Join NH Police and Fire Heroes in a “Food Fight” to Benefit Battle of the Badges

CHaD Battle of the BadgesNew Hampshire’s police and fire heroes will soon be going head to head on the ice in a Battle of the Badges hockey game to benefit Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD), and in preparation for the big day, they are planning a “food fight” as a fundraiser.

On Thursday, March 31st, The Common Man Family of restaurants, which operates 18 restaurants in New Hampshire, including Lakehouse Grille, Lago, Camp, and Town Docks here in Meredith, will host the food fight at two of its locations.  Foster’s Boiler Room in Plymouth will represent the police team.  During lunch hours, guests can mention they are dining to participate in the fundraiser and 50% of the proceeds from their meals will go to the Battle of the Badges police team.  Folks who wish to support the fire heroes can enjoy lunch at The Common Man in Merrimack under the same arrangement.  Just mention the cause and 50% will go to the fire team!

The Common Man family is pleased to back up the ultimate recipients—the children and families of CHaD.  “We were approached by both police and fire players seeking support for their teams,” said Jason Lyon, CEO of The Common Man family.  “We thought this was a unique way to spur the friendly competition while getting our guests involved in supporting the teams and the great work that CHaD does on behalf of children and families during difficult times.”

Elizabeth Clarke, Event Coordinator of the CHaD Battle of the Badges, shared the sentiment.  “We are excited to have The Common Man family join ours,” she said.  “Their company’s mantra is easily shared by our Badges – ‘Doing Well by Doing Good’ – working together to support New Hampshire’s only Children’s Hospital and the vulnerable population it serves.”

The Battle of the Badges hockey game will take place on Saturday, April 9th at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester.  This is the fourth annual meeting of the teams, and all proceeds will benefit CHaD.  For more information, visit chadhockey.com or call (603) 650-3437.  Hope to see you at one of the events!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Tales from Random Acts of Kindness Week at Mill Falls

Hold tight to your passionsWhen The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week last February 13 – 18, countless people benefitted from the good deeds that were given and received.  As employees of The Inns arbitrarily gave away fun gifts to guests and customers, the goodwill quickly spread throughout the community and beyond.

At Meredith Gas Station, the staff randomly gave away cups of coffee throughout each day, and one person per day was selected to receive a coupon for a free large pizza from the store.  Pat Wade, manager of Meredith Station, said people were thrilled to receive either one, but one gentleman who was presented with a free cup of coffee immediately turned around and donated to a charity whose collection box was on the counter:  the Shamrock Program of the MDA.

When a gal who received a coupon for a free pizza came back to order her pie, she brought with her a bouquet of flowers for the crew.  “It seemed people wanted to do nice when nice was done to them,” said Pat.  “It seemed very much appreciated.  It is nice, people paying it forward and doing different things of that nature.”

This was the third year that the Mill Falls family observed Random Acts of Kindness Week, and they definitely plan to continue the tradition next year.  In the meantime, though, the friendly folks at the Inns encourage everyone to perform acts of kindness whenever possible—everyday offers a new opportunity to extend some tenderness.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

NH Celebrates Maple Sugar Season

Maple SyrupAs the snow melts, sap begins to rise in maple trees across New Hampshire, making March prime time for tapping the trees and collecting the clear liquid that will soon become one of the region’s most famous products:  pure NH Maple Syrup.  Sugarhouses and producers all over the state are celebrating the season this weekend, with open houses and festivals that feature this sweet treat in all its glory—fresh and warm!

The NH Maple Producers Open House Weekend takes place March 19th and 20th, and more than 60 sugarhouses in New Hampshire will be participating.  At many of the sugarhouses, visitors can learn how maple syrup is made, taste free samples, and enjoy pancake breakfasts.  If there is fresh snow on the ground, some lucky folks will be able to try an old New England tradition, maple sugar on snow.

North Woodstock, NH is going all out with a town-wide celebration.  NH Maple Fest kicks off Friday evening, March 18th, with several local restaurants featuring maple products on their menus.  On Saturday, maple lovers of all ages can join in on some fun activities, including a Maple Sugar Obstacle Course in Cascade Park, and demonstrations at nearby sugarhouses.  The Lincoln Woodstock Rotary will then host a Maple Dinner Ball Saturday night, with live entertainment and the crowning of the King and Queen of Sap.  The fun continues on Sunday with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, the New Hampshire Maple Festival Parade, and a Maple Festival Bed Race.

If you don’t get your fill of maple syrup this weekend, next weekend is shaping up with more fun activities as well.  On Saturday, March 26th, The Remick Museum and Farm in Tamworth is hosting their Annual Maple Sugar Event, where visitors can experience the historic maple sugar encampment, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, and view exhibits on the history of maple sugaring, from Native American traditions to modern techniques.  And in Laconia, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will be celebrating Maple Sugar Madness!

With skiing and snowshoeing still happening up north, flowers starting to sprout in the southern areas, and so many special maple sugar events happening all over the state, there are plenty of reasons to visit New Hampshire in the spring!  Cheers!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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Adornments Offers a Unique Shopping Experience

Some of the beautiful silver jewelry at Adornments

Some of the beautiful silver jewelry at Adornments

Step into this charming boutique at the Mill Falls Marketplace and you know you’re in a different kind of store.  The setting is at once fun and relaxed, with beautiful clothing and accessories for women of all ages.  From comfortable travel wear to one-of-a-kind pendants, Adornments offers world-class clothing and accessories that are a must-see for anyone visiting Meredith, NH.

“Everywhere you look there is something to delight you,” says Lori Losada, General Manager of Adornments, Inc.  “We hear a lot of women say, when they bring their friends in, ‘You’re going to love this store.’  It makes us feel very good.”

Indeed, what’s not to love?  Adornments carries items from the United States and around the world that are hard to find anywhere else.  Gloria Moore and Suzette Matthey-Wilson, a mother-daughter team with an elegant sense of style, own and operate this local boutique.  Gloria, who has lived overseas and done much world traveling, wanted to bring a bit of that experience into a retail setting, so founded Adornments about 20 years ago.  Since then, visitors to the Marketplace have found a diverse collection of products to enjoy. Continue reading