Spend a day with Thomas™ July 21-23 & July 28-30 at the Conway Scenic Railroad at their Day Out With Thomas™ family event. Passengers take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank Engine™ at the Conway Scenic Railroad at their largest summer event.
This year, Percy will return to the railroad during the event and there will be two special “Autism-Friendly” trains this year, with controlled environments suited for families with children that are sensitive to noise.
After their venture, each child passenger will receive a Junior Engineer’s Certificate, coloring sheets, and crayons from the Imagination Station. “Frodo the Walking Tank”, a large Sulcata Tortoise will be a passenger on the train to meet with guests.
Tickets are $20 for ages two and up on Fridays and on Saturday and Sunday with 9:00AM, 2:00PM, and 3:00PM Thomas departures. Event ticks for any other Thomas departures are $22 per person. Rides with Percy are an additional $8 per person on any event day and time. The Conway Scenic Railroad asks interested ticket holders and current ticket holders to please read what’s included in their ticket prices and to plan for enough time to visit the area so you can enjoy all that the Conway Scenic Railroad the the Mt. Washington Valley has to offer for family fun!
With children out of school for the summer, it’s a great time to encourage summer reading and learning! Visit the North Conway Public Library Tuesday afternoons July 11th-August 15th for their weekly Children’s Story Time. The story times begin at 2pm every Tuesday and with stories appropriate for children ages 3-8 with siblings welcome.
Weather permitting, the story times will be held outside on the library’s lawn, and will take place inside during inclement weather. The story times are free to residents and visitors and there is no registration necessary to attend. In addition to the story time, there will be games and a free weekly raffle for participating!
For more information, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961, stop by the library on Main Street in North Conway Village, or visit them on the web at www.NorthConwayLibrary.com.
Join Jean’s Playhouse & IMPACT on Fridays at 10am for family summer fun from June 30th-August 18th for their Children’s Summer Theater Series. The plays are original, incorporating unique songs and a new twist on classic children’s tales.
Tickets for each theater performance are $8/person, and children under the age of 3 may enjoy the show for free. For families that are interested in seeing every show of the series, season passes are available for a more affordable price of $40 per person, and children under the age of 3 still receive free admittance to shows.
June 30th – Anansi – Keeper of the Stories: Anansi, a spider of great cunning, out wits the Sky-God Nyami to bring stories back to earth. Based on the folklore of the Ashanti culture from Ghana.
July 7th – Thumbelina: Thumbelina, a tiny girl, uses her imaginative and ingenious spirit to be true to her own heart. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
July 14th – The Bremen Town Musicians: An aging donkey, dog, cat, and rooster, all discarded by their masters, band together and discover delight in their new found freedom! Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
July 21st – The Nightingale: The Emperor falls in love with the song of the nightingale until he finds a bejeweled mechanical bird, but when he becomes sick who comes to his aid? Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.
July 28th – Snow White and Rose Red: Snow White and Rose Red are generous and kind. Confronted by both a dwarf and a bear, one day, the girls are in awe when things resolve unexpectedly. Based on the story by the Brothers Grimm.
August 4th – Momotarō – Ogre Hunter: Momotarō and his friends a talking dog, monkey and pheasant go to a distant island to fight the marauding ogres and save their village. Based on a Japanese fairy tale.
August 11th – How the Rainbow was Made: Nanabozho, an Ojibwe spirit, deciding the world is too boring brings out his paints to color the flowers, and the day takes an unexpected turn. A creation tale from the Ojibwe Nation.
August 18th – Humpelken-Pumpelken or the Adventures of Humpty Dumpty: Humpelken-Pumpelken and her friends defend the town of Eggland as it is attacked by a devious chef and his crew! Based on an English Nursery Rhyme.
It’s that time of year again! The Believe in Books Literacy Foundation will open their Sugar Shack on Saturday, February 18th. Participate in a guided tour through their Sugar Bush on weekend afternoons, enjoy a wagon ride through the woods, learn about the history of maple sugaring, how to identify maple trees, tap for sap, as well as collection and sample tastings. The tours are approximately an hour long. The foundation recommends participants dress according to the weather as the event is outside.
The suggested donation for this event is $5 per person, which helps the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation fund their mission and literacy programs.
The mission of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is to advance healthy development of young minds through literacy programs that encourage early reading, imagination, and physical activity. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.
Guests are also welcome to take self-guided tours on the Maple Storybook Trail which begins right near the Sugar Shack. This tour can be done anytime, however an inside peek at the Sugar Shack can only be done when the shack is open.
If there is steam rolling out of the Sugar Shack, you are welcome to step inside for a firsthand look of the historic and innovative process of turning sap into maple syrup. Stop in, learn more about one of Mother Nature’s sweetest and healthiest offerings and taste a sample.
The Sugar Shack opens on February 18, but will also be open on February 19, 25, 26 and on March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26. Believe in Books also offers Group Educational Tours for all ages during Maple Season mid-week.
On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015, the Memorial Hospital Kids Fun Run at Story Land will take place for kids up to 12 years of age. The event is a fundraiser for the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation and its goal of reaching more children in the North Country.
Registration is $10 per child, but register early, as space is limited! Scholarships to cover the registration cost are available for local children in Carroll, Coos, and Oxford counties, provided by the Memorial Hospital’s 2015 Golf Tournament Support Student Wellness Program. Visit http://www.believeinbooks.org to register and for more information.
Registration opens at 8:00am with the first race at 8:45am. There will be four different races: Ages 4 and under (Tot Trot – a short loop), ages 5 & 6 (1/2 K), ages 7 & 8 (1/2 K), ages 9-12 (1K). Every runner will receive a free pass to Story Land good for race day only. All runners will also receive an event T-shirt and a medal.
“This is a really fun event and gets the kids out there moving! They all have a blast racing through Story Land then get to enjoy the park for the day FREE”, said event coordinator Aimee Janowicz.
This fundraiser is one of many that the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation has created to meet the goals of exercising the body and brains of youngsters with education and engagement of healthy habits. The Literacy Foundation is a Charitable 501(c)(3) Non-Profit guided by the needs and involvement of the communities of which it serves.
The 100 Acre Wood property which includes the Foundation office and the Theater in the Wood are located on Observatory Way in Intervale, NH, just two miles north of the Scenic Vista, directly across from Town Hall Road on the west side of Route 16.
For more information about the Literacy Foundation call 603-356-9980 or visit Believe in Books.
Bartlett, NH – The Seasons Resort on 1 Seasons at Attitash Rd. in Bartlett celebrated the grand opening of their Fenway Park Jr. with a ribbon cutting on Sunday. This ball park features a replica of Fenway Park itself with “Green Monster” walls, scoreboard and even a Citgo sign, and has been tailor-made for wiffle ball. The field is available as an amenity for guests staying at The Seasons Resort, but is also available for families who wish to rent it for reunions or birthday parties, and non-profits who interested in hosting fundraising events, said Erik Atwell, marketing director for The Seasons Resort.
Bryan Stovall, general manager for the resort, cut the ribbon and took the first ten swings during The First Annual Home Runs for Literacy, A Home Run Derby fundraiser for Believe in Books Literacy Foundation fundraising event that followed.
More than 65 baseball fans and Believe in Books supporters of all ages participated in the day’s events. Over $850 was raised for the foundation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Mt. Washington Valley through exposure, education, and the engagement of reading and bringing stories to life.
“We hope to raise lots more money through additional fundraisers to be held here at Fenway Jr.,” says Erik Atwell. The next fundraiser, Wifflemania, a fundraising wiffle ball tournament will be held Sept. 14-15 at Fenway Jr.
Anyone interested in putting together a group of nine infielders and outfielders to have some fun and possibly win a tournament while raising money for The Jimmy Fund and Youk’s Kids is invited to participate. For more information, contact Erik at Marketing@SeasonsNH.com.
The Seasons Resort offers spacious accommodations for 2 to 10 people. Each unit has two full baths, fully equipped kitchens, washer/dryer, cable TV and private decks.Many units also come with wood stoves.
On site amenities include an indoor pool, whirlpool spa, exercise area, saunas, game room, 60″ television in the recreation room, tennis courts, basketball hoops, playgrounds, and now a wiffle ball field.
The Seasons’ Fenway Park Jr. features a replica of Fenway Park itself that has been tailor-made for wiffle ball. Pictured left to right during the ribbon cutting ceremony are: Joey Miller, Account Developer at The Believe in Books Foundation; Bob Merchant; Erik Atwell, Marketing Director of The Seasons Resort; Bryan Stovall, General Manager of The Seasons Resort; and Bryon Gil. The First Annual Home Runs for Literacy, A Home Run Derby fundraiser for Believe in Books Literacy Foundation followed the ribbon cutting, raising over $850 for Believe in Books.
This year’s “Kids Free Fishing Day” event scheduled for Saturday, June 2 will be a great way to learn how to fish or develop your fishing skills. Representatives and volunteers from the U.S. Forest Service and Appalachian Mountain Club will provide a day’s wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started.
Participants, who register on the morning of the event, will receive a “passport” outlining 5 stations that must be completed before they can begin fishing. Educational and instructional skill stations will include: Knot Tying; Fish ID; Casting; Ecology; Macro Invertebrates; and Fishing. Each station activity will take 15-20 minutes to complete and once an activity has been completed, the passport will be stamped and the aspiring angler will be one step closer to casting a line in the stocked fishing pond.
The free event will take place from 10am – 3pm rain or shine (*registration cut-off is 12pm) and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and all persons should bring proper footwear and clothing as well as personal sun protection (hat, sunglasses, spf) and bug repellent. The fishing pond at Wildcat Mountain is accessible via the “C lot” entrance located approximately a quarter mile past the main entrance on the north-bound side of Rt. 16 heading toward Gorham, New Hampshire.
The mission of the U.S. Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. Recreational activities on U.S.F.S. lands contribute $14.5 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. More information is available at www.fs.fed.us.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. With more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. The AMC supports natural resource conservation while encouraging responsible recreation, based on the philosophy that successful, long-term conservation depends upon first-hand enjoyment of the natural environment. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.
Wildcat Mountain, a year-round destination located 100% within the White Mountain National Forest, provides both exhilarating and one-of-a-kind opportunities to enjoy views and scenery that have been consistently voted #1 in North America. In addition to New Hampshire’s only ZipRider zip-line cable ride and the state’s highest scenic gondola, Wildcat Mountain offers lift-serviced disc golf, hiking, weekly guided tours and outdoor interpretive programs with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and Appalachian Mountain Club. All rates and information can be found at www.skiwildcat.com or by calling 1-888-SKI-WILD.