April 29, 2016

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts 4th Annual Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle on May 7: Free admission event celebrates spring and the return of Brookford Farm cows with a parade, maypole dancing, food and outdoor barn dancing

Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts 4th Annual Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle on May 7: Free admission event celebrates spring and the return of Brookford Farm cows with a parade, maypole dancing, food and outdoor barn dancing

CANTERBURY, NH: Canterbury Shaker Village will host the 4th Annual Heifer Parade with Food & Fiddle on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cows from Brookford Farm will parHeifer Parade Courtesy Imageade to the historic pastures at the Village at approximately 11:00 am. Admission is free.

Maypole dancing, food, outdoor barn dancing, and make-your-own head wreaths and May baskets will be available throughout the day. Self-guided exhibits at the Village will be open to attendees and guided tours on the hour will be available at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm for a special fee of $10 per person.

Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include Opening Day & Canterbury Shaker Village XC5K on Saturday, May 14 at 10:00 am; and Simply Shaker Dinner and Auction, the annual gathering benefiting Canterbury Shaker Village on Wednesday, June 22. Upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include Holistic Orchard Workshop on May 21; The Shaker Dance Revival Project Summer Dance Intensive on June 22-24 and June 27-29; and Medicinal Plant Walk on June 11. To view the complete 2016 calendar of events and workshops visit .

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April 29, 2016

You’re invited to Prescott Farm’s Natural Playscape Grand Opening on Saturday, May 14. Come and PLAY!

Laconia, NH: All are welcome to come PLAY at the Grand Opening of Prescott Farm’s Natural Playscape on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. The Natural Playscape is right next to the Education Center located at 928 White Oaks Road. Bring your family and friends to enjoy this amazing addition to Prescott Farm and the Lakes Region community!One to use (2)

Thanks to a grant from NH Charitable Foundation in the spring of 2014, Prescott Farm brought in designer Rusty Keeler (author of the book Natural Playscapes) to work with us to design a master plan for the space. Keeler has worked with organizations and communities around the world to design spaces that bring nature to children in fun ways with hills to climb, dirt to dig, plants to explore, and water to splash, among many other things. We want Prescott Farm to be a place that families come to explore and play in the natural world together.

In November 2014, we received a second grant from NH Charitable Foundation that gave us the funding to implement the design. We worked with volunteers throughout 2015 and into the spring of this year to complete the Playscape. Volunteers from Lakes Region Rotary, Lakes Region Rotary Youth Leadership, Gilford Youth Center, Laconia Fire Department, Fusion, BJ’s Wholesale Club of Tilton, Easter Seals of New Hampshire, Appalachian Teen Mountain Project, Bob Harrington and Ed Darling, helped make this project a reality.

Prescott Farm strongly believes in the importance of getting kids outside for their healthy development and
well-being. Consider this:

Childhood play time in the outdoors has been in steady decline since the 1950’s. Not only are today’s kids over-scheduled, but they are increasingly disconnected from the natural world spending as much as 8 hours PER DAY inside in front of some sort of screen. A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that children ages 8-18 are spending more than 7.5 hours a day watching TV and movies, playing video games, and using computers – not including homework-related use. This new reality was coined “nature deficit disorder” by author Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods and may be linked to higher rates of ADHD, obesity, depression, speech delays, aggressive behaviors.
Also, outdoor free play isn’t just fun—it is vital to children’s health & well-being! Kids that spend more time outside tend to have less stress, less anxiety and depression, lower rates of obesity, fewer symptoms of ADHD, and better immune system functioning, as well as better social behaviors, increased ability to learn and concentrate, a better sense of self and independence, more creativity, better self-discipline, better problem solving skills, more capacity for emotional and intellectual development, and a tendency to grow into more ecologically-minded adults.
In our Natural Playscape you will find a Forest Kitchen, Tree House, Music and Loose Parts areas, Teepee, Hill Slide, Tree Swing, Fairy House building area and more! Benches are located throughout the Playscape so families and friends can relax and watch their children play. The outskirts of the Playscape will include native plants and herbs as well as a couple Bear and Owl chainsaw-sculpted critters.

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, explore the “green” building or play in our Natural Playscape!

We are excited to have this new addition to Prescott Farm and we want YOU to be able to enjoy it! Please join us for our Grand Opening on Saturday, May 14 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. For more information on our Natural Playscape visit . The Playscape will be open to the public seasonally, at no cost, from dawn till dusk daily. We encourage you to come PLAY and enjoy the natural world together!

April 29, 2016

Mount Washington Cog Railway Opening for its 147th Season

MARSHFIELD STATION, NH – The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the World’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, will be opening for its 147th season bringing visitors from all over the world to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak on Saturday, April 30.two trains

As part of each 3-hour round trip on the Cog, Passengers spend about an hour on the summit, where those ticket holders get free admission to the new summit weather museum created by the Mount Washington Observatory. The exhibit provides a fascinating look at the extremes of winter on Mount Washington, all from the comfort of an interactive exhibit located in the lower level of the Sherman Adams Visitors Center.

This year marks the 150th birthday of Peppersass, the locomotive that built the railway. The Cog will be offering some new events in celebration of the anniversary. July 15 and 16 marks the first annual Handcrafted Fest at The Cog. The League of NH Craftsmen, NH Handmade, and WREN exhibiters will be featuring their fine Granite-state products. On Saturday, August 20, The Cog will host its first ever Steampunk Festival.  Steampunk is a melding of the Victorian age fused with modern technology in a Wild Wild West style for a colorful and exciting event.

Throughout the season, there are special events, trains and discounts for visiting guests. Starting Memorial weekend, the Cog will be firing up its vintage steam trains, and will be running the steamer as the first train up the mountain throughout the season on scheduled days.  Beginning June 19, everyone saves with $15 off their ticket on the last train on most days. Even this Fall, passengers can save with a $10 discount beginning in September. Discounts are not available during Holiday periods.  The details on the train schedule, specials and discounts can be found online.

Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at www.TheCog.com or by phone at 603.278.5404. The Cog is located at Marshfield Base Station on Base Road, Mount Washington, NH just 6 miles off route 302 near Historic Bretton Woods, NH. For more information and the daily train schedule, visit thecog.com.

 

 

 

April 29, 2016

MAY PROGRAMS AND EVENTS AT SQUAM LAKES NATURAL SCIENCE CENTER

TRAILS OPEN!
Sunday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center celebrates its fiftieth annual trail season opening on Sunday, May 1. Regular trail hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.) Since 1966, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors about the natural world through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises. The Science Center is the only institution in northern New England accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). New for the 2016 is the Water Matters Pavilion featuring 18 water-related exhibits including live mink, turtles, fish, and frogs.
Trail rates for 2016 are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors (age 65+), $14 for youth ages 3 to 15, free for children 2 and under and members. Visit http://www.nhnature.org for more information.

Spring Birding
Friday, May 13, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, in partnership with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, offers a bird identification program for adults and children ages 14 and up. Join Science Center Executive Director, Iain MacLeod, for this series of beginning birding programs. A huge variety of birds fill the woods, meadows, and wetlands of the area each spring. Explore a variety of habitats in the Lakes Region looking for birds while learning identification by sight and sound, building on your bird identification skills each week.
Cost: $12 per Science Center or Squam Lakes Conservation Society member; $15 per non-member
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

New Hampshire Day
Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last trail admission at 3:30 p.m.)
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center invites New Hampshire residents to New Hampshire Day for a reduced trail admission of just $5 (regular adult admission is $19). Visitors will get to experience the new Water Matters Pavilion featuring 18 water related exhibits including live mink, turtles, fish, and frogs. There will also be live animal presentations at 11:00 a.m. (Opossum), 1:00 p.m. (Porcupine), and 3:00 p.m. (Barred owl). Volunteer docents will be on the exhibit trail with live animals and props. The Howling Coyote Gift Shop holds its annual New Hampshire Day sale.  Dead River Company will be onsite providing energy saving ideas. New Hampshire Electric Cooperative will provide free admission to New Hampshire Electric Co-op Members on New Hampshire Day. NHEC members should mention that they are members at admissions. New Hampshire Day is generously sponsored by Dead River Company and New Hampshire Electric Cooperative Foundation.
Cost: $5/ New Hampshire residents; $19/adult; $16 senior (age 65+), $14 youth (ages 3 to 15); Free for children 2 and under and members.
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Spring Birding
Friday, May 20, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, in partnership with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, offers a bird identification program for adults and children ages 14 and up. Join Science Center Executive Director, Iain MacLeod, for this series of beginning birding programs. A huge variety of birds fill the woods, meadows, and wetlands of the area each spring. Explore a variety of habitats in the Lakes Region looking for birds while learning identification by sight and sound, building on your bird identification skills each week.
Cost: $12 per Science Center or Squam Lakes Conservation Society member; $15 per non-member
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Spring Birding
Friday, May 27, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, in partnership with the Squam Lakes Conservation Society, offers a bird identification program for adults and children ages 14 and up. Join Science Center Executive Director, Iain MacLeod, for this series of beginning birding programs. A huge variety of birds fill the woods, meadows, and wetlands of the area each spring. Explore a variety of habitats in the Lakes Region looking for birds while learning identification by sight and sound, building on your bird identification skills each week.
Cost: $12 per Science Center or Squam Lakes Conservation Society member; $15 per non-member
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

ONGOING PROGRAMS
River Otter Feeding
Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning May 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center holds a special river otter feeding every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:30 a.m. See the two playful resident river otters enjoy an early lunch. Expert volunteers tell visitors about otter biology and ecology, while also serving up a tasty treat or two. River otter feeding time is included in regular trail admission.
Cost: FREE/members; $19/adult, $16/senior (65+), $14/youth (ages 3 to 15), children 2 and under free.
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Bald Eagle Adventure Cruise
Tuesdays, May 17, 24, 31, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center offers special Bald Eagle Adventure Cruises for a limited time during May and June. Join Science Center Executive Director Iain MacLeod for a special cruise to view these magnificent birds in their natural habitat. The cruise will focus on the recovery of Bald Eagles as a nesting species in the state of New Hampshire with particular discussion of the bald eagles on Squam Lake. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90-minutes and depart from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge, next to Walter’s Basin Restaurant in downtown Holderness. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. There is limited space for Squam Lake Cruises. Please reserve your seat by calling 603-968-7194.
Cost: Adult: $21/member; $25/non-member
Senior: $19/member; $23/non-member
Youth (up to age 15): $17/member; $21/non-member
Not recommended for children under 3
Save $6 with a combination pass (lake cruise and exhibit trail)
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org. or call 603-968-7194.

Explore Squam Cruise
Daily 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. beginning Saturday, May 16
Holderness, NH – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Squam Lake Cruises for the 2016 season. This unforgettable guided tour has something to delight everyone. Learn about the natural history of the lake, the wildlife that makes Squam so special, and the people who have enjoyed these lakes for over 5,000 years. View locations where the movie On Golden Pond was filmed over 30 years ago. Watch Common Loons and Bald Eagles, regularly seen, but best viewed while nesting from May through August. All Squam Lake Cruises are 90-minutes and depart from the dock on Route 3 at the bridge, next to Walter’s Basin Restaurant in downtown Holderness. Squam Lake Cruises are on canopied pontoon boats. Binoculars are available for wildlife viewing at no additional cost. There is limited space for Squam Lake Cruises. Please reserve your seat by calling 603-968-7194.
Cost: Adult: $21/member; $25/non-member
Senior: $19/member; $23/non-member
Youth (up to age 15): $17/member; $21/non-member
Not recommended for children under 3
Save $6 with a combination pass (lake cruise and exhibit trail)
For details about this event, upcoming programs, and membership go to www.nhnature.org.or call 603-968-7194.

About Squam Lakes Natural Science Center
The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, 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.
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April 29, 2016

HIGHLAND MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK OPENING WEEKEND –APRIL 28- MAY 1, 2016–

(Northfield, NH)—Highland Mountain Bike Park will officially open for its 11th Season on April 28, 2016.

The chairlift will start spinning for Highland’s 2016 opening day on Thursday April 28th. This year Highland will introduce its newest trail. At approximately two miles long, “Freedom Trail” provides the easiest point of entry for people who want to try mountain biking. Highland has trails and training programs for the beginner to advance rider and has remained true to its roots for the past 10 seasons by remaining 100% dedicated to biking.

For the first timer or novice rider, Highland’s wildly popular Find Your Ride™ package is designed to help introduce riders to lift accessed mountain biking. This Park Ready™ learning method is offered daily and includes; all day lift access pass, bike rental and protection, and a one-hour Park Ready™ lesson.

Lessons & Camps are offered throughout the season, and Highland will kick off 2016 with a jam-packed May schedule! Women’s Gravity Weekender,
May 14-15, Family Weekend May 21-22 and Kids Camp on May 21. Highland is the perfect adventure for the entire family.

Known among the Pros as THE training spot on the east coast, you will be sure to find the likes of Pro riders like Kyle Strait, Tyler McCaul and Nicholi Rogatkin,
sharpening their skills on the mountain throughout the season!

With over 22 lift accessed trails, jump parks and learn to ride zones as well as a 9,100 square foot indoor training facility, Highland offers riding for all abilities. Our world class trail designers have worked hard to carve out the best trails in the U.S. Highland is America’s Bike Park.

For more information on Highland Camps, including it’s multi-day and overnight summer camp and for general information, visit www.highlandmountain.com

About Highland Mountain Bike Park: Highland Mountain Bike Park is the world’s only lift access mountain entirely dedicated to biking. The park is located off exit 19 on 93-North in beautiful Northfield, New Hampshire. Boasting an extensive downhill and cross country trail network, skill building areas, a 9,100 square foot indoor training facility and a 50’ x 50’ “Ayr Bag”. Highland offers lessons and camps for all abilities. Highland Mountain Bike Park is America’s Bike Park…100%.

February 20, 2016

Irwin Marine Ranked No. 20 of Boating Industry Top 100 dealers

Irwin Marine Ranked No. 20 of Boating Industry Top 100 dealers

Recognized as one of the top boat dealers in North America

Minneapolis, Minn. – Irwin Marine has been named one of the Top 100 dealers in North America by Boating Industry, the leading trade publication for the marine industry.

“There are thousands of boat dealers in the United States and Canada, and only the truly elite make the Top 100,” said Boating Industry Editor in Chief Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers are the best in the industry, not only excelling at selling boats, but also at promoting the boating lifestyle.”

The Top 100 is an annual list of dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more. The Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005.

“As the Top 100 enters its second decade, the dealers on this year’s list are healthier than they have been in years,” Sweet said. “The 2015 Top 100 and Hall of Fame topped $2.5 billion in total sales – the highest total for the Top 100 since 2008. They sold more boats, grew profits, increased service efficiency and improved CSI scores.”

New Hampshire’s most respected name in boating since 1919.  Boating is our Passion, Service is our Business.

February 20, 2016

RE/MAX Bayside Agent Scott Knowles Earns Hall Of Fame Award

Scott Knowles, with RE/MAX Bayside, has recently been presented with the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, which honors successful agents who have earned more than $1 million in commissions during their careers with the company. Less than twenty-three percent of all RE/MAX Affiliates have earned this prestigious award. In the past three years Scott has had personal sales that put him in the top 1% of Real Estate agents in the Lakes Region.2014 Cropped Small Scott Knowles

Knowles has been working in the real estate industry for more than seventeen years and has extensive experience in listing and selling real estate. “He has been an integral member of our team and is more than deserving of this very prestigious award,” said Chris Kelly, Co-Owner of RE/MAX Bayside. “Recieving this award is a tremendous accomplishment. Scott continues to raise the bar in real estate, making us and the community very proud.”

In addition to selling Real Estate, Knowles is on the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Central NH, Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Lakes Region Boys and Girls Club and actively supports The Make a Wish Foundation. “I love living in Laconia and the Lakes Region and feel it is important to give back to our community by being involved and trying to make a difference” said Knowles.

RE/MAX is the most productive real estate network with its Sales Associates averaging more sales than other real estate agents. Over 100,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of nearly 100 countries. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.

 

February 20, 2016

Dining with Dignity Event at Giuseppe’s in Meredith

On Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 5-10 p.m., Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante of Meredith, NH will host “Dining With Dignity” and will donate 10% of food sales to support The Women’s Lunch Place, a non-profit organization created to help women in need of food and daytime shelter in the Boston area. Come enjoy a meal and the music of famed, international touring rock musician Timmy Theriault, while helping to support a great cause.
The Women’s Lunch Place advocate Jenna Stark, originally from Meredith, said “The Women’s Lunch Place fights the undermining of human dignity associated with women’s homelessness and poverty.” Proceeds will help fund healthy meals, a safe day shelter, and supportive services for women to regain their dignity and work towards a better life. For many underprivileged women in the Boston area, The Women’s Lunch Place is a home away from home that provides warm meals, support and a sense of community.
The Women’s Lunch Place, located at 67 Newbury St. in Boston, includes a nap room, showers, laundry facilities, computers and phones. It also provides counseling, medical and legal services for guests, who range from young to retired and also differ in circumstances; some of the women are homeless while others have permanent housing. Either way, the organization opens its arms to any woman who needs help.
Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, owner of Giuseppe’s said, “We are delighted to help. Being homeless is devastating for women and their families. This is a small way we can encourage our diners to think of those who are less fortunate and do to something to help.”
There will be a donation box provided for the collection of gifts of any size. To reserve a table the evening of March 3rd, simply call Giuseppe’s at (603) 279-3313 and mention The Women’s Lunch Place.
Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Ristorante is located at the Mill Falls Marketplace, Meredith, NH 03253
(603)279-3313. For more information, go to http://www.giuseppesnh.com

February 20, 2016

Maple Sugar Madness in March at Prescott Farm

Looking for a fun family outing? Come to Prescott Farm on Saturdays during the month of March and enjoy Maple Sugar Madness!
For over 15 years Prescott Farm has been offering their Maple Sugar Madness programs to school groups and the public during the month of March. On Saturdays, March 5-26 the public is invited to come and take part in this 1.5 hour program. Available program times include; 10:00-11:30am, 12:00-1:30pm and 2:00-3:30pm. All that attend will get to experience an old-fashioned New England tradition – making maple syrup!

 

From tapping a tree to tasting delicious maple syrup, you will have hands-on participmaple sugar madness at prescott farmation in every step of the syrup making process.  Our environmental educators will help you to build tree ID skills and learn the parts of a tree and their functions, use measuring tools to find an appropriate tree to tap, use historical and modern tree tapping tools, learn the history of maple sugaring including Native American legends, and discover the math and chemical/physical science in the boiling process. The program also involves a 20 minute walk to our Sugar House, please note that you will be hiking back up hill after the program.  Please wear boots and dress appropriately for the weather.  Snowshoes will be provided as needed.

 

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!

 

Reservations are required and space is limited (per each program time), so please reserve your spot with us well in advance. Cost is $10 ($8 for Members of Prescott Farm). Ages 3 and under are free! Reservations can be made online our website www.prescottfarm.org or by calling us at 603-366-5695. We look forward to seeing you for some Maple Sugar Madness!

 

February 20, 2016

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm Announces New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth announced today that Cara Sutherland has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Museum. After a national search, Ms. Sutherland’s appointment was unanimously approved at a special meeting of the Board of Directors on January 29, 2016. Sutherland, an experienced museum director, will join the Museum on April 1, 2016.

Sutherland is currently the Executive Director of Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science & Art in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and she brings a wide range of experience at history museums, large and small, encompassing 14 years of experience as a museum director. She previously directed a regional maritime museum, the New Director Cara Sutherland, Remick Country Doctor Museum & FarmReedville Fishermen’s Museum in rural Virginia from 2002–2004. Earlier, Ms. Sutherland worked in New York City for the Freedom Forum as Consulting Curator of the First Amendment Center from 2000–2002 and as Curator and Exhibit Developer at the Newseum in Arlington, Virginia from 1996–2000. She began her curatorial career at the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington, Massachusetts as Curator of Exhibitions from 1990–1995.

A native of New York’s Champlain Valley near the Québec border, Ms. Sutherland wanted to be closer to family in a more northern and rural environment, and found Tamworth a location that felt like home. Her interest in historic textiles led her into the museum field and her current passion is traditional foodways. She enjoys artisanal canning and food preservation, winning numerous ribbons at county and regional fairs, most recently at the 2016 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

Prior to her work in Lexington, Ms. Sutherland pursued doctoral studies at SUNY Binghamton and has a special interest in medical history. She holds an M.A. in American Social & Cultural History from the University of Delaware where she was a Hagley Fellow, 1982-1984. She completed her B.A. in English Literature at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts in 1981. Ms. Sutherland is a published author, taught college-level courses in Public History, and has presented at many East Coast professional conferences.

Board chair Harold Cook said, “We are delighted to attract a museum director of Cara Sutherland’s stature and credentials to the Remick.” Cook continued, “The board is excited about her ideas and her experience in all aspects of running a museum, including strong administrative and fundraising experience, and her passion for history museums and interest in expanding her knowledge of historical agriculture. Cara can take the Remick Museum to the next level of programming and expand its resources.”

“I am honored and delighted to lead the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm and to come to New Hampshire and Tamworth.” Ms. Sutherland said, “I look forward to working with the Board, staff, volunteers, members, and the broader community to further advance and make better known this unique museum, and to becoming a part of the Lakes Region community.”

The Search Committee was co-chaired by Board members Lisa Simpson Lutts and Alice Sabol, and included the other Remick Museum board members, including Cook, Ed Sullivan, Russ Baerenklau and Larry Grace. For the nationwide search, it retained Marilyn Hoffman and Gail Nessell Colglazier of Museum Search & Reference, an executive-search firm located in Manchester, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachusetts.

Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth Village, New Hampshire. The Museum’s mission is to educate a broad and diverse public to the value and significance of the medical practice and agricultural way of life of the country doctor, and to preserve and interpret the Remick property and collections for the benefit of the public. Current Museum hours are Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m., closed Saturday & Sunday during the Fall/Winter/Spring. Admission is $5.00 per person; children ages 4 and under are FREE. For more information and directions, visit http://www.remickmuseum.org or call 603-323-7591.

January 30, 2016

Send your kids on their own adventure over winter break!

Looking for something fun for your child to do over winter break? Check out Prescott Farm’s WildQuest Winter Camp for children ages 6-12. Camp will take place during school vacation week – February 22-26 from 9-3pm. Each day is filled with new and exciting adventures! You can register your child by the day or for the full week. Extended care is available.

It’s a special time of year—chilly and sparkly white outside, and there are so many fun things to do! Winter camp is one of our favorite programs—it has a “personality” that is so different from Spring and Summer camps because we see Prescott Farm from such a different perspective! Depending on the weather, the week will be a mix of: Animal tracking & Snowshoeing adventures, Sledding, Winter games such as “Weasels & Voles”, Snowcrafts such as building “quinzhees” or igloos, Going on a Winter Quest, Exploring the frozen pond, Winter-themed art & craft projects and Maple Sugaring. Each day there is something new and exciting to look forward to.

We have been offering our WildQuest Day Camps for over 15 years! All camps take place during school vacations (February, April & June-August). Our camps are licensed by the State of NH and led by experienced environmental educators with the goal of fostering an appreciation and understanding of the natural and cultural history of Prescott Farm, and by extension, student’s own special places as well. We believe that a camp experience with us will enhance your child’s ecological awareness and provide fun learning opportunities in a community-minded and non-competitive atmosphere. Camp always includes nature activities, animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, games, and hands-on learning. Most of the day is spent outdoors. Extended care can provide supervised playtime before and after regular camp hours.

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!

Please register well in advance, since space is limited. Cost is $35 for Prescott Farm members and $45 for non-members per day; $175 for Prescott Farm members and $225 for nonmembers for the week.  Pre-registration is required. Online registration is available at www.prescottfarm.org as well as printable registration forms. Also, make sure to check out our “Refer a Friend” deal going! All those details and more can be found on our website. If you have any questions about the camp or registration, please don’t hesitate to call us at 603-366-5695 or email us at info@prescottfarm.org. We are looking forward to another great week of camp!

January 30, 2016

Friday February 12th, at 10am, Belknap County Area Committee on Aging welcomes Community Health Improvement Specialist, Carolyn Muller from LRGHealthcare

Friday February 12th, at 10am, Belknap County Area Committee on Aging welcomes Community Health Improvement Specialist, Carolyn Muller from LRGHealthcare.  Carolyn will discuss two current programs that she teaches at LRGHealthcare; Stanford Universities Better Choices, Better Health Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, and A Matter of Balance program.  Both of these programs address two of the biggest concerns older adults face, and are the main factors in older adults being admitted to a hospital, rehabilitation center, or nursing home.

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is a workshop given once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together. Workshops are facilitated by two trained leaders, one or both of whom have a chronic diseases themselves.  A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults.  This eight-week workshop led by trained facilitators is a nationally recognized program developed at the Roybal Center at Boston University. During the class, participants learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risk at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

This event is open to the public and free of charge.  QUESTIONS ARE ENCOURAGED, SO PLEASE WRITE THEM DOWN AND BRING THEM WITH YOU TO ALL SESSIONS.   Please contact Stace at 603-528-2555 or sdhendricks@wesleywoodsnh.org for more information.

The Mission of the Belknap County Area Committee on Aging is to advocate and inform the public on matters relating to the development and implementation of local, state and federal programs / issues affecting well-being, independence and dignity in keeping with New Hampshire’s goal to keep seniors healthy, helping us to realize full potential.

The Belknap County Area Committee on Aging meetings start at 10am, the 2nd Friday of each month.  The committee meets in the Wesley Woods Community Room off Rte. 11A, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford.  All are welcome.

January 30, 2016

A Celebration of Our Environment The Wild & Scenic Film Festival Comes to Plymouth

Join Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Plymouth State University’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and other Plymouth State University sponsors when they host the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour at The Flying Monkey in Plymouth on Tuesday, February 9.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a collection of films from the annual festival held the third week of January in Nevada City, CA which is now in its 14th year! Wild & Scenic focuses on films which speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. “Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Associate Director, Amelia Workman. “In today’s busy world, it is easy to disconnect from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we start making a difference. Come get inspired!”

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival was started by the watershed advocacy group, the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) in 2003. The festival’s namesake is in celebration of the SYRCL’s landmark victory to receive “Wild & Scenic” status for 39 miles of the South Yuba River in 1999. The main 4-day event features over 100 award-winning films and welcomes over 100 guest speakers, celebrities, and activists who bring a human face to the environmental movement. The home festival kicks-off the international tour to over 150 communities around the globe, allowing SYRCL to share their success as an environmental group with other organizations. The festival is building a network of grassroots organizations connected by a common goal of using film to inspire activism. With the support of National Partners: Patagonia, CLIF Bar, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Orion Magazine, Klean Kanteen, Earthjustice, and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, the festival can reach an even larger audience.

The festival in Plymouth will feature eleven films including Osprey: Marine Sentinel. The film stars what is arguably the world’s most iconic and significant raptor: the osprey. Exclusive access, cutting-edge technology, and innovative cinematographic techniques provide a unique perspective and unprecedented intimacy into the dramatic story of a life-long pair, and the intrepid scientists who have spent a lifetime discovering what may be one of the most significant success stories of environmental conservation. Another featured film is Nature Rx, an award-winning comedy set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial. It offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors.

One of the longer films of the evening is The Little Things, which follows professional snowboarders who have chosen to be outspoken and make positive changes towards a sustainable environment. This film is an initiative taken on by one of snowboarding’s most influential riders, Marie-France Roy, in hopes of inspiring others towards sustainability through inspirational speakers, positive ideas, and leading a healthy lifestyle. They keep it positive and showcase some of the little things that people can do to contribute to positive changes for the future of our environment.

The festival is a natural extension of PSU’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s work to inspire people to act on behalf of the environment.

All proceeds go to Plymouth State University’s general scholarship fund.

Event Details:
Date: Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Location: The Flying Monkey, 39 Main Street, Plymouth, NH
Tickets: $10 per person, $5 for PSU students. Purchase online at flyingmonkeynh.com or call 603-536-2551. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

January 30, 2016

Enjoy Loon and Cannon Mountain Areas Anytime!

Winter is in full swing! Loon and Cannon ski areas are ready for you to come and enjoy all of the snow that they have been receiving and making. And the Ice Castles are open and growing daily!Loon Res Service Logo

February 5-6:
Snow Golf with CASA at Loon
Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Cannon
Vertical Express for Can Do MS at Loon
Pirates of the High Skis at Cannon

February 13 – 21 – February Vacation Week at Loon
February 20 – Family Fun Night w/Fireworks at Cannon
February 21 – USASA Superpipe at Loon
February 25-26 – Women’s Performance Camp: Session II at Loon

Plan Ahead for Warm Weather Vacations    
Of course, many of you know that there is much more to do besides winter sports!
Whether you join us for Golf, Theater and Arts, many other Summer Activities, we know you’ll have a great time! Some other ideas include:
April 9 & 10 – Murder Mystery Weekend
June 11-19 – Laconia Motorcycle Week
June 24-26 – New England Brewfest
September 16-18 – NH Highland Games

 

Learn more by clicking here http://bookings.looncondoconnection.com/?utm_content=9d4cecd1bae7504afbcb41c5ce417ccb&utm_campaign=Jan2016&utm_source=Robly.com&utm_medium=email

January 30, 2016

Squam Lakes Association’s Winterfest 2016 Saturday, February 13th 12-3pm

Squam Lakes Association’s Winterfest 2016! Saturday, FebruaSquam Winterfestry 13th 12-3pm at SLA’s Resource Center  Celebrate winter with the entire family! It’s time to get out and celebrate the very best of the season at SLA’s Winterfest! Stop by Saturday from 12-3pm for SLA’s annual winter celebration. The ice rink has been cleared, Chili Contest contestants are tinkering with recipes, wood is being gathered for the bonfire and the Great Room is being prepped for a fun day of gathering with family, friends and the Squam community.

January 30, 2016

Celebrated vocalist Clairdee joins the capital jazz orchestra for a tribute to Lena Horne March 12 at the Concord Audi

Acclaimed vocalist Clairdee joins the Capital Jazz Orchestra for A Love Letter to Lena Horne at the the Concord City Auditorium ,“The Audi”, Located at 2 Prince Street Concord, NH, on Sunday, December 13, at 4pm. Tickets for this performance start at $25 and are on sale now.

Clairdee is the recipient of many enthusiastic reviews and has recently performed at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and toured extensively throughout Russia with the Philharmonic Jazz Society. Highly regarded in the USA,  she has appeared across the nation from Jazz at Lincoln Center to the Monterey Jazz Festival performing with her quartet and numerous artists as diverse as Bucky Pizzarelli, Boz Scaggs, Cyrus Chestnut, and clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski, and opening for David Sanborn, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the late, great Etta James.

“My mission is to uplift and inspire through music,” Clairdee says. “In that regard, I consider myself a soul singer, reaching from the inside out, sharing stories, stirring emotions, helping my listeners feel good.”

The Capital Jazz Orchestra is a distinguished group of big band veterans comprised of alumni from such well known Orchestras as Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, as well as the more recent Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and the band of Toshiko Akiyoshi. They have collectively shared the stage with such stars as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Jack Jones and Joe Williams to name only a few. This hand picked ensemble, comprised of some of the best big band jazz musicians across the United States have enjoyed capacity houses on a recent national tour and have been met with critical acclaim for their exciting performances.

Music Director Clayton (or “Skip” as he is known to his family and friends) is enjoying his 34th year of bringing professional quality music to appreciative audiences. He has served as music director for such diverse groups as the The Northeast Symphony Orchestra, The New England Society Orchestra, The New England Wind Symphony and The Capital Jazz Orchestra.

Tickets are $35 for Front and Center Orchestra and $25 Rear Orchestra. Tickets are available by calling 603-225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note this performance occurs at the Concord Audi on December 13 at 4pm.

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.

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