Ongoing Summer Fun in Meredith, NH

Music in the MIll Falls Marketplace

Music in the MIll Falls Marketplace

It seems there is always something going on in this town!  Whether you want to take a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, or catch some live entertainment, there is no shortage of culture in this quaint NH village…

Looking for something different to do with the kids?  Pack up your lawn chairs and take the gang to Hesky Park for an outdoor movie!  Every Thursday night at dusk, the Meredith Parks and Recreation Department shows a family-friendly feature under the stars.  A $2 donation is appreciated, and all proceeds from sales of concessions go to programs for local youth.

Every Friday night, the Mill Falls Marketplace hosts live music in the courtyard, featuring various local musicians.  Enjoy the music of Tom Robinson Creamsicle, The Craig Jaster Duo, Jared Steer Experience, and Casual Labor as you stroll through all the little shops.  Music in the Marketplace takes place Friday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30, now through the end of August.

The Summer Theatre in Meredith Village is featuring musicals this summer!  This recently renovated and air-conditioned theatre is dedicated to providing professional theatre experiences for all residents and visitors to the area, and will offer four Broadway hits in August:  “Chicago,” “My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” “Camelot,” and the hysterical new musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

So get out and enjoy those summer nights while they last—if you’re in Meredith, there is no excuse for boredom!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Annual Street Dance & Family Fun Night in Meredith!

This Friday night, July 30th, the streets in will be jumping—literally!  That’s when the Meredith Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Family Fun Night & Street Dance in downtown Meredith.  Bring friends and family for a great evening of games, crafts, and dancing to live music!Dancing in the Streets

The fun begins at 5:30 in Hesky Park, where folks of all ages can enjoy family-friendly games, activities, and crafts.  For those who like ice cream, there will also be a make-your-own-sundae station!

Head over to Main Street at 7:00 to catch some classic rock and roll performed by City Limits.  Everyone will be dancing in the street!  This is a great way to meet the locals and visitors alike while you enjoy a beautiful summer evening on Lake Winnipesaukee.

So put on your dancing shoes and come to Meredith on Friday for this favorite community tradition!  (If it rains Friday, the event will take place on Saturday, the 31st.)

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image Credit: Rhian vK at Flickr.com

37th Annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show at Meredith Town Docks

Vintage Boat Show

Vintage Boats Lined up at last year's Boat Show

Come to Meredith this Saturday, July 24th to see one of the biggest gatherings of classic wooden boats Lake Winnipesaukee has to offer.  Town Docks will be hosting The New England Chapter of Antique & Classic Boat Society’s 37th Annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show, and the organizers have stated that last year’s show was so successful, more docking will be added this year!

The event begins on Friday, July 23rd, when participants in the juried show arrive in the afternoon for a Judging Clinic followed by a registration and cocktail reception, where guests can enjoy hors d’ oeuvres and live music.

Plan to be at the docks early on Saturday to watch the beautiful wooden boats arrive under their own power between 7 and 9am.  Over 80 vintage boats are expected to pull up and be on display throughout the day.  All models of antique and classic boats are welcome, and the organizers are expecting a large showing of Chris-Craft boats, as Chris-Craft will be the marque boat this year.

The day will wrap up with an awards dinner at Chase House at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls.  Tony Mollica, author of Building Chris-Craft: Inside the Factories, will be the special guest and will give a talk on the history of Chris Smith and his Chris Craft boats.  Mr. Mollica will also be at the boat show during the day to autograph copies of his several books.

There is still space available if you would like your classic boat to be part of the festivities!  For more information, visit the Boat Society’s website here.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

photo courtesy of The New England Chapter of Antique & Classic Boat Society

Don’t Miss the 33rd Annual Loon Festival this Weekend!

LoonsWhat would summer in New Hampshire be without the haunting call of a loon on a quiet lake?  These gentle and iconic birds have a way of slowing us down to help us appreciate the natural beauty that is all around.  But the loon population is threatened, and hangs in a delicate balance with changes in the environment and the effect of humans on the lakes where loons live.  Our friends at The Loon Center in Moultonborough are working to preserve the loon population, and they are inviting everyone to learn more and celebrate these water birds at their annual Loon Festival this weekend.

The 33rd Annual Loon Festival takes place on Saturday, July 17th from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  There will be something for everyone in the family, from crafts and children’s activities, to wildlife exhibits and slide presentations by loon biologists. Mr. Phil, Balloonologist Extraordinaire, will entertain everyone with his fun creations and banter, and Mrs. Phil will bring her creative face painting skills.  Play “Pin the Chick on the Loon” game or take the “Loon Facts” quiz and win a chance to “Dunk the Biologist” in the dunk tank!

The Loon Center will provide refreshments and live bluegrass music for a real party atmosphere, rain or shine!  Also on hand will be Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, who will feature their own Discovery Table.  Admission to the Loon Festival is free, so gather up some friends and head over to Moultonborough for a great cause!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image credit: pmarkham at Flickr.com

Kidz Camp at Mill Falls Enhances a Fun NH Family Vacation

When planning your summer family vacation on Lake Winnipesaukee, don’t forget about Kidz Camp at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls.  Enjoy a romantic dinner for two, relax at the spa, or simply soak up some quiet time while your children are having fun at a themed activity night!Kids with painted faces

Kidz Camp is a complimentary childcare service offered by the Inns every Monday and Thursday evening from 6 – 8pm in July and August.  This activity program is organized and staffed by Go Nanny, a professional child sitting service that brings expert merriment to the kids.  The planned themed nights include Circus, Circus, with face painting and carnival-type games, BINGO Night, with lots of prizes and giveaways, and a Hawaiian Luau, with fun beach games and flower leis!

Children and teens from 2 – 17 years old are welcome at Kids Camp.  Even the teenagers have a blast!  As one parent wrote in a testimonial to Go Nanny, “I would like to thank you for supervising our two teenage boys while we attended the wedding at Mills Falls.  Originally, they were not very excited about the idea as they are 13 & 14, but they had a great time going to the arcades and swimming in the pool.  Emily was A+++.”

With Kidz Camp at Mill Falls, finding balance in your family vacation is easy—it’s a win-win for parents and children alike!  For more information, visit the Inns’ Activity page or call 800-622-6455.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image credit:  Lauri Väin at Flickr.com