“Crush” Wine Dinner at Lakehouse Grille

wine grapesIt’s harvest time in Napa Valley, and vineyards there are celebrating “Crush,” the gathering of grapes for their excellent wines.  Crush times around the world are traditionally observed with festive parties and special meals shared amongst friends, and in this spirit, Lakehouse Grille in Meredith is having its own Crush celebration.

On Thursday, November 4th, Lakehouse at Church Landing will be offering a special wine dinner featuring seasonally inspired bites paired with flights of wine selected from their favorite California vineyards.  For just $30 per person, choose the White Flight or the Red Flight, with three courses highlighting various coordinated wines, such as Atlantic salmon cake with braised watercress and horseradish crème fraiche with a glass of Acrobat Pinot Gris, or Smoky grilled tenderloin of beef with forest mushrooms, veal reduction, and crispy potato paired with a glass of Independent Producers Merlot.  Of course, the Sweet Flight offers a choice of delicious desserts with after-dinner spirits like Indian bread pudding with vanilla crème anglaise along with a taste of Otima 10-year port.

Celebrate the harvesting of the grape with good friends at Lakehouse Grille?next Thursday, and enjoy beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee while slowing down to honor what makes life special!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image credit: RaeA at Flickr.com

Harvest Halloween Festival Promises Spooky Fun this Weekend!

Looking for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun?  Bring the family to the Remick Museum in Tamworth, NH this Saturday, October 23 for their Harvest Halloween Festival, where there will be activities galore for kids and adults alike.  With all the games, concessions, and contests, this festival is more like a mini fair packed into an autumn afternoon!Hay Bale Jumping

From 3:00 to 7:00pm, the grounds of the Remick County Doctor Museum & Farm will be open and set up with a corn maze, live music, and a spooky horse-drawn wagon ride.  Children can also participate in lots of games and races, including Ring the Pumpkin, Needle in a Haystack, Hay Bale Jump, and the sack, egg, or hoop race.  There will also be fun crafts, where kids can make Halloween masks!

Judges will be on hand for contests in homemade pies and preserves, scary stories, and autumn art.  Winners in adults and children’s categories will be announced at the festival as well as to local newspapers, will appear in the next Remick Farm Journal Newsletter and website, and will enjoy a family membership at the museum for one year!

In the evening, take a guided eerie walking tour to meet friendly spirits and hear spooky tales, then warm up with some hot cocoa around the Bonfire as the storytelling continues.

Going to the Remick Museum’s Harvest Halloween festival is a perfect way for your family soak up some traditional New England customs while enjoying the hallowed season this year.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image courtesy of The Remick County Doctor Museum & Farm

The Lakes Gallery and Satori Tea Garden at Chi-Lin Bring a Taste of Asia to Meredith

Bridge and rotating sphere sculpture from FinlandJust steps away from this lakeside resort is another world.  Wander up the hill to Lake Street, only a little ways from the Marketplace at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, and you will find Chi-Lin, a little shop that’s more than a shop—it’s an Asian experience!

Chi-Lin has been in Meredith for almost 25 years.  The proprietor, Suzanne Lee, started the gallery while she was working in New York as a designer in the garment industry and travelling extensively to the Orient.  “That’s how I fell in love with Asian things,” she says.

Life in New York and overseas was very hectic, so in the early 80’s Suzanne bought an old farmhouse in New Hampshire as a “total escape, because in that business you have to get away where nobody can find you.”  At the time, Suzanne was living in a tiny apartment in New York.  “And then when I bought this old farmhouse it had 13 huge rooms, so the temptation overseas was terrible and I bought lots of furniture and lots of art, so I ended up putting it in the house and opening part of the house as a gallery.”  Not long after that, Suzanne bought a building in Meredith to grow her new business, and Chi-Lin has morphed over the years into the wonderful place it is today. Continue reading

The Sandwich Fair Celebrates its 100th Year this Weekend

balloons_ferris_wheelIt’s that time of year again…  The Sandwich Fair will be held this Columbus Day weekend, October 9, 10, and 11, in the quaint village of Center Sandwich, NH, and to celebrate its 100th anniversary, organizers have planned more fun than ever before!

The Sandwich Fair has been a New Hampshire tradition for more than 100 years, actually dating back to the 1880’s when farmers organized a market day to trade and sell cattle.  This gathering turned into an annual event, and in 1886, 184 yoke of oxen were exhibited.  In 1887, the occasion started to become more of a fair with the addition of a band and a baby contest!  Eventually, the fair became the official agricultural phenomenon New Englanders have been enjoying for a century now.

As always, the Sandwich Fair will have all your favorites, including horse and oxen pulls, 4-H exhibits, antique tractor shows, arts, crafts, carnival rides, music, and lots of amazing food!  In celebration of it’s official 100th year, the fair will also have a new Lumberjack Competition featuring professional woodcutters and skidders from New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and beyond!  Another intriguing new event is the Women’s Skillet Throw, which will be open to any woman who would like to pitch some steel!  Both of these exciting additions to the lineup will take place on Monday, the 11th.

A poetry contest is also underway for the fair’s special anniversary this year.  Poets of all ages have entered pieces that honor the Sandwich Fair in various forms, and prizes will be awarded in the different age categories.  The results promise to be quite special!  Of course, the parade on Sunday is one of the fair’s most popular events.

There is truly something for everyone at the Sandwich Fair, so take the whole family on a trip to the Lakes Region this weekend to admire the colorful fall foliage along with this classic New England tradition, and be sure to check out all the fun on the fair’s website here.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

photo courtesy of The Sandwich Fair