Bike for Books fundraiser for North Conway Library October 1

Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides.

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The event offers biking enthusiasts of all levels and abilities a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and
terrain along well-marked routes in and around North Conway by showcasing some of the best mountain biking in the area, spanning all difficulty levels from beginner to expert.

Eastside Bike Guides will mark the trails and promises a great variety of trails to explore: from easy, short rides in Whitaker Woods for novice riders and children to very challenging, technical rides for expert mountain bikers. Chris Krug, owner of Eastside Bike Guides, promises there is something for everyone  and quite a few new trails to explore this year! Gentle fire roads and flowy singletrack through magnificent forests and along rivers- whatever your heart desires.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of friends.

After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, fresh coffee, and delicious homemade desserts.

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers.

For more information or to download your registration or pledge form, check www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB . Or register online at http://www.BikeReg.com  or from 8 – 11 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Homesite

Highlights of the event:

  • Self-guided rides on marked trails
  • Different route options for all ages & abilities:
    • 2 easy loops in Whitaker Woods (for kids & families & novice riders)
    • Intermediate loop on North Conway’s Eastside
    • Expert loop on technically challenging trails
  • Signed trails showcase the best North Conway’s Eastside has to offer
  • Snack stop with food & drink
  • After ride pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee
  • Mechanical support tent by local bike shop
  • Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee

Registration on Day of Event: 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite on Rt. 16

Costs: Adults $25, couples $45, families $55, kids 16 +under $15. Or raise pledges instead! (see event website)

Along with the great riding, the Mount Washington Valley offers many other activities for the whole family: great hiking in the White Mountains, canoeing and kayaking in the Saco River, shopping in the tax-free outlet stores, and much more. The blue ribbon fair in Fryeburg, Maine (10 miles away) will start the next day.

Riders register and start anytime between 8 and 11 a.m. with the event concluding by early afternoon.

Emergency support is provided – bring your mobile phone.

***Participants should be on a mountain bike and children should have some off-road cycling experience.***

This mountain bike tour raises important funds for the North Conway Library’s children’s room. 

FMI check out www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Fall Into Autumn Golf in the Valley

Golf is a social game. I came into it when I found myself divorced and looking for new friends about 10 years ago. Mount Washington Valley’s golf scene is only rivaled by its skiing scene so I quickly made friends and improved my game in some of the several golf leagues that take place weekday nights in the spring, summer and fall.

I was reminded of this social aspect when an email circulated work looking for coworker duffers to get together at the storied North Conway Country Club for a 4:30 pm round. A fellow employee had a membership and had organized an impromptu game. 4 foursomes arrived on a very warm late summer (or early fall – take your pick) afternoon.

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Golf has a way to breaking down social barriers and that night was no different. I work at the local hospital and with over 400 employees, it’s easy to not know all of your coworkers. We had players from every department ranging from the lab to the inpatient ward to the OR. What we shared was a high handicap and a love for the game. The warm weather and superb condition of the greens only supplemented the evening’s splendor.

North Conway Country Club is right in the heart of North Conway. How many courses boast an active train track to the east and a harvestable corn field and river bed to the south. And don’t forget the stunning Cathedral and White Horse Ledge to the west. Your hardest decision of the day won’t be which club to use but rather which direction to look in to drink in the splendid views.

While we did not partake after our round, the NCCC now features a new food and beverage director who has revamped the menu and the service so that you can enjoy a tasty meal and adult beverage whose quality matches the views and greens conditions of the course. Its deck overhanging the first tee and train track arguably offers the best views in the Valley.You don’t need to play a round to eat here – check it out.

Like most courses, you get the best value playing twilight and midweek. Avoid the crowds and higher rates of Saturday and Sunday mornings and you might be able to score a better rate. Or find a group or corporate deal to save even more.

Golf in Mt. Washington Valley goes strong through foliage season and with the help of a wind shirt and winter golf gloves, can continue right through to when courses close. That date varies based on weather, but I have seen closing dates range from late October to early November. Indian Mound in Ossipee often goes later. Only your yearning for skiing will interrupt your golf game earlier than weather might dictate. So squeeze in those autumn rounds now – you never known what game might be your last for 2016!

Artist Reception and a Performance of The Dixie Swim Club

On Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m., prior to M&D Playhouse’s performance of “The Dixie Swim Club,” an artist reception will be held for local artist Sandi Poor.

Poor, a member of the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association and artist in residence at the Ellis River Art Gallery in Jackson, has been a student of watercolors for the past seven years, and became a “Juried Artist” with the MWV Arts Association in 2013. She has exhibited at The Met, Darby Field Inn, the Bernerhof Inn, and Conway Library. Self-taught, Poor has attended many local and nationally acclaimed workshops, and participates in Friday Painters Group.

Poor’s passion for drawing and painting began at an early age, with the arts being an important part of her life. She finds watercolor to be the best medium for expressing her love for all things artistic, and is fascinated by the transparency and blending of colors that allows her spontaneity and control. Many of her projects begin with sketching to determine values, composition and colors. Poor enjoys painting a myriad of subjects including landscapes, flowers, figures, and most recently, musical themes. Semi-retired as a healthcare consultant, Poor has pursued her life-long dream of becoming an artist, and works to continue her growth, knowledge and technical abilities in watercolor with ongoing workshops and fellowship with other artists.

There is no cost to attend the reception, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for “The Dixie Swim Club” should be booked ahead to ensure a seat. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, contact (603) 733-5275 or visit mdplayhouse.com.

Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce presents its 104th Annual Meeting, Dinner and White Mountains Treasure Awards Presentation

 

The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce will host its 104th Annual Meeting and Dinner at Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bartlett on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

The evening begins at 4:30 with the “Surprise & Delight Social Networking” hosted by TD Bank. Attendees will enjoy cocktail hour, networking, a candidate meet and greet and the Chamber’s annual silent auction. Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on items including gift certificates, ski passes, overnight stays, artwork, and much more. Anyone wishing to promote their business through business through a donation to the Silent Auction contact Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701.

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2015 White Mountains Treasures Phyllis Sherman and Audrey Vorparian pictured with MWV Chamber President Michelle Capozzoli and Memorial Hospital’s Scott McKinnon.

A three-course dinner follows during which time the Chamber will hold a brief business meeting to include a review of the Chamber’s programs and initiatives during the previous year and an overview of its strategic and marketing plans for the coming year. The White Mountains Treasure awards will also be presented. “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize individuals for their lifetime achievement of outstanding community service and commitment to the Mt. Washington Valley”, said Janice Crawford, Executive Director. “If you know someone deserving of this recognition please let us know so they can be considered for this award.” Nomination forms can be found on the event page online at mtwashingtonvalley.org/events/2016annualmeeting. Submissions are due by October 7.

To wrap up the evening Eastern Propane & Oil presents entertainment with Boston comedian Mike McDonald. “Sharp”, “bright”, “witty” and “hilarious” are just some of the words people have used to describe Mike, who has entertained our troops with the USO in over 50 different countries, done specialty shows on fancy islands for major corporations, worked Vegas and Atlantic Cities Casino’s, and crushed the main-stage on Cruise Ships.

The Annual Meeting is a forum for business and community leaders to share an evening of networking and business-building. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling Scott Gleason at 603-356-5701 x305 or registering online. The Chamber thanks all its sponsors including Premier Sponsor Eastern Propane & Oil and Social Hour Sponsor TD Bank. For more information on the Annual Meeting or Mt. Washington Valley Chamber visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org 

About Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce in North Conway, NH is a not-for-profit association whose mission is to strategically market the Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination by enticing tourists with our year round attractions and natural resources. This fosters a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities, while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

 

Cooper Cargill Chant Attorney Chris Meier Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor and Executive Council

Volunteerism and public service is part of the culture at Cooper Cargill Chant, northern New Hampshire’s largest law firm. This fact was exemplified on September 7, 2016, when Attorney and Partner Chris Meier received special recognition on behalf of the non-profit Mount Washington Valley Trails Association, on whose board Meier serves as President. Meier and the MWVTA received a special proclamation from Governor Maggie Hassan and Executive Council members at their North Country meeting last week at the North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH.

Photo Caption: Chris Meier (third from right) Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor Maggie Hassan (center) and Executive Council
Photo Caption: Chris Meier (third from right) Accepts Special Recognition for the MWV Trails Association From Governor Maggie Hassan (center) and Executive Council

The MWV Trails Association and its Rec Path Committee are working to build and maintain multi-use recreation paths within the Mount Washington Valley area that provide residents and visitors alternative community access and opportunities for safe and family-oriented recreation and transportation. It is their mission to build pathways in the community for families, elders and kids to walk, run, bike, rollerblade, and ski in a safe and pleasant environment.

The MWVTA is just one of the non-profit organizations supported by Meier and by Cooper Cargill Chant. Chris also serves on the board of the MWV Chamber of Commerce and a past board member of many other organizations including the New Hampshire Bar Association, the White Mountain Community Health Center and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust.   Collectively, Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys give their time to dozens of local organizations, including the MWV Children’s Museum, Rotary, Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, MWV Economic Council and more.

Meier shared, “It was a great honor to accept the proclamation from Governor Hassan on behalf of the Trails Association and Rec Path Committee. It recognizes the hard work of the entire board, and the support of townspeople who recently voted in favor of the effort. It’s great to be part of a law firm that encourages and expects its attorneys to be community-minded.”

Meier joined Cooper Cargill Chant in 2007, and became a director in 2010. Before coming to New Hampshire, Chris practiced in Massachusetts and clerked for the Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court.  He concentrates his practice on the litigation of business, commercial, land use, probate, and consumer disputes.  Chris also counsels businesses in the areas of regulatory and corporate compliance, land use and municipal permitting and litigation avoidance. Chris regularly represents clients before both State and Federal courts throughout New England, administrative tribunals, municipal boards and private arbitrators and mediators.

Cooper Cargill Chant is the largest law firm north of the lakes region in New Hampshire. With its main office in North Conway, New Hampshire, Cooper Cargill Chant lawyers have over 150 years of experience. Cooper Cargill Chant attorneys are recognized leaders of the New Hampshire Bar Association, have chaired the Boards of the New Hampshire Bar Association, the New Hampshire Association for Justice, and the New Hampshire Bar Foundation. Lawyers have won numerous awards for their representation of clients throughout New Hampshire, including awards for legal service to the poor, for work in domestic violence cases, in helping form and develop businesses, and in personal injury work.

For more information, call 603-356-5439 or visit them online at coopercargillchant.com.

The Ghoullog Returns for 10 Years of Fear at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain’s annual month-long Halloween event, the Ghoullog, is back for a tenth season of haunting. The Ghoullog will begin Saturday, Sept. 24 and run weekend evenings through Nov. 5.

Nightly haunts will operate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select Sundays. Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. at Cranmore’s Artist Falls Lodge. Ticket prices start at $27 for the Ghoullog and $39 for the Ghoullog Plus.

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“I can’t wait to celebrate 10 years of fear this season. We have worked hard to create a premier haunted attraction over the years. We strive to create new and exciting themes and designs for our guests every season. This year is going to be more exciting than you can imagine,” said creator of the Ghoullog, Lance Davis.

To celebrate 10 years of haunting, guests can visit on Nov. 4 for an exclusive 10 Years of Fear Celebration. Taking place at the Artist Falls Lodge, the package includes one trip through the Ghoullog, a “lights on” tour through the haunt with the opportunity to take a closer look at the construction, speak with the actors and enjoy a cocktail party immediately following. Each ticket also includes two complimentary drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a Q&A session with the creators of the Ghoullog and a 10th anniversary t-shirt. Tickets for the event are $125 and must be pre-purchased by October 17th, online at theghoullog.com, at Cranmore’s ticket office or by calling 1-800-SUN-N-SKI. Tickets will not be available at the door. A limited number of 150 tickets will be available.

“With this event, we want to give Ghoullog fans and haunt enthusiasts a chance to go behind the scenes of the haunt… speak to the actors, myself and colleague, Jim Chichwak, and really let them in on the details and planning that is involved in running a production like the Ghoullog,” Davis continues. “We have never done something like this before and it will truly be a unique event that you don’t want to miss out on. There will also be door prizes, themed cocktails and appetizers, special appearances and more.”

More information on the 10 Years of Fear Celebration can be found online at theghoullog.com.

Feeling too fearful to enter the haunt? The Ghoullog’s Haunted Playground features a one-of-a-kind experience with nighttime rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

The Mountain Coaster is a two person, self controlled sled, which brings riders on a 3,600 foot round-trip ride up and down the mountain on a steel track reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour on the descent. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line fleshes out the Haunted Playground, letting visitors fly 750 feet up and back down the mountain on a seated zip line; the Giant Swing offers up to four people a breathtaking sky ride in the darkness.

Back for 2016 is the Broken Skull Pub, located at the Artist Falls Lodge. The fully-licensed lounge will be offer an array of draft beer, including Angry Orchard Cider, favorite mixed drinks and favorites from the grill before and after scares. The Broken Skull Pub is open nightly during the Ghoullog and begins serving at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, local residents can visit the Ghoullog for just $19 per person. Guests must show proof of residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford county.

For the final evening of the event, Nov. 5, all lights will be turned off for Ghoullog: Lights Out! Each group will be given a single glow stick to navigate their way through the haunt.

An all-inclusive, Ghoullog Plus package is available, which includes a trip through the Ghoullog and unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground.

From Sept. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 1, plus Friday nights through Nov. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 25, Ghoullog tickets are $27 and Ghoullog Plus tickets are $39. Saturday nights from Oct. 8 through Nov. 5, plus Sunday, Oct. 9, Ghoullog tickets are $32 and Ghoullog Plus tickets are $44. The Ghoullog is recommended for those 10 and over. All ages are welcome for the Haunted Playground.

Tickets for unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground are $19 for guests under 54 inches and $25 for those over that height. Age, height and weight restrictions apply and can be viewed online at Cranmore.com.

Discounted rates are available for groups larger than 15, when reserved 48 hours in advance. For group information, please call 603-356-5544 ext. 323.

Advanced reservations for the Ghoullog are highly recommended and can be made online at http://www.theghoullog.com or by calling the ticket office at 603-356-5544.

Join the Gibson Center Fundraiser at Black Cap Grille Tuesday Night

Join the Gibson Center Tuesday, September 13 from 5 to 9 for a fantabulous night at Black Cap Grille at Settlers Crossing in North Conway. Join us for dinner, some shared appetizers, hearty desserts and the fabulous fare for which Black Cap is so well known. A portion of the proceeds goes to support The Gibson Center’s meal and transportation programs.

Since 1979, the Gibson Center has provided meals, transportation services and social and educational programs to seniors in the greater Mount Washington Valley area.

Purity Spring Resort welcomes autumn and you!

The crisp, autumn days are winding their way into New England as we welcome September at Purity Spring Resort. As fall approaches, we offer seasonal activities, theme weekends and special rates for those wishing to enjoy the quieter times paddling, hiking or biking around Purity Lake.

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Join us for a variety of unique, fall fun weekends including Artisan Workshops, Ballroom Dancing, Scrapbooking events, QuiltingKnitting and much more. Each weekend is sure to provide instruction, camaraderie and a welcoming atmosphere for beginners to experts.

Fall is a great time to visit Purity Spring Resort with all of the lodging packages available, amenities and activities available. Visit the individual package pages for the details on what’s included and how you can make your reservation online or call us at 800-373-3754 or 603-367-8896

Conway Pines Senior Living Apartments Ribbon Cutting Ceremony September 12

You’re Invited to the Conway Pines Senior Living Apartments
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
September 12, 2016

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    • 2:30 pm photos
    • 3:00 pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and noted speakers
    • Pubic is invited to share in the festivities, including building tours and refreshments, provided by Banners Restaurant
    • Website:  ConwayPines.com


Conway Pines Senior Living Apartments Gathering Room
383 Poliquin Drive – Conway, NH 03818 (Rear building)
Behind Super Shoes and across the street from the IGA/Shurfine Center

Discounted Gift Certificate Sale for The Valley Originals

Gift Certificate Sale!
September 8 starting at 6:00 am.

Visit www.thevalleyoriginals.com to sign up to receive the email Discount Sale alert messages!

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The Valley Originals is a group of locally owned and operated restaurants that have joined together to offer Discounted Gift Certificates – that’s right you can purchase a Gift Certificate with a 30% discount !

Fall Festival at Settlers Green Kicks Off String of Fall Events at the Outlets

Settlers Green’s annual Fall Festival is slated for Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “on the green” by Timberland Factory Store. Kid-friendly activities include pumpkin painting, free horse-drawn hay rides, live music, complimentary apple cider and apples and a nonprofit bake sale.

“September is a great time of the year to visit North Conway and our Fall Festival provides plenty of added activities for our shoppers to enjoy,” said Assistant Director of Marketing and Events, Laura Tuveson.

New this year, artist William Janelle of Bridgton, Maine, will be doing a series of pumpkin carvings throughout the event. The pumpkins will be auctioned off at the end of the day and the money raised will go to a local charity.

The always popular free horse-drawn hay rides, provided by Carousel Horse Farm, begin and end at the Timberland Factory Store and follow a route throughout Settlers Green. Free pumpkin painting with the purchase of a small pumpkin for $2 will include paints and some guidance from local artist, Carol Hanson.

To add to the day’s autumn atmosphere, local vocalist and guitarist Julia Velie will play at the Gazebo from 12-2 p.m., with lounge chairs available for listeners.

Fall Festival marks the start of a busy fall event schedule at Settlers Green Outlet Village, including its 3rd Annual Pumpkin People Challenge, which is set for October 1 and coincides with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Return of the Pumpkin People event. For information about all events at Settlers Green Outlet Village, see settlersgreen.com/events.

 

NORTHEAST’S TALLEST PEAK TEMPORARILY RELOCATES  TO THE CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART

A persistent, often fierce wind blows across the barren stone peak that is Mount Washington. Above the tree line very little grows, and yet there’s always life here, as scientists, tourists and adventurers share the 6,288-foot mountain. For more than two centuries, the Northeast’s highest summit has captured the American imagination. Mount Washington: The Crown of New England, on view at the Currier Museum of Art from October 1, 2016 through January 16, 2017, brings together for the first time many of the most important early images of the Mount Washington region and it returns Albert Bierstadt’s monumental 10-foot-wide painting, The Emerald Pool (1870), to New England for the first time since it was painted.

The exhibition includes 40 paintings and a rich selection of historic prints, vintage photographs, scientific reports and guidebooks that helped make Mount Washington an international symbol of the American wilderness and its scenic wonders. The Crown of New England is a gorgeous love letter to the Northeast’s tallest mountain, and one of the largest exhibitions presented by the Currier.

“People are fascinated by the beauty and majesty of Mount Washington, and for good reason,” said Andrew Spahr, Currier director of collections and exhibitions. “This exhibition will present major paintings by Thomas Cole and John Kensett (1816-1872) that helped alter the course of American art in the 19th century as well as prints, photographs and early guide books that made the region one of the most popular tourist attractions in America in the mid-1800s.”

The Art of Mount Washington

Images of the White Mountains began appearing in the early 1820s, but it was the paintings of Thomas Cole (1801-1848) that first attracted the larger artistic community. Cole’s View in the White Mountains (1827) pictured a snowcapped Mount Washington rising above a verdant valley, the peak silhouetted against dark clouds. The image was infused with a sense of national pride, the mountain’s rough, craggy pinnacle named after America’s first national hero, represented a strong, confident America that could weather any storm.

The tremendous artistic potential of Mount Washington was fully realized in the early 1850s. New Hampshire-born artist Benjamin Champney (1817-1907) and New York painter John Kensett spent several weeks during the summer of 1850 sketching in and around North Conway. Their summer sketches were later worked up as oils for exhibition in New York and Boston, to strong critical acclaim. Kensett’s Mount Washington from the Valley of Conway (1851), became well known through a popular engraving of the time.  In turn, these works of art helped boost tourism in the region, especially among individuals seeking adventures away from the city.

During the 1840s and 1850s, the region was also the subject of some of the first landscape photographs ever taken. These images were in some cases experiments with the newly invented and in others served as souvenirs of visits to the scenic White Mountains, further promoting the area. Soon, the availability of accommodations near Crawford and Pinkham Notch, the Conway Valley and eventually atop the mountain, meant artists, scientists and adventurous tourists could spend more time exploring the area.

The Science of Mount Washington

Mount Washington is known internationally for being the home of the world’s worst weather. It regularly records winds that can change from a light breeze to hurricane strength within hours. One wicked 231 mph wind in April 1934 retains the world record for highest wind ever observed on land. Artists often worked together in partnership with scientists, botanists, geologists and meteorologists, who needed accurate yet evocative images that would help bring their research to life visually. Text-based descriptions were enlivened with drawings, some reproduced using the newly invented mediums chromolithography and photography. Artists, many of whom studied sciences such as geology, in turn benefitted from understanding the specific processes that shaped the White Mountain landscape, giving them a more accurate sense of the scenes they committed to paper or canvas.

About the Exhibition

The exhibition includes 146 works of art and related historical objects, presented in mostly chronological order across all three of the Museum’s special exhibition galleries. It begins with the first major paintings and prints of the region, dating back to 1827.

The exhibition concludes with a dramatic presentation of Bierstadt’s The Emerald Pool, much as it would have been displayed in late-19th century venues as it toured the United States and Europe. The painting won a medal at the International Exposition in Vienna in 1873.

A fascinating interactive space will offer visitors of all ages opportunities to explore the art and science of the region. It will include displays of real-time weather conditions atop Mount Washington, as well as incredible videos taken from the summit, thanks to our collaboration with the Mount Washington Observatory in North Conway, N.H. Visitors can view stereographs, make art, read colorful tales of the region from period guidebooks and the exhibition includes a fun family guide.

Tickets $5/person in addition to general Museum admission.

General Information

The Currier Museum of Art, located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, N.H., is open every day except Tuesday. It is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and O’Keeffe. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the engaging exhibitions, the dynamic programs ranging from art-making and lectures to music, a Museum Shop, and an airy, light-filled café. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Museum. The Currier welcomes visitors with disabilities and special needs. We are wheelchair accessible and offer FM headsets for sound amplification at many public programs. For more information, visit CURRIER.ORG or call 603.669.6144, x108.

 

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