May 22, 2015

New Hampshire State Recreational Trails Open for Riding on May 23

Riding on state recreational Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) trails will officially open for the season on Saturday, May 23.
With over 1,200 miles of riding throughout the state and trailheads located in every region, trail enthusiasts will find plenty of riding. Coos County has the largest network of trails available with approximately 1,000 miles available for riding. Several popular routes for the Coos Loop System, also known as Ride the Wilds, will not be open for this weekend. These include the connection from Lancaster to Groveton, North Stratford to Colebrook (Corridor C), Kelsey Notch and Dixville Peak trails.
The only route available for riding from the Berlin/Millsfield area north to Colebrook/Pittsburg will be through Wentworth Location (Corridor A). The majority of trails are open by the grace of local landowners and they expect their property to be cared for by the riders. Many trails now lead to local services and we encourage riders to visit local businesses while in the area. For more information about the trail systems go to For information about registration requirements, safety education, and laws visit
“We appreciate the hard work our volunteer clubs do in the spring to get the trails ready for the riding season,” stated Chris Gamache, Bureau of Trails Chief. “Riders and trail users should also remember to stay on established and designated trails, be mindful of other trail users, to pay attention to posted signs, and to ride responsibly.”

The Bureau of Trails is one of four bureaus in the Division of Parks and Recreation. The Division is comprised of the Parks Bureau, Bureau of Historic Sites, Bureau of Trails, and Cannon Mountain. The Division manages 92 properties, including state parks, beaches, campgrounds, historic sites, trails, waysides, and natural areas. The Division of Parks and Recreation is one of four divisions of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. To learn more, visit or call 603/271-3556.

May 22, 2015

Attitash Mountain Resort Opens Summer 2015 Featuring New ZipTour Attraction

Zip from Bear Peak Summit to Attitash Is Currently Longest Span In Contiguous U.S.

Attitash Mountain Resort has long been recognized as New England’s original summer fun ski area with the Alpine Slide, still the longest in North America, which first opened to the public in 1976. Since then, Attitash has added many more summer attractions including the Mount Washington Valley’s longest mountain coaster and New Hampshire’s first free-fall Airbag Jump. Newly opened just last September, Attitash will also begin the 2015 summer and fall operating season with its ZipTour, featuring the longest, single zip span in the contiguous United States from the summit of Bear Peak to Attitash Mountain at a length of 4,969 feet and heights reaching 250 feet attitash zip tourabove the forest canopy.

In addition to the ZipTour, the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster, Alpine Slide, Eurobungy Trampoline, Climbing Wall, Airbag Jump, Slacklines, and Scenic Chair Ride to the summit of Bear Peak offering scenic views of the Presidential Range and Mount Washington are all scheduled to open for weekends only beginning Saturday, May 23 (including the Memorial Day Monday).

Lift-serviced Downhill Mountain Biking also begins Memorial Weekend offering a network of designated trails that have been developed and maintained for summer & fall mountain bike use. Attitash has over 20 miles of terrain available including 27 technically challenging lift-serviced downhill trails as well as 12 cross-country trails suitable for all abilities. The Dirt Trax bike shop has added new, high-end downhill bikes to its available rental fleet and the Eastern States Cup regional Enduro and Downhill competitions and a new Attitash “Double Down” Downhill Race Series are among featured events scheduled this summer.

Outdoor Waterslides, Buddy Bear’s Playpool, scenic Horseback Riding along the Saco River and hand-led Pony Rides will open Saturday, June 20 when Attitash begins to operate all attractions daily.

Attitash will be hosting an outdoor, free Mountainside Music Series every Saturday afternoon in July & August and will also have its BlueberryFEST on Saturday, August 1 and 18th Annual Oktoberfest over the Columbus Day Weekend October 10-11. Summer season passes are now on sale and begin as low as $100 for children under 48″ or $129 for the mountain biking only pass. Mountainside lodging is available at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel featuring quality accommodations, year-round heated outdoor pool and spas, fitness center and casual dining at EleVations restaurant. All rates and information can be found online at or by calling 1-800-223-7669.

May 22, 2015

Woodstock Inn Brewery’s 20th Anniversary

In 1995 there were 597 breweries in the United States, today there are over 3,000. The craft beer industry is growing at an exponential rate, with breweries and brewpubs pushing the limits of possibilities of flavors for food and beer. We are very fortunate to contribute in both segments, pairing farm to table foods with distinct and exciting Ales.

The Woodstock Inn Brewery currently produces about 7,500 barrels annually, distributed on draft, bottle and cans throughout New England. Over the years our staff has grown from one person to thirteen year round full-time brewery staff, and we currently employ a total of 130 staff throughout our company. Our beer portfolio consists of over twenty-two beers and we are in the R&D phase of many more. Although there are many challenges presented in a blossoming business like beer production, there is always one thing that remains a constant, the pursuit of delicious beer. It always keeps you on your toes; evolving, dreaming, creating and building.

We now have two breweries on site, a seven-barrel system for in-house restaurant consumption and pilot brews, and a thirty-barrel solar powered production facility. Over the years we have made special relationships with local farms, which use the spent grain from the brewing process as feed for their cow increasing milk production in dairy cow by 20% and use locally made maple syrup in a number of our recipes. The past twenty years have brought us great relationships with local businesses, countless friendships and wonderful flavors. We are excited for the next twenty to continue the growth of our brewery and evolve the Woodstock Inn Brewery brand.

Drink local.

May 22, 2015

Peter Makris Memorial Run’s 9th Year Gets a New Start at Chrome Hill Laconia Motorcycle Week Kickoff Raises Funds for Local Charities

Do you hear the sounds of motors revving?! It is the sound of motorcycles across the country getting ready for Laconia Motorcycle Week’s 92nd year and its Official Kickoff, The Peter Makris Memorial Run, June 13, 2015.

The annual charity run that benefits the Laconia Fire Department Lifesaving Fund and Water Rescue Team and the Easter Seals NH Veterans Count program, among other local charities, starts and ends at the NASWA Resort on Weirs Boulevard, just blocks from Weirs Beach, the heart of the Laconia Rally.

This year, The NASWA Resort, The Official Hotel of Laconia Motorcycle Week, celebrating its 80th Anniversary, hosts a new venue, Chrome Hill, at one of its parking lots across the street from its hotel and restaurants. So, when riders arrive to line up for the run, they will be surprised by an array of vehicles, bikes and vendors that will add even more excitement to the start of this State Police escorted ride around Lake Winnipesaukee. Additional parking is available on the upper level parking lot as well.

The Peter Makris Memorial Run not only honors Peter Makris, the community leader, businessman, husband, father, US Marine Leatherneck motorcycle club member and patriarch of the NASWA Resort, it also honors the things that made him the happiest. Makris loved seeing people enjoy themselves at his family and biker owned and friendly resort, riding the scenic roads of the Lakes Region with friends and helping his community be more successful and safer.

“When hundreds of riders converge here each year, we know our father is in heaven smiling and we are happy to be here carrying on in his name!” says Cynthia Makris, who has run the resort with her sisters and mother, Hope, since Peter passed away 9 years ago, “He loved having a party and this one is for him!” she adds. Riders received a T-shirt, a bountiful breakfast and gourmet lunch in addition to the ride, which culminate in a daylong party with live music, auctions, raffles and drink promotions at the NAZBar & Grill on the NASWA Resort’s private beach. “We throw in a chip for a free beer on Peter!” laughs Cynthia, “He’d like that!”

This charity ride is one of the premier events of the Laconia Rally for its longevity, its local benefit, which to date has raised over $275,000 for charity, and for the top-quality and quantity of the food and fun provided. Forget the average biker fare of hamburgers and hot dogs– InFusion Sales Group, an original sponsor, has each year planned a menu that keeps riders coming back for more-and more. Seeing the small quaint towns, shimmering lakes and scenic countryside without traffic light stops is another key advantage. The “feet-up” escort enables riders to truly appreciate and enjoy the ride and all for $40 early registration, $50 at the event and $75 for VIP, front-of-pack riding. Early registration is recommended to secure a t-shirt, designed by artists at UhlWorks, of David Uhl Studios. Sponsorships are also welcomed. For more information and online registration visit or call 603 366 4341.

May 13, 2015

Living and Thriving with Food Sensitivities – Wesley Woods welcomes Holistic Health Coach

On MAY 22ND at 12:00PM Wesley Woods welcomes Holistic Health Coach, Devyn Abbott of Brave Soul Health and Wellness discussing Living and Thriving with Food Sensitivities. Food sensitivities can cause health conditions including migraines, constipation, IBS, bloating, skin conditions, fatigue, and weight gain/loss- yikes! Learn how to recognize the symptoms and make the lifestyle and diet changes necessary to support the immune system and restore health. Join us for allergen-friendly samples, recipes, and cooking tips to support your health and healing.

This seminar will be in the Wesley Woods Community Room, off Rte. 11, behind the First United Methodist Church in Gilford. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP to Stace at 603-528-2555 or sdhendricks@wesleywoodsnh.og.

May 13, 2015

Chain Maille Elegance class with juried artist Deb Fairchild

Join the League of NH Craftsmen – Meredith Fine Craft Gallery on Saturday, May 30th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm for a Chain Maille Elegance class with juried artist Deb Fairchild. So many ancdouble rope league of nh craftsient chain maille techniques have been adapted for modern jewelry, and the Double Spiral technique is truly one of the most elegant and versatile. In this class students will be making a double spiral bracelet. It makes a great standalone piece or a distinctive chain for charms and pendants. This class will also cover the basics of chain maille (tools, materials, resources, etc.). No prior chain maille experience required.

The tuition for the class is $25 per student and must be paid in advance. There will be an additional $15 materials fee that will be paid to the instructor on the day of the class. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. To register for this workshop either call the League of NH Craftsmen – Fine Craft Gallery at 603.279.7920 or visit the Gallery at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith.

May 13, 2015

Mount Washington Cog Railway to Chug onto TV Screens in New PBS Documentary

Some 145 years after Sylvester Marsh but his “Railway to the Moon”, a new documentary by New Hampshire Public Television will look at the history of the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, from its founding to the present day, and all the dramatic moments that have tested the existence of this engineering marvel.

THE MT. WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY: CLIMBING TO THE CLOUDS is the story of years of adversity, persistence and success. And NHPTV has a special connection with the Cog: the documentary’s producer and videographer, Steve Giordani, was once a Cog Railway engineer.

cog_diesel_summit_ printTo celebrate this New Hampshire icon and NHPTV’s new documentary a premiere part will be held on May 16th for a ride on the Cog Railway, dinner at the Mount Washington Resort, and the screening premiere and discussion of THE MT. WASHINGTON COG RAILWAY: CLIMBING TO THE CLOUDS. Governor Maggie Hassan will be in attendance for the train ride. Event details and tickets at

They said Sylvester Marsh was crazy, and maybe he was — crazy like a fox. His vision to begin building the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world became reality in 1866, inspired by the grandeur of Mount Washington and the desire to allow many others to enjoy it.

The railroad was intended to be a draw for tourists — to allow people to see the awe-inspiring beauty of the highest peak in the Northeast and to reach its summit. Sylvester Marsh, with ingenuity and inventiveness, created the world’s first cog railway that could climb up the fiercest peak in New England, fighting both gravity and inertia. On July 3, 1869, “Old Peppersass” became the world’s first cog-driven train to climb the 6,288-foot Mt. Washington.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway, opened its 146th season bringing visitors from all over the world to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak on April 25. Throughout the season, there are special trains and discounts for our 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 22, everyone saves with $13 off his or her ticket on the last train on most days. And, this fall, passengers can save with a $10 discount beginning in September (excluding holiday periods). The details on the train schedule, specials and discounts can be found online.

Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at Due to the popularity of the rides, buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended.

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 or contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.

May 13, 2015

The Squam Lakes Association’s Spring Pancake Breakfast!

Join the fun!
May 23rd 9-11am
$10 per person, kids 5 and under eat free!

Get your summer started with a piping hot stack of flapjacks at this annual Squam Lakes tradition. Each year the Squam Lakes Association holds a fun and friendly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the SLA ReSLA pancake breakfastsource Center. Bring the family, bring your friends, and dig into this all you can eat breakfast feast! We’ve expanded the menu to include not just our amazing pancakes but also bacon, fruit salad, oatmeal, coffee, juice, tea and a fixins’ bar.

This year when you buy your tickets, along with a hardy breakfast, you’ll get the chance to scale the climbing wall in the barn, take a kayak or canoe out for a spin and go on a guided tour of our new campus. Stop in to learn more about our ongoing conservation efforts and interesting volunteer opportunities.

All proceeds go towards the continued preservation of the Squam Lakes watershed. The SLA will but these contributions to work by maintaining 52 miles of hiking trail, monitoring the watershed’s water quality, mitigating aggressive invasive species, and providing dynamic youth programming and meaningful community engagement. So join us on Saturday May 23rd for a delicious breakfast and celebrate the start of a new summer season!

Learn more by calling (603)968-7336.

March 23, 2015

Prescott Farm Hosts Author & Naturalist Mary Holland

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will be hosting Mary Holland, naturalist, author, environmental educator and nature photographer, for a free presentation to the public on Saturday, April 11 from 1:00-2:00 in the Samuel P. Pardoe Education Center.

Mary invites you to join her in a visual journey through the 12 months of the year, as she highlights the natural events that take place during the different seasons in New England. From the call of spring peepers in March to the migration of broad-winged hawks in the fall, Naturally Curious introduces audiences of all ages to the natural events that occur on an annual basis. This interactive presentation includes Holland’s photographs accompanied by information about amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects and spiders, and plants. A substantial natural history collection consisting of skins, skulls, scat, feathers, nests and many more animal artifacts will be on display before and following this 45-minute program. Examples of Mary’s photographs and interpretive work may be viewed on her blog, Mary

Mary Holland has 40 years of experience in environmental education, is the author of Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey through the Fields, Woods, and Marshes of New England, and childrens’ books: Milkweed Visitors, The Beavers’ Busy Year, Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer and Animal Eyes), is a nature photographer and columnist for the Valley News in Vermont.

Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers year-round environmental education for all ages including WildQuest vacation camps, school field trips, family and youth programs and Naturalist-in-Residence programs at 3 local elementary schools. The 160-acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a “green” building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation, heritage gardens, and a forested pond. Prescott Farm’s 3-mile trail system is open to the public for free daily from dawn to dusk. For more information visit

While there is no cost to attend the presentation, please RSVP to Prescott Farm by calling (603) 366-5695.

March 7, 2015

New Osprey Tracking Lesson Plans Available for Schools

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s Project Tracks Ospreys for Fifth Year

The New Hampshire-based Osprey satellite tracking project is now spreading to 13 states in the eastern US; all the way to Florida. Thanks to a grant from the 3M Eco Grant and matching funds from Eversource Energy and the Jane B. Cook 1983 Charitable Trust, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is creating a network of followers at nature centers and schools along the eastern migration flyway. Unique lesson plans have been created for students at elementary to high school levels that encourage understanding of Osprey migration, geography, threats to Ospreys, the life cycles of Ospreys, etc. These cross-curricular teaching resources are available online for free. Many of these lesson plans have been adapted from materials created in the UK by ©J&P Murray, 2014 and World Osprey Week.

Iain MacLeod, Executive Director of the Science Center and the leader of the project is eager to share these resources. “We are delighted to make these materials available to any educators who wish to use them. We do ask that teachers add their school to the World Osprey Week (WOW) website and join schools from all across the country and in Europe and Africa that are following and learning about Ospreys. Your school will be featured on an interactive map that also plots the migrations of several featured Ospreys in the Americas and Europe,” said MacLeod.

World Osprey Week was launched last year by researchers and educators in the UK. New Hampshire’s Project OspreyTrack is an important partner. “One of our Ospreys, named Donovan, is one of the featured WOW Ospreys. He has spent his winter just north of the Orinoco River in Venezuela and will soon be heading north again to return to his nest in Tilton. Students from across the globe will be following his story on interactive maps and blogs,” said MacLeod. Later in the spring MacLeod will be following another NH bird named Artoo. “Artoo is a very special Osprey. We tagged him as a chick at his nest in Bridgewater. We also tagged his brother Bergen at the same time. Artoo and Bergen’s father Art was tagged in 2012 and 2013 and Artoo’s sister Bridget was tagged last year,” said MacLeod. Artoo has beaten the odds – only one in five young Ospreys survive their first year of life – and will soon head north for the first time. Young Ospreys don’t return to their breeding areas until they are nearly two years old, and able to breed. Artoo arrived in Venezuela in October 2013 and spent part of his first winter near the Orinoco River. In January 2014, he flew all the way down to the upper reaches of the Amazon River in Brazil and has been there ever since. MacLeod expects Artoo to return to New Hampshire in April of this year and try to establish a nest in the Lakes Region.

To follow the latest updates on Artoo and Donovan and follow other tagged Ospreys visit:

You can also follow MacLeod’s Osprey Tracking Twitter feed at @OspreyNH

To view and download the lesson plans, go to:

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

January 23, 2015


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 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 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 or on the web at

January 23, 2015


”…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, 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

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

“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

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
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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.


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