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Five great ways to savor the last of summer in Mt Washington Valley, NH 

As the days of summer wind down, we can’t help but focus on squeezing in that last summer sojourn. Combine lower gas prices with the myriad of summertime merriment in Mt Washington Valley, and how can you stay away.  Here are five great ideas to help savor summertime pleasure before the leaves start turning.

Go take a hike

Surrounded by 660,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest land, there are literally hundreds of fabulous hikes to be had in Mt Washington Valley.  Easy, moderate, challenging, scenic – they’re all here.  Click here for ten popular hikes in Mt Washington Valley.  Or better yet, consider a stay at the Joe Dodge Lodge, AMC Highlands Center or AMC White Mountain Huts for the ultimate experience. 

Get high

Whether its flying high on a canopy tour at Bretton Woods or on a zipline at Wildcat Mountain, Monkey Trunks or Cranmore Adventure Center, you’ll enjoy a gorgeous aerial view from these rides.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Try the trampoline and zipline at Attitash Mountain Resort or take a rock climbing class from Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School or International Mountain Equipment or a workshop or guided backcountry tour with Northeast Mountaineering, and climb high on ideal terrain in Mt Washington Valley.  How about going to the top of the highest peak in the Northeast via the Mt Washington Auto Road or the Mt Washington Cog Railway?  These are all great ways to enjoy Mt Washington Valley’s natural high. 

wildcat zip rider

Photo:  Zipline at Wildcat.  For additional photos visit the Mt Washington Valley photo gallery at https://www.flickr.com/photos/mwvchamber/

Stock up

It’s back to school time, and when it comes to shopping for clothes, school items, housewares or dorm items, Mt Washington Valley offers 200 shops, outlets and boutiques.  Best of all it’s all tax-free. There’s no sales tax in New Hampshire.  Whether seeking outlet-priced merchandise, housewares, shoes or apparel at Settlers Green, or jeans, jewelry or gifts in North Conway Village, you’ll find it for the hardest-to-please, and hardest-to-fit family and friends in Mt Washington Valley.

Tee off

Mt Washington Valley is home to 11 scenic golf courses offering up plenty of challenges for golfers seeking to play a different course each day.  With a long fall predicted due to warmer temps, plan on playing well into October, but the last two weeks in August offer up ideal conditions on warm summer days. 

Cool off

Between our man-made water parks at Kahuna Laguna, North Conway Hampton Inn and Attitash, and our natural swimming holes, lakes and rivers in Mt Washington Valley, there’s no shortage of options. Rent a kayak from Northern Extremes Canoe & Kayak or a canoe from Saco Bound Outdoors.  Or simply float your cares away while tubing down the Saco.  The last two weeks in August offer ideal conditions for spending time on the water in Mt Washington Valley.

To plan your end-of-the-summer sojourn, go to www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for all the trip planning resources you need.  If you’d rather talk to one of the knowledgeable trip planners at Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, call 1-800-DO0-SEE-N H (800-367-3364).  And for all the info you need to plan a visit to New Hampshire, go to www.VisitNH.gov.



Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel of North Conway, New Hampshire Honored Again with Choice Hotels’ Hotel of the Year Award

For the second consecutive year, the Comfort Inn & Suites of North Conway, N.H. brought home the prestigious Hotel of the Year Award from Choice Hotels International, Inc. CHH, +1.96% one of the world’s leading hotel franchisors. Choice Hotels and Comfort Inn & Suites brand executives presented the honor of excellence to President and General Manager Dave Power at the recent 61st Choice Hotels International Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

“The Comfort Inn & Suites – North Conway has once again demonstrated a commitment to exceptional customer service and operational excellence,” said Steve Joyce, president and CEO for Choice Hotels. “Winning two years in a row is a testament to the continued dedication of the property’s long-term staff and their exemplary service, well-maintained and attractive accommodations, and genuine care for guests.”

Choice Hotels International’s Hotel of the Year Award winners are selected by the Choice Hotels Owners Council and are presented to properties that demonstrate lodging excellence and offer guest experiences that set the standard for the industry. Nominees are all ranked at the top of hotels within their brand.

Open since 2000, the 59-room Comfort Inn & Suites is surrounded by the great New Hampshire outdoors. The 700,000-acre White Mountain National Forest is just steps away, as are other popular hiking, fishing and camping areas in the Mount Washington Valley, including Great Glen Trails, Mount Cranmore, Attitash Mountain and Wildcat Mountain. Other local attractions include the North Conway Scenic Railroad; the Story Land family theme park; and the Settler’s Green Outlet Tax-Free Shopping Center. The hotel also features the Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf Course onsite, featuring two pirate-themed 18-hole miniature golf courses, lush gardens and waterfalls.

Convenient access to the extraordinary natural beauty surrounding North Conway is complemented by the family-like atmosphere and service provided by the Comfort Inn & Suites. A consistent Choice Hotels’ annual Platinum Award winner, recognizing the top three percent of Choice’s franchised properties across the United States in customer satisfaction and commitment to brand standards, General Manager Dave Power credits his staff’s teamwork and sincere service with making the hotel an exceptional experience for guests. “Our customers quickly become repeat guests because of the genuinely warm and friendly service they receive from each and every employee. The consistency of our dedicated staff is noticed by all of our guests. When repeat guests return to our hotel, they say it’s like coming home to visit close friends,” said Power.

Guests enjoy personal, concierge-style service from hotel front-desk agents, and stay in guest rooms offering everything needed to prepare for adventurous outings. Amenities at the Comfort Inn & Suites North Conway include rooms complete with wet bar, sink, microwave, coffeemaker and mini-fridge; 32-inch HDTVs; indoor heated pool, fitness center and laundry facilities. As with all Comfort Inn & Suites brand hotels, guests can enjoy a complimentary high speed internet and the brand’s free signature hot breakfast to fuel the day with offering such as eggs, waffles, breakfast meats, yogurt and fresh fruit.

Comfort Inn ®:  Rested. Set. Go.™When you travel, what do you need to be ready for the day ahead? At Comfort Inn® hotels we think we’ve got a pretty good idea. Like friendly staff, comfortable rooms, and amenities you can count on, for a start. Can’t decide if you want a soft or firm pillow? Don’t worry—your bed has both.  Our premium bedding will leave you rested and refreshed in the morning, just in time to enjoy our signature free hot breakfast.  Now, if you can’t decide which waffle to try first, we suggest flipping a coin—because both the original and flavored are delicious.

With all the amenities you need, and hotels everywhere you want to be, Comfort Inn will get you rested and ready for anything.  After all, behind every great day is a great night.

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Old Fashioned Baseball Game, Firemen’s Muster and Family Fun!


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A BIG THANK YOU is extended to John Eastman and his staff from the Conway Recreation Department and Chief Pat Preece for an excellent 4th of July for the community.
Thank you to Jill Reynolds, Maureen Seavey and Brian Wiggin for selling cards at the park.

Save the Date!


The Conway 250th Historical Display is now open at the Salyards Center for the Arts. View paintings, art displays, maps and more of Conway through the years. Contact 603-323-3359 for summer show hours.
Click for details.

Photo by Jamie Gemmiti


July 30, 7:00

Arts Jubilee Annual Pops Concert

at the base of
Cranmore Mountain

August 23, 9:30 am

Bach Festival presented by the White Mountain Musical Arts at the 

Sept. 10, 12:00 pm
Ribbon Cutting
Redstone Quarry
October 1,
1:00 -2:30
Commemorative Ceremony, sponsored by Conway Historical Society and the Ana Stickney Chapter of the NSDAR Honor Guard. Join us for live music, guest speakers, catering provided by Underground Bakery and unveiling of the commemorative gift. 

October 8th – 17th

 “Our Town” presented by Arts in Motion Theater Company
directed by Barbara Spofford

October 11, Kennett High School

Mountain Top Music presents a Conway 250th Autumn Concert. 

Old Fashioned Baseball Game

July 10th, Whitaker Field at 7:00 pm

Old Fashioned Baseball Game and BBQ 


Come watch the Dirigo Vintage Baseball Team

battle it out against the Mudville Vintage Baseball Team for some good, old fashioned fun!



Come early for a BBQ – FREE to the first

250 First Responders, with ID.

$5.00 for families and spectators.

Open at 5:15 pm.

Game starts at 7:00 leaving you plenty of time to
enjoy Happy Hour at one of our local restaurants.
Bid on your chance to devour one of six Vermonsters complete with 20 scoops of ice cream, toppings, brownies, whipped cream and a cherry donated by Ben and Jerry’s North Conway Scoop Shop.
Minimum bid of $40.00. All proceeds raised will go to End 68 Hours of Hunger. Email Jill Reynolds at Jill@GibsonCenter.org with your bid.

BBQ Sponsored by:

Firemen’s Muster

July 18, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Schouler Park

Join the North Conway Firefighter’s Association

for an afternoon of fire safety, competition and fun!

Watch teams partake in a
t event, featuring a Dry Hose Relay, a Wet Hose Relay, a Night Alarm contest and a special Mystery Event that will even be a surprise to the competing teams!

Teams are competing for a $500 cash prize as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. 

Food will be served in the park, as well, so come on out for a day of family fun! 

Conway 250 Playing Cards


Purchase Commemorative Playing Cards

featuring 54 cards focused on Conway history!

Decks are $10.00 at the Chamber office,

2617 White Mt. Highway,

North Conway Village. 9-5 pm, M-F

603-356-5701 ext. 300

Thank You Sponsors




Weekly Mountain Bike Series Begins this Week at Great Glen Trails


Mt Washington & Great Glen Trails



M&M Assurance Mountain Bike Series at Great Glen Trails  

runs through August 25, 2015


The M&M Assurance Mountain Bike Series, an 8-week mountain bike race series for all abilities and ages, will begin Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Great Glen Trails. The weekly series will take place from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday through August 25, 2015.


Riders compete against the clock in a fun, “easy-going” series where long, short or even “mini” courses can be chosen. The courses are mainly on well-maintained carriage roads and some single track at Great Glen Trails, located at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.


Racers are timed each week and results are posted within 24 hours online at http://www.greatglentrails.com. Riders who complete 5 out of 8 weeks will eligible for a prize lottery at the wrap up pot luck dinner/barbecue and awards party.


Costs for adults is $60; kids (ages 17 and under) are $30; and single races are just $12 for adults and $7 for kids.


On race days, the trails at Great Glen will close at 3:30 while bike rentals will be available until 2:00pm.


All ages and abilities are invited to Great Glen Trails to participate in the weekly mountain bike series sponsored by M&M Assurance on Tuesday afternoons through August 25, 2015.







High energy, world-class performers presenting a wide range of entertainment from Celtic Rock  to the Blues,  70s Rock & Roll to classics of Frank Sinatra and blues-calypso-zydeco-pop-rock-jazz-and a ton of drums describes the 5-week summer concert series planned for July and August this summer by Arts Jubilee, hosted at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway.

After months of planning, the Arts Jubilee 2015 schedule reflects the goal of providing a wide range of upbeat entertainment to suit a variety of tastes.  “No matter what your specific musical tastes may be, these concerts will be fun for everyone and continue to be family-friendly in every way,” stated Cindy Russell, Executive Director for the non-profit music series.  “We have a special theme for each of the five concerts and we’re truly excited to present our concerts for five consecutive Thursday nights this summer beginning July 16th.”

Arts Jubilee starts off on July 16th with Ceili Rain starring Bob Halligan, Jr! Well-known and loved in the valley, CEILI RAIN is an original, innovative blend of pop-rock music with a dash of Celtic/Irish flavor and a subtle, but sincere, uplifting/joyful message. The band is led by front man, Bob Halligan Jr. As a songwriter, Bob Halligan, Jr., has had over 140 songs recorded by well-known rock artists. “Ceili” ~ a Gaelic (Irish) word that means “party” with live musicians, dancing, all ages FUN and will feature a traditional favorite, Jeanne Limmer dancers. Kicking off the Season’s early concerts at 6 PM will be the dedicated musicians of the Mt Washington Valley Band under the baton of Russell Gage.

The series continues on July 23rd  when Arts Jubilee pays tribute to the EAGLES presented by 7 Bridges Band The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a stunningly accurate tribute to the music of the Eagles said to have ‘chronicled America in the high-flying Seventies’. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7 Bridges faithfully re-creates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most prolific period.  The early concert at 6 PM features “Chasing Asia” – formerly known as Rek’lis.

Mid-way through the season on July 30th, is the valley Arts Jubilee tradition: the Annual Pops Concert. This year’s concert by the Capital Jazz Orchestra  presents a Frank Sinatra Centennial Salute. The first, and possibly the greatest  American musical superstar, Frank  Sinatra was inarguably one of the  most successful, multi-talented entertainers of the 20th century. This centennial salute to the musical legacy of the Chairman of the Board features top notch guest vocalist CJ Poole and the Capital Jazz Orchestra, Clayton “Skip” Poole, Music Director.

The Early Concert at 6 PM presents a return performance from the Valley’s own, Dennis and Davey. And this is the time when Arts Jubilee will be acknowledging the celebration of Conway’s 250th complete with fireworks.

We’ll be hosting “the blues” on August 6th when Roy Prescott of WMWV 93.5’s Blues Summit, hosts Sugar Ray and The Bluetones — a storied blues ensemble that has backed Otis Rush, Jimmy Rogers, Joe Turner, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Walter Horton, Big Mama Thornton and JB Hutto —  marking their 35th anniversary with a new album. The hard-swinging band fully absorbed the lessons learned from Chicago blues masters, making them one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions. The Early Concert at 6 PM will feature “Cat Heaven”, a new and unique approach to a variety of jazz tunes by a collective of young musicians, all studying at a high and intense level to create music that is innovative and creatively expressive.

The concert series will end with Entrain on August 13th bringing infectious rhythms and upbeat good time music straight from Martha’s Vineyard to the outdoor stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway. Entrain is the quintessential blues-calypso-zydeco-pop-rock-jazz-and a ton of drums band featuring band leader and drummer, Tom Major and is returning to Arts Jubilee by popular demand this summer. The valley’s own blues band:  Mo’ Blues will be featured at the Early Concert at 6 PM.

Arts Jubilee’s outdoor festival concerts are found at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway, New Hampshire.  Headline concerts begin at 7:00 PM and an early concert performance highlighting some of the area’s best musicians begins at 6 PM. Beverages and food available on the Deck at Zip’s Pub with a full view of the stage.  Picnic suppers are permitted – but no alcohol, please.  Provide your own seating with a blanket or lawn chairs.  Admission is family friendly requesting an affordable charge to help defray expenses for the series.  Adults are $10, Seniors: $8, Students are $5 and kids 12 and under are free.  Arts Jubilee is a non-profit organization with support from area corporate sponsors, private donations, and grants.  Our host sponsor, Cranmore Mountain provides ample free parking, indoor restrooms, and beautiful mountain views in a natural amphitheater setting.  For additional information go to MWVEvents.com or call 1-800-Sun-n-Ski.

 The Mount Washington Cog Railway Once More Offering Summit Photo Tour


The Mount Washington Cog Railway is open for its 146th season of bringing visitors to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak.  Once again this year, the Cog is offering the popular Summit Photo Tour.

The Summit Photo Tour will be offered on Monday, July 13 and again on Sunday September 13, and will be lead by professional photographer George Mitchell. It will focus on the summit and surrounding vantage points from Mount Washington as a subject. Students will also get a chance to shoot the passing trains, panoramic views and unique characteristics of the weather of the Presidential range.

The tour is a day long venture consisting of a two hour round trip train ride to the summit and back down, with four hours to spend at the top walking to various points around the mountaintop. There will be time to enjoy lunch and activities as well as  the new Extreme Mount Washington exhibit at the Sherman Adams Summit Building.

Limited space is available. Summit Photo Tours are $165 per person. Tours include train ride, one-on-one instruction and boxed lunch. Tour will depart on the 10:30 am train and return to the Base by 5:30 pm. Participants are asked to arrive 1 hour prior to departure for an introductory session in the lobby. Please book in advance by calling 603.278.2255 or 603.278.5404. Details and times for all events can be found online at thecog.com.  The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, Marshfield Station, NH, 6 miles from Rt. 302 and historic Bretton Woods, NH.

Mountain Bike State Championships & New Downhill Race Series at Attitash Mountain Resort this Summer 


Attitash Logo Black

Attitash Mountain Resort will be hosting some of New Hampshire’s premier mountain bike race events this summer including the Eastern States Cup as well as the new Double Down Race Series.

The Eastern States Cup, a regional championship series featuring two disciplines of mountain bike racing, enduro and downhill, will be returning to Attitash for the third consecutive summer. This year’s events will serve as New Hampshire’s Enduro State Championships on June 27-28 and Downhill Championships on August 29-30.

“We are excited to again be one of the New Hampshire venues for the Eastern States Cup events,” said Attitash Mountain Bike Programs Coordinator, Nate Waterhouse. “The events will feature exciting racing and fun weekends for the athletes and spectators.”

The enduro event will have riders competing against each other in timed stages that are designed to challenge the rider’s technical and physical abilities. Timed stages including downhill and climbing sections will utilize trails and terrain on Attitash and Bear Peak. The downhill event will feature riders competing in a single run format taking the best times in age and rider level categories. The course will be a mix of descending open trails and technical single-track sections through the woods on Attitash Mountain.

New this year, Attitash will also host its very own downhill event series – the Double Down Race Series on Saturdays July 18, August 15, and September 19. This three race series will feature new courses each week and competitors will have two race runs to achieve their best time in an attempt to stand on the podium at the conclusion of the day. Pro divisions will feature a cash purse provided by sponsor Midas of North Conway and amateur divisions will compete for prizes from other series sponsors.

Attitash Mountain Resort offers over 20 miles of mountain bike trails including technically challenging downhill trails and eight cross country trails for all abilities. Rental bikes, season passes, daily tickets, and full bike repair/tuning is available at the Dirt Trax Bike Shop in the Attitash Base Lodge.

For more information including hours of operation, ticket pricing and event schedules visit attitash.com or call 1-800-223 SNOW.



Attitash Downhill Mountain Biking Photo – A rider takes on the technical downhill mountain biking terrain at Attitash during an Eastern States Cup race event.






Moose tracking, trout fishing, go karting, river tubing and more

available this season in Bretton Woods


The historic Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, N.H., is embracing summer with expanded outdoor activities that are perfect for guest and travelers of all ages. From mountain biking through the White Mountains to river tubing down the Ammonoosuc River, these new offerings combine adventure with luxury for the ultimate summer mountain escape.


For the Whole Family 

The scenic resort is an outdoor for playground all. From the adventure enthusiast to the family fisherman, the hotel offers activities for all ages of all activity and ability levels. The following activities are the newest additions to Omni Mount Washington Resort’s

outdoor adventure line-up:

  • Embark on a moose sighting journey with the resort’s new

    White Mountain Moose Tour. When guests pass “brake for moose” signs on their way to the resort, they undoubtedly wonder where to find them.  Now, experienced guides lead the search in a comfortable van to spot the majestic animal in the wilderness.
    Cost is $40 per person and includes a 4×6 family photo. Available on select dates from June – October. 

  • Enjoy a Guided Fly Fishing Adventure on local streams and ponds, which are home to rainbow trout and native brook trout. The three-hour activity is available daily now to Sept. 7, and on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Sept. 8-Oct. 15. Cost for
    resort guests is $99 per person; cost for the public is $119 per person. Valid NH Fishing license required and may be purchased on-site.
  • Beat the summer heat by floating down the Ammonoosuc River with the resort’s new
    River Tubing adventure. Available at the Bretton Woods Adventure Center, guests are invited to slip on water shoes, slide into a tube and drift down the river.  River Tubing is offered daily from June 20 – Sept. 7 (ages 10 and older).
    Rates start at $20 for a two-hour rental including transportation back to launch site.

Just for Kids

Summertime in Bretton Woods offers adventure for junior guests. Children at Omni Mount Washington Resort can explore the great outdoors with the hotel’s new summer experiences:

  • Young guests can play at the revamped
    Adventure Playground
    at the Bretton Woods Adventure Center. Children ages 5 through 12 can zip and glide on the resort’s mini zip lines, climb rope bridges, explore tunnels, and sway on Tarzan swings. The playground is open daily from June 20 – Sept.
    7, and on weekends from Sept. 8 – Oct. 12. Cost is $10 per person.
  • Kids can also experience the new Kids’Go Kart Park, located next to the Bretton Woods Base Lodge. The oval dirt track offers loads of fun for youngsters in large-tired Go Karts designed specifically for children. The park is open daily from June 20 – Sept. 7, as well as on weekends from
    Sept. 12 – Oct. 12. Cost is $20 for 15 minutes.

Bretton Woods offers outdoor activities for everyone from mountain biking and zip lining to horseback riding and hiking. Discover some of Omni Mount Washington Resort’s popular and seasonal activities with the enhanced 2015 Summer Day Pass. The new pass has been updated with more possibilities than ever! For $49 per person (over four feet in height) and $29 per person (under four feet in height), this pass allows unlimited use of the following:

  • Williwaw Racing Zip
    (Must be 4′ tall and 80-250 lbs)
  • Kids’ Go Kart Park
    (Must be 4′ tall and less than 100 lbs)
  • Disc Golf
  • Slopeside Climbing Wall
  • Archery Range
  • Unlimited Scenic Chairlift access (including bike trail use)
  • Kinderwoods Adventure Playground (ages 5-12)

For more information about Omni Mount Washington Resort, please call 1-800-The-Omni or visit




About Omni Mount Washington Resort

Omni Mount Washington Resort is an all-season resort destination in New Hampshire located at the base of Mount Washington and surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest.  In September 2009, Omni Hotels began management of the property, which is home to the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, site of the International Monetary Conference of 1944, and Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area.  Recent renovations unveiled a restored 18-hole Mount Washington Golf Course, 25,000-square-foot The Spa, 20,000-square-foot Conference Center, outdoor pool complex and renovated guestrooms, lobby and public spaces.  The Bretton Woods Canopy Tour was also added to the resort’s list of amenities, which includes top-rated Alpine and Nordic skiing, 27 holes of championship golf and a full slate of additional seasonal activities.  A variety of lodging, dining and activities is offered year-round, along with many traditional and cultural events.  For more information, guests can call 1-800-The-Omni.

About Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business gateways
and leisure destinations across North America. With over 20 world-class golf courses and award-winning spa retreats, to dynamic business settings, each Omni showcases the local flavor of the destination while featuring four-diamond services, signature restaurants,
Wi-Fi connectivity and unique wellness options.  Known for its distinguished, personalized service, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every customer interaction, with a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty
program and the company’s “Power of One” associate empowerment program. The brand is frequently recognized by top consumer research organizations and travel publications. To get additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com or
call 1-800-The-Omni.


Children’s Summer Theater Series at the Theater in the Wood

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is hosting IMPACT’s  Children’s Summer Theater Series at the Theater in the Wood in Intervale, NH. Performances will be every Friday at 10:00am (doors open at 9:30am) from June 26-August 14. Tickets are $7.50 per person, or $40 for a seasons pass. Children ages 3 and under are FREE.

IMPACT (Imagination and Music – Professional Artistry in Children’s Theatre) is the professional children’s performance company of Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln, NH. Each summer Believe in Books Literacy Foundation partners with Jean’s Playhouse and IMPACT to bring the Children’s Summer Theater Series to the Theater in the Wood. The company writes and performs eight children’s musicals every summer, and all promise a good time for both adults and kids! Kids will love the catchy original songs and wacky characters, all performed by the professional IMPACT actors!


The Schedule:

June 26: Goldilocks and the Three Bears 

July 3: The Pied Piper of Hamelin 

July 10: Puss in Boots 

July 17: Arabian Nights 

July 24: The Three Little Pigs 

July 31: The Emperor’s New Clothes

Aug 7: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves 

Aug 14: Pinocchio 

This program is one of many that the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation has created to reach the goals of exercising the mind and body of youngsters through education and 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 Foundation office and its 100 Acre Wood property 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 call 603-356-9980 or visit http://www.believeinbooks.org.



  Event finale marks the end of an era while providing a look to the future.

 Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center has announced that the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen, which will be held on August 7th, 8th and 9th, will be their final 24-Hour race. The weekend-long race, which began as one of the many off-the-wall events at Great Glen Trails, has matured over the years into a world-class cycling event which draws riders from all over the United States and Canada.

The 12 and 24-hour long mountain bike race wrapped into a themed, weekend-long mountain bike festival, is currently one of the largest and longest-running 24 hour bike races in the country and has enticed intermediate and hardcore racers to the single-track and carriage roads of Great Glen Trails at the base of Mt. Washington. Event officials believe that the 20th anniversary of the race offers the best opportunity to mark the end of an era while looking forward to the future.

“This is without a doubt the funnest event we put on here during the year. We’ve managed to adapt to changing times over the years and keep it going as a great family event but times continue to evolve and we’re looking to evolve with them so this will be the final year so we can make room for a new annual event to be announced later,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager for Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center and the Mount Washington Auto Road. “We’ll be going out big with what will be a really fun western theme, a great party on Friday night, and the addition of some great sponsors to help us celebrate these 20 years.”

In addition to the competition out on course the event now has a sizable festival component with many side family-friendly events and competitions. Each year the race has followed a particular theme to add to the the excitement and to entice additional participation from racers, family, friends and spectators.

For 2015, event coordinators at Great Glen have chosen a western, rodeo-style theme. A Friday evening anniversary celebration will be added this year as a thank you for 20 years of racing. Friday evening entertainment will include live music under the big top by the Chris White Band, the opportunity to ride a mechanical bull, a kids evening fun bike course (no lights required), and free kayaking on the pond. The celebration will be complimentary for racers and their families/support crew while a limited number of tickets will be offered to the general public. Barbecue will be available at additional cost by Glen View Café, and BYOB will be allowed.

Red Bull athlete Tim Johnson, a six-time national cyclocross medal winner, 2-time Mt. Washington Bicycle Hillclimb winner and a Global Bicycle advocate, will enter a team in the race for the 20th celebration. “As a fellow New Englander, this event means a lot to me.” said Johnson. “In my years as a professional cyclist, this race has always kept its place as a great east coast event. The 24 Hours of Great Glen will challenge the best of them!”

Red Bull Energy Drink will also have a presence throughout the weekend to help provide competitors the energy and stamina needed to perform at their best during the grueling 24 hour race. Red Bull plans to bring their MXT, a giant military-style vehicle that transforms into a state-of-the art sound system and multi-media center plus DJ booth.

The race course takes riders over the carriage roads of Great Glen combined with single track through birch forests and spruce woodlands. Riders are given the option of maneuvering over a narrow, floating S-turn bridge crossing Glen Pond to save time on each lap. For the first time, the bridge will be lit up at night so riders can safely cross throughout the night.

“The 24 Hours of Great Glen has been a part of my life since 1997.” mentions Sven Cole, long-time racer in the region. “My children have grown up around the race, I’ve grown up around the race. It is a race like no other, the community, the venue, the people- it’s such a great vibe.” Cole continues. “The course has evolved over the years and it is now the best it has ever been. For those who have never done the race – do it. If you don’t you will regret it. If you’ve done it before – do it again, if you don’t you’ll regret it.”

In 2014, the race saw 132 teams take the start in either the 12 hour or the 24 hour version of the bike race on a 9.1 mile course that snakes around the base of the northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington. Riders completed 2,065 laps which totaled 18,790 miles and approximately 2,447,000 ft or 463 miles in elevation gain. Last year over 90 kids participated in the “24 Minutes of Great Glen”, a junior version which features laps around a mini course just outside the festival tent.

Past results, photography and additional information on the 20th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Great Glen can be found online at http://www.24hoursofgreatglen.com, http://www.facebook.com/24hoursofgreatglen, or by calling (603) 466-2333.

This year’s sponsors include Red Bull Energy Drinks, Red Jersey Cyclery, The Bike Shop, Dasani, Coca-Cola, Downeast Cyclery, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Gorham Family Dentistry, Cooper Cargill Chant, and Down East Bicycle.

Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, is found at the base of Mt. Washington. Offering an abundance of outdoor activities for people at all skill levels, the Center has programs and resources for adventure in every season in the White Mountains. For more information, visit http://www.GreatGlenTrails.com.

A competitor crosses the floating s-­turn bridge over Glen Pond during the
19th annual 24 Hours of Great Glen. Complete information can be found at www.24hoursofgreatglen.com

Photo credit: “Great Glen Trails photo library

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!