The Ham Arena is located at the intersection of West Main Street and Mill Street, just off of Route 16 in Conway village. Approaching from the south, turn right at the blinking light in front of Kennett High School (just after the Route 112 or Kancamagus Highway intersection). If approaching from the north, it will be a left turn just after the Conway Village Fire Department. The arena is about 1/4 mile down West Main Street on the left side. See the map below, or click the button below the map to get customized directions from your location.
Ham Arena West Main St. Conway, NH
Come play at the Ham Ice Arena. A great place for a rainy day or a great workout!!!
Free Marketing Sessions for Businesses Sponsored by TD Bank
TD Bank recently announced its sponsorship of Mt. Washington Valley Chamber’s Member Orientation Program, a series of marketing sessions designed to provide business members with marketing tools to help them grow their business in the Mt. Washington Valley. These free informal marketing sessions provide an in-depth review of Chamber marketing opportunities along with on-site individual marketing consulting and assistance with updating business listings on the Chamber’s website.
The sessions also provide an opportunity to exchange marketing ideas with other session participants.
The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit association organized to improve business conditions in the Mt. Washington Valley Area, to recognize and promote the natural beauty of the Mt. Washington Valley Area and to encourage economic growth consistent with maintenance of the Mt. Washington Valley Area’s natural beauty and community needs for economic opportunity.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of the few banks in the world rated Aaa by Moody’s. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD.” To learn more, visit www.td.com.
This annual event is now in its 4th year and has received recognition and photo entries from photographers nationwide. All photo enthusiasts are encouraged to dig through their old favorites or start snapping some new photos to the theme “There’s No Place Like Home.”
The Mount Washington Valley photo contest team of judges are looking for interesting and creative interpretations of the theme to make selections for the annual “Calendar for Charity” service project which will feature the six winners of this year’s photo contest as well as six honorable mentions. Resulting “Calendars for Charity” donates $5 per calendar sales to benefit the fundraising efforts of three local charities; Starting Point Services, The Mother Seton House and The Miranda Leavitt Diabetes Fund.
All photographers are encouraged to enter and share their work as there are three divisions of judging which will include cash prizes for first and second place winners for each of three categories: student, amateur and pro/semi-pro. Thanks to our very generous sponsors there is still no cost to our contestants who may submit up to 10 digital photos burned onto CD or flash-drive. Photos and official entry form needs to be delivered to Badger Realty, attention Bernie Friberg, at 2633 Main St., North Conway, NH, before the end of the day Oct. 1.
To check out contest rules and details, print official entry form and /or see past years winners and honorable mention photographs visit www.mwvphotocontest.com or visit the Facebook page at “Mt. Washington Valley’s annual photo contest” for updated communications. All contest questions can be answered by emailing contest creator Bernadette Friberg at Bernie@MWVphotocontest.com or calling (207) 542-9967. Bernadette Friberg and photo contest production assistant, Alicia Leavitt, look forward to another fun year of hosting this annual event and sharing in photographers’ enthusiasm, talent and artistic eye.
NORTH CONWAY, NH – The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association announces a “Plein Air Painting in the White Mountains” workshop with Laureen Hylka Wondolowski. In this oil or soft pastel workshop to be held on July 27th, 28th and 29, you will learn how to gather information and create on location sketches. You’ll simplify your intent for the painting by drawing quick thumbnail sketches. These will be used as a map for your painting. You will continue by blocking in value masses, with a focus on design. By working within those masses, and paying close attention to the color temperature shifts, you will form a solid groundwork for the painting.
Laureen Hylka Wondolowski is a professional artist living in New England. Laureen states that “plein air painting is important for gathering ‘truthful information’ of the landscape”. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, New York Art Student League and the Scottsdale Artist’s School. These classes have strengthened her mastery of color, composition, value and drawing. Workshops by Matt Smith and Tim Lawson have helped to strengthen her plein air and studio skills.
Laureen’s award winning work has been in numerous gallery shows and is highly desired among private and corporate collectors in the USA, England, Germany and Japan.
BRETTON WOODS, NH—Bretton Woods celebrated the newest additions to the Adventure Center – guided rock climbing on the West Wall Climb and the indoor Slopeside Climbing Wall – with a ribbon cutting and full day of activities for Mt. Washington Valley Chamber members and their families on Wednesday, July 13.
The indoor Slopeside Climbing Wall is located in the lofty Base Lodge, and accommodates all skill levels with a 30-foot artificial rock wall and a variety of different routes, along with a smaller bouldering cave suitable for all ages. The West Wall Climb is a four hour guided tour up the granite face of West Mountain, and is tailored to the experience and goals of the group. Harnesses, helmets and appropriate shoes are provided as well as ropes if chosen for extra support.
Approximately 40 participants attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Slopeside Level of the Base Lodge next to the Slopeside Climbing Wall, followed by a VIP/Chamber Day menu tasting including hand and chair massage by The Spa, as well complimentary activities throughout the day for Mt. Washington Valley Chamber members and their families.
“We are pleased to welcome our friends and neighbors to experience all of the great activities we have to offer,” said Director of Sales & Marketing Craig Clemmer. “For those who couldn’t attend today’s festivities, we also offer seasonal locals’ specials throughout the year on many of the resort’s activities.” Information may be found at brettonwoods.com/locals.
Part of the Omni Mount Washington Resort, the Bretton Woods Adventure Center is now open daily for the summer season, including the popular Bretton Woods Canopy Tour, West Wall Climb, Slopeside Climbing Wall, Williwaw Dual Racing Zip, scenic chairlift rides, lift-serviced mountain biking, Diggler Mountain Scooter rentals and disc golf. Other resort activities include 27 holes of golf, horseback riding, a full-service Spa, hiking, biking and fly fishing clinics.
For more information call 603-278-3320 or visit brettonwoods.
Well, this week will be my last week with the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. I will be heading south to be the Executive Director of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce with offices located in Laconia and Franklin. As some of my previous posts mentioned, I moved to West Ossipee at the end of June, so I will continue to commute from there to my new office location.
If you are a teacher we have elementary and high schools to teach at; we also have manufacturing and service jobs. Basically, there are many jobs available based on ones vocation. If you are relocating from a larger city, you will find the pay scales to be different and you will need to be aware of that when looking for a position. Then again, the housing and rental markets are different than the larger cities also. Driving 20 – 40 minutes to get some where is not unheard of when you move to this area.
Many people relocate here for a quality of life change. The natural beauty and outdoor activities draw people here from the southern cities. Skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, skating, road biking, hiking, kayaking… the possibilities are endless and are up to you to decide on what will be your hobby or escape.
The Chamber has relocation packets available if you are interested in learning more about this great area to live and work.
I joined the chamber as a staff member on February 1, 2005; I was working as many hours as possible while still running the inn as we had guests up to the second week in March. In addition to these two jobs I was also coaching Girls Ice Hockey at Fryeburg Academy, things were busy for me, but that’s how I like it.
I remember an old TV ad where there is a man talking about the Hair Club for men and he uses the phrase, “I’m not just the President, but also a client”. Well, there can be nothing more accurate for a statement that I could make, from being a business owner in the valley, I could talk to potential Chamber members and tell then honestly what being a Chamber member could do for them. I was not just a staff member but also a past client / chamber member.
Through the years I have seen businesses succeed and fail in the valley. I was a SCORE counselor and spoke with individuals who wanted to start up a business or buy an existing one; I must say this was an interesting experience, some had no idea what they were doing and others were exactly where they should have been and doing due diligence. Some successful businesses I have seen start up or be purchased through the years when I was a SCORE counselor are the MET, The Inn at Jackson and Chef’s Market. Each of these owners worked hard at a business plan and also at getting their businesses open and successful. There are many resources in our valley to help people start a business; the Chamber, SCORE and Mt Washington Valley Economic Counsel are the top ones that come to mind.
NH is full of entrepenuers, do not be afraid to be one of them, but be prepared and do not take this task lightly. Do your homework, talk to people in the field, do something that interests you, take a stand and work hard. Best of luck to the future business owners.
My last post will be in the next week or so as I am leaving this Chamber to be the Executive Director of another Chamber in this wonderful state of NH. I’ll talk about other opportunities for those that do not want to own a business.
First I’d like to start off this first of the series with how my family came to live in Conway, NH.
It was January 2001 and my wife and I were searching for a Bed & Breakfast to buy. We took a ride from Rockport, MA up to Wolfeboro, NH to look at an inn. Well it definitely was not the one we wanted based on decor and setup and the final piece that made us not want it was when the realtor asked us to sit with the current owners to talk about the ghosts that inhabited the inn. In February we had a ski vacation at WatervilleValley and we decided on the way home to go to Conway to look at some places. We arranged with Antonella Bliss, formerly of RE/MAX and now principal with Coldwell Banker Wright Realty to show us some properties. The first two properties were definitely not for us but the third was The Lavender Flower Inn that was in Center Conway. The inn had not operated full time for about 5 years due to a death of one of the innkeepers, so we knew it needed work and the clientele needed to be built back up.
We decided on purchasing the inn and came back in March and had a home inspection on Mary Ellen’s birthday, not the best thing for a husband to arrange, but I did get out of it somewhat by spending a nice evening out at dinner and spending some time in the Up Bar at Horsefeathers on the nice large leather couch in front of the fireplace.
Things got slow in the final purchase time line and we moved in at the end of June in 2001. I arrived a couple days earlier than my wife and daughter to rip out all the built-in beds in the owners quarters so our furniture would fit. We ended up opening the inn the 5th of July with no reservations. We had a great location so we did get drive in guests until we got our website up and running and the marketing going the way we wanted it. We made some great contacts early on in the Chamber and local lodging community which helped immensely. Patti and Ed who had owned the Saco River Motor Lodge down the street from us sent us business from their overflow and Fryeburg Fair filled us up each year. Patti is now the General Manager of Holiday Inn Express.
The hardest part about 2001 was September 11. My wife and I were out on the Kanc sitting on a rock having coffee as it was a slow day for guests and then came back to do some banking at Berlin City Bank (now Northway Bank). Well Lyn from the bank told us about the plane flying into the building, but we had no idea of the tragedy until we got back and put on the TV. This day affected the entire valley with travelers changing and cancelling their plans.
In the winter of 2001/2002 I became a ski instructor at Attitash while my wife worked the inn during the 3 weekdays I instructed. I also became an Assistant Ice Hockey Coach for Fryeburg Academy, where my daughter attended high school, and coached Girls Junior Varsity and Varsity Hockey, something I would continue for 6 years before resigning from the Head Coach position in 2007.
As long I’ve known my sister-in-law, I’ve heard the story of how her parents drove by Story Land weekend after weekend on their way to their family camp in Colebrook, NH, and how weekend after weekend they promised her that they’d take her to Story Land next season.I’ve done the same thing with promises with my daughter. It happens. But living so close to Storyland, I recently decided that we needed to create a new ending for my sister’s-in-law story… by taking her and her two young daughters to Story Land.It was a blast (as Story Land always is…)! And if your story is that you haven’t been, there’s still time… they’re open through Columbus Day. It’s where fantasy lives! YouTube tea cup video
Well I took some time off recently and what better way to spend it than to stay local with all we have here than go somewhere else.
Last Wednesday my wife, daughter and I went to Wildcat Ski Area and went on the Scenic Gondola and Zip ride to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday. The Zip Ride was great and certainly something everyone needs to try once, even those like me that do not like heights too much. On the way home we saw a moose on the side of route 16 in Pinkham Notch. We then went to Decades for dinner and drinks with my now legal 21 year old.
This week I took 3 more days off to make my weekend a 5 day weekend. It started off with a coed hockey tournament at Ham Arena where I skated in 4 hockey games in a little more than 24 hours. Boy was I tired!
Monday my wife and I went over the “Kanc” to Franconia Notch to meet friends from MA who have a place at Waterville Valley and rode our bikes from the Basin up to Cannon Mountain and the “Old Man of the Mountain” site. It took about an hour plus to ride up the hills and not quite 30 minutes to coast down. We even saw a moose on the way home on the Kanc (look for my video to be posted Friday).
Tuesday was different and we did some house things in the morning due to weather and then came to North Conway for Flatbreads and a movie. Later that night I skated in another hockey game at Ham Arena that Laurel from Chinook Cafe puts together each week.
Wednesday we finally got the motorcycle out and rode to North Conway for coffee at The Met and lunch at Chef’s Market, Bryant out did himself again with the duck dish he prepared for a TV show he was taping the day before. We then decided due to high winds we would not ride into Crawford Notch and went the scenic route home through Fryeburg, Brownfield, Eaton and Freedom before arriving in West Ossipee. All in all a 70 mile ride on a perfect weather day.
Hockey again tonight, Thursday night league at Ham Arena – more later…