Meredith to Host the 6th Annual New England Pond Hockey Classic

pond hockey landscapeIt’s been very cold this winter, and that’s good news for some folks, for low temperatures mean frozen lakes and ponds, and where there is ice, there will be hockey! Right now in Meredith, NH, crews from the New England Pond Hockey Classic are preparing rinks on the solid surface of Lake Winnipesaukee in anticipation of next weekend’s annual tournament!

The first New England Pond Hockey Classic took place in February of 2010, with 77 teams playing old-style hockey in pursuit of the coveted “WinnipeHockey Cup.” Since then the NEPHC has become one of the most sought after pond hockey tournaments in the country, with teams flying from all over North America to compete on beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.

Now in its sixth year, the NEPHC is bigger and more popular than ever, with the event sold out at 250 teams that will compete in the 4 v 4 round-robin tournament on 24 classic rinks next weekend, January 30th – February 1st, 2015. There will be over 550 games over the course of the weekend on Meredith Bay, with teams organized into 8 sub-divisions, including the Open Division, 30-plus, 40-plus, 50-plus, the Women’s Division, two just-for-fun divisions called Shinny and Shinny 35-plus, and the newest “Twig” Division, a recreational division for players who live for the pond but might not have the ability to hang with the former professional and college players in the Open and Shinny Divisions.

PHC Ice Ops Crew laying down some water on Lake Winnipesaukee

PHC Ice Ops Crew laying down some water on Lake Winnipesaukee

The weekend kicks off on Thursday, January 29th with a Welcome Party and Skills Competition on the ice in front of Lago at Bay Point, in conjunction with the tournament’s check in at The Flagship Ballroom at Chase House. Players from the Lakes Region Youth Hockey organization will be on site selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a heated VIP locker room for the tournament. A giant tent and Meadowbrook stage will be set up in the parking lot at Bay Point, where The Common Man will host a Concession & Labatt Blue Beer Garden in the Old Time Hockey Tournament Village, with live entertainment all weekend. A shuttle service will transport players and spectators to and from the event’s parking lots at Hart’s Turkey Farm, just a couple miles away from Tournament Village.

Pond hockey athletes are encouraged to bring their previously used equipment to donate to Restore Hockey, the tournament’s official non-profit sponsor. Restore Hockey cleans and restores the equipment and donates it to children, families, and organizations in need. Says Scott Crowder, organizer of the NEPHC, “All this stuff that would normally end up in a landfill is ending up on the ice… and a child gets a chance to fall in love with the game.” Restore Hockey also gladly accepts financial donations, which help the organization purchase new equipment for the community. The Pond Hockey Classic is proud to partner with this great organization.

pond hockey close upThe New England Pond Hockey Classic has quickly earned a reputation for providing players and fans alike with a traditional, nostalgic, and competitive pond hockey experience. For more information about the New England Pond Hockey Classic or Restore Hockey, please visit the NEPHC website at www.pondhockeyclassic.com. To book your weekend in Meredith, call Mill Falls at the Lake at 800-622-6455.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Here’s to a great Pond Hockey weekend! Good luck to the NEPHC teams!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Mill Falls Wishes You a Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve FireworksIt’s 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 2015 in style! If you haven’t made plans for this evening yet, it’s not too late. Here in the Lakes Region, we have some fun festivities lined up! Continue reading

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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

Columbus Day Weekend 2014 in the Lakes Region

The pumpkin maze at Beans & Greens Farm

The pumpkin maze at Beans & Greens Farm

This is the pinnacle of the season—the sun is warm, the air is crisp, and the colors throughout the area are glorious—welcome to autumn in New England! For residents and visitors to New Hampshire, the high point of fall has long been Columbus Day Weekend, when peak colors often coincide with the three-day holiday. This year is no exception, with the foliage now popping vibrant reds and oranges in the Lakes Region. Here are some fun ways to enjoy the scenery this weekend: Continue reading

Some Special Ways to ‘Leaf Peep’ in New Hampshire

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

Fall Foliage Special Train, Winnipesaukee Railroad

It’s that time already—the air is crisp and the warm sun is shining on the bright colors of early fall. Some of the leaves are beginning to turn red, orange, and yellow as the foliage season gets underway in New Hampshire, especially in the northern regions, and there are some great ways to track how the colors are progressing and enjoy your autumn getaway to the Granite State to catch those colors at their brilliant peak! Continue reading

Early Autumn Activities in the Lakes Region

Hay Jumping at Prescott Farm

Hay Jumping at Prescott Farm

While the days are still warm and the nights are crisp and cool, harvest season comes to New Hampshire. This is the time to get out and celebrate the bounty and beauty of the Granite State—in the Lakes Region especially—as the scenery becomes simply spectacular! Here are some fun events happening this weekend and next that will help your family to enjoy Autumn’s gifts of nature… Continue reading

Labor Day Weekend 2014 in the Lakes Region

Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace

Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace

Relaxing in the Lakes Region of NH next weekend for the holiday? Besides the abundance of summertime activities that are still going strong, there are some fun special events happening to celebrate and cap off the season as we shift into fall…

Music in the Mill Falls Marketplace – Stroll through the shops of the Mill Falls Marketplace or just relax outdoors while enjoying a summer’s night serenade. There will be live music from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the courtyard of this beautiful and historic market that was once an old linen mill. The Marketplace played a major part in revitalizing the village of Meredith, which is now a destination on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Visit www.millfalls.com for more information. Continue reading

2nd Annual “Rafting for Wishes” on Meredith Bay!

Rafts2Last year’s inaugural “Rafting for Wishes” event in Meredith was so much fun and so successful that the folks at Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire decided to make it an annual tradition, this year with their sights set on an even higher goal of making more wishes come true for seriously ill children in NH. Continue reading

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Duck raceIt’s not too late to head to Lake Winnipesaukee to catch some fun 4th of July events! For a quintessential summer experience, Meredith Village will be the place to be today and tomorrow, with many traditional activities lined up. Don’t let the weather forecast rain on your holiday parade! The festivities are still on! Continue reading

Stay at the Lake, Play in the Mountains—Summer Starts this Holiday Weekend

The Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort, one of two new major attractions to the White Mountains Attractions Association.

The Mountain Coaster at Cranmore Mountain Resort, one of two new major attractions to the White Mountains Attractions Association.

There’s so much happening all around New Hampshire this Memorial Day Weekend it’s hard to know where to begin! But in our opinion, the best place to begin is in the middle—centrally located with easy access to all the festivities that are kicking off summer—and that place is right here in Meredith.

In addition to some great events happening in the Lakes Region, many of the major attractions in New Hampshire’s White Mountains Region are opening this holiday weekend, most of them within a 45-minute drive of Meredith. Mill Falls at the Lake is the perfect place to stay while exploring some of these fun places.

“There’s a lot of pent-up demand this year for summer to get started,” said Jayne O’Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association. “After a long, cold winter, everyone is eager to get outside and enjoy what the White Mountains have to offer.” Continue reading