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
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
Now that we are settling into our new fall schedules, many folks decide to turn their attention to taking better care of themselves. Yoga and other forms of wellness practices can be powerful resources for overall health and wellbeing, and our own Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls is offering a variety of classes to suit people of all ages, interests, and abilities, with a new class schedule and some great special events for the fall season.
Says Christina Alexa, Founder and Director of Sacred Waters Yoga, “We are excited about our Autumn schedule because we really run the spectrum of class offerings, such as Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced classes, classes for people with physical challenges/limitations (Yoga for Healing), Aerial Yoga and Hot Yoga, Yoga Groove with electronic music, Meditation with the “chakra sound bath” (crystal singing bowls) etc., so it is very diverse.”
Take a peek at some of these fun new classes and events: Continue reading
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
Next 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
Follow 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
For a quintessential summer holiday experience, Meredith Village will be the place to be on Thursday, July 4th. Independence Day on Lake Winnipesaukee promises to be a fantastic celebration, with several fun events and activities lined up for folks of all ages.
The Meredith Lions Club will start things off with a splash for its annual Rubber Duck Race. This event is not to be missed! It is the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, benefiting many local charities, including scholarships for local students. At 4pm, over 4,000 yellow duckies will tumble down the waterfall at the Mill Falls Marketplace and float to the finish line just past the footbridge in Hesky Park. Tickets for cash prizes will be on sale until 3:30 that day, and the grand-prize winner will take home $1000. The duck race is truly an amazing sight! For more information, call Duck Central at 603-279-6016. Continue reading
For treasure hunters of all kinds, Meredith will be the place to be next Saturday. The whole village is coming together to hold their Annual Community Yard Sale, and antique enthusiasts, collectors, and bargain hunters from all over New England will be setting their destinations for this little lakeside village.
Sponsored by the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce, the 18th Annual Community Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 9 am – 3 pm at over fifty locations in the Meredith area. According to Susan Cerutti, Executive Director of the Chamber, the event has become a fun tradition for folks in the Lakes Region of NH. Continue reading
Gabriella indulges her creativity at The Arts Collaborative.
For children who will be on vacation in the Lakes Region next week, a wonderful opportunity for fun and creative self-expression awaits at the Arts Collaborative Teaching Studio in Meredith…
On Monday, April 22nd, Tuesday the 23rd, and Wednesday the 24th from 9:30 to 12:00, The Arts Collaborative will host “Crazy Creative Kids,” a program to encourage children to stretch their imaginations, try new things, and have a blast! Kids ages 6 – 12 are welcome to join in the fun, led by experienced teaching artists Heidi Little and Cynthia Robinson. Continue reading
Seasoned dance instructor Juli Pruden will be at Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls on Saturday, April 13th to lead a wedding prep dance class for those who wish to learn some new moves or brush up on their dance skills in anticipation of this year’s wedding season, which is right around the corner!
Taking place from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at the Sacred Waters Yoga Studio, the Wedding Prep Dance Crash Course is designed for those getting ready for that special day, be they the engaged couple, parents of the bride or groom, members of the wedding party, or guests who will be attending receptions and celebrations this coming wedding season. The class will focus on dance moves that can be performed on a small, social dance floor. Instructor Juli Pruden says all wallflowers are welcome! Continue reading