July 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

July 26, 2015

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

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

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


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

July 26, 2015

Pumpkin Festival 2015 Programming

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at www.greatwaters.org. Ticket prices for this performance are $65, $50, $40 and $20.

June 30, 2015

Cynthia Cummings-Birch is July Artist of the Month.

The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Fine Craft Gallery is pleased to represent potter Cynthia Cummings-Birch as our July Artist of the Month. Throughout July an exhibit Among the Birches will have her work featured and available for purchase at the Meredith Fine Craft Gallery.Luminary - Blue Meredith League

Cynthia Cummings-Birch is a ceramic artist, whose work is both sculptural and functional with an emphasis on the natural world, specifically the landscape of New Hampshire. She combines throwing, hand building and figurative carving, creating a contrast between the smooth glazed areas and the carved stained surface of the landscape. The glazes she uses are all colors found in nature which help to evoke the feeling of the natural environment and create a sense of place.

The mission of the League of NH Craftsmen is to encourage, nurture and promote the creation, use and preservation of fine contemporary and traditional craft through the inspiration and education of artists and the broader community.
Come meet the artist and see a demonstration on how she creates these one-of-a-kind pieces on July 11th from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

The League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery is located at 279 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith, NH. For more information on lectures, classes and demonstrations go to our website at: www.nhcrafts.org /meredith.

June 30, 2015

The Mount Washington Cog Railway Once More Offering Summit Photo Tour

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is open for its 146th season of bringing visitors to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak. Once again this year, the Cog is offering the popular Summit Photo Tour.
The Summit Photo Tour will be offered on Monday, July 13 and again on Sunday Septembetwo trains The Cogr 13, and will be lead by professional photographer George Mitchell. It will focus on the summit and surrounding vantage points from Mount Washington as a subject. Students will also get a chance to shoot the passing trains, panoramic views and unique characteristics of the weather of the Presidential range.

The tour is a day long venture consisting of a two hour round trip train ride to the summit and back down, with four hours to spend at the top walking to various points around the mountaintop. There will be time to enjoy lunch and activities as well as the new Extreme Mount Washington exhibit at the Sherman Adams Summit Building.
Limited space is available. Summit Photo Tours are $165 per person. Tours include train ride, one-on-one instruction and boxed lunch. Tour will depart on the 10:30 am train and return to the Base by 5:30 pm. Participants are asked to arrive 1 hour prior to departure for an introductory session in the lobby. Please book in advance by calling 603.278.2255 or 603.278.5404. Details and times for all events can be found online at thecog.com. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, Marshfield Station, NH, 6 miles from Rt. 302 and historic Bretton Woods, NH.

June 28, 2015


Recognized as a Top Performing Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages as Reviewed by Travelers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site

Weirs Beach, NH – Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor,” said Joe & Dyan Driscoll, owners of the Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages. “There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

The Cozy Inn-Lakeview House & Cottages is comprised to two historic Inns and fifteen cottages located in the heart of Weirs Beach overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee. The Cozy Inn, built in 1880 and the Lakeview House, built in 1860, have charming common areas with many antiques and fine art pieces, spacious suites with beautiful views; small, cozy two-room suites or single rooms. The Cottages range from spacious three bedroom cottages to small one-room units. All have updated conveniences but still maintain their original charm that echoes back to a simpler time.

June 28, 2015

Squam Lakes Association Offers Adventure Ecology Program: Connecting Art with Nature

flat water SLAEvery Friday starting June 26 and running through August 14, the Squam Lakes Association will offering free programs that are open to the public on a variety of nature and conservation related topics.

The Adventure Ecology programs are being presented by the Squam Conservation Interns
who spend their summers on Squam performing important conservation work in support of the SLA’s mission.

On June 26th, Coral Tucker, will present a program titled: Connecting Art with Nature. Connecting Art with nature is a daytime adventure that focuses on inspiring individuals to maintain a personal relationship with Earth. Starting at Chamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest, located on College Road off Route 3, participants will get the chance to walk around and create various works of art. The program includes learning about how to make crafts with leaves and sticks, writing short poems, and sketching landscape scenes. Everyone will get a chance to explore different techniques that can help them create a lifelong relationship with the outdoors.

The Squam Conservation Internship provides skills and experience for future conservation professionals while working as the driving force behind the SLA’s conservation mission.This unpaid volunteer internship provides hands-on conservation work experience and certifications over a broad range of activities. Interns serve as campsite hosts and caretakers at our backcountry campsites, work toward the eradication of variable milfoil, engage both youth and adults in environmental education, and perform other conservation duties such as shoreline restoration and trail maintenance and construction.

To learn more about the SLA and its up-coming events and programs, visit http://www.squamlakes.org. The Squam Lakes Association is dedicated to conserving for public benefit the natural beauty, peaceful character and unique resource values of the Squam Lakes

June 28, 2015

Great Waters Music Festival presents John Gorka along with Cliff Eberhardt

On Friday, July 3rd at 7:30pm Great Waters Music Festival will present John Gorka along with Cliff Eberhardt at Anderson Hall in Wolfeboro. A singer/songwriter famed for his rich, expressive baritone, New Jersey native John Gorka was one of the leading lights of the new folk movement. Gorka began his career while attending college in Pennsylvania in the early ’80s, appearing at open-mike nights at a local coffeehouse before eventually forming his own group, the Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band. Soon he hit the road, performing up and down the Eastern Seaboard before finally settling in Texas and winning the Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Award in 1984.
In 1991, Rolling Stone magazine called him “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has been dubbed the New Folk Movement.”
Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).
Performing with John will be Cliff Eberhardt. Long one of the most respected songwriters on the club scene, his peers often mine his catalog for themselves. Cliff’s song “Memphis” was included on Cry Cry Cry, an album of collaborative covers by the “folk supergroup” of the same name (comprised of Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell). Other performers who have recorded his songs include Richie Havens, Shawn Colvin, Russ Taff and Buffy Sainte Marie. A collection of his songs has been published in The Cliff Eberhardt Songbook (Cherry Lane Publishing).
The performance will be held at the newly renovated Anderson Hall at 205 South Main St. in Wolfeboro and is sponsored by TD Bank and Fidelity Investments.
The Great Waters Music Festival is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing outstanding musical performances to people living in and visiting the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Thanks to all who have contributed to this organization, it is able to provide high quality musical performances at reasonable prices. Information and tickets for all performances are available at the office at 15 Varney Road in Wolfeboro, by calling 603-569-7710, or online at http://www.greatwaters.org. Ticket prices for this performance are $30, $20 and $12.

June 28, 2015

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

Looking to buy a boat, motor, or some interesting nautical and camp-related antiques? Then make plans to attend the New Hampshire Boat Museum’s New England Vintage Boat Auction on Saturday, July 11th. The auction begins at 10:00 a.m., but potential bidders are encouraged to come as early as 8:00 to preview the items and register to bid.

The auction is held rain or shine under a large tent on the Museum property at 399 Center Street (Route 28/109 North) in Wolfeboro, NH. Among the items up for auction are a wide variety of boats, including vintage, classic and new wooden and fiberglass motorboats, canoes, sailboats, and kayaks.

Although boats are continuing to be added to the auction up to the deadline of July 6th, currently the auction has examples of vintage and classic Chris Crafts, GarWoods, Centurys, Elgins, Penn Yans and Speedicrafts in conditions ranging from excellent to good. All items in the auction can be viewed at the Museum’s website, http://www.nhbm.org with updates of new items occurring daily.

Among the highlights of this year’s auction are a mint condition 2015 22′ Duffy Cuddy electric launch still under warranty. For those seeking a vintage wooden motorboat there is a 16′ 1947 Garwood Ensign being auctioned. There are a number of vintage canoes in the auction including beautifully restored Old Town canoes. There is also an excellent selection of like-new kayaks, as well as an Adirondack Guideboat up for auction. And for those wishing for a newer fiberglass boat, the auction will feature a 23′ 1973 Chris Craft Lancer in excellent condition among other boats.

In addition to boats, consignments and donations on the auction block include an excellent selection of antique and vintage engines. Also being auctioned are a wide variety of rustic camp furnishings and nautical items perfect for decorating your home or camp. Other small items typically sold are antique lamps, duck decoys, mermaids, lake prints and watercolors, rustic camp furnishings and lake memoBoat_6_copyrabilia. There will be something for everyone to purchase.

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

Auctioneer Peter Coccoluto (NH License No. 3080) will conduct the auction again this year. Peter has worked for a variety of New England auction houses over the past 20 years. After completing his formal training at the Yankee School of Auctioneering in 1997, he began
organizing auctions of his own. For the past 8 years, he has served as assistant auctioneer to Ron
Bourgeault of Northeast Auctions in Portsmouth, NH and is the principal auctioneer at Landry Auctions, Essex, MA. Peter is known for his clear, congenial auctioning style as well as his consistent tendency to blaze through more than 100 lots in an hour. Auction regulars appreciate his meticulous approach and his ability to retain bidder numbers and information.

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

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

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

The New Hampshire Boat Museum is open to the public for the 2015 season and will remain open daily through Monday, October 12, 10am-4pm Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 12noon-4pm. The Museum is a not-for-profit institution focusing on New Hampshire’s boating and fresh water heritage. It is located at 399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, 2 miles from downtown Wolfeboro in the former Allen “A” Resort dance hall. For further information contact the Museum at 603-569-4554, museum@nhbm.org, http://www.nhbm.org or via Facebook. The New Hampshire Boat Museum is a member of the “Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail.” To learn more about the Trail, visit nhmuseumtrail.org.

June 5, 2015

Enjoy “A Brew with a View” at Steele Hill Resorts

Enjoy an exciting brewfest featuring 30+ local New England craft breweries at Steele Hill Resorts in the heart of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. The event will take place in the resort’s large tent site overlooking spectacular views of the lakes and mountains below. Here are just a few of the breweries planning on attending:
• 603 Brewing Company
• Henniker Brewing Company
• Dogfish head Brewery
• Not Your Father’s Root Beer
• Goose Island Brewery
• Victory Brewing Company
• 21st Amendment Brewery
• Blue Point
• Berkshire Brewing Company
• Foolproof Brewing Company
• Founder’s Brewing Company
• Harpoon
• Kelsen Brewery
• Baxter Brewing Company
• Champlain Cider Co (VT)
• Tuckerman’s
• Redhook Brewery & Kona Brewery (together)
• Great Rhythm Brewing Company
• Beara Irish
• Moat Mountain
• Woodstock Brewery
• Pine State (Dark Horse Wine, William Hill Wine, Mu)
• Bulleit Bourbon from Southern Wine & Spirits
• Smoke N Barley
• Amoskeag Table
• Samuel Adams
• The Traveler Beer Company
• Long Trail
• Peak Organic
• StoneFace Brewing Co.
• Capt’n Eli’s ROOT BEER
• Smuttynose Brewery
VIP Tickets Exclusive, Early Access 3 – 5PM
General Admission is 5 – 8:30pm

June 5, 2015

Lakes Region Tourism Association develops partnership with Waste Management

The Lakes Region Tourism Association (LRTA) has developed a partnership with Waste management to provide more services and benefits to businesses in New Hampshire.

Waste Management goes beyond the basics of waste collection and disposal to help address the broadest possible range of specialized environmental concerns. They offer services that can help businesses better manage waste stream, improve safety, ensure regulatory compliance, promote environmental stewardship and even save money.
“We approached Waste Management to bring a partner to our organization that can provide great services. They offer many products to assist businesses in an effort to save our member businesses money” said Amy Landers, Executive Director of the Lakes Region Tourism Association.

Landers and the LRTA understand the importance of continuing to develop relationships and form partnerships that will have a direct benefit to businesses. “This partnership is another way to provide cost savings programs to members to enhance their bottom line” said Landers. She added; “Waste Management is a leader in their industry of picking up waste, implementing recycling programs and finding solutions for tourism businesses. “
The Lakes Region Tourism Association is a non-profit tourism marketing organization that promotes the Lakes Region and Central New Hampshire to bring more visitors to the area. www.lakesregion.org

June 5, 2015

2015 Vacation Rentals on the Rise in NH Lakes Region

With more American travelers expected to choose vacation rentals this summer, 2015 is expected to be a record-breaking year for Preferred Vacation Rentals.

According to a 2014 survey conducted by TripAdvisor, more than half of the responders said they’d prefer renting a home, where they can share time with loved ones in a comfortable, home-like setting, to staying in a hotel. Fifty-two percent of those U.S. travelers said they were planning a rental stay, compared to 44 percent in 2013. In addition, 94 percent of Americans who’d recently stayed in a vacation rental were reportedly satisfied with the experience.

Those trends are consistent with those in the Lakes Region. Just days into spring, Mark Borrin, owner of Preferred Vacation Rentals, reports that the 2015 summer season is already off to a promising start. In March, Borrin said that he’s already seen a 17 percent increase in bookings over this time last year, indicating that the demand for quality rental options will continue to rise.

Fortunately Borrin and his staff have been planning ahead. Striving to meet growing demands, Preferred Vacation Rentals opened a second office in Wolfeboro this past December. The family-owned company, founded by Borrin’s parents, Mel and Tina, in 1978, now operates out of two locations in the heart of the Lakes Region: its flagship site at 34 Whittier Hwy and its newer office, located at 25 N. Main St. in Wolfeboro.

Borrin and his team are actively seeking additional rental properties to ensure all clients can enjoy their dream Lakes Region vacation. “It’s a great way for a homeowner to capture some additional income,” he said, noting that Lakes Region vacation rental rates average over $2,600 per week.

With well over 200 vacation properties in its listings, ranging from quaint wooded cottages to sprawling island estates, Preferred Vacation Rentals is the place where Lakes Region summer fun has begun for several generations of vacationers, while putting property owners’ cares to rest. “It’s not just about renting properties,” Borrin said. “Our team is dedicated to helping every visitor have the very best experiences possible in the Lakes Region. We consider ourselves the finest vacation rental company in the region, as we strive to provide exceptional service to both our homeowners and our guests.”

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 www.nhtrails.org. For information about registration requirements, safety education, and laws visit www.ride.nh.gov.
“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 www.nhstateparks.org 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 attitash.com 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 www.naswa.com/peter_makris.com 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 http://www.nhptv.org/cog.

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 http://www.TheCog.com. 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 thecog.com or contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.


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