Last Call for Great Snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing in the Lakes Region!

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm

After a very snowy February and a fresh dusting this week, conditions are perfect for winter sports all across New England. In addition to Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, sledding, and tubing, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has some great spots for the quieter pursuits of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Just off the beaten path, these trails offer a great way to get some exercise while enjoying spectacular views of pristine lakes and forests! 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

The 1st Annual “I Love Squam” Celebration Day This Weekend

2 Squams Pano_Compressed_0For all those who love the Squam Lakes, including Big Squam and Little Squam, this weekend will be an opportunity to celebrate and show your support for some of the most peaceful and pristine waters in the country, with a day filled with hikes, waterfront activities, a barbeque dinner, and a barn dance!

The 1st Annual “I Love Squam” Celebration Day is being held this Saturday, August 3rd. This event begins immediately following the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) Annual Business Meeting, taking place at 10am at the Fisher Family Barn. Visitors can join the SLA for lunch and spend the afternoon participating in one of three guided hikes or ongoing waterfront activities throughout the day. Continue reading

Memorial Day Weekend in the Lakes Region

M:S Mount WashingtonThe trees and lawns are finally green and lush, and after this weekend the danger of frost in New Hampshire will be past us. Summer is almost here! The change in weather coincides with a day set aside to honor our fallen heroes, and to mark the occasion, the Lakes Region will be alive with events and celebrations you wont want to miss…

Memorial Day Specials and Cruises on the M/S Mount Washington

  • Specials for Veterans and Military – Veterans & Military Personnel receive a special $10 rate aboard the M/S Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Memorial Day Weekend. This offer is good on all daytime cruises from all ports (Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro, Alton Bay, Center Harbor and Meredith). The regular adult rate for a daytime cruise is $29.
  • Memorial Day Weekend Kids Cruise Free – Take your children on a cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee and show them one of NH’s natural wonders. Memorial Day weekend they cruise for free! This offer is good on all daytime cruises from all ports. Free for all children 12 and under. Continue reading

Celebrate Winter in the Lakes Region this Weekend

The ice rink at Bay Point is ready!

The ice rink at Bay Point is ready!

With snow finally covering the terrain and ice thickening on the lakes, it definitely feels like winter New Hampshire! And with special events happening throughout the Lakes Region, this weekend is the perfect time to get out and celebrate the beauty of the season…

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia has a couple of fun outdoor events this Saturday, January 19th. The Snowshoe Fitness Walk, which takes place from 10 – 11 am, takes hikers on a trail that winds through the majestic farm forest with stunning winter scenery. Snowshoes are available for those who don’t have their own. Prescott Farm will also be open in the afternoon for a free Family Sledding Party from 12:30 – 3:00. Bring your own sled and Prescott Farm will provide the snow-covered hill and a toasty campfire! Folks are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy in the farm’s “green” building, where hot cocoa, s’mores, and other light snacks will be available to purchase. Continue reading

Town of Holderness Celebrating 250 Years!

Mattatuck Drum Band

In celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding, nearby Holderness is looking back to its European roots and to those who were here long before the white settlers decided to call this Lakes Region outpost their home.  The celebration will begin this weekend, with lots of activities taking place all over the area!

The festivities kick off on Friday, August 5th with a free concert at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, where Steve Schuch will perform “Songs and Tales of the Earth” in the beautiful Kirkwood Gardens from 1 – 2pm.  The Holderness Historical Society at Curry Place will also be open from 1 – 6pm, followed by a Street Dance at 7:00 at the Little Church Theater. Come dance the night away with Postage Due on the shores of Squam Lake!  Food options will be available at the dance starting at 6pm.

On Saturday, August 6th from 9am – 6pm, Curry Place will be bustling with Abenaki artist demonstrations and sales, including Barry Higgins of White Crow Flutes, Bill and Sherry Gould from Western Abenaki Baskets, Darryl Peasley with beaded top hats and leather pouches, and Debbie Dostie of Silver Wolf Creations, as well as many other crafters and food vendors.  There will be a variety of parades to choose from, such as the 9:30am Mattatuck Fife and Drum Band parade by boat from Cotton Cove to Squam Boat Livery, the 10:00am Grand Street Parade on Route 3 from Shepard Hill Rd to the Squam Lake Science Center, and the 10:45am Vintage Boat Flotilla from Cotton Cove to Perkins Cabins on Little Squam.  The Science Center, Library, and Historical Society will also be holding special demonstrations and lectures throughout the day on the history of the area before the European settlers arrived.  The day will be capped off by another dance—a Barn Dance at 7:30pm in the Fisher Family Activity Barn!

The Sunday celebrations will start at 7:30am with a Pancake Breakfast at the Holderness Fire Station, while Abenaki artist demonstrations continue at Curry Place beginning at 9am, where visitors can also enjoy a Native American flute performance by White Crow at 11am.  John Brooks, a Huron descendant, will conduct a trail walk for “Feast at Your Feet” and “The Thee Sister Survival Vegetables” starting at the Historical Society at 2pm, and at 3:30 there will be a reading of the Town Charter at Livermore Common Holderness School.  The evening will finish with a 4pm Vespers service at Trinity Cemetery Chapel, followed by a reading of King George’s charter creating New Holderness and a tour of the Cemetery pointing out prominent Holderness families of the past.

There are so many other activities happening this weekend and throughout the next week that we can’t list them all here.  You’ve got to see for yourself, and what a beautiful weekend it is to visit this lakeside community and take a trip back in time!  Come celebrate the Semiquincentennial of Holderness!

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team