Meredith Honors Arbor Day

Under the sunset treeMeredith just keeps getting prettier!  This Friday, April 30th is Arbor Day, and the Beautification and Conservation Fund of The Greater Meredith Program has coordinated with the town and private citizens to place two Princeton American Elm Trees in Community Park on Main Street as part of the second phase of its tree planting program in Meredith.  The organization also plans to plant approximately 25 trees on both public and private land in Meredith over the course of this summer.

The fund’s first phase began in June of 2009, when eight maple trees were planted on the new section of Boynton Road, and in July, a lovely October Glory Maple was placed in the roundabout.  A third phase of approximately 15 trees is planned for next summer.

By planting the trees in Community Park this Arbor Day, the Town of Meredith will qualify as a Tree City USA community again this year.  In order to quality for Tree City certification, a town or city must meet certain standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of Foresters to ensure the community has a viable tree management program.  Receiving this certification will allow the town to receive extra points for external funding.

The Beautification and Conservation Fund of Meredith was established in January of 2009 to bring streetscape trees to the village’s core area and the Route 3 and 25 corridors.  The fund is generated by donations from guests staying at Harbor Hill Campground, the Meredith Inn, and the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls, where each guest pays a voluntary $1.50 per night toward the fund.

Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.  It is celebrated on the last Friday of every April.  Many communities and private groups, including The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, will also be planting new trees on this day!  Come on down and join in the fun!

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Celebrate the Season at the NH Boat Museum’s Spring Fling!

Vintage boatThis coming Friday, April 30th, The NH Boat Museum is hosting its annual Spring Fling in Wolfeboro at Club 59 at the Kingswood Golf Club.  The event marks the beginning of the museum’s 10th season in Wolfeboro, and serves as a mini fundraiser for all the exhibits, programs, and activities the non-profit organization offers throughout the year.

The evening promises to be a real treat, with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6pm, followed by a full dinner at 7pm with your choice of entrée (indicated with your advance ticket).  A small live auction will be the highlight of the night, with many fun summer items generously donated by the community.  Some of the items up for grabs are a three-day get-away at a beachfront cottage at Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, Maine, a one-hour Lakes Region aerial tour, antique wooden boat rides, Jersey Skiff rides, gift certificates, and more!

According to their website, “The New Hampshire Boat Museum is an educational organization focusing on the boating heritage and life on the lakes and rivers of New Hampshire. We serve the local community and visitors by presenting exhibits and outreach programs, events, publications and hands-on activities.”  The museum is located just two miles from the center of Wolfeboro, “The Oldest Summer Resort In America,” and features many of the finest examples of vintage mahogany and antique boats.

There are still a few seats available for the Spring Fling, and ticket sales close at the end this Wednesday, the 28th, so don’t miss this last chance to get on board!  For more information visit the NH Boat Museum’s events page, or call Bruce MacLellan at 603-253-9887 or Ann Sprague at 603-677-2196.

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Squam Lakes Natural Science Center Opens Early This Year

An otter at SLNSC

An otter at SLNSC

Good news for nature lovers:  The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH will be open to the public a little earlier than usual this season.   The organization recently announced that next week, Monday, April 26th through Friday, April 30th, The Gephart Exhibit Trail will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the last trail admission at 2:00 p.m.

Christine Cherry, Marketing Manager at the Center, says that they decided to open early this year because the mild winter made for cooperative weather this spring.  “The trail is clear and ready to go!” she says.  Also, the Center wanted to be able to accommodate some of the local schools’ April vacations next week so that families can enjoy the trail together.

The Science Center’s regular hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume on their usual start date of May 1st, which is New Hampshire Day, when visitors pay only $3 admission with proof of NH residency.

According to their website, “The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world.  Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for more than forty years about the importance of our natural world.”

The Center gained national accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in September of 2006, and now holds the distinction of being the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England.

Enjoy the beauty of early spring!  For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.

April Specials In Full Bloom

Mill FallsSpring is here and the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls want to share the beauty of Meredith and Lake Winnipesaukee with you!  The resort is offering two fantastic specials to make it easy to get away for a couple days…

Due to the overwhelming response from last month’s Travel NOW special, The Inns and Spa are extending the same great deal for April.  As a reminder, for $99 per night you and a guest can enjoy:

  • 1 night at the Inn at Mill Falls
  • A $25 spa credit towards Cascade Spa services
  • 2 entrees for the price of 1 for Lunch AND Dinner at participating restaurants
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Mill Falls Marketplace discount coupon book
  • 20% off Company Store purchases

For an additional $50 you can upgrade to a lake-view room, or for $80 more indulge in a lake-view room with a whirlpool bath and a fireplace!

The second April special is called “Too Cool For School.”  Bring the family to the lake during April vacation, reserve one night at the regular rate and get your second night at the Inn free!  This offer is valid April 19 – 30, excluding Saturday the 24th.

For details on either of these deals, visit the newsletter at http://millfalls.com/innsider/issue.php or call reservations at 800-622-6455.

1st Annual Great Northeast Boat Show coming to NH this Weekend!

boatGet ready to play on the lake!  The 1st annual Great Northeast Boat Show is scheduled to take place this weekend, April 9 – 11, inside the Hampshire Dome in Milford, NH.  The event will be the biggest boat show ever held in NH and the largest spring boat show in New England.  According to the event website, the weekend promises to be a “celebration of the boating lifestyle featuring everything needed, wanted or desired by the boating enthusiast.”

The organizers are expecting representatives from over 50 companies that feature products for the boating lifestyle, from over 100 boats, to docks, accessories, and water toys.  The show is the only one endorsed by the New Hampshire Marine Trades Association.  “There is no other spring boating event in New England that offers boating enthusiasts the biggest, broadest and best selection of boats and boating accessories at the best deals,” said Suzette Anthony, show owner.  “The Great Northeast Boat Show will quickly gain a reputation as the best place and time to buy a boat, because you can buy it tax-free and enjoy it in the water right away.”

As part of the show, there will be seminars to educate and entertain both boating enthusiasts and families alike, such as a weekend-long boat-building demonstration of a wooden Adirondack guideboat.  On hand will also be veteran NH fishing guides Travis Williams, Sean Marzeraka and Glen Leathers, who will hold daily seminars teaching everything from safe boating tips to how to catch more fish.

If you’re in the market for a boat, or if you just want to see what’s new in the boating world, don’t miss this inaugural event!

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The “Biggest Little Candy Store in the Lakes Region” is Growing!

homemade chocolatesLee’s Candy Kitchen in the Mill Falls Marketplace is about to get a little bigger!  The shop, which is the oldest store in the Marketplace, has recently taken over the space next door and is doubling their floor space.  The small space the store has occupied since 1984 had become a little too crowded, and was jam-packed with goodies, as well as customers lined up to buy them.

Owners Gerry and Kathy Fagan say that one of the goals is to create a little more space, re-expose the beautiful brick walls of the old mill building, and bring back the old-time charm of a traditional candy shop.  They are also “very excited” about the store’s new centerpiece, a 40-foot U-shaped “Candy Corral,” which will feature over 200 gummy treats, sours, and other candy novelties in old-fashioned glass apothecary jars.  The “Candy Corral” will be the largest candy counter in the Lakes region and will be a fun attraction for families to enjoy while visiting Meredith Village.

Lee’s Candy Kitchen will continue to carry fine chocolates and homemade fudge, and prides itself on carrying high-quality products that are “not made in China.”  The store features New England made gourmet food products, as well as a beautiful line of YummyEarth organic treats.

The target date for the completion of remodeling is May 1st, but the shop will continue to be open for most of the renovation period, so that customers can get their sweet fix!  Stop by and check out the homemade Easter bunnies, candy eggs, and chocolate-covered peeps!  Happy Spring!

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