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Mt. Washington Valley Riders Present 2017 Rally in the Valley

The Mt. Washington Valley Riders present their 10th Annual Rally in the Valley event to benefit the Valley Riders Scholarship Fund for Trade School Students. Join the Valley Riders for a week of guided scenic rides, dining experiences, live entertainment and fun for a cause Saturday, June 10th through Saturday, June 17th.

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2017 Rally in the Valley Schedule

  • Saturday, June 10 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Abenaki Trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Sunday, June 11 – Guided scenic ride will leave from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to McGraths Tavern in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Monday,  June 12 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) in Conway at 10:00 and will return to Wildcat Tavern in Jackson Village at 4:00 pm for live entertainment featuring and promos.
  • Thursday, June 15 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 and will return to The Red Parka Pub in Glen at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Friday, June 16 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Horsefeathers in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Saturday, June 17–  Guided ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 white Mtn Hwy (Route 16) in Conway  at 10:00 am. to Ride to L-A Harley,  Mention “Rally in the Valley” for free lunch and 10% off any purchase. Return to Abenaki trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 for live entertainment and promos.

For more information, email the Mt. Washington Valley Riders at valleyriders@yahoo.com or visit their website at https://www.rallyinthevalley.net.

rally in the valleyAbout the Mt. Washington Valley Riders

Mt. Washington Valley Riders is a New Hampshire not-for-profit motorcycle riding club formed in 2011 for the purpose of promoting motorcycle riding in the Mt. Washington Valley area and providing scholarships for local high school graduates.  Every year, Mount Washington Valley Riders hosts Rally in the Valley during Bike Week in June in order to raise money for our scholarship fund specifically designated to help valley children pursuing higher education in the trades.  Each year, Rally in the Valley brought hundreds of bikers and non-bikers to our area that otherwise would have spent their time and money elsewhere in the state during bike week.  It’s also an opportunity for individuals to show they care about helping our kids pursue their dreams.​  Contact us and join us anytime you are in the area for exciting rides and a good cause.

36th Annual Bratwurst Broil and Open House Hosted by White Mountain Oil & Propane

Join White Mountain Oil & Propane in celebration of their 36th Annual Bratwurst Broil and Open House at their North Conway location on Friday, June 9th. The event, as always, is free and open to the public, so come enjoy delicious food, door prizes, giveaways, and learn about other vendors in the community!

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The Open House itself will take place from 10am-4pm, but to enjoy delicious food from the Bratwurst Broil, guest can grab a bite between 11am-2pm when the grills are going.

Vendors for this event include Energy Star, Hearth & Home, Thermopride, FW Webb, Ray Murray, P&E, and others.

For more information on the event, contact White Mountain Oil & Propane at (603) 356-6386 or visit their website at http://www.whitemountainoil.com.

28th Annual Wildquack Duck River Festival

On Sunday, May 28th at 8 AM in the Jackson Village Park, the Annual Wildquack Duck River Festival will return for its 28th celebration, with over $10,000 in cash and prizes to ticket holders of winning tickets and fun for everyone!

This festival is is a vital fundraising even for Kennett High Key Club and assists with many other charities, including the American Cancer Society, Jackson Police Department, the local Olympic Swim Team and Kiwanis, as well as the local area Chamber of Commerce.

Admission to this event is free, so come enjoy fabulous food, exciting duck races and kid-friendly activities, traveling train rides, the Jackson Cake Boss Competition and other events! Please note that some of the contests and events may have entrance fees. There is an activity for everyone’s interest and ability level for a day filled with family fun and respectful sportsmanship.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.jacksonnh.com/. For a brochure listing of events, email info@jacksonnh.com with your inquiry, visit the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, or contact the Chamber at 603-383-9356 to have a brochure mailed to you. With all of the events planned for this event, the brochure will help you plan your day at the festival.

To learn more about how and where you should go to get your Duck Tickets, to volunteer, to register for Jackson’s Cake Boss or 5 Minutes of Fame Contests call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce today at (603)383-9356.

Food For Thought Film Festival at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center

FRYEBURG – Spice and Grain presents the final 2017 Food For Thought Film Festival screening, Seed: The Untold Story, at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 30th starting at 2:00 pm. The festival will include a farmers’ market from 2-4 pm, live music from Bobby Sheehan & Jeremy Holden of Junco from 3-4 pm, the film at 4 pm, and guest speaker Will Bonsall (author and director of the Scatterseed Project) following the film. Admission is $2-$10 suggested donation.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

“Food For Thought” is designed to encourage a discussion among neighbors and friends about the food we eat, and the importance of where it comes from. Local farmers, producers, and restaurateurs will be on hand to provide information, samples, and food.

The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is located at 18 Bradley Street in Fryeburg, Maine. For more information contact the box office at 207-935-9232, or email boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org. For a complete list of upcoming shows visit www.fryeburgacademy.org/pac.

“Going Coastal” at The Wildcat Inn & Tavern

Learn how to prepare seafood like a chef on Friday, April 21st from 5:30-8:30pm at The Wildcat Inn & Tavern in Jackson! Chef Bryant Alden will personally instruct each guest on how to prepare three extraordinary culinary dishes:

  • Garlic Roasted Littlenecks
  • Creamy Crab & Asparagus & Brie Soup
  • Lemon Scented Crispy Haddock with Avocado Butter

In addition to personal instruction by professional Chef Bryant Alden, guests will receive recipes,  and “Tips from the Kitchen”, samplings of the food prepared. Don’t worry – they didn’t forget dessert! Guests can enjoy a dessert and a glass of wine after instruction and dinner samplings.

The cost for the Seafood Culinary Class is $75 per person or take advantage of the event’s Special Package Deal of $99 per person, which includes the event and one night’s lodging for one person.

To register for this event, call Sue at 603-383-4245. For more information about Wildcat Inn & Tavern, visit them on the web at http://www.wildcattavern.com/.

“What’s Your Story?” at Max’s Restaurant And Pub: Share Your Story!

Come share your best life experiences at Max’s Restaurant and Pub at the Snowvillage Inn in Eaton Center, New Hampshire for their “What’s Your Story?” event on Tuesday, May 9th at 7:30pm. The event, hosted by Sara Moore and inspired by The Moth Radio Hour, welcomes attendees to share their true life stories to a live audience. The theme  is ‘Local.’

While the stories begin at 7:30pm, guests are welcome to cocktails at 5pm and dinner at 6pm, where dining guests can indulge in a 3-course meal with a soup or salad, entrée, and dessert for only $28 per person.

To reserve your table, please call 603-447-2818. For more information about Max’s Restaurant and Pub as well as the Snowvillage Inn, visit snowvillageinn.com.

The Max’s Restaurant and Pub Experience

max'sWhether you choose to dine in our casual fine dining room or relax with a bite in the pub, you’ll be treated to a most incredible epicurean adventure. With our award-winning chef, breathtaking views, and warm hospitality it is easy to see why our diners always come back for more.  Make sure you visit for our Locals’ Night every Tuesday for our chef’s comfort food specials.  Don’t worry if you’re not a true local, here at Max’s, everyone is a local on Tuesday night!  If your an oyster lover, Max’s is the place to be.  We get in fresh oysters daily and on Thursday nights don’t miss our Oyster Orgy!

Join us for great cocktails, fresh seafood, steaks & the best wild game.

Max’s is also a wonderful experience for special occasions.  If you’re planning a large birthday or just a quiet anniversary evening for two we will make it special night to remember!

“Dine To Donate” Fundraiser at Black Cap Grille For Carroll County RSVP

Dine at the Black Cap Grille in North Conway on Tuesday, March 28th from 5pm until closing for their “Dine to Donate” supporting Carroll County RSVP. The Black Cap Grille will donate a portion of the evening’s receipts to the program in support of mileage reimbursement for Carroll County RSVP’s Meals on Wheels and Medical Transportation Programs.  During your visit at the Black Cap Grille, be sure to participate in the 50/50 raffle and other excellent raffle items in support of this organization.


About Carroll County RSVP

Established in 1971, RSVP of Carroll County was created with support from Tri County CAP RSVP (Coos, Grafton and Carroll Counties) to continue the work of the Older Americans Act in creating programs for retirees. RSVP creates unique programs matching the diverse talents of volunteers with the specific critical needs of the nonprofit community. In 1974 RSVP of Carroll County separated from Tri County CAP and presently their sponsoring agency is the North Conway Community Center.


The Carroll County RSVP Mission 

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Carroll County is dedicated to developing meaningful opportunities for volunteers age 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding and significant service roles in communities and to work with community groups such as schools, libraries, food pantries, hospitals and disabled and low income elderly.

For more information on Carroll County RSVP and the event, visit http://www.carrollcountyrsvp.org/ or call 603-356-9331.

The Best of NH Ballot Closes in 1 Week

The opportunity to vote in the annual Best of NH Ballot closes on Monday, March 20th.  This is your opportunity to voice your opinion on New Hampshire’s best restaurants, bars, services, and people, so cast your vote before it’s too late!

To cast your votes, please visit http://www.nhmagazine.com/Best-of-NH-Ballot/.

About The Best of NH

Since 2000, New Hampshire Magazine has polled and published the picks of its readers and editors in categories that range from best cupcakes to best martini to best antiques shop and everything in between.

Their annual Readers’ Poll and extensive list of Editor’s Picks all lead up to the state’s biggest celebration, The Best of NH Party, which will be held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Their 16th annual event will showcase New Hampshire Magazine Best of NH-award winners in an evening of food, fun, live music and festivities that benefits Stay Work Play New Hampshire.

2017 Chili Cook-Off and Feelin’ Good 5K Race

Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s  Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.

chili-5k-logoThis is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.

The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per person and includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.

Event Schedule:
  • 8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
  • 9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
  • 9:30AM- 5K Race begins
  • 10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
  • 11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open 
  • 3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
  • 4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony

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About the Annual Chili Cookoff

Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.

The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day

chili-cookoffThere are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their team for their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the 2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packages document or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

chili-cookoff2In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.

Event Tickets and More Information

Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.

There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.

For more information on the Chili Cook-Off, visit http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org, call the Chamber at (877) 948-6867 or (603) 356-5701 or email Visitor Services at visitor@mtwashingtonvalley.org.

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28th Annual Chocolate Festival

On Sunday, February 26th join us for the sweetest day on the trails at the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival! Spend a day of outdoor winter fun and indulge in sweet treats to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to providing Conway residents, taxpayers, and school age children with access to winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at no cost.

Whether traveling through the trail stops by cross country ski, snowshoe, or by car, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats of the Mount Washington Valley. For those that choose to cross country ski or snowshoe, unleash your inner winter adventurer by embarking on our groomed 45-km trail network!

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2017 Trailside Chocolate Shops
(Open from 11am – 4pm)
  • 1785 Inn
  • Adventure Suites
  • Eastern Inns
  • Stonehurst Manor
  • Old Field House
  • Riverside Inn B&B
  • The Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment
  • The Whitaker Woods Meeting House (treats provided by Vintage Baking Company)

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. If purchased prior to the event, the festival pass is $30 per person, or $35 per person on the day of the event. Please note that the event is a fundraiser and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html or call (603) 356-9920.

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Storybook Character Breakfasts to Benefit Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

Visit the Theater in the Wood throughout the months of February, March, and April to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters for a cause! Starting at 10 am, enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast with the Believe in Books Foundation’s very own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Enjoy a storybook reading surrounded with new friends,  and meet with the characters afterwards.

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The morning will include a book swap (bring a gently used book and swap it with another), a pancake breakfast including our own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and visit involving the character of the day, as well as access to the 100 Acre Wood Trail System!  After your meal, visit our Maple Sugar Shack afterward to see how we make it!

The Storybook Character Breakfast Schedule
  • February 25th:  Goldilocks
  • March 4th:  Cat in the Hat – Celebrate his Birthday!
  • March 11th: Cinderella
  • March 18th: Red Riding Hood
  • March 25th: Alice in Wonderland
  • April 15th: The Lorax

Tickets for each breakfast are available for purchase at the door. The price for each breakfast is $7 per person, and children under 3 free. Participants are welcome to enjoy the trails for the entire day with entry. Suggested donation and all proceeds are to benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation which is a 501 (3) (c) Non-Profit Organization.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980.

The Believe in Books Sugar Shack Opens February 18th

It’s that time of year again! The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will open their Sugar Shack on Saturday, February 18th.  Participate in a guided tour through their Sugar Bush on weekend afternoons, enjoy a wagon ride through the woods, learn about the history of maple sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, as well as collection and sample tastings. The tours are approximately an hour long. The foundation recommends participants dress according to the weather as the event is outside.

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The suggested donation for this event is $5 per person, which helps the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation fund their mission and literacy programs.

The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.

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Guests are also welcome to take self-guided tours on the Maple Storybook Trail which begins right near the Sugar Shack. This tour can be done anytime, however an inside peek at the Sugar Shack can only be done when the shack is open.

If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Stop in, learn more about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings and taste a sample.

The Sugar Shack opens on February 18, but will also be open on February 19, 25, 26 and on March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. Believe in Books also offers Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season mid-week.

For more information about the Sugar Shack  and the Believe in Books Foundation, please call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.