League of NH Craftsmen Lecture Series Comes to Chase House

Duane Martin's Mabry Mill

Would you like to meet some of New Hampshire’s most talented artists and craftspeople while learning about how they create their pieces?  Visitors to the Lakes Region will be able to do just that as The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls welcomes the League of NH Craftsmen’s summer lecture series to Meredith, NH.

The Signature of Excellence lectures, which will offer an in-depth view of the artistry and technique that goes into making fine handcraft, will be held on June 27th, July 25th, and August 15th from 7 – 9pm in the Fireside Room of the Chase House.  These informative demonstrations will showcase three juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen, who are entertaining speakers as well as skilled artisans.

On Monday, June 27th, Duane Martin of Newfields, NH will speak about his process of making 3D art from wood.  Intarsia is a form of woodworking that uses sections of wood of various shapes, sizes, and species, which are fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture that has an illusion of depth.  Duane will discuss his technique for making beautiful pieces of art, such as presidential portraits, New England landscapes, and images of wildlife.

Garden Sculpture by Michael Kraatz

Come see Michael Kraatz of Canaan, NH on Monday, July 25th.  This respected artist, who works with his partner Susan Russell to create various forms of architectural glasswork, will talk about the process he uses to conceptualize, design, and fabricate a garden sculpture.  According to the couple’s website, their work is “conceived with artful consideration of its place in the environment and with the unique vision of the designer and client.”

The final lecture of the season will take place on Monday, August 15th, when William Schnute of Wilton, NH will discuss his passion—wood carving. William has been carving wood since he was seven years old, and now carves finely detailed sculptures, doors, entryways, signs, and many other items.  This internationally known artist, who is also the author of High Relief Wood Carving, will share his process and technique with visitors to wrap up the summer lecture series.

William Schnute's Fawn Sculpture

These presentations are a wonderful opportunity to get up close to some fine artisans and their craft, and also to learn about the diverse artistic processes that keep New Hampshire a vibrant art community.  All lectures are free and open to the public, and reservations are requested, at least two weeks in advance if possible.  For more information, contact the League of NH Craftsmen’s Meredith Retail Gallery at 603-279-7920 or nhcraft@metrocast.net or visit their website.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Photos courtesy of the League of NH Craftsmen

Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival Returns to Church Landing for 6th Year

The Lakes Region is gearing up for one of the biggest parties of the season, with two fun nights of fabulous food, wine, and music on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee that will showcase wines from around the world while raising funds for two local non-profit organizations.

The Sixth Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival will take place on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing, where more than 100 domestic and international wines provided by over 20 vintners will be ready for sampling along with delicious hors d’oeuvres and appetizers.  These wonderful dishes will be prepared by several local eateries, including Lakehouse Grille, The Corner House Inn, The Coe House, Owen’s Farm Stand, Lago, and Camp.

The evening will also feature spirits and beer from local distilleries and breweries.  Peak Organic Brewing Company will be in the house, as well as Cisco Brewery of Nantucket, highlighting their Whale’s Tale Ale and Triple 8 martinis.  The freshly-mixed martinis will be served down an ice sculpture luge created by Jeff Day of Not So Plain Jane’s in Rumney and The Route 104 Diner in New Hampton.

Music for the event, which is hosted by The Common Man Family of Restaurants and The Martignetti Companies of New Hampshire, will be provided by the talented local jazz duo of Don Williams and David Tonkin, who play frequently throughout New Hampshire in various jazz ensembles and bands, and are also faculty members of the Concord Community Music School.

The Winnipesaukee Wine Fest 2010

Wine festival tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds will benefit CHMM Community Caregivers and White Mountain Foster & Rescue.  Guests will enjoy the traditional raffle and live auction, and this year there are some great prizes up for grabs, including a seaside getaway in Nantucket, an overnight stay at Church Landing, and a getaway to an Adirondack-style cabin in Plymouth.  “It’s right next to our Italian Farmhouse,” says Diane Downing of the Common Man Family, who is organizing the festival.  “I did the décor on it…it is completely furnished in Adirondack style with a hot tub on the deck!”

The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls are helping out too, by extending a special rate just for the occasion.  With proof of your ticket purchase for the festival, a room at the Inn at Mill Falls is discounted from $169 to just $99.  You can wine and dine all night long and not worry about driving home!

The night before, on Wednesday, June 22nd, a pre-Wine Festival Beach Party will be held at the Common Man’s Town Docks outdoor tiki bar, with some featured wines, tapas-style dishes, and live music performed by recording artist Robbie LaBlanc accompanied by Sal Rametta, Tom Teegan, and Mark Descoteaux.  Robbie has played with many Rock & Roll bands, including Toto and The Rascals, and now plays alongside his brother in a couple of local groups, as well as this annual gathering of talent.  “They are amazing,” says Diane, “They just pull together for this event, but all are amazing musicians in their own right.”  Admission to this event is free and a portion of the proceeds will also benefit the two organizations.

Join the fun while helping a good cause at the Sixth Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival!  For more information, visit thecman.com, or call 603-968-9330 to order tickets.  Space is limited and advanced tickets and reservations are strongly suggested.  For the special room rate at the Inns, please call 800-622-6455 and mention the Winnipesaukee Wine Festival.  Hope to see you there!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image credit: dicktay2000 at Flickr.com

On Golden Pond to Wow Audiences at Little Church Theater

Carly Simon and Ernest Thompson, creators of new song, The Father Daughter Dance

Next week, one of the most produced plays in history, On Golden Pond, is coming to Squam Lake—where the movie it inspired was filmed—and for the first time in its 33-year history, this legendary production will be directed by its Academy Award® winning author, Ernest Thompson.

The Little Church Theater, located on the shore of Squam Lake in Holderness, New Hampshire, will be home to On Golden Pond, which opens on the first day of summer, June 21st, and continues through July 3rd.  It then runs again from August 23rd through September 4th.  This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the film and the 250th anniversary of the town of Holderness.

On Golden Pond has been translated into 27 languages and has played in more than 40 countries.  This version of On Golden Pond pays homage to New Hampshire, where Ernest lives and runs Whitebridge Farm Productions with partners Morgan Murphy and Lori Gigliotti Murphy.  Featuring a cast of professional actors, this production takes Ernest back to the essence of a story that for three decades has continued to capture the imagination of audiences everywhere.  One of the opening lines of the play, “Golden Pond is very near wherever you are,” is also its universal message.  Says Ernest, “Everyone has a Golden Pond, an ideal, a fantasy, a home to go to, even if it’s only in a person’s dreams.”

The show will also highlight the world premiere of a brand new song, “The Father Daughter Dance,” recorded by musical legend Carly Simon and created by Carly, Ernest, and Joe Deleault. “When I hear Carly’s voice in ‘The Father Daughter Dance’… it makes me weep every time,” says Lori Gigliotti Murphy, who plays Chelsea in the show.  Another new song, “On Golden Pond,” created by Ernest, Joe, and world-renowned fiddler, Natalie MacMaster, will premiere in this production as well.

Ernest promises a “wildly funny, yet very, very moving” production.  In addition to Lori Gigliotti Murphy as daughter Chelsea, the cast includes Frank Wells as Norman, Vinette Cotter as his wife, Ethel, Morgan Murphy as Chelsea’s dentist boyfriend Bill, Kodiak Thompson as his son Billy, and Joe Sampson as Charlie, the Mailman.  Ernest credits the actors with unearthing an On Golden Pond “that people didn’t know could exist. People will be surprised it’s funnier than the movie, but touching,” he says.

There is no better time to see this outstanding production of the classic American play, now coming to life on stage in the hands of its creator.  Don’t miss On Golden Pond in the place where it all began!  For more information or tickets, call 603-968-2250 or go to www.ongoldenpond.org.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

photo courtesy of Whitebridge Farm Productions

additional source: article in The Citizen of Laconia

Get Out on the Water in the Lakes Region this Summer!

Whether it’s kayaking, touring on a cruiser, or jet skiing, there are many different ways to enjoy boating on Lake Winnipesaukee, and visitors to Meredith, NH can easily find the right watercraft to fit every mood thanks to this Lakes Region hotel.

The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have partnered with some great local boating sources to offer guests an unforgettable lake experience.  With Wake Up and Ride, visitors can take advantage of a chartered Malibu Wakesetter, which seats 10 – 12 people comfortably for water skiing, wake- or knee-boarding, and sightseeing cruises.  According to the company’s website, “If you haven’t experienced wakeboarding, you have been sleeping.  We are here to get you to Wake UP and Ride!”

Also available through the Inns are group lake tours and private charter cruises on Latitude 43’s  “Down East Cruiser.”  This custom-built luxury boat is large enough for 10 guests, but small enough to explore many areas of Lake Winnipesaukee that are not accessible to larger vessels.  A private cruise is flexible, allowing for course changes and stops in various ports around the lake for shopping or dining.  Picnics are welcome onboard, too!  What a great way to spend the day with family and friends!  For either the scheduled group tours or the private charters, guest boarding is available at the Church Landing Docks.

Nearby Squam Lake is beautiful, too, and guests are encouraged to visit this charming place where On Golden Pond was filmed, just seven miles from Meredith.  Experience Squam offers private excursions aboard a 23′ Sea Ray Bow-Rider, and guests can customize their adventures with a variety of options, including swimming stops, movie site tours, and sunset and stargazing cruises.  Visitors can even stroll through a swamp along a boardwalk to see some wildlife or pick native blueberries when they are in season!

For those who like to take the helm themselves, boat and jet-ski rentals are available through Meredith Marina, right next door to Church Landing.  Meredith Marina has one of the largest boat rental ?eets on Lake Winnipesaukee, with 19’ Stingray Bow-Riders, 19’ deck boats from Hurricane, pontoon boats, jet skis, and canoes.  Don’t forget the water toys—Meredith Marina has skis, tubes, and boards, too!  They rent for any time period that fits guests’ needs, including half-day, full-day, multi-day, or multi-week, with discounts for early reservations and longer-term rentals, as well as a Mill Falls guest discount!

Looking for something quieter?  The Inns at Mill Falls have kayaks available for rent daily from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.  There is no better way to feel at one with the lake and get up close to nature than in a solo kayak!  Relax and rejuvenate!

Whatever your preference in boating, the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have you covered!  For most outings, reservations can be made at the front desk at Church Landing.  When booking your stay, don’t forget to reserve your boat or tour to make the most of your summer getaway!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

photo courtesy of Meredith Marina

Meredith Celebrates Summer with Arts Alive!

Although the spring season was a little slow-blooming this year, summer is just around the corner, and the Lakes Region will soon be bustling with vacationers and families enjoying all that New Hampshire has to offer.  Meredith Village is getting in on the action a little early, with an event that gives visitors and locals alike a preview of some of the exciting activities that are available nearby—Arts Alive!

On Saturday, June 4th from 1 – 3 p.m., The Mill Falls Marketplace will host Arts Alive!  This mini festival will feature performances and presentations by local arts, nature, and entertainment specialists, including The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, and Mr. Phil the magician.

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is planning to offer drop-in drama classes for kids and quick theater games to give children and their parents a taste of what the Playhouse offers for families.  The performers will also give a brief presentation of select songs from their Fall 2010 musical, Really Rosie, as well as excerpts from the Shel Silverstein April Vacation Camp.  Kate Wisnioski, Education Director at the Playhouse, will be on hand to answer questions about classes, workshops, youth theatre productions, and summer camp.  She will also have information about their upcoming Pirates and Princesses of Winnipesaukee event, as well as the Playhouse’s professional summer season and summer theatre camp.

Beth Moore, one of the educators at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, will have some small animals that people can see up close, including bats, minks, and turtles.  She will also have props, such as pelts and bones, to help people learn about and better understand animals.  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.”  The Center’s presentations are a fun way to connect with nature and learn a little along the way!

For a little magic, don’t miss Mr. Phil.  This popular NH magician will be at the Marketplace dazzling folks of all ages with his tricks and stories.  Mr. Phil has been performing since he was twelve, and since then, he has combined his experiences of being a camp counselor, Clown Camp, Early Childhood Education training, and working in a daycare to fine-tune his art.  Mr. Phil creates “magical mayhem” by mixing the art of magic with storytelling, along with a bit of o?-beat comedy.  Could there be a little balloon magic here, too?

The weekend is looking great!  What better way to spend it than by Lake Winnipesaukee with some fun activities for the whole family in beautiful Meredith Village?  Kick-start your summer with Arts Alive!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Kids Photo courtesy of The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
Mink Photo by  Peter G. Trimming at Flickr.com