Plaid Friday & Small Business Saturday – Shop Locally This Season

plaid-friday-2013-logo-smPlaid is the new black. Although the day after Thanksgiving in the United States has long been referred to as “Black Friday,” a day when retail stores across the country hold big sales and welcome throngs of holiday shoppers looking for that special deal, in the past few years, small, locally-owned businesses have been participating in “Plaid Friday” in response to the recent trend of big box stores and national chains monopolizing the kick-off of the holiday season. Continue reading

Don’t Miss the Altrusa Club’s 18th Annual Festival of Trees!

2013FOTTo kick off the holiday season in the Lakes Region, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 18th Annual Festival of Trees during the first full weekend of December. This much anticipated event will be hosted by the Hale family at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated Christmas 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! Continue reading

Preparing a Thanksgiving Dinner—Old Traditions or New?

Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

Acorn Squash and Quinoa Stuffing by Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes

The last Thursday in November is sneaking up quickly, and that means many folks are scrambling to plan menus and gather ingredients for a Thanksgiving feast, or simply trying to decide on a side dish or dessert to bring along to another’s. For a few talented cooks, this is fun and easy; for others, a little guidance and some great recipes save the day, especially when guests have special dietary needs. For these folks we’ve found a few resources to get your search started, as well as to pique your appetite…

Planning a traditional Thanksgiving dinner but not sure exactly how to roast that turkey, or looking for a new spin on stuffing or cranberry sauce? Wired has put together a fun guide that gathers together a variety of recipes and techniques to fit anyone’s budget, time limitations, or kitchen skills. They’ve even graphed out the recipes from by how difficult the preparation is and how much time it takes. It’s a great launching pad for a customized menu! Check it out here. Continue reading

Belknap Mill Society Celebrates 190th Anniversary

Gallery_2013_10_23_03What a great mix of history, architecture, cuisine, and art! The Belknap Mill Society is marking a milestone anniversary and throwing a big party to celebrate—and you are invited!

In what is being hailed as the “social event of the season,” The Belknap Mill Society is opening up its doors tonight, Friday, November 8th, for a special night of wonderful food and live music to honor the Mill’s 190th year. Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States, and is now home to a community-based museum and cultural arts center featuring an industrial knitting museum, two art galleries, a concert hall, and event facilities. The mill is also the Official Meetinghouse of the State of New Hampshire. Continue reading

Mill Falls and Common Man Team Up with NH to Create Innovative Rest Areas

Hookset groundbreakingOn October 24th, 2013, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan helped break ground to kick off construction work on a major upgrade of the Hooksett Welcome Centers on Interstate 93. The new and improved rest areas will provide New Hampshire residents and visitors a wide range of services, including multiple dining options, an interactive visitors center, a NH Liquor & Wine Outlet store, a country store, a bank, and fueling stations.

“The Hooksett Welcome Centers project is an innovative public-private partnership that will help boost our economy and support our tourism industry by providing a high-quality welcome for all visitors to the Granite State,” Governor Hassan said. “With the project estimated to create 137 long-term jobs, the new Welcome Centers will help spur economic growth and offer a uniquely New Hampshire experience that showcases what makes our state special.” Continue reading