Not only do they offer great art classes for the curious, (just don’t step on a deer like our writer did) but they showcase some of the best artists of the valley.
Just recently, we attended an art opening for local artists like Melanie Leavitt and June McLeavey, who showed off their best work at this beautiful gallery. Not only was it truly amazing to see such a breadth of work… but it’s a great way to meet up with our artist friends and get in touch with the Valley’s artist community.
By Kathy Bennett for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
While the ground is brown south of here, the snow base is still deep and white at the ski areas in and around North Conway. The end of March usually sees some ski areas call it quits – due to a lack of skiers, not a lack of snow.
But there is still plenty of skiing left here into April.
Yesterday I skied the popular Ellis River Trail Loop at Jackson Ski Touring. As you can see from the photos, the snow is still deep. The rivers and streams were flowing but the trail was groomed with coverage edge to edge. JSTF former Executive Director Thom Perkins confirmed that their mid-November open date is among their earliest and manager Deb Deschenes said it was a great season right up until the end, which takes place on March 31.
Those wishing to continue xc skiing can continue fun on skinny skis at Bear Notch Ski Touring. They have not published a closing date yet, but the Garlands usually keep the groomers going as long as they can. Last year on Easter Sunday I enjoyed skiing there, taking advantage of their higher elevations and shaded trails which keep their snow longer than most.
Sunday brought me to Wildcat. The fog and forecast of rain scared off most folks, which left the deep, soft-turning snow for those of us who were more intrepid. The warm air was a treat and I skied without googles. The fog was not an impediment as visibility was reasonable and the fog was off and on skiing down through the elevations. What was consistent was the snow quality, with only a few areas showing more variable/spring conditions. They will easily make it to Easter, when they have fun events scheduled on April 21.
Cranmore ends daily operations today but will reopen April 6-7. Wildcat has not published an estimated close date on their website. Bretton Woods has posted an April 15 close date.
Now in its 39th year, the Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament will be moving to a new course and supporting a new cause, continuing its legacy of raising funds to support North Conway’s community hospital.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the North Conway Country Club, located right in the heart of North Conway Village. Golf pro Kevin Walker will welcome golfers to the storied course. Established in 1895, the North Conway Country Club is known for its views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential and Moat Ranges. The event’s Grazing on the Green dinner and awards will take place in its restaurant, with an exceptional menu golfers have come to expect from this long-running event.
But the location isn’t the only thing changing. This year the tournament proceeds will be directed towards an emerging need at Memorial Hospital, one that impacts many individuals in the community.
Director of Behavioral Health, Lorinda MacDonald, APRN-PMHNP explained the situation. “Due to the increasing number of behavioral health patients seeking treatment in our Emergency Department (ED), we have an immediate need to expand the number of beds. The ED is always the point of entry for those in crisis seeking psychiatric care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of care for all patients who enter the ED, whether they are in need of medical care or in a psychiatric crisis.”
Due to the lack of available space in psychiatric hospitals, patients in the ED can wait for days or weeks for a bed. This situation also delays care for other community members seeking urgent treatment in the ED. The proceeds of this year’s tournament will be the beginning of a community-based effort to support the needs of this vulnerable population.
Last year the event raised over $52,000 which supported Community Health for a Lifetime, providing funds for childhood wellness and other population health initiatives. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life-saving equipment and supporting community health programs.
The tournament has already secured its Presenting Sponsor, with The Coleman Companies once again taking the top spot. Other sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and individuals. Many sponsorship packages also include golf teams for the event. For those wishing to play in the tournament, golfers may join the event as individuals or in teams of four.
The tournament offers one exclusive afternoon flight with play limited to 128 players. Sponsors and golfers are encouraged to sign up early as the tournament sold out last year and is expected to do so again in 2019.
This year’s Golf Tournament Committee members include: Bayard Kennett, Kathy Bennett, Gail Paine, Peter Waugh, Rachael Brown, Corrine Ray, Kathy Sanderson, James Love, Melody Nester, Ed Harrigan, and Mary Vigeant, APRN.
The Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament was founded in 1980 by former US Congressman Bill Zeliff and Jackson businessman Lee Harmon. The tournament is known for its famous Grazing on the Green food extravaganza the evening of the event.
For more information, or to sign up for golf or sponsorship, visit the golf event page online at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/golf or call Melody Nester at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264 for more information.
Are you a fan of paranormal activity and would like to be part of the fun and mystery of a ghost hunting adventure? Central Maine Ghost Hunters and the Bernerhof Inn of Bartlett, NH are coming together to offer an exclusive Ghost Hunters Weekend, March 29-30, 2019. A complete lodging package including breakfast, dinner, lodging and ghost hunting activities is offered for just $749 per couple.
The event takes place at the Bernerhof Inn, the distinctive historic inn located on Route 16 in Bartlett, NH, just minutes from Attitash Mountain in the heart of Mount Washington Valley and close to North Conway activities and outlet shopping.
Guests will enjoy a pre-investigation orientation meet and greet and discussion on understanding paranormal investigating. Innkeeper Nick Panno explained, “Guests will be invited to learn how to use the equipment you’ve seen on TV, including K-II EMF detectors, spirit boxes, voice recorders, dowsing rods and more. After the meet and greet, you’ll get to use these pieces of equipment in a group investigation. This is going to be an amazing experience! We are so excited to work with Central Maine Ghost Hunters to bring this exclusive event to the Bernerhof!”
But the ghost hunting is just part of the experience at this luxurious bed and breakfast. Guests will be welcomed Friday night with a three-course meal prepared by the Inn’s executive chef. Saturday night’s dinner will be served family-style before kicking off an evening of ghost hunting festivities. Each day will begin with a scratch-cooked breakfast in the Inn’s cozy dining room.
When booking, guests can select among the Inn’s 12 unique rooms, many with in-room Jacuzzi tubs, electric and gas fireplaces, flat screen TVs and free wifi. The rooms feature many fine traditional antiques and European styled touches, with a dose of modern elegance and many state-of-the-art amenities.
Ski season is still in full swing in Mount Washington Valley so guests can ghost hunt at night and ski all day at the many ski areas minutes from the Inn. Ask about how to access discount ski tickets when making your reservation.
Due to limited availability, reservations for this special package are only available by calling innkeeper Nick Panno directly at 603-383-4200. Room choice is on a first-come-first-served basis. The Bernerhof Inn was recently rated as the #1 Inn in Bartlett, NH by TripAdvisor.com and is well known for its high level of customer service and personal attention. For more information, visit them online at www.bernerhofinn.com.
Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm’s 16th Annual Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival was held this past weekend in Tamworth. As a family who’s attended the past two years, we were aware of what to expect and what the challenges would be with young kids, especially parking. We made sure to get there early enough to enjoy the whole day so arrived close to 11:30am. The day ahead hardly seemed like it would be long enough for my two, who couldn’t get enough and were sure to be among the last to leave.
It was a great day spent with family and friend, a day filled with fun for everyone. We started with the kids games and scavenger hunt, a visit to the ice house, followed by the interest of harvesting ice ourselves. My 3-year old was very intrigued and determined to push the block of ice her 7-year old brother cut. After watching the huge blocks of ice being hauled by the oxen we were ready for s’mores and some sweet treats as we sat outside of the sugar shack by the fire.
Before we left for the event I asked my kids what they were most excited to see and do. My 3-year old said, “I want to see the pig.” Hmm. Not sure that would happen if I reminded her of everything else we’d see but she seemed satisfied. When we arrived we were happily surprised to find out that this year’s ice sculpture was a pig. After tons of fun and two sleepy kids, I asked them what their favorite activity was. My son took a second and thought, “all of it.” My daughter looked at me with confidence and said, “the pig.” Of course!
What a great day. Thank you to the staff at Remick Museum & Farm.
By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
Just recently we visited Tuckerman Brewing Company to enjoy the band Dark Train Express. The atmosphere is very comfortable with picnic tables, cornhole games and, of course, their great local beer. Personally, we really like the Rockpile IPA.
Starting in 2015 Tuckerman Brewing Company has hosted a concert series and each summer they have some of the top regional acts entertaining the crowd outside under the tent in warm weather. And every Saturday they feature great local musicians in their Tasting Room.
Check out their event calendar for future tasting room and concert events. The brewery is also available for private parties, rehearsal dinners and birthday parties.
Next up – 21st Birthday Bash! The brewery turns legal!
January 19th, 2019
Doors open at 7:00
This is a 21+ show (legal ID required)
Band: Kat Wright Band plays from 8-10pm Cover Charge: $15 Food Provided by: Magic Foods Catering
Limited tickets are available online or can be purchased in the Tasting Room during regular business hours.
Shirley and Richard Van Dyne are described as mainstays of Memorial Hospital’s entrance for 10 years – and that’s just the beginning. The list of Shirley & Richard Van Dyne’s combined service is extensive, and includes (but is probably not limited to) helping with Tin Mountain Conservation Center, North Conway Community Center, MWV Mud Bowl, Volvo Tennis Tournament, RSVP of Carroll County, The Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, John Fuller School reading programs, Madison Elementary School, the Albany Historical Society, Girl Scouts of America, Meals on Wheels, blood drives with the American Red Cross, the Albany Civic Group, and Memorial Hospital.
The Van Dyne’s have logged in over 2500 hours of service to Memorial Hospital alone over these last ten years, and their service to the community through the aforementioned organizations spans more than 50 years.
Floyd Corson can be found every Sunday playing the organ at the First Church of Christ. He began his volunteering experience by stepping in to cover the organ for a single Christmas season, and instead remained the volunteer organist for the last 19 years. As an accomplished organist and pianist, Floyd has brought outstanding musical performances for anyone present at church on Sundays.
In addition to his Sunday services, Floyd was the pioneer of the White Mountain Musical Arts and the Bach Festival, which celebrated its 30th year this past summer. Floyd is highly regarded amongst his peers and the main reason the Mt. Washington Valley has been fortunate enough to host so many talented musicians of his field for such little money is a result of their respect for him.
He’s also an accomplished hiker, who’s summited all of New Hampshire’s 4000 footers, and this passion has moved him to volunteer at the Mount Washington Observatory.
The Conway Area Humane Society (CAHS) recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of their new ReTails Resale Shop located at the far end of the Conway Area Humane Society Shelter building in Conway. The shop is open Monday – Saturday with many items for sale including furniture, clothing, sporting goods, bedding, collectibles and more!
Volunteer opportunities are available. For more information email Katy at email@example.com or visit conwayshelter.org.
The Employer of the Year Award is given each year to a business that demonstrates respect for employees and other business partners and excellence in creating a safe and inviting workplace. The Employer of the Year is also a business offering solid pay/benefits and the opportunity for training and advancement.
This year the Employer of the Year Award goes to Badger Realty. Since 1965, Badger Realty has been a staple of the Mount Washington Valley and a leader of community projects, volunteerism, and advancement. Dick Badger & Brenda Leavitt have created a family-oriented culture within an industry that had not historically been recognized through teamwork. They believe in the power of continuing education and encourage their employees to continue their professional development through education and training whenever possible.
Since 1995, Badger Realty has hosted an annual holiday party that included travel, lodging and meals for their employees and significant others. These annual trips have rewarded and brought happy employees (and spouses) to such destinations as Bermuda (5 times), Aruba, Captiva, the Bahamas, Walt Disney World, and Quebec.
A sign of a healthy company is their dedication to the community, which is why local non-profit organizations are crowded with Badger Realty’s agents and support staff. Some of the organizations served by Badger employees include Jen’s Friends, End 68 Hours of Hunger, Habitat for Humanity, Starting Point, Arts Jubilee, the Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund and the Mt. Washington Valley Trails Association.
Since longevity is an indication of a positive workplace, it’s notable that 18 employees with 10 or more years of service at Badger Realty, and eleven of those have more than 20 years.
Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded each year to a business in existence for seven or more years which fills a need within the community and demonstrates creativity, innovation and community involvement. Additionally, the business must be people-and-principle oriented as well as profitable.
This year the Entrepreneur of the Year Award goes to the team at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty. Owners Antonella Bliss, Lindsey Maihos and Rose Robinson took over leadership at Coldwell Banker Wright Realty during the same year as the economic crisis, and though the company has experienced ups and downs, 11 years later it has more than doubled its sales volume. In addition, they now have 19 agents and 4 support staff with future plans to expand their office space in Conway.
Lindsey Maihos, Antonella Bliss, and Rose Robinson, Owners, Coldwell Banker Wright Realty.The company has been recognized as the Premier Bronze Office by Coldwell Banker.
Their commitment toward the industry pushed them to host a real estate course in Conway. In the past young professionals interested in a real estate career had to travel outside the area to take the course and obtain a real estate license. Now, they can do that right here in the Valley. This program was instrumental in helping THRIVE recipient Theo Charles successfully become a licensed REALTOR®.
As a business team, they give back to the community through time and donations, encouraging others within the company to also give back to the community.
The Lilliputian Montessori School celebrated the opening of their new toddler program with a ribbon cutting on September 10. The program offers quality child care for children ages 13 months – 35 months with options for two day to 5 day programs as well as before and after care.
Lilliputian also has a preschool and pre k program for children ages 2.5 to 6 years old.
The school curriculum follows the child development research and writings of Dr. Maria Montessori, giving each child the freedom to work and move within limits, which are achieved through order, respect and self-discipline. Through this environment each child develops the skills and self-confidence to allow for a lifetime of creative learning.
“Our nurturing environment provides a gentle bridge from home to school”, said Amber McCay, Executive Director. “Through meaningful hands on activities, children are able to strengthen their language, self-help, motor and social/emotional skills in a prepared environment”.
The school is located at 65 Seavey Street, North Conway. For information please call 603-356-4464 or visit thelilliputianschool.com.
Pictured from left: Lynn Lyman, Eastern Propane, Andrew Donohoe, former student, Amber McCay, Executive Director, Carrie Burkett, Board President, and Courtney Hamel, Lead Toddler Teacher.
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