Category Archives: Out & About

Summer Fun! The American Eclipse is coming August 21!

White Birch Book is excited for Monday, August 21, when a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it!

Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. The temperature will drop, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their night time songs. It’s going to be awesome!

So to get you prepared they suggest you pick up a copy of AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron to read about the eclipse of 1878.

Their Book Groups meet the second & fourth Thursday of the month and are open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point. But they have a lot of fun, too. Stop in, meet some new friends and read some great books.

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Downward Facing Dog Days of Summer may be coming to an end, but the flow of energy is still going strong.  Join Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts this August to keep your energy levels high!

Much is happening in the world, come and be lifted in Sacred Space in this heartfelt space where so many seek rest and relaxation from the outside world.

Each August Anjali Rose vacations with her tribe of yogis, dancers and meditation gurus at the wonderful Dance New England Summer Camp. She’ll be sharing her teachings, sound healing and Reiki with this community August 18 – August 27.

For information on August events >

Bliss Wellness and Healing Arts Center
Conveniently located at 45 Washington Street, 2nd Floor Conway
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Events are also listed on Facebook for more information

Redline Guiding Announces Four Guides as Wilderness First Responders

Redline Guiding is pleased to announce that four from its team of guides recently earned their “woofers” or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications. These certifications include CPR/AED training. The guides to earn their stripes, so to speak, are Arlette Laan and Ken Hodges (both earning theirs from Solo), and Álvaro Marques and Liz Wyman (both earning theirs from Wilderness Medical Associates). These certifications require intense training and we’re proud that they successfully completed their respective courses. Having these certifications will better ensure their safety and that of our guests.

About the Guides

Arlette-Laan-MainArlette Laan, trail name Apple Pie, grew up in the Netherlands and currently lives in Lowell, MA. She began hiking when she was eighteen on vacation in Switzerland. She has since hiked many of the long distance trails in the U.S. and traveled and hiked abroad. She’s completed the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire, finished the New England 67, and is 8 summits shy of completing the NE 100 highest list. The last two years she’s started to redline the trails in the White Mountains and is currently about halfway done. She loves hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, but most of all long distance backpacking.

Ken-Hodges-MainKen Hodges of Amesbury, MA began hiking with the Boy Scouts, summitting Mt.Washington at age twelve. He has since hiked the New Hampshire 48 4000-footers a few times, the 52-With-A-View, the Terrifying 25, the Vermont 4000-footers as well as the Adirondack’s 46 4000-footers. He is currently looking forward to finishing up the Northeast 113. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the US and internationally (see Résumé below). Ken also enjoys off trail bushwhacking. During the early 1980s he worked as a forester throughout the Northeast and now donates his time as a land steward for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Ken has been organizing and leading Meetup hikes for several years. When not hiking he enjoys cycling (both road and mountain), fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and a good craft beer.

alvaro-on-pierceÁlvaro Marques was born in Portugal. At age 28, he started to dedicate more of his time to the outdoors. Since then he has not only explored his own country but has traveled to others looking for new challenges. While living in Spain, he had the opportunity to discover the joy of being above tree line — his favorite landscape. The mountains in Romania and French Alps are still among his best memories. The opportunity to travel west to the United States opened the doors to new horizons. Living currently in Hudson, Massachusetts, he has put many miles in his car to hike all over New England — completing the New England 67. He is also an avid advocate for Portuguese food, and likes to bring it to the mountains.

Liz-Wyman-Main.jpgLiz Wyman has lived, worked, and played in the White Mountains for the past decade. As a teacher, writer, and naturalist she leads hikes and educational programs for all ages. She has taught environmental science and natural resources to students in middle school, high school, and college. Liz is passionate about the natural and cultural history of New England. Show her a tree or flower and she can tell you what it is. She is an active volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Club as a trail adopter, volunteer naturalist, and Conservation-Education Co-Chair for AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter.

For more information on Redline Guiding and their guides, visit

Winter Wildlife Tracking in the East Bear Paw Lands

Winter is alive and thriving here in the Mount Washington Valley and it’s time for children and adults alike to go outside and play! The Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s Easement Exploration Series welcomes you to attend their January exploration in Winter Wildlife Tracking  on Saturday, January 21st, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The event, co-sponsored with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, will be lead by Dr. Rick Van de Pol. Explore the Bear Paw Lands, where wildlife abounds, and snowshoe the trail network of approximately 6 miles long, an excellent beginner’s adventure.

Participants are asked to meet at the Maine Visitors Center, located on Route 302 in Fryeburg, Maine. It is recommended that participants dress warm, bring a lunch, and pack their snowshoes or rent a pair from Tin Mountain Conservation Center. To reserve a pair of snowshoes, please call 603-447-6991. For more information about this event, visit Please email with any questions about the event.

About the East Bear Paw Lands
The East Bear Paw Lands consist of a 500-acre section of easment located off of Route 302. Within these lands is a trail network of approximately 6 miles long, that is excellent for beginner mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and trail running. The forested landscape is home to an abundance tracks from fox to fisher and the Easement Exploration Group will snowshoe in search of these and other signs of wildlife.


About the Easement Exploration Series
Upper Saco Valley Land Trust’s “Easement Exploration Series” showcases conservation easements and properties we own and is designed to connect community members with the protected lands that surround them.  Once a month they host a themed visit to a preserve or easement.  Visitors might find themselves walking, hiking, running, snow-shoeing, or even canoeing or kayaking through local conservation lands.  These events are led by Land Trust staff, board members, and volunteers, as well as experts in the field: naturalists with specialties ranging from tracking to birding, from limnology to lichenology.  Most of the events are open to the general public, whereas a few visits to easement lands where public access is limited are open only to Land Trust members.

A core component of USVLT’s mission is “to preserve the ecological systems and cultural values of the Upper Saco River Valley.”  Providing a tangible way for community members to connect with these protected lands furthers our mission at its most basic level.

44TH Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race at Bretton Woods

The 44th Annual Geschmossel Classic Nordic Ski Race will take place on the Ammonoosuc trail network at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center on Monday, January 16th, 2017. The race, originally staged in the winter of 1972-73, is one of New England’s oldest citizens’ races. Originally a 6-kilometer race on terrain groomed by a homemade track sled pulled by a rope from a grooming machine, the Geschmossel Race is currently a 15-kilometer classical style Nordic ski race and is part of the ZAK Cup Series.

The schedule for the race is as follows:

Monday, January 16, 2017

  • 8:00am – 10:00am
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 10:00am – 11:00am
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Registration
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center
  • 11:00am
    Mass Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 12:00pm
    Bill Koch League (BKL) Fun Event Start
    Bretton Woods Nordic Ski Area
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Awards Ceremony
    Bretton Woods Nordic Center

Registration costs are $20 per person under the age of 23 and $30 per person over the age of 23 if you register before 5:00pm on January 15, 2017. Those who wish to register after this time can expect to pay $35 per person under the age of 23 and $50 per person over the age of 23. In addition to event entry, the registration fee includes:

  • Trail Pass for the day of the event
  • Awards celebration following the race
  • Pre-registered skiers may ski at the Bretton Woods Nordic Center for $15 a day from Jan. 2 – Jan. 15

Please call the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at 603.278.3322 for more information. To register online, please visit this page by January 15th, 2017. Day-of registration is available but at a higher cost.

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce wishes you luck in the race, but with winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, we’re all winners! For more information on winter fun in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce website or call Visitor Services at 800-367-3364.

Tuesday Trekker Snowshoe Tours in Jackson, NH


The Tuesday Trekker Snowshoe Tours have returned this year with exciting changes! The tours, 2 hours in duration and lead by naturalist guide Peter Minich, give outdoor enthusiasts and adventurers of all experience and activity levels the opportunity to connect with the outdoors and enjoy the serenity of the Mt. Washington Valley winter landscape. Groups begin their venture at 10am on Tuesday mornings and return at noon for a social event by the fire. During the social event, group members are welcome to enjoy hot beverages or a glass of wine and light snacks at the base lodge. The tours are more than a way to stay active during the winter months, they are an opportunity to learn a new skill, strengthen an existing one, or meet new friends!

The tours will be held every Tuesday, starting January 3rd, 2017 and ending March 28. The tours are closed on vacation weeks and holidays. The tours are $15 per week or $45 for the entire season, and advanced reservations are suggested for this event. For individuals without snowshoes, they are available for an additional charge of $12.

For more information or to reserve a spot in the tours, please visit the Jackson XC event page or call 603-383-9355.

What’s your winter adventure? To plan your winter adventure, please contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at 800-367-3364.



Strong Start to the 2016-17 Ski Season

By Kathy Bennett

Skiing on Sat. 12/17 at Wildcat Mountain was spectacular, and not just because of the 7+ inches of new snow that fell throughout the day. Santa showed up to take a few turns in the powder along with the hundreds of delighted skiers reveling in what was possible the best ski conditions in 2 years.

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Not only did Wildcat offer trails blanketed with both man made and natural snow, groomed to perfect, they had many “natural” snow trails open that were left ungroomed. That’s a gift even Santa can’t top, although he could clearly be seen ripping it up on both the groomed and ungroomed terrain, clutching his jolly red hat as brisk winds raked the mountains and blew the snowflakes about.

It was a great to ski powder conditions and gentle bumps from the summit right down to the base area on trails like Lift Lion, Upper and Middle Wildcat, then down to Bobcat and Alley Cat. When my legs burned out I skied laps under the Bobcat Triple Chair – which also was a welcome respite from the high winds buffeting the Quad.

Beginner and novice skiers also lucked out as Polecat – one of the longest “green” trails anywhere – was open from the summit.  Long, groomed and topped with fresh pow-pow, it gives new and seasoned skiers alike a treat.

Skiing in a snowstorm presents some challenges but ones that are well worth overcoming for the treat of an ever-refreshing fresh powder surface. Saturday delivered classic Wildcat “everything but the kitchen sink” weather – cold (7 degrees when I pulled into the parking lot); wind (reported gusts of over 30mph) and pelting snow. Make like a boy scout and come prepared. Goggles, waterproof mittens, multiple fleece layers, neck gator, face mask, foot and hand warmers – check check check and check. Take breaks to warm up and dry off. I always try to bring a change of certain items – like fleece neck gators – which can become drenched after a few hours. Don’t let bad clothing get in the way of a great day of skiing. Frostbite warnings be damned – dress for it and you can enjoy a full day in the outdoors relishing whatever comes at you!

All local ski areas in the Valley are now open and this Christmas Vacation Week is looking to be a corker with conditions that are a far cry from last winter’s drought. Make your ski and stay lodging reservations right now as many properties will sell out in advance. Not a skier? Never fear – North Conway has something for everyone including snow tubing, ice skating, shopping, arts, culture, foodie adventures and more. Check it all out on our website –

Hancock Lumber Home Again Design Showroom adds 4th location in North Conway, NH!

Hancock Lumber celebrated the launch of their newest Home Again Kitchen and Bath Design Showroom with an open house and
ceremonial ribbon cutting. The showroom is located on the Hancock Lumber campus at 2451 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH.

Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber introduced his staff, including Lisa Williams, Kitchen and Bath Designer for the North Conway location.

Hancock Lumber is a sixth generation, family owned business with 10 locations and 4 signature showrooms across Maine and New Hampshire. For more information visit


Pictured in photo from left are Cary Latham, North Conway General Manager, Lisa Williams, Kitchen + Bath Designer, North Conway,
Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber, Jennifer Yeaton, Kitchen + Bath Designer, Yarmouth, and Cindy Gaudin, Home Again by Hancock Lumber, General Manager.

Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Annual Meeting

MWVEC is celebrating 25 years of serving the community and invites you to join them for a night of awards and recognition at their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17
$50 per person

5:00 pm – Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
5:45 pm – Business Meeting
6 to 8:00 pm – Dinner and Awards Ceremony

RSVP by November 11
Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818

All Aboard the Autumn Express!

Sponsored by the Conway Scenic Railroad, this special excursion through Crawford Notch on Sunday, October 16, will be hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley and the Mt. Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity.  The event is a fundraiser to benefit local families and children’s charities supported by these non-profits, and the public is invited to participate.


The train departs from the Railroad’s North Conway station at 11:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 4:00 p.m. Included in the excursion is a photo “run-by” at Willey Brook Bridge and an hour’s layover at Crawford Station, which is across from Saco Lake, a small pond from which the Saco River originates. Passengers are encouraged to get off the train, stretch their legs, and explore their beautiful surroundings.

Coach tickets are $54.00; First Class $69.00. Included in these fares are appetizers, desserts, and a souvenir photo. Children under 13 ride free in Coach when accompanied by a paying adult. Passengers have the option of ordering a hearty box lunch prepared by Brandi’s Pizza Pasta Grille for $14.00, bringing their own picnic, or ordering from the onboard snack bar.

“This event has enjoyed tremendous support from the community over the years,” according to Janice Andrews, President of the Kiwanis Club.  “Both host organizations offer special thanks to the Conway Daily Sun, 103.7-The Peak, Magic-FM, and WMWV for helping us to publicize this event.”

Habitat President Dick Ficke added, “We hope that folks plan to join us again this year for a fun-filled day that will benefit these two very worthy organizations.”

Seating is limited, and advance reservations are recommended. This event usually sells out.   For more information visit or call (603) 356-5251.


Attitash Mountain Resort is pleased to announce its 19th Annual Oktoberfest, to be held this Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th and 9th. The annual fall festival will feature plenty of beer, German food and music as well as activities for both young and old.

oktoberfest_kingludwing_outside_720x480_72_rgb The weekend gets off to a running start with the annual Hills & Hops 5k featuring a course spanning the base areas of both Attitash & Bear Peak.  A shorter, one-mile option is available as well. All event proceeds benefit the Attitash Alpine Educational Foundation, a non-profit youth ski racing program operating in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley.  Registration is available online and check-in opens at 7:30am at the Attitash Adventure Center on Saturday with the race starting at 9:00am at the base of Attitash Mountain.

The Oktoberfest gates open at 12:00pm at the base of Bear Peak on both Saturday and Sunday.  Festival-goers will find traditional Oktoberfest food and beverage offerings inside the festival grounds including beers and ciders from 19 different breweries from across the region.  Throughout the weekend traditional Bavarian music will be performed from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band.

A true family festival, the Attitash Oktoberfest offers activities for all ages. Within the festival grounds the Midas of North Conway Kinderplatz will feature arts & crafts, face painting and other mini-games for kids organized by the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum. Outside, youngsters will also find a giant inflatable obstacle course to play in.  Adults can participate in the spectator favorite keg toss or the Sam Adams Stein Hoist where participants attempt to hold a full beer stein for as long as possible.

New this year is the Bud Light Beer Garden: a fully transportable bar that will feature a new beer serving area, bar seating and a number of TVs showing college and pro sports throughout the weekend.

Oktoberfest traditionally coincides with some of the best fall foliage in New England.  This year the Columbus Day weekend will feature colors at their peak across the White Mountains.  Attitash Mountain Resort will operate the Flying Bear Quad for scenic chairlift rides from 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Adventure seekers can also experience the best foliage view from above the canopy by hopping on the ZipTour – New Hampshire’s longest zip line.  The Alpine Slide & Mountain Coaster will also be open for one last weekend as well.

Hours for this year’s Oktoberfest are 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday and 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday.  The Alpine Slide, Zip Tour, Mountain Coaster and Flying Bear for scenic rides will be open 10:00am– 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

For more information visit or call 1-800-223-7669.  For high res image downloads please visit:


The Medallion Opera House will host internationally known guitarist Peter Griggs in a concert, “The Guitar in America,” on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.  In this program, Mr. Griggs traces the history of the guitar in the United States, performing traditional country dances, folk songs, blues, ragtime, jazz, and several of Griggs’ own compositions.  A vocalist as well as an expert finger-style guitarist, Griggs will perform several songs by composers such as Robert Johnson, “Mississippi” John Hurt, Duke Ellington and others.  He also discusses the evolution of the guitar from its origins as a folk instrument through its gradual acceptance in the concert hall and recording studio, to its position today as an essential voice in American music. There is something for listeners of all tastes on this wide-ranging program.


Mr. Griggs has presented more than 500 solo guitar concerts throughout the USA, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, the Low Countries, Scandinavia and eastern Europe at art centers, festivals, museums, churches, jazz clubs and other venues.  His recordings are available on Folkways Records, Music of the World, Treecastle Music and E360.  He was based for more than ten years in Dusseldorf, Germany and now resides in Brooklyn, New York.  To listen to Griggs’ music, visit his channel on YouTube.

Critics in the USA, Germany and the United Kingdom have hailed Griggs as “a master of expressive sounds” known for his “sizzling guitar playing” and “sophisticated and highly enjoyable” programs.  Germany’s Bergische Morning Post put it this way:  “an almost unbelievable talent — Peter Griggs performs magic!”

Griggs is on a personal mission to bring live music back into local communities.  His performance in Gorham is a perfect opportunity to unplug the computer, get out of the house, and enjoy the pleasures that only live music performance can provide.

The Medallion Opera House is located in the Gorham Town Hall at 20 Park Street in Gorham, NH 03581.  Admission is $12, and tickets are available in advance at Gorham Town Hall, White Mountain Cafe and online at:  The concert is sponsored by ColorWorks in Gorham.  For more information, contact Denise Vallee at 603-466-3322 ext. 3.