Labor Day Weekend 2015 in the Lakes Region

cruiseAre you planning some rest, relaxation, and recreation in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire next weekend for the holiday? In addition to the abundance of summertime activities that are still going strong, there are several special events happening to celebrate Labor Day and cap off the season as we shift into fall… Continue reading

Lakes Region Events Kick off the Holiday Season

One of the many displays at Gift of Lights.

One of the many displays at Gift of Lights.

Within just one week, the Lakes Region will start to take on a special new ambience as the holiday season approaches and folks begin to get into the spirit. Several fun holiday events will be opening next weekend, and these are just the beginning of a full and wonderful season in our corner of New Hampshire! Continue reading

Festivals and Foliage in the Lakes Region this Weekend

The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn

The Kancamagus Highway in Autumn

This weekend is shaping up to be the ultimate autumn weekend in the New Hampshire Lakes Region. The fall foliage is beginning to peak, with vibrant orange and red hues popping out, creating breathtaking vistas around the lakes. According to the most recent Visit NH fall foliage report, “leaf peepers are finding this year to be one of the best years they have seen in a while for bright, stunning color.” This is the time to get out and soak it up! In addition to the special fall foliage trains and cruises that will be running, here are a few other great activities happening this weekend to help celebrate the season… Continue reading

Come to the 35th Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

artslogoNext weekend, the 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. 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

Getting Crafty for Mother’s Day in the Lakes Region

M:S Mount WashingtonMother’s Day is just around the corner, and in anticipation, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is offering some crafty ways to show some love to the special women in your life!

This weekend, May 4th and 5th, don’t miss the Mother’s Day Craft Fair at Laconia High School. The event takes place on Saturday from 10 – 4, and on Sunday from 10 – 3. This wonderful fair will feature over 70 exhibitors with great gifts for Mother’s Day or any occasion, including beautiful quilts, quilted jackets, table runners, glass art, handcrafted scarves, fine jewelry, bat & bird houses, gourmet pickles, dips, and jellies, hand-poured soaps, unique wax room fresheners, American girl clothing & accessories, wearable art, clothing, and much more! Fairgoers will enjoy the music of Tim Janis, as well as free admission. What a great way to find a special gift and support our local craftspeople at the same time! Continue reading

Alton Old Home Day This Saturday

Come to the lake this weekend and enjoy a full day of good old-fashioned fun at the Alton Old Home Day festivities.  With a road race, boat show, craft fair, Bingo, a concert, and fireworks, there is sure to be something for everyone!  On Saturday, August 14th, the Alton Parks & Recreation Department will host this special event in the quaint village of Alton Bay at the southern tip of Lake Winnipesaukee.weirsfireworks

To kick off the festivities, there will be a 5K Road Race at 9:00am.  This run is an official Runner’s World race featuring computerized timing, traffic control, and prizes to runners in various categories, not to mention one of the most scenic courses in New Hampshire!

If you missed the 37th Annual Lake Winnipesaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show at Meredith Town Docks last month, you have another chance to see some beautiful boats this Saturday at the Vintage Boat Show, which is also part of the Alton Old Home Day events.  The classic boats will be docked and on display from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

The Craft Fair will be held at the Alton Bay Community Center from 10:00am – 5:00pm and will showcase handmade New England craft items, including fine wood crafts, candles, fleece, stoneware pottery, Native American jewelry, fabrics, quilts, doll furniture, scroll saw fretwork, handmade soaps, floral pieces, and much more.

At 4:00, head over to the Alton Bay Bandstand for a game of BINGO with the family, or join the Fire Department for a summer barbeque.  The fun continues with a concert at 7:00 with the music of Echo Tones, followed by a fireworks display over the lake at 9:00.

If you are visiting the Lakes Region this weekend, you might want to swing by Alton Bay on Saturday… a day like this is the epitome of summer in New England!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Memorial Weekend Craft Festival in Meredith

mayfair3Kick off the summer season at Lake Winnipesaukee this weekend with the 19th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Craft Festival!  Meredith will be buzzing with over 100 craftspeople from all over New England, who will set up shop for three days of demonstrations, exhibits, live music, and great food.

The fair will take place throughout the parking area and walkways of the Mill Falls Marketplace this Saturday through Monday.  Artisans will have their creations on display and available for sale at this popular event, where all exhibitors will be selling only their own work, so you know each item is handcrafted and unique!

Show hours are Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm, and Monday 10am to 4pm.  After visiting the craft fair, take a stroll down to the lake or to one of the many great restaurants in town.  Meredith is beautiful at this time of year, when everything is coming alive and the sun is warm!  Happy summer!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Meredith Fall Craft Fair, Mills Falls Marketplace, October 3-4

Didn’t get a chance to visit the Meredith Craft Fair at the end of this past August?  No worries, the Mill Falls Marketplace is holding its 11th annual craft fair the first weekend of October.  Artisans from all around will gather in the Mill Falls Marketplace parking lot to peddle their wares on October 3rd and 4th from 10 to 5.

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There is always a treasure to be found at the fair, and once you’ve found it, there are few places in the Lakes Region as pretty as Meredith to enjoy the magic of fall.  There is always much to do and see in the picturesque town of Meredith, with numerous fine restaurants and dozens of great shops and galleries, all just a short walk from the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

So spend the day or the entire weekend – you will not be disappointed!  If you get a chance to visit the Craft Fair, drop us a line and let us know how you liked it.