For 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.
There are three guided hikes scheduled in the nearby mountains, all with different levels of difficulty:
- Mt. Livermore – athletic pace – Forget the workout today and head for the hills with Betsy Whitmore. Four trails together provide a lovely circuit through the woods to a wonderful view looking east down Big Squam and most of Little Squam. The hike will leave from Burleigh Farm at 12:45pm and proceed up the Old Highway to the Old Mountain Road and continue to the Crawford-Ridgepole intersection. We will descend the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail on switchbacks until we meet with the Prescott Trail, which will take us back to the Old Highway. The circuit is approximately 3.2 miles and takes under 2 hours to complete at an athletic pace.
- Mount Morgan – moderate pace – Join Bryant Tolles and Lisa Aulet for the circuit. The group will leave the Mt. Morgan parking lot at 12:45 and proceed up Morgan, then cross the ridge on the Crawford-Ridgepole Trail to Mt Percival. Ladder option and cave navigation will not be part of this hike. The circuit is 4.8 miles and takes approximately 3 hours.
- Rattlesnake (perfect hike for families!) – easy – The Rattlesnakes rises 700 feet on the northern shore of Squam and provides a spectacular view of Squam and Winnipesaukee Lakes. Our hike will leave from the parking lot on Rt. 113 and proceed .94 miles up an easy hiking trail. This is a great hike for families and kids, and can introduce young ones to the beauty and fun of being in the woods and learning to read trail markings. The top is open rock with wide views of the watershed. We will return on the same trail to the parking lot. The hike is led by Sandy Harris.
Afternoon activities on the waterfront include:
- Snorkel with our conservation staff and learn to identify underwater plants and fish
- Take a mini-lesson on Stand-Up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes
- Paddle out to Moon and Bowman Islands for a scavenger hunt that will test your intellect and your navigation skills.
- Go out aboard the Calypso, one of our work pontoons, and learn about how healthy the lake is, and the tests we take to monitor water health (or just come aboard to enjoy the amazing scenery!).
At 6pm, join the SLA for a Barbeque Dinner at the Fisher Barn. Squam Lakes Brewery will be on hand for a beer tasting, and Golden Pond Country Store will offer a wine tasting. There will also be a cupcake dessert buffet featuring baked goods from local cafes and businesses. Tickets for the dinner are $22 for adults, $15 ages 5-12, and free 4 and under.
The Barn Dance is the highlight of the day! The old-fashioned dance features contra dancing, with Frank Woodward calling the dance and New Boston Fancy playing the live tunes. This dance is fun for all ages and ability levels—no experience necessary. The first hour will showcase easy dances for kids and beginners!
Registration is required for lunch, any of the hikes, and dinner. Dinner tickets include the barn dance, or tickets to the barn dance only can be purchased at the door or online at the rate of $8 per adult, $20 per family, $4 per student, and under 5 free. For more information or to register, visit squamlakes.org or call 603-968-7336.
Start a new tradition with your family and join in the fun at Squam Lakes this weekend!
The Mill Falls Blogging Team
Images courtesy of Squam Lakes Association