Don’t Miss the 15th Annual Festival of Trees in Center Harbor!

2010 closeup with many treesIn celebration of the holiday season, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 15th Annual Lakes Region Festival of Trees this weekend.  This spectacular festival will be held at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated trees, fine products made by local artisans, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects!

The Festival kicks off on Thursday evening, December 2nd, with the Silent Auction and Gala from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  The night will be filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, and delicious desserts!  Lakes Region favorite Pat Kelly will take on the role of Master of Ceremonies for the auction, where guests can bid on the many wonderful items donated by area businesses.  Also on hand will be Karel Hayes, a local author and illustrator who will be signing her books at The Noel Shoppe.  Tickets for the silent auction and gala have already sold out, so the night should be a terrific success!

This kayak from Wild Meadow will be one of the auction items!

This kayak from Wild Meadow will be one of the auction items!

The Festival of Trees continues throughout the weekend—on Friday the 3rd from 2pm – 8pm, Saturday the 4th from 9am – 5pm, and Sunday the 5th from 11am – 5pm.  Visitors can stroll amongst magnificent holiday trees, which have been contributed and decorated by area businesses, nonprofit organizations, individuals, and families, while enjoying apple cider and fresh cookies.  The Noel Shoppe will be stocked with a variety of handmade items and gifts, from traditional to whimsical, created by local artisans and craftspeople.  This is a wonderful opportunity to support artists and the community at the same time!  Tickets will be available all weekend for the ‘Tis the Season Raffle, where folks can take their chances on several fabulous baskets and one of the stunning “enchanted” trees.

Bring the little ones on Friday, December 3rd for a new children’s event, the reading of in “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe.  This story is a magical tale of an evergreen tree that wishes to be a beautiful Christmas tree.  Children ages 3 – 8 are encouraged to come in their pajamas, and are invited to bring their favorite adults to visit the enchanted Woodland Cabin for story time.  Pre-registration for either the 5:00pm or 7:00pm reading is suggested, as space is limited.  For more information, please call 387-4380.

Admission to the Festival is $3.00, and free for children 5 and under.  The Altrusa Club of Meredith works under the umbrella of Altrusa International, Inc., an “international association of business executives and professionals who volunteer their energies and expertise in projects dedicated to community betterment.”  The Altrusa Club of Meredith, Leaders in Service, is grateful for the past support from the Lakes Region community.  All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Inter-Lakes Christmas Fund, the Moultonborough Santa Fund, area food pantries, and other Altrusa initiatives.  Last year’s event raised over $8,000 – the most ever!  Altrusa distributes all donated trees through area Christmas funds and other outreach organizations following the Festival.

Please come to Center Harbor this weekend to support this dedicated organization!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Photos courtesy of Bonnie Edwards, Photographic Portraits, Meredith, and a member of Altrusa.

Some Thanksgiving Poems to Share with Family and Friends

Happy ThanksgivingFrom the Poetry Foundation:

Thanksgiving is America’s harvest festival—a time to acknowledge the help of family and friends, and a reminder of what a gift it is to be alive. It’s a day to overindulge in the here and now, even as we reflect on the past. In other words, it’s the perfect holiday for poetry! While a barn full of winter stock and a home overrun with family and friends does not fit with our popular conception of the poet as solitary brooder, these poems show that the occasion has provided poets—from Harriet Maxwell Converse in the 19th century to Elizabeth Alexander in the 21st—with plenty of food for thought. Whether you’re looking for a pre-meal toast, a scrap of American history, or a late night conversation starter, these poems should provide ample stuffing.

Toasts and Prayers

A Thanksgiving to God, for his House By Robert Herrick

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing By James Weldon Johnson

The Thanksgivings By Harriet Maxwell Converse

Thanksgiving By Edgar Albert Guest

Family, Food, and Fellowship

Butter By Elizabeth Alexander

Family Reunion By Maxine W. Kumin

Perhaps the World Ends Here By Joy Harjo

Stomackes By Albert Goldbarth

Thanksgiving Magic By Rowena Bastin Bennett

Yam By Bruce Guernsey

Totem By Eamon Grennan

Read the whole article:  poetryfoundation.org

Image credit:  John-Morgan at Flickr.com

Meredith Blacksmith Creates Beauty Throughout the Lakes Region and Beyond

Step into the Mill Falls Marketplace or Church Landing at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, and the first thing you’re likely to notice is the beautiful metalwork that enhances the charm of the historic structures.  These stunning pieces were crafted by local blacksmith David Little of Winnepesaukee Forge, who has been honing his craft in the Lakes Region for almost three decades.Church Landing railing

“I guess I refer to myself as an artist-blacksmith,” says David.  “I do all sorts of different types of work, from sculpture, furniture, railings, and fireplace screens, to beds and gates and custom light fixtures.  There’s a bunch of my work at the Inns.  The first stuff that we did was for the Mill Falls Marketplace.  I did all the railings in the center that take you up and down the different floors in the old mill building, and some little in-fill panels, and that was some pretty early work.  That was in the early 80’s.”

More recently, David crafted some artisan pieces at Church Landing.  “I did some handmade fireplace screens in a rustic pine motif in the lobby and for the big fireplace in the Flagship Ballroom,” he says.  “I made a rustic railing that’s on the front steps, the first thing you see and touch when you go into the Inn at Church Landing.” Continue reading

Mill Falls Offers “Shop. Dine. Relax.” Package

Shop. Dine. RelaxEscape the hustle and bustle of the malls and chain store shopping this holiday season and head to Meredith, where this village of small shops and restaurants becomes a winter wonderland reminiscent of simpler times!  The folks at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have created a special deal just for the occasion—Shop. Dine. Relax.

Stay at the Inns midweek for this package that includes overnight accommodations, a coupon book to the Mill Falls Marketplace shops and restaurants, and a $25 credit towards services at Cascade Spa to help you unwind.  Everything is within walking distance, so once you arrive for your stay, there is no need to drive anywhere.  Stroll around and enjoy the village at your own pace!

The Marketplace has a variety of shops and boutiques with something for everyone on your list.  Find books, music, toys, and cards at Innisfree Bookshop, which has a large selection of popular titles as well as specialized books about New England.  Oglethorpe Fine Arts & Crafts carries art-quality, American handmade pieces for use in our everyday lives, including jewelry, woodenware, wrought iron, fiber, hand-blown glass, pottery, and home décor.  Beautiful gifts can also be found at Adornments, which features a variety of jewelry, fine women’s apparel, and accessories such as silk scarves and hand-woven shawls.  Don’t forget to stop by Lee’s Candy Kitchen for the ultimate stocking stuffers!

After your day of shopping, relax and rejuvenate at the Cascade Spa with a professional massage or facial treatment, then, enjoy a fantastic dinner before settling in at one of the cozy and comfortable Inns.

This is holiday shopping as it should be—fun and stress-free!  Plus, the views of tranquil Lake Winnipesaukee will help you focus on the beauty of winter and remember what the season is all about.  Happy Holidays!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Come to Meredith Village for a Special Thanksgiving Retreat

ThanksgivingCelebrate the harvest season with a good old-fashioned Thanksgiving at The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls.  Quaint Meredith, NH is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy a traditional holiday getaway, and the Inns are offering an irresistible retreat package to start the season off right…

Your Village Retreat includes two nights accommodations, a grand Thanksgiving day buffet prepared by Lakehouse Grille at Church Landing from 11:30 am – 5:00 pm, late afternoon turkey sandwiches in the lobbies of Church Landing and Mill Falls, breakfast each morning, and a discount coupon booklet to the Mill Falls Marketplace shops and restaurants.  There are also big-screen TVs in the cozy Church Landing lobby for watching the big football game!

With the delicious food, quiet atmosphere, and no clean up, you can enjoy a laid-back Thanksgiving with your loved ones, then start your holiday shopping in the Marketplace on Friday, which is a much more relaxed experience than Black Friday at the big box stores and malls.

For more information and reservations, click here or call the Inns at 800-622-6455.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image credit: riptheskull at Flickr.com