January 23, 2015

Canterbury Shaker Village Offers Beginning Beekeeping Workshop February 21: 2015 series of Shaker-inspired workshops kicks off with a focus on adding pollinators the landscape

Canterbury Shaker Village will kick off its 2015 schedule of Shaker-inspired workshops with Beginning Beekeeping on Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 3:00-5:00pm. Beekeeper Amy Antonucci will instruct the workshop and the cost to attend is $3Beekeeping full archive photo0 for Canterbury Shaker Village members and $35 for not-yet-members.

Are you interested in adding managed honey bee hives to your landscape? With an emphasis on natural methods, the workshop will include a discussion of basic beekeeping terms, basic honeybee biology, the equipment needed to get started, types of honeybees and how to get them. Products and services of the hive will be discussed. What to expect in terms of time and money input, and where to get more information will also be discussed.

Amy Antonucci has been keeping bees for honey and pollination since 2005. She served as Vice President of the Seacoast Beekeepers Association of NH and organized their annual Bee School for three years.

Other upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include Hands on Grafting and Competent Pruning both on April 11; Building Great No-Till, No-Dig Garden Beds on April 18; Home Orchard Care on May 16; The ABCs of Letterpress Printing on June 6; and Shaker Broom Making on June 7. For workshop details or to register, visit http://www.shakers.org.

January 23, 2015

GREAT WATERS MUSIC FESTIVAL SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

Great Waters Music Festival in Wolfeboro is now gearing up for its 21st season. Each year approximately one hundred volunteers help to successfully carry out the myriad tasks of producing the music festival and this year will be no exception.

Volunteers are “the heart and soul” of the success of Great Waters Music Festival. Beyond those volunteers who are visible – such as ushers and box office workers – are a great number of people behind the scenes. They help with a variety of tasks associated with presenting the concerts, assist with office projects, and serve as members on various committees such as marketing, programming and development.

This summer volunteers are needed for the Stage Hands, Parking & Traffic, Performer Hospitality (Green Room), Transportation, and Ushering crews. In addition, the organization is always looking for volunteers with a working familiarity with word processing and spreadsheet software to assist during the off-season. There is also has a part time paid position available for box office and general management duties.

Volunteers receive the satisfaction of making a difference in the community, building lasting friendships and enjoying quality entertainment. “I sincerely enjoyed working as a Great Waters volunteer last summer. I felt I was doing something worthwhile, helping to bring good music and entertainment to our community. It was wonderful to get to know the people involved,” stated one volunteer. Volunteers also receive one space-available ticket for every four hours of donated time!

Those interested in volunteering can apply on line at www.greatwaters.org under the “support us” button or by calling the Great Waters Office at 569-7710. Volunteers are assigned to experienced team leaders and are expected to participate in an Orientation Program at the start of the season.

Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to present and create outstanding musical and educational events appealing to a wide variety of tastes that enrich the cultural lives of those living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

January 23, 2015

LACONIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM SOCIETY ANNOUNCES ANNUAL MEETING AND FEBRUARY LECTURE PROGRAM

Laconia Historical and Museum Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2015 at The Laconia Public Library beginning at 6:30 pm. The meeting will include a report of the Nominating Committee and election of Officers for the upcoming year. Immediately following this brief meeting, Laconia Historical and Museum Society will welcome Larry Leonard to present the Society’s February lecture program, “The Historic Organs of Laconia”, scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.

Larry Leonard is a native of Randolph, Vermont where he studied organ with the legendary Florence Scholl Cushman. He has been a resident of Laconia since 1959 where he plied his profession as a pharmacist for the past 55 years, having retired only two years ago. He was organist at both United Baptist Church in Lakeport and St. Joseph Catholic Church here in the city for almost a quarter of a century. Mr. Leonard will share his vast knowledge of the pipe organs in the various city churches of Laconia.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information about the LHMS Annual Meeting or the lecture program, call Laconia Historical and Museum Society at 603.527.1278, email lhmslpl@metrocast.net or on the web at laconiahistorical.org.

January 23, 2015

CIRQUE ZIVA BRINGS A VISUALLY STUNNING PERFORMANCE TO THE CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY MARCH 5

”…there is a precision and beauty about everything these performers do.”
The Washington Post.

“This unique cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats who dazzle with amazing feats of athleticism, daring heart-stopping stunts and the grace of their centuries-old art form.” Broadway World
Concord, NH- Golden Dragon Acrobats bring a spectacular family-friendly performances to the Capitol Center for the Arts on March 5 at 7pm with Cirque. Cirque Zíva, a technically innovative, beautiful new show from the artistic director of the Golden Dragon Acrobats, features a large, athletic cast and spectacular scenic and lighting elements. With superb artistic merit, high production values, and a solid commitment to cultural exchange, Cirque Zíva demonstrates why the Golden Dragon Acrobats have been recognized as the preeminent Chinese acrobatic company touring the United States.

Hailing from China’s Hebei province, the company includes athletes, actors and artists who have all studied and trained in their craft since early childhood. Cirque Zíva honors the rich Chinese acrobatics tradition while blending contemporary music with amazing feats of athleticism and daring heart-stopping stunts that are sure to entertain, delight, and mesmerize audiences of all ages.

Of special note is Cirque Zíva Lighting Director Tony Tucci, the recipient of two B. Iden Payne Awards and Critics Table awards for lighting, with credits including the video “Baryshnikov, Dancer and The Dance” and 1996 Summer Olympics Cultural Olympiad showcase.

Golden Dragon Acrobats earned two New York Drama Desk Award nominations for the company’s 2005 Broadway run at the New Victory Theater (Angela Chang for Outstanding Choreography and Danny Chang for Most Unique Theatrical Experience).

Tickets for Cirque Ziva March 5 at 7pm are available now by calling 603-225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets: $55 Gold Circle, $39 Orchestra/Mezzanine, & $29 Balcony.

“The impossible can be achieved, and once achieved, surpassed, then surpassed again.” -Associated Press

January 23, 2015

Storyteller Michael Lang makes first appearance at Corner House Inn on Jan. 29

Michael Lang, a writer, musician and professional storyteller from Durham, NH makes his first appearance at the Corner House Inn’s Storytelling Dinner program on Thursday evening, Jan. 29th.

Born in Kansas, Mike grew up in New Hampshire and, at an early age, fell in love with Native American folklore. Mike began reading myths, legends and other stories from around the world and soon became the resident storyteller at summer camp – making nightly rounds to each cabin with his repertoire of stories. Mike later became a guide for Wilderness Inquiry and led canoe and kayak trips throughout the country, continuing to tell his stories and entertaining children and adults alike.Michael Lang at corner house

Mike’s first collection of original stories: Tales from the Fjords was released in April of 2013. In September of that year he released his second album: Grandmother’s Basket. The following summer Mike released The Rabbit King and in January of 2014 the first bi-weekly episode of his YouTube series: Coyote’s Corner was released. Mike is also the founder of a small business, The Coyote’s Inkwell, which uses fables, folktales, legends and laughter for both education and entertainment. He continues to work professionally as both a writer and storyteller.

Join us on Thursday Jan. 29 as Michael Lang shares stories of the winter season. Storytelling dinners are held each Thursday evening at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich, NH. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and includes a salad, entrée, dessert, coffee and glass of wine, along with great storytelling entertainment. The cost is $19.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For more information and reservations contact the Corner House Inn at 284-6219 or online at info@cornerhouseinn.com.

January 23, 2015

Canterbury Shaker Village and Concord Food Co-op To Host Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Shaker Table: Five-course prix fixe menu will benefit National Historic Landmark

Canterbury Shaker Village and the Concord Food Co-op will host a Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Shaker Table in Canterbury, New Hampshire on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 5:00-8:00pm. The five-course prix fixe meal is $75 per person and includes a bottle of wine per couple. A cash bar will be open throughout the evening. Seating is limited to 70 people and proceeds will benefit Canterbury Shaker Village.

Diners can spoil their Valentine and themselves this February 14 at The Shaker Table—Canterbury Shaker Village’s onsite restaurant—by enjoying an intimate seated five-course meal lovingly prepared by guest chef Scott Jones of the Concord Food Co-op. The menu will feature the finest locally sourced ingredients, perfectly paired wines, and more. Cocktail hour will begin at 5:00 pm with an imported and local domestic gourmet cheese display with assorted flatbread and crackers. Selections from the five-course menu include Oysters Rockefeller; baby arugula topped with fried goat cheese, grilled Vidalia onions and candied pecans; filet mignon with a peppercorn crust; chocolate dipped strawberries; and a trio of chocolate obsession. The full menu can be viewed at www.shakers.org.

“The Concord Food Co-op is known for their fresh, locally sourced ingredients and their delicious cafe food,” noted Funi Burdick, Executive Director of Canterbury Shaker Village. “We are excited to open The Shaker Table to the Co-op and Executive Chef Scott Jones and to be co-hosting this unique Valentine’s Day dinner.”
To purchase tickets, please visit www.shakers.org.

January 23, 2015

2nd Annual Cynthia’s Challenge, a 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon at King Pine, Raises $34,000 to Date

Proceeds from this years Cynthia’s Challenge benefit Sammy, a 7 year old girl suffering from Rett Syndrome.

Cynthia’s Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Ski Area took place on January 9th and 10th. This event has raised $33,795 to date towards the goal of $45,000 and donations are still rolling in! Proceeds from this event will benefit one of King Pine’s own, Samantha “Sammy” Gillard who suffers from Rett Syndrome. Sammy, 7 years old, is the daughter of Jenny and Geoff of Newton, MA and granddaughter of Tex Gillard, a long time ski patroller at King Pine Ski Area. The family has grown up on the slopes of King Pine.

133 skiers and snowboarders from all over New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and one who traveled all the way from West Des Moines, Iowa participated in this 24-hour event. Registration was $99 per person with ages 8 and under free and included dinner, breakfast and lunch, a 24 hour lift ticket, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event, as well as a customized t-shirt, games, chair massages and created memories that will last a lifetime.

Saturday’s lunch sponsored by the Yankee Smokehouse and Thrivent Financial was a hit with pulled pork, burgers, sausage with peppers and onions and more. The Yankee Smokehouse in addition to lunch donated $800 toward the fund from the successful pizza fundraiser they ran Wednesday before the event. Flatbread Pizza provided pizza for dinner and the White Mountain Cupcakery added something sweet to the mix with their award winning cupcakes.

Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire put on a spectacular fireworks show Saturday night with support from the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge crew playing music and providing entCynthias Challengeertainment for 24 hours. “It was incredible show of support by the local community, but also from King Pine, whose ski patrol, lift operators and many additional employees volunteered their time to see the event through the night” stated Bob Hoyt, co-owner and President of Purity Spring Resort, “We feel fortunate to be able to make this large contribution to Sammy’s life with a wheelchair accessible van to help her live a happier, fuller and more comfortable life.”

Cynthia’s Challenge would like to also recognize the following businesses for their support: Atlas Fireworks, Bank of New Hampshire, Mad Cow Screen Print, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, Ride-Away, SnoCountry, Thrivent Financial and Yankee Smokehouse.

A special thanks to everyone that donated prizes and food to make this event a success:
A Second Glance, Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Big Dave’s Bagels, Blue Bay Seafood & Steaks, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Eastern Slope Inn & Attitash Mountain Village, Green Thumb Farms, Healing Frontiers, Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company, Inn at Crystal Lake, Leavitt’s Bakery, Mt. Washington Auto Road, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – Kahuna Laguna, River’s Edge Grill and Tavern, Sap House Meadery, Silver Lake Massage Therapy, Ski Works, Snowvillage Inn, The Sound Resort, Story Land, Sunny Villa Restaurant.

The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for Sammy. Rett syndrome is a rare and unique developmental disorder. As the syndrome progresses, most children lose purposeful use of their hands and the ability to speak. Other symptoms may include loss of motor skills, breathing and cardiac irregularities, seizures, digestive problems, scoliosis, and tremors. With a wheelchair accessible van, the Gillard family will be able to continue to travel together and will provide Samantha with a much happier, safer and fuller life.

Donations are still being accepted! Help King Pine reach $45,000 for Sammy! Online donations are welcome at the King Pine eStore and checks are also being accepted. For more information, please call King Pine or Purity Spring resort at (800) 373-3754 or email Aly Coakley, Marketing Coordinator, at acoakley@purityspring.com.
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January 23, 2015

Groundbreaking Ski & Snowboard Camp Partnerships at Loon Mountain Resort Global Brands Help Skiers and Snowboarders Reach New Levels

Going from good to great just got easier, thanks to Loon Mountain’s groundbreaking new lineup of snowsports camps and clinics. Through partnerships with Oakley, the K2 Ski Alliance, and Salomon, participants will refine their skills through video analysis, demo next year’s Salomon skis months before the rest of the world, and learn terrain park secrets from pro skiers and snowboarders.

Women’s Performance Camp presented by the K2 Ski Alliance
• Session One: Jan. 24-15 (Sold Out)
• Session Two: Feb. 26-27
Run by women, for women, this two-day weekend camp presented by the K2 Ski Alliance features more than 12 hours of women-to-women coaching, video analysis, yoga sessions, and targeted core conditioning for peak performance.
“Any female skier knows that skiing with other girls is great,” said Alyssa Clark, K2 Women’s Team manager. “You push yourself, you don’t have any people judging you, and you’re all there for the same reason: you’re learning stuff, you’re educating yourself, and you’re having fun while you’re doing it.”

With the help of expert female coaches and collaborative learning with fellow students, skiers will gain the knowledge and confidence to carve the steeps, hit the moguls, and break through boundaries. By working together, women will improve their skills and form lasting relationships with each other. This camp is designed for women who ski at an intermediate level or above.
To register, call 800-229-5666 ext. 5400.

High Cascade Winter Camp at Loon
• Feb. 7-8
High Cascade Snowboard Camp is hitting the road and heading East! Famous for its summer snowboard camp at Mt. Hood in Oregon, HCSC will bring the coaching, activities, and fun vibe of its summer camp to Loon.
“We’re coming out to bring all of the fun, excitement, friendships, and coaching that you could find during a summer session at HCSC,” said Terrence Stilin-Rooney, HCSC Director. “Whether this is a camper’s first experience with High Cascade or they’re simply coming out to hold themselves over until next summer, we know they’re going to have a great time riding with us because we always have a great time riding with them!”
Campers will be linked up with High Cascade’s professional coaching staff in a private park on Little Sister. Coaches will guide riders through a specific path focusing on comfortable individual progression on-hill, and fill in the gaps with fun and exciting off-hill activities.

Insider’s Edge presented by Salomon
• Feb. 21-22
This first-of-its-kind camp lets guys test next year’s Salomon skis long before their buddies. Participants will ski alongside Salomon reps and Loon Snowsports pros to kick the tires on new ski technology and techniques.
“This camp is going to give unique insight into how skis are made and how they are designed to perform for each individual,” said Bruce Deihl, a Salomon New England representative. “And what makes this camp great is that it’s not just trying new equipment. We’re going to talk about skiing culture and all of the cool things that go along with that.”
Off-hill, guys will relax, chow, and talk shop in a slopeside man cave. They’ll also go behind the scenes to learn the finer points of tuning and boot fitting under the watchful eyes of the Loon Mountain Sports tuning staff.
This camp is limited to 35 participants.

Women’s Droppin’ In Freestyle Camp presented by Oakley
Droppin In’ is a two-day on-snow camp for the intermediate skier or snowboarder looking to advance her freestyle skills to the next level, and have fun while doing it.

Run by women, for women, Droppin’ In is staffed by pro Oakley athletes who foster a learning environment where students won’t be intimidated by jumps, rails, pipes, or competition. With a private, custom terrain park built just for campers, skiers and riders will build their skills at their own pace and comfort level with help and encouragement from the Oakley team.
Off the hill, campers will take part in group stretching and yoga sessions – and design their own Oakley goggles. Lunch and après ski are included both days.

Ultra Learner’s Club
By booking and completing three Learn-to-Ski packages in advance through the Ultra Learner’s Club program, guests will become eligible to receive a free pair of HEAD skis and bindings, plus great savings on lift tickets all winter long.
To join the Ultra Learner’s Club, guests must register in advance for three Learn-to-Ski packages (each day includes all-day novice lift ticket, rental equipment and three-hour group lesson; days do not need to be consecutive). At the conclusion of the third lesson, guests will receive a free pair of HEAD Skis and bindings, plus a Learner’s Club Card good for an entire winter of savings on lift tickets and apparel, gear, and accessories at Loon Mountain Sports.
For just $339, the Ultra Learner’s Club delivers over $700 total value, including HEAD Skis and bindings.
Ultra Learner’s Club is limited to skiers ages 13 and up, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. To register, call 1-800-229-5666.

January 23, 2015

Mt Kearsage Indian Museum Annual Meeting

Join MKIM for their annual meeting on Saturday January 24 from noon ’til 3pm.

Starting at Noon:
-Potluck lunch (Please bring your own place setting-plate, bowl, utensils-if you are able.)
-Short business meeting where we celebrate the past year’s accomplishments
-Thank you to our volunteers
-Recognition of new Honorary Trustees

Artist’s Reconstruction of Kennewick Man
Program at 1:30pm:
A talk by Kate & Peter McGovern: “Racing Home to Peace: Finding a Resting Place for Kennewick Man and Jim Thorpe”

December 17, 2014

Ski Fanatics has New Owners!

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 22, 2014

Santa Rides up Mount Washington on the Cog Railway Snow Train

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2014

Winnipesaukee Playhouse Hosting Holiday Concerts

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2014

THE CAPITOL CENTER CONTINUES THE THOUGHT PROVOKING PRESENTATIONS OF THE SALON SERIES IN JANUARY

THE CAPITOL CENTER CONTINUES THE THOUGHT PROVOKING PRESENTATIONS OF THE SALON SERIES IN JANUARY WITH
VISUAL ARTIST KATE GRIDLEY ON JANUARY 3 AND COMPOSER AND FLUTIST SU LIAN TAN ON JANUARY 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 22, 2014

HOBO RAILROAD IN LINCOLN, NH ANNOUNCES 2014 SANTA EXPRESS TRAIN SCHEDULE

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

2014 Santa Express Train Schedule

Hobo Railroad – 64 Railroad Street, Lincoln, NH 03251

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

 

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November 22, 2014

Open for the Holidays in the White Mountains

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

There is no charge for the event and runners can register the day of the event, although the farm does encourage people to print out and bring a copy of the registration form that is available on the farm’s website at moultonfarm.com/funrun2014/. Registration opens at 8:30 am and the run starts at 10 am.

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

October 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 29, 2014

“O” BISTRO TO OPEN IN WOLFEBORO

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

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

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

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

October 6, 2014

ANNALEE DOLLS CELEBRATES 80 YEARS

ANNALEE INVITES LEAF PEEPERS FROM NEAR AND FAR TO CELEBRATE THEIR 80th ANNIVERSARY

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

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

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

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

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

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