This summer, as the large plastic flower pots that have lined the sidewalks of North Conway Village for 10 years made their way outside, Laura Denis, owner of Frontside Coffee Roasters on Main Street, noticed that the pots were showing their age and suffering from exposure to the elements. Denis wondered what could be done to help beautify the pots and brought an idea to the Chamber of Commerce.
“Having a member take an interest in community beautification projects is welcomed anytime,” said Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Coming to the chamber with an idea is a great way to learn how projects like this may be funded, what processes are necessary when a project involves town property or requires a permit, and the value of the Chamber’s connections with organizations in the community.”
The Chamber reached out to Virginia Schrader, Director of the MWV Career & Technical Center at Kennett High School which offers education in eleven programs, each aligned with learning competencies developed by teachers and industry leaders to best prepare students for the future. Some programs provide industry level certifications as well. The task to design and build 24 planters before the end of the school year was taken on by the building trades class, under the instruction of Paul Cail. Cedar was chosen for its beauty and durability, ensuring the planters will last for a great many years with yearly care and maintenance.
Denis, along with Nolan Moody of Mountain Management, transported and installed the planters up and down the village Main Street throughout July. The planters are made to easily fit over and cover the existing plant pot. Jordon Hewson and Trisha Doyle of Designed Gardens Flower Studio, located across from the Eastern Slope Inn Resort, plant and care for the flowers. Designed Gardens, a sponsor of the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, October 29th at The Wentworth Inn, will be creating floral displays with glass and metal pumpkins which will be available for sale at the end of the event.
The planter project was funded by Frontside Coffee Roasters, Zeb’s General Store and the MWV Preservation Association. The cost for yearly beautification is
supported by North Conway Village Association and the sale of the Granite Pavers placed in the North Conway Village sidewalks, which are available for sale to anyone wishing to commemorate a loved one, pet or a special Mt Washington Valley memory. Information on ordering, fees, and more can be found at mwvpa.org.
The Mt Washington Valley Preservation Association is a 501C3 organization with a mission of beautification and improving the quality of life for MWV citizens. The organization offers fiscal management and administrative support for small projects seeking these support services. For further information contact Janice Crawford, President at 603-356-5701 ext. 303.