Category Archives: Life in Mount Washington Valley NH

New Hampshire’s Ski Areas Report a 30% Increase in Snow Sports Visits During 2016-17 Season

Press Release

Media Contact:
Karolyn Castaldo
Communications & Marketing Manager, Ski NH
603.754.9396 * Karolyn@SkiNH.com

CONWAY, NH (June 14, 2017) – During the 2016-17 winter season, total ski resort visits for Ski NH’s 34 ski area members reached 2,357,609, which includes alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. This represents and increase of 33% over the prior year’s visits.

Alpine skier and rider visits totaled 2,104,298 – nearly 30 percent higher than last season, while total cross-country skier visits were up 80 percent to 133,621. Snow tubing visits hit 119,690, which is the third best year since Ski NH started keeping records, 20 years ago. Tubing saw an 82 percent jump over the previous season.

ski nh.png“Well-timed snowstorms helped promote the perception in our key market areas that there was good skiing in the state. Natural snowfall combined with advanced snowmaking systems and excellent grooming methods set up our ski areas with great conditions throughout most of the year, and people turned out to enjoy the slopes and trails” said Jessyca Keeler, Executive Director of Ski NH. “Next winter, we’ll work with our ski area members and other partners to showcase New Hampshire as a great ski destination and highlight the skiing lifestyle and learn-to-ski opportunities. Through our efforts we will expect to see additional growth in visitation next year.”

Ski NH announced the final numbers for the 2016/17 winter season at its annual conference at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, NH on Monday, June 12, 2017.

About Ski NH

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 34 alpine and cross-country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at 603.745.9396 or visit the Ski NH website at SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, go to visitNH.gov.

Memorial Hospital to Offer Therapeutic Fitness Workshops

Press Release

Media Contact: Kathy Bennett, Vice President – Community Relations & Development
603-356-5461 ext. 2198
kbennett@memorialhospitalnh.org

NORTH CONWAY, NH –   Memorial Hospital announced the launch of a new series of therapeutic fitness workshops designed by their sports medicine and physical therapy specialists. These classes are suitable for all ages and fitness levels and will be instructed by fitness professionals with advanced knowledge of anatomy and injury prevention. The goal? To provide an option for individuals who need more exercise specialization than a traditional gym but not necessarily the services of a physical therapist.

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Memorial is offering new therapeutic exercise classes designed by Matt Geary, DPT (center). He is shown here with fellow physical therapists Angela Serrani, DPT (left) and Stephanie Pavao, PT (right).

 

The classes will focus each month on a different body part with exercises that have been selectively filtered for effectiveness. Matt Geary, DPT, physical therapist at Memorial stated, “These classes are designed to be broader and more robust. This is different than what you can typically find as we have partnered with our sports medicine physician, physical therapists and community-based fitness professionals.”  Geary consulted with Memorial’s Dr. James Glazer in developing the class. Glazer is board certified in sports medicine and is the on-hill physician for the US Men’s Ski Team.The classes are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. They’ll be offered 3 consecutive Tuesdays from 6-7pm with a different topic covered for each series each month.

The cost is only $30 for 3 classes and take place on the 2nd floor of Memorial’s physical therapy building, just north of the main hospital building on Route 16.

The lineup of classes are as follows:

  • Upper Extremity – This workshop is specifically designed to focus on proper shoulder mechanics and reducing rotator cuff injuries, as well as, upper body posture and decreasing risk for elbow overuse injuries like tennis and golfer’s elbow.  The first series being offered, the Upper Extremity series begins June 20, 2017. The class will be taught by Kate Soule, personal trainer and licensed massage therapist and reiki practitioner.
  • Lower Extremity – Designed to focus on proper knee and hip mechanics and will include corrective exercises to address hip and knee dysfunction. Ideal for runners and bikers, this workshop will also address lower body flexibility and target key areas like IT band and calf.
  • Back and Core – Did you know that sit ups might be bad for you? This workshop will focus on proper posture and will include safe exercises to build a strong and healthy core.

    Register online at https://memorialpophealth.coursestorm.com/browse or call 603-356-5461 x2187.

 

About Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital is Mt. Washington Valley’s most complete healthcare facility, with a  25-bed Critical Access Hospital . It is a member of the MaineHealth family. Its services include a 24-hour emergency department, surgery center, clinical laboratory, physical therapy practice, heart health & wellness programs, family birthing center, sleep center, wound care center, oncology, chemotherapy and infusion services and the Miranda Center for Diabetes.

Physician practices include primary care and family medicine, women’s health, orthopedics and sports medicine. The Merriman House, a 45-bed nursing home specializing in Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders, is also located on the hospital campus. Together, our staff and providers are committed to meeting the health needs of the Mt. Washington Valley and surrounding communities by collaborating with community partners in the delivery of accessible, comprehensive, compassionate, and quality health care.

Autism Awareness Weekend at Story Land

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Join Story Land and Autism Speaks On Saturday & Sunday June 24 – 25 for their annual Autism Awareness Weekend. This weekend is a time to join together as a community to participate in a short walk around the Story Land park before the gates open.

Registration starts at 8:00 am and the walk begins at 9:15 am.

In addition to the walk, Story Land is offering discounted tickets for the day on Saturday. Tickets for the day are $19.99 (regular price of $33.99). If for some reason ticket holders cannot attend the park on Saturday, the tickets are valid through July 31, 2017. Beyond this date, the tickets will hold no value.

For more information, visit https://www.storylandnh.com/.

About Autism Speaks

Founded in February 2005, Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

 For more information, visit https://www.autismspeaks.org/.

Early Music Week at World Fellowship

The 2017 World Fellowship’s Early Music Week, from June 22nd to June 29th, 2017, will explore the fruitful and multifaceted perspective of nature in music and the performing arts with the help of their talented and energetic faculty, inspired by the breath-taking natural surroundings of Mount Chocorua and Whitton Pond, and sustained by the garden-fresh organic vegetables on everyone’s dinner plates.

early music week.jpegThe World Fellowship describes nature’s strong influence on music since the days of Pythagoras: Natural imagery informed the lyrics of many medieval songs and musicians expanded their music by imitating the sounds of birds and animals, whose physical gestures also inspired new dance movements. In the Renaissance, the dynamics of wind and water gained their musical counterparts, and it wasn’t long before madrigals were turning landscapes, with their mountains, valleys, plains, heat and cold, heights and depths, into song. The inner aspects of human nature, such as pulse, breathe, sleep, excitement, rage, melancholy, and sorrow, came to be represented as well, often in a pastoral setting, with the help of musical-rhetorical figures. In the resulting form, opera, instrumental music and dance (along with costumes and scenery) brought the natural and human worlds together.

Learn more about these inspirations and inspire your own musical and performing arts talents during Early Music Week. Group classes are available and are tailored to participant abilities from advanced beginners to advanced, including classes for viol, recorder, voice, mixed ensembles and historical dance. For more information, visit worldfellowship.org or call 603-447-2280.

M&D Playhouse Presents “Dirt”

M&D Playhouse is pleased to present Dirt, the sixth production in their 2017 series of eleven plays about relationships.  This drama, written by Bruce Gooch, explores the ravages of old age, painful estrangement among family members, and our lifelong connections to home and nature.

The play is best described by Rogue Machine Theater: “When an estranged son returns home and finds his father fighting to hold onto his mind, they are thrust into a struggle to control their land and the memories it holds.  Dirt explores how we forge our identities through our connections to our home, to our past, and to each other.”

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Dirt is an extremely interesting play; a fine work filled with poetic imagery, expressing the grandeur, beauty, and mystery of the circles of life and death, nature, and man’s place in the world.  An estranged son returns home to aid his mentally declining father – a farmer fixated on his land, his need to work, and his identity inseparable from the regular changing seasons and nature’s inevitable flow around him. Dirt…offers a serious contemplation on each of us trudging toward our own end.”   — Review from stagehappenings.com 

“It’s a very primal play about growth and death, the cycles of land and building relationships.”     — Review from dcnews.com

The M&D performance of Dirt is directed by Eric Jordan and will be presented June 22 – July 2, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM with matinees Sundays at 4:00 PM at Your Theatre, Willow Common, 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Guests can enjoy food and beverages from the theater’s Culture Cafe during the performance.  The Cafe opens 45 minutes prior to the performance with light snacks, coffee, soft drinks, wine, beer and liquors available.

To reserve seats, please visit our website at www.mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.

 

Arts Jubilee Announces 2017 Summer Concerts and Fundraising Event

North Conway – With summer fast approaching, Arts Jubilee is gearing up for its 35th year of bringing world-class, live music performances to the Mount Washington Valley.

arts jubilee.jpgArts Jubilee is staging a 5-week summer concert series at Cranmore Mountain, which will run weekly on Thursday nights from July 13th through August 10th. This year’s lineup includes the return of some fan favorites, as well as some renowned first-timers. The Beach Bums will usher in the sound of summer as they pay tribute to the Beach Boys on July 13th, followed by Celtic-rockers Ceili Rain on July 20th. The Sousa-style Seacoast Wind Ensemble will perform a traditional Pops Concert, featuring a fireworks show, on July 27th. On August 3rd the Highwaymen Tribute will perform the music of the country music supergroup made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. The eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based Entrain will perform the final summer concert on August 10th.

The public is invited to celebrate this milestone season and help fund these outdoor, family-friendly concerts at Flatbread Pizza Company on Tuesday, June 20th from 4-9 pm. Flatbread is generously donating a portion of all pizza revenue to benefit the 2017 season. Arts Jubilee counts on the generosity of its community in order to offer these shows. Fundraisers such as the one coming up on June 20th is just one way to support the cause.

Concert admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. Season passes for two will be available at a discount ($95 for a $120 value) at the Flatbread Fundraiser, as well as a fun game offering free tickets to the Arts Jubilee concerts.  For more information on the upcoming season visit www.mwvevents.com.

Holy Rosary Credit Union and Northeast Credit UnionPartner in 8th Annual Spaulding High School CU 4 Reality Fair

June 1, 2017, Rochester, NH – The 8th Annual Spaulding High School (SHS) CU 4 Reality fair was held on Wednesday, May 17th. Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) and Northeast Credit Union (NECU) partnered in sponsoring the event. A number of credit union staff were on hand volunteering and working with the kids. Over 350 SHS and homeschooled students participated in the fair.

The CU 4 Reality program is an event where students are taught basic financial literacy skills like budgeting, saving and planning for unexpected life expenses. Being able to have an opportunity to develop these skills, before students venture into the real world, can be greatly beneficial in leading to success in life.

Students are given the opportunity to meet with various representatives of businesses from the community to discuss real-world monthly expenses for needs like housing and transportation, while also being given spending options for entertainment and other discretionary expenses.  At the program’s completion, each student’s spending is evaluated against the monthly income for their selected occupation and they get a feel for how within budget, or over budget, they may be.

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“The CU 4 Reality program is a fantastic approach to introducing students to real world financial decision-making,” states Tim Collia, Northeast Credit Union President and CEO. “The kids take on the challenge with enthusiasm, and come away with their eyes open to the importance of smart spending habits. We believe the fairs truly have a lasting impact on the students.”

“Between our high school branch and assisting with events like CU 4 Reality, we are very proud to continue helping the education of the youth in our community on financial literacy,” said Brian Hughes, President and CEO of HRCU. “Something we always hear is that “I wish a program like CU 4 Reality existed when I was a student” because it really can be eye-opening to see first-hand what the real cost of living can be. Providing this education early on is a real bonus to students”

Community members from HRCU, NECU, Bernier Insurance, Northeast Planning Associates, NH Banking Department, NH Department of Education, Broadview Animal Hospital, Hannaford, First City Motor Sales, CU Alliance, Delta Management Associates, Hourihane, Cormier & Associates, Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce & SHS Guidance Counselors volunteered as advisors during the event.

Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) is a state-chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $250 million and serving over 21,000 members in Rochester, Dover, Farmington and Spaulding High School. For more Information visit www.hrcu.org or call (603) 332-6840.

Northeast Credit Union (NECU) is a state chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $1.1 billion in assets and serves over 111,000+ members at branches throughout New Hampshire. For more information visit www.necu.org or call (888) 436-1847.

For more information please contact:
Brian Hughes, HRCU – bhughes@hrcu.org * 603-332-6840
Andrea Pruna, NECU – apruna@necu.org * 603-422-9815

Mount Washington Observatory Partners with The North Face and Synnott Mountain Guides to Add Top-Rope Climbing to Seek The Peak

MOUNT WASHINGTON, NH – Mount Washington Observatory’s is pleased to announce The North Face and Synnott Mountain Guides’ participation in Seek the Peak 2017 offering a top-rope session for participants. The North Face has also provided exclusive logo product to be used for prize giveaways as fundraising incentives to Seek the Peak participants.

synnott“This is a win-win all around,” said Mark Synnott owner of Synnott Mountain Guides and professional athlete for The North Face.  “I am looking forward to being able to represent both The North Face and my guide school while supporting this important fundraising event and ultimately the work of the Mount Washington Observatory,” said Synnott.

north faceComing onboard as a sponsor for Seek the Peak 2017, The North Face will support their athlete Mark Synnott and his guide school, Synnott Mountain Guides, to provide a top-rope session for Seek the Peak participants.  The top-rope sessions will be an alternative to hiking and will take place from 10am-1pm at Square Ledge. Synnott Mountain Guides will be set up along the Square Ledge trail where eligible Seek the Peak participants can check-in for their top-rope experience.  Participants will have the opportunity to climb using a top-rope that is secured above and connected to a belayer at the base of the ledge. Gear will be provided on-site. There will be novice to intermediate level climb.  Participants need to reach the $200 fundraising goal to be eligible to climb.

“Seek Your Peak has been our motto in the recent years, many participants want to summit Mount Washington while others are looking for alternative hikes and thanks to the support of The North Face and Mark Synnott we are thrilled to incorporate a top-rope component , ” said Director of Events and Marketing Krissy Fraser.

Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory.  Participants raise a minimum of $200 to support the Observatory and to join in the weekend events including a kick-off party, a vendor expo featuring several gear sponsors, summit weather room tours, a Hart’s turkey dinner and a special awards ceremony where thousands of dollars in gear is raffled off to participants.

To learn more or register for Seek the Peak, visit seekthepeak.org or contact Krissy Fraser at (603) 356-2137 ext. 231. For more information on the Mountain Washington Observatory, visit mountwashington.org.

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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.

Mt. Washington Valley Golf Tournament Tees Up for the 16th Year!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Gleason, scott@MtWashingtonValley.org

May 23, 2017

 

mwvcc golf tournament.pngTee off with friends at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 16th, at the North Conway Country Club. This is a fun, scramble format tournament for golfers of all abilities and a wonderful way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. To register, visit www.golfmwv.com or contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039.

Registration opens at 7:45am and runs until 8:50am, with announcements at 8:50am and the shotgun start at 9:00am. The tournament has a planned five-hour playing time, and convenes for a 2:00pm barbecue lunch where winners will be announced and players can bid on a silent auction. Players can register as individuals for $120.00, or as teams of four, for $400.00.

Last year’s popular Event’s Punch Card returns for this tournament and can be purchased for $25 with your online or day of play registration. The card allows entry to various on-course events and includes raffle tickets, mulligans and, NEW this year, the Hole #10 Golf Ball Launcher sponsored by Eastern Propane & Oil to exclusively benefit MWV Leadership scholarship assistance programs. You get to shoot your own ball, hopefully, onto the green 354 yards away.

In addition to awards, and raffles, there are many “Hole-in- One” prizes to win, sponsored by members of the community. Crest Auto World is sponsoring Hole #4, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win a 2017 Fiat 500. Profile Power Sports is sponsoring Hole #13, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win an ATV. Other Hole-in- One prizes include a set of Titleist Irons, and a $750 Gift Certificate for North Conway Country Club Pro Shop.

“The annual Chamber golf tournament is all about having fun. While we’re all there to play, and improve our handicap, we get to enjoy friends and colleagues, a fantastic course, delicious lunch and a fun event to spend time with Dad,” says Scott Gleason, event coordinator for the tournament.

Golf sponsorship opportunities are open to businesses looking to maximize their exposure in front of the community, with a fit for any budget. Businesses can have its name and logo on tee signs, the golf tournament website and more, depending on what level of participation business owners are interested in.

Tournament sponsors include Crest Auto World, Profile Power Sports, Chalmer’s Insurance Group, Eastern Propane & Oil, White Mountain Dental Associates, Coca-Cola, Fields of Ambrosia and TD Bank.

For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament registration or sponsorship, contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039, or visit www.golfmwv.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strategically market Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination while fostering a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities and while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

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.

Author Luncheon with Michele Campbell at Sea Dog Brewing Company

Sea Dog Brewing Company in North Conway will host an Author Luncheon with Michelle Campbell on Wednesday, June 14th at 12pm. Michelle will discuss her first book, titled, It’s Always the Husband, a novel about troubled friendships, loss, and mystery.

Tickets for the luncheon are $20 per person and includes the cost of lunch, the author talk, and a donation to the North Conway Library. Tickets can be purchased through White Birch Books by calling 603-356-3200 or at the North Conway Library by calling 603-356-2961. Tickets must be purchased before the event, with a purchase deadline of Tuesday, June 13th.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com.

 

About Campbell’s Book, It’s Always The Husband

In college, Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny are inseparable. Twenty years later, their friendship takes a deadly turn. It’s Always the Husband, by Michelle Campbell is a brilliant and propulsive debut novel about the troubled friendship of three women and the aftermath when one of them is found dead. . . It will have you guessing “who did it” until the very last page.

Kate, Aubrey, and Jenny. They first met as college roommates and soon became inseparable, despite being as different as three women can be. Twenty years later, one of them is standing at the edge of a bridge, and someone else is urging them to jump.

How did things come to this?

As the novel cuts back and forth between their college years and their adult years, you see the exact reasons why these women love and hate each other—but can feelings that strong lead to murder? Or will everyone assume, as is often the case, that it’s always the husband?

A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, Michele Campbell worked at a prestigious Manhattan law firm before spending eight years fighting crime as a federal prosecutor in New York City.

The Annual Beach Party at Red Parka Pub

The Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub in Glen is celebrating the start of summer in style on Tuesday, June 13th from 9pm-12:30am at their Annual Beach Party celebration. Dance the night away on a sandy beach floor to the live music of well-known local band Shark Martin, enter to win in their contests, and play beach-themed games!

For more information, visit Red Parka Pub on the web at www.redparkapub.com or contact them by phone at (603) 383-4344.