By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
What’s going on at International Mountain Climbing School, during the odd slow and transitional period that is early May?
Well, first of all, they’re still finding time to ski up in the snowfields near Tuckerman Ravine. If you want to get any super-late-season skiing in, then you have options! But that’s winding down, and they’re building up to less wintry activities as we speak, with an upcoming event on May 18 – “Spring Top-Tope Special” where they provide gear for anyone – yes, that includes you – to try out rock climbing for the first time, at locations of their choosing. Shake out those cobwebs and get the season started! This is a group top-rope rock climbing day for all abilities. In the morning, they’ll spend some time teaching and reviewing belaying and movement skills, but the day’s main focus will be on simply getting out climbing. This is perfect for someone who is looking to step out of the gym and get an introduction to the challenging sport of outdoor rock climbing.
They’ll be gradually building up to all-day climbing camps, full-day climbing, and more family-oriented climbing for all ages, based on skill-level.
While we’re at it, IMC is also a good place to start preparing for climbing out of state – Company President Brad White explained to us how several climbers were planning on canyoneering out in the desert, and they saw the White Mountains as a good place to learn.
Keep an eye on IMCS – it only gets better from here!
By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
With the arrival of spring, I thought it might be a good time to trim the hair that’s gone wild over winter. Our first choice for this was the Village Barbershop, located in downtown North Conway just next to the Ben and Jerry’s (and the steam locomotive).
They immediately accepted me a walk-in, and got to trimming my overgrown mane of hair. They were incredibly nice to me the whole time, and even explained how so much of the decor comes from the 1950s – the cash register and chairs, for example, are originals from that era.
Thanks for being so nice, Village Barbershop, and thanks for a great haircut. Visit them online or call 603-356-7480.
Now in its 39th year, the Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament will be moving to a new course and supporting a new cause, continuing its legacy of raising funds to support North Conway’s community hospital.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the North Conway Country Club, located right in the heart of North Conway Village. Golf pro Kevin Walker will welcome golfers to the storied course. Established in 1895, the North Conway Country Club is known for its views of Mt. Washington and the Presidential and Moat Ranges. The event’s Grazing on the Green dinner and awards will take place in its restaurant, with an exceptional menu golfers have come to expect from this long-running event.
But the location isn’t the only thing changing. This year the tournament proceeds will be directed towards an emerging need at Memorial Hospital, one that impacts many individuals in the community.
Director of Behavioral Health, Lorinda MacDonald, APRN-PMHNP explained the situation. “Due to the increasing number of behavioral health patients seeking treatment in our Emergency Department (ED), we have an immediate need to expand the number of beds. The ED is always the point of entry for those in crisis seeking psychiatric care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of care for all patients who enter the ED, whether they are in need of medical care or in a psychiatric crisis.”
Due to the lack of available space in psychiatric hospitals, patients in the ED can wait for days or weeks for a bed. This situation also delays care for other community members seeking urgent treatment in the ED. The proceeds of this year’s tournament will be the beginning of a community-based effort to support the needs of this vulnerable population.
Last year the event raised over $52,000 which supported Community Health for a Lifetime, providing funds for childhood wellness and other population health initiatives. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life-saving equipment and supporting community health programs.
The tournament has already secured its Presenting Sponsor, with The Coleman Companies once again taking the top spot. Other sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and individuals. Many sponsorship packages also include golf teams for the event. For those wishing to play in the tournament, golfers may join the event as individuals or in teams of four.
The tournament offers one exclusive afternoon flight with play limited to 128 players. Sponsors and golfers are encouraged to sign up early as the tournament sold out last year and is expected to do so again in 2019.
This year’s Golf Tournament Committee members include: Bayard Kennett, Kathy Bennett, Gail Paine, Peter Waugh, Rachael Brown, Corrine Ray, Kathy Sanderson, James Love, Melody Nester, Ed Harrigan, and Mary Vigeant, APRN.
The Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament was founded in 1980 by former US Congressman Bill Zeliff and Jackson businessman Lee Harmon. The tournament is known for its famous Grazing on the Green food extravaganza the evening of the event.
For more information, or to sign up for golf or sponsorship, visit the golf event page online at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/golf or call Melody Nester at 603-356-5461 ext. 2264 for more information.
Campton, N.H. – Northway Bank is proud to announce the promotion of Channele Wingrove to Branch Manager of the bank’s Campton location.
In her role, Channele will be responsible for cultivating and strengthening relationships in the greater Campton area and offering outstanding customer service and solutions to Northway Bank customers.
Channele’s valuable experience will be a tremendous asset as she leads her new team. She joined the bank with more than 10 years of customer service experience and most recently served as Assistant Branch Manager of Northway Bank’s Plymouth branch. Prior to that, Channele served as a Senior Financial Specialist and Employee Mentor at UW Credit Union.
A California native, Channele holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, Stanislaus. She currently resides in Campton and enjoys experiencing cultures around the globe with her husband, whom she met on a trip overseas. Channele can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 603-342-1420.
Northway Bank is one of the largest independent commercial banks in New Hampshire, operating 16 branches and employing more than 200 associates throughout the state. It’s New Hampshire roots date back more than a century, establishing a long heritage of local commitment. Northway Bank serves individuals and businesses, combining the neighborly approach of a community bank with the extensive products and services you might expect to find only in a big national bank. At Northway Bank, community still counts. Call 800-442-6666 or visit northwaybank.com to learn how the right bank makes a real difference.
Are you a fan of paranormal activity and would like to be part of the fun and mystery of a ghost hunting adventure? Central Maine Ghost Hunters and the Bernerhof Inn of Bartlett, NH are coming together to offer an exclusive Ghost Hunters Weekend, March 29-30, 2019. A complete lodging package including breakfast, dinner, lodging and ghost hunting activities is offered for just $749 per couple.
The event takes place at the Bernerhof Inn, the distinctive historic inn located on Route 16 in Bartlett, NH, just minutes from Attitash Mountain in the heart of Mount Washington Valley and close to North Conway activities and outlet shopping.
Guests will enjoy a pre-investigation orientation meet and greet and discussion on understanding paranormal investigating. Innkeeper Nick Panno explained, “Guests will be invited to learn how to use the equipment you’ve seen on TV, including K-II EMF detectors, spirit boxes, voice recorders, dowsing rods and more. After the meet and greet, you’ll get to use these pieces of equipment in a group investigation. This is going to be an amazing experience! We are so excited to work with Central Maine Ghost Hunters to bring this exclusive event to the Bernerhof!”
But the ghost hunting is just part of the experience at this luxurious bed and breakfast. Guests will be welcomed Friday night with a three-course meal prepared by the Inn’s executive chef. Saturday night’s dinner will be served family-style before kicking off an evening of ghost hunting festivities. Each day will begin with a scratch-cooked breakfast in the Inn’s cozy dining room.
When booking, guests can select among the Inn’s 12 unique rooms, many with in-room Jacuzzi tubs, electric and gas fireplaces, flat screen TVs and free wifi. The rooms feature many fine traditional antiques and European styled touches, with a dose of modern elegance and many state-of-the-art amenities.
Ski season is still in full swing in Mount Washington Valley so guests can ghost hunt at night and ski all day at the many ski areas minutes from the Inn. Ask about how to access discount ski tickets when making your reservation.
Due to limited availability, reservations for this special package are only available by calling innkeeper Nick Panno directly at 603-383-4200. Room choice is on a first-come-first-served basis. The Bernerhof Inn was recently rated as the #1 Inn in Bartlett, NH by TripAdvisor.com and is well known for its high level of customer service and personal attention. For more information, visit them online at www.bernerhofinn.com.
By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
Just recently we visited Tuckerman Brewing Company to enjoy the band Dark Train Express. The atmosphere is very comfortable with picnic tables, cornhole games and, of course, their great local beer. Personally, we really like the Rockpile IPA.
Starting in 2015 Tuckerman Brewing Company has hosted a concert series and each summer they have some of the top regional acts entertaining the crowd outside under the tent in warm weather. And every Saturday they feature great local musicians in their Tasting Room.
Check out their event calendar for future tasting room and concert events. The brewery is also available for private parties, rehearsal dinners and birthday parties.
Next up – 21st Birthday Bash! The brewery turns legal!
January 19th, 2019
Doors open at 7:00
This is a 21+ show (legal ID required)
Band: Kat Wright Band plays from 8-10pm Cover Charge: $15 Food Provided by: Magic Foods Catering
Limited tickets are available online or can be purchased in the Tasting Room during regular business hours.
If you thought American manufacturing had all gone to Mexico or China, then a pleasant surprise awaits you right here in the Mt Washington Valley. Ragged Mountain Equipment on Route 16 in Intervale has been quietly producing specialized outdoor clothing and gear since Ronald Reagan was in the White House. Starting this month, they are offering factory tours almost daily so you can see the entire fascinating process from start to finish. If you’ve been a regular at local farmers’ markets because you want to know where your food comes from, doesn’t it make sense to apply that same standard to the clothing you wear, and the gear you use?
You’ve driven by the Ragged Mountain Equipment factory countless times and probably stopped to grab a few items from their shop. But you may never have realized that skilled local designers and stitchers are hard at work right out back, producing those jackets, vests, gaiters and dog packs you see everywhere around you. And this isn’t one of those high-tech start-ups where robots follow a computer program to produce some mysterious widget; this is actual people handling actual fabrics and hardware, producing items you actually use. And, they’ve been doing it non-stop since 1985.
The Ragged Mountain Equipment factory tours run every Monday through Thursday, beginning at 10:00am. The guided tours only take about twenty to thirty minutes, and you’ll be able to witness the entire manufacturing process. Tours begin with fabric cutting, then progress through the kitting process and right on to the actual stitching. You’ll see products being inspected and prepared for stocking in the retail department or boxed up to ship to other vendors or special order customers. Those customers include local non-profits, international retailers, and the US military. And finally, you’ll visit the design room and pattern library to see new products in the midst of the design process, with prototypes being tested and features being refined.
You’ll recognize a lot of the Ragged Mountain products–from Powerstretch Tights to TuckerMitts to Tuff Duffels–and wonder why you always assumed they were made somewhere abroad. There are ample opportunities to ask questions and chat with the craftspeople as they go about their work, and you’ll leave the tour with discount coupons for the products, some free samples, and the knowledge that American manufacturing is alive and well in Mt Washington Valley.
For more information on these new factory tours, call Ragged Mountain Equipment at 603-356-3042, visit their website at www.raggedmountain.com, or swing by their business at 279 NH-16 in Intervale.
One of the greatest things about MWV history is that it can always get weirder – for example, Mount Washington had a secret ski area once! But that’s part of the fun of attending lectures like this one at The Salyards, on National Forests. That, and the sense of community!
On a brilliant spring afternoon, I descended the storied 9th fairway of the Eagle Mountain Golf Course in Jackson, NH towards its driving range along with 30+ fellow female duffers. Our destination? The first of several free Sunday afternoon ladies’ golf clinics with PGA Pros Julie Rivers and Bob McGraw.
No matter where you like to golf, it’s a great idea to start out your golf season by taking a lesson. Bad habits follow you through the off season. Start the year out right with a lesson. These Sunday sessions break down your game into key components that make it easy and fun to improve.
The group ranged from never-evers to more experienced golfers looking to brush up their skills. Skillfully, Julie and Bob managed to keep the large group engaged and the instruction appropriate despite the wide range of experience.
Sunday’s lesson started with the chip shot. Dividing the larger group into 6 groups, the pros took us through the stroke, much like a putting stroke but with a wedge.
Then we moved on to pitching. Starting with a partial swing, to a half swing, to a full swing, we each worked on our form and learned how far the ball went with each.
Then the fun part – driving. We each took out our 1 club and practiced our long drives with varying degrees of success but with great enthusiasm.
This post isn’t meant to try to recreate the content of the lessons – I will leave that work to the pros – but it is meant to stress the value of taking lessons and the camaraderie of a sunny afternoon with a group of strangers soon to become friends.
After the lesson, the Eagle Mountain House offered a $10 cocktail and appetizer special on the veranda. On this sunny spring afternoon, it was a wonderful wrap up to a great learning session with two of the Valley’s best known pros.
McGraw shared the following free and inexpensive golf clinics and greens fees coming up in the coming months. It’s a great way to improve your game while enjoying one of the Valley’s most beautiful locations for golf.
Bob McGraw will be offering a Free Clinic for women the next two Sundays from 1 to 2 pm.
During the month of June, the Eagle Mountain Golf Course will be offering a discounted green fee of $15 for women.
In July they offer free clinics for families on the first three Sundays from 1 to 2 pm.
Reduced green fees of $10 for juniors and $15 for adults in the month of July will be offered when families play together.
Saturday Clinics: Every Saturday from 10:30 til 11:30, Bob offers clinics covering the short game or the full swing. The fee is $20 and limited to 6 students. Call the pro shop at 383 -9090 to sign up. For more info >
Getting out on the water is a great way to spend an afternoon. The folks at Fish Nerds Guide Service have been enjoying some super fun spring fishing on Silver Lake where the water is warming and the fish are hungry. This week they had a mixed bag of big yellow perch and big smallmouth bass. And, the lake trout are amazing. They can accommodate up to six people fishing at a time so grab some of your fishing pals and give them a call!
Don’t fish? That’s cool! You can book a cruise with Fish Nerds, too. Thier brand new, state-of-the-art pontoon boat can take up to ten passengers! They can drive around, pull into a cove and swim or, if you are feeling adventurous, can give you a tube ride.
We’d like to thank everyone who participated in the 18th Annual Valley Pride day! We live in a beautiful place, and it’s a shame when it’s defaced with litter so we especially appreciate the many volunteers who helped clean up our roadways and make the Valley even more beautiful. They absolutely deserved the party afterward. Kudos to the organizers for keeping this fantastic event going for 18 years. The Valley thanks you!
“Like dessert for dinner and dessert for dessert!”
That’s our thoughts on dinner at the Red Fox Bar & Grille in Jackson! When we went to this cozy, family-friendly, incredibly New England-y restaurant, we helped ourselves to a maple sausage pizza and then a cookie sundae.