Category Archives: Sustainable life in the Valley

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day

4 Our Kids Recycling Services presents the 7th Annual Family Funergy Festival on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd from 10am-1pm at The North Conway Community Center in North Conway, NH. Come enjoy this hands-on investigation of energy and resource conservation!

Funergy is a rain or shine,  bottled water free event with a full slate of environmentally friendly vendors, activities, and live demonstrations that is sure to please kids and grandparents alike.

Schedule of Events

  • 10am-10:30am – Food preservation workshop by UNH Cooperative Extension
  • 10:30am-11:30am – Family Basketball
  • 11am – Visit from the Lorax and free gently used book giveaway
  • 11:30am-12:30pm – Family Floor Hockey
  • 12pm – Story of Stuff: Bottled Water movie
  • 12:30pm – Rally for Science and Climate Change at the Gazebo with speakers from Bowdoin College and The Union of Concerned Scientists
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A family enjoys learning the science of composting through the “Worm Buffet” activity at The Earth Day Funergy Festival at the North Conway Community Center.

Grab some lunch and check out the free activities such as Ray’s Solar S’mores, The Energy Scavenger Hunt (free LED bulbs while supplies last), The Scrapwood Catapult, The Pedal Powered Shower Bike, Recycled Hula Hoops or The Aluminum Can Crusher to name a few. Talk to a renewable energy company, a green builder, a recycling business and more. Shop for green goods, including gently used children’s clothing.

Don’t miss this “Something for Everyone” kind of day! The Funergy Festival is free of charge thanks to the generosity of major sponsors, Cormack Construction Management, of Madison and Frase Electric, of Sandwich. For more information, contact Colleen Cormack at 603-447-8361 or visit 4 Our Kids Recycling Services on the web at


The Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces The Return Of The Glen House Hotel

glen-house-hotel-modelPinkham Notch, NH
-Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

The 68-room hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant on a site owned by the MWSRC and will feature a pool, meeting room and restaurant. Half of the rooms will have balconies facing the Northern Presidential mountains and the Carter Moriah range. Aesthetically, the hotel will be built in classic New England vernacular, with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys, similar to the previous four Glen Houses that have stood on this site since 1852. The design of the guestrooms is reflective of the simplicity of Shaker design while the public spaces embrace both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and local Native American roots.

In line with the environmental stewardship of the MWSRC, the Glen House will be highly energy efficient and close to carbon neutral. The company has proven to be a leader in applying innovative, green-energy practices to all aspects of its business, and the new Glen House will be no exception. A state-of-the-art geothermal system will provide heating and cooling for the hotel, and two offsite energy-generating projects will harness hydro and solar power.

The three-story hotel will serve guests visiting the Auto Road and taking advantage of the winter and summer offerings of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many outdoor programs in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Partnering with the MWSRC on this historic project is Martini Northern, a construction management company based in Portsmouth, BMA Architects from Amherst, NH and Stibler Associates, an interior design firm from Bedford, NH.

Scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2017, the Glen House is anticipating an open date prior to Memorial Day 2018.

Written by Crispin Battles
Marketing Director at Mt. Washington Auto Road

Coming in July to Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm

DAILY ACTIVITIES & TOURS. Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. & Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., through September 3. Lunch available Tue. & Wed.: July 5–Aug. 31. Call/see website for details!

OUTDOOR WALKS with Carol Felice, Museum Educator/Herbalist.  Thursdays: July 7 & 21, 10–11:30 a.m. Walks included with $5 Museum admission. (Does not include access to the Museum.)

MAKING HERBAL PRODUCTS. Part 1: How to Harvest, Dry, & Infuse. Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Learn those “how to” steps to easily bring herbal medicine into your life. You will practice the secrets of successful harvesting and drying, make and taste infusions, and take home plant materials and a thorough printed guide. Held outside in both the gardens and under shelter, rain or shine. Bring a lunch. Please call to discuss accessibility needs. $30/participant; ages 16 and above. Registration closes Tuesday, July 5 or when class space is filled.

FIBER ARTS GROUP/DEMONSTRATIONS.  Tuesdays: July 12 & 26, 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE. (Does not include access to the Museum.).

HOMESTEAD ADVENTURES. THE BUDDING HERBALIST.  Tuesday–Friday, July 12–15, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Forage for wild edibles, make yummy snacks and useful remedies, and recognize plants by scent, feel and sound. $150/child, ages 9–14. 10% discount for Members. Preregistration required.

HONEYBEE FAMILY DYNAMICS. Tuesday, July 12, 7–8:30 p.m. Join us as Athena Contus of Athena’s Bees and Wonalancet Honey Bee Company, reveals fascinating facts about honey bees, their behavior and biology. Light refreshments will be served. FREE.

HILLSDALE 4-H DAIRY CLUB. Thursday, July 14, 7–9 p.m. FREE.

19TH CENTURY CHILDHOOD. Tuesday–Friday, July 19–22, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Children will be in costume performing chores, attending school, playing games and completing a handcraft. $150/child, ages 9–14. 10% discount for Members. Preregistration required.

FULL MOON CAMPFIRE & WALK. Tuesday, July 19, 7:30–9 p.m. Join Museum educators outside around a campfire, listen to stories and make s‘mores. When the moon is up we will take a twilight stroll and listen for owls and other nighttime wildlife. Weather dependent: if it is raining this event will not be held. Please dress for the weather and BYO bug spray, and flashlight. $3/person; FREE for Members.

SMALL FARMERS CLUB. “Little House” scenario: A Little Prairie House. Friday, July 22, 10–12 a.m.

$5/child, ages 2–6. Space is limited; pre-registration by Thursday, July 21 is recommended.

MAKING HERBAL PRODUCTS. Part 2: Making Tinctures, Oils & Salves. Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Learn those “how to” steps to easily bring herbal medicine into your life. You will harvest medicinal plants from the Remick gardens and make a tincture (extract), an infused medicinal oil, and a salve to take home, along with a thorough printed guide. Held outside in both the gardens and under shelter, rain or shine. Bring a lunch. Please call to discuss accessibility needs. $35/participant; ages 16 and above. Registration closes Tuesday, July 19 or when class space is filled.

ECLECTIC ART.  Tuesday–Friday, July 26–29, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Participants will be immersed in a variety of art media, including drawing, painting and stenciling. $150/child, ages 9–14. 10% discount for Members. Preregistration required. 603-323-7591.

REMICK TRIVIA NIGHT.  Tuesday, July 26, 7:30–9 p.m. Join us for eclectic, sometimes themed, thought-provoking questions. Gather up a group or form one here. Family friendly and alcohol free. Space is limited, preregistration is required. $3/person; free for members.

For more information call 603-323-7591.

Carroll County Farm Openhouse Weekend!

Where: Your neighborhood farm

When: September 7th & 8th

      Local farms are the root of a healthy, resilient community.  We are in the midst of a farm renaissance and are rebuilding our connection to where our food comes from and taking an active role in supporting the farming practices we believe in. Local farmers are the new pioneers, figuring out ways to sustainably grow and harvest the healthy food we cherish.  Our local farmers have been busy working in their fields to provide us with local vegetables, meats, milk, eggs, fruit, berries & more.  The weekend of September 7th & 8th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (varying schedules for each farm) is Farm Open House Day in Carroll County, the perfect day to celebrate our local farms and see what has been growing all summer.

The Carroll County United Health & Wellness Team & UNH Cooperative Extension have teamed up with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NH, Remick Museum & Farm and Tin Mountain Conservation Center to coordinate this exciting Farm Open House weekend because we believe that our local farms are one of the most important assets for good health and the health of the local economy.  We invite you to visit at least one local farm this weekend. While there we encourage you to purchase something to take home with you and to thank the farmers for all of their hard work.

All participating farms will be listed on a map of the county at the Healthy Carroll County Website:

Farm Openhouse Weekend September 7 & 8

The farmers are participating in a variety of ways.   You will see on the website what is being offered.

Please help us celebrate our local farms.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Becky Mulkern ND at 603-447-3070 or (cell)


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installed at Mt. Washington Auto Road Just in Time for Tesla Car Club to Make First Group Drive to Summit of Northeast’s Highest Peak

Mt.WashIt was a notable day for Alternative Energy vehicles at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, as the first ever Electric Vehicle Charging Station was just installed. Less than 24 hours later, the first all electric vehicle, a Tesla S Model, pulled in for a charge. The Auto Road does not “charge for a charge”, though a donation slot is there for those so inclined. Fifteen more Teslas from the New England chapter of the Tesla Car Club arrived for a drive to the summit, which were certainly the quietest cars ever to ascend the Road!

Given the proliferation and widespread acceptance of electric vehicles, Auto Road GM Howie Wemyss decided this was the year to have the Clipper Creek CS 90 charger installed. “Considering that we are hosting the Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit event here on September 14 and 15, there couldn’t be a better time to make this kind of energy available onsite,” Wemyss noted. “We are looking at adding an electric vehicle to our line-up sometime this year and have been evaluating various alternative fuel sources for our stages, as well,” Wemyss added.

Alternative energy is not a new concept for the Auto Road, which currently derives approx. 80% of the energy used for the base building operations from an onsite hydro power source. “Given that we are an environmentally based attraction, we want to do everything we can as individuals and as a company to protect and preserve the natural resources and environment that surrounds us here in Pinkham Notch,” Wemyss said.

An example of what those savings and impact can be was clearly exemplified by the Tesla group’s ascent. “The trip up and down the mountain was as breath-taking as always and everyone enjoyed it.  As expected, the trip down was excellent.  The cars could not have been built better for descending a mountain.  Stable, low to the ground, and aerodynamic, the cars handle wonderfully on the road.  Additionally, the regenerative braking means that you don’t have to worry about a straining engine or overheating brakes as the car gracefully glides down at a comfortable and safe speed requiring only occasional touches of the brakes at the hairpin turns,” explained Daniel Einspanjer, a Tesla S model owner and organizer of the group’s gathering.

Perhaps even more impressive than the view and drive down was the energy consumption data: “The 8 mile long and 4,600 feet high ascent consumes somewhere between 12 and 14 kW of energy (about 40 to 45 miles of rated range), while the descent reclaims between 5 and 7 kW of energy (about 20 to 23 miles of rated range) through regenerative braking. This is the future! There are currently more than 13,000 Teslas on the road in the US” Einspanjer noted.

For more information about the new charging station, the Tesla group ascent or the upcoming Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit, call 603-466-3988 or online at

Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” Event Will Showcase Newly Developed Alternative Energy Based Vehicles and Technologies


Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit” Event Will Showcase Full Spectrum of Both Mainstream and Newly Developed Alternative Energy Based Vehicles and Technologies on September 14-15, 2013 For Demonstrations and Drive Up Northeast’s Highest Peak


Given that once experimental alternative energy technologies have now become mainstream, an event with a storied history on the Northeast’s highest peak is returning as the “Mt. Washington Auto Road Alt Energy Summit”  on September 14-15, 2013. In this regard the Auto Road is continuing on its historic path as a proving and playground for new and evolving technologies.

Categories will include EV manufacturers, dealers, retailers, groups and associations, makers, inventors, developers, publications and related media, components/parts and services. Individuals and organizations with vehicles including cars, trucks motorcycles and bicycles or unique one-of-a-kind creations are also invited. An Energy Expo Exhibit area is planned, which will include vehicle manufacturers, related alternative energy businesses and historic vehicles which have ascended Mt. Washington by other than gas powered engines. Exhibits and information regarding other sustainable energy sources will also be featured, including hydro-electric, wind power, solar power and geo-thermal.

Event Director Ted Dillard has both a technical and practical understanding of alternative energy, as he both builds and rides electric motorcycles. “In the midst of the mid-’70s “Energy Crisis”, a small group of inventors and visionaries formed a unique event with the Mt. Washington Auto Road as it’s backdrop and proving ground,” Dillard observed. “As we move into the second decade of the 21st Century, we’re seeing many of those solutions become commonplace – nearly mainstream – in daily life.  This event will celebrate those pioneers, re-affirm the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s century-long commitment to responsible stewardship of public lands, and bring “Alternative Energy” solutions into the forefront of mainstream renewable energy. This event will be a landmark event in New Hampshire!” he added.

What to Expect:

  • Vendors, Dealers, and Manufacturers of Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Plug-In Electric and Alternative Fuel     vehicles showing some of the most remarkable vehicles available today – complete with test rides.
  • Information “roundtable” discussion sessions for homeowners, backyard inventors, public administrators, fleet managers and others on Renewable Energy solutions available today, and funding opportunities and resources.
  • Supplies, components, parts and systems for Renewable Energy systems for homes, businesses and vehicles.
  • Exhibits of unique, creative and innovative solutions for energy and transportation systems offered by inventors, students, “makers”, researchers and enthusiasts.
  • The Alt Energy Drive to the Summit – watch and cheer on our “Alt Energy contestants” as they make history on Mt. Washington.  Everything from home-built electric bikes, cars and motorcycles to the sleekest high-performance plug-in vehicles on the road today will be on hand.  Watch for some truly unusual solutions there as well, including some top-secret “unmanned transportation” research projects currently in development.  Awards and categories for the Summit will reward ingenuity, creativity and dedication.

For more information about the “Alt Energy Weekend” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road call Event Director Ted Dillard (978) 621-5178.

Check Out What’s New at the Red Parka Pub!

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We have BIG news for this summer!  We have made some changes in our menu that we hope you will like.  We have added some amazing Gluten Free items to our menu.  In addition, we have committed to supporting our local farmers by featuring locally grown produce, milk, and other products.  We hope you will approve of these changes!

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Our commitment to you is to provide the BEST locally grown produce on our salad bar. You will also notice a change in our Special Sheets this summer – fewer items, but everything will be locally produced – from greens to cheeses.  There will be a Cheese Flight perfect for sharing as an appetizer or as a meal.  We will be providing lamb, chicken & pork specials from White Gate Farms, Cheeses from The Lucy Family in Conway, tomatoes from Moriah Farms, other produce from Sherman Farms, and more.  The specials will be designed to be lighter & healthier, too.


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So many of our guests have chosen a gluten free lifestyle whether for health or dietary reasons, that Chef Dan decided to change up our menu a bit to accommodate these changes.  We are baking homemade gluten free sandwich rolls as well as baguettes.  


Baked Stuffed Seafood items can be made gluten free with a cornbread seafood stuffing – just ask!  Also, some new items:  Mediterranean Chicken -boneless breast with balsamic roasted vegetables & imported olives with Jasmine rice, Grilled Vegetable Lasagna – fresh locally sourced vegetables and house made mozzarella & ricotta layered with gluten free pasta, Brisket Wrap – slow cooked brisket with our BBQ or Chipotle BBQ, blueberry slaw, & caramelized onions in a gluten free wrap.


And top it off with a Gluten Free Chocolate Lava Bomb for dessert!



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Some other new items:  Brie & Cherry Dip with Pita Chips, a new House Special Soup – Roasted Butternut Squash soup with toasted pecans & local maple syrup, Wasabi Salmon Burger in a phyllo “bun” with Asian slaw, Pasta Primavera with local vegetables (can also be gluten free!) and some awesome new desserts including Seasonal Sorbets.

It doesn’t stop there!  Our Mixologists have come up with some amazing drinks featuring fresh fruit purees and fresh juices.  AND they are lower in calories, too!  How about a Prickly Pear Citrus Spritzer with Absolut Citron, agave nectar, a hint of prickly pear juice & mint with soda water?  YUM!


Here’s some great news for those of you who have suffered the heat with us in the Dining Room on those dog days of Summer…We are now officially COOL!  A huge new AC unit was installed and you will notice the difference.


Sunday music returns in July from 5-8.  We will feature some great single & duo acts every Sunday through the summer.  Stop in for a drink on the Patio or Dinner in the Pub and check it out.


As always, the BEST bands are highlighted here every Friday & Saturday from 9:00 – 12:30 with no cover charge.  And Monday Nite Open Mike still rocks the house!


Jerry’s Free Swing Wednesdays are back.  Just be in the Pub on Wednesdays after 6 pm for a chances to win golf passes to all of our favorite courses.  No purchase necessary. The fun continues until July 24th.



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The Father’s Day Gift Card Sale starts on June 7th and ends June 14th.  Buy a $100 gift card or two $50 cards and save $25!  Order online at, by phone – 603-383-4344 or just stop in!


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Contact Bobby or Zac at 603-387-2471 or

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We thank you for your continued support.  Please let us know what you think of the new menu!


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Learn More About Building “Green” with the WMHBRA Guest Speaker Night

White Mountain Home Builders & Remodelers

The High Performance Builder’s Mantra –
Manage Energy and Moisture with Equal Intensity


The WMHBRA wants to help you be in the “know” about energy codes as they keep getting tougher on energy. The introduction of new products and building systems is relentless. And web-savvy customers can THINK they know more about building, including green building, than you do.


There is a way to take charge, of both the building process and the business proposition. Getting the building science right guides design, material selection, and job site practices. It also opens the door for true performance-based marketing of your homes and remodeling projects.


Peter Yost will use real science, real projects, and real, tried-and-true marketing approaches to layout a 21st century approach to home building and remodeling.


6 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in the Legends Room at Eastern Slope Inn, North Conway Village.
$15 for members, $20 for non-members – this includes salad and pizza from Flatbread Company and plenty of networking! 


About our speaker:


Peter Yost is the person you turn to if you want to truly understand how to green your home. He brings more than 25 years experience in building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes to his twin roles as director of residential services for BuildingGreen, and technical director for Taunton Press’s His expertise stretches from construction waste management and advanced framing to energy efficiency and building durability.

Peter has been called upon to provide this building-science expertise to the nation’s leading homebuilding programs, including NAHB’s Green Building Standard, USGBC’s LEED for Homes, EPA’s WaterSense, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America. Peter is an instructor for the Boston Architectural College’s Sustainable Design Certificate program and for the University of Massachusetts Department of Building Materials and Wood Technology program in Amherst. A LEED AP, he is a past co-chair of the USGBC’s LEED for Homes program, a member of the LEED faculty, and a certified instructor for the NAHB Advanced Green Building: Building Science course. When not at his computer or teaching a class, Peter is often in the attic, basement, or inside the walls of his own 100-year-old home, which he is methodically transforming from an energy hog to a model of efficiency


Remick Gearing Up for Full Summer Schedule!

The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm
May 2012
In This Issue
Victorian Tea
Painted Floor Cloths Workshop
Members Only!
WANTED: Office Furniture

Come Visit Us!

Dear Janice,

We’re gearing up for our full summer schedule (which starts June 16-but I’ll tell you more about that next time) with a Victorian Tea, a painted floor cloths workshop,
and a Members Only breakfast. It would be great if you could join us!

Victorian Tea at the Historic Captain Enoch Remick House

Saturday, 2 June at 2 o’clock (continuing ’til 4:00)

 Featuring a seasonally inspired menu of cakes, scones, sandwiches, and freshly brewed teas. Take a leisurely tour of this historic home and enjoy a casual lesson in traditional tea etiquette. $12 per person, ages 16 and up. Kindly RSVP by noon, Friday, May 26. Ring the Museum Visitor Center at (603) 323-7591 or dial toll free 1 (800) 686-6117 for more information.

Painted Floor Cloths Workshop

Design an area rug and learn this historic art of painted floor cloths. We’ll walk you through each step; from preparing the canvas to designing the rug and painting and/or stenciling your creation. With your choice of patterns, your design will bring out the artist in you! In four weeks, take home a finished masterpiece to brighten up that special place in your home. This workshop will be held on four Saturdays in June, beginning June 2. Class runs from 9 to 10:30am.

The cost is $70.00 and includes all materials. Class size is limited to 8 so sign up early.

Members Only!
Breakfast on the Farm

Gather ’round the table with your fellow members and eat like a farm hand.
  • Country Egg Casserole
  • Sweet & Savory Baked Beans
  • Thick Cut Smoked Bacon
  • Homefries
  • Maple Cinnamon Rolls
  • Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate & Juice

$8 adults/$5 kids (2-12 yrs old). Advance registration; all ages welcome

Wanted: Wooden Chairs

Not folding chairs, not upholstered chairs, but plain wooden chairs. If you have any you’d be willing to donate, we’d love to express our gratitude for your kindness by listing your name in our newsletter under “Gifts in Kind.”
 About Us

The Remick Museum and Farm’s mission is to educate a broad and diverse public to the value and significance of the medical practice and agricultural way of life of the country doctor and to preserve and interpret the Remick property and collections for the benefit of the public.

The Museum is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road, Tamworth, NH. Please call (603) 323-7591 for more information or look us up on our website:

Sap House Meadery Invites You To Their Special Events!

Sap House Meadery is excited to partner with a pair of New Hampshire businesses for two special events this week:

Margarita Grill, in Glen, is hosting the “Week of Mead” going through Saturday, Jan. 28. Margarita Grill will offer a tapas-style pairing all week with three plates matched with three different Sap House meads: Hopped Blueberry, Vanilla Bean and the award-winning Sugar Maple.


North Conway’s, The Local Grocer’s “Local Sustainability Celebration” on Friday, Jan. 27, from 5-7 p.m. Visitors can try Sap House’s meads, as well as other local businesses’ offerings including wine, beer, baked goods and more.

“It’s really exciting, as a business that is focused on local economy and sustainability, to get an opportunity to work with and promote other like-minded companies,” said Matt Trahan, co-owner of Sap House Meadery. “Partnerships like these are one more step toward building the local, sustainable economy that the region has such potential for.”

Margarita Grill and The Local Grocer were named “Environmental Champions” by the New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging & Restaurant Association for their efforts to be environmentally friendly. Both businesses, along with Sap House Meadery, are members of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Sap House Meadery has created award-winning, hand-crafted meads since 2010. It prides itself on only using fresh, local ingredients while using time-tested, traditional methods to make the finest mead.

Visit Sap House Meadery to purchase any of its products or for tastings at 6 Folsom Road in Center Ossipee, N.H. The meadery is open each Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m., or by appointment.

For more information, visit or call 603-539-1672.