King Pine Hosting Ski-A-Thon for Sammy this Weekend

king pine skiingWe have snow in New Hampshire! And along with snow comes classic winter activities, including skiing at some wonderful resorts in the Lakes Region. This weekend, King Pine Ski Area is taking it to the next level with a fundraising ski challenge for a great cause.

Starting tonight, January 9th at 9pm and going through Saturday the 10th, King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort in East Madison is sponsoring the second Cynthia’s Challenge 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon. The Ski-A-Thon will benefit one of King Pine’s own, Sammy Gillard, a little girl with Rett Syndrome. The event’s goal is to raise $45,000 to fund a wheelchair-accessible vehicle for Sammy. With this vehicle, Sammy’s family will be able to continue to travel with her and provide a much happier and fuller life. Continue reading

An Evening of Big Band Swing at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse!

freesebrothersPut on your dancing shoes and step back in time for an elegant evening reminiscent of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, as the Winnipesaukee Playhouse is transformed into a ballroom for a night of Big Band music, dancing, and delectable refreshments to benefit a local charitable causes. Continue reading

The First Meredith ‘Rafting for Wishes’ Event a Big Success!

Rafts2On 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

Mill Falls Team “Rafting for Wishes” to Benefit Make-A-Wish

raft-guysIn keeping with their mission and history of community service and philanthropy, the folks at Mill Falls at the Lake will be teaming up to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening conditions. 21 Mill Falls associates have accepted the challenge of crewing a life raft for 44 hours, and are well on their way to reaching their fundraising goal for this event, happening for the first time on Lake Winnipesaukee this year.

Rafting for Wishes” will take place July 31st – August 2nd, 2013 in Meredith Bay, right near Town Docks and the Inn at Bay Point, where 10 teams will compete for prizes and bragging rights—for themselves as well as their Wish Buddies. Each team, including Mill Falls and The Common Man Family, will have at least one team member on the raft at all times during the 44-Hour Endurance Challenge. Each team is also aiming to raise a minimum of $100 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every hour that they on the water. Continue reading

3rd Annual Meredith Village Art Walk to Benefit NH Humane Society

As winter sets in all around New England, we begin to turn our thoughts toward pursuing creative indoor endeavors, gathering with loved ones, and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. December is a time of great giving, within our families as well as our communities. In this spirit of grace, the art galleries of Meredith are once again opening their doors and their hearts for a special night of beautiful art, music, delicious food, and generous fundraising for their annual “Food for the Soul” Art Walk.

Next Thursday evening, December 13th, six galleries in Meredith will participate in the third annual Meredith Village Art Walk, themed “Food for the Soul,” to benefit the New Hampshire Humane Society, the largest area animal welfare agency. Last year’s Art Walk brought in many donations to the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry, and the event’s organizers are hoping their visitors are just as generous this year to help our animal friends. The event promises to be bigger and better than last year with the addition of several fine artisans and craftsmen, horse-drawn wagon rides, and live music. Continue reading

NH’s Common Man Restaurants Help with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

In keeping with a long tradition of community service, The Common Man Family of Restaurants has once again reached out to assist those in need—by offering direct help as well as raising funds through the generosity of its patrons—this time in the efforts to aid people and communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy last week.

Thousands are still without power in New York and New Jersey, and the recovery has been complicated by this week’s Nor’easter. However, as the relief effort continues, the folks at the Common Man have donated food to the Jersey Shore and are working hard to raise funds for the American Red Cross NH Chapter. The popular family of restaurants is running a program for customers who dine at any of their locations to be able to easily contribute to the relief funds. Continue reading

Meredith “Trick or Eat” Happening This Sunday!

Now here’s a twist on trick-or treating that has plenty of treats for grown-ups (and kids too)—live music, a historical walking tour, and samples of specialties from local restaurants, all in one event! It’s the very first Meredith Trick or Eat, the signature “fun”raiser to benefit some great community organizations in the Lakes Region.

Meredith Trick or Eat will take place this Sunday, October 28th from 2 – 5 pm in beautiful Meredith Village. The event is a collaboration between Better Together, the Meredith Pathway Committee, the Greater Meredith Program, and several local businesses. Members of the Meredith Village Pathways Committee will be dressed in period attire as they lead groups on a walking tour of Meredith and relate historical tidbits about the village at various stops along the way. Continue reading

Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival Returns to Meredith

Don’t miss the feel-good event of the year—two fun nights of fabulous food, wine, and music on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee that will showcase wines from around the world, along with fabulous food from local restaurants—all while raising funds for a local non-profit organization.

The Seventh Annual Winnipesaukee Wine Festival will take place on Thursday, June 21st from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing, where more than 100 domestic and international wines provided by over 20 vintners will be ready for sampling. To accompany these great wines, several local eateries will be preparing delicious hors d’oeuvres and appetizers. Guests can sample wonderful dishes from Lakehouse Grille, The Corner House Inn, Lavinia’s, Owen’s Farm Stand, Lago, Camp, and Town Docks.

The evening will also feature an ice bar with spirits and beer from Cisco Brewers of Nantucket. The Brewery will be offering samples of their Whale’s Tale Ale and Triple Eight Vodka, with the latter being freshly mixed into martinis that will be poured down an ice sculpture luge created by Jeff Day of Ice Designs. Continue reading

Second Annual Meredith Village Art Walk to Benefit Food Pantry

As the days grow ever shorter and the cold nights come early over New England, we draw our attention indoors to pursue creative endeavors or gather with friends and family to honor warmth, light, and love with good food and cheer.  However, many families are struggling this holiday season, and need help with food for their loved ones.  In Meredith, some creative folks have combined forces to lend a hand to those in need, all while celebrating the season with beautiful art, music and of course, delicious food!

Next Thursday evening, December 8th, six galleries in Meredith will participate in the second annual Meredith Village Art Walk, themed “Food for the Soul,” to benefit the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry.  From 4:30 – 7:00 that evening, visitors can stroll through candlelit storefronts in quaint Meredith Village and view beautiful local and international works of art while chatting with local artists.  At the lakes gallery at chi-lin, Gallery 51, The Fine Carpet and Asian Antique Gallery, The Hodecker-George Gallery, VynnArt (Art Supply Store), and Oglethorpe Fine Arts & Crafts, guests will enjoy music, refreshments, and unique discounts, as well as a special raffle that will provide donations for the Food Pantry. Continue reading

Altrusa Club of Meredith Celebrates 16th Annual Festival of Trees!

In celebration of the holiday season, the Altrusa Club of Meredith will be hosting their 16th Annual Lakes Region Festival of Trees this weekend.  This spectacular festival will be held at the Waukewan Golf Club in Center Harbor, NH, and will highlight beautifully decorated Christmas trees, fine products made by local artisans especially for The Noel Shoppe, traditional cookies and cider, and a special children’s event, all while benefitting local charities and community projects!

The Festival kicks off on Thursday evening, December 1st, with the Silent Auction and Gala from 5:30 – 8:00pm.  The night will be filled with music, hors d’oeuvres, delicious desserts, and a cash wine and beer bar.  Lakes Region favorite Pat Kelly will take on the role of Master of Ceremonies for the auction, where guests can bid on the many wonderful items donated by area businesses.  One of the auction items is the Common Man Christmas Tree, which is decorated with “C-Man” gift cards worth $250!  Also on hand will be Karel Hayes, a local author and illustrator who will be signing her books at The Noel Shoppe.  The silent auction and gala sold out last year, so the night is expected to be a terrific success! As of today, there are approximately 25 tickets left for last-minute guests.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door, and may be purchased at the Greater Meredith Chamber of Commerce, Cackleberries Garden and Gift Shop on Rte. 3 in Meredith, and Fashion Forward on Rte. 25 in Moultonborough. Continue reading