One of the greatest things about MWV history is that it can always get weirder – for example, Mount Washington had a secret ski area once! But that’s part of the fun of attending lectures like this one at The Salyards, on National Forests. That, and the sense of community!
If you love to read you should attend the White Birch Books and North Conway Public Library’s author luncheons! It’s a great way to enjoy a book, be with friends, and talk with the author. Sea Dog Brewery recently hosted Meghan Weir, and her novel: the Book Of Essie. It’s always fascinating to hear about the creative process!
On a brilliant spring afternoon, I descended the storied 9th fairway of the Eagle Mountain Golf Course in Jackson, NH towards its driving range along with 30+ fellow female duffers. Our destination? The first of several free Sunday afternoon ladies’ golf clinics with PGA Pros Julie Rivers and Bob McGraw.
No matter where you like to golf, it’s a great idea to start out your golf season by taking a lesson. Bad habits follow you through the off season. Start the year out right with a lesson. These Sunday sessions break down your game into key components that make it easy and fun to improve.
The group ranged from never-evers to more experienced golfers looking to brush up their skills. Skillfully, Julie and Bob managed to keep the large group engaged and the instruction appropriate despite the wide range of experience.
Sunday’s lesson started with the chip shot. Dividing the larger group into 6 groups, the pros took us through the stroke, much like a putting stroke but with a wedge.
Then we moved on to pitching. Starting with a partial swing, to a half swing, to a full swing, we each worked on our form and learned how far the ball went with each.
Then the fun part – driving. We each took out our 1 club and practiced our long drives with varying degrees of success but with great enthusiasm.
This post isn’t meant to try to recreate the content of the lessons – I will leave that work to the pros – but it is meant to stress the value of taking lessons and the camaraderie of a sunny afternoon with a group of strangers soon to become friends.
After the lesson, the Eagle Mountain House offered a $10 cocktail and appetizer special on the veranda. On this sunny spring afternoon, it was a wonderful wrap up to a great learning session with two of the Valley’s best known pros.
McGraw shared the following free and inexpensive golf clinics and greens fees coming up in the coming months. It’s a great way to improve your game while enjoying one of the Valley’s most beautiful locations for golf.
Bob McGraw will be offering a Free Clinic for women the next two Sundays from 1 to 2 pm.
During the month of June, the Eagle Mountain Golf Course will be offering a discounted green fee of $15 for women.
In July they offer free clinics for families on the first three Sundays from 1 to 2 pm.
Reduced green fees of $10 for juniors and $15 for adults in the month of July will be offered when families play together.
Saturday Clinics: Every Saturday from 10:30 til 11:30, Bob offers clinics covering the short game or the full swing. The fee is $20 and limited to 6 students. Call the pro shop at 383 -9090 to sign up. For more info >
Getting out on the water is a great way to spend an afternoon. The folks at Fish Nerds Guide Service have been enjoying some super fun spring fishing on Silver Lake where the water is warming and the fish are hungry. This week they had a mixed bag of big yellow perch and big smallmouth bass. And, the lake trout are amazing. They can accommodate up to six people fishing at a time so grab some of your fishing pals and give them a call!
Don’t fish? That’s cool! You can book a cruise with Fish Nerds, too. Thier brand new, state-of-the-art pontoon boat can take up to ten passengers! They can drive around, pull into a cove and swim or, if you are feeling adventurous, can give you a tube ride.
For more information contact Fish Nerds Guide Service!
By Kathy Bennett
This not the first year that I busted out my golf clubs for a first round of the year at Indian Mound Golf Club in Ossipee, NH. Indian Mound has the advantage of being located on the southern fringe of Mt. Washington Valley, often giving it a precious two or three week advantage to get its grounds prepped and greens opened earlier than other courses further north (and it often stays open later into the fall for the same reason).
This year was no exception. By mid-May, the greens at Indian Mound were in fine shape when we hit the course for a quick nine holes on a seasonally warm Sunday afternoon.
For the average duffer, the first round is often approached with great trepidation. Living in northern New England, one’s golf game can atrophy over the long dark winter months. You line up your shot on that first tee and pray you can hit the ball at least as far as the fairway.
Fortunately, both me and my husband remembered our modest golfing skills and were able to enjoy our first round of the year. Amazingly – on the lovely 4th hole – I followed a strong drive right up the fairway with a generous approach shot, then chip shot the ball right into the hole from 30 yards. This was a first in my golf career. No one but my husband witnessed the shot, but I shared my excitement with the server at the new hot dog stand just beyond the green. We celebrated with Bloody Mary’s (made with their scratch-made mix) and had a great afternoon all around.
Indian Mound’s owners have paid attention to detail since taking over the course over a decade ago. Its River’s Edge Grille & Tavern is now a fixture in Ossipee and is open to the public, features live music and frequently hosts events and functions. Most recently they added Keno – a welcome addition to this former Massachusetts resident who always enjoyed buying a few quick picks over a drink after a round of golf. Apparently my luck that day ran out with that chip shot and I kissed $5 goodbye.
Indian Mound’s front 9 are welcoming for less skilled players, but the layout is interesting enough, with lots of water and trees in play, to keep it interested even for scratch golfers. Its back 9 are longer and more challenging. Walk it and put a work out into your game as the greens are hilly at times.
You can find more information on Indian Mound on their website and watch for their special deals frequently advertised in the Conway Daily Sun.
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 18th Annual Valley Pride day! We live in a beautiful place, and it’s a shame when it’s defaced with litter so we especially appreciate the many volunteers who helped clean up our roadways and make the Valley even more beautiful. They absolutely deserved the party afterward. Kudos to the organizers for keeping this fantastic event going for 18 years. The Valley thanks you!
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We were heading to Portland, so we stopped at Big Dave’s Bagels & Deli for, what else, bagels! And, we’re so glad we did! We enjoyed a tasty bagel with lox and cream cheese. We’d love to go back, maybe even for lunch! We do love lunch (possibly burritos) at Big Dave’s.
Whether you live here or are just visiting, North Conway and the Valley is home to great dining!
What a treat to see Mountainfilm on Tour at the Fryeburg PAC. Films almost too fantastical to be real – but too gripping to be anything but. We viewed striking visions of Alaska, a skier rushes through icy crevices and tunnels and a crippled man climbing a rock formation.
Mountainfilm on Tour travels year-round and worldwide with a selection of short documentary films from the most recent, annual festival in Telluride. See this tour, if you can.
“Like dessert for dinner and dessert for dessert!”
That’s our thoughts on dinner at the Red Fox Bar & Grille in Jackson! When we went to this cozy, family-friendly, incredibly New England-y restaurant, we helped ourselves to a maple sausage pizza and then a cookie sundae.
And, we loved every bite of it!
We love Bradley Backstage at Fryeburg Academy’s PAC! They recently hosted Mr. Gus’ team-up with Blue Bus in a genre-blending jam session.
Bradley Backstage is presented onstage so you are seated up close to the performers making it a very intimate and personal experience with the music!
Bradley Backstage is performed at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg. Check out their schedule and come enjoy the music!
Need a good place to exercise now that ski season is winding down? Do you need great fitness classes? Then stop in and visit the staff at Cranmore Fitness. They offer an expansive gym with every machine you could want, and a wide variety of classes. If you want to get in shape, this is a great place to start!