The Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin Offering Workshops with Tea this Summer!

nature journal 2Vacations and getaways are all about rest and relaxation, and what better way to slow down than to take a hands-on class to create something beautiful that can be a keepsake of that vacation or a treasured gift for a loved one? The Lakes Gallery at Chi-Lin has the perfect workshop for individuals or groups that are looking to spend some time connecting with their inner artists and bonding with friends in the process—crafting unique nature journals. 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

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

Some Fun Happenings for February Vacation in the Lakes Region

Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center!

Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center!

Kids from Maine and Massachusetts are on vacation this week, and next week will be New Hampshire’s turn. To celebrate, several local organizations have some great activities planned. Whether you like sporty activities, quiet outdoor adventures, or creative indoor pursuits, there is something for everyone going on in the Lakes Region! 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

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

The 34th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Meredith1Next 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

Summer Fun in the Lakes Region all Weekend

A beautiful Asian watercolor by Henry Wo Yue-Kee; exhibit at the lakes gallery at chi-lin.

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

Live Free and Shop—the League of NH Craftsmen Gallery Tour is Happening Now!

LiveFreeShop-MeredithFollow 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