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!
If you love to read you should attend the White Birch Books and North Conway Public Library’s author luncheons! It’s a great way to enjoy a book, be with friends, and talk with the author. Sea Dog Brewery recently hosted Meghan Weir, and her novel: the Book Of Essie. It’s always fascinating to hear about the creative process!
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!
Not sure what to get for Mother’s Day? How about roses! Cupcake roses, that is! Delectables By Danette has this and more… impossibly smooth flourless chocolate cake, delicious ooey, gooey brownies, and melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows. With its bright decor and excellent desserts, this delightful, whimsical bakery is perfect for a Mother’s Day gift. Indeed, it’s perfect for any occasion. For more ideas for Mom visit >> https://bit.ly/2DYIXvj
We love Bradley Backstage at Fryeburg Academy’s PAC! They recently hosted Mr. Gus’ team-up with Blue Bus in a genre-blending jam session.
Bradley Backstage is presented onstage so you are seated up close to the performers making it a very intimate and personal experience with the music!
Bradley Backstage is performed at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center in Fryeburg. Check out their schedule and come enjoy the music!
The North Conway Public Library hosted a wonderful series of lectures through the winter. The last one featured local residents, Ed and Kathy Bergeron, who shared their experiences and photographs from a safari through Kenya and Tanzania, Africa.
It was an exciting day for ski enthusiasts who attended the Ribbon Cutting of the new New England Ski Museum, located in the former North Conway Community Center building in North Conway Village. Over 200 people attended the event.
The museum is filled with nostalgia, old equipment, maps and interactive displays and even a library. It is sure to engage all visitors from young to old. Admission is free and the museum is open 7 days a week. Don’t miss an opportunity to pay this gem a visit.
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that Chalmers Insurance Group announces Bruce and Bill Chalmers have transferred ownership of the Chalmers Insurance Group to the fourth generation of Chalmers family members, Jim Chalmers and Dottie Chalmers Cutter, effective January 1, 2018.
“Bill and I proudly leave the Chalmers Insurance Group in the hands of a Leadership Team that has largely been together since 2014 and eighty-six co-workers who each day carry on the 160-year tradition of providing quality insurance products and financial security to our community-based neighbors with personal and friendly service,” said Bruce Chalmers.
“Our transition to the fourth generation has been carefully planned to set a balance for our entire family. Bruce and I are very proud of the end results and look forward to mentoring when asked. We are confident in Jim and Dottie’s abilities as leaders, combined with the experience, vision, and expertise of Steve Cote, President, to take Chalmers Insurance Group into the future and hopefully into the hands of the 5th generation,” said Bill Chalmers.
“The Chalmers brothers have worked side-by-side in this widely – respected family business for 44 years, cultivating impressive growth and sustained triumph through building strong relationships, making strategic acquisitions and actively supporting their communities and causes for which they are passionate. I am forever grateful for the life and business lessons learned through the words and actions of Bruce and Bill,” said Steve Cote.
Bruce and Bill will assume new roles as valued Directors and Mentors (and, of course, continue as great dads!) Jim and Dottie are proud and honored to embrace a rare opportunity to steward their family’s organization to the 5th generation.
“This is an exciting time to be in Insurance and to own and operate a business. Our industry and consumer demands are more diverse and complicated than ever before. Future success requires mindful planning and fearless execution – adapting to new times and differentiating from the competition in meaningful ways that bring value to all relationships. We are privileged to partner with our management team and co-workers to address these challenges head on – to support a more innovative and engaging workplace and offer a more interactive and resourceful risk management experience for our clients. We are most thankful to our dads for a tremendous opportunity and for their trust in us to take this great family-owned and operated business into the future,” said Dottie and Jim.
Chalmers Insurance Group:
Proud of our history. Excited for our future.
Chalmers Insurance Group thanks their clients and carrier partners for their loyalty and partnership and are most pleased to share their exciting news with you.
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.
| 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.