1st Annual Pond Hockey Tournament a Big Success

Pond-Hockey-014“It was our first year, and we couldn’t have asked for a better response,” said Scott Crowder, organizer of the New England Pond Hockey Classic (NEPHC), “From the participants, to the sponsors, to the town of Meredith — and obviously the weather… the entire weekend went off without a hitch.”

Nearly 500 players and 77 teams turned out for the first annual NEPHC tournament on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH on the weekend of February 5th – 7th.  With “baby blue skies and beautiful sunshine,” five divisions competed on 7 rinks simultaneously over the course of the weekend.  On Sunday afternoon, five teams raised Lake WinnipeHockey’s Cup above their heads: ?in the Open Division – The Paddy’s from Lexington, MA, ?in the 30+ Division – The Frozen Hacks from Franklin, MA,?in the 40+ Division – The Bumbles from Alton, NH, in the Legends Division – The Bud Heavies from Newburyport, MA, and ?in the Just for Fun Division – Montreal Todd from Woburn, MA.

“As this event goes forward, we would like to start expanding by at least being able to accommodate the 40 additional teams we had to wait-list this year,” said Crowder. “That would already bring us up to 120 teams, which, for only being in our second year of operation, would be incredible.”  Crowder also has plans to add a women’s division to next year’s event.  He estimates that there will be 12 – 13 rinks on the bay, and close to another 500 participants coming to the area for the weekend of February 4th – 6th, 2011.  Crowder said he would like to have a youth tournament, as well, adding, “If we could get more kids out there playing, they’re going to fall in love with the sport of hockey.”

Since the tournament, Crowder has been receiving e-mails from folks in Meredith saying how nice it is to drive by the rinks and see people out there using them.  “They said that for whatever reason before, kids wouldn’t go out on the lake and skate,” said Crowder.  “Hopefully this will help the community and all the kids, have them start to play hockey, cause it’s such a fun sport.”

The purpose of the event was to “bring hockey back to the basics,” Crowder said.  “The competition was very healthy, we didn’t have any fights, or anything of that nature.  Everyone was able to have a good time.  It was nice to see something that we put together help out the local businesses and give the hockey community of the region something to come out for.  That was extremely positive.”

Crowder is “very thankful for the town of Meredith… for all of our sponsors—they were huge in helping us pull this off.  Also the volunteers – a special thanks to them.”  He says that next year’s tournament is going to be even bigger, and they will definitely need more “passionate volunteers, the people who want to come out and have some fun helping us out.”

So mark your calendars for next year, and hopefully we’ll see you out on the ice!

Pond Hockey on Lake Winnipesaukee





The Guest House Beading Studio Provides Space for Creativity at Mill Falls Marketplace

P1000722The new store at the Marketplace is not just an ordinary shop.  Even the name conjures up a warm and inviting place that makes you feel at home.  Opened four years ago in Meredith Village, The Guest House of Meredith recently moved to the Mill Falls Marketplace.  It is a creative studio, where people can come to learn, share, and socialize while designing and creating everything from jewelry and accessories, to one-of-a-kind art pieces, and even lampshades.  The possibilities are endless!

J. Lynn, the artist and published jewelry designer behind the idea for the studio, opened The Guest House after retiring from social work, where she specialized in play and art therapy.  She says the mission of the studio is to help inspire creativity.  Guests are free to browse the beautiful designs of J. Lynn, or create a new piece “that will amaze your friends.”  The friendly and professional staff can also design and create a stunning “made-for-you” piece for any occasion.

The Guest House carries a wide range of stones, artist beads, crystals, and jewelry-making components.  They also have fibers, such as silk and wool, so guests can craft scarves, hats, and purses, and add beads for accent.  Clays and resins are available as well, for sculpture, belt buckles, and other art forms.P1000727

Guests can work on their pieces right in the store.  The studio offers table space for beading, stitching, and design assistance.  The studio is also available for gatherings, such as bridal parties and girls’ night out.  Snacks and spirits are welcome here!  To really get inspired, be sure to check the class schedule and sign up for some of the classes and workshops at The Guest House!

J. Lynn is proud to be promoting a project she started called “Beads for the Brave.”  This campaign donates beading supplies to women serving in the military overseas, where they use this art for physical as well as emotional healing.  She encourages folks to bring any beading or craft items into the store to be shipped to our brave fellow artists.

In addition to beading and art supplies, classes, and studio space, The Guest House provides jewelry repair services.  From simple repairs to complete restringing and redesign, the talented staff can bring any piece back to life.

The next time you’re in Meredith, take a stroll through the Mill Falls Marketplace and stop in at The Guest House.  You just may find something to spark your creativity!

Sweet Deals for February Vacation at this NH Inn

Tree House sitting roomFebruary is a great time to book a family getaway close to all the fun winter activities New Hampshire has to offer, and the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls have a deal that makes getting away a little easier—reserve one night at the regular rate and get the second night for half price during the last two weeks of February!

This family-friendly resort also offers Kidz Camp, a professional childcare program that allows Mom and Dad to have a little time to themselves, too.  Parents can relax at the spa and enjoy a romantic dinner for two while the children are having fun at a special, themed activity night, such as Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, or Pirates Night.

For details, visit: http://millfalls.com/innsider/issue.php.  Let the February fun begin!

Travel NOW During Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Flowers and locketIn a gesture of kindness to recognize Random Acts of Kindness Week, The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls is offering special low rates on selected dates. Random Acts of Kindness Week officially runs February 15 – 21, but this resort is getting a jump on the week by extending its offer for the dates of February 7 – 11. Reserve Travel NOW rates online by entering TNOW in the promotional code box or by calling our reservations line at 800-622-6455.

Eight Kindness Gifts

via http://www.kindacts.net/ideas_resources/RAK_week/RAK_week.shtml

The Gift of Listening…

But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response, just listening.

The Gift of Affection…

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of Laughter…

Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”

The Gifts of a Written Note…

It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or a full sonnet. A brief, hand-written note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

The Gift of a Compliment…

A simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You did a super job” or “That was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

The Gift of a Favor…

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

The Gift of Solitude…

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition…

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that hard to say, “Hello” or “Thank you.”

- by Isaac Ng, Singapore

Visit our colleague’s web site for more inspiration at www.worldkindness.org.sg.

image credit:  Gibson Claire McGuire Regester at flickr.com