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
To 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
What 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
On 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
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
The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn
Columbus Day Weekend is one of the busiest weekends for tourism in New Hampshire. In fact, it is traditionally the third busiest weekend of the year, after the Fourth of July and Labor Day. State officials don’t expect that to be any different this year, despite the federal government shutdown, as most parks and attractions are either privately owned or run by the state—not the federal government.
“I can’t say how many people have asked, ‘Aren’t the parks getting shut down?’ No, they’re state parks, not federal parks,” says Tai Freligh, communications manager for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism. 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
Celebrate the harvest season with a fun weekend of tasting unique and wonderful New Hampshire wines, meads, and ciders! In the tradition of many California vineyards, seven wineries in the Lakes Region have pulled together and are planning to open house for two days of touring and tasting for the third annual Barrel Tasting Weekend.
The 2013 Lakes Region Barrel Tasting Weekend will take place on October 5th and 6th, from 11 am to 5 pm. The seven participating wineries this year are: Coffin Cellars, Stone Gate Vineyard, Gilmanton Winery, Sap House Meadery, Haunting Whisper Vineyards, Newfound Lake Vineyards, and Hermit Woods Winery.
After the success of last year’s Barrel Tasting Weekend, when nearly 500 people from throughout New England toured the participating wineries, the organizers are anticipating an even bigger and better event this year. “Even with heavy rain almost the entire weekend last year, we still had an incredible turnout and everyone had a great time,” says Bob Manley of Hermit Woods Winery, the coordinator of the event. “Should the weather cooperate, we would expect an even greater turnout this year.” 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