October 16, 2015

History in the Making Regional NASCAR greats, SMI officials help break ground on North East Motor Sports Museum at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Celebrating the rich history of racing in the region, an impressive collection of New England racing legends, fans, donors and New Hampshire Motor Speedway leaders broke ground on the North East Motor Sports Museum on Friday to protect and preserve the stories and artifacts of the region’s racing and riding past.

Following a multi-year fundraising project, construction on the museum will begin this fall, with a planned opening scheduled for September of 2016. In celebration, for the first time ever, all four New England based drivers who have won at NASCAR’s top level, were together at the same time, as Pete Hamilton, Ron Bouchard, Ricky Craven and Joey Logano all stood in front of a huge crowd of more than 250 people.

NHMS groundbreaking fall 2015“This vision began more than 15 years ago – to put the deep, rich history of motorsports of all kinds into a museum in New England,” said Dick Berggren, president of the North East Motor Sports Museum. “We wouldn’t be here without the help of Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith. His willingness to sign a 90-year lease for one dollar a year is the reason we are all here today.”

Berggren, Bouchard, Craven, Logano, Andy Cusack, Bentley Warren, Ken Smith, Skip Matczak, Dave Frahm, Frank Manafort, Bill Manafort, and Paula Bouchard (in memory of her father, Ed Flemke) assisted in the groundbreaking, which took place on speedway property near the south entrance.

Marcus Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., Bruton Smith, Executive Chairman of SMI, and New Hampshire Motor Speedway VP/GM Jerry Gappens were also in attendance.

“The large crowd assembled here today shows how supportive fans are to the sport of racing in this region,” said Marcus Smith. “Racing is about family, friends and having a good time with stories to share. This museum will ensure that those stories are told for years to come for not only fans today, but the future fans of tomorrow.”
New Hampshire political dignitaries present included Chuck Morse, Senate President for the State of New Hampshire and Bob Krieger, selectman for the town of Loudon.

“So much credit has to be given to Dick Berggren and his perseverance to stand strong through a tough economy and see this all the way through,” said Gappens. “This could have been built anywhere, but the fact that it’s being built here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway means the world to us. We look forward to supporting this as best we can moving forward.”

The museum will be built in two phases with the first being 10,000 square feet with an additional 10,000 square feet being added at a later date. The building will be used to house the history of motorsports from the Northeast area with multiple displays of racing vehicles and racing related artifacts. Construction will begin as soon as practical following the groundbreaking.

October 16, 2015

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Ghost Encounters October 24

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Ghost Encounters October 24: Experience the other-worldly feel of a 200 year old historic site with ghost accounts, trick-or-treating and a costume parade

CANTERBURY, NH: Canterbury Shaker Village will host Ghost Encounters on Saturday, October 24 from 3:00-8:00pm. Experience the other-worldly feel of this 200-year-old historic site on an October evening. Ghost Encounters is a special night with something for everyone. Participants can stroll the Village for trick-or-treating, hear true ghostly encounters at the Village—several in the actual spaces where these events took place—and enjoy Halloween-themed activities at this event for the whole faWitch in doorway (850x1280)mily. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume. A “Best Costume” contest will be held following a costume parade at 3:15pm. Casual light fare will be available in the Creamery for an additional charge. The Museum Store will be open during Ghost Encounters.

Tickets for Ghost Encounters are $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17 and free for children under five. Village members are half price. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.shakers.org.

“Surprising to some, the Shakers often welcomed outsiders to the Village at Halloween. And they themselves loved to dress up in character,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director. “It is in this spirit that we have designed this very special seasonal event.”

Canterbury Shaker Village is open daily for tours through October 24.Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include Christmas at Canterbury on December 5 and 12. To view the complete 2015 calendar of events and workshops visit http://www.shakers.org.

About Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village is dedicated to preserving the 200-year Shaker legacy of innovative design, entrepreneurship and simple living by providing a place for learning, reflection, and renewal of the human spirit. Visitors are encouraged to rethink tradition by learning about the life, ideals, values, and history of the Canterbury Shakers. The National Historic Landmark includes 25 restored original and four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. The Village cafe offers simple lunch fare and the Museum Store features unique gifts and wares handmade by regional artists. Canterbury Shaker Village, located at 288 Shaker Road in Canterbury, New Hampshire, is open daily in 2015 from May 16-October 24 and weekends in November. For more information, visit www.shakers.org.

October 16, 2015

Don’t rush the seasons, come enjoy them to the fullest with Prescott Farm’s Celebrating the Seasons Series.

Prescott Farm officially began their Celebrating the Seasons Series this month with their “Adaptation” program for adults, families and homeschoolers. Celebrate the changing seasons each month while exploring Prescott Farm’s beautiful 160 acre property.

The natural world is constantly changing. If you take the time to look, each month brings new and exciting phenomena to learn from and delight in. Using author Mary Holland’s book Naturally Curious as a month-by-month guide to the wonders unfolding in the fields, forests and wetlands of New England, each month participants will go on a leisurely hike with one of Prescott Farm’s naturalists, with the goal of cultivating their observation skills and deepening each person’s relationship with the natural world. Program titles and descriptions are used with permission from Mary Holland. Monthly programs upcoming include “Quiescence” (November) and “Signage” (December). This series will be continued monthly in 2016 (keep an eye out for other programs coming in January).

Our “Quiescence” program will take place on November 7, from 10:00-11:30am for adults and from 1:00-2:30pm for families (children and adults welcome). This program will be offered to homeschoolers ages 8-12, on November 14 from 1:00-2:30pm. New England temperatures can fluctuate greatly in November. Within a given state, climatic conditions can be wildly erratic. First snows may fall in northern New England, yet balmy days are not unheard of. Throughout the Northeast most deciduous trees have lost their leaves and many animals have disappeared from sight. Reptiles and amphibians that didn’t enter hibernation last month do so in November. Insect sightings become more and more scarce. The last of the migrant birds are leaving. Mammals that don’t remain active through the winter have entered hibernation or dormancy. The natural world is bracing for winter. We will explore and discuss this more on November 7 and 14!

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, long-term partnerships with local elementary schools and NOW Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool. 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!

The cost for this this series is $10/$8 Members of Prescott Farm, per session (pricing is different for homeschoolers). For more information on our Celebrating the Seasons Series please visit our website, http://www.prescottfarm.org. Reservations are required for these programs and can be made by calling us at 603-366-5695. We look forward to celebrating the seasons with YOU!

October 16, 2015

Haunting Ghost Stories kick off 28th season of Corner House Storytelling Dinners on Oct. 29!

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us! –traditional Scottish prayer

The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich kicks off its 28th consecutive season of Storytelling Dinners with a GHOST STORY GALA on Thursday, Oct. 29th. Six different storytellers will be on hand to tell their favorite spine-tingling stories!

Appearing will be: White Mtn. storytellers Ed Fayle, Joan Veilleux, Marion Posner and Kate Vachon, central NH storyteller Lauretta Phillips, and seacoast area storytellers Mark Chamberlain and Shelley Hersey.

Ed Fayle (whose interest in the spirit world has created a special connection with “Clarence” – the Corner House resident ghost) has been recognized as a favorite storyteller in Mount Washington Valley for over a decade.

Joan Veilleux, a naturalist and sometime mountain guide from Brownfield ME, will be sharing tales about the New England wilderness and the sometimes scary creatures found within.

Marion Posner’s characters are often drawn from English, Irish, and Scottish lore, which reflect her own upbringing in the British Isles. A frequent participant at the Corner House’s storytelling dinners and the inn’s annual Robert Burns Night in January, Marion both narrates and plays the various characters that appear in her stories – often using local dialects. Marion will be joined in her tellings by Kate Vachon, whose sound effect talents embrace a most tuneful playing of the Turkey Baster…….

Lauretta Philips is the creator & host of “The Talking Stick”, a storytelling radio program at Colby-Sawyer College. A professional storyteller for the past two decades, her repertoire includes folk tales, legends, and some of her own very tall tales.

A native of the state of New Hampshire, Mark Chamberlain currently resides with his wife and thousands of honeybees who both, at times, become characters in his personal adventure stories. Besides his original stories, he loves to tell his own versions of traditional folktales and has been honing ghost stories this Fall in preparation of the Halloween season.

Shelley Hersey has been telling tales for over thirty years and is a member of LANES – the League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers. She is one of the core founders of The Seacoast Storytellers Guild. Scary stories are among her favorites to tell.

Each Corner House storytelling season begins the Thursday before Halloween, and continues on Thursday evenings through the end of May. Storytelling Dinners begin at 6:30 pm. The cost is $21.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes salad, entrée, glass of wine, dessert, and coffee. For reservations and more information regarding the program contact Don Brown at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich, NH. The phone number is 284-6219 and the email address is info@cornerhouseinn.com.

October 16, 2015

READY, SET, RETIRE WORKSHOPS Three-part series will provide tips on how to achieve a successful retirement

Three-part series will provide tips on how to achieve a successful retirement

Independence Financial Advisors, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Franklin Savings Bank, offering investment, insurance and financial planning services, is hosting Ready, Set, Retire – a three part workshop containing valuable tips on how to achieve a successful retirement. Presented in partnership with Plymouth State University’s community education and enrichment program, participants will learn about the important legal documents needed to create a successful estate plan, how to use effective retirement income-planning strategies, how to maximize social security benefits, as well as how to select the correct health insurance and Medicare options upon retirement.

Ready, Set, Retire will be held on October 27th, November 3rd and November 10th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at Plymouth State University’s Concord campus located at 2 Pillsbury Street in Concord. In addition, another session will be held at Plymouth State University’s main campus located at 17 High Street in Plymouth on October 29, November 5th and November 12th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The cost to attend all three workshops is $12 per person and $20 for couples.

To register, please visit ifa-nh.com or http://www.plymouth.edu or contact Ginny Drzewiecki at 1.800.821.1776.

Independence Financial Advisors has been serving the financial management needs of northern New England residents, businesses, and non-profit institutions since 1995. IFA’s team of financial professionals possess over 70 years of combined experience with helping individuals reach their financial goals. IFA has offices in Franklin, Gilford, Boscawen, Bristol, Rochester, Bedford and Nashua. To learn more, contact 1.800.821.1776 or visit ifa-nh.com.

Established in 1869, Franklin Savings Bank is an independent, mutually-owned community bank, offering a full array of commercial lending, retail banking and investment services throughout the Central Lakes Region and southern New Hampshire. Headquartered in Franklin, the Bank has offices in Bristol, Boscawen, Tilton, Laconia and Gilford, as well as an office in Bedford for business lending.

Services, securities and insurance offered through Independence Financial Advisors, LLC are not FDIC insured, are not deposits or obligations of, nor guaranteed by Franklin Savings Bank or its affiliate. These products are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of value and are not insured by any federal government agency.

October 16, 2015

Bank of New Hampshire Launches 6th Annual Feeding NH Food Drive

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In 2014, Bank of New Hampshire’s 21 Banking Offices collected nearly 3,000 non-perishable food items and over $500 in monetary donations. These donations were delivered to nineteen local food pantries throughout New Hampshire.

The holiday season is growing near and local food pantry shelves are in need. Help feed your community to ensure that every family gets to enjoy the season of giving. All Bank of New Hampshire offices will be accepting non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations from October 16th through November 13th and all donations will benefit local food pantries throughout the state.

“Being an outstanding corporate citizen is very important to Bank of New Hampshire,” stated Vickie Routhier, SVP – Chief Retail Banking & Marketing Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “Repeating our annual food drive will help support food pantries across New Hampshire. Between our employee’s contributions and the community’s support, we hope to make a difference.”

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders. For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit http://www.BankNH.com.


September 15, 2015

Prescott Farm Announces New Executive Director

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jude Hamel as Executive Director.

Hamel was born and raised in Vermont where she grew up hiking the Long Trail, fishing, camping and cross country skiing with her family, and has been a resident of the Lakes Region for the last 15 years.  She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1996 and earned an M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University in 2000.  She has had 17 years of experience working in the non-profit sector, 15 of which were in the Jude Headshotfield of community economic development.  She has also served on the boards of directors of the NH Women’s Business Center and the Franklin Business and Industrial Development Corp.  She enjoys beekeeping (and is currently the Secretary of the Capital Area Beekeepers Association) as well as organic gardening, cooking, hiking and camping with her husband Jim, daughter Eden, son Forest, and dog Mowgli.

“The beauty and natural resources which are so abundant in the Lakes Region are a big reason why I’ve made this area my home for the past fifteen years,” said Hamel, “Prescott Farm’s commitment to connecting community members at all income levels with the natural world through environmental education and programming is important.  It perpetuates a sense of environmental responsibility and helps to ensure the integrity of this beautiful region, its wildlife and the natural systems upon which we all rely.  I’m delighted to be joining the team here at Prescott Farm and contributing my efforts to such a laudable cause.”

“Jude brings a strong business and community development background to Prescott Farm, and she has a personal commitment to our mission as a member of the Lakes Region community,” says Charles Pardoe, a member of Prescott Farm’s Board of Directors. “She is assuming the leadership of Prescott Farm at an exciting moment when we are expanding our educational offerings and emphasizing local food and farming topics in our curriculum.  We’re excited that Jude has joined Prescott Farm and delighted that Sarah Dunham-Miliotis will stay on as our Education Director.  Welcome Jude and thank you Sarah!”

Hamel replaces former Executive Director Sarah Dunham-Miliotis who has stepped down to a part-time position as Education Director so that she may spend more time with her baby son.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, long-term partnerships with local elementary schools and NOW Fledglings Nature-Based Preschool. The 160-acre historic farmstead 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.

For more information about this, please visit www.prescottfarm.org or if you would like to meet her, join us on Saturday, September 19 for our 6th Annual Harvest Festival from 10-3pm!


September 15, 2015

Celebrating 15 Years of Getting People Lost for Fun

corn maze at Moulton FarmMoulton Farm’s 15th annual corn maze celebrates pumpkins and more

On Tuesday, September 15, Moulton Farm’s 15th annual corn maze will open at the 132 year old farm. “It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since Rob Stephens, our retail manager, had the idea for the corn maze as a way to offer a fun experience to our fall visitors,” says John Moulton, owner of the well-known Meredith farm. “It made us one of the first businesses in New Hampshire to offer something that is now known as agri-tourism.”
Last year the farm’s corn maze was named the best corn maze in New Hampshire by a WMUR poll. This year the farm’s resident maze designer, Wes Thomas, thinks the design and the experience will be even better for people. “This year our corn maze is called ‘Pumpkin Wagon 2015’ and the curves of the pumpkins and wheels really help to confuse people,” Thomas says with a glint of mischief in his eyes. “We chose the theme to honor John Moulton’s first farm business experience: selling pumpkins when he was eight years old from his grandfather’s truck on Route 25.”

“Back then I had no idea that I would end up farming, let alone running a farm of this size,” says Moulton with a laugh. “It’s a wonder what a bunch of pumpkins has led to. It’s also amazing what Rob’s idea led to,” says Moulton laughing at the pun.

Admission to Moulton Farm’s corn maze is $7 per person with a special $5 rate for each child 6 and under. Included with admission is access to the corn, the maze trivia game, and a treat after completing the trivia game. The maze will be open seven days a week starting Tuesday, September 15. The last admission to the maze is one hour before the farm closes. For more information visit moultonfarm.com/events/corn-maze/

September 15, 2015

Wesley Woods Celebrate New Homes & New Residents with Ribbon Cutting

wesley woods ribbon cutting 9.2015On September 2nd Wesley Woods residents and guests braved hot and steamy weather to celebrate new incoming residents with a ribbon cutting ceremony for one of five new homes currently under construction.   As part of the Chamber of Commerce Grill and Greet, guests were first treated to a lunch of hot dogs, chips and desserts followed by the ribbon cutting with remarks from Chris Sintros, CEO of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities.   In his remarks, Mr. Sintros lauded the spirit of teamwork involved in this second phase of Wesley Woods development – including the residents, developers, and community. The ribbon cutting – for the home located at 102 Wesley Way – was followed by tours of our newest homes in various stages of construction and an open house at 83 Wesley Way.     Pictured above from left to right are New Residents Rosemarie Grant, Moni Montague, Marty Bloom (backrow), Claire McCabe, Wesley Woods Sales & Marketing Chris Burke (backrow), New Resident Eliza Leadbeater, Chamber Board Member, Sue Gaudette from Gunstock Mountain Resort, New Residents Fred and Lorretta Shugrue, Wesley Woods Director, Stace Dicker-Hendricks, Chamber Board Member, Scott Kalicki, from Lakes Region Community College and New England Deaconess Association CEO, Chris Sintros.

September 8, 2015

New NH Product Tells Your Trailer Where to Go!

New NH Product Tells Your Trailer Where to Go!

September 8, Portsmouth, NHBriks Group LLC is launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign on September 8, to bring to market TowGo, the patented aftermarket trailer backup assistant. Their device enables drivers to flawlessly back up their trailers while eliminating the guesswork, frustration and embarrassment, helping ANY driver save time, enjoy outdoor activities and avoid costly accidents.

Trailer backing has been an issue since the trailer was invented and millions of people have horror stories related to it. Most instructions suggest using “the buddy system” by having someone outside of the vehicle to help direct you. Those who drive alone would have to evaluate the surroundings and move slowly, constantly worrying about not getting into the right spot or even worse, hitting another object. As a result, many people avoid the whole experience.

TowGo™ is revolutionary technology for solving the problem.  The system consists of two discreet sensors placed on a hitch and a steering wheel, and a free App for a smartphone or tablet.

It works by continuously measuring the hitch angle of a trailer and the steering of the vehicle to calculate where the vehicle and trailer will become lined up. The display shows the trailer’s current  location and where it will end up based on different positions of the steering wheel. It also warns a driver about possible jackknifing. All the driver has to do is turn the steering wheel until a “where it will end up” picture on the screen shows a desired resulting position for the trailer.

“This product will hugely improve outings for many people and make towing a less intimidating experience. In fact, one of our tag lines is that TowGo may help save marriages because of the bickering we have seen between couples at the boat ramps!” said Britta Shepard, the CEO of Briks Group. “Our product finally takes the guesswork out of which way and how much to turn the wheel, it’s discreet, and it’s easy to install so you can get on with your day.”

The concept came to life several years ago when the lead inventor saw two boats stuck on a boat ramp while another driver slalomed his boat backwards between them and into the water. Realizing that there had to be a mathematical way to solve how everyone could back up that easily, the inventor figured out the complex solution and was awarded a patent. Now with the help of Briks Group, the product is multi patented with more US and international patents pending.

TowGo™ offers an affordable solution which anyone can use on most of their existing cars and trailers. The early Kickstarter backers have a limited time opportunity to pre-order the system starting at $199. Regular retail price is expected to be $329.

With TowGo™, anyone can now backup their trailer like a pro even on their first attempt!

To learn more about the crowdfunding campaign, visit the project’s page on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1193602044/2069698113?token=d0b1b688

The company’s website: www.towgo.com

Contact Briks Group: by email: brittashepard@towgo.com

by phone: 617-733-4307

The company’s address: P.O.Box 863, North Hampton, NH 03862

September 2, 2015

November is Newfember at Cottage Place on Squam Lake

Join Newfember enthusiasts at Cottage Place on Squam Lake in November for a weekend celebrating Newfies and their families!

Newfember 2015 flyer (2)The Newfember Weekend happens November 13 through 15 at Cottage Place on Squam Lake in Holderness. For only $250 plus tax each Newfie family recieves: Dog-friendly accommodations with no pet fee, Friday Night 6pm Cookout, Sautrday 2pm Lakeview Hike, Sunday 10am Continental Breakfast a Newfie Goodie Bag as well as lots of new Newfie firends!

Book any dates in November at this price to stay in a spacious Cottage Suite. Rates from $95 per night with your third night free! Savings proceeds donated to the Rescue Fund of the Newfoundland Club of New England.

Contact Cottage Place on Squam Lake for more information or book your Newfie Weekend.


August 27, 2015

Raptor Spectacular Learn about falconry

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds Raptor Spectacular on Saturday, September 12. Master Falconer, Nancy Cowan from the New Hampshire School of Falconry will present two programs about the sport of falconry and the raptors she uses in her school. Falconry is using a trained bird of prey to hunt animals in the wild.

Nancy Cowan will speak and then present outdoor flight demonstrations for guests with birds such as Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, and Harris’s Hawk. A question and answer session will follow each show. Participants may take photos of these incredible birds on their perches and in flight. There will be two programs, one at 11:00 a.m. and the second at 1:00 p.m. Space is limited and advance registration and payment are recommended. The cost for the falconry program is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. A special combination pass which includes the falconry program and live animal exhibit trail is available for $23.

Other activities for Raptor Spectacular include special Up Close to Animals presentation at 12:00 p.m. featuring the Peregrine Falcon; 2:00 p.m. featuring the Broad-winged Hawk; and 3:00 p.m. featuring the Osprey. These engaging naturalist led presentations are free with trail admiFalconry Nancy Cowenssion and held outdoors at the amphitheater on the live animal exhibit trail. Volunteer docents will also be on the animal exhibit trail with live birds throughout the day.

Register for the falconry program by calling 603-968-7194 x 7. Raptor Spectacular is generously sponsored by Community Guaranty Savings Bank.

The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, an informal public garden, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors since 1966 about the importance of our natural world. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is located on Route 113 in Holderness, an easy drive from exit 24 off I-93, and is open daily from May 1 through November 1. The Science Center is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is the only AZA-accredited institution in all of northern New England. For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.


August 26, 2015

Squam Lakes Association’s 3rd Annual Squam Ridge Race!

Third Annual
Squam Ridge Race 2015!
September 13th at Burliegh Farms Holderness

Take on the summits along the beautiful Squam Ridge this September 13th and register for the 3rd Annual Squam Ridge Race! This is a rugged yet supported run or hike along the crest of the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail. Aid stations are positioned along the course supplying Ridge Racers with food, beverages and lots of encouragement! There are two race lengths from which to choose. There is the shorter 4 loop and a 12.2 mile stretch, both with stunning views of the Lakes Region in early autumn. Last year, people from 8 to 72 years old enjoyed the 12.2 mile course. Whether you’re looking to take home first place, reach your RR from FB Squam Lakespersonal goals, or take a stroll in the mountains this is a day full of spirited fun you won’t want to miss! This race is capped at 200 registrations. Don’t wait!

Registration costs $75, or $85 the day of (if spots are still available)

It’s a bright and breezy autumn morning in central New Hampshire. A range of brilliant hues are beginning to edge out summer’s green foliage. The days are brisk. Frost creeps in at night and retreats by day. It’s a picture perfect day to be traveling atop the hills and ridgelines surrounding the Squam Lakes.
This was the scene last September as 110 racers took to the Squam Range to compete in the Squam Lakes Association’s 2nd annual Squam Ridge Race. Their families and friends eagerly awaited the chance to cheer contestants across the finish line where a celebration, complete with burgers, beer and fanfare greeted their return. “There is an undeniably positive energy behind this event,” said SLA’s Volunteer and Communications Coordinator Brian Gagnon. “Folks are so supportive and happy to be a part of such a great event”.

ridge race finishers
The Squam Ridge Race is one fantastic event with two races. The 12.2 mile course takes runners, in the competitive “racers” division, as well as contestants in the “hiker” division up and over three summits along the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail and back down again to cross the finish line at the bucolic Burliegh Farms. Kevin Tilton took home the men’s first place spot with a finish time of 1:42 minutes. The first place time for the women’s division is held by Leslie Beck who finished with time of 1:55 minutes. Congratulations Leslie and Kevin! There is also a very approachable 4.4 mile course that winds its way up to a number of incredible views along the ridge just south of the longer course, then back down again. Both routes have support by way of aid stations strategically positioned across the range to supply everyone with water, snacks and plenty of encouragement.
This has been a remarkably exciting and successful event two years running! The Squam Lakes Association is seeking to grow that success and top last year’s race. The number of contestants last year doubled from the inaugural race. This year, with a cap of 200 racers and hikers, people are encouraged to visit http://www.squamlakes.org , or give the SLA a call at (603)968-7336 to register now. There are plenty of opportunities to get in on the fun without entering the race. Volunteers have a rewarding experience at the aid stations, working the grills, timing the racers or capturing the day’s festivities in photos. Also, all volunteers and racers alike will be asked to make sure the food is delicious and the drinks are cold!
In addition to being a great time, this event helps further the Squam Lakes Association’s capacity to deliver the mission of conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and resources of the watershed. Proceeds from the Squam Ridge Race are put to good use maintaining, repairing and improving the 52 miles of hiking trail in the SLA’s trail system. Access to these trails gives everyone a place to appreciate the natural beauty of the region. To volunteer for the Squam Ridge Race visit the website, call or email the Volunteer Coordinator at Briangagnon@squamlakes.org. Make this event your annual autumn kick off by running, hiking or supporting the Squam Ridge Race.


August 26, 2015

Free Intarsia Lecture at the Meredith Bay Colony Club

The League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery will be having a free lecture by juried artist Duane Martin on Monday, September 14th from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This lecture will be hosted by the Meredith Bay Colony Club.

Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth. Duane uses thick hard and soft woods of many species to get the color and grain pattern that enhances his art.
Since working with wood was one of his hobbies, Duane built a shop in his basement and proceeded to build cabinets for his home and church. After reading an article in Wood Magazine by Judy Gale Roberts in 2006, and made an eagle from the pattern provided in the magazine, that launched his intarsia journey.
If you are curious about this technique and how it is used to make beautiful, functional art pieces from wood, then don’t miss this lecture.
The mission of the League of NH Craftsmen is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
All of our lectures are free and held in the Bistro Room at the Meredith Bay Colony Club located at 21 Mile Point Drive in Meredith, NH. Space is limited so we request that you reserve your seats in advance by calling the Gallery at (603) 279-7920.
The League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery is located at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith, NH. For more information on lectures, classes and demonstrations go to our website at: www.nhcrafts.org /meredith.

August 1, 2015

Take the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s Annual Boathouse Tour

Ever wonder what the magnificent boathouses of Lake Winnipesaukee look like inside? Now is your chance to see some of the most beautiful and historic boat houses on the lake. While tickets for taking the Boathouse Tour by vintage boat or antique car are now sold out, people can still take the tour via your own car. The New Hampshire Boat Museum will host its Ninth Annual Boathouse Tour on Lake Winnipesaukee on Thursday, August 13, with a rain date of Friday, August 14. Car tickets are available for sale at the Museum by calling 603-569-4554, on line at http://www.nhbm.org, or on the day of the tour at the Museum. Self-drive car tour tickets are $40 per person for not-yet Museum members and $36 per person for Museum members. 
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“This event gets more and more popular each year.” stated Kristin Isley, the Boathouse Tour Chair. “Tickets for the water tour and antique car tour began selling fast over the winter and at a record-breaking speed. We are thrilled that we can offer an opportunity for those taking the tour via their personal car. The Boathouse Tour has become one of the Museum’s most popular events. Funds raised from the tour assist the Museum’s general operating fund.”

Taking the tour via car offers attendees a leisurely way to visit the boathouses at their own pace throughout the day from 9am until 4pm. All car tour participants meet at the Museum to begin their tour. Detailed maps with driving directions are picked up at the Museum that morning, which will open early at 9:00am to accommodate tour participants. Each boathouse location has parking easily available with signage clearly marking the site. As a special bonus for this year’s car tour participants will be three locations just for car guests. A total of seven boathouses will be viewed by self-drive car participants.

Each year, the Museum features new boathouses on the tour. All are on Lake Winnipesaukee in the Tuftonboro, Wolfeboro, and Moultonborough areas. Boathouses will boast a variety of styles and interesting stories. Greeters will be on hand to discuss the boats and the boathouse histories. Often vintage boats, cars and magnificent gardens round out the tour stops.

August 1, 2015

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Village Rising August 15

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Village Rising August 15: A day of exploration, inspiration and creativity features a new exhibit, special programs and activities

Canterbury Shaker Village will host Village Rising—A day of exploration, inspiration and creativity on Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The day-long special event celebrates the modern impact of the Shaker legacy through a new installation of the mixed media exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, special tours and programs. All activities are included with regular museum admission.

The 2015 installation of the original mixed media exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, will be unveiled during Village Rising. The exhibit showcases the many ways the Shaker legacy has inspired visitors, professional artists and creative citizens. The exhibit is located in the Carriage House and will remain on display through December 2015. A Gallery Walk with Executive Director and exhibit curator, Funi Burdick will take place at 11:00 am and 1:00pm and a Meet the Artists Reception will take place from 2:30-4pm.

Special tours and programs will be offered including, “Relationship with the Land,” a walking tour with Lauren Chase-Rowell; “Shaker-inspired Baking,” an audience-style cooking demonstration with Chef Todd Sweet, Executive Chef of University of New Hampshire’s Philbrook Dining Hall; a Historic Preservation Village Tour with Arron Sturgis of Preservation Timber Framing Inc., and Make Your Own Natural Bug Spray and Weeding Strategies in Shaker Organic Garden with Garden Manager, Stacey Cooper.

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include the Let Freedom Ring Tour on August 28; Canterbury Artisan Festival on September 12; Vintage Car Show on October 17; and Ghost Encounters on October 24. To view the complete 2015 calendar of events and workshops visit www.shakers.org.



For more information about Village Rising or to purchase tickets, please visit www.shakers.org


July 26, 2015

“Meow! A Purrfect Collection of Cats” in Meredith NH

The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is pleased to host “Meow! A Purrfect CollectMeredith League 7.2015 Meowion of Cats” – a collaboration of work by various artists inspired by furry felines. This exhibit will run from August 1st to August 31st and will be something that any cat lover would not want to miss.

Pieces displayed will range from wall art, jewelry, woods, paper mache, pottery and much more. Enjoy each artist’s interpretation of styles and caricatures from different moments, breeds, personalities and playful nature of our favorite feline companion.

The mission of the League of NH Craftsmen is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
If you have any questions about this event, please stop by or give the Gallery a call at 603-279-7920.

July 26, 2015

Contemporary Art Exhibit & Book Signing at MKIM in Warner, NH

New Exhibit: Protection and Warmth, in the Contemporary Art Gallery. August 1 – October 31, 2015. Clothing keeps us warm and protects us from the elements. Explore the evolution of Native American clothing in New England from pre-contact times to the 21st century. Guest curated by Vera Longtoe Sheehan. Opening reception, Saturday, August 1, 1pm-3pm. Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH, 603-456-2600, http://www.IndianMuseum.org, info@indianmuseum.org. AdmBullockBesaw05ission to the Art Gallery is always free.

Book Signing: Wabanaki Blues by Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, August 1, 1pm-3pm. Mona Lisa LaPierre is a 17-year-old Native American/French Canadian blues musician who becomes embroiled in the unsolved murder case of another musical teen killed at her Hartford high school 20 years ago. When Mona’s parents send her to live with her grandfather in rustic New Hampshire, she derives insights about the murder, her music, & her place in the universe. Mona learns that to achieve what she most wants, she must sacrifice what she most loves. Author Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel is a citizen of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut.


Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, 18 Highlawn Rd, Warner, NH, 603-456-2600, www.IndianMuseum.org Admission is free.

July 26, 2015

Pumpkin Festival 2015 Programming

As pumpkin plants around the northeast are just beginning to bloom, organizers Let it Shine, Inc., and Sterling Design & Communications, in collaboration with the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, are ready to announce the basic programming plans for Pumpkin Festival 2015 presented by ZIPPO. This is the 25th year for New Hampshire’s famous pumpkin carving and counting event, the first year it will take place in downtown Laconia. Following are the plans, subject to change, with a few surprises still in the works:

The Runaway Pumpkin 10k & 5k Run/Walk 9am
Location: Laconia Athletic & Swim Club, 827 North Main Street, Laconia
Before the festival, first thing in the morning, a choice of distances, welcoming walkers as well as serious runners to this scenic course which includes the WOW Trail (WOW is an acronym for the three lakes along the rail trail, Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam and Opechee). Previously this event was called WOW Fest and was held in September but has joined the festivities of Pumpkin Festival 2015.

Pronounced “Pumpkin Alley,” it’s Pump-Canal(y) Street for Kids
If renowned area artist Larry Frates achieves his vision, Laconia’s Canal Street will be orange from one end to the other with activities for kids and creative types of all ages. Shops on the street have their own special pumpkin plans, so do not miss this street in your explorations of Pumpkin Festival 2015.

Haunted Attractions for that Special Thrill
The Belknap Mill, the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States, has plenty of history to draw from for its planned haunted mill attraction. Stay tuned for details! And across town, the UCC/Congregational Church plans to send chills up many a visitor’s spine too.

Welcome Centers at Four Entrances to Downtown
Welcome to Pumpkin Festival 2015…. Log in your carved jack-o’-lantern to be part of the world record tally, make a donation to keep the festival shining… all at whichever entrance gate you choose. If you forgot your pumpkin, you can carve one at the carving stations and log it in. Visitors will feel warmly welcomed to Pumpkin Festival 2015 at any of the four+ Welcome Centers.

ZIPPO, Official Lighter of Pumpkin Festival
In addition to hosting the Welcome Center near the Railroad Station, ZIPPO will be offering their official candle lighters for sale at their booth and at the Pumpkin Shop/s where festival logo souvenir t-shirts and other experience extenders can also be purchased.

The Pump(kin) Dump Derby 8:30pm
A race to clean up Pumpkin Festival involving competing teams, lottery-assigned territories and a grand prize $1000 to the team’s charity of choice. All teams who complete their territory win $100 for the charity of their choice. Sponsored by Shipyard Brewing.

Pumpkin Festival Children’s Costume Parade, Lead Sponsor, Storyland. 12:30pm
Location: Loop through Downtown Laconia to be finalized. Children (of all ages!) decked out in Halloween costumes parade through streets lined with delighted spectators. After many years of organizers dreaming about it, Cinderella’s pumpkin coach from Storyland is expected to appear at Pumpkin Festival 2015, and lead the parade! Photo opportunities at the Train Station are also planned.

Pumpkin Bowling 2pm-6pm
Location TBD but expected to take place on the Pleasant Street side of downtown. Real bowling pins but instead of bowling balls, we’ll be bowling with pumpkins–the hard, “sugar” pumpkins. Try the new sport of pumpkin bowling in the middle of the street!

45-foot Photo Opportunity 10am-8:30pm
Visitors can view the festival from 45 feet in the air, via the Ferris Wheel planned for Beacon Street West.

Food and Craft Courts 10am-8:30pm
Planned Locations: City Hall lot on Beacon Street East, Farmers’ Market Area on Main Street and near the Ferris Wheel on Beacon Street West. Macaroni and Cheese, chili and fried dough, plus plenty of pumpkin-inspired treats are among the menu offerings prepared by local non-profit organizations as well as professional vendors. In addition to food offerings, the Food & Craft Court includes three dozen artisans offering crafts from glassware to fudge with many returning favorites. Necessary facilities nearby.

Spectacular Pumpkin Tower Plus Thousands of Jack-o’-Lanterns on Street-level Displays
The signature tower is the centerpiece of Pumpkin Festival 2015. Streets will be lined with pumpkins and pumpkin spectators, for smooth strolling and the best viewing, unfettered by vendor booths and queues. Families and seniors will feel very welcome and handicap parking in excellent locations makes access easy. Live musical entertainment will add to the atmosphere on the bandstand and at other selected locations but the sights will carry the day!
Other possibilities are being explored but are not yet finalized, including the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad operating between Weirs Beach and Laconia during the festival as the first-ever Pumpkin Express.

Organizers are also hoping to be able to offer assisted transport through the festival for visitors unable to walk. This would be a first for the pumpkin festival but has been on the wish list for many years. Details will be released as soon as they are available.

Another important matter to be determined in the next 60 days is whether the Laconia festival will officially vie for the Guinness World Record for the most lit jack-o’-lanterns in one place–a record recaptured from Boston by Keene in 2013 (30,581). Although organizers will be counting the pumpkins and tallying an official count, the decision of whether or not to have the attempt at the record sanctioned by Guinness or not has yet to be made.

The 2015 Pumpkin Festival runs from 10am-8:30pm on Saturday, October 24 in the heart of NH, downtown Laconia. More information will be posted as available online at pumpkinfestival.org

July 26, 2015

The Great Waters Music Festival will welcome Ronan Tynan to Wolfeboro on Friday, August 7th at 7:30 pm

The Great Waters Music Festival will welcome Ronan Tynan to  Wolfeboro on Friday, August 7th at 7:30 pm. The performance will be held at the Kingswood Arts Center.

Dr. Ronan Tynan is known for his versatile range of repertoire. It includes the operatic, oratorio, concert, and popular music genres. Dr. Tynan first gained international attention in 1994 after having won both Go For It, a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom, and Ireland’s Feis Ceoil Association’s John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice. A practicing orthopedist at the time, Dr. Tynan continued his music education and voice training at the Leinster School of Music and Drama in Dublin, Ireland. In 1995 Dr. Tynan commenced studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England earning a post-graduate Diploma in Voice. This same year he was the male winner of the International Opera Singing Competition in Marmand, France. In 1998 he became a member of The Irish Tenors, a group with whom he continues to tour with today. Through the years he has participated in Master Classes with Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor Ugo Benelli, Australian tenor Ken Neath, American tenor James King, and American soprano Cynthia Lawrence.

Dr. Tynan is currently the Alltech Visiting Artist in Residence with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre teaching Vocal Performance, Voice and Repertoire classes with a focus in oratorio and opera at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Tynan is also a return soloist with the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots and the New England Revolution. Beyond his concert schedule, most recently, Dr. Tynan has sung at the funerals of two Boston firefighters killed in the line of duty and at two tributes for those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013.

Dr. Tynan has appeared in concert halls across the United States and internationally. He is a Sony recording artist who has released more than 10 titles, 4 of which have achieved platinum status. Additionally, between 1981 and 1984, Dr. Tynan amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records while participating in the Paralympics, of which he still holds nine.

Dr. Tynan has performed for four U.S. Presidents including President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush, as single soloist at the Funeral of President Ronald Reagan, and for President Clinton. As well, Dr. Tynan has sung for two Popes, Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica and Pope Benedict at the Concert of Hope. He has also performed at numerous benefits and memorials for the New York Police and Fire Departments following 9/11 and continues to have a strong bond with those devoting their lives to public service.

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. 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 www.greatwaters.org. Ticket prices for this performance are $65, $50, $40 and $20.


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