Rock Park in Laconia in the hunt for Guinness gold. Raft-a-Palooza is an attempt to capture the Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks; pre-registration numbers have already surpassed 2013 attendance. Organizers have their sights set on more than 2,100 boats; the current Guinness World Record is 2,099 boats set by Sutton’s Bay Floatilla in Michigan. Through July 31st, Raft-a-Palooza “Last Chance to Save” registration is just $15 per boat; online registration for individuals and teams is simple and fast at www.nhlakefest.org. All boaters registered by July 31st will be automatically entered to win a kayak from LL Bean in West Lebanon, NH, and an overnight getaway from The Common Man.

Raft-a-Palooza attracts paddlers of all ages and levels of experience. Reasonably priced boat rentals are available during online registration: single kayak ($30), canoe ($40), tandem (2-person) kayak ($45). Reserved rental boats will be available for on-the-beach pick up.

Those wishing to beat the crowds and extend the fun can take advantage of early bird check-in and boat drop on Saturday, August 2nd. Raft-a-Palooza attendees can get a special discount on the M/S Mount Washington’s 12:30 pm party cruise on 8/2, presented by Harpoon Brewery and Binnie Media; 2 for $40 pricing is available by visiting www.nhlakefest.org.

Sunday, August 3rd promises to be an exciting day on Lake Winnipesaukee. An expanded free, family-friendly festival will spread across Endicott Rock Park at Weirs Beach, featuring the kid-friendly Watershed Warriors education circuit, nonprofit exhibitors, special 2014 LakeFest patches for the first 100 kids who visit the NH LAKES booth after raft up, and live music. Andy Opel, author of Winnipesauke- based children’s books The Weirs and The Witches will meet with readers, as will Ronald Guilmette, coauthor of Islands of Winnipesaukee. A new Arts Market will join the mix, curated by Granite State Arts Market, and the New Hampshire Boat Museum will be onsite with a display. Attendees can purchase modern day canoes and kayaks in the vendor area. Food vendors will include Traveling Texas Smoke Shop, Del’s Kitchen, and Dog Days of Summer Ice Cream.

In addition to offering a fun-filled day of paddling and on-shore entertainment, LakeFest also educates the boating public about the vital Clean, Drain & Dry! technique to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Funds raised through LakeFest 2014 directly support NH LAKES’ work to protect local lakes and their watersheds through education and advocacy. Since 2002, hundreds of paid and volunteer NH LAKES Lake Hosts have conducted more than 576,000 courtesy boat inspections and have made more than 1,409 “saves” of aquatic invasive plant fragments that were about to enter or had just left a waterbody.

Take advantage of the $15 per boat Last Chance to Save registration rate through July 31st, and learn more about NH LAKES’ LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, presented by Binnie Media, by visiting www.nhlakefest.org or calling 603-226-0299.

July 15, 2014

Squam Lake Eagle Pair Raising Three Eaglets Squam Lake Cruises Visit Nest Daily

A pair of Bald Eagles nesting on an island in Squam Lake is raising three eaglets this year. The nest, located on Long Island in the middle of the lake, is viewable on special lake tours conducted by Squam Lakes Natural Science Center. Bald Eagles have nested on the lake since 2003 and have been very successful in the number of chicks reared. This is the third set of triplets raised in this nest in the last four years, making it one of the most productive nests in the state.

Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of the Science Center and a raptor expert has been monitoring the success of this pair and other Lakes Region eagles for several years. Last year the pair failed in their nesting attempt during a day-long ice storm in April, so MacLeod is delighted to see them bounce back this year.

“The pair chose a new, more sheltered nest site than the one they have used in previous years, perhaps because of the ice-storm trauma in 2013, said MacLeod. “The pair was incubating eggs in their new nest by April 1 (which is a couple weeks later than normal) and hatched their first chick by the first week of May,” he added. The chicks are now within a couple week of taking their first flights and the nest is getting crowded reports MacLeod. “As far as we know this is the only Bald Eagle nest in the state with triplets,” added MacLeod.

The Science Center runs Explore Squam cruises every day at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. through the middle of October as well as additional Nature of the Lakes cruises on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. through the end of August. The 3:00 p.m. cruise on Mondays and Fridays are special Loon Cruises in partnership with the Loon Preservation Committee. The Bald Eagle nest is a stop for all Squam Lake Cruises.

July 15, 2014

Lake Wentworth Sailing Regatta Open to All

For all those sailors who love to sail competitively, the New Hampshire Boat Museum, the Lake Wentworth Association, and the Parks and Recreation Department of the Town of Wolfeboro are teaming up to offer the Lake Wentworth Sailing Regatta on Saturday, August 2.

The event will be held at Albee Beach in Wolfeboro. Registration will begin at noon on race day with the first class of boats sailing at 2 p.m. Races will be held throughout the afternoon. Following the Regatta, awards will be given out for each class of boat and there will be a pot luck celebration with snacks and drinks.

There are four classes of boats racing: Sunfish, Optis, Mono Hulls and Catamarans. The event is open to sailors of all ages. To encourage young participants who have completed the Racing Instructional Class offered by the Parks and Recreation Department, young people may reserve one of the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s Optis or Sunfish through the Town’s Instructor. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All participants are encouraged to bring a snack or beverage to share with the group following the Regatta. For further information about the Regatta call the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s Sailing Chair, Joe DeChairo, at 630-3724. People interested in volunteering for the event are encouraged to call the NH Boat Museum at 569-4554.

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open to the public for the 2014 season and will remain open daily through Monday, October 13, 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12noon-4pm. The Museum is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire’s boating and fresh water heritage. It is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort dance hall/theater building. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, www.nhbm.org or via Facebook.

July 15, 2014

Refer-a-Friend and Save on WildQuest Summer Camp at Prescott Farm!

Prescott Farm is excited to announce that we are rolling out a Refer-a-Friend deal for new or additional camp registrations from now through the end of the summer. Introduce your friends and their kids to Prescott Farm and encourage them to sign up for camp!

Our WildQuest summer camp season is in full swing! We have been having a great time so far – cooking and gardening projects, animal visits, hikes, pond exploration, craft projects, Woods Time, games, and more. There is still much more fun to have and we still have spaces left in all of our upcoming weeks of camp for the Questers (ages 6-12), Explorers (ages 5-7 – week of 8/11 only) and Teen Trekkers (ages 13-15 – week of 7/28 only). You can visit the summer camp page on our website for more details about each week’s theme. Sorry, all Pre-K Pioneer (ages 4-5) weeks are full!

If you and a friend sign up at this time, you will both receive a 20% discount on your week of camp (this is equivalent to one free day of camp each)! If you are a Member of Prescott Farm, this means the price of a week for Questers would be just $140 ($180 for non-Members)

Need reasons to take advantage of this great deal? Here are just a few! Getting kids outside for camp is much healthier than sitting around all summer. At camp we are always exploring, finding and learning new things. Our counselors are highly skilled, caring educators that love what they do!

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. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9:00 – 4:00PM. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the “green” building!

If you would like to learn more about our WildQuest Summer Camp and this promotion please visit our website at www.prescottfarm.org. Please do note that this discount only applies to new and additional registrations only. If you would like to take advantage of this deal, please call us at 603-366-5695 to register – our online registration system is not able to give you the discount. We look forward to another fantastic summer camp season with YOU!

July 9, 2014

The Pride of the Belknap Mill – Book Release Event

The Belknap Mill is proud to host the book release event for A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia’s Industrial Heritage written by Lakes Region historian, Carol Lee Anderson, on Friday, July 11 beginning at 6:00pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The Belknap Mill played a significant role in the hosiery industry with Laconia’s Industrial Revolution during the nineteenth century. J.P. Morin purchased the Belknap Mill in 1913 and his family operated the business for three generations. With a personal investment, made by J.P. Morin, of $100,000.00 in a hydro-electric power plant, the Belknap Mill began to produce its own electricity. With plenty of power, the Mill was in good position to increase production and established a contract from the military to supply its soldiers with socks during the World Wars, as well to produce hosiery for the general population of Laconia and beyond.2416-BELKNAP front med

By 1969, the Belknap Mill had ended its operations as a hosiery mill. Under the Laconia Urban Renewal Plan many structures in downtown Laconia were razed. In the 1970s a non-profit organization was founded that came to the rescue of the Belknap Mill. The Save the Mills Society (today’s Belknap Mill Society) bought the mill and mounted a capital campaign. It defined its mission as to preserve and maintain the building and its history, promote the arts and humanities, and provide community services. Today the Belknap Mill is the only remaining example in the United States from the first stage of the Industrial Revolution. The fact that the building was left unaltered gives it a special and highly-significant historic value.

Visitors are welcome to arrive as early as 5:00pm on July 11 to tour the facility; browse the museum and art gallery spaces and learn more about what is currently happening at the Mill. Morin’s great-grandson, J. Paul Morin, wrote the foreword of the book and will be at the book release to begin the evening’s event. During the Meet the Author session, there will be a presentation, a question and answer period followed by the book signing by the author.

A History of the Belknap Mill: The Pride of Laconia’s Industrial Heritage can be purchased at the Belknap Mill on 25 Beacon Street East in Laconia or online at www.belknapmill.org. Pre-orders and reservations are encouraged.

Anderson is also the author of The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip and the award-winning, The History of Gunstock: Skiing in the Belknap Mountains published by The History Press in 2011. For more information, visit CarolLeeAnderson.com.

The Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the country. It has a permanent exhibit that interprets the history of the textile industry in Laconia, and has changing monthly exhibits focusing on the arts and history, as well as educational programs for all ages. For further information on the mill and its events, email programs@belknapmill.org, visit www.belknapmill.org, or call 603-524-8813.

July 9, 2014

Turning 50: Four State Parks Still Fabulous After All These Years

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson was president, Ford unveiled the Mustang, the price of gas was 30 cents per gallon and some band called the Beatles made its first visit to the US. Here in New Hampshire, four properties became state parks, to be preserved and enjoyed forever. Turning 50 this year are Clough State Park in Weare; Greenfield State Park in Greenfield; Wallis Sands State Beach in Rye and Mount Washington State Park in Sargents Purchase.

“These parks represent New Hampshire from sea level at Wallis Sands to the highest peak in the Northeast on Mount Washington,” said Phil Bryce, director of the state’s Division of Parks and Recreation. “A half century ago, state leadership had the foresight and commitment to make sure these special places would be preserved for future generations.”

Clough State Park is located on the shore of Everett Lake, formed by a dam on the Piscataquog River, and features a 900-foot sandy beach, playing fields and large picnic areas. Greenfield State Park offers walking paths through the forest and along bogs and ponds around undeveloped Otter Lake. Adjacent to the park is the state campground with 154 sites.

Wallis Sands State Park was once a station of the US Lifesaving Service and later for the US Coast Guard. Today, the sandy beach is a popular summer destination for swimming and picnicking. On the summit of Mount Washington, the state park is a lively location, where visitors ascend via the Mount Washington Cog Railway or the Auto Road, mingling with hikers and even scientists from the Mount Washington Observatory.

“These parks are not only preserving some of our state’s most valuable and treasured resources, they offer a fun and affordable way to get away from everyday life and enjoy the outdoors and natural world,” Bryce said. “These are getaways without going far away.”

With 92 state properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides and natural areas, and 20 state park campgrounds scattered throughout the state, NH State Parks are a great place to begin exploring. Seasonal options are great for those frequent park visitors. Family and individual season passes and coupon books are available for daily entrance into day-use parks for the season. New Hampshire residents can pay an additional $85 when registering a vehicle and get a State Park Plate. The plate allows the vehicle and its passengers to receive free admission for the car and passengers into New Hampshire State Parks’ day-use areas. Information on all the options is available on the division’s website, www.nhstateparks.org.

July 9, 2014

The New England Vintage Boat Auction – Boats, Engines, and More!

For years, the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s New England Vintage Boat Auction has been known as one of the best auctions for acquiring or selling boats of all kinds, but especially vintage wooden boats. This year’s auction will be no exception for the breadth and quality of items up for sale. Held on Saturday, July 12, this auction is a great place for people who wish to sell or buy vintage boats, as well as nautical and camp-related antiques for the home.

The auction begins at 10 a.m. under a large tent on the Museum property at 399 Center Street (Route 28/109 North) in Wolfeboro, NH. Among the items up for auction are a wide variety of boats, including wooden, vintage, classic, fiberglass, canoes, sailboats, and kayaks. Among the boats up for sale this year are vintage Chris Crafts, GarWoods, Centurys, and Lymans in conditions ranging from excellent to good. In addition, there will be plenty of used fiberglass boats, canoes, sailboats and auction boats and peoplekayaks.

Among the highlights of this year’s auction are a stupendous fully-restored 21′ Chris Craft Capri from 1955. This amazing boat is a rare beauty that anyone would be proud to own. Among the more unusual boats in the auction will be a 14′ Hooten Racer from 1927 also in excellent condition. You can preview all auction items by going to the Museum’s website, www.nhbm.org.

In addition to boats, consignments and donations on the auction block include a wide variety of rustic camp furnishings and nautical items perfect for decorating your home or camp. Other small items sold are antique outboard motors, lamps, duck decoys, mirmaids, lake prints and watercolors, rustic camp furnishings and lake memorabilia. There will be something for everyone to purchase.

The auction is the Museum’s largest fundraiser of the year. All auctions items are either consigned to the Museum for sale, or donated to the Museum for the express purpose of being auctioned. Proceeds from the auction go to help with the general operating support for the Museum.

Auctioneer Peter Coccoluto (NH License No. 3080) will conduct the auction again this year. Peter has worked for a variety of New England auction houses over the past 19 years. After completing his formal training at the Yankee School of Auctioneering in 1997, he began organizing auctions of his own. For the past 7 years, he has served as assistant auctioneer to Ron Bourgeault of Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, NH and is the principal auctioneer at Landry Auctions, Essex, MA. Peter is known for his clear, congenial auctioning style as well as his consistent tendency to blaze through more than 100 lots in an hour. Auction regulars appreciate his meticulous approach and his ability to retain bidder numbers and information.

There are a number of ways to physically preview the auction items. Boats and items may be previewed the day before the auction on Friday, July 12, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or the morning of the auction from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Those attending the auction to bid are encouraged to pre-register to alleviate lines at check in. To pre-register you can either go to http://www.nhbm.org and look for the pre-registration link, or you may call the Museum at 569-4554. If you are unable to pre-register, we encourage bidders to come early to assist the staff with processing in a timely manner.

All proceeds benefit the New Hampshire Boat Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization, and its programs and services. For further information, call the Museum at 603-569-4554 or visit the website at www.nhbm.org.

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open for the 2014 season through Monday, October 13, 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12noon-4pm. The Museum which is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire’s boating heritage is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort dance hall/theater building. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, www.nhbm.org or via Facebook.

July 9, 2014

New Hampshire Music Festival officially kicks off their season

New Hampshire Music Festival is officially kicking off their season on Thursday night with a free community celebration and cookout before their concert at 8 pm.

All are invited to the lawn in front of Mary Lyon Hall to enjoy food, drinks, games, take a photo in the photo booth and help celebrate.

THURSDAY, JULY 10
Community Celebration on the PSU Green, 4:30-7 PM All Welcome!
Join us before the concert as we celebrate our 62nd season with a free community cookout! Our summer BBQ is open to all and will take place on the Plymouth State lawn in front of Mary Lyon Hall. Enjoy food, drinks, games, and more! We’ll have a photo booth (sponsored by Plymouth General Dentistry), music by Audrey Drake, BBQ fare, and an ice cream sundae station provided by Bank of New Hampshire. Come relax, listen to music by local musicians and meet new friends. This is a family-friendly event!

Opening Night Concert at 8 PM
Festival Orchestra; Donato Cabrera, conductor
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in E major,
Op. 21
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 | Listen
FRANCES RENZI, PIANO
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60 | Listen
On Beethoven’s 4th Symphony: “As Robert Simpson has put it, if the Eroica is a purebred stallion, then the Fourth is a member of the cat family — fast, fleet, powerful, even dangerous.”

Purchase single tickets by calling the Silver Center Box Office:
603.535.2787 or 800.779.3869 from 11 AM-4 PM, Mon-Fri

July 9, 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 9, 2014

Summer Shines at Capitol Center for the Arts!

Here’s some of the summer line up at Capitol Center for the Arts.

Hairspray
RB Productions
A girl achieves her dream of performing on a TV dance show in 1960s Baltimore — and works to integrate the show in the process — in this youth musical version of the John Waters film.
Fri, July 11 & Sat, July 12

Beauty and the Beast
“She’s different from the rest of us, that Belle.” A magical rose, a beautiful girl, and a “hideous” beast are just three of several charming characters in one of the most enchanting fairy tales ever written.
Tue, July 15

Cinderella, Jr.
RB Productions
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance
Fri, July 18 & Sat, July 19

For more information go to http://www.ccanh.com

July 9, 2014

BEST OF NH AWARD RECOGNIZES NATURE BY RAIL SERIES PARTNERSHIP

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.”

The Hobo Railroad is conveniently located at 64 Railroad Street in the village of Lincoln, NH, just off Exit 32 on I-93 – directly across from McDonalds. For more information regarding the Nature by Rail series, the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln, NH, the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad in Meredith & Weirs Beach, NH or the 2014 calendar of special events, visit http://www.HoboRR.com or call 603-745-2135.

July 9, 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST OPENS JULY 9!

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST OPENS THIS WEDNESDAY!

Get Ready for a Wilde Production!
Almost 120 years after its hilarious premiere, The Importance of Being Earnest is still being performed around the world! With our production this summer, Lakes Region visitors and residents won’t have to travel across the pond to experience the epitome of British humor. What makes a show so important that it gets preformed for over a century? This show’s classic wit, intelligent word play, and farcical story always pleases audiences.

This comedy of London flats, country escapes, secret engagements, baffled suitors, and cucumber sandwiches revolves around the romantic escapades of Londoner Algernon Moncrieff and his friend Jack Worthing. Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. But Gwendolen and Cecily are both in love with Ernest, who, in fact, does not exist! This tangled web of mistaken identity continues to be one of the most loved and enduringly popular plays, not just of the last 120 years, but of all time.

Directed by the Artistic Director, and native Brit, Neil Pankhurst, this production has been directed to highlight the humor of the script. Pankhurst is directing a talented cast of actors including newcomers John C. Nagy III and Rebecca Tucker, returning company members Nicholas Wilder, A.J. Ditty, Nicole Soriano, Bryn Austin, and Donna Schilke, and long-time company veterans, Adam Kee and John Piquado.

Don’t forget! We strive to provide a full evening of food and entertainment. Drinks, light meals, and snacks are available before each performance. Patrons can enjoy their food and drink outdoors, either in the sun or under shade, while being entertained by free “Busker Alley” pre-show performances of live music or comedy on the outdoor stage. Buskers will be performing on selected nights, so be sure to check the website ahead of time to catch these acts.

The Importance of Being Earnest is recommended for ages 11 and above. Performances are July 9th-19th and are Mondays through Saturdays at 7:30pm, with additional matinees Thursday July 10th and Monday July 14th at 2pm. Matinees are filling quickly, it is recommended to get tickets for those performances soon. Tickets for the Orchestra are $29, with Balcony seats for $10. There are also Student Rush available one hour prior to show time, for $20 in the Orchestra, cash only.

Tickets can be ordered by calling (603)-279-0333 or by using a credit card at www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org.

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