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Meet The Artist Behind Macomber Glass Studio

Take a leisurely drive south on Route 153, and it won’t take long after leaving Conway Village to find a gem in Mt. Washington Valley Arts and Culture scene: The Macomber Glass Studio. Unmistakable due to its brightly colored barn door, the multi-colored mural provides more notoriety than the humble business sign hanging on a granite post at the end of the drive-way.

And that’s just the way artist and owner Nathan Macomber likes it.He isn’t looking for fame or fortune (any more than any other business owner), through his art. The main pillar behind his work is that he enjoys it.

Growing up, Macomber was always fascinated by stained glass. He loved the translucence of stained glass windows and how it threw light onto surfaces. He exercised this interest through classes as a young adult, but after attending a MassArt class on glassblowing wile visiting his sister who was a student at the college, he knew what he had to do.

While Macomber grew up in Vermont and spent summers and winters at his grandparent’s home in Conway, he took his tie to New England and stretched it to Prescott, Arizona. There he attended school and worked as an apprentice at a local glass-blowing studio. Armed with grit and determination to make his interest in glassblowing, real, he called all of the local artists he knew and offered himself as an assistant without pay. The artist that called him back became his teacher.

After six years of working his way from apprentice to professional artist Nathan felt the call of home. Spending childhood vacations on his grandparent’s farm in New Hampshire embedded the mystique and magic of the Mt. Washington Valley in his heart. When that same farm hit the real estate market,  he and his wife decided to buy it. (This also meant excavating the foundation of the historical farm. As young adults, and new entrepreneurs, diving this deeply into a renovation project before even opening the Macomber Glass Studio is amazing. It speaks to the belief Nathan had in the future of his studio and the talent he has to showcase in it.)

Now, seventeen years after purchasing the farm and the initial excavation, Nathan is blowing glass daily, featuring his works of art and showing in regional fairs. He and his wife are also carting their two children to baseball practice, tennis and swim lessons; as well as caring for chickens, harvesting for eggs, tending a vegetable garden and walking his dog.

Macomber Glass Studio features an array of anchor pieces from blown drinking glasses; to glass globes and ornaments; wall hangings; sculptures; door knobs and more. Nathan also books custom pieces for clients who have fallen in love with his work.

Regular store hours don’t really exist at the studio. If you’re interested in purchasing a piece just swing on by, knock on the door and Nathan will greet you. And if not Nathan, then Clemmie, the farm dog, will say hello first. From there, walk through his working studio into the gallery that is located in the original part of the barn; an intimate room, with lots of natural light and original  wood flooring.

His work rests on shelves, where you can either pick from his inventory or begin talks with him about custom colors and pieces he can create for you.

Beyond his studio work, a special service that Macomber Glass Studio offers is small group lessons. Perfect for groups of three to five people and lasting for up to four hours, Nathan will walk you through the glass blowing process and help you craft your own ornament and work your way up to plates or bowls.

These semi-private lessons are perfect for families looking to supplement their ski vacations with an off-slopes activity. It’s also a great option for art lovers or creatives that want to try something new or someone that just loves the idea of adventure and learning a new skill.

A concept even more novel than a glass-blowing class, are impromptu ornament lessons. From Thanksgiving through the spring, you can show up on weekends, without an appointment and for $40.00 Nathan will teach you to blow your own ornament. Sometimes he has a line of people waiting for a lesson, sometimes you’re the only person in the studio. It’s part of the fun and spontaneous nature of these lessons.

The Macomber Glass Studio is a hidden treasure in the Mt. Washington Valley Arts and Culture scene. It’s this exact quality that makes the experience of working in the studio and taking a piece of Nathan’s art home, so special. His dedication to his work and his passion for the art he creates stays with you. Especially when you’re drinking out of one of his custom blown glasses or admiring one of his wall hangings in your home.

Eggs & Issues Business Leaders’ Breakfast

The Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council  presents

TOM HOLMES

Conway Town Manger

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 Please join us at the next Eggs & Issues Business Leaders’ Breakfast, Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:30  featuring Conway Town Manager Tom Holmes as he discusses upcoming warrant articles. 

 

We hope to see you there! 

 

To register on line, click here.

For questions contact Susie Hall-Kennett at
447-6622 , or email – susie@mwvec.com.

Suggested donation $10.00

 

Volunteer for the Journey to the North Pole Event!

“Tis that time of season!  Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is proud to present to the Mt. Washington Valley community the 23rd season of The Journey to the North Pole Event! This adventure of a lifetime takes families on a one of a kind train ride to see Santa!

They need you! And your colleagues! And your co-workers! And your neighbor and your friends and family too! Come together to volunteer  making it a fun group outing!

Please join them this holiday season in helping produce a truly magical journey to the North Pole!

The dedication and hard work of hundreds of community volunteers and supporting businesses are what keeps this event alive.

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation depends on volunteers year round to help with all of their events and Literacy Programs and especially during this holiday season!

 

They are looking to fill positions at both locations in North Conway and Lincoln, New Hampshire. For more information please email andrea@believeinbooks.org or call 603.356.9980

White Mountain Waldorf School Hires New Director of Advancement, Rose M. Heggeman

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The White Mountain Waldorf School is pleased to welcome Rose Heggeman as the new Director of Advancement.  The main focus of her work will be marketing, enrollment and fundraising. Rose is a Maine native, living in Bridgton with her husband, Jim, and their two children: Alana, age 5, and Xander, age 4, both of whom are attending the school.  Rose has a bachelor’s degree from Goddard College and spent over a decade working with the senior leadership team at Saint Joseph’s College in Maine.  She is also a registered yoga teacher and holistic health coach trained through The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Rose is excited be to joining the community and is looking forward to meeting all its members.

In her letter to the community, Rose expresses her enthusiasm and commitment to child development and education, as well as her passion for a Waldorf education. She explains, “Like many of you, we have joined this community because it provides a nurturing environment for child development, and a feeling of family where we can learn alongside each other, how to best cherish imagination and creativity.” Her vision for 2017 is to “discover new ways to increase engagement and provide space for members of our community to come together and strengthen our bond with each other and the greater school network of bright minds, big thinkers and problem solvers – just like our children!” The Mount Washington Valley welcomes you and thanks you for your dedication to education.

About White Mountain Waldorf School
The White Mountain Waldorf School, established  in 1985, teaches children a curriculum 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. While the school started out as a a small nursery-kindergarten, it now enrolls preschool aged children up to 8th grade students.  The school’s mission is to instill creativity and a desire for learning, cultivates social responsibility and personal integrity, and supports the home and greater community.

For more information about the White Mountain Waldorf School, visit www.whitemountainwaldorf.org. 

Conway 250th Old Fashioned Baseball Game

Join the Conway 250th Celebrations Committee for a real, live Old Fashioned Baseball Game! Sponsored by Badger Realty, The Valley Originals, The Connie Davis Watson Fund and Conway Recreation, enjoy good old fashioned fun on the field!

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Conway 250th ushers in spring with full list of calendar events

Conway 250th has a full spring line-up of events paying homage to the town of Conway’s 250th anniversary. For a full calendar listing, visit www.conway250.org or contact Jaimie Crawford, 603-356-5701 ext. 304 for more information.

From May through October, Salyards Center for the Arts will be showcasing historical art displays.  Presented by the Conway Historical Society, displays range from art shows to photography slideshows and presentations. The public is invited to view these artistic representations of Conway through the years. For information on specific displays and times of events, contact the Conway Historical Society at 603-447-5551.

On Saturday, May 9th and 16th and June 6th, seasoned natives will be providing village tours of the individual Conway boroughs. Guests will enjoy a stop and go tour of historical landmarks in Center and South Conway and Conway Village paired with anecdotes from locals who are excited to share their passion and knowledge of each village. Tour times and meeting places vary. Visit www.Conway250.org for more information.

On May 16th the Conway 250th committee presents an Education Fair focused on “Conway Through the Years.” Being held at Pine Tree Elementary from 9:00am to 3:00pm, the fair will feature school projects from ten different Conway schools, service and community organizations. Events and projects ongoing throughout the fair include; a Maple Sugaring display by the Lucy Family & Believe in Books Literacy Foundation, a vintage ski show, presentation of the Conway Scenic Railroad,  a meet and greet with local Olympians, a Redstone Quarry display, a Monopoly game of the Conways, a concert by the MWV Choral Society and more.

Fair goers will also have the opportunity to win an Americana flag highlighting interesting facts, locations, and names commemorating the Town of Conway’s history. The flag was made by Pine Tree’s third grade and raffle tickets to enter to win can be purchased at the front office at Pine Tree School or at the fair itself. Tickets are $1 each, or $5 for 6.  All proceeds benefit the third grade class and the winner will be announced at 3:00pm on May 16th.

These are only a sampling of Conway 250th spring events. For a complete listing of events from May through October, including Fourth of July events, live music, ribbon cuttings, a Firemen’s Muster and more, visit http://www.Conway250.org.

 

 

Chamber After Hours at Bank of New Hampshire!

Welcome New Members

White Mountain

Stove Shop

Timothy Jackson

Ryan Thomas &
Ed Harrigan

Ron & Kelly Munro

Carlotta Girouard

 

Thank You After Hours Sponsors!

 

 

You’re Invited to Business After Hours
at Our Conway Office!
Bank of New Hampshire invites you to join them for a
Business After Hours with the Mt. Washington Valley
Chamber of Commerce as we welcome spring.

When:  Tuesday, April 21st, 5:00-7:00pm

Where:  Bank of New Hampshire
23 Main Street Conway, NH

Come and Enjoy….
Delicious food prepared by Traditions Restaurant
Tasting samples by Sap House Meadery and Tuckerman Brewing Co.
Networking and fun
Door prizes and 50/50 raffle

Featured Non-Profit of the Evening
Leadership MWV
Help support their fundraising project by purchasing goodies
 from their bake sale at the event.

Bank of New Hampshire is the premier, independent, full-service bank in New Hampshire, our mission is to:

  • Exceed our customers’ expectations by providing the finest quality customer service in a courteous, friendly and professional manner.
  • Provide a positive and supportive atmosphere for our employees where they take satisfaction in being part of the Bank of New Hampshire team and take great pride in the bank and in building strong customer relationships and delivering superior customer service.
  • Support and enhance the communities where we live and work.

 

 

Holiday on Ice Skate Show!

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Join the MWV Skating Club for their Holiday on Ice skate show, presented to the public for FREE! A free open skate will follow at the Ham Arena!

These festivities are all a part of the December 6th Conway Village Holiday Parade!

Movie Night At The Ham Ice Arena!

“For the First time in Forever”, the Ham Arena is Pleased and Proud to Announce; MOVIE NIGHT AT THE HAM!

On Saturday, November 29th, during the 6:10-9:10pm public skate, the Ham Arena will combine the fun of public skating with the enjoyment of a FREE SHOWING OF DISNEY’S BLOCKBUSTER HIT,

FROZEN!

Come and enjoy this major, never been done before, Extravaganza!  Only at the HAM ARENA!  Fun for the WHOLE FAMILY!  See DISNEY’S FROZEN on the BIG SCREEN! FULL STEREO SURROUND SOUND!

This event is FREE with a paid public skate entrance fee.*

Don’t miss out, Be Here on Saturday, November 29th, Skate to the spectacle of Disney’s FROZEN!  SHOW TIME is 7:10pm!

SEE YOU ON THE ICE!

Community Celebrations Committee Seeking Entries for Conway Holiday Parade

Conway Community Celebrations Committee is planning to reinstate the parade as part of the slate of holiday related activities held traditionally in Conway Village the first Saturday of December.  Businesses and individuals seeking to participate in the parade should visit www.mwvpa.org to register; click on “sign up to participate in the holiday parade.”

“This is a great opportunity for businesses to promote themselves and to support the community,” says Jessica Whitelaw, member of the committee. “We also welcome community organizations and individuals who want to simply come out and be part of this event.”

All floats are required to have a rail around the entire float at least 24 inches high to prevent children or adults from falling off. Creativity, costumes, music and lights are encouraged. There will be judges who will award money prizes for the most creative top three entries.

There will be holiday activities preceding the afternoon parade and a tree lighting and Holiday on Ice Skating Show will follow. All events will be held in Conway Village and are free and open to the public due to business and community support provided through the Caretakers Campaign developed by the Community Celebrations Committee of the Mt. Washington Valley Presevation Association. This association’s mission is to help beautify and protect the area and to preserve Mt. Washington Valley traditions. For more information or to make a donation to this cause, visit www.mwvpa.org and click on “Become a Caretaker” or call 603-356-5701, x302.

To speak with someone about the parade, contact Jessica Whitelaw at whtlaws3@yahoo.com or 603-986-8906.

Ruthie’s Flower Shop Ribbon Cutting!

 

You’re Invited to a Ribbon Cutting at…

Ruthie’s Flower Shop

Come and celebrate their new ownership,  

wedding boutique and fresh flowers to
welcome Spring!
Elaine and Michelle will still be there to create perfect floral arrangements, but come and meet the new owner,  Jessica Brown. 

 

When:

May 3, 2014
Open from 9-3

 Ribbon Cutting at 11 AM

 

Where:

Conway Market Place
50 White Mountain Hwy
Conway NH, 03818

Come and enjoy……
Door Prizes
 Refreshments
Raffle for a Mother’s Day Bouquet
Grand Opening of New Wedding Planning Area
 
 

Ruthie’s Flower Shop features:

A large selection of gifts including soap, picture frames, greeting cards and bracelets. Plus, they always have fresh flowers for any occasion.

Ruthie’s take pride in customizing their bouquets and gifts to satisfy your vision for the ultimate gift for a loved one, or  in creating the perfect mood, whether for your home decorating needs or a special event. All their flowers are of the highest quality, and they offer a large selection. They recognize that everyone is different and important! They will happily work with you to make your vision of your perfect moment become reality. Their belief is to treat others as we would want to be treated, with quality service, respect and trust. Because … It’s the way things used to be!