Category Archives: Mount Washington Valley

JACKSON XC IN THE BC

We are super excited to announce our partnership with the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (Jackson XC) in Jackson Village, NH — having the largest trail network in the East.

What’s this all about? Well, it’s front country meets backcountry with Redline Guiding officially becoming the backcountry arm of Jackson XC. Not just Nordic, either, but we also offer Alpine Touring (AT) and these services will also be supported. Skiing will take place within the Jackson XC backcountry network (including the backside of Wildcat Mountain) and on White Mountain National Forest lands beyond those boundaries, even covering some of the state’s historic Civilian Conservatiom Corp (CCC) trails and more.

And this happened because while they do have an amazing staff at Jackson XC, they didn’t have a backcountry program with dedicated guides and instructors knowledgeable about the unique backcountry requirements and best practices. Well, now they do. For details, please contact Jackson XC. To learn more about our ski programs, please check out our backcountry ski adventures and backcountry ski instruction.

Not Yet a Nordic Skier?

Not ready for the backcountry yet? Brand new to Nordic altogether? Do you first need front country lessons, gear, and basic how-to Nordic ski experience? While we are the backcountry arm of Jackson XC, they are the front country arm for us! We suggest giving them a call. If you offer promo code “REDLINEFC” when booking, you can save 10% off your day passes for one day or a lesson with one of their instructors.

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Bretton Woods Announces Future Enhancements

 Omni Mount Washington Resort is pleased to confirm that work has commenced on an exciting enhancement to our B-Chair Double Chair Lift and the Latitude 44 restaurant. We will be replacing the existing lift with a new, state of the art eight passenger gondola, which will run year-round, as well as a 10,000 square foot mountain side restaurant. Both will offer unprecedented alpine views of the highest mountain range in the northeast. This project represents a major investment in the Bretton Woods ski area, New Hampshire’s largest, and will be a highly anticipated new amenity for Omni guests and day visitors alike.

We look forward to sharing more details in an official announcement in the new year, in advance of the gondola’s 2018 – 2019 ski season debut and the mountain-side restaurant’s summer 2019 opening.

For more information, please call 603-278-3304.

With as much as 16″ of new snow, MW Valley’s 13 ski resorts/XC Centers look forward to a packed holiday schedule

CHRISTMAS WEEK ON AND AROUND THE SKI SLOPES FILLED WITH LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, FAMILY FUN ON THE SLOPES & SO MUCH MORE

On the Mountains

Attitash Mountain Resort presents Ptarmigan Pub Apres Ski Entertainment:

  • Tues, Dec 26: White Steer, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 27: Riley Parkhurst Project, 2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Thurs, Dec 28: The Dean Machine, 2:00-5:00pm
  • Fri, Dec. 29: The Pat Foley Band, 3:00- 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 30: The Gravel Project, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 31: Lazy Susan, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 1:  The Riley Parkhurst Project, 3:00-6:00pm

Black Mountain presents tunes, tastings & torchlight:

Dec 26-31:  Apres Ski fun in the Lostbo Pub, 3:30-6:50

  • Tues, Dec 26:  Live music by Ben Cook
  • Wed, Dec 27: Narragansett Apres Ski Party and Tasting and live music with Ben Cook
  • Thurs, Dec 28: Live music by Riley Parkhurst Project
  • Fri, Dec 29: Live music by Greg Walsh
  • Sat, Dec 30: Coors Light promotion and live music with Candie Tremblay

Fri, Dec 29: Last Tracks with Moat Brewery:

Ride the lift to the top at 4:00pm and enjoy a tasting of Moat Mountain Brew with a real Moat Brewer along with appetizers.  Afterward, ski down a freshly groomed trail with headlamps. Hard to know which is more fun – the tasting or the skiing.  Reservations required, call 603-383-4490 $25 per person.

Sun, December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party:  Enjoy music in the Lostbo Pub with Riley Parkhurst Project, Patriots on TV and a Torchlight parade at 6:00pm for the whole family.

Bretton Woods Ski Resort presents apres ski parties:

December 26-31: 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.

December 26-31: 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

Cranmore Mountain Resort presents live music at Zips & Cranapalooza:

December 26-31:  Cranmore Mountain Adventure Park and Tubing Hill will be open daily 10:00am – 8:00pm.

December 27-31:  Apres Ski at Zips: Enjoy live music to add to the apres ski fun in Zips Pub.

  • Dec 27: Greg Walsh
  • Dec 28: Ben Cook
  • Dec 29:  Mitch Alden, 3:00-6:00pm
  • Dec 30:  Music with Bill Cameron, 3:00-6:00pm

December 27 – 30: Cranapalooza!  After a day on the slopes, there’s still Cranapalooza! Cranmore’s signature winter event, Cranapalooza is back for another season of DJ dance parties in Schneider Square with C-more the Penguin, live music, outdoor entertainment, family activities, s’mores.

December 31:  Shredding into 2018 Freestyle Event at Cranmore:

Show off your tricks.  Open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages.

December 31: C-more’s New Year’s Eve Bash& Fireworks: Ring in 2018 with C-more the Penguin and this special New Year’s edition of Cranapalooza! Geared for guests and families of all ages, join in on all kinds of fun activities and entertainment! There’ll be a DJ in Schneider Square, s’mores, games & more. Stick around for a fireworks show at 6:00pm, too!

King Pine Ski Area presents torchlight snowtubing, sleighrides, night skiing & family fun:

December 26: Night Skiing and Family Night Race:  Night skiing begins for the season.  Ski under the lights from 4:00 – 9:00pm.  From 6:00-8:00pm, compete in a free dual recreation race on the mountain.

December 29:  Torchlight Snowtubing:

Enjoy the thrill of tubing under the lights at the Pine Meadows Tubing Park from 5:00-9:00pm.

 

 

December 30: Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, 11:00am-1:00pm: Start or end with a cup of hot cocoa by an outdoor fire. Enjoy the classic experience of riding among surrounding fields and within wooded trails in a horse-driven sleigh. $20 per adult, $15 for kids 12 and under. Space limited. Reservations required. Call 800-373-3754 for reservations.

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, 4:00-9:00pm.  Your night skiing ticket will include Night skiing and riding from 4:00-9:00pm, outdoor music and campfire at the base of King Pine. The torchlight parade begins at 9:00pm – the first 100 people meet at 8:45 p.m. at the top of the Open Slope. Skiers MUST be able to ski an intermediate Blue Square trail in the dark! Hi-intensity glow sticks will be used. Fireworks to follow torchlight parade at 9:20 p.m. End the night with a Toast to the New Year at the Trail’s End Tavern (not included in ticket price).

December 31:  Moonlight Snowshoe Tour, 7:00pm: Experience the quiet of the new year with a guided moonlight snowshoe tours through NH Audubon’s Hoyt Wildlife Sanctuary at Purity Spring Resort. Interested participants are asked to sign-up and meet at The Mill Indoor Pool & Fitness Center across from the Purity Spring Main Office fifteen minutes before the start of the tour. Please call ahead to confirm date of scheduled snowshoe tours.  Rate are $12 per person ($20 with snowshoe rentals – rentals are available at the King Pine Rental Shop). This tour is weather permitting.

Shawnee Peak presents demos, beer promotions and winter festivals:

December 27: Winter Festival: DJ Ron Reid will be entertaining in Blizzards Pub after the lifts close. At 7:30, view the Torch light parade followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Both can be viewed from the warmth of Blizzards Pub or outside by the fire!

December 28: Winter Kick Off!  Shawnee Peak’s new outerwear partner, Orsden, will be on site with some displays of their new ski wear for men and women! Parlor Skis will also be on-hand to demo their newest ski designs and to formally opening the Parlor Demo Center. End the day in Blizzard’s Pub, with an apres ski party hosted by Harpoon, the creators of Shawnee Peak’s Moose Pond Ale, on hand with swag giveaways. Be sure to wear your best ugly sweater!

December 29: Liberty Ski Demo Day: The award-winning Colorado- based ski company returns with a 2017/2018 lineup that’s guaranteed to make you want to add to your equipment arsenal for the season.

December 30: Lucid Skis Demo Day: Start by demoing a pair of Lucid Skis, made right in Maine. Then end the day with a cold Sam Adams draft in Blizzard’s Pub after enjoying the slopes! Reps will be on hand with tastings and swag giveaway’s and a lucky person will win a pair of skis or snowboard!

December 31: Ring in the new year with friends and family at Blizzards Pub.

Wildcat Mountain presents live music, Warren Miller film and Patriots in the Pub:

Live entertainment in the Wildcat Pub

  • Dec 26: Live music with Scott Baer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 27: Live music with White Steer, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 29: Live music with Ryan St Onge, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 30: Live music with Shark Martin, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Dec 31:  Patriots vs. Jets in a division rivalry on the big screen, 1:00-4:30pm
  • Jan 1:  Live entertainment with Ben Cook, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Dec 29: Line of Design Warren Miller Movie Premier, 5:00-8:00pm: Take in legendary Warren Miller’s 68th film, Line of Descent, celebrating all things snowsports from hidden slopes to extreme adventure. Food and Drinks at the Pub.  Kids Apres Ski. $10 per person, $40 per family.  Benefits the Wildcat Mountain Alpine Ed Foundation.

In and Around Mt Washington Valley

Live Music at Wildcat Tavern:

  • Dec 26: Hoot Night, a Wildcat Tavern tradition.
  • Dec 27: White Mountain Ceili Ban, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 28: Kevin Dolan, 7:00-9:00pm
  • Dec 29: Al Shafner, 7:30-10:00pm
  • Dec 30: Reverand Al Shafner & the Revtones, 9:00- closing
  • Dec 31: Ring in the New Year with the Jonathan Sarty Band, 8:00-1:00pm

Live Music at Red Parka Steakhouse & Pub

  • Dec 25: Not into the traditional Christmas celebration? Join Ryan for an Open Mike in the Pub, 9:00-12:30pm
  • Dec 29: Riley Parkhurst Project, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 30:  Lazy Susan, 9:00pm-12:30am
  • Dec 31: Now is Now, 9:00pm-12:30am

Live Music at Shovel Handle Pub – always 6:00 – 9:30pm

  • Dec 26: Riley & Dan Parkhurst
  • Dec 27: Candie, Cliff and Ben
  • Dec 28: Tim Gurshin & Friends
  • Dec 29: Tristan Omand
  • Dec 30: Randy Messineo

 

December 26 – 31: Conway Scenic Holiday Week Trains: Your favorite old-fashioned train rides will be offered twice daily December 26 through 31, both to Conway:  11:30 and 1:30 (about an hour round-trip).

December 31:  Fireworks at Schouler Park:  Be sure to bring the camera and capture the explosion color over the vintage Conway Scenic RR train station. Fireworks get underway at 9:30pm to ring in the new year and finish off the Spirit of the Holidays celebration.

December 31: Ring in the New Year with dinner at a MW Valley Restaurant: The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has created a comprehensive list of restaurants open and celebrating New Year’s Eve with delicious dinners and festivities.

December 31, 7:30pm  – Paws & Plays New Year’s Eve Celebration – Enjoy live music, appetizers, desserts, a cash bar, and a champagne toast as you ring in 2018! Start off your New Year by supporting two of the valley’s nonprofits, Conway Area Humane Society and M&D Playhouse. Live Music by Miss Maybell and Slimpickin’s and Al Shafner and The Revtones. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. Available below through Pay Pal or by calling Kiersten at 603-447-5955 extension 4.

December 31 – Omni Mt. Washington – Out with the old and in with the new: Say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018 with fine cuisine, music and libations during the Omni Mount Washington Resort’s three-day celebration! Whether you prefer an elegant dinner in the award-winning dining room with live music, or a fun family-friendly celebration with music in the Grand Ballroom, New Year’s Eve will be an occasion for all to enjoy as we usher in 2018!

December 31:  New Year’s Eve Party at White Mountain Hotel: It starts with a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, then a four-course gourmet New Year’s Eve dinner in the Ledges dining room.  Dance to the Two Bass Jon Band. You’ll enjoy party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at Midnight and two drink vouchers. $139 per person (plus gratuity). Overnight packages available too.

December 31: Le Vent du Nord at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Le Vent du Nord is one of the premier folk bands coming out of Canada today winning multiple awards and accolades from music listeners up north. They have a huge and exciting sound using traditional instruments and foot stomping rhythms…..and they even play the hurdi gurdi.  Showtime: 8:00pm, Doors and bar open at 5:00pm. Tickets $55 per person. Reserve in advance.

To plan a Christmas Week getaway or a New Year’s Eve soiree, be sure to visit www.MtWashingtonValley.org or call 800-367-3364 (800-DO-SEE-NH).  To learn more about what’s in store throughout New Hampshire for winter getaways, go to www.VisitNH.gov.

 

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.

 

King Pine Is Open!

Best Ski-In and Ski-Out Resort – New Hampshire Magazine’s Best Of NH 2017
Discover your winter tradition and enjoy a ski vacation at King Pine and Purity Spring Resort with family and friends. Winter fun on and off the slopes and choose from a variety of Purity Spring Resort slopeside, mountainside and lakeside lodging options.
Available Ski & Stay package includes accommodations, resort amenities, breakfast, lift ticket, XC skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating & more. Midweek non-holiday stays also include complimentary snowtubing and night skiing!
When booking a weekend stay, ask about our “Weekend Extender” special. Add a Thursday or Sunday night stay to your weekend reservation and receive 50% off that additional room night! Call us at 800-373-3754 or 603-367-8896 to book prime spot accommodations and dates today.
Winter Fun That Fits Everyone –
Order Gift Cards Today To Have In Time For Holidays
Whether its skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing, ice-skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, cross-country, lessons, rentals, seasonal programs and more, a King Pine gift card is your one-stop shop for winter fun this holiday season.
A Snowgun Salute To You – Military Appreciation Specials
We thank those who have served and are serving our country. All Active, Retired & Veteran United States Military Service Men & Women can ski or ride for FREE until December 24, 2017. Military I.D. required, see this and other military discounts offered this season on our specials page.
Limited Knee-Hi Seasonal Program Spots Available
King Pine’s Knee-Hi seasonal programs have been teaching generations of skiers and you can enroll your child today in our affordable programs while space remains. Our midweek Knee-Hi programs for ages 4-7 include lift access with lesson and discount season passes for enrolled seasonal program participants also available.

Shawnee Peak Opens this Saturday!

Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Maine’s longest-running ski mountain, is excited to announce several capital improvements in anticipation of Opening Day of the 2017-2018 ski season on Saturday, December 16, which will be the mountain’s 80th year.

This year’s list of projects includes several on and off-mountain enhancements, some major and some invisible, all of which are intended at providing an excellent Guest Experience. “We know that all of our improvements will enhance our skiing & riding experience for our upcoming 80th season! We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new families to our resort,” said owner Chet Homer.

On the mountain, a second carpet lift has been installed, which will enhance our beginner experience as well as alleviate the crowds on busy days. On the snowmaking side, Shawnee Peak has installed additional snow guns on the mountain, including permanent guns on both Yee Haw and Upper Hagget’s. We have also rebuilt our pumps at our primary pump house, completing the two-year project. Lastly, as loyal customers may know, Shawnee Peak also took delivery of a new Pisten Bully Winch Cat late last spring.

Our new rental shop was well-received last year and we have continued to enhance it, while placing a significant order of new rental skis, snowboards and helmets from Elan, Burton and Smith. Shawnee Peak is also excited to announce that we will be a Parlor Demo Center, the ONLY one in Maine or New Hampshire! Come try out these custom skis, built in the USA!

Both base lodges have received additional interior and exterior enhancements with the majority of the work done at the East Lodge, which has a new parking lot, additional seating, and a rehauled food and beverage offering. Stay tuned for some exciting news on this front!

Last, but not least, a new CRM system has been rolled out, which will enable us to communicate better with our guests and simplify our messaging across the board. Please check our social media pages and website for more info on Opening Day and for our exciting calendar of events, including our 80th Birthday Celebration on January 20th, 2018.

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About Shawnee Peak Ski Area

Maine’s oldest ski mountain, Shawnee Peak offers 45+ trails and glades, serviced by 6 lifts. We’ve got 98% snowmaking coverage and the largest night skiing operation in New England. Shawnee Peak is located on Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine just 30 minutes from North Conway

December Tidings! What a wonderful year!

We hope everyone has enjoyed a successful year! Connect A Pet New England thanks ALL of you for your continued support. Saving lives takes donations, volunteers, adopters, fosters and hope!  Please consider us as one of your fiscal year end donations!

Consider Brock!

Brock is a 2 year old Dutch Shepherd/Pit mix who is dog friendly and ignored the cat in his southern foster. Brock was in foster with children as young as 5 without issue.

 

Join Our Team!

We are always looking for foster homes, volunteers to work with the dogs, application processors and people to help us post on our social media!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort Named Employer of the Year

The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort of North Conway, NH, was recently named Employer of the Year by the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at their sold-out 105th annual meeting. 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.

Jon Sallinen, General Manager of Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, accepted the award on behalf of the resort. “We are honored and excited to accept this prestigious award,” he said. “The strength of our business relies heavily on our talented staff and the feeling of teamwork at the resort makes coming to work each day a true pleasure. We are proud to provide a welcoming, supportive, positive and professional workplace for our team as well as creating a fantastic resort experience for all our guests.”

Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is a great mountain escape for families. In addition to the on-site Kahuna Laguna indoor water park featuring 3-story slides, a wave pool, water basketball court and adventure tower, there is also an outdoor pool, playground and walking trails to explore. Family activities keep guests busy and there are many dining options and a full range of accommodations from traditional guest rooms to family rooms with lofts or bunkbeds, 2-bedroom townhomes and 4-bedroom custom “Presidential” homes. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort is located in North Conway, NH close to Story Land, Santa’s Village and many other family attractions.

The White Mountain Waldorf School’s 31st Annual Winter Craft Faire, November 18, 2017, 10am-2pm

A Family Event of Children’s Crafts, Puppet Shows, Student Art, Local Artisans, Musicians and delicious refreshments.  Come join in the fun as we celebrate the season at our 31st Annual Winter Craft Faire, presented by the Development Committee, Parent Association and Faculty of the White Mountain Waldorf School!

The faire will take place at the Waldorf School, at 1371 NH Rt. in Albany, NH just two miles south of Conway village.

Admission to puppet show and student performances is free.  Bring your family and shop for beautifully handcrafted gifts from local artisans and student crafters. There will also be an Elf Shop with handcrafted gifts for kid shoppers only! Don’t forget to search for the Pocket Lady with her many treasures, or to visit King Winter in his Crystal Cave for a magical storytelling experience. There will be unique craft activities for kids ongoing throughout the day, as well as marionette puppet shows, student musical performances, and much more! Come hungry because the food is not to be missed; a delectable assortment of homemade baked goods and comforting choices are part of the hearty lunch menu.

This is a great opportunity to shop locally for the holidays while supporting a wonderful school that nurtures children in a loving environment! 

Some well known local artisans & vendors:

  1. Crystal Saujon- clay jewelry
  2. Christiane Hilbrig-Tauroney- Jeweler
  3. Melanie Moore- Moore Fibers
  4. Diane Eldridge- Felt Nature and Paint NH
  5. Jesse Mixer- Jeweler
  6.   Andrea Walker- Reusable snack bags, dryer balls, knit and crochet.
  7. Sarah Davidson-Essential Oils
  8. Hillary Twigg-Smith – Authentic Jamaican and West African crafts, baskets, hand knit products.

Founded in 1985, The White Mountain Waldorf School is an independent, not-for-profit; non-sectarian school providing pre-school, kindergarten and elementary education for grades 1-8.  For more information about the 31st Annual Winter Craft Faire or the White Mountain Waldorf School, please contact us: 603-447-3168 and visit our website at whitemountainwaldorf.org

Volunteer for the Journey to the North Pole Event!

“Tis that time of season!  Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is proud to present to the Mt. Washington Valley community the 23rd season of The Journey to the North Pole Event! This adventure of a lifetime takes families on a one of a kind train ride to see Santa!

They need you! And your colleagues! And your co-workers! And your neighbor and your friends and family too! Come together to volunteer  making it a fun group outing!

Please join them this holiday season in helping produce a truly magical journey to the North Pole!

The dedication and hard work of hundreds of community volunteers and supporting businesses are what keeps this event alive.

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation depends on volunteers year round to help with all of their events and Literacy Programs and especially during this holiday season!

 

They are looking to fill positions at both locations in North Conway and Lincoln, New Hampshire. For more information please email andrea@believeinbooks.org or call 603.356.9980

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform live on Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm at the Medallion Opera House

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform live on Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall, Gorham.  Tickets will be $12.00/Adult and will available in advance at the Gorham Town Hall and online at Medallion Opera House or at the door. The concert is sponsored by Marie’s Boutique and Scoggins General Store in Gorham.

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.

Their new CD, Grain by Grain, demonstrates an ever progressive richness in songwriting and performance. From the opening title song through its closing track—“Across the Morning”—it is an exemplar of what modern Americana can and should be. I maintain that Mark and Raianne’s previous CD—Hard Times & Woes—is one of those rare singularly perfect albums, but with Grain by Grain this talented duo takes it all to a new level, rivaling their earlier effort with terrific original songs beautifully presented.

Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer for the past eight years they have organized the “Massachusetts Walking Tour” where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each eveningthey stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. These annual two-week treks also raise awareness of the trails and greenways in Massachusetts, using music to make important connections. It is my privilege to be able to join them each year for these annual walks and evening concerts, just as it has been my pleasure and honor to have Mark and Raianne on my radio program multiple times over the last several years. They also represented the folk tradition at WICN’s 45th Anniversary gala at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. With their bandmates—Doug Williamson on bass and piano and Peter Hart on pedal steel guitar—they continue to  impress listeners with their heartfelt songs and to inspire in me an even deeper appreciation of contemporary American folk music.

2017 Seven to Save Designation for St. Joseph Church Building

On Friday, October 27, 2017, the NH Preservation Alliance announced that the St. Joseph Church building in Bartlett was designated as one of 2017 Seven to Save buildings.  At the Bartlett Historical Society we have taken on the responsibility of being the stewards of the building and we are managing a capital campaign to raise the funds to renovate this building and transform it into the Bartlett Historical Society Museum.  The Seven to Save designation highlights the importance of this building to the town of Bartlett and the entire Mount Washington Valley as it was the first Catholic Church in the Valley.  It was built in 1890 and served the towns of Bartlett, Livermore, Conway and Albany.  After being closed in 1999, it was used by the Bartlett School District as a storage facility.  Today, it is in need of a full renovation to transform it back to a useful state.  As stewards of the building, the historical society is committed to make this transformation a success.

The Seven to Save designation is a significant achievement as it is a competitive selection process that looks at historic buildings from across NH.  The selection of our building as one of the 2017 designees further validates that the historical society is on the right track by driving this preservation project.  According to the NH Preservation Alliance website, the “Seven to Save designation attracts attention to, and helps forge possible solutions for, threatened landmarks … Our committee (NH Preservation Alliance) looks at the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which a Seven to Save listing would help in preserving the property.”  The Bartlett Historical Society submitted the nomination for this building that included an extensive review of the history of the building, its historical and community significance, details of the current condition of the building and how the historical society plans to use the building after bringing it back to life.  We are very pleased that the St. Joseph Church building was selected in this challenging process.

By designating this building as one of 2017 Seven to Save, the renovation and preservation project being undertaken by the Bartlett Historical Society will receive state-wide notice.  That can help with additional sources of funding for our capital campaign and exposure to other consulting and building resources.  If you would like to help us in our capital campaign to raise the funds to save this historic building, please review the information on our website – http://www.BartlettHistory.org, write to us at P.O. Box 514, Bartlett, NH 03812 or connect with Phil Franklin by email at phil@BartlettHistory.org or Norm Head by email at normiejoe@gmail.com.