Moulton Farm’s 2012 corn maze.
In recent years, corn mazes have become a new fall tradition for families throughout New England, with the designs and labyrinths becoming more complex every year. Cornfields are carved up at the end of summer to make intricate aerial views, and in some cases, the paths are so secret the owners don’t release aerial photos until the season is over. Here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, a couple of popular farms have opened up their 2013 mazes, including mini mazes for little ones, and one is even offering nighttime corn maze adventures! 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
Walk, bike, or run – whatever your preference, there is an event for you next weekend in Laconia, NH, where the 5th annual WOW Fest is taking place. There will be road races, bicycle challenges, and a fun walk followed by a BBQ luncheon, live music, and many family-friendly activities. This annual event is one of the most important fundraisers for the WOW Trail, a four-season, paved trail that is in development for non-motorized activities. Event organizers are encouraging the community to come out next Saturday, have some fun, get some exercise, and support the WOW Trail! Continue reading
As the end of summer slowly begins to take on the crisper evening air of fall, the stars seem to shine brighter over New Hampshire. Now is the perfect time to step aboard the M/S Mount Washington for a romantic dinner cruise, where you and your sweetheart can enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, dance to live music, and stroll the deck under the sparkling night sky—reflected in the tranquil water all around. 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
A beautiful Asian watercolor by Henry Wo Yue-Kee; exhibit at the lakes gallery at chi-lin.
Visitors to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire will have so many options for fun things to do this weekend, choosing the best activities may be a challenge! In addition to the top-notch water activities, hiking, theater, shopping, and dining in the area, the weekend is jam-packed with special events happening all around Lake Winnipesaukee. Here are a few we’ve uncovered…
Music In The Marketplace
Friday, August 9th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Local favorite Jeff Lines will be strumming his guitar in the Marketplace Courtyard at Mill Falls in Meredith tonight, weather permitting.
Street Dance & BBQ
Friday, August 9th, 6:00 pm
Come celebrate the Little Church Theater’s 10th season, with a street dance and BBQ featuring live music from The Uncle Steve Band. The BBQ is “pay as you eat,” and donations are welcome for the street dance, all taking place in Holderness. For more information, please visit www.littlechurchtheater.com or call 603-968-2250. Continue reading
For all those who love the Squam Lakes, including Big Squam and Little Squam, this weekend will be an opportunity to celebrate and show your support for some of the most peaceful and pristine waters in the country, with a day filled with hikes, waterfront activities, a barbeque dinner, and a barn dance!
The 1st Annual “I Love Squam” Celebration Day is being held this Saturday, August 3rd. This event begins immediately following the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) Annual Business Meeting, taking place at 10am at the Fisher Family Barn. Visitors can join the SLA for lunch and spend the afternoon participating in one of three guided hikes or ongoing waterfront activities throughout the day. Continue reading
Nature lovers rejoice! There is a quiet little place in the Lakes Region where the New Hampshire wilderness meets English-style gardens—an oasis for those seeking solitude or inspiration, or companionship over a nice “cuppa.” Though a place like this conjures images of The Secret Garden, there is no locked gate here. At Tarbin Gardens, all are welcome to stroll at their leisure, rest on a quiet bench, or take a guided tour—and don’t forget the traditional English Cream Tea! Continue reading