Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association Auction

NORTH CONWAY, NH – The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association invites the community to their annual auction on August 20th, at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, at 6:30pm. “The Starving Artist Auction & Dance” is the signature fundraising event of the Arts Association and is essential for keeping the arts thriving in the Mt. Washington Valley. This year’s event is unique in offering fine art donated by local and regional artists of the organization including, Jan Eskedal, John Girouard, JP Goodwin, Rebecca Klementovich, Carl Owen and Sean Stull. Other donated auction items will include vacation experiences, a helicopter ride, handcrafted furniture, recreational activities and fine dining. It promises to be a fun evening of dancing to the music of DJ Cooper Fox, and the excitement of a silent auction and a raffle.

The Live Auction portion of the evening will be led by Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. A cash bar will be available and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Artists, members of the organization and the community are encouraged to support the arts and bring friends to this exciting event. Tickets can be purchased for $25.00 each at Association’s Visual Arts Center or Vintage Frameworks, both at Norcross Place, North Conway and through PayPal at www.mwvarts.org. The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is an independent, community focused, non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation, and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mt. Washington Valley. We provide educational opportunities for the study, appreciation and practice of fine arts and crafts to artists and community members of all ages and abilities.

Through the generosity of our donors and the support of the community, the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association will continue to be a leader in building the arts community in the Mt. Washington Valley.

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White Mountain Art & Artisan Festival

Contact:  Kathleen L. Merrill, (603) 383-9356, info@jacksonnh.com
 

JACKSON, NH – You are invited to experience the world of Art through the work of over 40 Artists and Artisans at the Annual White Mountain Art & Artisan Festival…

This two-day juried event Saturday August 21st & Sunday August 22nd will be held in Jackson Village Park. Many selected artists and artisans will be displaying and selling their work under the large tent by the pond in Jackson Village Park or under their own individual tents set up throughout the park.

Our White Mountain Art & Artisan Festival is one of the Northeast’s premier events for artists and artisans, this year’s juried exposition features works by more than 40 artists presenting sculpture, glass and wood arts, ceramics, fiber arts, fine arts and jewelry for sale at all price points.

There will be live musical performances throughout the weekend, including a local favorite “Calico Slim”. Food and refreshments, including lobster sandwiches as well as BBQ foods will be available for purchase from Yesterday’s Restaurant… always a local favorite.

We invite the kids to the popular “Kids Creating” tent where they can learn to create their own pieces of art by way of crafts, sand art, sculpting, beading and t-shirt decorating.  Donations welcome.

Many years ago the White Mountain School of Art first became aware of the beauty of Jackson. Many of the artists of the 19th century White Mountain School came to Jackson to view the lovely scenes we live with every day… from pastoral farms to the grandeur of Mt. Washington. In 1923, Wallace Nutting, author of “New Hampshire Beautiful” put it well when he said “People of Jackson, NH can claim as their advantage to be in the immediate view of the best of the White Mountains. Jackson undoubtedly stands high among the more desirable mountain towns as a goal of visitation.”  This holds true today. Works of art from local and visiting artists who convey their vision of this spectacular area on canvas continue to be popular purchases at this spectacular show.  Our White Mountain Art & Artisan Festival is popular for singles, couples and the entire family… providing something special for each.

For more information and updates on this Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce event please call the office at (603) 383-9356 or (800) 888-3334 and be sure to check out our website at JackonNH.com.

See you there!

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Starving Artists’ Auction & Dance

NORTH CONWAY, NH – The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association will be holding the Starving Artists’ Auction & Dance on   Saturday, August 20th at 6:30pm at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway,  NH.

The Starving Artist Volunteers have gathered a fabulous assortment of Auction items that include vacations, handcrafted furniture, a helicopter ride, jewelery and of course Fine Art, donated by our juried Artists.  Don’t miss out on some great bargains and  lots of fun!

Invite some friends and come join in the fun.  There are terrific items for the raffle, the silent auction and the live auction with Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, as our auctioneer. All proceeds go directly to the Arts Association so come have a good time dancing with DJ Cooper Fox, enjoying our gourmet hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

Ticket Price: $ 25.00 per person and are avaliable for purchase at the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association (603) 356-2787 and at Vintage Frameworks (603)  356-7711. You can also go online to purchase tickets at www.mwvarts.org — Paypal is accepted.

Ticket Sales End Saturday August 13th, so hurry!

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Madison Old Home Week concert Monday

MADISON, NH — Madison Old Home Week will feature a live free outdoor concert on Monday, August 8, 2011, from 7-9pm featuring local musicians, Bennett and Perkins. The concert will take place under the stars at Burke Field in Madison, NH, located on Route 113 just 6 miles south of Conway. The popular folk duo has been touring regionally this summer and receiving increasing radio airplay. They were featured artists on Kate McNally’s Folk Show on New Hampshire Public Radio in December.

Having started performing together in 2008, Bennett & Perkins released their first CD, The Kitchen Music Sessions, in the summer of 2010. The pair performs a bold repertoire of original music as well as their distinctive interpretation of American and traditional music that highlights their unique vocal and instrumental talents. Their repertoire includes artists as diverse as Richard Shindell to Karla Bonnof to Hoyt Axton; plus a growing number of original tunes that hold their own.
Bennett & Perkins both bring vocal and guitar playing abilities to the stage. But what makes their music special is how their individual strengths so well complement each other.

Thom Perkins began playing guitar at age 8 and was playing country fairs and coffee houses from Connecticut to California in the 1960s. His guitar playing is influenced by blues and ragtime and is often compared to Richard Thompson and Jim Kweskin.

Over the years, he has shared the stage with the likes of Pete Seeger, Jonathan Edwards, Bill Morrissey and David Francey. Perkins performed a series of workshops and shows in the Madeleine and Cape Breton Islands of Atlantic Canada including the Red Shoe Pub in Mabou, Nova Scotia. He is a long time resident of Jackson, NH.

Kathy Bennett is a classically trained vocalist who also began playing guitar as a child. Bennett on her own plays an eclectic mix of blues, rock, and folk. In the early 90’s, she performed in folk clubs in the Boston area and has opened for Martin Sexton. Kathy startles the audience with her at once gutsy and lacy vocals. Kathy is a Boston-area native who relocated to Madison, NH in 2003.

The duo recorded The Kitchen Music Sessions at Langdon Brook Studio. Engineered by the pair’s friend and fellow musician Davey Armstrong, the recording took place in the kitchen of his antique Maine farmhouse.

After releasing the CD in summer 2010, Bennett and Perkins have been frequent performers throughout New England, including multiple appearances at Ossipee Valley Music Festival, Maine’s largest acoustic music festival. They have been playing a variety of concerts and festivals this summer and are excited to be playing this latest concert in Madison so close to home for their friends and neighbors.

For more information on Bennett & Perkins, visit their website bennettandperkins.com; email them at bennettandperkins@gmail.com; or call 603-733-6563. For more information about Madison Old Home Week, visit madison-nh.org.

Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce celebrates the 8th Covered Bridge Dance

It’s like an “Old Fashioned Block Party”
This Saturday August 6 starting at 5:30 PM until 11:30 PM.

Dance the night away under the moon, the stars and the Jackson Covered
Bridge this Saturday August 6th, 2011. YES… the White Mountain Boys
have agreed to be the band of choice again this year. You’ll want to dance,
dance dance the night away starting at 7 PM. Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks,
and snacks will be served from 6 PM – 9 PM. Bring your chairs, blankets,
friends, family and, of course, Dancing Shoes as the Jackson Village
Community comes together for this Old Fashioned good time block party.

If you weren’t able to make the 2010 Covered Bridge Dance this is your
opportunity to share in the fun you missed last year. It isn’t often you see any
of New Hampshire’s Covered Bridges closed to vehicles… but on this very
special night the Jackson Covered Bridge will be closed from 5:30 PM until
midnight for this great event. You know an event is worth the trip when it
stops traffic… signs will be posted and our finest Jackson Police crew will be
on hand to redirect traffic as needed. Merely continue north on route 16 and
take the first right after the Covered Bridge to get into Jackson Village. Please
note… all Jackson Village businesses normally opened at night will most
certainly remain opened for business during this event. Be sure to mark
your calendars and join us for a night of Community Fun under the Historic
Jackson Covered Bridge this Saturday August 6, 2011.

The Jackson Fire Department will be holding a 50/50 raffle, selling T shirts
and offering some other fun things to help raise money for some of their 2011
expenses.

Parking for this event will be marked. The entrance fee to the Covered Bridge
Dance remains FREE due to the generosity of Don Bilger Committee Chair –
Owner of Whitney’s Inn at Jackson, the Shovel Handle Pub and the Inn at
Jackson, Flossies’ General Store, Ravenwood Curio Shoppe, J-Town Deli &
Country Store and R & R Woodworkers as well as other Jackson Area
Chamber of Commerce businesses. For a complete list of sponsors and details
of this Community Event please visit our website at http://www.JacksonNH.com.

Friday Painters’ Exhibit for Memorial Hospital

NORTH CONWAY, NH -The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association announces the 5th Annual Art Show of the Friday Painters’ Group. It will being held at the Memorial Hospital in North Conway from August 6 – 25. The watercolor and oil paintings are of local landscapes and studio  produced within the past year. The 2011 exhibit features the work of Elinor Bullen, Elise Edgerton, Barbara Egbert, JP Goodwin, Mary Howe, Valentina Kobilansky, Bob McDonald, Sharon Soule, and Cindy Spencer. In honor of Nan White, the group’s founder, one of her watercolors will be included in the display.

The Friday Painters’ Group follows a longstanding tradition of “plein air” (painting landscapes outside) established long ago by White Mountain Artists. Painters create and then critique their compositions together. In addition to the valley’s plentiful natural and historic local sites, Friday Painters’ is grateful to the many local farms, inns, and private residences that welcome us.

The Friday Painters’ Group meets weekly at selected sites from mid -May through mid-October.   During winter months or rainy Fridays, artists meet at the Visual Arts Center at Norcross Place in North Conway.  The group is comprised of local and seasonal amateur and professional artists and currently attracts more than 30 local artists throughout the year.   Painters of all mediums and abilities are welcome. The group is currently under the auspices of the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. For more information please contact the MWVAA at 603-356-2787 or visit our website at www.mwvarts.org.

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Mt. Washington Auto Road 150th Birthday Weekend August 5-8, Festivities Include Car Club Cruise Night, Victorian Gala Evening, Auto Road Crew Reunion, Commemorative Postmark and More!

PINKHAM NOTCH, NH – The Mt. Washington Auto Road’s season long 150th Birthday celebration reaches its “peak”  this weekend with a diverse and unparalleled series of events and activities. It was on Aug. 8, 1861 that the 8 mile Auto Road to the summit (then called the Carriage Road) first opened to the public, making it America’s first manmade attraction.

This eventful weekend kicks off on Friday, Aug. 5thfrom 5-8 pm, with the Mt. Washington Valley Old Car Club Cruise Night at the base of the Auto Road.

Saturday, August 6th beginning at 5:30 pm is the Sesquicentennial Gala, a Victorian themed evening that will include an elegant dinner, champagne toast, music, dancing, custom birthday cakes, a time travel presentation with Darby Field and fireworks. Guests are requested to wear vintage or formal attire. Tickets are $125 per couple or $65 per person.

Sunday, August 7th from 12-7 pm will be the Mt. Washington Auto Road crew reunion. All past and present employees of the company are welcomed to reminisce and enjoy a complimentary trip up the Auto Road. From 1:30-7pm will be opening day of a historic White Mountain Art exhibit, assembled by the Banks Gallery of Portsmouth. At 7 pm the public is invited to a showing of “Brush and Pen” a new documentary about the rich history of artists and writers in the White Mountains.

Monday, August 8th is an all day birthday celebration! Any car that arrives with a “This car climbed Mt. Washington” sticker permanently attached to its bumper will get free passage on the Auto Road (vehicle limitations apply). In addition, the US Postal Service will be on hand to issue a one day only commemorative pictorial postmark to celebrate the occasion. A display of vintage and antique vehicles will also be on public view.

“It will truly be history in the making this weekend at the Mt. Washington Auto Road! There is an inescapable sense of history that is part of being in this part of New Hampshire. We hope anyone who is interested will join us for this once in a lifetime celebration,” said Howie Wemyss, general manager for the Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

Sponsors for this weekend’s events include: PSNH, Berlin City Auto Group, Northway Bank, Infantine/Cross Insurance, Pike Industries, Acadia Insurance and FairPoint.

For more information about any of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s 150th Birthday weekend festivities call (603) 466-3988 or visit the website: www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com.

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23rd Annual Wildman Biathlon set for August 13, 2011

SHELBURNE, NH – It’s time for runners and bicyclists to shift their training schedules into high gear!  The twenty third annual Wildman Biathlon, one of the toughest multi-sport events in New England, is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine.

Athletes from all over the United States, Canada and some years even other countries, come to New Hampshire’s White Mountains to compete as an individual or in teams in the Wildman.  For twenty-three years now athletes have been challenging their endurance amid some of the most spectacular scenery in the Northeast. The Wildman Biathlon consists of a 10-K run in the picturesque town of Shelburne, a 22.3 mile bicycle trek through Gorham towards a 3-mile hill climb up the Polecat ski trail to the finish line at the summit of Wildcat Mountain, a presenting sponsor, located in Pinkham Notch.

The race begins with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. The winners usually cross the finish line about two hours and fifteen minutes later.  Though many individual competitors complete the entire race, many others choose to combine their abilities as two-person and three-person teams.  The entry fees for the 2011 Wildman Biathlon are $50.00 for an individual, $100.00 for a two-person team, and $150.00 for a three-person team.  This price goes up by $10 per person after July 30, 2011.  The entry fee includes a limited edition Wildman T-shirt, a ride down from the summit on the Wildcat Mountain Scenic Gondola, a support person Gondola ticket, and one meal ticket for the “après-race” meal. Additional meal tickets and Gondola tickets are available for purchase if needed.  Categories are available for all ages and team configurations.  Overall and category winners receive commemorative awards, and numerous other prizes are awarded through random drawings.

The Wildman Biathlon is a fundraising event for the Coos County RSVP, a Tri-County CAP sponsored program.  RSVP is hoping to have a great sponsorship turnout this year as they have lost the other half of their State funding. This leaves RSVP trying to raise in excess of $17,000 and that doesn’t count the amount of federal dollars lost as a result of no State local funding.  RSVP matches individuals age 55 and older with volunteer opportunities at non-profit and public agencies in their communities.  About 375 volunteers gave more than 55,000 hours of service at 62 sites throughout Coos County last year.  Through a variety of service roles these volunteers are helping to meet community needs. Visit our web page www.ncia.net/wildman to view information about the Wildman and our sponsors.  For more information about RSVP or how you can become a sponsor, contact Kathy or Nancy at 752-4103 or e-mail  rsvp@ncia.net or write to Coos County RSVP, 30 Exchange Street, Berlin, NH  03570.

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Dine-Around Raffle Fundraiser to be Drawn August 7th

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Only a few days left to win gift certificates to some of the Valley’s greatest dining establishments at the North Conway Public Library.  Raffle tickets are still available for the Library’s second Dine-Around Raffle and some lucky person is going to win over $440 worth of gift certificates to local restaurants. The drawing of this grand raffle prize is fast approaching: The lucky ticket will be drawn on Sunday, August 7th at the North Conway Public Library’s annual Theater Night fundraiser.

The following establishments have generously donated gift certificates: Applebee’s, Bavarian Chocolate House, Courtyard Cafe, Flatbread, Hooligan’s, Inn at Thorn Hill, J-Town Deli, Lobster Trap, Maestro’s, Met Coffee House, Notchland Inn, Peach’s, Peking, Priscilla’s, Rafferty’s, Thompson House Eatery, Wildcat Inn and Tavern, White Mountain Cafe.

Raffle tickets are: 1 for $2.00, 3 for $5.00 and 7 for $10.00. These gift certificates would allow you to go out on the town or would make great gifts for relatives and friends. All proceeds go directly to the North Conway Public Library, so please give the Library a call at 603-356-2961 or go online to www.NorthConwayLibrary.com for more information or to make arrangements for a mail-order raffle ticket purchase. Better yet, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway and purchase your winning ticket; time is running out!

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Wildcat Mountain Working With U.S. Forest Service to Remove Summit Building

Original Summit Gondola Building Scheduled to be Dismantled In Spring 2012

PINKHAM NOTCH NH – After considering all reasonable options, costs and benefits, and working with U.S. Forest Service to understand codes and requirements to renovate the existing summit building that once served as the top-station for the original Wildcat Mountain gondola, Peak Resorts has determined that the capital expense is not feasible and instead budget the costs and expense to dismantle and remove the summit building and restore a small, but noticeable, portion of the natural summit.

“You have to admire and respect the history and the individuals that built what remains of the original, but long neglected, infrastructure here”, said Wildcat Mountain General Manager Josh Boyd. “But we’re in a different era with extensive building requirements and regulations that the U.S. Forest Service has in place to preserve the natural beauty of the White Mountain National Forest. And I have worked with them to understand and fully study what was possible, but building codes and related costs would require us to rebuild the building almost entirely. At this time, we feel the significant capital expense to build at the summit is better spent to simply remove the structure next spring, restore a bit of the natural beauty at the summit, but leave a defined footprint that may allow the U.S. Forest Service to permit a building in the foreseeable future, and to allocate any immediate capital expenses to other more pressing improvements here at Wildcat.” Boyd went on to say that an expense of this proportion to create a minor profit center that may never fully see a break-even return to simply even operate season-to-season, is just the type of thing that challenges any ski area owner or operator to have to consider increasing the price of lift tickets and season passes.

The White Mountain National Forest is consulting with the NH State Historic Preservation Office to ensure that the historic building is thoroughly documented and that its history is recorded before demolition.

Of note, the Mount Washington Observatory has already taken immediate action to relocate their summit web cam and Wildcat Mountain has worked and cooperated to provide an alternate location. Known for its legendary views of Mount Washington and Tuckerman Ravine, Wildcat Mountain is host to one of many summit cams that the Mount Washington Observatory website shares with its members and general public.

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Farm Fresh Lunch at Remick Museum & Farm Saturday, August 6th

TAMWORTH, NH – Round up the family for a day at the farm but leave your picnic basket at home! Let us do the cooking and serve you nothing but the freshest farm foods on Saturday, August 6th from 11:30am to 1:30pm at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm.

Come for lunch and make a day of it! Tour the farm, see all of our friendly farm animals or join in activities. Tours begin at 11am; visit us online to see our complete tour and activity schedule.

Our lunch menu will be posted during the week of. Lunch is first come, first served.  Museum admission is $3, children 4 and under free. Admission includes tours and the children’s activity of the day. Additional costs at concession stand. The Remick Museum and Farm is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth Village, open Monday-Friday (10am to 4pm) and Saturday (10am-3pm). For more information please call toll free 1 (800) 686-6117 or (603) 323-7591. Visit us online at www.remickmuseum.org.

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Part 4 “Garden Thyme Series: Natural weed and pest management for beginners” at the Remick Museum and Farm

TAMWORTH, NH: Join us for part 4 of our “Garden Thyme Series” at the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm; “Natural weed and pest management for beginners” on Friday, August 5th at 10am.

Learn to control weeds and garden pests naturally without chemicals. “Garden Thyme” is a 5-part series covering a range of helpful topics for the beginner gardener. No reservations are required to attend and visitors are welcome to drop in anytime after 10am. Cost is $5 per person and includes admission to the Museum.

The Remick Museum and Farm is located at 58 Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth, NH. Open Monday-Friday (10am to 4pm) and Saturday (10am-3pm). For more information please call the Museum’s Visitor Center at (603) 323-7591 or toll free 1 (800) 686-6117. Visit us online at www.remickmuseum.org to see more upcoming Garden Thyme dates and programs.

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