Archive for November, 2011

November 19, 2011

Large Customers Embracing Energy-Saving LEDs

From big industry representatives to municipal officials, many of PSNH’s largest commercial and governmental accounts packed the Derryfield Country Club recently for a seminar exploring LED (light-emitting diode) solutions as an energy-saving alternative to traditional incandescent and fluorescent lighting in the workplace.

LaRocca-250by Elizabeth LaRoccaThe topic was so popular, in fact, that “we had to close down registrations because we had such strong interest,” says Jack Schelling, PSNH’s appliance and lighting program administrator.

PSNH along with the member utilities of nhsaves (Unitil, NH Electric Co-op, and National Grid) were hosts for the seminar, which offered a primer of LED terms and standards as well as an awareness session on knowing when an LED lighting product lives up to its claims.

While LEDs have been around for awhile, particularly as indicator lights in electronics, technology that enables a stable, white light for general lighting has been a fairly recent innovation. Quality LED lighting for general and commercial use has brightness that is equal to or greater than existing lighting technologies, its output remains constant over time, and it does not use power when it is turned off. LEDs are also increasingly used in traffic control lighting.

The technology has advanced so rapidly in recent years that it is now surpassing the quality and efficiency of traditional lighting solutions—in fact, according to ENERGY STAR, LED lighting can yield significant savings because it uses at least 75% less energy than incandescent lighting. ENERGY STAR-qualified LED lighting also lasts up to 50 times longer than incandescent types and up to five times longer than fluorescent bulbs, is cooler to operate, and won’t break.

LED_Bulb-350It all adds up to significant energy savings—an especially attractive feature for large use customers. Among those in attendance at the Derryfield seminar were interested representatives from PSNH Southern Division industry giants BAE (Nashua) and General Electric (Hooksett), the NH Department of Transportation, the state university system, the city of Dover, and hospitals.

In addition to the seminar’s tutorial aspect, Schelling says large customers were encouraged to weigh “life-cycle cost factors” when considering replacing existing lighting with LED solutions—the initial investment, cost of energy over the lifetime of the product, and maintenance cost over its lifetime.

“This helps people appreciate the real value in LED products that appear to be expensive at first,” Schelling explains. “Lighting retrofits and efficient motors are just two examples of products that offer huge savings opportunities over the long range.”

PSNH is helping its large customers take full advantage of LED lighting technology by providing rebates through the nhsaves@work large business retrofit program. Paul Lentine, PSNH senior energy efficiency program administrator, explained to the Derryfield gathering how using LED technology could be tied into the rebate programs offered by PSNH and the other participating New Hampshire utilities.

The large business retrofit program offers prescriptive and custom rebates to customers who replace equipment and lighting at their facility with more energy-efficient solutions.

“The main message,” says Schelling, “is that there are practical energy-saving applications today for a variety of general lighting applications.”

For more information on PSNH’s LED lighting retrofit programs, contact me an Account Executive at 1-800-662-7764.

November 19, 2011

New Hampshire PR Stories from DTTD

1. USA Today: Autumn in America

Nice to get into USA Today for fall foliage. This picture is really gorgeous and highlights our spectacular fall season here. Photo was taken in Ossipee.

2. USA Today: Hart’s Turkey Farm

Another story in USA Today, this one on Hart’s Turkey Farm in Meredith, NH.

3. New York Times: Growing apples without pesticide

Great story in the New York Times by an apple grower in New Hampshire about ways to do it without pesticide. I saw this piece get picked up by the Seattle Times and I am sure it will get picked up other places as well.

4. Montreal Gazette: U.S. Thanksgiving in New Hampshire

This story was the result of a Black Friday pitch letter we sent to media outlets. The Montreal Gazette followed up with questions about some of the properties and requested photos as well.

5. Fosters: Seacoast winners in foliage contest

This story was from a press release we put out about the contest winners in our Picture Perfect Foliage Photo Contest. We listed out the home towns of winners so that regional papers might do individual stories with the winner/s from their region and Fosters picked up the two winners from their area in this press release.

November 19, 2011

Belknap Landscape Company Breaks Ground at WOW Trail Elm St. Entrance

Belknap Landscape Company Inc. (BLC) is the Lakes Region’s premier landscape design-build firm, providing an unmatched scope of landcare services to area residential, commercial municipal clients throughout all four seasons. Specializing in solving problems in Lakes Region landscapes, the company was recently selected to build easy access to the Elm St entrance of the WOW Trail from the parking area below and to construct stunning guest area at the Trail entrance.

For this project, Belknap Landscape crews are guided by a landscape design created by Laconia’s Tim Jordan, an award-winning Landscape Architect. While there have been notable beautification initiatives along Phase 1, including newly installed Trail entrance planting beds by the Opechee Garden Club, this effort focuses on easy access from the O’ Steak & Seafood parking lot and on providing Trail-user amenities at the entrance.

The Gilford Company’s efforts will include site preparation with erosion control and the installation of a 6-foot wide granite stairway with safety railings and a gate at the top landing. Once WOW Trail visitors walk to the top of the new stairs they will be greeted by a redesigned landscape with a large brick paver patio and walkways throughout the area, those bricks available for purchase to help fund the Trail. Complementing these enhancements is a new picnic area surrounded by cobblestone edging and a bike rack. Once these hardscapes are installed, construction crews move into the softscape installation, replacing and adding plants and shrubs, grading and seeding, with the slope on each side of the stairway planted in wildflowers.

Allan Beetle, VP of the Board of Directors of the WOW Trail and Owner of the nearby Patrick’s Pub & Eatery commented, “We are excited about the additional improvements at the gateway to the Trail and thrilled that Belknap Landscape is on site.”

Heidi Blakely has been a WOW Trail volunteer for several years, serving as Chair of the Brick Sales Committee for the last year. All engraved bricks, sold for $50.00 each, serve as a fundraiser for continuing Wow Trail improvements and fund future Phases. There are many new opportunities available for anyone who is interested in working on the WOW Trail, and all may be found at Heidi was on hand for the project’s ground breaking Friday morning, noting “This will be a terrific improvement, providing a comfortable place for WOW Trail users to relax after a nice walk or bike ride.” And continued “ A great place to stop for lunch, with lake views in the background.”

The project is anticipated to be complete by the end of the month, weather permitting.

Belknap Landscape Company is a Lakes Region eco-friendly business – family owned since 1988. A Business NH magazine 2001 Business of the Year Award Winner and 2010 NH Business Review Business Excellence Award winner for Landscape Construction. Most recently, the company received a Building NH Award for the rejuvenation of Laconia’s Stewart Park on Union Avenue. The company is a member of the NH Landscape Association, with Certified Landscape Professionals on staff. (end)

Contact: Dale Squires, Media Relations, Belknap Landscape Company, Inc.
Village West – 25 Country Club Road, Unit 302, Gilford NH 03249
Mobile: 603 455 1594 Office: 603 528 2798 ext 29

November 19, 2011

New INHS Tourism Tool Kits Available

New INHS Tourism Tool Kits Available
The Institute for New Hampshire Studies (INHS) has prepared two tool kits that will be helpful to members of the tourism industry- a Tourism Marketing Toolkit and an Ecotourism Evaluation Tool Kit.

The Tourism Marketing Toolkit is designed to assist small tourism properties in designing/redesigning their marketing efforts; while the Ecotourism Evaluation Toolkit allows properties to measure their readiness to host “green” experiences.
The two tool kits can be accessed at

INHS research reports are also now available at two sites and

November 19, 2011

Be part of the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection

The New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection supports and maintains the importance of local relationships between farms and restaurants. The Certified Local program creates a positive impact on the local economy by increasing the loyalty of customers who understand the importance of supporting local farms.

To learn more about the Farm to Restaurant Connection, please visit their website here.

November 19, 2011

Discover New England Tourism Summit coming in March 2012

Register for the 17th Annual Discover New England Tourism Summit now.
The Discover New England Tourism Summit is THE event to meet with International tour operators who want to sell New England product. This annual event will be taking place at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers in Boston, MA on March 26 – 28, 2012. Register now to get the early bird rates (available until January 31, 2012) by visiting

Discover New England expects over 80 international tour operators, US receptives, trade media journalists, and professionals to participate in over 5,000 pre-scheduled meetings with New England tourism suppliers. This is an important opportunity to form important relationships, educate the international inbound market on your product, sign contracts, and network with other colleagues in the industry. For more information, contact Discover New England at (603) 766-0606 or email

November 19, 2011

Lake Opechee Inn and Spa hosts Open House!

The Season Sparkles…Our doors are open at Lake Opechee Inn and Spa ~ visit us for our 5th Annual Open House and Craft Fair on Saturday November 26 from 10am-4pm.

Enjoy tours of our tastefully decorated guest rooms, shop the Craft Fair at the Conference Center, take a horse drawn wagon ride, listen to festive music by Aprylle & Reed, or take a family photos (for a small fee) withCharles George Photography in our charming Lodge Room! Shopping and tastings at the Inn will feature~ O Steaks & Seafood, Sweet LeaLeaCupcakes, Kellerhaus chocolates, Whittemore’s Flowers, Badger Hill Farms, Stonegate Winery, Big Cat Coffee, Heritage Farms, Hannah Banana Baskets, breads & cheesecakes by Gilford Gourmet and more! Introducing our New Spa Menu,Complimentary Mini Services, Discounts on Gift Certificates and all spa products! Come
by from 12:00- 1:00 for spa tours and special giveaways and treats!

Enjoy fun activities for all ages and holiday shopping with lots of local bakers, craftmen and artisans!
62 Doris Ray Court, Laconia, NH
603.524.0111 ~

November 19, 2011

Santa Arrives by Dog Team for Santa Visits, Tree Lighting, and Fireworks in Waterville Valley, NH

Santa Arrives by Dog Team for Santa Visits, Tree Lighting, and Fireworks

Saturday, November 26, 2011 marks the 21st annual arrival of “Santa Arrives by Dog Team” at Town Square in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

Pulled by a team of Alaskan sled dogs, Santa and his elves will arrive in Town Square at 3:30 p.m. Visits with Santa and elves will then commence inside the Nordic Center, and will continue until Santa sees the last child, usually around 7 pm. Each child will receive a small gift and candy from Santa and his elves, and parents are welcome to take photos of their children with Santa. Hot cocoa and cookies will be on hand. A raffle will be held for an assortment of prizes donated by Waterville Valley area businesses.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per child or $10 per family. All proceeds will be donated to the Whole Village Family Resource Center, an initiative of Lakes Region United Way. Whole Village Family Resource Center is located in Plymouth, NH, and is a partnership of people and agencies aimed at enhancing the lives of families and children in the region. Visit for more information.

At 7:00 p.m. Santa will light the tree in the courtyard in Town Square, signaling the annual fireworks display over Corcoran’s Pond. Shops and restaurants in the Town Square will be open during the event.

Various people and organizations are donating time and resources to support this event, including musher Lidia Dale-Mesaros, the Waterville Valley Public Safety Department, Whole Village Family Resource Center, the merchants of Waterville Valley Town Square, and Santa Claus.

Lodging in a variety of family-friendly options is available starting at $130 per night based for a family of four.

Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as a self-contained, four seasons resort. Today in addition to its world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating, a skate park, and a host of outdoor activities. Dining options include traditional favorites and elegant dining. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit

November 19, 2011


COMMON MAN FAMILY OF RESTAURANTS CELEBRATES 40TH YEAR WITH $40K  BIRTHDAY GIFT TO THE NH FOOD BANK Company also unveils DO GOOD Charity Raffle and Month-Long Specials and Events.

The Common Man family of restaurants in New Hampshire marked its 40th year with a $40,000 birthday gift to the New Hampshire Food Bank and the unveiling of a DO GOOD charity raffle to assist 20 other non-profits in the state. At a party held at the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester, Common Man owner Alex Ray, Vice President Diane Downing and CEO Jason Lyon gathered staff, partners and non-profits to announce a month-long celebration of the hospitality family’s 40th year, which includes throwback menus, parties and charitable endeavors. CEO Jason Lyon kicked off the party with the donation to the New Hampshire Food Bank. “While this was a gift to mark our 40th birthday, we do encourage and even challenge all businesses across New Hampshire to give what they can as well, so that no resident goes hungry,” said Lyon. Bruce Wilson, Director of Operations for the New Hampshire Food Bank, said the donation solidifies a partnership with the Common Man family that has spanned several years, and thanked the Common Man for helping serve more than 130,000 people. “This will go a long way in filling our shelves so that we can help those in need in our state,” said Wilson. New Hampshire Governor John Lynch commended Ray and the Common Man family for their contributions to the state and to others. “To me, the Common Man represents all that is good about organizations in New Hampshire,” said Lynch. “It’s obvious they have a real commitment to their communities. Everywhere I go, there’s the Common Man, there’s Alex, giving back to the community.” Ray reflected on 40 years of doing business in New Hampshire and commented that he often gets calls about locations outside of the state that would be perfect for a new restaurant or hospitality endeavor. “I love it here, I love New Hampshire. Period,” said Ray. “It’s not just the beauty of our geography, it’s the people, it’s the work ethic, positivity, and it’s just great. I want us to be New Hampshire’s restaurant.”
Ray thanked the more than 800 employees of the Common Man family and credited them for the company’s success. “I am so proud of our Common Man family, we have a very good tenure and that’s what makes it magic.” Steve Boucher, Communications and Legislative Director for the NH Division of Economic Development, said The Common Man is a world-class company that provides excellent food and is a leader in vision and spirit. “It’s companies like The Common Man that consistently create new opportunities to add to the workforce, to initiate redevelopment and to add to the social fabric that makes this state great.” Common Man Vice President Diane Downing announced a charity DO GOOD raffle that partners 21 of New Hampshire’s non-profits with 21 Common Man locations. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each with all proceeds benefiting the partner organization, and the lucky raffle winner will receive a Common Man gift card for $197.10, to mark the company’s inception in 1971. The charities and locations where supporters can purchase raffle tickets to assist them are: Common Man Lincoln Adaptive Ski Program at Loon Common Man Ashland Ashland Food Pantry & Community Center Common Man Express Deli in Ashland CADY, Inc. (Communities for Alcohol & Drug Free Youth) Company Store Ashland Circle Program Italian Farmhouse Pemi Baker Literacy Foundation Flying Monkey Performance Center Educational Theatre Collaborative (ETC) Foster’s Boiler Room First Star Tonight Common Man Inn Plymouth The Bridge House Spa at the Common Man Inn in Plymouth Cinderella Project of New Hampshire Route 104 Diner in New Hampton New Hampshire Humane Society Lakehouse Grille in Meredith New Hampshire Food Bank LAGO in Meredith WLNH Children’s Auction CAMP in Meredith American Red Cross New Hampshire Tilt’n Diner Mix 94.1 Cash and Cans Common Man Concord CASA of NH Common Man Claremont Claremont Soup Kitchen Common Man Inn in Claremont Toys for Tots Airport Diner in Manchester Union Leader Santa Fund (Salvation Army) Common Man Merrimack Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Common Man Windham Child and Family Services of NH Common Man Portsmouth Seacoast Family Food Pantry Lyon said the charities in the DO GOOD raffle contest can also earn an additional $400 Common Man gift card through a voting contest on the Common Man’s Facebook page. The non-profit with the highest votes at the end of the month will win. Votes can be cast in the voting app at .
Other festivities and promotions planned for the 40th anniversary include a Happy Birthday Video Contest, where contestants can sing their own version of Happy Birthday, capture it on video and load it to an app on the Common Man’s Facebook page. The videos will go to a public vote and finalist videos will be shown in a Birthday Idol contest at the culmination of the month-long celebration at The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center in Plymouth on December 2. The grand prize for the video contest is a $400 Common Man gift card, said Lyon. Getting back to its roots, the Common Man restaurant in Ashland, the company’s flagship location, will be serving up a throwback menu at throwback prices from November 7 – 12. Classic guest favorites like Chicken Kiev, The Chopper and Shrimp Scampi will be served at prices ranging from $6.99 – $8.99. All Common Man-named restaurants will offer a three course meal from a select menu for $19.71 from November 13 – 19, and its lakes region restaurants Lago and Camp in Meredith and Plymouth restaurants Italian Farmhouse and Foster’s Boiler Room will serve a three course meal from a select menu for $19.71 from November 20 – 23. A special dinner for two menu for $40 will be offered at Lakehouse Grille in Meredith from November 27 – 30. Guests can enjoy a family-friendly birthday party at all three of the Common Man’s diners – Airport Diner in Manchester, Route 104 Diner in New Hampton and Tilt’n Diner in Tilton on November 18. Kids eat free that night with the purchase of any adult entrée. Other specials include two pounds of homemade fudge at the Company Store in Ashland for $19.71, 40% off a second night’s stay at The Common Man Inns in Plymouth and Claremont, select treatments at The Spa at the Inn in Plymouth for $40, and 40% off a second sandwich purchased at Common Man Express Deli in Ashland. The Common Man will offer a one-day gift card sale on November 10 – buy a $40 gift card and get a $10 gift card for free, and the Company Store has a limited edition 40th anniversary mug for sale. Information about all of the Common Man’s 40th anniversary events and specials can be found at or on the company’s Facebook page at

November 19, 2011


The Savings Begin at 10:00pm on Thanksgiving Night at Tanger Outlets in Tilton New hampshire

Thousands of shoppers will be making a list and checking it twice to head to Tanger Outlet Center Tilton a little earlier this year to get their holiday shopping started. Tanger’s Moonlight Madness Sale is giving its value-conscious customers a jump on their holiday gift-giving and the opportunity to realize bigger, bonus savings at their favorite brand name and designer outlet stores before the stroke of midnight.

At 10:00pm on Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving night, the excitement and savings of Moonlight Madness begin at Tanger Outlet Center Tilton. Once Thanksgiving dinner is finished, it’s time to think about getting together with your friends and neighbors for some real holiday shopping fun and some of the best deals of the season. Plus…
The first 200 shoppers in line at Tanger Shopper Services at 10:00pmon Thanksgiving night will receive a free $10 Tanger gift card*.
The fun continues all night long when 100 shoppers in line at 2:00amreceive a $20 Tanger gift card*.
Then from 2:00am – 6:00am shoppers can register for a chance to win a 51” flat screen TV at Tanger Shopper Services*. Winner must be present at Shopper Services to win at 6:05am on Friday, November 25th.
Shoppers must be 18 years or older to participate in the Moonlight Madness giveaways. Tanger gift cards are redeemable at all Tanger Outlet stores nationwide.

All of the stores at Tanger Outlets Tilton will be offering special deals beginning at 10:00pm on Thanksgiving night and throughout the weekend, Friday, November 25-Sunday, November 27.

Tanger is also offering its shoppers many ways to connect to additional savings and rewards this year. Exclusive Choose Your Day special offers will be available throughout the After-Thanksgiving Weekend at http://www.tangeroutlet.comor they can download the Tanger app for smartphones today and get deals on the go! Its FREE and so V.I.P!.

Text To Win – Moonlight Sweepstakes will give customers using mobile devices the chance to win one of four $1,000 Tanger Shopping Sprees during the After Thanksgiving shopping weekend. Shoppers 18 years or older are invited to Text “MOONLIGHT” to 74700 to join Tanger Mobile Deals and be entered. One prize will be given away daily from November 25-28.

Mobile App – Shoppers who download the Tanger App now through November 27 on their IPhone or Andriod mobile device will receive a FREE $10 gift card from Hanesbrands upon activation. Offer valid November 24 – November 27, 2011 or while supplies last. Limit one gift card per person and per household. Must be 18 years old to participate. Not valid in Deer Park, NY or Barstow, CA. See store for details.

According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will once again be showing the willingness to spend on what’s important to them this Holiday season but they will scope out ways to get the best bang for their buck.

“The holidays is such an exciting time. Our stores are full of great brand name and designer products at a substantial savings! The outlets offer one stop shopping for everything on your list and this weekend the prices couldn’t be better,” stated Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “ We encourage all of our regular outlet customers and new outlet shoppers to think Tanger this season.”

You don’t even have to wait until Thanksgiving weekend to start your Holiday Shopping . Tanger’s Moonlight Madness Sale comes on the heels of the seasonal TangerStyle 20% campaign which runs from now through November 20th. TangerStyle coupons are one of the easiest ways to save when you shop at Tanger Outlets Tilton.When you present your TangerStyle coupon at participating stores, you’ll get an instant 20% off on a single item. Receiving TangerStyle Coupons is as simple as a click of the mouse. Before heading to Tanger Outlets Tilton visit www.tangeroutlet/ A complete list of participating TangerStyle stores is also available on Tanger’s website.

November 19, 2011

2012 Recreational Trails Program Grant Applications Now Available

The New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Trails announces that the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant applications are now available. RTP is a competitive grant program that offers funding for quality public trail projects throughout New Hampshire.
Limited grants are available for motorized, non-motorized, and diversified trails. Eligible projects include maintenance and restoration of existing trails, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities, trail linkages, and acquisition of easements or property for trails. Applicants may be non-profit organizations, private groups or government entities.
The Bureau will be holding an informational workshop about the program. The workshop will be held on/at the following dates, times and locations:
• December 13, 2011, at 6:00 pm, Department of Resources and Economic Development, 172 Pembroke Road, Concord, NH 03301.

Since space is limited, please call the Bureau of Trails at 603-271-3254 or email to reserve a spot. Applications are due January 20, 2012. For an application and more information, visit the Partners & Community Resources page at
Funding for the Recreational Trail Program is generated from federal gas tax dollars paid on fuel purchases for off-highway recreational vehicles and snowmobiles. These funds are appropriated to the states by the Federal Highway Administration as authorized through the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) of 2005. The program in New Hampshire is administered by the Bureau of Trails.
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.

November 19, 2011

Paper Mache Sculpture Demonstration hosted by The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery

The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery is pleased to host a “Paper Mache Sculpture” demonstration with artist Kathy Marx, on Saturday December 10th, from 11am to 1pm.Using heavy galvanized fence wire, a wide variety of recycled and “found” materials, and acrylic paint Kathy brings animals and joyful characters to life. Kathy is also the featured artist for the month of December, and a large collection of her pieces can be seen on display in the Meredith gallery.

From cranky chickens to blue giraffes, Kathy says she loves playing with color. Her sculptures and characters are full of life and appeal to a wide variety of people. “I do a lot of custom work,” she says, “people’s pets, their favorite animal, or whatever silly thing they can come up with. I’ve even done a comic book superhero, and a yellow VW Bug.”

The demonstration is held at the Meredith Retail Gallery, located at 279 Daniel Webster Hwy, next to the Inn at Church Landing, in Meredith. For more information call the gallery at (603)279-7920, or email us at

November 19, 2011

The Making of the 2011 Annual Ornament with Walker Boyle hosted by NH Craftsmen Meredith Gallery

The League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Retail Gallery is pleased to host “The Making of the 2011 Annual Ornament” with Walker Boyle, on Saturday December 3rd, from 11am to 1pm. Walker Boyle will illustrate the lost wax process to create the ornament using a wax piece, a molding flask, a piece after it is cast from a molten metal pour, and he will also show a finished piece. Come by and meet the artist and pick up your limited edition 2011 League of NH Craftsmen’s Annual Ornament.
Walker Boyle’s handcrafted pewter ornament, called Nature’s Adornment, is a pewter pinecone – a traditional decorative motif for wreaths and decorations that will have you “pining” for the holidays. The ornament is Walker’s unique interpretation of a white pine tree’s pinecone that has shed its seeds. A frost blue ribbon is attached to the top of the ornament so it can hang on a tree or wreath.

A juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen since 2000, Walker designs and creates pewter and metal figurines and ornaments in his home studio in Antrim, NH. “My collection of pinecones was the inspiration for this ornament. It is specifically modeled on pinecones from trees that you see throughout New Hampshire,” said Walker. To create his pieces, he uses the ancient lost wax method of casting, as well as modern techniques of metal working. “It took me close to two years to get this pinecone design to a point that I could reproduce it,” said Walker.

The demonstration is held at the Meredith Retail Gallery, located at 279 Daniel Webster Hwy, next to the Inn at Church Landing, in Meredith. For more information call the gallery at (603)279-7920, or email us at

November 19, 2011

A Collection of Paper Mache Sculptures at League of NH Craftsmen

All Creatures Great and Small… Even Elves
A Collection of Paper Mache Sculptures
by Kathy Marx
December 1st through 31st
On display for the month of December, Kathy Marx’s paper mache creations will bring joy to your holiday season. Skiing penguins, snowboarding rabbits, contemplative moose, or Santa busy in his workshop, these sculptures will be the piece that you look forward to bringing out each Christmas.
Using heavy galvanized fence wire, a wide variety of recycled and “found” materials, and acrylic paint Kathy brings animals and joyful characters to life. She says the figures tend to look more delicate than they really are, but the use of fencing wire makes them relatively sturdy. Each piece is finished with several coats of protective varnish.
“I started playing with paper mache in 2001 as a way to make something different as a gift. I’ve always enjoyed giving handmade pieces to family and friends. For many years I’d been painting – on old cupboard doors, on rocks, gourds, old shutter slats. I found paper mache especially fun, it was like creating little characters. I don’t always sit down with a clear idea, but my hands begin to twist the wire armature, a shape starts to form, and pretty soon I have a pig wearing a straw hat holding a big red apple, looking absolutely pleased with herself.”
From cranky chickens to blue giraffes, Kathy says she loves playing with color. Her sculptures and characters are full of life and appeal to a wide variety of people. “I do a lot of custom work,” she says, “people’s pets, their favorite animal, or whatever silly thing they can come up with. I’ve even done a comic book superhero, and a yellow VW Bug.”
Kathy Marx’s work is on display at the Meredith Retail Gallery, located at 279 Daniel Webster Hwy, next to the Inn at Church Landing, in Meredith. For more information call the gallery at (603)279-7920, or email us at

November 19, 2011

“Best of Beers” Weekend at Indian Head Resort January 28-29, 2012

We’ve changed the date of our ‘Best of Beers Weekend 3″. This popular program, hosted by our Executive Chef Adam Parker features an evening of unique brews and our always fantastic food. The date change will give those winter sport enthusiasts a chance to do some skiing or snowmobiling. We offer discounted lift tickets to all area skiing and we are located ON the Corridor 11 Snowmobile Trail – you can ride your sled directly to the trail from your room. Make your plans now to enjoy this fun winter weekend at the famous Indian Head Resort!

All Inclusive 2 days and 1 night package!
• 1 Night Lodging FREE upgrade to best available room
Use of All Resort facilities including Heated Outdoor Pool & Hot Spa!
• 1 Choice of Menu Breakfast
Chef Adam Parker
• 1 Dinner prepared especially for You!
• “Best of Beers” Program
Hosted by Indian Head Resort’s Executive Chef Adam Parker
Only $229 for two guests!
Tax & Gratuities Additional. Some restrictions may apply so call 1-800-343-8000 for more information or to book now.
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November 19, 2011

Award-Winning Native American Storytellers To Perform at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum’s Winter Celebration

Native Americans consider winter to be the proper time for telling stories. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is pleased to announce that four storytellers, including Native American Music Award winners Ken Quiet Hawk and Deb New Moon Rising, will share their tales with visitors of all ages during our Winter Celebration. The day’s events will include powwow-style drumming, crafts, games and a sale at the Dream Catcher gift shop.

• The festivities begin at 10am with crafts and games that will continue throughout the day.
• At 11am Abenaki storyteller Willow Greene will share stories passed down by her family members and generations of Abenaki storytellers.
• The stories continue at noon with Hears Crow, a Narragansett storyteller and poet who keeps alive the ceremonies, songs and stories of the ‘old ones.’
• Mountain Spirit Drum will perform at 1pm led by New Hampshire Intertribal Native American Council Chief and Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum Trustee, Peter Newell
• Abenaki storytellers Ken Quiet Hawk and Deb New Moon Rising will share their stories at 2pm. Ken and Deb believe that “Storytelling should be a means of teaching, teaching us all how to be better people.” Recordings of their stories have won two Native American Music Awards for Best Spoken Word Recordings and they have also been nominated Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist.

Winter Celebration is held in the museum Saturday December 10, 10am-4pm at 18 Highlawn Road on Mt. Kearsarge in Warner. Visitors can stroll through the arboretum, walk the trails in the Medicine Woods, play in the teepee and tour the museum itself, in addition to all the festival activities. Admission is FREE for members and $5 for non-members. Non-members who choose to become members that day will receive free admission.

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum was founded in 1990 by Charles “Bud” and Nancy Thompson as an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage respect for our environment. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum seeks to challenge all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world. The museum is open daily May 1 – October 31, Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm and on weekends in November through December 10.

See our website for a complete listing of upcoming events:

November 19, 2011

Mayor Seymour Presents Adopt-a-Spot Awards; City Accepts Building NH Award for Stewart Park

Mayor Seymour Presents Adopt-a-Spot Awards; City Accepts Building NH Award for Stewart Park

At the recent Laconia City Council meeting where the Mayor and new City Council were sworn in, Laconia’s 2011 Adopt-A-Spot Awards were presented. The Adopt-A-Spot was started in 1994 as a way of encouraging individuals, civic organizations, garden clubs, businesses and other organizations to assist with the beautification of the City by planting flowers and other civic improvements.

This past year beautification efforts ran the gambit from cub scouts to professional landscape service providers. All services and plantings were provided as a courtesy for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

For areas adopted on City property, recognition for such efforts includes an on-site sign with a name or organization, provided by the City. Annually, by August 15th, a committee judges adopted areas in the various categories and chooses the winners who are acknowledged at a City Council meeting. While the awards committee acknowledged all participants put forth a wonderful effort, they chose select businesses and individuals for special recognition.

Mayor Seymour presented Best Barrel Awards to Prescott’s Florist, Patrick Wood Law Office and Cub Scout Pack #68. Larry Poliquin, GM of the Hannaford Supermarket, directed the Cub Scout effort. A Best Planter Award was presented to Laconia Main Street Outdoor Marketplace.

Landscape Recognition Awards in the Residential Category went to Linda Vollmerding on Windmill Lane and, in the Civic Category, to the Laconia Rotary Club/Garden Artisans, who won for their stellar efforts in Rotary Park, along with Martin, Lord & Osman who plant and care for 1 Mill Plaza each season.

Belknap Landscape Company received an award for the rejuvenation of Stewart Park and the seasonal enhancements to Centennial Garden within the park. “This is a terrific, high profile program that puts you in company with professional landscapers and master gardeners and allows your efforts to be seen and enjoyed by everyone” said Dale Squires, of Belknap Landscape Company. In turn, Squires presented a Building NH Award to the City. The Publishers of the Granite State Builder magazine, the voice of the Lakes Region Builders and Remodelers Association (LRBRA) originally presented this award to the City and to Belknap Landscape on November 2nd for Stewart Park’s sustainable landscape transformation. Only one commemorative plaque was provided at the time. Building NH awards recognize eco-friendly construction practices in homes, buildings and public spaces and recognize civic investments in public areas.

Special Recognition Awards went to CBH Landscape Contractor for their care and maintenance of the Laconia Library grounds. Laconia expanded Adopt-A-Spot areas by adding select sections along the WOW Trail. A lovely new perennial garden orchestrated by the Opechee Garden Club, with plants supplied at cost by nearby Appletree Nursery, earned the Club a Special Recognition Award. The Club was also recognized for plantings at the Belknap County Court House.

To participate, an application is submitted with contact information and the location of the adopted area on City property or your own. You will be asked to plant and maintain your adopted area, including watering and weeding, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. For information, contact the Parks & Recreation office at 603-524-5046.

Contact: Dale Squires, Media Relations
Belknap Landscape Company, Inc.
Village West – 25 Country Club Road, Unit 302, Gilford NH 03249
Mobile: 603 455 1594 Office: 603 528 2798 ext 2929

November 19, 2011

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse invites you to kick off the holiday season

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse invites you to kick off the holiday season

Sunday, December 4th, 2-4pm
O’s Steak and Seafood, Laconia

Delicious fare provided by O’s Steak and Seafood in Laconia

Gift auction including an extensive collection of wines, vacation opportunities, themed gift baskets and more! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping. Items at all levels for all ages.

All funds raised support our Capital Campaign

RSVPs requested by November 30 or 603.366.7377
$15 per person, $25 per couple

November 19, 2011

True Tale of Robin Hood and Little Shop of Horrors at Winni Playhouse

Nov 17-20
The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood
By Mary Lynn Dobson
Performed by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Youth Ensemble
It sure is hard to be humble when you’re a swashbuckling, egocentric super-hero. But our gallant guy-in-green tries his best as he swaggers through The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, a frantically funny, Monty Pythonesque retelling of the classic. This time around, the legendary legend, in his never-ending quest to aid the needy, encounters a lovely damsel-in-distress (oddly obsessed with skin conditions); an ever-scheming sheriff who would rather bowl a strike than hit a bull’s-eye; a gold-hoarding, bad-guy monarch wannabe; and a good-natured “Town’s Gal” who manages to make her way into every scene, whether she belongs there or not. Combine them with a band of spoon-wielding Merry Men and Women whose collective IQs equal six, and you’ve got an irreverent jaunt through Sherwood Forest!
Thursday November 17 – Saturday, November 20 at 7:00pm & Sunday, November 20 at 2:00pm
Adults $12 Students & Seniors $10

December 8 – 11
Little Shop of Horrors
By Alan Menken and Howard Ashman
The hit musical comedy about a man-eating plant and his visit to Skid Row! Performed by The Winnipesaukee Playhouse Teen Ensemble
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 7pm, Sunday 2pm
Tickets: $14 adults, $12 seniors, $10 students

Call 603.366.7377 for tickets.

November 19, 2011

Christmas Magic in NH: The Cog, The Rocks, Santa’s Village

Christmas Magic: The Cog, The Rocks, Santa’s Village

Three of the greatest ingredients of a Christmas memory are a train, Santa Claus and picking out the perfect tree.

This holiday season, visitors to the White Mountains can mix them all together in one weekend trip for a Christmas to remember.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, The Rocks Estate in Bethlehem and Santa’s Village in Jefferson are just a few minutes apart from each other and families looking for Christmas tradition and holiday cheer will find it, beginning on Nov. 19.

The Cog’s Santa Trains run at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, concluding Dec. 4 (The Cog also operates during the week without Santa, due to Santa overseeing North Pole operations). Departing the Marshfield Station, the train, joined by Santa Claus himself, climbs halfway up Mount Washington, to Kroflite Kamp, where passengers can get off the train. You will see the sweeping mountain panorama and, Santa will tell you, you are almost at the North Pole.

Advanced reservations are recommended for The Cog’s Santa Trains and can be made online at or by calling 603-278-5404.

For a full schedule of events at The Rocks Estate, visit and more information about Santa’s Village is available at

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