Let the Bluegrass Blowout Warm Up Your Winter Weekend!

Bluegrass BlowoutCabin fever got you down? Need a little pep in your step? Come up to Plymouth, NH this weekend and get ready for a show that will take you back to summertime festivals and music around the campfire—a show that could possibly warm your spirit like moonshine!

The Flying Monkey Movie House & Performance Center presents Bluegrass Blowout on Saturday, February 8th at 7:30pm. Two of New England’s most acclaimed progressive bluegrass bands will be on the stage for one stompin’ night of music! Each band has been at this venue before as they opened for one of the big bluegrass acts, and the folks at the Monkey heard more times than they could count, “Who was the opener? They were better than the headliner!” So they’ve pulled together these two great bands, both presenting a genre-bending mix of bluegrass, folk, Americana, and roots-rock—all wrapped up with a danceable energy that can only be experienced at their live shows. Continue reading

Meredith Welcomes the 35th Annual Great Rotary Fishing Derby!

fishing derbyNext weekend, the frozen surface of Lake Winnipesaukee will be transformed into a bustling metropolis of ice-fishing bob houses and folks gathered from all over the country to participate in one of the Lakes Region’s biggest winter events. The Great Rotary Fishing Derby has been drawing crowds to Lake Winnipesaukee for 35 years, with anglers hoping to snag the heaviest eligible fish for a chance to win the grand prize. Continue reading

The New England Pond Hockey Classic Returns for its 5th Annual Tournament

Pond Hockey rinks 2013While some New Englanders dread the kind of cold winter we’ve been having this year, others delight in it, for low temperatures mean frozen lakes and ponds, and where there is ice, there will be hockey! Right now, crews from the New England Pond Hockey Classic are preparing rinks on the solid surface of Lake Winnipesaukee in anticipation of this weekend’s fifth annual tournament, which promises to be bigger and better than in previous years! Continue reading

Winter Adventures at Prescott Farm

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

Many New Englanders say the best way to enjoy winter is to get outside and play in the snow! Besides skiing, skating, and snowmobiling, there are some quieter activities that don’t require much money or special equipment, but still get the heart pumping and the spirit soaring. For folks who like these gentler pursuits, Prescott Farm in Laconia has some great winter programs lined up… Continue reading

Flying Monkey Hosts Popular NH Percussion Group

Recycled PercussionWarm up this weekend in Plymouth, NH, with a spectacular high-energy performance that will get your feet and spirit moving! The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center will be hosting a world-class percussion group that is returning to New Hampshire after a successful run in Las Vegas, and you won’t want to miss this show!

“Recycled Percussion” will be at the Flying Monkey on Saturday, January 11th for their 4th annual performance, with two shows this year due to popular demand. Tickets sold out far in advance the past three years, so they’ve added a matinee performance this year. The matinee starts at 2:30pm and the evening show starts at 7:30pm.

This historic, renovated 1920s theater also offers snacks and meals before and during performances. For the matinee, sandwiches, healthy snacks, and concessions will be available, and the evening performance will have an optional 6pm dinner service with a children’s menu. The Flying Monkey’s unique seating layout allows guests to enjoy performances in ways no other venues in New Hampshire offer. There is a lounge with comfy couches and chairs in the balcony section, the orchestra seating is as close to the stage as most venues’ gold seating sections, the riser and balcony sections have reserved table seating with food and beverage service, and a full-service bar sits at the back of reserved seating, allowing guests to enjoy beverages within the main hall during performances. Continue reading

Happy New Year from Mill Falls!

New Year's Eve FireworksAfter a busy holiday season, it is finally New Year’s Eve—a time to reflect on all the accomplishments of the past year, renew our commitments to our personal and collective goals, and to welcome in the new year in style! If you haven’t made plans for New Year’s Eve 2014 yet, it’s not too late. Here in the Lakes Region, we have some fun festivities lined up! Continue reading

Find Peace and Joy in the Labyrinth at Sacred Waters

A classical labyrinth design.

A classical labyrinth design.

The holiday season can be hectic while the days are getting shorter and darker, leading many people to feel stressed, frazzled, and depressed. Walking a labyrinth can bring focus and calm at any time of year, but is especially helpful during the holidays. Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls is opening up the studio to this ancient design and offering two events to introduce the labyrinth as a meditative guide and to celebrate Winter Solstice—the wisdom of darkness, and the return of light! Continue reading

The Arts Collaborative Hosts a Holiday Open House and Special Creative Events

An ornament made by hand during a workshop.

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

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