Category Archives: Arts and Cultural Events

A rich history in Mt. Washington Valley

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!

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Who loves to read?

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!

Mountain Film on Tour

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.

We took a trip to Africa with the North Conway Public Library

The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.

Apres Ski and live entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH –March 8 – March 20, 2018

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Whether its live musical entertainment at ski resorts or the Valley’s restaurants or drama, family activities or on-mountain events, you’ll find a packed schedule of during-and-apres ski fun throughout Mt Washington Valley.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week at the ski resorts and XC Centers.

Apres ski At Wildcat, Pinkham Notch, NH

Entertainment  in Wildcat Pub:

  • March 9: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 10: Jonathan Sarty Band, 2:00-5:00pm
  • March 16: Rafe Montegrano, 1:30-4:30pm
  • March 17: The Gravel Project, 2:00-5:00pm

Plus!

March 12:  15th Annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge:  The Wildcat Mountain 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge is a non-race event offering the chance for a limited capacity field of participants the opportunity to ski or ride 100,000 vertical feet in a single day. Total funds raised from the previous 14 years of the event have reached over $921,000 directly benefiting Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire and their endeavors. The goal this year, in the 15th year of the event is to reach and surpass $1 million in total dollars raised! Participants are required to raise a minimum of $250 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Donated prizes from event sponsors will be awarded for the top fundraisers and additional prizes will be won in a bib draw raffle. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to help keep challengers going throughout the day. here is a 9-hour window, weather and conditions permitting, to complete the 100K, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless all participants still entered complete the 100K prior to 4:30 p.m. $75 registration fee. Complete info here.

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

Apres ski at Attitash Mountain Resort

  • March 3: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Scott Baer, 2:00-4:30pm
  • March 3: Terrafunk at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Riley Parkhurst, 2:00-4:30p
  • March 17: The Conniption Fits at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 17: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Pat Foley, 2:00-4:30pm

Plus!

March 10:  Ability Plus Ski-a-thon: Raffle, apres entertainment, silent auction, and various other activities put on by the Ability Plus of Mount Washington Valley, 9:00-4:00pm.

March 11:  Shawn Smith Family GS Fundraiser:  Registration 8:00-10:30am.  Racers 2-100 are welcome.  More info here.

March 16: Pre St Paddy Day ticket sale: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with $17 Lift Tickets for any age and get in the spirit by dressing in green and enjoying green beer and Irish snacks in the Pub. Please note: this deal is valid for Friday, March 16, 2018 and must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance online only. Click here to buy tickets online.

March 16:  Red Parka Challenge Cup: The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup is the longest-running, pro-style dual giant slalom ski race in the United States. Considered the premier New England Amateur ski race, the RPP Challenge Cup attracts some of the best racers in the region. All proceeds from the race benefit the Eastern Slopes Ski Club, a local organization that funds youth skiing in the Mt. Washington Valley. The Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup stems from the Red Parka Pub, located in Downtown Glen, New Hampshire. The restaurant opened its doors in 1973 and along with the pub came the birth of the first Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup. Registration: More information on the race at redparkapubchallengecup.com.

March 17:  Attitash After Dark with  Adam Ezra Group:  It starts with fireworks at 7:00pm, then festivities continue with a special pub menu and the Adam Ezra Group at Ptarmigan Pub for evening entertainment.

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • March 3: Music with Arthur James, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 17: TBA

Plus!

March 10, 17 Cranapalooza: Enjoy apres ski music, entertainment and games hosted by none other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On March 10, Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!

March 9: Schneider Sprint: New in 2018, this is a timed up and down ski touring race, open to racers of all ages and ability levels. Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports of North Conway and Ski the Whites, this unique race will start in front of Zip’s Pub deck, where racers will complete a short obstacle course before heading into a transitioning area to gear up, then ascend to the top of Cranmore’s Competition Slope, and ski down a predetermined course, concluding at the bottom of the North Slope. Registration is $25 and includes an exclusive Meister Cup pin and pasta dinner and awards.   Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers. EMS will provide alpine touring demo equipment from Dynafit, G3, Black Diamond and K2 for those who need it, included with registration.  Participants who want to take advance of the demo equipment should call the EMS North Conway store at 603-356-5433 to reserve gear or visit the store before 5pm on Thursday, March 8th.  Info here.

March 10- 11: 22nd Hannes Schneider Meisiter Cup at Cranmore: Honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider, who brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mt. Cranmore in 1939, this is a fan favorite. The event kicks off Friday night with a Tyrolean-themed dinner, EMS Twilight Skinning Tour & a torchlight parade. Saturday, the celebration of ski school founder Hannes Schneider’s arrival at the mountain continues with a dual giant slalom race, silent auction, vintage skiwear contest, après entertainment, prizes, music and more.

March 10-11: Military Weekend at Cranmore: During Cranmore’s historic Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 10th & 11th, Cranmore will offer free lift tickets for active duty, veteran and retired servicemen and women. Card carrying dependents will receive $15 off a lift ticket.

March 17: St Paddy’s Day ticket special: On St. Patrick’s Day, the resort will offer a $17 twilight lift ticket, valid for skiing from 5pm to 8pm or a $17 Tubing and Mountain Adventure Park ticket, during the hours of 5pm to 8pm.

Apres ski at Bretton Woods Ski Resort

 March 10, 17: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Schedule of entertainment in the Slopeside Pub, 3:00-5:30pm

March 10: Jeremy Dean, Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

March 17: DJ Chuck Noel, St. Paddy’s Day party

March 3, 10: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

March 17-18: St. Patrick’s Day Ticket Special:  Save some green and get a two-day adult lift ticket for just $117, valid March 17-18, 2018.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub – 3:30-5:30pm       

  • Fri, March 9: Apres ski with Greg Walsh
  • Sat, March 10: Apres ski with Ben Cook and Blue Moon
  • Sun, March 11: Apres ski with Tim Gershin
  • Fri, March 16: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst
  • Sat, March 17: Apres ski with Greg Walsh and Miller Lite
  • Sun, March 18: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst

Apres Ski at King Pine

Apres Ski in Trail’s End Tavern, 3:00-6:00pm

March 10: Radio BDC, Coors Light Drafters 2018

March 17: Mitch Alden

March 24: Jonathan Sarty

Fridays in March:  Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!

March 10, 17: Say hello to Powder Bear: King Pine’s mascot, Powder Bear, will be out and about offering greetings to young skiers from 2:00-3:00pm.

March 11: 18th Annual Marky B Boardfest: This annual snowboard race in memory of Mark Bierweiler is the most unique snowboard-only event in the region… a slalom race through a course with hits, rolls and jumps! Funds generated from the race will aid and further supporting the snowboard programs at King Pine. Entry fee 45 (includes lift ticket, lunch voucher, 1 raffle ticket and race fee). $25 with a King Pine season pass. Register at 8 a.m. in the Fireplace Room. More info here.

March 16-17: Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour Skiathon: Cynthia’s Challenge is excited to announce the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a 9-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. The minimum requirement is $99 for ages 6 and above and 5 and under are $50. Registration includes a 24-hour lift ticket, t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, snacks and memories to last a lifetime of skiing and riding as the sun comes up over King Pine. One raffle ticket will be awarded to participants for every $50 raised above their registration fee. These special raffle tickets will be used for participants to win a grand prize package. Go to https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/ for complete information.

March 17: Vertical Challenge: A fun and exciting ski and snowboard race where the racer who clocks the best time in each event category wins Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals. Winners from individual events are invited to return and compete in the Series Finals. The races are FREE, but you must purchase a lift ticket to participate. Tons of great prizes, giveaways and free samples! Registration starts at 8:00am, race starts at 11:00am.

Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak

March 9: Winter Kids Day 2: Shawnee Peak welcomes all Passport holders and their families for our first WinterKids Family Day! Passport Holder Lift Ticket: $20; Sibling Lift Ticket: $22; Parent Lift Ticket: $22.

March 10: Mary’s Firemen for a Cure: Sign up your five-member fireman team and you get: a lift ticket, chili lunch, and a t shirt if you register in advance. Registration begins at 2:00pm, The Firemen’s Race Begins at 3:00pm. Teams of five firemen in full turn-out gear race while carrying a 50ft length of hose. Not a Firefighter? Introducing the first annual Devin’s Downhill, an individual race and registration is only $10! Best of all the proceeds go to help fight Breast Cancer and pediatric brain cancer called: Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Click here for complete details.

March 16: College Night #5 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 17:  The Mattress Race: Get out your old, beat up mattress and put it to good use!  Design and decorate your old twin, full, double, queen or king, race it down our course and you’ll be eligible for a great prize! The Fastest Mattress will win an overnight stay in the Pleasant Mountain Yurt or Cabin. There is also Shawnee Peak loged prizes for the best, most uniquely-decorated mattress. This years theme is “80 years of Shawnee Peak”. Race starts at 1:00pm.

Apres ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road

March 10: 2nd Annual Winter Charity Day: Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch (11:30 am – 1:00 pm). Kids under 5 participate free with each donating adult. Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Auto Road. The first 32 people who make a $50 donation will receive a SnowCoach ticket for that day. Complete info here.

At MWV XC Ski & Snowshoeing Foundation:

Sundays through March: Sunday Snowshoe Yoga Tours: The MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center has added a new offering on Sundays. Every Sunday morning (except 2/25) plan to combine yoga and mindfulness in the spectacular setting of the mountains. The tour begins with some warm-up stretches, preparing for a beautiful snowshoe walk in the woods. Taking the trail at an easy pace, make your way to an open spot to pause for some yoga practice. After the snowshoe walk, end the tour with a few easy stretches. The tour departs every Sunday (weather permitting) from the MWV Touring Center at 10:00 am. Ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques. $25 per person includes trail pass for the day. Discounted rentals available.

At Jackson Ski Touring Foundation:

March 17: Baxter Outdoors White Mountain Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowshoe Run: Originally scheduled for Jan 6 this race was rescheduled to Sat Mar 17. This professionally designed course has its fair share of ups and downs but those are ultimately overshadowed by sweeping views of the White Mountains and presence in this truly special New England Ski Town. Registration starts at 8:30am, race starts at 10:00am: Click here to register!

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants & Businesses

At The Soaking Pot, Settlers Green, North Conway

After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, or when you just need a moment, The SoakingPot is the newest place to SOAK. SIP. RELAX. The custom foot soaks are designed to calm, invigorate, soothe or balance. For deeper relaxation, add a soothing cup of tea and massage to go with your soak!

Current Specials & Discounts*:

  • Every Wednesday Buy One Soak Get One Half Off
  • Loyalty Soak Club- Buy 10 Soaks get one FREE
  • Soak Pass Memberships -Save when you buy 6 or more Soaks, Free Soak on your birthday, Free tea, and more.

 At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

March 9: Tilden Katz, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 10: American Made, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 11: Blues Sunday with Lefty Yunger, 4:00-7:00pm

March 15: Red Parka Challenge Cup Bib Draw, 6:00-9:00pm

March 16:  Red Parka Challenge Cup (daytime), Shark Martin, 9:00pm – 12:30am.

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Thursday:  Free Pasta Feeds & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. Many of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Every Saturday: Apres ski with Al Shafner, 4:00-6:00pm

Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

March 10:  Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-closing

March 17: Al Shafner and the Revtones, 8:00-closing

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm

Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.

 At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • March 8: Johno & Al Shafner – 7:00pm
  • March 9: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 10: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 11: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 15: Johno & Dennis O’Neil, 8:00pm
  • March 16: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 17: St Paddy’s Day with Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm

Every Thursday night: Shot of JD every Thursday Night!

Most Sunday Nights: Justin Jaymes

March 8: Shot of JD

March 9: Lucinda Rowe & Michael Connolly

March 10: TBA

March 11: Randy Messineo

March 15: Shot of JD

 March 16: Jonathan Sarty

 March 17: St Patrick’s Day with Tom Dean

 March 18: Scott Baer

 At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg

Open Mike night for local performers

 At Seadog Brewing Co in North Conway

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night!

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, March, 2018

March 10: Met Opera Live in HD: The Met Opera Live in HD series presents “Semiramide” at 1:00 pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. $26-Adults, $23-Seniors, $18-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call the box office at 207-935-9232).

March 10: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Bear Mountain Band at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.

March 10: Tin Mountain Conservation Center “First Night” fundraiser: Celebrate spring at Tin Mountain’s annual First Season Benefit Dinner Auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Ada Wadsworth Arena at Fryeburg Academy. Enjoy good cheer and bid on hundreds of exciting items donated by local businesses and craftspeople. Mountain Top Strings will perform as attendees mingle in a forest-like setting. A catered dinner and cash bar will round out the event.  Tickets are $60 each. Reservations and prepayment are requested by calling (603) 447-6991.

March 15: Hiking & Biking in Slovenia lecture: The North Conway Public Library will hold the third of its 2018 Thursday Night Program Series.  Theo & Melanie Stibbons will share their experiences from hiking and biking vacations in Slovenia at 7:00pm at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village. Frontside Grind coffee and homemade cookies will be served. The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated.  Info:  www.northconwaylibrary.com or 603-356-2961.

March 16: Twisted Pine Band at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies, musical daring, and “charismatic appeal,” to quote Grammy-winner Alison Brown.  Showtime is at 8:00pm.  Tickets: $20.  Info, click here.

March 18: African Children’s Choir at Journey Church: The African Children’s Choir will be performing at Journey Church (15 Hutchins Drive in Conway) at 7:00pm.  The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Performances support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development. Info: africanchildrenschoir.com.

March 23: Daymark at Medallion Opera House – Daymark will be performing live on Friday, March 23rd at 7:00 pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall.  Tickets are $15 and are available at the Gorham Town Hall and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org.   Daymark is an international trio performing traditional Irish music infused with infectious energy, raw power, and Northern swagger.

March 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31, April 1: The Lion King at M&D Playhouse: The African savannah comes to life with Simba and Nala, Pumbaa, Timon, Mufasa, Scar and more unforgettable characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age story. This vibrant tale has captivated worldwide audiences. With Sir Elton John’s music, dazzling costumes, and extraordinary talent, this is a show not to be missed. THE LION KING, JUNIOR is presented March 22 – April 1, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with Sunday matinees at 4:00 PM at M&D Playhouse, Willow Common, North Conway.  To reserve seats, http://www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Thinking ahead, save the date:  April 7th, 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and 2nd Annual Feeling Good 5k. Click here for complete information.

And The Second Annual Wild Corn Backcountry Shindig fires off this year on April 7, 2018 at Black Mountain in Jackson, NH! Celebrate backcountry season with a true spring time party all with live music, BBQ, speakers, games and more – a can’t miss spring time event.

Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout and March in Mt Washington Valley.

Eastern Slope branch of the New England Ski Museum opens in North Conway Village

It was an exciting day for ski enthusiasts who attended the Ribbon Cutting of the new New England Ski Museum, located in the former North Conway Community Center building in North Conway Village. Over 200 people attended the event.

The museum is filled with nostalgia, old equipment, maps and interactive displays and even a library.  It is sure to engage all visitors from young to old. Admission is free and the museum is open 7 days a week. Don’t miss an opportunity to pay this gem a visit.

Apres Ski and live entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH –March 1 – March 10, 2018

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Our readers asked us to share insight into nightlife opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, so each week we’ll compile a list of live entertainment and apres ski fun.

Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week at the ski resorts and XC Centers.

Apres ski At Wildcat, Pinkham Notch, NH

Apres Ski Entertainment nightly in Wildcat Pub:

  • March 2: Rafe Montegrano, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 3: Pat Foley Band, 2:00-5:00pm
  • March 9: Ryan St. Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • March 10: Jonathan Sarty Band, 2:00-5:00pm

Plus!

March 3: Crazy Catwalk Challenge: Prizes will be given out for the fastest time through the Crazy Cat Walk Challenge course. The course will be setup by 11:00 and go until 1:00. Prizes will be given out at 1:15 next to the course. Info here.

March 12:  15th Annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge:  The Wildcat Mountain 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge is a non-race event offering the chance for a limited capacity field of participants the opportunity to ski or ride 100,000 vertical feet in a single day. Total funds raised from the previous 14 years of the event have reached over $921,000 directly benefiting Make-A-Wish® New Hampshire and their endeavors. The goal this year, in the 15th year of the event is to reach and surpass $1 million in total dollars raised! Participants are required to raise a minimum of $250 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire. Donated prizes from event sponsors will be awarded for the top fundraisers and additional prizes will be won in a bib draw raffle. Refreshments and snacks will be provided to help keep challengers going throughout the day. here is a 9-hour window, weather and conditions permitting, to complete the 100K, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (unless all participants still entered complete the 100K prior to 4:30 p.m. $75 registration fee. Complete info here.

Apres ski at Attitash Mountain Resort

  •  March 3: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Scott Baer, 2:00-4:30pm
  • March 3: Terrafunk at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Pat Foley Band at Ptarmigan Pub, 3:00-6:00pm
  • March 10: Den Sessions at Bear Peak with Riley Parkhurst, 2:00-4:30pm

Plus!

March 10:  Ability Plus Ski-a-thon: Raffle, apres entertainment, silent auction, and various other activities put on by the Ability Plus of Mount Washington Valley, 9:00-4:00pm.

Apres Ski at Cranmore Mountain Resort

Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • March 3: Music with Arthur James, 3:00-6:00pm

Plus!

March 3, 10 Cranapalooza: Enjoy apres ski music, entertainment and games hosted by none other than North Conway’s favorite penguin, C-More. On Feb 24th and March 10, Cranapalooza celebration is topped off with fireworks too!

March 3-4: Cranmore’s 80th Anniversary ticket specials: Available online only. $80 2 day adult lift tickets, purchase here, $80 family four pack tubing or MAP 5-8pm, discount available day of at ticket office or $80 Get Skiing or Snowboarding 2-day package, purchase here.  (to reserve lesson, select March 3rd in date picker).

March 9: Schneider Sprint: New in 2018, this is a timed up and down ski touring race, open to racers of all ages and ability levels. Sponsored by Eastern Mountain Sports of North Conway and Ski the Whites, this unique race will start in front of Zip’s Pub deck, where racers will complete a short obstacle course before heading into a transitioning area to gear up, then ascend to the top of Cranmore’s Competition Slope, and ski down a predetermined course, concluding at the bottom of the North Slope. Registration is $25 and includes an exclusive Meister Cup pin and pasta dinner and awards.   Awards will be given to the top 3 finishers. EMS will provide alpine touring demo equipment from Dynafit, G3, Black Diamond and K2 for those who need it, included with registration.  Participants who want to take advance of the demo equipment should call the EMS North Conway store at 603-356-5433 to reserve gear or visit the store before 5pm on Thursday, March 8th.  Info here.

March 10- 11: 22nd Hannes Schneider Meisiter Cup at Cranmore: Honoring the founding father of ski instruction, Austrian Hannes Schneider, who brought his world-renowned skills to North Conway and Mt. Cranmore in 1939, this is a fan favorite. The event kicks off Friday night with a Tyrolean-themed dinner, EMS Twilight Skinning Tour & a torchlight parade. Saturday, the celebration of ski school founder Hannes Schneider’s arrival at the mountain continues with a dual giant slalom race, silent auction, vintage skiwear contest, après entertainment, prizes, music and more.

March 10-11: Military Weekend at Cranmore: During Cranmore’s historic Hannes Schneider Meister Cup, March 10th & 11th, Cranmore will offer free lift tickets for active duty, veteran and retired servicemen and women. Card carrying dependents will receive $15 off a lift ticket.

Apres ski at Bretton Woods Ski Resort

 March 3, 10, 17: Adult Apres Ski Party, 3:00-5:50pm: When you’re finished with a great day on the trails, head to the 3rd floor and listen to some après ski entertainment. Try a new brew at Slopeside Pub located on the 3rd level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. Entertainment will be from 3:00pm-5:30pm and Bar Promos are from 3:00pm-5:00pm.

Schedule of entertainment in the Slopeside Pub, 3:00-5:30pm

March 3: Mix 104.1 – Blast from the Past Series – 80’s Night with the Moosehead Mountain Jam

March 10: Jeremy Dean, Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser

March 17: DJ Chuck Noel, St. Paddy’s Day party

March 3, 10: Kids Apres Ski Party: 3:30-5:00pm: Kids ages 4-12 are welcome to join in this special supervised après ski fun upstairs in the Mount Washington View Room, located on the Heaven Level of the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.  Special après parties are scheduled on most Saturday’s throughout the year and during vacation and holiday periods.  Each party will include live entertainment, games, activities, and refreshments for kids.  Parents are welcome to leave their kids at this supervised program and enjoy entertainment at the Slopeside Lounge.  Reservations are not required for this complimentary program. Click here to read about the different themed parties.

Apres Ski at Black Mountain in the Lostbo Pub – 3:30-5:30pm       

  • Fri, March 2: Apres ski with Ben Cook
  • Sat, March 3: Apres ski with Greg Walsh and Newburyport Brewing
  • Sun, March 4: Apres ski with Riley Parkhurst
  • Fri, March 9: Apres ski with Greg Walsh
  • Sat, March 10: Apres ski with Ben Cook and Blue Moon
  • Sun, March 11: Apres ski with Tim Gershin

Apres Ski at King Pine

Fridays in March:  Torchlight Snow Tubing at King Pine: Experience the fun of lift-serviced torchlight night snowtubing down exciting snow chutes at our Pine Meadows Tubing Park!

March 3, 10, 17: Say hello to Powder Bear: King Pine’s mascot, Powder Bear, will be out and about offering greetings to young skiers from 2:00-3:00pm.

March 1: Gold Rush:  Look for candy & goodies scattered throughout the Pokey Pine Trail starting at 1:00pm.

March 3: Saturday Night Family Racing: Dual recreation race, 6:00-8:00pm. Races are free to all with a lift ticket. Weather dependent

March 11: 18th Annual Marky B Boardfest: This annual snowboard race in memory of Mark Bierweiler is the most unique snowboard-only event in the region… a slalom race through a course with hits, rolls and jumps! Funds generated from the race will aid and further supporting the snowboard programs at King Pine. Entry fee 45 (includes lift ticket, lunch voucher, 1 raffle ticket and race fee). $25 with a King Pine season pass. Register at 8 a.m. in the Fireplace Room. More info here.

March 16-17: Cynthia’s Challenge 24-hour Skiathon: Cynthia’s Challenge is excited to announce the next beneficiary of the 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon to be held at King Pine Ski Area in East Madison, New Hampshire March 16-17, 2018. All funds raised with this year’s event will benefit Freedom, New Hampshire’s Jacques Villeneuve, a 9-year-old boy who was born missing the main wiring between the left and right hemispheres of his brain, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. The minimum requirement is $99 for ages 6 and above and 5 and under are $50. Registration includes a 24-hour lift ticket, t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, and lunch, snacks and memories to last a lifetime of skiing and riding as the sun comes up over King Pine. One raffle ticket will be awarded to participants for every $50 raised above their registration fee. These special raffle tickets will be used for participants to win a grand prize package. Go to https://www.cynthiaschallenge.org/ for complete information.

Apres Ski at Shawnee Peak

March 2: New England Ski Day at Shawnee Peak: New Englanders can purchase a ticket to ski or ride all day and night on Friday March 2nd for just $32 with the presentation of your New England driver’s license. Rentals will just be $32 all day too. Kids get the deal with a license holder.

March 2: College Night #4 at Shawnee Peak: Grab your classmates, or your professor if you dare, and Sneak to the Peak from 3:00-9:00pm. Lift Tickets are JUST $20, a savings of $15 and Rentals are JUST $15, a savings of $12! Plus, Open Mic in Blizzard’s Pub for the 21+ crowd afterward.

March 2 & 9: Winter Kids Day 1 & 2: Shawnee Peak welcomes all Passport holders and their families for our first WinterKids Family Day! Passport Holder Lift Ticket: $20; Sibling Lift Ticket: $22; Parent Lift Ticket: $22.

March 3: Cardboard Box Race: Keep those big cardboard boxes on hand, you’re going to need them for the 5th annual cardboard box race! Prizes for fastest and best dressed. Theme is “A PARTY” given we turned 80 this year (The winners get NASCAR tickets!!). Sign your team (up to 4 people per team) for the race before 11.30am in the main office. Race takes place at 1pm. Full rules here.

March 10: Mary’s Firemen for a Cure: Sign up your five-member fireman team and you get: a lift ticket, chili lunch, and a t shirt if you register in advance. Registration begins at 2:00pm, The Firemen’s Race Begins at 3:00pm. Teams of five firemen in full turn-out gear race while carrying a 50ft length of hose. Not a Firefighter? Introducing the first annual Devin’s Downhill, an individual race and registration is only $10! Click here for complete details.

Apres ski at Great Glen Trails/MW Auto Road

March 4: Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds: Long referred to as “North America’s Toughest 10K”, the Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds course has an average grade of 12% over the last 6K as you climb the final 2,200 vertical feet. After covering 4k on the Nordic system, racers will have the Mt. Washington Auto Road to themselves. On race day, there will be a mass start of cross country skiers at 10 am, followed by the snowshoe start at 10:05 am and Fatbikers at 10:10 am. Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds is considered a true freestyle event, there will not be separate classes for classic and skate skiing. Complete info here.  

March 10: 2nd Annual Winter Charity Day: Make a minimum donation of $25 per person ($15 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing and a buffet lunch (11:30 am – 1:00 pm). Kids under 5 participate free with each donating adult. Make a minimum donation of $50 per person ($30 ages 5-12) to the charity of your choice and enjoy free skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, a buffet lunch and a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Auto Road. The first 32 people who make a $50 donation will receive a SnowCoach ticket for that day. Complete info here.

At MWV XC Ski & Snowshoeing Foundation:

Sundays through March: Sunday Snowshoe Yoga Tours: The MWV Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center has added a new offering on Sundays. Every Sunday morning (except 2/25) plan to combine yoga and mindfulness in the spectacular setting of the mountains. The tour begins with some warm-up stretches, preparing for a beautiful snowshoe walk in the woods. Taking the trail at an easy pace, make your way to an open spot to pause for some yoga practice. After the snowshoe walk, end the tour with a few easy stretches. The tour departs every Sunday (weather permitting) from the MWV Touring Center at 10:00 am. Ideal for first-timers and novices interested in learning basic techniques. $25 per person includes trail pass for the day. Discounted rentals available.

At Jackson Ski Touring Foundation:

March 17: Baxter Outdoors White Mountain Winter Triathlon & 5K Snowshoe Run: Originally scheduled for Jan 6 this race was rescheduled to Sat Mar 17. This professionally designed course has its fair share of ups and downs but those are ultimately overshadowed by sweeping views of the White Mountains and presence in this truly special New England Ski Town. Registration starts at 8:30am, race starts at 10:00am: Click here to register!

Live Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley’s restaurants & Businesses

At The Soaking Pot, Settlers Green, North Conway

After a day of skiing, snowshoeing, shopping, or when you just need a moment, The SoakingPot is the newest place to SOAK. SIP. RELAX. The custom foot soaks are designed to calm, invigorate, soothe or balance. For deeper relaxation, add a soothing cup of tea and massage to go with your soak!

Current Specials & Discounts*:

  • Every Wednesday Buy One Soak Get One Half Off
  • Loyalty Soak Club- Buy 10 Soaks get one FREE
  • Soak Pass Memberships -Save when you buy 6 or more Soaks, Free Soak on your birthday, Free tea, and more.

 At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH

  • Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jonathan Sarty in the Pub, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Every Wednesday throughout January: Jerry’s Free Ride Wednesdays – Join Jerry every Wednesday in the Pub where he gives away lift tickets to all the great ski areas.  All you have to do is be in the Pub between 5:30-8:00.

March 2-3: Pat Foley Band, 9:00pm-12:30am

March 4:  Apres Ski with Pacmann Dave, 4:00-7:00pm

March 9: Tilden Katz, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 10: American Made, 9:00pm – 12:30am

March 11: Blues Sunday with Lefty Yunger, 4:00-7:00pm

March 15: Red Parka Challenge Cup Bib Draw, 6:00-9:00pm

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Thursday:  Free Pasta Feeds & Music by Kevin Dolan: Back again by popular demand the Thursday Night Free Pasta Feed starts at 5:30 pm and goes until 8:30 with music and fun by Kevin Dolan. FREE for employees of Valley Snow Sports and Ski Shops, AMC and NH Forest Service. (proof of employment required), $5.95 for skiers (bring your lift or trail ticket for that day), $8.95 if you don’t ski but just want to chow down!

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. Many of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Every Saturday: Apres ski with Al Shafner, 4:00-6:00pm

Every Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

March 3: Candie & the Fellas, 8:30-11:00pm

March 10:  Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-closing

March 17: Al Shafner and the Revtones, 8:00-closing

 At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey, 7:30-10:00pm

Every Saturday-Apres Ski-Dennis & Davey from 4:00-6:00pm.

 At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson

  • March 2: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 3: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 4: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 8: Johno & Al Shafner – 7:00pm
  • March 9: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 10: Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm
  • March 11: Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, 7:30pm
  • March 15: Johno & Dennis O’Neil, 8:00pm
  • March 16: Marty Quirk, 8:00pm
  • March 17: St Paddy’s Day with Marty Quirk, 4:00-6:00pm and again at 8:00pm

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson – all performances are from 5:30-9:30pm

Every Thursday night: Shot of JD every Thursday Night!

Most Sunday Nights: Justin Jaymes

March 2: Jonathan Sarty

March 3: Riley Parkhurst

March 4: Tim Gershin

March 8: Shot of JD

March 9: Lucinda Rowe & Michael Connolly

March 10: TBA

March 11: Randy Messineo

At 302 Tavern in Fryeburg

Open Mike night for local performers

 At Seadog Brewing Co in North Conway

Every Wednesday is Trivia Night!

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, March, 2018

March 2: The Bradley Jazz Collective at Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center: The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center’s Bradley Backstage Concert Series presents The Bradley Jazz Collective at 7:30 pm. The band, comprised of Craig Bryan (drums), Al Hospers (bass), Mimi Rohlfing (vocals), Mike Sakash (saxophone), and Jed Wilson (piano) will be performing the music of Thelonious Monk in celebration of the year that would have marked his 100th birthday (2017). Bradley Backstage concerts flip the theater and seat the audience on stage with the performers, creating a much more intimate and unforgettable live concert experience. $15-Adults, $5-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call 207-935-9232).

March 3: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Midlife Crisis at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.

March 3: We Banjo 3 at Stone Mountain Arts Center: With a 7 time all Ireland banjo champ, a 4-time banjo champ, and another member who is an all-Ireland champ on both fiddle and Bodhran, and with a passionate lead vocalist like a young Springsteen adopted by the Chieftans, the result is truly unforgettable. On both sides of the Atlantic the word is out about this group. WB3 has performed for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and has headlined virtually every major US Celtic fest for several years in a row. Doors open at 5:00, dinner seating at 6:00pm and showtime is at 8:00pm.  Tickets $35, reserve in advance.

March 4: Wag It Games Workshop Day: Grab your four-legged friend and get ready for three fun workshops. At Telling Tails Training Center in Fryeburg. Instructor Sumac Grant-Johnson CPDT-KA & Founder Wag It Games introduces you and your best furry friend to Shadow Skills, Nudge it and Dog Ball and Sniff it and Fun Runs.  $55 for all three workshops.  Click here for more info.

March 7: A special acoustic evening with Lyle Lovett & Shawn Colvin: On this special night these two amazing artists will trade songs, stories and of course wits in a special live acoustic performance. These two, both talented singer song writers, will make a really special moment in all our musical lives. Lobby bar opens at 5:00pm, dinner seating starts at 6:00pm, showtime at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $210 per person and must be reserved in advance.

March 10: Met Opera Live in HD: The Met Opera Live in HD series presents “Semiramide” at 1:00 pm at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance—its first in nearly 25 years—with Maurizio Benini on the podium. $26-Adults, $23-Seniors, $18-Students (pre-order online at http://www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac, or call the box office at 207-935-9232).

March 10: Live Music in the Taproom at Tuckerman Brewing: A free family-friendly indoor concert with Bear Mountain Band at Tuckerman Brewing from 2:00-5:00pm. Part of the Tuckerman Brewing Company Music Series. Free.

March 10: Tin Mountain Conservation Center “First Night” fundraiser: Celebrate spring at Tin Mountain’s annual First Season Benefit Dinner Auction starting at 5 p.m. at the Ada Wadsworth Arena at Fryeburg Academy. Enjoy good cheer and bid on hundreds of exciting items donated by local businesses and craftspeople. Mountain Top Strings will perform as attendees mingle in a forest-like setting. A catered dinner and cash bar will round out the event.  Tickets are $60 each. Reservations and prepayment are requested by calling (603) 447-6991.

Thinking ahead, save the date:  April 7th, 15th Annual Chili Cookoff and 2nd Annual Feeling Good 5k. Click here for complete information.

15th Annual Chili Cookoff in North ConwayClick here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout and March in Mt Washington Valley.

North Conway Public Library Presents Antiques Roadshow with Ken Gloss on the Value of Old and Rare Books

The North Conway Public Library will present Ken Gloss, a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, for a discussion of the value of old and rare books. Gloss, owner of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give the free and open talk on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Obs-Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village, in the fully accessible downstairs meeting room.

Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds of old and rare books and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston.

Gloss has appeared as a guest appraiser on PBSAntiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV, and cable stations numerous times. His articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications.

“Ken Gloss has the reputation of being very entertaining and very informative, and he certainly knows all there is about old and rare books,” says North Conway librarian Andrea Masters.

“I’m sure there are a lot of people who have old and rare books, or have an interest in them,” she said. “We’re hoping people will come to find more information about the value of them.”

Gloss will also talk about the history of his historic bookshop (brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

The Brattle Book Shop, Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice Award for Best of New England, is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business,” says Ken Gloss.

This event will be held at the Weather Discovery Center, no reservations necessary. There will be time after the presentation for questions and discussion.  Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. For more information about the program, please check the library’s website at NorthConwayLibrary or call the library at 603-356-2961.

Holiday Gift Ideas

The Second Annual Art Celebrates Place calendars are flying off the shelves. Have you ordered yours yet? 

These gorgeous calendars feature selected artwork by local artists from the 2010-2017 Art Celebrates Place shows. They are wire-bound, high-quality calendars printed on heavy cardstock measuring 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″. One for the office, one for home, and three for those hard-to-buy-for-cousins you’ll see at holiday dinners this month!

Pick one up at: the USVLT office in North Conway, White Birch Books, the Met Coffee House, Soyfire Candle, the MWV Chamber of Commerce office, Vintage Frameworks, the Local Grocer, Dutch Bloemenwinkel (Jackson), Jackson Art Studio, Edge of Maine Gallery (Brownfield), Spice & Grain (Fryeburg) or online at usvlt.org/2018-art-celebrates-place-calendar/.

Give the Gift of Land Conservation this Year!

What better way to spread joy this holiday season? Land Conservation is a powerful gift — a gift that only becomes more valuable over time. Give a gift membership to all those who value the precious landscapes of the upper Saco River region. The recipient of your gift will receive a “Welcome Package” with information on USVLT and local land conservation, recent newsletters, and schedules of upcoming events.  All members have voting privileges at our annual meeting, and all memberships are good for one year. Click here to give a gift membership today .

Got your calendars and gift memberships already? There are many more ways you can support USVLT:

  • Select USVLT as your preferred nonprofit while purchasing your holiday gifts on Amazon via smile.amazon.com (Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible purchases to USVLT).
  • Make a tax-deductible donation online here to the operating fund which funds the behind the scenes of our land conservation work.
  • Email info@usvlt.org to explore volunteer opportunities.
  • Help us finish the fundraising for the Pine Hill Community Forest by donating to this specific land project today!

As always, your support of the Land Trust today ensures that we can protect our region’s rivers, farms, and forests for the future.

 

“Music Gala Fundraiser for the North Conway Library: An Afternoon of Live Music on Sunday, Dec. 17 with Mary Bastoni”

The North Conway Public Library invites you to a wonderful gala event on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m. featuring singer Mary Bastoni and pianist John Waldie. Mary’s versatile vocal style ranges from classic to contemporary and she will bring iconic female vocalists to life on stage that afternoon, along with John Waldie’s skilled performance at the piano.

The afternoon kicks off with a cocktail party at 4:00 p.m. at the M&D Playhouse.  Guests will enjoy a fantastic array of hors d’oeuvres and desserts, along with a selection of wine and beer. The magnificent buffet of appetizers and desserts will be prepared and donated by the best local chefs; wine will be donated by the White Mountain Winery and the beer will be donated by Tuckerman Brewing Co.

At 5:00 p.m. Mary Bastoni will present modern classics by iconic female vocalists such as Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Carole King, and many more.

The Music Gala is a fantastic opportunity to mix and mingle with friends and neighbors, to sample terrific food, and listen to beautiful music, all to support your local library.

Tickets are $40, including appetizers and desserts, open wine and beer bar.  Get your tickets now as we are sure that this wonderful gala event, which is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library, will sell out.

Tickets are available at the library and need to be purchased ahead of time. To make a reservation, call the library at 603-356-2961.

Tickets can also be purchased online with a credit card on the library’s website at NorthConwayLibrary.com .

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The North Conway Public Library, “Mount Washington Valley’s Free Community Library,” is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public. Its mission is to provide stimulating books, resources and services that educate, inspire and entertain people of all ages and backgrounds. Visit NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information.

Apres Ski and live Entertainment in Mt Washington Valley, NH – Week of Dec 14-21, 2017

When the lifts close, the apres ski fun begins.  For some, it lasts well into the night.  Our readers asked us to share insight into nightlife opportunities in Mt Washington Valley, so each week we’ll compile a list of live entertainment and apres ski fun.  Here’s what’s in store for the upcoming week.

Throughout December, 2017

At Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub, Route 302, Glen, NH:

Every Monday – Open Mic’ Nite in the pub from 9pm-12:30am.

Dec 15-16: Neon Alley in the Pub from 9:00pm-12:30am

Dec 22-23:  Pat Foley in the Pub from 9:00pm-12:30am

At Wildcat Tavern, Jackson, NH:

Every Tuesday: Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern: Hoot Night! The longest running open mic in Mount Washington Valley has been a “go-to” night life hot spot for over 30 years. Following in the colorful tradition of some of the Valley’s most beloved musicians, Hoot Night Host, Jonathan Sarty, takes the stage at the Wildcat Tavern as local performers arrive with guitars in hand and visitors to the Valley make their first appearance at the legendary Hoot Night.

Every WednesdayWhite Mountain Ceili Band: Join Michael Levine (guitar), Dexter Harding (tenor banjo), Siena Kaplan-Thompson (fiddle) & Fiona Howell (flute) for traditional Irish Session music from 7:00-9:00pm. Stomp your feet, clap your hands, and dance a little jig as these accomplished musicians play centuries old tunes.

Every Friday: Al Shafner: Catch Al from 7:30-10:00pm in the Tavern. Al (also known as “the Rev”) is a singer/guitarist who’s been pleasing audiences throughout New England for more years than he cares to admit to. He has served as front man for several successful bands and currently performs mostly as a solo artist and also with his backup band, The fabulous Revtones. The majority of his performances are centered in the Mount Washington Valley of NH, where he makes his home. The music is classic “songs you know by heart”, sure to stir up happy memories.

Sunday “Croon to the Moon” Show: The Wildcat Tavern Sunday Dinner “Croon to the Moon” show with smooth-voiced crooner, Jonathan Sarty, is every Sunday Evening from 7-9pm.

Additional entertainment at the Wildcat Tavern:

  • Dec 16: Cold River Mini Concert Series featuring Acoustic Nuisance in the Tavern from 8:00-10:00pm. Jonathan Sarty opens the show. Click here for ticket info and more.
  • Dec 20: White Mountain Ceili Band, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 21: Kevin Dolan, 7:00-9:00pm

At Deacon Street, Seavey Street, North Conway:

Friday Nights: Live music performed by local Irish music legends, Dennis & Davey.

At Shannon Door Pub, Jackson:

  • Dec 15 & 16: Marty Quirk, starting at 8:00pm
  • Dec 17: Artisans Night – Come shop from local artists, and enjoy tunes from Kevin Dolan and Simon Crawford, starting at 7:30pm.

At Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson:

  • Fri, Dec 15th:  Scott Baer, 6:00-9:30pm

Other Entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley

Thurs, Dec 14: Jackson Ski Touring Foundation Season Pass Apres Ski & Appreciation night. Season Pass holders are encouraged to stop by for a sip (wine and beer) and snacks. More info here.

Fri, December 15:  Stone Mountain LIVE for Christmas : This concert is hosted by Carol Noonan and the Stone Mountain Boys featuring Duke Levine and Kevin Barry with very special guest Jonathan Edwards! Enjoy holiday music, beautiful halls all decked out, and lots of holiday fun all come together in one great night that is fast becoming one of Maine’s treasured traditions. Click here for tickets and more info.

Fri, December 15: Scott Baer performs at Shovel Handle Pub from 6:00-9:30pm

December 15, 16, 21, 22, 23: A Christmas Carol by M&D Playhouse: A wonderful adaptation of the best known Christmas story every written, as the seemingly heartless Scrooge, haunted by his past, is given a second chance to become the type of person we all strive to be. A Christmas Carol is presented Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, December 7 – 23 at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.  All performances begin at 7:30 PM. To reserve seats please visit our website at http://www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Sat, December 16: Riley Parkhust Project for apres ski fun in the Wildcat Mountain Pub, 1:00-4:00pm.

Sun,  December 17, 4:00 PM – Music from the Realms of Glory: The Mountain Top Community Orchestra presents music of the season by Corelli, Williams, Menotti, Pugh, and local composer Ken Turley. At the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in North Conway. Conducted by Ellen Schwindt. Suggested donation $10/person, $20/family.

Mon, December 18: Glenn Miller Orchestra at Omni Mount Washington Resort, Doors Open 6:00pm:  You won’t want to miss “In The Mood” for Christmas, featuring the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra in the  Mount Washington Hotel Grand Ballroom.  Enjoy a three-course dinner and prepare to dance the night away as the Glenn Miller Orchestra takes to the stage to perform some of the greatest big band hits of all time! For reservations, online tickets and info, click here.

Sat, December 23:  Sam Adams Christmas Party at Lostbo Pub: Stop in the pub anytime from 3:30-5:30 after a day of skiing at Black Mountain and celebrate the holidays with Sam Adams giveaways.

Click here for a complete calendar of events on and off the mountains throughout November in Mt Washington Valley.

Click here for a complete Spirit of the Holidays calendar of holiday events for apres ski opportunities.

Holiday on Ice Show & Conway Village Holiday Celebration

Mount Washington Valley Skating Club will be present its annual “Holiday on Ice” skating show Saturday, December 2 at 5:15 p.m. at the Ham Arena, in Conway Village.

This year’s show will feature performances by club skaters, aged 3 to adult, skating lessons for Santa and a guest synchronized skating presentation by the visiting Ice Velvets Synchro Team. Admission is free, courtesy of Community Celebrations Committee, and free fresh baked holiday cookies will be served by parents of skaters and local community members.

Following the performance there will be free public ice skating until 7 pm. Rentals and helmets will be available courtesy of Ham Arena. Other refreshments including pizza will be available for purchase.

The Holiday on Ice Show follows a host of other family activities sponsored by the Conway Community Celebrations Committee, including photos with Santa at Conway’s Northway Bank on West Main Street from 12:30-2:30 pm, a tree lighting with Santa in Conway Village at 4 pm that includes hot chocolate and caroling with daCapo choral group. Click here for more information about the Skating Club or Holiday on Ice Show or other holiday events in Mt. Washington Valley.