Some Springtime Gardening Tours in the Lakes Region

Community Garden Club BannerThe spring season in New England is a short one, and especially after this past winter, many folks are now ready to pull out their gardening gloves and spend time playing in the dirt. Gardening has been linked to improved health, increased memory retention, and a positive outlook. Our local libraries stock great resources to help plan, design, and create gardens of all kinds, and the UNH Cooperative Extension Program offers an extensive menu of services, many at no charge. Some local farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape businesses offer free classes to inspire novices and experts alike. Continue reading

Cascade Spa at Mill Falls gets a New Makover!

mill_falls_spa-14-004-When Church Landing at Mill Falls opened almost ten years ago on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee, a peaceful little sanctuary was contained within its walls where guests of the resort could retreat for some relaxation and rejuvenation. Since then Cascade Spa has been offering guests and locals of the Lakes Region alike a luxurious little getaway featuring a steam room, massages, and salon services of the highest quality. After many years of treating others, it was time for Cascade Spa to get a little TLC of its own! Continue reading

The Arts Collaborative Offers Creative Classes for Kids During April Vacation Week

image001For children and teens who will be on vacation in the Lakes Region next week, a fantastic opportunity for creative self-expression and fun awaits at the Arts Collaborative Teaching Studio in Meredith!

On Tuesday, April 22nd and Friday the 25th, the Arts Collaborative will host several classes to encourage kids to stretch their imaginations, try new things, and have a blast! Kids from 1st grade and up are welcome to join in the fun, led by experienced teaching artist Heidi Little. Continue reading

Comedy Night Returns to Church Landing!

COM_14_8.5x11It’s time for the feel-good event of the year—Kidworks Learning Center is once again teaming up with Mill Falls at the Lake, along with CruCon and Meredith Village Savings Bank, to bring the Meredith community a night of comedy and fun to benefit the children of Kidworks.

On Friday, April 18th, nationally renowned comedian Juston McKinney will perform at Church Landing as part of the Comedy Night fundraising event. This is the fourth year Kidworks is setting the comedy stage as its annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will go towards improving the Kidworks Learning Center facility and future programs. This year’s fundraiser starts with a cash bar at 7 pm, followed by an 8 pm comedy show. Continue reading

Hermit Woods Winery to “Uncork” Their New Meredith Location

Hermit_Woods_Tasting_Room_001After only a few successful years, Hermit Woods Winery has outgrown its original location in Sanbornton, NH and has recently moved to its new home in Meredith Village. To celebrate the move, along with many months of renovations at the new site, Hermit Woods will be hosting a Grand Opening next weekend and everyone is invited! Continue reading

Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair Jump-Starts the Season

spring craft fair 2014Looking to get out and be inspired with the colors of spring and possibly find new treasures for your garden and home? This weekend’s Spring Craft Fair is a great way to start the new season with fresh, creative ideas, and is the precursor to a fun year of arts events ahead in the Lakes Region!

The Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair takes place this Saturday, March 29th, 10 – 4, and Sunday March 30th, 10 – 3, at Opechee Conference Center in Laconia, NH. This is a juried arts and crafts fair hosting a variety of exhibits, including spring floral arrangements, bird houses, garden decor, glass art, fine jewelry, wooden crafts, wood turned pens, 3-D glass globes, quilts and other fabric items, wearable art, soft sculpture, soy candles, personalized crafts, photography, folk art, country decorations, paintings, gourmet foods, and much more! Continue reading

Sacred Waters Yoga to Offer Fun Dance Classes for Beginners

Wedding danceSpring is here! It’s time to come out of hibernation and dust off your dancing shoes to celebrate! Wedding season is also right around the corner, and for those who wish to learn some new moves or brush up on their dance skills, Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls is offering three new series of classes that will shake off the cold of winter and warm you up from inside!

Starting this coming Wednesday, March 26th, seasoned dance instructor Juli Pruden will be at Sacred Waters Yoga to lead beginner classes in Latin Dance, Ballroom Dance, and Blues Dance… Continue reading

Last Call for Great Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing in the Lakes Region!

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

After a very snowy February and a fresh dusting this week, conditions are perfect for winter sports all across New England. In addition to Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, sledding, and tubing, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has some great spots for the quieter pursuits of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Just off the beaten path, these trails offer a great way to get some exercise while enjoying spectacular views of pristine lakes and forests! Continue reading

March is Maple Sugar Time!

maple sugar kidsAlthough we’ve been buried in snow and have endured a long, cold winter, Mother Nature knows that the seasons are changing—the sap is now rising in maple trees across New Hampshire. Maple sugar producers are beginning to tap these rich sources in preparation for the big harvest that marks the start of spring!

If you’d like to see the process up close in the Lakes Region, you can get in on all the maple sugaring action at Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia. Every Saturday throughout March, Prescott Farm welcomes the public to its Maple Sugar Madness program, where visitors can learn everything about the techniques of sugaring, from tapping to tasting! Continue reading

Here’s Your Passport for Meredith Cabin Fever Month!

Got cabin fever? The Greater Meredith Program has your passport to get out and about during the month of March with amazing discounts, special offers, and fun-filled events offered by Lakes Region businesses and organizations, as well as a chance to win a prize-filled sap bucket that’s specially hand-painted by a local artist.

The Meredith Cabin Fever Promotion will run from March 1st through the 29th and will be celebrated by retail shops, restaurants, and other locally owned businesses all around Meredith Village. The Greater Meredith Program has printed up a Passport Game Card and Events Guide that can be found at participating businesses throughout the Village. Folks who visit any of the participating businesses during the month of March can get their passports stamped or initialed for each location, and with ten valid endorsements can then enter to win the “Cabin Fever” Grand Prize Drawing—a hand-painted traditional maple sap bucket filled with prizes from local businesses. Stamped passports should be dropped into the entry box at Mame’s Restaurant by 5 pm on Saturday, March 29th to be entered in the 5:30 pm drawing. Players do not need to be present to win. Continue reading