Altrusa Club of Meredith Celebrates 16th Annual Festival of Trees!

In celebration of the holiday season, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 16th 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 Christmas trees, fine products made by local artisans especially for The Noel Shoppe, 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 1st, with the Silent Auction and Gala from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  The night will be filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts, and a cash wine and beer bar.  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.  One of the auction items is the Common Man Christmas Tree, which is decorated with “C-Man” gift cards worth $250!  Also on hand will be Karel Hayes, a local author and illustrator who will be signing her books at The Noel Shoppe.  The silent auction and gala sold out last year, so the night is expected to be a terrific success! As of today, there are approximately 25 tickets left for last-minute guests.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door, and may be purchased at the Greater Meredith Chamber of Commerce, Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop on Rte. 3 in Meredith, and Fashion Forward on Rte. 25 in Moultonborough. Continue reading

Escape to the Lake for “Spalidays” at Church Landing

Just in time to provide a relaxing breather between Thanksgiving and the busiest shopping season of the year, this little spa on Lake Winnipesaukee will be throwing a big party to “celebrate everything that is Spa,” and you’re invited!

On Wednesday, November 30th, Cascade Spa at The Inns & Spa at Mill Falls kicks off its 8th annual Spalidays Celebration.  The open house will be held in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing, where guests can sample four types of chair massages, hand massages, and new product demonstrations while enjoying complimentary hors d’ oeuvres prepared by Lakehouse Grille. There will also be some surprise giveaways and opportunities to shop for fabulous gifts!  Holiday gift cards to the spa will be available at 20% off on this evening only for those who attend, and for gentlemen who wish to wish to be discreet, express gift cards can be purchased at the Church Landing front desk.

On Thursday, December 1st, the fun continues with the annual Cascade Spa luncheon.  This year, the luncheon showcases MOROCCANOIL®, “From Morocco to Hollywood.”  Antonio Corral Calero, Artistic Director for MOROCCANOIL, will share the inspiring story of MOROCCANOIL’s rise to fame with Hollywood’s A-list clients, as well as his own personal journey as a humble immigrant who came to North America with big dreams and suddenly found himself part of celebrity events and parties.  Tickets are $15 per person, and the spa requests your RSVP by November 23rd.

The Inns are offering a Lake Escape Package for Spalidays.  Stay the night of November 30th at a special rate and also receive a discount coupon book to the Mill Falls Marketplace, 15% off Cascade Spa services booked on November 30th and December 1st, and $10 off each ticket to the MOROCCANOIL Luncheon!

For more information or to reserve your spot at the luncheon, please call the Cascade Spa at 603-677-8620.  Start your holiday season refreshed and relaxed!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Begin a New Family Holiday Tradition with “Gift of Lights”

For generations, families have enjoyed visiting brightly lit neighborhoods during the holiday season to see the creative and festive displays that bring joy to so many.  This year, there is a fun new way to see holiday light displays in New Hampshire, complete with hot chocolate, holiday music on the radio, and photo opportunities with Santa, all from the comfort of your own car.

Gift of Lights, New Hampshire’s newest holiday light park, is ready to wow folks of all ages at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.  From November 18th through January 1st, millions of LED lights will twinkle in hundreds of displays, creating a festive atmosphere that is certain to form lasting memories. The event will feature more than a mile of lights along the racetrack.  Groups can cruise in their own vehicles and listen to holiday songs on the Speedway radio station while admiring the show.  There is even a brilliant tunnel with thousands of lights that seem to chase each other! Continue reading

A Special Thanksgiving Retreat in Meredith Village

Come to the Lakes Region this year for a nice old-fashioned Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.  An extended getaway to a quaint NH village is the perfect way to honor the season of the harvest and give quiet thanks for the important things in life, and the Inns and Spa at Mill Falls are offering a unique package to help you savor a relaxing and full Thanksgiving experience.

The Thanksgiving Village Retreat includes two nights accommodations, a grand Thanksgiving day buffet with all the traditional trimmings 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 at one of the Inns’ restaurants, and a discount coupon booklet to the Mill Falls Marketplace.  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, where you will find a much more relaxed experience than 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

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Common Man Family of Restaurants Celebrates 40 Years with Community Gifts

NH Governor John Lynch joins Common Man CEO Jason Lyon, Vice President Diane Downing, and owner Alex Ray in presenting a $40,000 birthday gift to the NH Food Bank's Director of Development Colleen Cowette.

After 40 years of growing from one small restaurant in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire to a well-known and flourishing hospitality business with over 20 locations throughout the state, The Common Man Family is celebrating its birthday by giving back, in a big way, to all the communities it is a part of.

The Common Man Family of Restaurants has always been a leader when it comes to charitable giving, but for its 40th birthday celebration yesterday, the “C-Man” group outdid itself with a $40,000 donation to the New Hampshire Food Bank in Manchester.  The gift comes at a good time, as the Food Bank is scrambling to get enough food together for the record number of requests it is receiving for Thanksgiving dinners.

Governor Lynch was on hand at the Food Bank celebration to recognize The Common Man family and its leadership in the area of charitable giving.  Representatives from the Common Man also announced plans for a month of festivities, including special promotions and a contest to “DO GOOD” in New Hampshire.

The DO GOOD program is a charitable raffle that will take place during the month of November at all Common Man family locations.  The company has paired each of its 21 establishments with a different New Hampshire non-profit organization, and at every location, customers can buy raffle tickets for $1 a piece for a chance to win a Common Man gift card of $197.10 (to signify the year the first Common Man restaurant opened, 1971).  At each location, a gift card will be awarded, and all proceeds raised will be donated to the partner charity.  In Meredith, Lago is paired with WLNH Children’s Auction, Lakehouse Grille is helping out the New Hampshire Food Bank, and CAMP is supporting the New Hampshire Region of American Red Cross.

According to the C-Man website, “While the Common Man family has grown in physical locations over the years, so too has it’s commitment to local communities by inspiring all of its STARS to live the mantra of “Doing Well by Doing Good.” Each location is charged with holding community fundraisers, and employees are given paid time off to volunteer with non-profit organizations that are important to them. Over the four decades of being a hospitality leader in New Hampshire, the Common Man family has donated hundreds of hours of sweat equity and thousands of dollars in sponsorships, food, and in-kind donations to local, national and international organizations working to make a difference.”

Help the Common Man family celebrate 40 years of success while at the same time helping a variety of NH not-for-profit organizations that give back to the community.  November is the perfect time to renew our commitment to our neighbors as we enjoy a great meal with family and friends!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

photo courtesy of The Common Man Family of Restaurants

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