Kindness Weekend Ahead!

NORTH CONWAY, NH – The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is participating in the upcoming Kindness Weekend running from May 27th to the 29th. It will be celebrated by the North Conway Village Association and sponsored by the Evergreen Institute for Wellness.  We will be included in the events in Schouler Park on Saturday May 28th by displaying canvases painted with community scenes.  We invite the public to come and paint themselves or others in the scenes doing kind acts.  I hope to have many of our supporters help us to support this event.  A list of all the various activities is now available.

The Mount Washington Valley could be known as the Kindness Capital of New England!  That’s great news, because according to The Kindness Center, kindness is the secret to happiness.  Over Memorial Day weekend, locals and visitors alike will be soaking up the kindness message as well as inflicting random acts of kindness on our community.

The weekend, most of which is free and open to the public, will begin Friday evening with a free keynote lecture at the Theater in the Wood, by author and international speaker Michael J. Chase, founder of The Kindness Center.  Saturday morning, everyone is invited to gather in N. Conway Village for a little inspiration and to collect the tools of the kindness trade before fanning out to the community to commit all sorts of kindness on unsuspecting victims.

The idea for a kindness event was founded after a discussion about the fact that there is too much focus on negativity in our news and politics. We felt that if we as a community could focus on positive alternatives, then we can make things better.

Telling Tails Hosts Seminar with Author, Veterinarian, and Behavior Consultant Myrna Milani, DVM

FRYEBURG, ME – Dr. Myrna Milani, DVM will present the seminar Why Dogs Do What They Do, on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at Telling Tails Training Center in Fryeburg, Maine.  Dr. Milani is an author, veterinarian and animal behavior consultant.  Her interests are in the study of the relationship between humans and animals, as it affects the health and behavior of both.  In addition to writing books, she has been published in a number of professional periodicals.  She speaks regularly to a wide variety of professional and private organizations, and has appeared on television and radio including, “Today,” “Regis and Kathy Lee,” “Good Morning New York,” and the “NBC Nightly News.”   Her television credits also include an hour show on feline behavior for ESPN.

Dr. Milani will present the seminar, Why Dogs Do What They Do, in two parts.  Attendees may sign up for the morning session alone, or for both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Ethology, the study of the behavior of animals in their environments, delves into the “why” behind all animal behavioral displays.  The morning session summarizes six ethological concepts of particular importance to our understanding of companion dog behavior.  In this session Dr. Milani will cover general animal behavior.   She will talk about how dogs normally establish and protect their territories, find food and water, court, mate, reproduce, raise their young, play and how all of these affect a pet’s behavior and relationships with their humans.  She will explore those basics and discuss their role in normal and problem canine behavior.

The afternoon session will explore the concepts of the behavioral priorities covered in the morning session, and using canine aggression as the example, will demonstrate how all of the concepts work together to provide a comprehensive view of a behavioral issue.   This enhanced view of problem behavior can help properly diagnosis and create a well balanced treatment plan.  Failure to address underlying causes of behavior problems may result in the behavior persisting, stopping only to start again, or being replaced by another, possibly more serious problem.  In the afternoon session attendees will break up into groups and work on an aggression case study.

For more information on Dr. Myrna Milani and on the seminar, Why Dogs Do What They Do, please visit or call 207-642-3693.


MOUNT WASHINGTON VALLEY, N.H. — Team Lake Placid won its second team title in three years at the demanding 2011 Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon, held April 16 by the non-profit Friends of Tuckerman Ravine organization.

Frequent Inferno contender Ken Lubin of Milbury, Mass., a past runnerup, won his first solo TuckerMan competition in 4 hours, 11 minutes and 21.90 seconds. He was followed by James Kovacs in 4:14:19.71, and John Flanagan, who was third in 4:15:28.59.

Daniela Marquez won the solo women’s TuckerWomen class in 5:26:00.08. Lisa Feleta was second in 6:34:53.59, and Sarah Katz was third in 6:56:50.70.

In the 20-team team class at the 11th annual event, Team Lake Placid had a top combined total team time of 3 hours, 29 minutes and 52.83 seconds in the five-part race, which consisted of a an 8.3-mile run, a 6-mile kayak race down the fast-running Saco River, an 18-mile bike race north through Pinkham Notch, a 3-mile run/hike up the Tuckerman Trail to the halfway point of Mount Washington’s Hillman’s Highway, and a 1-mile ski/hike giant slalom down Hillman’s down the Sherburne Ski Trail to Pinkham Notch.

Placing second was Team AXA in 3:32:59.17, followed in third by the Iron Rangers in 3:48:01.13.

Top pairing in the six-team Inferno Dynamic Duo category was Water Acquity of milford, mass., in 4:22:38. The team consists of Dave Mingori and Marc Trahan.

Placing second in 4:58:56 was Live Free or Die, while Cold Zero was third in 5:20:38.

In the all-women’s team class, Team Wildthings of North Conway repeated as champions in 4:22:32.30. The team consists of Kelsey Allen, Sarah Heidenis, Meredith Piotrow, Fabienne Pattison and Suzie Carrier.

They were followed in second in 4:27:39.51 by the Valley Girls, a fellow Mount Washington Valley team, consisting of Cathy Livingston, Amanda Wirling, Lynn Lyman, Sarah Learn and Carrie McLane.

Placing third in 4:55:49.98 in the all-women’s team class were the Holy Hellraisers.

Due to icy conditions in Tuckerman Ravine caused by the week’s ran and cold temperatures leading up to race day, race officials and U.S. Forest Service snow rangers opted to change the final ski leg of the demanding five-part race.

The ski leg had originally been planned to have been held down Left Gully in Tuckerman Ravine. Hillman’s Highway was selected as an alternate because it receives more direct sunlight and had softer snow, according to chief of race Ted Sutton of Lincoln and executive director Al Risch of Madison.

“We were able to run an exciting race where there were no injuries and everyone got down safely while having a great time. We’re very pleased,” said Sutton, an FIS delegate with more than 40 years experience in presenting ski races.


In the concurrent Wildcat Wildfire Pentathlon, held an hour later on a similar but somewhat easier course, the West County Old Stars were tops in the team category in 3:18:11, followed by the Ski Dads in 3:33:37. Placing third was King’s Point in 4:51:55.

John McCarthy won the solo Wildcat WildMan title in 3:25:55, followed by Dan Poirier in 3:45.00. Placing third was Geoff Heigh in 4:15:52.27.

Top solo WildWoman was Audra Lisselle in 5:14:33.

In the dynamic duo Wildcat Wildfire, the Memorial Hospital was tops in 3:49:13, followed by Waters Synapt in 4:24:13 in second and Waters H. Class in third in 4:26:54.

Tops in the Wildcat all-women class was Team Shake and Bake in 3:53:47, followed by Team Waters XERO in 4:36:41.

The Wildcat Wildfire consisted of a 6-mile run, 6-mile kayak, 16-mile bike, 2-mile hike/snowshoe halfway up the Polecat Trail and the Tomcat Trail at Wildcat, followed by a 1.5-mile ungated  downhill ski race on the Lynx Trail.

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, is a locally-based, member-supported, non-profit organization that seeks to preserve and protect the unique alpine and sub-alpine eastern slopes of Mount Washington and to work in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to sustain the traditional uses of the distinctive natural area.

Since its inception, the organization has helped create a potable water supply at Hermit Lake shelter, aided the USFS’ communications system, resupplied first aid caches in Tuckerman Ravine, helped fund the erection of a foot bridge at the base of the mountain for skier and hiker traffic and recently helped replace three avalanche condition slat boards for Huntington and Tuckerman ravines.

The group also presents trail maintenance work days every fall. Memberships start at $35 per year.

For more information and results, log on to;  call 9603) 367-4417 or e-mail to

March Maple Madness Tour!

The Bed & Breakfasts Inn Mount Washington Valley (BBIMWV) will host their annual March Maple Madness Tour on Saturday and Sunday, March 26th and 27th.  This entertaining weekend is created for visitors and local residents alike and offers elements of fun, education and tasty delights as you go from inn-to-inn.

This is the sixth year that proceeds benefit the Bed & Breakfasts Inn Mount Washington Valley Hospitality Scholarship Fund. BBIMWV is a local non-profit organization of innkeepers. In 2006 they expanded their mission to include an annual scholarship for a worthy student pursuing a higher education in the hospitality field. The proceeds from this March Maple Madness event will benefit such a student graduated from either Kennett High School or Fryeburg Academy.

Tickets are $15 per person and are valid for both Saturday from11AM to 4PM and Sunday from 11AM and 1PM at participating inns. With your ticket in hand, you will embark on a self-guided tour of local inns, sampling their maple specialties along the way. There will be a wealth of information about ‘sugaring’ at the participating maple sugar houses and the other ‘Maple Country Partner.’

In addition to the fun-filled, informative tour and samplings, March Maple Madness offers the more daring ticket holders the opportunity to compete for hundreds of dollars in prizes. Join in on an equal parts scavenger hunt, trivia game, and White Mountain photo competition. As you travel the tour route you must visit each participating Inn and Maple Country Partner seeking answers to questions, gathering objects and artifacts. The ticket holder who, in the opinion of the panel of judges, best accomplishes every dictate, and so scores the most points, will win the grand prize. Valued at over $400, the prize package includes a $200 certificate good toward a two-night stay at any participating member of Bed & Breakfasts Inn Mount Washington Valley, a supply of maple syrup, a dinner certificate for The Notchland Inn, a horse or carriage

ride for two at The Farm By the River and a March Maple Madness basket filled with gifts contributed by the Inns, Sugar Houses and Maple Country Partners. The runner-up prize is valued at over $200, including a dinner certificate from The Notchland Inn, a Maple surprise and a March Maple Madness gift basket.

The official panel of judges has dubious qualifications but their opinion will be final.

Participating Inns continuing their part in the March Maple Madness tour include: Buttonwood Inn, Cabernet Inn, Covered Bridge House, The Farm by the River, Mt. Washington B&B, The Notchland Inn, and Spruce Moose Lodge. Visitors staying at any of these locations the weekend of March 26th and 27th will receive March Maple Madness tickets as part of their stay packages, along with breakfast each day and additional enticements ranging from maple candy to a maple-themed 5 course dinner. Visitors and local residents may purchase tickets at the Notchland Inn, Mt. Washington B & B, and Spruce Moose Lodge the day of the event.

The Maple Country Partner participating will include Ravenwood Curio Shoppe. To learn more about the March Maple Madness Tour, the scholarship, or the participating inns, visit Bed & Breakfasts Inn Mount Washington Valley on the internet at:, or call 877-466-2399.

Photo Contest – With Possible Publishing Contract

An exciting new photo contest is underway–in search of the most magnificent iconic Mt. Washington panoramic photo in any season. Sponsored by The Framed Art Superstore, the contest offers 2 awards; the People’s Choice Award, selected by the public and a grand prize winner. The grand prize includes valley-wide promotion by the Framed Art Superstore, automatic entry into the Photographer of the Year Competition, a free 60 inch wide, ready to hang canvas of their image and an introduction to one of the largest internationally recognized specialty photography agencies, and finally, an invitation to submit their portfolio to be considered for a publishing contract.

It’s possible that both awards can be won by the same person. The Framed Art Superstore judges will select the winning photograph and the public will select the People’s Choice Award. All submissions need to be in by the 28th of January. The Framed Art Superstore judges will narrow the choices to the top 5 images. The public is invited to visit the Framed Art Superstore or the Met Coffee House & Art Gallery from the 29th of January to the 5th of February to cast their vote. Both the People’s Choice Award and The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on Saturday Feb 5th at 7pm at a special reception upstairs at the Met and the finished product will be ready for sale by February vacation.
Megan Moulton, apprentice and future owner of the Framed Art Superstore says, “It’s time we offer an awesome photo of Mt. Washington, not to mention we get to open a door for the talented winner. We have so many requests for the perfect Mt. Washington photo” Co-owner Sal Martignetti adds, “it’s always been our mission to make great art more accessible to more people. Our large-format photos on canvas are so popular; we want to help local photographers while expanding our collection. We’re not looking for your run-of-the-mill-shot of Mt. Washington. We’re looking for that, “WOW” shot. Everyone has a camera and nearly everyone has taken a shot of Mt. Washington, but few get the WOW factor. It has to be special and/or unique. It may be awesome lighting, moodiness, shadows, or unique colors; we leave that up to the artist.” There are no rules against Photoshop corrections and enhancements.
Ideally, submissions should be in panoramic format using a minimum ratio of 2:1. Meaning, it needs to be at least twice as long as it is tall. However, it is not necessary. Images need to be large in size, with the highest resolution, in order to be printed up to 90 inches wide with excellent clarity. Submissions should be in digital format as a tiff file. Other formats will be considered, please inquire. These files will be too large to email. When you have your photos ready, call the store for submission instructions.

For more information contact the Framed Art Superstore in North Conway. They’re open every day from 10am-6pm and can be reached at 603-356-8278.

Ski or Snowboard for FREE January 3rd-January 9th

Wildcat Mountain has been introducing persons to winter recreation since it began offering lift-serviced skiing and riding over 50 years ago. Today, with a staff of instructors that collectively represents over 850 years of experience and more than 90% certified by the Professional Ski Instructors Association & American Association of Snowboard Instructors, that tradition continues with the Wildcat Mountain Learn-to-Ski and Learn-to-Ride programs intended for first-timers. Wildcat Mountain in New Hampshire joins several other resorts in states across the nation taking part in the snow sport industries campaign to introduce persons to winter sports.

As a special offer to support January’s Learn a Snow Sports Month, Wildcat Mountain has joined with Ski NH to invite “never-evers” to sign up for a free Learn-to-Ski/Ride lesson package, including rentals and novice lift ticket valid at Wildcat Mountain only, during the week of January 3rd -9th.  To register for the free Learn-to-Ski/Ride lesson package, Participants must visit to register and download a Learn to Ski or Ride Free Coupon; they then contact Wildcat Mountain to make a reservation for a limited number of available lesson times every day that week. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis after persons have registered online with Ski NH.

In addition, and with no obligation to receiving the aforementioned FREE first lesson package, persons will also be able to purchase three additional lessons as part of the First Tracks Pass package at a discount price. The First Tracks Pass package includes three additional lessons, equipment rental & novice lift tickets, and a FREE Wildcat Mountain-only full season-pass valid for the remainder of the season at the conclusion of the program. The cost for the First Tracks Pass package during the special Learn a Snow Sports Month will be only $189: a savings of $30 off the normal low price of $219. The free Learn-to-Ski/Ride and discount First Tracks Pass programs are available for first-time skiers & snowboarders only ages 13 and up. Reservations are required and space may be limited.

After registering and downloading the necessary Learn to Ski or Ride coupon at Ski NH, please call 1-888-SKI-WILD for more information and to make your free Learn-to-Ski/Ride reservation for available spots or visit for more information on all available snow sports programs and lessons

10 Ideas to Please the Hard-To-Shop For

Turn holiday shopping stress into gift rest in Mt Washington Valley.  Not only will you find nearly 200 outlets, gift shops, antique and gift shops, but you will be treated to tax-free shopping too.  What you see on the price tag is what you get in New Hampshire.  With all the variety offered from 200 stores, outlets and boutiques, to great deals and tax-free shopping, Mt Washington Valley is THE answer to your gift dilemma for difficult Aunty Mildred this holiday season.  There are simply too many places to suggest for shopping in one Top Ten story, so for a complete list of stores, organized by products and type, start your journey at  You’ll also find a nice selection of locally made gifts at too, where you can order online.

Handmade and Naturally Pine:  For handmade specialty foods and decorations, start your shopping tour at Mt Washington Valley’s Farm Stands or nurseries and florists where you’ll find everything from kissing balls to wreaths to jams, jellies and sweet treats too. Speaking of kissing, you’re sure to find mistletoe there too!  And the Christmas Tree Shops and Christmas Loft are your headquarters for plenty of creative holiday decorations.

Art-Marts: Original artworks and framed prints, silkscreens, sculpture and glass works will be found throughout the Valley’s art galleries.  Look for everything from vintage ski resort prints and oils from local artisans to gorgeous frames and more.

New England made: Visit Zeb’s General Store for the largest collection of New England made products in the country.  The Handcrafter’s Barn also features two buildings of New England made crafts and specialty foods from 150 crafters.  Another great bet is the New Hampshire Country Store, a virtual emporium of New England made products in Chocorua, NH.  For New Hampshire made , the League of NH Craftsmen &Earth and Fire offer gorgeous gifts from the granite state.

Accessorize! Look for accessories from Mt Washington Valley’s own Sally Bags to  a wide variety of finejewelry including everything from charms and beads to diamond engagement rings. For the person with everything, why not an accessory for the house from Copper Tops Weathervanes & Cupolas.  Soyfire Candles are another nice gift, made in America too.

Yum Yum: Sweet treats and specialty foods are always a solution for those who have everything.  Who wouldn’t want hand dipped chocolates from Bavarian Chocolate Haus or jams, jellies and marinades fromStonewall Kitchen.  For all the holiday food shopping needs, try North Conway Hannaford or Shaws Supermarket/Osco.

Music, sports, puzzles and books: What’s Christmas without toys under the trees? For the kids, theToy Chest,  nearby Penguin Gallery of NH and Wal-Mart offer a store full of great ideas and list-fillers.  For the active family, choose sporting goods including everything from bikes and their accessories to skis and skiing apparel, and even motorcycles.  The North Conway Music Shop is the perfect one-stop shop for all your musical interests and White Birch Books offers not only a great selection of books, but a scenic location for browsing. For a touch of the unusual, how about a White Mountain Puzzle, offering hours of entertainment with unique puzzles.

Gifts galore: Mt Washington Valley is a gold mine for unusual gifts.  Here you’ll find everything from fine housewares to Christmas decorations and much, much more.

Hobbies and crafts: Mt Washington Valley offers craft suppliesfabrics and yarns and plenty of inspiration from talented crafters too. Look for classes in everything from candle making to knitting.  For camera buffs, Spectrum Photo offers a wide selection and great advice on the best camera to put under the tree this year.

Fancy Pants & more: The options for clothing and footwear are almost endless in Mt Washington Valley.  Choose from outlets at Settler’s Green Outlet Village to Assets Jean Co and other boutiques inNorth Conway Village.  You’ll find everything from outerwear to underwear!

For the Connoisseur :  For those who appreciate fine wines and a good cigar, consider Wine Thyme for wine related gifts, or better yet, create your own private labeled wine at Vintner’s Cellar Winery, then head over to the Village Cigar Emporium for a wide selection of premium hand rolled cigars.

Click here for a complete list of shopping destinations in Mt Washington Valley.
For more information about shopping getaways to Mt Washington Valley, visit  If you’d like to talk to a visitor representative, please call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).

Halloween in the NH White Mountains

The following are some Halloween Happenings in Mt. Washington Valley this weekend! have fun and enjoy!

Are you ready to be SCARED? The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mt is the “height of terror”! Have fun at this seasonal attraction featuring a night time chairlift rise to the dark mountaintop…

Bring the kids to GhostTown at Six Gun City and enjoy unlimited free rides-including go-carts, laser tag, shows and activities!

Looking for a challenge? Visit the Corn Maize at Sherman Farm–and for a special Halloween event come out to the “Haunted Maize” at night and let your flashlight guide you for a haunting good time!

Is that Shrieks in the Peaks? October weekends turn Spooky at Mountain View!! Toasted S’Mores, sing-alongs and ghost stories by the campfire are just some of the family fun at Mountain View Grand!

HOWL-o-Ween with your pets at the 16th Annual Howl-o-Ween Party & Pet Costume Contest! at Four Your Paws Only in North Conway. Sunday, October 24 at 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Dress up your pets, your kids, yourself, whoever and head on over to this very popular annual event!

Enjoy a special Halloween party at River’s Edge Grill and Tavern at the Indian Mound Golf Club in Center Ossipee. Oct. 30th from 7-12 PM. Costumes, Dancing and more!

Kids will love all the fun at Purity Spring Resorts, Halloween Town! Enjoy a traditional Halloween visiting 25 cabins along the “haunted way”. Kids Carnival, petting farm, tethered balloon rides and more make this a special time!

Fall Foliage Report- Mt. Washington Valley

Leaf peepers in Mt Washington Valley, NH are reporting leaves starting to turn color throughout the region, with accelerated foliage mostly near ponds, rivers, and waterways. At Wildcat Mountain, the birches are showing tinges of yellow, and some early red can be seen throughout the region.  Foliage is definitely on track to peak on or before Columbus Day Weekend in Mt Washington Valley.

Photo of Wildcat Mountain, taken 9-23-10 by Thomas Prindle.

Camping in North Conway, NH

Setting up camp

By Hayley Kaufman, Globe Staff  |  September 4, 2010
WHO: “G’’ editor Hayley Kaufman; her husband, Chris; and their three kids

WHAT: Tent camping

WHERE: North Conway, N.H.

I thought all kids loved tents. Any kind of tent: circus, camping, even those beach things that shield you from the sun. Turns out a rented nylon tent is not every child’s dream retreat: My 3-year-old daughter, Rachel, stamped her foot in dismay the first night we camped this summer, on the banks of the Saco River.

“Mama, I want to go back to the hotel!’’ Rachel whined. A few days earlier, we’d made the pilgrimage to North Conway, N.H., and Storyland. We’d stayed in a passable roadside motel; then we moved down the road to the Saco River Camping area, a none-too-remote site tucked just behind the L.L. Bean Outlet.

For all you camping purists out there (the ones who have notches on your bedposts denoting how many AMC huts you’ve slogged to), a family campground isn’t a bad thing. When your toddler is in diapers and your 6-year-old refuses to wear shoes, camping in a place with a washing machine and showers isn’t a moral shortcoming. It’s pragmatic.

Surprisingly, the tent took a little selling. Rachel (pictured) was suspect. But after tramping down to the camp’s shallow Saco River access, cooking dinner on the camp stove, and roasting marshmallows over an open fire, she actually asked to go to sleep in the tent. A full day outside does that to kids, even little divas.

Some private camps aren’t so family friendly (case in point: our neighbors recently took their toddler to one in Plymouth that was more “Jersey Shore’’ than Disney Channel), so hunt around online for info. The Saco River Camping area was full of families — some tent camping, many in RVs. The playground, while not exactly state of the art, was a hit, as was the giant chessboard near the camp offices. And if you get to the point where you can’t take the outdoors anymore, there’s a make-your-own-sundae parlor (and outlet shopping) two minutes away. Your days will be so full the whole family will go to sleep early, even in a tent.

Hayley Kaufman can be reached at

Win a Rally Course Ride at the New England Forest Rally

Newq England Forest Rally- Mt. Washington
Travis & Derek relax after securing a podium finish at the 2008 New England Forest Rally

Through a partnership with the New England Forest Rally, the Mt. Washington Auto Road has developed a contest to promote the New England Forest Rally to visitors to Mt. Washington. With the many automobile enthusiasts that visit the Mt. Washington Auto Road each summer, it is a perfect match for the event, which continues to grow year after year.

The grand prize winner will receive two (2) tickets to visit the Team O’Neil Rally School and Car Control Center in Dalton, NH for a “Rally Ride Experience!” The second place winner will receive two (2) Tickets to the New England Forest Rally VIP Bus, Saturday July 17, 2010.
To enter the contest, send an email to, include “Rally Ride” in the subject. Body of the email must include name and email address.

The New England Forest Rally, which will take place on July 16 & 17, is hosted at Sunday River Resort in Newry, ME, with additional spectator areas including the Mexico Recreation Park in Mexico, ME and sites across Northern New Hampshire. This year the New England Forest Rally will be the Final Round of the Rally America National Championship Series and will again host X Games legend Travis Pastrana, the 2009 New England Forest Rally winner and other superstars, including Ken Block, and Dave Mirra. For complete event information, visit

For more information about the contest or the Mt. Washington Auto Road, visit or call 603.466.3988.

First opened in 1861 as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the country’s oldest manmade attraction. Located on Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, just north of the Mount Washington Valley and minutes south of Gorham, the Auto Road has a long and winding history, much like its 7.6 mile trip up to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. For more information, visit or call 603-466-3988.

Anything is Possible!

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