Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon To Benefit the New England Ski Museum

Bretton Woods Nordic Center in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire welcomes skiers of all experience levels and ages to their Nordic Marathon on Saturday, March 11th. The marathon is to benefit non-profit organization the New England Ski Museum and their mission to “Preserve the Future of Skiing’s Past.” bretton-woods-and-new-england-ski-museum

The marathon welcomes both recreational and competitive skiers and provides timed and untimed racing options for a fun-filled event for people of all skiing interests. Race participants range in age from 11 to 83; with a two lap course and rest stations. The course layout provides a challenge to experienced racers while making use of terrain that is accessible and enjoyable for skiers of all abilities.

While early registration deadlines have passed, interested participants may still register by contacting the Bretton Woods Nordic Center or by visiting their SkiReg registration page here.  On-site registration is also available depending on whether the 400-participant limit has been reached. The marathon event fee includes entrance to the Apres-ski awards, meal and raffle held in the Mount Washington Hotel, a trail pass for March 10th, and feed stations. All proceeds benefit the New England Ski Museum. The first 300 skiers to register will receive a free SWIX hat as compliments of Audi Stratham and the first 100 entrants will receive a free pair of Darn Tough socks at bib pick-up.

Sorry, no refunds for any reason, however you may move yourself between distances and timed/untimed at no charge; and you may transfer to another individual within your fee category for $25.

About The History of the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon

bwoodsStaged between the historic Mount Washington Hotel and majestic Mount Washington, the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort has quickly become a North Country winter tradition.  This 42-kilometer, classic format, cross country ski race showcases one of the largest Nordic systems in the northeast.  In the tracks of the famed 1982 US National Championships and such legends as Bill Koch and Tim Caldwell, this race is steeped in history and Nordic skiing tradition. Past winners include Olympians Justin Freeman (2010, 2011) and Dorcas Wonsavge (2009, 2010) and top collegiate racers. 

For more information about the event, including the event schedule and prices, please visit http://brettonwoods.com or by calling 603-278-3322.

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation Presents Outdoor Snowshoe Adventure

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation welcomes you to attend their Outdoor Adventure at Tin Mountain Conservation Center on Saturday, March 4th from 9am to 1pm. Participants can enjoy a winter nature walk with the guidance of animal tracking and winter ecology enthusiasts, a Geocache adventure with experts on hand to assist newcomers to the hobby, and a kid’s treasure hunt in the Rockwell Sanctuary. For those who wish to explore on their own, this option is also available. The trails are ready and accessible for snowshoers of all ability levels.

jens-friendsRegistration for the event is from 9-10am, with events from 10-11:30am. Participants are welcome to meet at the Nature Learning Center at 11:30 for hot drinks and soup.

The cost to attend this event is donation-based, with 100% of the funds raised for Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation. These funds are given back to Mt. Washington Valley residents that are battling cancer. The money is raised in the Valley, and stays in the Valley!

Participants are asked to please dress for winter weather and to wear appropriate footwear with traction or snowshoes depending on the snow conditions. Please bring your own snowshoes, as there are only a limited number of snowshoes available for those who do not have them, on a first come first serve basis.

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About Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides supplemental financial assistance and other resources to cancer patients and their families in the Mount Washington Valley who are uninsured, under-insured, or financially challenged, allowing them to focus on battling cancer without worrying about the indirect financial burdens that often arise. Jen’s Friends is currently assisting over 70 families in the Mount Washington Valley in their fight against cancer.

For more information, contact Charlie Zaccaria by email at czaccaria@roadrunner.com or by phone at 603-986-1923. For more information about Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, please visit their website at http://jensfriends.org/wordpress/.

 

Auditions For “The Jacksonian” at the M&D Playhouse March 12th and 13th

CONWAY — M&D Playhouse will be holding auditions for “The Jacksonian” by Beth Henley, as directed by Eric Jordan, at 1857 White Mountain Highway in North Conway on Sunday, Mar. 12, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Mar. 13, at 6 p.m.

jacksonianSet in Jackson, Mississippi, 1964. When his wife kicks him out, respectable dentist Bill Perch moves into the seedy Jacksonian Motel. There, his downward spiral is punctuated by encounters with his teenage daughter, a gold-digging motel employee, a treacherous bartender, and his now-estranged wife. Revolving around the night of a murder, “The Jacksonian” brims with suspense and dark humor and unearths the eerie tensions and madness in a town poisoned by racism.

There are two male roles and three female roles available:
Rosy Perch
, female, 18-29. Must be able to look and play 16. Daughter of Bill and Susan. Off-balance, gawky and shy, but decidedly not a victim: has a manic energy and can be a real player when necessary. Perceptive about weaknesses of others. Devoted to her parents and desperately wants things as they were. Because of her acne, unused to attention from men.

Bill Perch, male, 40-60. A proud dentist and current resident at The Jacksonian Motel. Separated from Susan and father of Rosy, he’s lost control of his family and practice. Wants to repair both, but can’t seem to keep things from going further downhill. Has a buried temper, but intent on avoiding pain, for himself and others.

Eva White, female, 30-45. Awaitress and maid at The Jacksonian Motel. A high school drop-out, beaten down but full of fire. Talkative, blunt, harsh, passionately racist. Desperate to get married, she’s looking for a fairy-tale ending, and might be strong enough to force it into being. Has her eyes set on Fred.

Fred Weber, male, 35-50. A bartender at The Jacksonian Motel. Charming, manipulative, but also downright wacky, a womanizer and a vicious thug with a checkered background, including time as a carny. Considers himself “a man with appeal,” and certainly has an eccentric flair. Has made promises to Eva in exchange for an alibi. Menacing but also seriously peculiar, he believes wholeheartedly in his own righteousness.

Susan Perch, female, 40-60. Bill Perch’s wife and mother of Rosy. An upper-middle-class lady, with an instinct for making things more beautiful than they are. Subject to violent and sudden mood swings. Proper, but can be provocative, even barbed. Still somewhat in love with Bill, she is filing for divorce, furious that he allowed her doctor to perform a hysterectomy, a betrayal she thinks she may never recover from.

Performance dates for “The Jacksonian” are Apr. 20-30.

For more information about M&D Playhouse, visit www.mdplayhouse.com, email info@yourtheatre.com or call (603) 733-5275.

Rock, Hit, and Dodge Saturdays at the Home Run Sports Training Center

Visit the Home Run Sports Training Center in Conway, New Hampshire on Saturdays from 5-7pm for full access to their facility. Families are welcome to unlimited hitting in any tunnels that aren’t currently rented for the time slot, and unlimited dodge-ball on the indoor turf field.

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The Home Run Staff energizes the atmosphere with unlimited music appropriate for all ages, and families are welcome to bring their own refreshments for their family to enjoy in the Home Run Center’s party room. This event incorporates the whole family for an affordable price of $20 per family.

For more information or to sign up, visit Home Run Sports Training Center on the web at www.homerunconway.com or call (603) 447-2000.

Blast From the Past! 80’s Adult Après at Bretton Woods

80s-apresVisit the Slopeside Restaurant in the Bretton Woods Base Lodge on Saturday, March 4 from 3-5pm for an Adult Après that will have you feeling nostalgic for the “good old days”. Bretton Woods is going back in time to the 80s: when shoulder pads were in style and cell phones were the size of your head.

Reminisce while enjoying beverages and music from the best decade since the 60’s, courtesy of Mix 104.1. Play classic 80’s games, test our your memory in 80’s trivia, and compete in their I Love the 80’s Costume Contest. Bring a friend or bring a few and  don’t forget your best pair of acid washed jeans, and join Bretton Woods for this Blast From the Past Adult Ski Après. Prizes will be awarded for “Most Radical Air Guitar Solo”, “Most 80’s Outfit”, and “Biggest 80’s Hair.”

For more information on this event, please call the Bretton Woods Ski Area at (603) 278-3320 or by visiting their website at www.brettonwoods.com.

Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club Presents Their 25th Annual SnoDeo

snodeo2The Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club welcomes you to their 25th Annual SnoDeo in Stewartstown, New Hampshire on Friday, March 3rd from 9am to 4pm and Saturday, March 4th from 8am to 3pm. After making the difficult decision to cancel the event last year due to less than ideal snowfall conditions, it goes without saying that everyone is ready to make the 2017 SnoDeo one to remember!

Be the first to see and demo ride 2018 machines from major snowmobile brands such as Artic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha. Test ride Moto-Trax Snow Bikes, shop from a variety of dealers and vendors providing great season close-out sales on clothing, accessories, sleds, trailers, and more. Visit the Antique Tent and see how far the sport has gone in it’s short history. Meet State legislation, Law enforcement, and the Trails Bureau and let them answer your questions. See how your trails are managed. And as always, lots of great food and fun!

This year’s gate price is $10 per person, with free admission to children ages 10 and under. With SnoDeo as the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club’s largest fundraiser, admission costs support the non-profit organization’s year-round operating fees and the high-quality maintenance of 100+ miles of snowmobile trails.

There are four ways to be a part of the 25th Annual SnoDeo:

  1. Be a sponsor.
  2. Be a vendor.
  3. Volunteer to help.
  4. Come and enjoy the event! 

SnoDeo is an event for snowmobile enthusiasts and beginners alike and is family-friendly winter fun.

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History of The SnoDeo

The Swift Diamond Riders’ SnoDeo started in 1993 as a fundraiser for the Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club and as a way to bring snowmobilers together near the end of the season to try out the latest and greatest snowmobiles being offered by Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha. The SnoDeo, based at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, has grown into one of the Northeast’s premier snowmobile event — drawing an average of 6,000 snowmobile enthusiasts from all over New England and Southern Quebec over the two days of the event. The SnoDeo gives you the chance to ride next year’s sleds, browse and buy from our various participating vendors.

For more information on the event, visit www.nhsnodeo.com or by visiting SnoDeo’s  Facebook or Twitter.

Early Morning Bear Notch Ski Touring Center

By Kathy Bennett

I’m an early riser. There are many benefits to this, not the least of which is beating the crowds to skiing on vacation weeks. This Saturday was no exception. My dear husband and I arrived at the rustic lodge of Bear Notch Ski Touring Center at 9am. Blink and you’ll miss it on your way back from Attitash on Route 302, this Center is run by the Garland brothers and is about as authentic a north country experience as you can get.

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The Saco runs alongside Bear Notch trails.

John Garland greeted us and gave us the lowdown on conditions. “Last week I was cursing the snow there was so much of it. This week it’s inventory,” he chuckled. His groomers had gone out that morning to even out the surface, despite some of the “r” word and warm temps.

There was indeed plenty of snow in inventory on the trails. We skied out on their riverside area to see what the rising water levels were doing on the Saco River. There were no ice dams or flooding but the water was running high beside these lovely wooded trails. The trails were tracked for us classic Nordic skiers although trails were also skate groomed. These trails along the Saco River are as beautiful as other more crowded trails at better known local areas.

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Tracked trails along the river

If you are weary of crowded alpine slopes, truly you should consider trying Nordic for weekends that are predicted to be busy. We literally had the trails to ourselves for the 90 minutes we glided through the woods.

We only saw civilization when we returned to the lodge post-ski for John’s favorite homemade soup, White Chicken Chili. “You might want to grab some early because it will go fast; I’m going to make a dent in it myself,” Garland shared. Alas, we arrived to early for the fresh bread which comes out of the breadmaker at noon on weekends.

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Cozy authentic lodge at Bear Peak

Bear Notch is known for their grooming and on the day of our visit, they boasted more groomed trails than a larger area a little further north. In fact the day after our visit, they had 40 groomed km while others didn’t groom at all. It’s a good reminder to always check out the trail report before deciding where to ski.

Best of all, trail passes are only $18, meaning a family of 4 can ski and still have money for lunch (that chili was only $4 a cup!).

Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition at White Birch Books

White Birch Books and Jackson Women Writers welcomes you to the Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. The event will take place at White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire. The fiction slam is a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. All are welcome, as participants and audience alike are important to this event!  This event is part of the  New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a non-profit organization that supports New Hampshire writers and audiences for literature in the state.

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How does the event work?

For those that are unfamiliar with the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, here’s what to generally expect in the event:

  • Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction writing pieces. These pieces must be no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
  • Depending on the region’s rules, contestants may agree to being sprayed with a water pistol if their writing piece extends the timed three minutes. In other regions, a timer goes off to mark the three-minute time period.
  • After each writer finishes reading their piece aloud, judges provide brief verbal feedback. At this time, judges also secretly record a numeric score (1-5) on the piece.
  • If the writer extends the allotted three-minute period, one point from their overall score will be deducted.
  • At the end of the night, the participant with the highest score wins the competition. If there is a tie, the audience selects the competition’s winner through an “Applause-O-Meter,” as observed by the judges.
  • Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three Minute Fiction Slam state finals. If they cannot attend, then the runner-up will be sent to the event.
  • Regional winners will take part in a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 9, at 7pm.

Previous winners of the event have reached great successes. They have performed their works for the Business in the Arts Awards Ceremony, the Currier Museum, and on-air at NHPR. Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to Writers’ Day 2017 (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read their winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.

For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call (603) 356-3200.

 

28th Annual Chocolate Festival

On Sunday, February 26th join us for the sweetest day on the trails at the 28th Annual Chocolate Festival! Spend a day of outdoor winter fun and indulge in sweet treats to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation, a non-profit organization. The foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization dedicated to providing Conway residents, taxpayers, and school age children with access to winter recreation opportunities including snowshoeing and Nordic skiing at no cost.

Whether traveling through the trail stops by cross country ski, snowshoe, or by car, participants will enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats of the Mount Washington Valley. For those that choose to cross country ski or snowshoe, unleash your inner winter adventurer by embarking on our groomed 45-km trail network!

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2017 Trailside Chocolate Shops
(Open from 11am – 4pm)
  • 1785 Inn
  • Adventure Suites
  • Eastern Inns
  • Stonehurst Manor
  • Old Field House
  • Riverside Inn B&B
  • The Touring Center at Ragged Mountain Equipment
  • The Whitaker Woods Meeting House (treats provided by Vintage Baking Company)

Save money by purchasing your tickets in advance. If purchased prior to the event, the festival pass is $30 per person, or $35 per person on the day of the event. Please note that the event is a fundraiser and tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, visit mwvskitouring.org/Chocolate-Festival.html or call (603) 356-9920.

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Storybook Character Breakfasts to Benefit Believe in Books Literacy Foundation

Visit the Theater in the Wood throughout the months of February, March, and April to meet some of your favorite Storybook Characters for a cause! Starting at 10 am, enjoy a tasty pancake breakfast with the Believe in Books Foundation’s very own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup. Enjoy a storybook reading surrounded with new friends,  and meet with the characters afterwards.

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The morning will include a book swap (bring a gently used book and swap it with another), a pancake breakfast including our own 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and visit involving the character of the day, as well as access to the 100 Acre Wood Trail System!  After your meal, visit our Maple Sugar Shack afterward to see how we make it!

The Storybook Character Breakfast Schedule
  • February 25th:  Goldilocks
  • March 4th:  Cat in the Hat – Celebrate his Birthday!
  • March 11th: Cinderella
  • March 18th: Red Riding Hood
  • March 25th: Alice in Wonderland
  • April 15th: The Lorax

Tickets for each breakfast are available for purchase at the door. The price for each breakfast is $7 per person, and children under 3 free. Participants are welcome to enjoy the trails for the entire day with entry. Suggested donation and all proceeds are to benefit the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation which is a 501 (3) (c) Non-Profit Organization.

For more information, please visit www.believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980.

M&D Playhouse Presents Its 7th Annual Oscar Party

M&D Playhouse will be presenting its seventh annual Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Beef and Ski, located at 2633 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.

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Alec Kerr, film and theater critic for the Conway Daily Sun, will be providing trivia throughout the night, with the opportunity to win prizes for the most correct answers. Guests are suggested to don evening wear or come as a favorite actor or character, but be prepared for the paparazzi. There will be a prize for the best dressed. Food will be provided by Taste of Thai, Via Roma, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, and Beef and Ski.

Visit oscar.go.com/nominees to see the nominees and begin preparing for the event. As always, the person with the most accurate guesses of who will win at the Oscars receives the grand prize package.

Prizes have generously been donated by Mount Valley Mall Cinema 7, Mystery NH and NH Sports & Gaming Outlet.

This is a fundraiser for M&D with a suggested donation of $12.

For more information, please visit http://www.mdplayhouse.com/ or call (603) 733-5275.

Supper to Support the New England Ski Museum Eastern Slope Branch

Enjoy an evening of great food, community involvement, and generosity at the Flatbread Pizza Company in North Conway to benefit the New England Ski Museaum Eastern Slope Branch on Tuesday, February 21, at 5pm until close. The Flatbread Pizza Company in will donate a portion of the evening’s receipts (both dine-in and take-out) to the Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum.

The evening will be all about skiing! Visit the Legends Room of the Eastern Slope Inn to watch vintage ski films and participate in a 50/50 raffle to help turn the former North Conway Community Center into the Eastern Slope Branch of the New England Ski Museum.  The museum will include interactive exhibits, a library, fascinating ski history and a museum shop.  Please attend and help make this vision a reality!

About the New England Ski Museum
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The New England Ski Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1977. The mission of the museum is to collect, conserve, and exhibit elements of ski history for research, education and inspiration. While the museum has operated at Franconia Notch State Park since December of 1982 and welcomes thousands of visitors annually, the New England Ski Museum aims to expand and create a permanent branch in the Mount Washington Valley.

About the Eastern Slope Branch Ski Museum Project

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It is anticipated that the cost to lease, renovate and equip the community center to properly house the museum and ensure its long-term health will be $1,700,000. Professional museum quality environmental renovations will be required to display priceless artifacts from the existing collection. Interactive displays and exhibit features are also planned. A fixed budget will be created after the final programming and architectural solutions are completed. A capital campaign team has been formed of New England Ski Museum directors and key Mount Washington Valley residents to promote this exciting charitable endeavor and raise the requisite funds.

For more information, please visit www.newenglandskimuseum.org or call 603.823.7177.

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