An ornament made by hand during a workshop.
As the holiday season gets underway in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, many folks are embracing thoughts of gatherings, traditions, family, and good cheer. These four elements are all coming together at The Arts Collaborative Gallery and Teaching Studio in Meredith, where the doors will be open to the public on three occasions in December to celebrate the spirit and creativity of the season. Co-owners David and Heidi Little welcome everyone to gather at The Arts Collaborative with family to participate in these special events that are sure to become a holiday tradition.
The Arts Collaborative’s annual Holiday Open House will take place this weekend, Friday and Saturday, December 6th and 7th. David Little, an artist-blacksmith (Winnipesaukee Forge, www.winnipesaukeeforge.com) and on-site artist Steve Hayden (Steven Hayden Arts, www.haydenarts.com) will be on hand displaying their latest wrought iron, wood, and copper furnishings and mixed media sculpture. Continue reading
One of the Lakes Region’s most vibrant and innovative yoga and wellness studios is planning a weekend of in-depth study with a well-respected and accomplished instructor from Boston, who will be teaching three different workshops for new and seasoned students, as well as for yoga teachers and teachers-in-training.
Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls will welcome Ryan Cunningham on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th. Ryan is a yoga instructor and a Yoga Teacher Training instructor at Back Bay Yoga, a premiere studio located in Back Bay, Boston. On Friday evening and Saturday, Ryan will be leading three workshops: Introduction to Restorative Yoga, The Fluid Spine: Relieving Tension & Cultivating Strength, and Teacher Workshop: Building a Strong Foundation. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn skills and techniques to deepen your practice! Register for each class independently, or receive a discount on enrollment if registering for all three workshops. Continue reading
Is this creepy captain really at the helm of the M/S Mount Washington?
The moon is full and the end of October is near—time to get ready for spooky fun in the Lakes Region! The next two weeks are packed with events that celebrate the late harvest and Halloween, with creative activities for folks of all ages, from toddlers to elders, and everyone in between! Here is just a sampling of some of the haunted happenings…
Tonight is the Spooky Palooza at Crackleberries Garden & Gift Center in Meredith. From 6 –8pm, visit the ghoulish garden, where you will wander through 14 stations of knee-quivering, spine-tingling, toe-curling fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult, and parking is available across the street at the Meredith Police Department. Continue reading
Now that we are settling into our new fall schedules, many folks decide to turn their attention to taking better care of themselves. Yoga and other forms of wellness practices can be powerful resources for overall health and wellbeing, and our own Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls is offering a variety of classes to suit people of all ages, interests, and abilities, with a new class schedule and some great special events for the fall season.
Says Christina Alexa, Founder and Director of Sacred Waters Yoga, “We are excited about our Autumn schedule because we really run the spectrum of class offerings, such as Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes, classes for people with physical challenges/limitations (Yoga for Healing), Aerial Yoga and Hot Yoga, Yoga Groove with electronic music, Meditation with the “chakra sound bath” (crystal singing bowls) etc., so it is very diverse.”
Take a peek at some of these fun new classes and events: Continue reading
The new main stage theatre of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.
When the Winnipesaukee Playhouse moved from its small, storefront location in Laconia to its new one-of-a-kind performing arts campus in Meredith this past spring, the directors predicted a small increase in attendance for the first season in their new home. What they got was a show of support that far exceeded their expectations!
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse was founded in 2004, becoming so successful that it soon outgrew its intimate Weirs Beach theatre of 84 seats. With sights set on a bigger venue, the Playhouse assumed ownership of the former Annalee Doll Complex in Meredith in 2008, and put into action a plan to renovate the complex into a “Tanglewood type of setting” for their theatre and workshops. The 11-acre campus now boasts a state-of-the-art main stage theatre, nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater, picnic tables, and plenty of parking. Continue reading
On July 31st, eight teams took to the waters of Lake Winnipesaukee for a noble cause. Two days later they returned having far exceeded their goals, and in the process, experienced an outpouring of community support that kept them going through the trials of staying on a raft for 44 hours in bright sun, dark nights, and pouring rain—to make a difference in the lives of seriously ill children in New Hampshire.
The “Rafting for Wishes” event took place on Meredith Bay over 3 days, from July 31st to August 2nd, to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Teams of about 15 people each stayed on life rafts “relay-style” for 44 continuous hours. “The rafting event was fantastic!” says Michelle Brown, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Mill Falls at the Lake. The raft team from Mill Falls raised $6,494 for Make-A-Wish, over $2,000 more than their original goal of $4,400. The entire event brought in over $70,000 for Wish Kids in New Hampshire, surpassing the $44,000 target. Continue reading
Next weekend, the quaint lakeside village of Meredith will come to life with live music, delicious food, and beautiful works of creativity as Main Street and the Mill Falls Marketplace are transformed into an outdoor art gallery featuring the works of over 80 local painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters, photographers, and quilters.
The Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 24th and 25th amongst the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace. This annual event, organized by the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Meredith Village Savings Bank, is an outdoor, juried exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts. Now in its 34th year, the festival has gained a solid reputation among New England artists and craftspeople, making it the largest quality arts and crafts event in the area. Visitors will be impressed with the wide variety of exhibits, including wildlife photography, metal and wood sculptures, stained glass, handmade jewelry, baskets, leather works, and abstract and traditional oil painting and watercolors. All items in the show are original creations, and the artists will be available to meet with customers and talk about their craft. Continue reading
Boat lovers from all over New England, along with people from all walks of life who appreciate fine workmanship, will gather in Meredith next weekend for the long anticipated event that highlights the summer season in the Lakes Region—and the folks of this friendly town are putting on a party to celebrate!
The 40th Annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique and Classic Boat Show will be held next Saturday, July 27th at the Meredith Public Docks. This gathering is quite a sight to behold, with all the beautiful vintage, antique, and classic wooden boats rolling in under their own power to the Meredith town docks on Saturday morning. Over 80 boats are expected to be on display to participate in the juried competition at the docks in the afternoon. In Hesky Park, there will be a large display of non-judged vintage boats on trailers, as well as the show’s Field of Dreams sale, where boat enthusiasts can buy, sell, and trade their boating treasures. Continue reading
In keeping with their mission and history of community service and philanthropy, the folks at Mill Falls at the Lake will be teaming up to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions. 21 Mill Falls associates have accepted the challenge of crewing a life raft for 44 hours, and are well on their way to reaching their fundraising goal for this event, happening for the first time on Lake Winnipesaukee this year.
“Rafting for Wishes” will take place July 31st – August 2nd, 2013 in Meredith Bay, right near Town Docks and the Inn at Bay Point, where 10 teams will compete for prizes and bragging rights—for themselves as well as their Wish Buddies. Each team, including Mill Falls and The Common Man Family, will have at least one team member on the raft at all times during the 44-Hour Endurance Challenge. Each team is also aiming to raise a minimum of $100 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every hour that they on the water. Continue reading
Follow the League of NH Craftsmen’s Live Free and Shop Fine Craft Gallery Trail from July 4th to July 14th, and not only will you have the opportunity to browse beautiful hand-crafted items—and even see how some of them are made—but you will also have the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
During the Live Free and Shop tour, all seven League of NH Craftsmen retail galleries will host fun and educational activities, including craft demonstrations, hands-on classes, special exhibits, and raffles. The best way to follow the Fine Craft Trail is with a Live Free and Shop Passport. Within the period of July 4th to July 14th, passport holders who visit all seven retail galleries and have their passport stamped at each location will automatically receive the League’s limited edition 2013 Annual Ornament, Woven In Winter by Alice Ogden. In addition, each gallery will enter guests’ names into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate that can be used at any of the seven League of NH Craftsmen retail galleries. Continue reading