Some Springtime Gardening Tours in the Lakes Region

Community Garden Club BannerThe spring season in New England is a short one, and especially after this past winter, many folks are now ready to pull out their gardening gloves and spend time playing in the dirt. Gardening has been linked to improved health, increased memory retention, and a positive outlook. Our local libraries stock great resources to help plan, design, and create gardens of all kinds, and the UNH Cooperative Extension Program offers an extensive menu of services, many at no charge. Some local farms, nurseries, greenhouses, and landscape businesses offer free classes to inspire novices and experts alike. Continue reading

It’s Winter Festival Time in the Lakes Region!

Winter Fest sleigh

Sleigh ride at Prescott Farm

We’ve got fresh snow and it’s time to get out and play! In celebration of winter in New England and its many fun traditions, a few local organizations are hosting some great parties, and everyone is invited—so get out your boots and mittens and head to the Lakes Region this weekend and next! Here’s what’s happening… Continue reading

Some Outdoor Activities for Vacation Week 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!

School vacation is just around the corner, and whether your family has this coming week or the following week off for some downtime, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has some great activities going on that will reconnect you and your loved ones with nature and with each other. In addition to the usual skiing, snowboarding, skating, and tubing activities that are abundant in New England, there are some wonderful programs near Lake Winnipesaukee that offer something a little more…

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness is offering several programs for kids and adults. Their Wild Winter Walks lead explorers ages 6 and up on a trek that uncovers some answers about what happens to animals during winter. A staff naturalist guides your walk and discusses how native animals are well adapted for winter in New Hampshire. During school vacation weeks, the Science Center is also hosting a couple of bird banding events, an ice fishing workshop, and other winter explorations! Continue reading

NH Celebrates Maple Sugar Season

Maple SyrupAs the snow melts, sap begins to rise in maple trees across New Hampshire, making March prime time for tapping the trees and collecting the clear liquid that will soon become one of the region’s most famous products:  pure NH Maple Syrup.  Sugarhouses and producers all over the state are celebrating the season this weekend, with open houses and festivals that feature this sweet treat in all its glory—fresh and warm!

The NH Maple Producers Open House Weekend takes place March 19th and 20th, and more than 60 sugarhouses in New Hampshire will be participating.  At many of the sugarhouses, visitors can learn how maple syrup is made, taste free samples, and enjoy pancake breakfasts.  If there is fresh snow on the ground, some lucky folks will be able to try an old New England tradition, maple sugar on snow.

North Woodstock, NH is going all out with a town-wide celebration.  NH Maple Fest kicks off Friday evening, March 18th, with several local restaurants featuring maple products on their menus.  On Saturday, maple lovers of all ages can join in on some fun activities, including a Maple Sugar Obstacle Course in Cascade Park, and demonstrations at nearby sugarhouses.  The Lincoln Woodstock Rotary will then host a Maple Dinner Ball Saturday night, with live entertainment and the crowning of the King and Queen of Sap.  The fun continues on Sunday with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, the New Hampshire Maple Festival Parade, and a Maple Festival Bed Race.

If you don’t get your fill of maple syrup this weekend, next weekend is shaping up with more fun activities as well.  On Saturday, March 26th, The Remick Museum and Farm in Tamworth is hosting their Annual Maple Sugar Event, where visitors can experience the historic maple sugar encampment, enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, and view exhibits on the history of maple sugaring, from Native American traditions to modern techniques.  And in Laconia, Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will be celebrating Maple Sugar Madness!

With skiing and snowshoeing still happening up north, flowers starting to sprout in the southern areas, and so many special maple sugar events happening all over the state, there are plenty of reasons to visit New Hampshire in the spring!  Cheers!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image credit: anolobb at flickr.com

Harvest Halloween Festival Promises Spooky Fun this Weekend!

Looking for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun?  Bring the family to the Remick Museum in Tamworth, NH this Saturday, October 23 for their Harvest Halloween Festival, where there will be activities galore for kids and adults alike.  With all the games, concessions, and contests, this festival is more like a mini fair packed into an autumn afternoon!Hay Bale Jumping

From 3:00 to 7:00pm, the grounds of the Remick County Doctor Museum & Farm will be open and set up with a corn maze, live music, and a spooky horse-drawn wagon ride.  Children can also participate in lots of games and races, including Ring the Pumpkin, Needle in a Haystack, Hay Bale Jump, and the sack, egg, or hoop race.  There will also be fun crafts, where kids can make Halloween masks!

Judges will be on hand for contests in homemade pies and preserves, scary stories, and autumn art.  Winners in adults and children’s categories will be announced at the festival as well as to local newspapers, will appear in the next Remick Farm Journal Newsletter and website, and will enjoy a family membership at the museum for one year!

In the evening, take a guided eerie walking tour to meet friendly spirits and hear spooky tales, then warm up with some hot cocoa around the Bonfire as the storytelling continues.

Going to the Remick Museum’s Harvest Halloween festival is a perfect way for your family soak up some traditional New England customs while enjoying the hallowed season this year.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

Image courtesy of The Remick County Doctor Museum & Farm