1st Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run/Walk

waldorf forest 5kJoin community members for a day of family fun and adventure on Saturday, April 29th with the White Mountain Waldorf School in Albany, New Hampshire at their First Annual Waldorf Forest 5k Family Fun Trail Run. After the races, explore the White Mountain Waldorf School’s 75-acre property, play in an all-ages obstacle course and cheer on your children during a Children’s Fun Run.

All ability levels and ages are welcome to participate in the event. Registration fees are $20 for adults and $10 for children with family discounts available. To register in advance and receive a free t-shirt, please visit RunReg.com/Waldorf-5k-trail-run before April 19th. Same-day registration is also available at 9:30am.

The 5k Race will begin at 10am and a Fun Run for children will follow at 11am. The all-ages obstacle course will be available throughout the event. For more information, call (603)-447-3168 or email rose@WhiteMountainWaldorf.org. Sponsorship opportunities for the race is also available.

White Mountain Home Builders 11th Annual “Honey Do Auction”

Do you have a never-ending list of home projects? Visit the 11th Annual “Honey Do Auction” on Saturday, April 8th at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort from 5-8:30pm, where you can bid on the help of qualified home improvement professionals of all trades: carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, and more! Guests have the opportunity to bid on a team of spring clean up consisting of three professionals for three hours’ time, a value of $1000.

A buffet dinner is available at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort to help raise money for Habitat For Humanity, local scholarships for the trades, and other educational programs.

Admission fees for the event are $30 per person and raffle tickets for the spring cleanup team are $10 each or 3 tickets for $25. For more information, call 603-367-8300.

COLD DAY . . . WARM HEARTS: Inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day Makes An Impact

Provided by Crispin Battles, Marketing Director of Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center

Pinkham Notch, NH — The Mt. Washington Auto Road, and its sister company Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, are proud to report that the inaugural Great Glen Winter Charity Day, held in frigid temperatures on March 11, was a success on many levels. The event brought together new friends and old, while raising over $2,500 for both local and national charities. Most importantly, however, the event inspired a sense of philanthropy among community members and customers alike, which will pay dividends well into the future. The company’s management and staff are firm believers in the words of noted philanthropist Eli Broad who once stated: “Charity is just writing checks and not being engaged. Philanthropy is being engaged, not only with your resources but getting people and yourself really involved and doing things that haven’t been done before.”

While the Great Glen Winter Charity Day held the moniker “inaugural” it was actually an evolution of an event that has been near and dear to the company since 2008. Originally held as a ski-a-thon fundraiser specifically for the ALS Association in recognition of Carl Johnson, an active community member who battled the disease, this year the event was expanded to include all charities so that participants could choose the cause that speaks to them. In total, 17 organizations received donations, including:

* Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation

* Conway Area Humane Society

* Tin Mountain Conservation Center

* White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team

* Kennett High School Project Graduation

* Family Resource Center of Gorham

* Jackson Biathlon

* MSPCA – Methuen

* Donna’s Dreamers

* ALS Association, Northern New England Chapter

* Casting For Recovery

* American Cancer Society

* Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

* Alzheimer’s Association

* American Lung Association, New Hampshire

* St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital

* Southern Poverty Law Center

Participants who donated $25 or more received a trail pass to ski, snowshoe, and fatbike at Great Glen Trails, as well as a catered lunch from the Glen View Café. Those who donated $50 or more were given a voucher to take a ride on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach to treeline on the Mt. Washington Auto Road — unfortunately, conditions were too cold for the SnowCoaches to run during the event. Our close-knit community, together with customers from other New England states, enjoyed the afternoon in the warmth of our lodge playing board games and relishing in the camaraderie of friends.

Plans are already underway to make the “second annual” Great Glen Winter Charity Day a landmark event for the 2018 winter season, and an ongoing part of the philanthropic activities hosted by the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center. The company’s events have a long history of raising funds for local charities and non-profit organizations, foremost among them being the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb which has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, and the Northeast Delta Dental Mt. Washington Road Race which has raised over $80,000 for Coos County Family Health Services.

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The family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company was formed in 1859, and completed the road to the summit of Mount Washington in 1861. The Mt. Washington Carriage Road, now called the Mt. Washington Auto Road, has the long-held distinction of being America’s oldest man-made attraction. Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, opened in 1994, is one of New Hampshire’s premier Nordic ski areas, with 45 kilometers of trails for skiing, snowshoeing and fatbiking. During the summer months, the Outdoor Center focuses on human-powered outdoor activities including kayaking, biking, hiking and trail running. Both companies consider themselves stewards of Mt. Washington and the natural areas surrounding it, and feel strongly about supporting their local communities.

Redline Guiding Announces Four Guides as Wilderness First Responders

Redline Guiding is pleased to announce that four from its team of guides recently earned their “woofers” or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications. These certifications include CPR/AED training. The guides to earn their stripes, so to speak, are Arlette Laan and Ken Hodges (both earning theirs from Solo), and Álvaro Marques and Liz Wyman (both earning theirs from Wilderness Medical Associates). These certifications require intense training and we’re proud that they successfully completed their respective courses. Having these certifications will better ensure their safety and that of our guests.

About the Guides

Arlette-Laan-MainArlette Laan, trail name Apple Pie, grew up in the Netherlands and currently lives in Lowell, MA. She began hiking when she was eighteen on vacation in Switzerland. She has since hiked many of the long distance trails in the U.S. and traveled and hiked abroad. She’s completed the 48 4000-footers of New Hampshire, finished the New England 67, and is 8 summits shy of completing the NE 100 highest list. The last two years she’s started to redline the trails in the White Mountains and is currently about halfway done. She loves hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, but most of all long distance backpacking.

Ken-Hodges-MainKen Hodges of Amesbury, MA began hiking with the Boy Scouts, summitting Mt.Washington at age twelve. He has since hiked the New Hampshire 48 4000-footers a few times, the 52-With-A-View, the Terrifying 25, the Vermont 4000-footers as well as the Adirondack’s 46 4000-footers. He is currently looking forward to finishing up the Northeast 113. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the US and internationally (see Résumé below). Ken also enjoys off trail bushwhacking. During the early 1980s he worked as a forester throughout the Northeast and now donates his time as a land steward for the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Ken has been organizing and leading Meetup hikes for several years. When not hiking he enjoys cycling (both road and mountain), fishing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, and a good craft beer.

alvaro-on-pierceÁlvaro Marques was born in Portugal. At age 28, he started to dedicate more of his time to the outdoors. Since then he has not only explored his own country but has traveled to others looking for new challenges. While living in Spain, he had the opportunity to discover the joy of being above tree line — his favorite landscape. The mountains in Romania and French Alps are still among his best memories. The opportunity to travel west to the United States opened the doors to new horizons. Living currently in Hudson, Massachusetts, he has put many miles in his car to hike all over New England — completing the New England 67. He is also an avid advocate for Portuguese food, and likes to bring it to the mountains.

Liz-Wyman-Main.jpgLiz Wyman has lived, worked, and played in the White Mountains for the past decade. As a teacher, writer, and naturalist she leads hikes and educational programs for all ages. She has taught environmental science and natural resources to students in middle school, high school, and college. Liz is passionate about the natural and cultural history of New England. Show her a tree or flower and she can tell you what it is. She is an active volunteer with the Appalachian Mountain Club as a trail adopter, volunteer naturalist, and Conservation-Education Co-Chair for AMC’s New Hampshire Chapter.

For more information on Redline Guiding and their guides, visit http://redlineguiding.com/.

Redline Guiding Presents New Course: Glacier Skills

Redline Guiding is pleased to announce its new “Glacier Skills” course. The course — which is perfect for anyone headed to a glaciated peak somewhere this spring or  summer — covers the advanced skills needed (must have basic mountaineering skills). Specific areas of study include glaciated terrain itself, roped team travel, solo and team crevasse rescue techniques (including self extraction), and more. This is an intense, full day offering. Redline Guiding supports custom scheduling of all its courses, but this course can only run into sometime in April so don’t delay if booking. For more information, please see the course here: http://redlineguiding.com/education/glacier-skills/.

About Redline Guiding

Founded in 2016, Redline Guiding LLC is the brainchild of husband and wife team: Mike and Barb Cherim. The hope is to succeed at offering low-key outdoor adventures and educational experiences with many offerings geared towards those newer to these outdoor activities — those who may be less sure and less confident. The aim is to increase said confidence, thus offering safe independence. That said, other offerings will be attractive to those more in-the-know who really want to up their game or learn new skills.

Kennett High Hosts Forum on Local McCarthy Era Story

Albany, NH –  On April 3, at Kennett High School in North Conway, the World Fellowship Center (WFC) will present a panel discussion entitled “More Than Just Ourselves: Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman, and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era.”

Michael Ferber, University of New Hampshire Professor of English and Humanities, will lead a panel of distinguished scholars in a conversation about the Uphaus v. Wyman case, a Supreme Court decision that rocked NH and the country during the McCarthy era.  The case pitted the then New Hampshire attorney general, Louis Wyman against Willard Uphaus, a Methodist lay minister and then WFC executive director, in a showdown between the assertions of threats to national security and claimed rights to free speech and association, issues at the forefront of public discussion today.

In 1953, Wyman, as part of his investigation to root out “un-American activities” under the NH Subversive Activities Act of 1951, served a subpoena on Uphaus seeking disclosure of WFC’s guests, staff and program presenters. The Albany summer camp attracted his attention for its free-wheeling discussions of political, economic, and social issues.  Uphaus refused to comply with the subpoena, relying on the First Amendment.  The fight captured the headlines and ultimately went to the US Supreme Court, which, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Wyman that the guest list must be provided.  Uphaus continued to defy the subpoena and spent a year in Merrimack County jail in Boscawen for contempt of court.

“The issues considered in this forum could not be more timely,” said World Fellowship codirector Andy Davis. “We once again find ourselves in a society-wide discussion about the appropriate balance between individual freedoms and the needs of the wider community. In the age of Wikileaks and more powerful and technically proficient intelligence gathering, where do we find the balance between communal security and the right of conscience of each citizen? We look forward to a broad discussion of these issues.”

Professor Ferber will be joined by panelists W. Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, Clare Chapman, New Hampshire Council of Churches executive director, and Maria Sanders, associate professor of philosophy at Plymouth State University.

The North Conway event is at 7 p.m. on Monday April 3, in the Loynd Auditorium, at Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way. The same forum is also being presented in Dover at 7pm, Tuesday, April 4, at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Ave. These programs are made possible by a generous grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC) and the hospitality of Kennett High School.

For further information, please contact: Andy Davis, at 603-447-2280, or visit www.worldfellowship.org/willarduphaus/.

Only 4 Days Left to Purchase White Mountain Waldorf School Tuition Raffle Tickets

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, one lucky person will be announced as the winner of the White Mountain Waldorf School’s Tuition Raffle at the WMWS Dine to Donate at Flatbread Company in North Conway. This prize, though not carrying any cash value, is worth over $9,000.00!

The winner has the choice of sending their own child to school for free in the 2017/2018 school year, giving it to a family or friend who would like to or is already attended the school, or may donate that value back to the school and receive a receipt for a charitable donation made to the school in that amount.

This is an amazing opportunity for a new family to experience the school. We encourage anyone considering the school for their child to take a chance and buy a ticket.

It is also an amazing opportunity for a community member to truly make a difference in the lives of over a third of our school population who receive financial aid. If the winnings are donated back to the school, all the money raised will go toward giving families in need financial assistance to make Waldorf Education available to their children.

Currently, there are over a thousand independent Waldorf schools located in 60 countries. Soon to celebrate its 100th year, it is one of the largest independent school movements throughout the world. The White Mountain Waldorf School is proud to be a part of this movement; a shift in understanding that education is not just about academia but rather the development of the whole child from a physical, emotional, and cognitive perspective.

Click HERE to purchase Tuition Raffle Tickets

For more information about White Mountain Waldorf School visit White Mountain Waldorf School or call (603) 447-3168.

Kancamagus National Scenic Byway Featured in America’s Most Iconic Drives

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway, also referred to as the Kancamagus Highway or even “The Kanc” by Mount Washington Valley locals, was featured in Travel & Leisure’s article, titled “America’s Most Iconic Drives.” Travel & Leisure is a well-known magazine designed for adventures young and young at heart to inspire their travel destinations.

, Kancamagus Highway in autumn , White Mountain National Forest , New Hampshire ,
Kancamagus Highway in autumn, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire

The Kancamagus National Scenic Byway is a 34.5 mile-long scenic drive along New Hampshire’s Route 112 in Northern New Hampshire, from Conway to Lincoln. It is well known to locals and travelers alike for being one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the United States.

Taking travelers to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point, Kancamagus Pass, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway brings travelers through the White Mountain National Forest, into breathtaking views of the White Mountains, the Swift River, Sabbady Falls, Lower Falls, and Rocky Gorge. Driving along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes travelers back in time as they drive through the stunning White Mountain National Forest, free from the distractions of the modern day world; with no gas stations, restaurants, hotels, or other businesses along the way. The Kancamagus is truly a drive where adventurers can become entranced in nature!

For adventurers who want to spend more time on the scenic byway, there are six campgrounds to enjoy. For those seeking a hiking expedition, the Kancamagus Scenic Byway has many opportunities explore the White Mountain National Forest and its plentiful hiking trails.

For more information on the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, visit http://www.kancamagushighway.com/.

To view other iconic drives in America, as noted by Travel & Leisure, visit http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-most-iconic-drives.

Kennett High Hosts Forum on Local McCarthy Era Story

Albany, NH –  On April 3, at Kennett High School in North Conway, the World Fellowship Center (WFC) will present a panel discussion entitled “More Than Just Ourselves: Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman, and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era.”

Michael Ferber, University of New Hampshire Professor of English and Humanities, will lead a panel of distinguished scholars in a conversation about the Uphaus v. Wyman case, a Supreme Court decision that rocked NH and the country during the McCarthy era.  The case pitted the then New Hampshire attorney general, Louis Wyman against Willard Uphaus, a Methodist lay minister and then WFC executive director, in a showdown between the assertions of threats to national security and claimed rights to free speech and association, issues at the forefront of public discussion today.

In 1953, Wyman, as part of his investigation to root out “un-American activities” under the NH Subversive Activities Act of 1951, served a subpoena on Uphaus seeking disclosure of WFC’s guests, staff and program presenters. The Albany summer camp attracted his attention for its free-wheeling discussions of political, economic, and social issues.  Uphaus refused to comply with the subpoena, relying on the First Amendment.  The fight captured the headlines and ultimately went to the US Supreme Court, which, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Wyman that the guest list must be provided.  Uphaus continued to defy the subpoena and spent a year in Merrimack County jail in Boscawen for contempt of court.

“The issues considered in this forum could not be more timely,” said World Fellowship codirector Andy Davis. “We once again find ourselves in a society-wide discussion about the appropriate balance between individual freedoms and the needs of the wider community. In the age of Wikileaks and more powerful and technically proficient intelligence gathering, where do we find the balance between communal security and the right of conscience of each citizen? We look forward to a broad discussion of these issues.”

Professor Ferber will be joined by panelists W. Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, Clare Chapman, New Hampshire Council of Churches executive director, and Maria Sanders, associate professor of philosophy at Plymouth State University.

The North Conway event is at 7 p.m. on Monday April 3, in the Loynd Auditorium, at Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way. The same forum is also being presented in Dover at 7pm, Tuesday, April 4, at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Ave. These programs are made possible by a generous grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC) and the hospitality of Kennett High School.

For further information, please contact: Andy Davis, at 603-447-2280, or visit www.worldfellowship.org/willarduphaus/.

The Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Presents Comedian Bob Marley

Bob Marley, Maine’s prized and well-known comedian, will return to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 30th to put on another hilarious performance! All proceeds from this event benefit the Fryeburg Academy Class of 2017 Project Graduation.

Marley’s brand of high-energy and offbeat observations of everyday life things has captured the minds of fans of all ages. From getting his own special on Comedy Central to appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Marley has become one of the most sought after comedians in the country. You don’t need to be a ‘Maine-iac’ to laugh yourself silly at Bob’s wicked funny antics.

Tickets for the event are $22 per person if ordered in advance and $25 per person on the night of the show. For more information about the event, visit the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center page or call the Fryeburg Academy at 207-935-9232.

About Fryeburg Academy’s Project Graduation

Fryeburg Academy Project Graduation is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, organized to provide a safe, chemical-free celebration for the students of the graduating class of Fryeburg Academy. Our goal is to promote cooperation and build community among the students, faculty and staff of Fryeburg Academy and the members of the communities served by the school.

“Dine To Donate” Fundraiser at Black Cap Grille For Carroll County RSVP

Dine at the Black Cap Grille in North Conway on Tuesday, March 28th from 5pm until closing for their “Dine to Donate” supporting Carroll County RSVP. The Black Cap Grille will donate a portion of the evening’s receipts to the program in support of mileage reimbursement for Carroll County RSVP’s Meals on Wheels and Medical Transportation Programs.  During your visit at the Black Cap Grille, be sure to participate in the 50/50 raffle and other excellent raffle items in support of this organization.


About Carroll County RSVP

Established in 1971, RSVP of Carroll County was created with support from Tri County CAP RSVP (Coos, Grafton and Carroll Counties) to continue the work of the Older Americans Act in creating programs for retirees. RSVP creates unique programs matching the diverse talents of volunteers with the specific critical needs of the nonprofit community. In 1974 RSVP of Carroll County separated from Tri County CAP and presently their sponsoring agency is the North Conway Community Center.


The Carroll County RSVP Mission 

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Carroll County is dedicated to developing meaningful opportunities for volunteers age 55 and over who want to find challenging, rewarding and significant service roles in communities and to work with community groups such as schools, libraries, food pantries, hospitals and disabled and low income elderly.

For more information on Carroll County RSVP and the event, visit http://www.carrollcountyrsvp.org/ or call 603-356-9331.

“Why Waldorf Works” Discussion at Jackson Library

The White Mountain Waldorf School faculty, staff, and parents invite you to join a discussion about the many benefits of a Waldorf Education. The “Why Waldorf Works” discussion  provides a detailed conversation behind the successes of children in Waldorf education systems and how a Waldorf education positively impacts families and communities in addition to the student.

The discussion will take place at the Jackson Library on Tuesday, March 28th from 5-7pm and is open to the public. The White Mountain Waldorf School welcomes your curiosity and questions and looks forward to meeting you!

About the White Mountain Waldorf School

Officially founded in 1984, the White Mountain Waldorf School is a nonprofit school, located on a 75 acre campus in Albany, NH offering programs from parent/infant, nursery and kindergarten, to elementary and middle school classes through Grade 8. We instill creativity and a desire for learning through an education that balances academic, artistic and practical life skills, fostering each child’s ability to think with clarity, feel with compassion and act with purpose and social responsibility in the world.

The White Mountain Waldorf School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration, and other school administered programs.

The White Mountain Waldorf School Mission

The White Mountain Waldorf School instills creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

For more information about the event or the White Mountain Waldorf School,  visit  www.WhiteMountainWaldorf.org or call 603-447-3168. 

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