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Mount Washington Observatory Announces a Full Line-Up of Summer Educational Opportunities

Press Release by Krissy Fraser, Director of Events & Marketing
kfraser@mountwashington.org | (603) 356-2137, ext. 231

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North Conway, NH – June 1, 2017– The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory has announced a full line-up of summer educational offerings on the summit of Mount Washington and in the valley including overnight Edutrips and workshops.

EduTrips:
Back by popular demand the Observatory will be offering five overnight Edutrips including expert instruction on various topics and the opportunity to stay the night on the summit of Mount Washington with Observatory staff.

Edutrip dates and topics include: July 8-9 and August 12-13 – Life, Work and the Environment Atop Mount Washington; July 15-16 and August 19-20 – Thunderstorms; October 7-8 – Fall Foliage Photography.  Trips will cost $399 to Observatory members and $475 to non-members.

Workshops:
Returning for summer 2017 the Observatory will also offer two popular workshops.

The Star Party Astronomy Workshop: Presented by John Gianforte, Astronomy lecturer for the Physics Department at U.N.H., this will be a fun and educational outing for anyone interested in astronomy from novice to advanced. The Star Party Astronomy workshop will take place on Saturday, August 5 (“Cloud” Date – Sunday, August 6). This will be a two part program starting with an indoor session at the Weather Discovery Center from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm followed by an outdoor session from 7:30 pm-11:00 pm.

The Geology and White Mountains Workshop: Presented by geologist Woody Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey, this will explore the glacial geology of the northern White Mountain region and the history of geological exploration and understanding of the area.

The workshop will begin with an informal classroom presentation and then proceed to sites of geological interest in the northern White Mountains region. Taking place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, September 10).  The workshop run from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, starting at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.

Workshop fees are $75 for observatory members and $105 for non-members. The fee includes instruction and all associated materials.

Additional Offerings:
In the summer months the Mount Washington Observatory provides additional educational offerings including a free Science in the Mountains lecture series, summit weather station tours for observatory members and daily “Live from the Rockpile” call-ins to the summit observers from the Weather Discovery Center.

Guests can also explore the world of weather at the Mount Washington Observatory’s two museums – The Weather Discovery Center located in North Conway and Extreme Mount Washington located on the summit of Mount Washington in the Sherman Adams State Park building.

For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory educational programs visit MountWashington.org or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

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About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

White Birch Book’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

white birch books2White Birch Books in North Conway is traveling back to 1992 when the store first opened to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 27th. Join in the celebration and party like it’s 1992: learn what was on the best-seller list, what staff was reading, and even what people were wearing while they were reading!

In addition to the bookstore’s blast from the past, shoppers will receive a 25% discount on 25 selected staff favorite books. There will be giveaways for adults and children as well as fun activities for the whole family.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603-356-3200.

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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.

White Mountain Waldorf School May Faire

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Celebrate community, sunshine, and the beginning of Spring on Saturday, May 13th at the White Mountain Waldorf School May Faire. This event is free and open to all ages and is located at the North Conway Community Center in North Conway. Spend the day dancing and singing to live music while your children sport their handcrafted floral wreaths and painted faces! Explore a variety of exciting and unique children’s crafts, hair wraps, and plants in the plant sale. Reconnect with old friends in the community and introduce yourself to friends you’ve yet to make. Come help us wake up Mother Earth!

For more information, call the White Mountain Waldorf School at 603-447-3168 or visit their website at www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org.

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.

Will’s Red Coat Book Launch Event to Benefit Conway Area Humane Society

On Tuesday, April 25th at 7 p.m., the wait is over! New York Times bestselling author Tom Ryan is launching his new book, Will’s Red Coat, at the Kennett High School Auditorium in North Conway, New Hampshire. Tom will talk about his book, sign copies, and answer your questions. All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Conway Area Humane Society.

Tickets for this event are $30 for a signed copy of Will’s Red Coat and a ticket to the event, $5 for each additional ticket as an add-on to the $30 book and ticket combo, $25.99 for each additional book at retail price, and ages 10 and under are free. Tickets are available for purchase at White Birch Books in North Conway Village. To order tickets, please stop in or call 603-356-3200.  For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.

ABOUT WILL’S RED COAT

A true story of acceptance, perseverance, and the possibility of love and redemption as evocative, charming, and powerful as the New York Times bestseller Following Atticus.

Drawn by an online post, Tom Ryan adopted Will, a frightened, deaf, and mostly blind elderly dog, and brought him home to live with him and Atticus. The only owners Will ever knew had grown too fragile to take care of themselves, or of him. Ultimately, Will was left at a kill shelter in New Jersey.

Tom hoped to give Will a place to die with dignity, amid the rustic beauty of the White Mountains of his New Hampshire home. But when Will bites him numerous times and acts out in violent displays, Tom realizes he is in for a challenge.

With endless patience and the kind of continued empathy Tom has nurtured in his relationship with Atticus, Will eventually begins to thrive. Soon, the angry, hurt, depressed,and near-death oldster has transformed into a happy, gamboling companion with a puppylike zest for discovery. Will perseveres for two and a half years, inspiring hundreds of thousands of Tom and Atticus’s fans with his courage, resilience, and unforgettable heart.

A story of a dog and an indelible bond that is beautiful, heartbreaking, uplifting, and unforgettable, Will’s Red Coat honors the promise held in all of us, at any stage of life.

 

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm at The North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH. Come enjoy this hands-on investigation of energy and resource conservation!

Funergy is a rain or shine,  bottled water free event with a full slate of environmentally friendly vendors, activities, and live demonstrations that is sure to please kids and grandparents alike.

Schedule of Events

  • 10am-10:30am – Food preservation workshop by UNH Cooperative Extension
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Family Basketball
  • 11am – Visit from the Lorax and free gently used book giveaway
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Family Floor Hockey
  • 12pm – Story of Stuff: Bottled Water movie
  • 12:30pm – Rally for Science and Climate Change at the Gazebo with speakers from Bowdoin College and The Union of Concerned Scientists
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A family enjoys learning the science of composting through the “Worm Buffet” activity at The Earth Day Funergy Festival at the North Conway Community Center.

Grab some lunch and check out the free activities such as Ray’s Solar S’mores, The Energy Scavenger Hunt (free LED bulbs while supplies last), The Scrapwood Catapult, The Pedal Powered Shower Bike, Recycled Hula Hoops or The Aluminum Can Crusher to name a few. Talk to a renewable energy company, a green builder, a recycling business and more. Shop for green goods, including gently used children’s clothing.

Don’t miss this “Something for Everyone” kind of day! The Funergy Festival is free of charge thanks to the generosity of major sponsors, Cormack Construction Management, of Madison and Frase Electric, of Sandwich. For more information, contact Colleen Cormack at 603-447-8361 or visit 4 Our Kids Recycling Services on the web at http://4ourkids.homestead.com/.

1st Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run/Walk

waldorf forest 5kJoin community members for a day of family fun and adventure on Saturday, April 29th with the White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany, New Hampshire at their First Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run. After the races, explore the White Mountain Waldorf School’s 75-acre property, play in an all-ages obstacle course and cheer on your children during a Children’s Fun Run.

All ability levels and ages are welcome to participate in the event. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children with family discounts available. To register in advance and receive a free t-shirt, please visit RunReg.com/Waldorf-5k-trail-run before April 19th. Same-day registration is also available at 9:30am.

The 5k Race will begin at 10am and a Fun Run for children will follow at 11am. The all-ages obstacle course will be available throughout the event. For more information, call (603)-447-3168 or email rose@WhiteMountainWaldorf.org. Sponsorship opportunities for the race is also available.

Only 4 Days Left to Purchase White Mountain Waldorf School Tuition Raffle Tickets

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, one lucky person will be announced as the winner of the White Mountain Waldorf School’s Tuition Raffle at the WMWS Dine to Donate at Flatbread Company in North Conway. This prize, though not carrying any cash value, is worth over $9,000.00!

The winner has the choice of sending their own child to school for free in the 2017/2018 school year, giving it to a family or friend who would like to or is already attended the school, or may donate that value back to the school and receive a receipt for a charitable donation made to the school in that amount.

This is an amazing opportunity for a new family to experience the school. We encourage anyone considering the school for their child to take a chance and buy a ticket.

It is also an amazing opportunity for a community member to truly make a difference in the lives of over a third of our school population who receive financial aid. If the winnings are donated back to the school, all the money raised will go toward giving families in need financial assistance to make Waldorf Education available to their children.

Currently, there are over a thousand independent Waldorf schools located in 60 countries. Soon to celebrate its 100th year, it is one of the largest independent school movements throughout the world. The White Mountain Waldorf School is proud to be a part of this movement; a shift in understanding that education is not just about academia but rather the development of the whole child from a physical, emotional, and cognitive perspective.

Click HERE to purchase Tuition Raffle Tickets

For more information about White Mountain Waldorf School visit White Mountain Waldorf School or call (603) 447-3168.

Kancamagus National Scenic Byway Featured in America’s Most Iconic Drives

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, also referred to as the Kancamagus Highway or even “The Kanc” by Mount Washington Valley locals, was featured in Travel & Leisure’s article, titled “America’s Most Iconic Drives.” Travel & Leisure is a well-known magazine designed for adventures young and young at heart to inspire their travel destinations.

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Kancamagus Highway in autumn, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway is a 34.5 mile-long scenic drive along New Hampshire’s Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire, from Conway to Lincoln. It is well known to locals and travelers alike for being one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the United States.

Taking travelers to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point, Kancamagus Pass, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway brings travelers through the White Mountain National Forest, into breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbady Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. Driving along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes travelers back in time as they drive through the stunning White Mountain National Forest, free from the distractions of the modern day world; with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or other businesses along the way. The Kancamagus is truly a drive where adventurers can become entranced in nature!

For adventurers who want to spend more time on the scenic byway, there are six campgrounds to enjoy. For those seeking a hiking expedition, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway has many opportunities explore the White Mountain National Forest and its plentiful hiking trails.

For more information on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, visit http://www.kancamagushighway.com/.

To view other iconic drives in America, as noted by Travel & Leisure, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-most-iconic-drives.

Pond Skimming and Beach Party at King Pine

King Pine welcomes you to end the ski season with a splash! At the annual Pond Skimming and Beach Party at King Pine, skiers and riders will attempt to cross their man-made shark pond at the base of King Pine to celebrate the end of their fun-filled ski season. Don’t forget your Hawaiian attire!

This year’s annual party will be held on Sunday, March 26, starting at 12:00 p.m. Course inspection will begin at 12:00 p.m. and the race will begin at 1:00 p.m. Registration form and waiver are required for the event.

For more information, visit www.kingpine.com, call 603-367-8896, or email  info@kingpine.com.

Spring Splash at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain welcomes you to celebrate the end of the 2016-2017 ski season at their Spring Splash on Saturday, March 25th. The annual event opens the competition to participants of all ages and ability levels to compete for prizes and bragging rights. Cranmore welcomes you to challenge yourself by attempting to make a clean skim across their man-made pool at the base of the North Slope! Contestants will be judged on their costumes and the splash (or lack thereof) created. Live music from White Steer will be playing on Zip’s new deck.

Registration for the event begins on 9am at the day of the event and runs until 11:30am, with the event starting at 12pm. To register, visit Zip’s Deck at Cranmore. Please note: registration is limited to 100 participants.

Judging Criteria & Awards:

  • Best Skim
  • Best Splash
  • Best Costume

Divisions:

  • 13 & Under
  • 14 & Older

Rules:

  • Open to skiers and snowboarders only
  • No ski poles permitted
  • Only open to paid guests of the day (lift ticke / season pass)
  • All valuables must be removed before run

For more information, visit www.cranmore.com or call Cranmore Resort at 1-800-SKI-N-RIDE.