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

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

Here’s Your Passport for Meredith Cabin Fever Month!

Got cabin fever? The Greater Meredith Program has your passport to get out and about during the month of March with amazing discounts, special offers, and fun-filled events offered by Lakes Region businesses and organizations, as well as a chance to win a prize-filled sap bucket that’s specially hand-painted by a local artist.

The Meredith Cabin Fever Promotion will run from March 1st through the 29th and will be celebrated by retail shops, restaurants, and other locally owned businesses all around Meredith Village. The Greater Meredith Program has printed up a Passport Game Card and Events Guide that can be found at participating businesses throughout the Village. Folks who visit any of the participating businesses during the month of March can get their passports stamped or initialed for each location, and with ten valid endorsements can then enter to win the “Cabin Fever” Grand Prize Drawing—a hand-painted traditional maple sap bucket filled with prizes from local businesses. Stamped passports should be dropped into the entry box at Mame’s Restaurant by 5 pm on Saturday, March 29th to be entered in the 5:30 pm drawing. Players do not need to be present to win. 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

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

Belknap Mill Society Celebrates 190th Anniversary

Gallery_2013_10_23_03What a great mix of history, architecture, cuisine, and art! The Belknap Mill Society is marking a milestone anniversary and throwing a big party to celebrate—and you are invited!

In what is being hailed as the “social event of the season,” The Belknap Mill Society is opening up its doors tonight, Friday, November 8th, for a special night of wonderful food and live music to honor the Mill’s 190th year. Built in 1823, the Belknap Mill is the oldest, unaltered brick textile mill in the United States, and is now home to a community-based museum and cultural arts center featuring an industrial knitting museum, two art galleries, a concert hall, and event facilities. The mill is also the Official Meetinghouse of the State of New Hampshire. Continue reading

Sacred Waters Yoga to Host Renowned Instructor Ryan Cunningham

ryan-cunningham_bio_300x199One of the Lakes Region’s most vibrant and innovative yoga and wellness studios is planning a weekend of in-depth study with a well-respected and accomplished instructor from Boston, who will be teaching three different workshops for new and seasoned students, as well as for yoga teachers and teachers-in-training.

Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls will welcome Ryan Cunningham on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th. Ryan is a yoga instructor and a Yoga Teacher Training instructor at Back Bay Yoga, a premiere studio located in Back Bay, Boston. On Friday evening and Saturday, Ryan will be leading three workshops: Introduction to Restorative Yoga, The Fluid Spine: Relieving Tension & Cultivating Strength, and Teacher Workshop: Building a Strong Foundation. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn skills and techniques to deepen your practice! Register for each class independently, or receive a discount on enrollment if registering for all three workshops. Continue reading

Spooktacular Events In and Around Meredith!

Is this creepy captain really at the helm of the M/S Mount Washington?

Is this creepy captain really at the helm of the M/S Mount Washington?

The moon is full and the end of October is near—time to get ready for spooky fun in the Lakes Region! The next two weeks are packed with events that celebrate the late harvest and Halloween, with creative activities for folks of all ages, from toddlers to elders, and everyone in between! Here is just a sampling of some of the haunted happenings…

Tonight is the Spooky Palooza at Crackleberries Garden & Gift Center in Meredith. From 6 –8pm, visit the ghoulish garden, where you will wander through 14 stations of knee-quivering, spine-tingling, toe-curling fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult, and parking is available across the street at the Meredith Police Department. Continue reading

Lakes Region Corn Mazes for All Ages, Daytime or Night!

Moulton Farm's 2012 corn maze.

Moulton Farm’s 2012 corn maze.

In recent years, corn mazes have become a new fall tradition for families throughout New England, with the designs and labyrinths becoming more complex every year. Cornfields are carved up at the end of summer to make intricate aerial views, and in some cases, the paths are so secret the owners don’t release aerial photos until the season is over. Here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, a couple of popular farms have opened up their 2013 mazes, including mini mazes for little ones, and one is even offering nighttime corn maze adventures! Continue reading

Winnipesaukee Playhouse Enjoys Successful First Season in New Home

The new main stage theatre of the Winni Playhouse.

The new main stage theatre of the Winnipesaukee Playhouse.

When the Winnipesaukee Playhouse moved from its small, storefront location in Laconia to its new one-of-a-kind performing arts campus in Meredith this past spring, the directors predicted a small increase in attendance for the first season in their new home. What they got was a show of support that far exceeded their expectations!

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse was founded in 2004, becoming so successful that it soon outgrew its intimate Weirs Beach theatre of 84 seats. With sights set on a bigger venue, the Playhouse assumed ownership of the former Annalee Doll Complex in Meredith in 2008, and put into action a plan to renovate the complex into a “Tanglewood type of setting” for their theatre and workshops. The 11-acre campus now boasts a state-of-the-art main stage theatre, nature trails, an outdoor amphitheater, picnic tables, and plenty of parking. Continue reading