How Sweet It Is! Maple Season Gets Underway in Northern New Hampshire

Get ready to sweeten your visit to the northern reaches of New Hampshire in March and early April. During this time of year, warm sunny days and freezing nights signal the sap to flow in our sugar maple trees.

 Throughout the region, sap is collected in a run that lasts for about six weeks. In times past, buckets were affixed to taps on trees to collect the sap, but the 21st century method for most producers involves miles of tubing that run through the sugar bush. Once the sap is collected, steam rises from sugarhouses as the sap is boiled down into flavorful maple syrup.

An early spring weekend is a perfect time for a sweet getaway. Visit these sugarhouses to take a walk through a sugarbush, see a tree being tapped, watch maple syrup being made, taste the delicious syrup (always our favorite part!), and linger in the sugarhouse, taking in the sweet maple fragrance as the sap is reduced to syrup. And don’t forget to take home some of that delicious goodness to enliven your pancakes and waffles and other recipes!

Fuller’s Sugarhouse

At Fuller’s Sugarhouse (www.FullersSugarhouse.com), maple syrup has been a family tradition since 1972. When the maple season begins, the family’s sugarhouse at 2021White Mountain Highway (Route 2) in Jefferson welcomes visitors to watch the process and taste some of the sweet syrup.

Fuller’s taps more than 26,000 trees and boils half a million gallons of maple sap to produce 11,000 gallons of syrup! During Maple Weekend, March 23 and 24, visit the sugarhouse for tours, watch the sap being boiled into syrup, indulge in some sugar-on-snow — a taste treat not to be missed — and enjoy the camaraderie of other like-minded maple aficionados.

Throughout March, visitors will receive 10 percent off Fuller’s pure maple products at the sugarhouse in Jefferson, at their Country Store in Lancaster, and online.

Fuller’s Maple Choice Award: New this year — share your favorite recipe that includes Fuller’s pure maple products and you could win a Fuller’s maple prize. Submissions accepted through March 17, followed by voting online and at both Fuller’s Sugarhouse locations. Gets all the details here.

The Rocks Maple Experience

The Maple Experience at The Rocks Estate (www.TheRocks.org) in Bethlehem is a hands-on experience with an array of activities to help visitors understand the history of maple sugaring and how maple syrup is made. Learn how to identify sugar maple trees, take a horse drawn-wagon ride around the beautiful estate, tap a tree yourself to collect the sap, visit the maple museum, and take a tractor-drawn ride to the sugarhouse to watch the process of sap being boiled down into syrup. The maple tastings include fresh donuts! Maple syrup made from sap gathered at The Rocks is available for purchase.

Maple tours are offered March 23, 24, 30 and 31, and April 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for kids. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (603) 444-6228.

8th Annual Maple Dinner: For an extra sweet treat, reserve your seat for the 8th Annual Maple Dinner on April 6, to be held at The Maplewood Country Club in Bethlehem. Catered by Chef Joe’s, the dinner is a fundraiser for The Rocks Fire Fund (The Rocks recently lost its main barn in a devastating fire). The delicious dinner features a variety of maple-themed dishes. Tickets for previous dinners have sold out quickly, so don’t wait to reserve your spot. Call (603) 444-6228 or email [email protected].

The Rocks Estate is the North Country Conservation and Education Center of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. www.forestsociety.org

Holiday Events

Magical Christmas Memories Begin at Santa’s Village

Santa’s Village pulls out all the stops during the holiday season when thousands and thousands of glittery lights add to the magic of a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and create memories to last a lifetime. The family park features 18 Christmas-themed rides, visits with Santa’s reindeer and elves, a 3-D “A Tinderdoodle Christmas” show, and shops brimming with gift ideas. Be sure to dress warmly. Christmastime hours: November 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, and 27, and December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17.

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree at The Rocks Estate

Choose the perfect Christmas tree at The Rocks Estate this season. Add a festively decorated wreath for the front door. Relax during a horse-drawn carriage ride through frosted fields overlooking the magnificent Presidential mountain range. Roast some marshmallows at the fire pit. Browse for gift items in The Marketplace, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., November 6 through Christmas Eve. Select a tree from the farm’s retail lot or wander the fields to Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree beginning November 18.

Kick Off the Season at Littleton’s Holiday Parade

Everyone loves a parade and Littleton’s Annual Holiday Parade down Main Street is one of the best, featuring floats, bands, kids, animals — and, of course, jolly Old St. Nick himself. Kick off the holiday season in style during this event, beginning at noon on Friday, November 24, and then explore the town’s excellent shopping and restaurants for a fun-filled day.

Olde Tyme Christmas is a Lancaster Tradition

Lancaster’s downtown will sparkle and shine with festive decorations on Thursday, November 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. during Olde Tyme Christmas, a night to stroll the streets and get into the spirit of the season. For a jolly good evening, begin your holiday shopping by browsing the crafters and vendors at the Town Hall and Colonel Town Rec Center, try your hand at cookie decorating, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, enjoy plenty of food and, of course, plan a visit with Santa at the Town Hall.

Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday, on November 25, is a nationally designated day that encourages consumers to support small, local businesses. Shopping locally at small businesses throughout the northern New Hampshire region on the 25th and throughout the year helps to keep the dollars you spend right here in the North Country community. Check with your favorite shops and restaurants — many merchants offer special deals and promotions on Small Business Saturday.

Kick Back in November!

November is an excellent month to treat yourself to a romantic getaway or a family excursion before the holiday craziness has you in its grip. This month, choose and cut your own Christmas tree at The Rocks Estate, tune up your ski and snowboard gear at Drummond’s Mountain Shop, and relax and unwind at the comfortable Town & Country Inn and Resort.

The Town & Country Inn and Resort:

A Favorite Destination For Over 60 Years

The beautiful Androscoggin Valley in northern New Hampshire beckons visitors throughout the year, and many make The Town & Country Inn and Resort in Shelburne their home base while they explore the region’s many attractions.

Owned by the Labnon family since 1956, the 160-room inn is famous for its unique brand of hospitality known as TLC, “Tender Labnon Care.” From first time visitors to repeat guests, TLC is lavished on everyone who stays at the Town & Country, whether they come for the night, for the weekend or a longer vacation.

Along with the comfortable accommodations, the Resort boasts a dining room that seats 180 guests, four banquet rooms, a lounge with live entertainment on weekends, an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and a full health club facility. All rooms have free high-speed Internet, connecting rooms are available, and the Resort is pet friendly.

The Town & Country serves breakfast and dinner daily and lunch on Sundays, and is famous for serving “the best prime rib ever.” Check out the Resort’s website for a peek at the Thanksgiving menu. Enjoy a fabulous meal without all the hassle!

And, depending on the time of year, the Town & Country offers multiple packages to make your visit more enjoyable.

Learn more … www.townandcountryinn.com

 

Holiday Magic is in the Air at The Rocks Estate!

Delight in choosing the perfect Christmas tree at The Rocks Estate this season. Add a festively decorated wreath for the front door. Relax during a horse-drawn carriage ride through frosted fields overlooking the magnificent Presidential mountain range. Roast some marshmallows at the fire pit. Browse for gift items in The Marketplace.

Holiday memories for you and your family are just waiting to be made at The Rocks. Dress warmly for a leisurely walk through rolling fields of Christmas trees to choose and cut one for your home, or select a freshly cut tree from the retail lot at the farm, where willing helpers will wrap and load your tree onto your vehicle for you (tree selection is available November 18 through Christmas Eve). Then browse the array of classic and whimsically decorated handmade wreaths, garland, ornaments, and Christmas tree accessories that will complement your tree.

The Marketplace, stocked with gifts galore, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Christmas Eve, and features New England-crafted and Fair Trade items. The Rocks’ own maple syrup makes a great stocking stuffer, as does its 2017 holiday ornament featuring a New Hampshire moose. And if you can’t make a trip to The Rocks this season, browse the shopper-friendly Rocks Estate online store for everything from Christmas trees and holiday wreaths to gift items.

Make a weekend of it with The Rocks’ Christmas Memory Package that includes a stay at a local inn or hotel, a horse-drawn carriage ride, a festively decorated wreath and, of course, a beautiful fresh-cut Christmas tree.

Learn more … www.therocks.org

 

Drummond’s Mountain Shop Can Outfit You for Ski & Snowboard Season

With ski and snowboard season fast approaching, Drummond’s Mountain Shop in Bretton Woods is the one-stop place to shop for ski equipment, hiking gear, clothing, footwear, and every accessory you can think of to make your outdoor experience more enjoyable.

Drummond’s is a full-service, year round ski shop selling and servicing all major brands of Alpine and Nordic skis, including Atomic, Fischer, K2, Nordica, Rossignol, Salomon, Tecnica and Volkl. Snowboard lines include Burton, K2, and Rossignol, and snowshoe brands are Redfeather and Tubbs.

Located just west of the entrance to the Bretton Woods Ski Area, Drummond’s prides itself on exceptional service, a full line of high performance demos and recreational equipment rentals, and ski tuning and sales year round.

The handsome lodge-like store is brimming with everything you’ll need to hit the slopes, hike a trail, snowshoe woods and fields, or enjoy another outdoor activity. Whether you need gloves for skiing or socks to keep your feet warm and dry — or are shopping for new skis as a Christmas present for someone special — Drummond’s is sure to stock it.

Learn More … www.drummondsmountainshop.com

 

Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2017

CONTACT: Carol Fusaro, 603-228-0836, [email protected]

Come to the 147th Lancaster Fair for Food, Farm, and Fun, August 31 through September 4

— Family friendly activities from carnival games and rides to rip-roaring motorized competitions; Special Grandstand Show with Country Music Supergroup Sawyer Brown on Saturday, September 2 –

LANCASTER, NH – The annual Lancaster Fair, northern New Hampshire’s largest summer event, begins Thursday, August 31 and runs through Labor Day Monday, September 4 at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.  Now in its 147th year, the Lancaster Fair marks the end of summer by celebrating the area’s agricultural heritage with a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment. There’s carnival rides and games, farm animal competitions, top-notch music performances – this year’s headliner is country music supergroup Sawyer Brown – motorized competitions, food, and special activities for the kids. ATVs are welcome and parking is free. Campsites are available on site.

Here is an overview of what Fairgoers can see and do:

  • Fun rides and games – all free with admission:  From the flashing lights of the Ferris Wheel to the kiddie rides to all types of carnival games, the Fair’s large midway offers fun and thrills for all ages.
  • Fascinating Animal Shows: Farm animals and their owners compete for the blue ribbon, and the hard work of the 4-H students is on display. Each day of the Fair features oxen and horse pulls, sheepdog trials, working steer shows, and horse drills.
  • Great entertainment, including country supergroup Sawyer Brown:  The Lancaster Fair features a wide range of entertainment, including a Pig Scramble, the 8th Annual Fireman’s Muster, and the 22nd Annual Classic Car Cruise Night. On Saturday night, Sawyer Brown brings their high-energy music to the Fair grandstand. They have been making music and touring for more than 30 years. More than fifty of their singles have entered the US Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including three number one singles. On Friday night, The Hitmen will be playing a variety of 70’s classics to modern hits. Local musicians and singers will also be performing throughout the Fair.  All these performances are free with paid admission.
  • Rip-roaring, motorized competitions: It’s all about the horsepower at the Fair’s paid ($10 admission) grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine at 1 pm and a 4 x 4 Truck Pull at 6 pm on Sunday, September 3, and the popular Demolition Derby at 3:30 pm on Monday, September 4. Drivers are coming from as far north as Canada and as far south as New Jersey to participate in these high-octane, motorized competitions. Other competitions include a lawn-and-garden tractor pull on Saturday and a traditional tractor pull on Monday.
  • Special activities for the kids: Along with the midway rides, the Fair’s Kids’ Korner tent has crafts, daily ventriloquist shows, scavenger hunts, train rides, pedal tractor pulls, and other contests. Children can practice farming at special Farmer-for-a-Day stations and compete in their own power-wheel demo derby on Saturday, September 2 at 1 pm.
  • An amazing agriculture showcase: See northern New Hampshire’s finest vegetables, plants, fruits, flowers, and homemade crafts in special exhibitions, including 4-H exhibits.

Food stands will be serving pizza, grilled sausage with pepper and onions, French fries, fried dough, apple crisp, and ice cream among other offerings. One of the food vendors is Robbie Lemos of Annemarie’s Catering. “Our family has been involved in providing food at the Lancaster Fair for 52 years, and over that time we have seen the Fair grow and offer more choices for food and entertainment,” said Lemos. “We enjoy seeing our customers and the other vendors each year.”

Another Fair vendor that has a long history with the Fair is North Country Ford in Lancaster. “It started with my dad in the early 1980s, and now my brother and I bring our inventory to the auto sheds at the Fair each year,” said Keith Kopp, North Country Ford partner. “We look forward to participating each year, as it is a great opportunity for us to meet new people and connect with our existing customers.”

Dreamland Amusements, which supplies midway rides and games to country fairs in the eastern US, has been working with the Lancaster Fair since 2006. “Each year, we try to change the flavor of rides a little bit. This year, we are introducing the 93-foot-long Wacky Worm, a nice family roller coaster,” said Bob Destefano of Dreamland Amusements. “The Lancaster Fair is a great way to mark the end of summer with lots of fun activities and entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.”

Lancaster Fair Ticket Information

The Lancaster Fair is open rain or shine. General admission is $15 on Thursday, Friday, and Monday and $17 on Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free for children under 36 inches (when accompanied by a paying adult). Seniors 70 and older get in free on Thursday and Monday and at a reduced admission ($10) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A season pass is available for $65. Rides are included and open at 12 pm on Thursday & Friday and 11:30 am Saturday through Monday.

There is an additional $10 charge for the following grandstand shows: Big Rig Truck Pull & Show N Shine on Sunday, September 3 at 1 pm, 4×4 Truck Pull on Sunday, September 3 at 6 pm, and the Demolition Derby on Monday, September 4 at 3:30 pm.

Parking is free. Camping sites available on the fairground. Call 603-237-8143 or register for a campsite at lancasterfair.com.

Fair Sponsors

The sponsors for the 2017 Lancaster Fair are: A&P Landscaping & Building, Aaron’s Repair Center, Bailey Funeral Home, Beattie Enterprises Inc., Cabot Creamery, Cameron Seal Coating,  Chappy’s Concessions, Cloutier Sand & Gravel, Crane & Bell CPAs, Dreamland Amusements, Eversource, Farm Family Insurance, Fitch Fuel Plumbing & Heating, Forbes Farm, Geo. M. Stevens & Sons Insurance, King Arthur Flour, Lancaster Eye Care, Marshall Insurance Agency, Mascoma Savings Bank, McDevitt Trucks, MOMS, Mountain View Dental, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, North Country Ford, Passumpsic Savings Bank, Poulin Grain, Senator Jeff Woodburn, Stratham Tire, Town & Country Inn and Resort, Union Bank, W.W. Berry Transportation Inc., Waystack Frizzell Trial Lawyers, and Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank.

For more information, call 603-788-4531, email i[email protected], or visit lancasterfair.com.

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Find Old-Fashioned Country Fair Fun at the Lancaster Fair! August 31 – September 4

A spectacular end-of-summer event for 146 years, the Lancaster Fair celebrates its roots with traditional agricultural activities like 4-H animal exhibits, horse and oxen pulls, sheep dog trials, a horse show, and exhibition halls filled with quilts, crafts, vegetables and flowers. Add in an exciting and colorful midway, motorized competitions like the Big Rig Truck Pull and a Demolition Derby, enticing fair food, and a Grandstand performance by country music band Sawyer Brown and you have all of the ingredients for an extravagant five-day celebration.

This year’s Lancaster Fair runs from from August 31 – September 4 and, as always, there is plenty of free parking.

With its old-fashioned country fair flavor, the Lancaster Fair has garnered praise as the best in New Hampshire. Covering 65 acres with wide, clean midways, on-site camping and one low price that includes admission, midway rides and concerts, there is plenty of variety to keep everyone in the family entertained. The Fair is ATV-friendly, too, so ride in on your rig and get in on the fun.

Fair highlights include the hilarious Pig Scramble, the 8th Annual Firemen’s Muster, Cruise Night featuring antique and classic cars, the rockin’ and rumblin’ Big Rig and 4×4 Truck Pulls, Power Wheel Derby, and the always-popular smash-em-up Demolition Derby.

Children will find lots to do at Kids Korner, with plenty of kid-friendly activities, free train rides every day, a Sunflower Seed Spitting Contest, Chocolate Pie Eating Contest, and daily performances by ventriloquist Sylvia Fletcher and her Magic Trunk.

On the Grandstand stage on Friday evening, get ready for The Hitmen Band, five musicians and singers who, throughout the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frankie Valli, Carly Simon, Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, and Blood Sweat & Tears.

The winners of the first “Star Search” television variety show in 1985, the Sawyer Brown band has been making country music for more than 30 years. Hits include “Step That Step,” “Six Days On The Road,” and “Some Girls Do.” They’ll be bringing their outstanding brand of country music to the Grandstand stage on Saturday night with a crowd-pleasing performance. Both Grandstand shows are free with paid admission.

One low ticket price includes all Midway rides and the concerts. General admission on Thursday, Friday and Monday costs just $15. On Saturday and Sunday, admission costs $17. Free admission for seniors 70 and older on Thursday and Monday, and $10 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (does not include rides). Current/active military receive $2 off admission. Children who stand under 36 inches get in free with a paying adult. A season pass, including rides, costs $65.

Grandstand admission prices for the Big Rig Truck Pull, 4×4 Truck Pull and the Demolition Derby are $10 for each show.

The Lancaster Fair is located on Route 3, just north of the junction of Routes 2 and 3. A complete schedule of events is listed on the Fair’s website at www.lancasterfair.com.

For Camping Reservations call (603) 237-8143 or email [email protected].

MOMS Lancaster Celebrates New Store with Grand Opening, July 22 & 23

North Country on- and off-road riders now have their own go-to powersports store with the Grand Opening of MOMS Lancaster, at the junction of Routes 2 and 3 in Lancaster.

The two-day celebration, on July 22 and 23, will introduce customers to MOMS product selection and service, with giveaways, free food and entertainment, a car show, and celebrity appearances, including New England pro football players.

The MOMS shopping experience includes warehouse-scale product selection, extensive inventories of apparel and accessories, and the very best customer and technical service:

  • Polaris off-road vehicles, including Sportsman ATVs, RZR, RANGER, ACE, and GENERAL models
  • Polaris snowmobiles for trail, deep snow, and rec/utility riders
  • STIHL chainsaws and power products for home and commercial use
  • The North Country’s largest selection of premium guns and ammo
  • Accessories for off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, and motorcycles
  • Riding gear for all riders in all seasons, and branded sportswear
  • Technical service to keep riders’ vehicles and power equipment running its best
  • Pre-owned motorcycles, including sport bikes, cruisers, off-road, and street bikes.

MOMS Lancaster’s Grand Opening will feature special prices on select products, free ice cream, and live entertainment. Professional chainsaw artist Alan Reynolds will create wood carvings using STIHL chainsaws, and a STIHL factory rep will be on hand to offer product information. Drawings will be held for door prizes, including STIHL power products, firearms, and ammo (no purchase necessary).

For off-roaders, there will be a free ATV wash using a STIHL pressure washer, along with a car and motorcycle show with MOMS North Country sponsoring the Best of Show and Best Motorcycle trophies.

Local, county, and state dignitaries are expected for the ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Ample parking is available, and the service department will be open both days.

MOMS Lancaster is easily accessible by off-road riders and snowmobilers on area trails, and to motorcyclists and Polaris Slingshot riders touring the area.

Founded in 1973 in Manchester, N.H., the family-owned MOMS business and its brand are familiar to riders throughout New England and eastern Canada. In addition to the Lancaster and Manchester stores, MOMS dealerships can be found in Foxboro and Revere, Mass.

The company is the Northeast’s powersports leader, offering a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles, unmatched customer service, outstanding technical service, accessories, and apparel. MOMS dealerships offer personalized financing to suit each customer’s unique needs.

The company is among the top five U.S. dealers for Indian Motorcycle, Slingshot, and Polaris off-road vehicles. In just two years of carrying Yamaha motorsports products, MOMS is among the leaders in U.S. sales of Yamaha products. MOMS dealerships also offer vehicle rentals through EagleRider.

Mud, Music & More at the Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive, August 4 & 5

Get ready for a terrific line-up of Mud, Music & More at the 8th Annual Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive on August 4 and 5. Last year’s Festival drew 6,000 visitors, and the tally at this year’s premiere ATV event is expected to be higher!

Beautiful Jericho Mountain State Park is the setting for dozens of daytime events. While there take the opportunity to explore the Park’s over 80 miles of exceptional trails, directly connecting to over 1,000 miles of trails and terrain in the Ride the Wilds ATV system.

Festival organizers have been busy concocting just the right mix of earth and water to produce all the oozy mud necessary for the always fun and exciting mud pit competitions that include Mud Races and Grudge Runs.

Major manufacturers Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Textron Off-Road & Arctic Cat will be bringing along their new models for you to dream and drool about! Take a demo ride and see what a new model can do for you. Local business White Mountain ATV Rental will be sponsoring trail bike demonstrations.

The popular RAVE X Freestyle Show returns to the Festival to wow spectators with fabulous stunts that will leave you gasping in awe. Other highlights include the Blessing of the ATVs, Poker Run, ATV Obstacle Course, Youth ATV Simulator, Helicopter Rides, Food, Vintage ATVs and Aftermarket Vendors.

Lots of activities take place in the evening, too, with a Downtown Block Party on Berlin’s Main Street on Friday night, and the Family Music Festival on Saturday evening at Service Credit Union Heritage Park. All events are rain or shine, and all of the city’s streets are ATV friendly.

Friday evening’s Downtown Block Party is a great way to mix and mingle and wrap up your first day at the Festival after a full schedule of events. Join the ATV Torch-lit Parade at dusk, enjoy a ReMax Hot Air Balloon Ride, shop for souvenirs, grab something to eat and visit the beer tent. The evening’s music is by A Shot of JD.

Saturday evening’s festivities get underway at 4 p.m. at Service Credit Union Heritage Park. The family friendly event includes food, a beer tent, a campfire with s’mores and live music by Last Kid Picked.

In conjunction with the Jericho ATV Festival, the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting #whereswheeler, a fun activity for anyone riding the trails. The colorful figure of Wheeler, dressed in Jericho ATV Festival garb, hides at various places in the woods along the trails. When you find Wheeler, take a selfie with him and post it to the Festival Facebook page and you might win a prize in the monthly drawings.

For more information about the Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive, please call (603) 752-6060 or visit www.jerichoatvfestival.com.

Festival Schedule

Friday, August 4

  • Gates Open at Jericho Mountain State Park — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Poker Run (signup at the Park)
  • ATV Wash — Free ATV Wash sponsored by Progressive
  • Mud Races & Grudge Runs
  • Trail Bike Demos
  • ATV Obstacle Course, Youth ATV Simulator
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Aftermarket & Food Vendors
  • Vintage ATVs
  • Free Demo Rides — Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Textron Off-Road & Arctic Cat

Downtown Block Party — 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Food, Beer Tent, ATV Torch Lit Parade at Dusk — Berlin’s Main Street
  • Love Music by A Shot of JD
  • Family Friendly — Bring the kids, too!

Saturday, August 5

  • Gates Open at Jericho Mountain State Park — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Blessing of the ATVs
  • Mud Races & Grudge Runs
  • Trail Bike Demos
  • Rave Freestyle Show
  • Obstacle Course, Youth ATV Simulator
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Aftermarket & Food Vendors
  • Vintage ATVs
  • Free Demo Rides — Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Textron Off-Road & Arctic Cat

Jericho ATV concert — 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Concert at Service Credit Union Heritage Park — 942 Main Street, Berlin
  • Live Music by Last Kid Picked
  • Free Admission to the Outdoor Venue
  • Food, Beer Tent, Campfire with s’mores
  • Family Friendly — Bring the kids, too!

Sunday, August 6

  • Gates Open at Jericho Mountain State Park — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • FREE Admission to the Park on Sunday
  • Limited Vendors & Activities

Mt. Washington Auto Road Summer Events

Subaru Mt. Washington Hill Climb: July 7-9, 2017

Three days, 75 cars, some of the best race and rally drivers from around the world, competing for “King of the Hill” honors on the Northeast’s tallest peak-Mt. Washington!

Known as one of the oldest motor sports events in the United States, the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904 and is now returning on July 7-9, 2017!

Check the navigation options to the left for additional information and history of this amazing race.

Click HERE to view our 2017 program!

Seek the Peak Expo: July 22, 2017

The Mt. Washington Auto Road hosts the Seek the Peak after-party and expo at the base starting at 2pm. Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory.

Enjoy vendor booths, live music, a cash bar and the famous all-you-can-eat feast by New Hampshire’s Hart’s Turkey Farm. All Seek the Peak hikers, friends, families and members of the general public are invited to attend.

Seek the Peak participants who meet the $200 fundraising minimum automatically receive free admission! All others may purchase a ticket to join in.

SCHEDULE:

2:00pm Outdoor expo opens (free; no ticket required)
4:00pm After party kicks off with live music and cash bar
5:00pm Famous all you can eat dinner
6:00pm Awards ceremony for top fundraisers

Sunrise Drives: Sundays – July 30th & August 27th

The Mt. Washington Auto Road opens early on three Sundays every summer, allowing guests to drive themselves to the summit of Mount Washington to view the sunrise from the highest peak in the Northeast.

Road Opens Sunrise
June 25 3:30am 5:01am
July 30 4:00am 5:31am
August 27 4:30am 6:02am

Regular Drive Yourself rates and Vehicle Restrictions apply.

Due to the popularity of these sunrise opportunities, we recommend not waiting until the last minute to arrive as you may spend time waiting at the Toll House due to traffic.

The State Park building on the summit will be open with limited food service on all three of these mornings.

Summit Salute at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road: August 5, 2017

Join other service members, veterans, & military families for this special FREE event at the base of Mt. Washington. Share stories, play outdoors, eat great food and enjoy a Mt. Washington sunset.

Registration now open: Click HERE to Register Today!

SCHEDULE:

2:30pm – Outdoor Fun
Hiking, biking, games, children’s activities and adventures – there’s something for everyone
4:00pm – Stories of Service: Stronger Together
Child care is available during the program
5:00pm – Grilled BBQ Dinner
Fill your belly with a bounty of delicious food topped off with scrumptious dessert!
6:30pm – 8:30pm – Sunset Summit Trips
Discounted rides to the summit of Mt. Washington exclusively for Summit Salute attendees.

Contact info: [email protected]  (603) 568-5780

Adaptive Sports Partners Sunrise Ascent:
August 6, 2017

The Auto Road will be CLOSED to public vehicles until 11:00am in support of this wonderful event, however Guided Tours will be available from 8:30 am.

This unique event is a fundraiser for the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. At sunrise, teams will ascend the Mount Washington Auto Road, determined to reach the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. Each team will include an adaptive athlete and a team of “mules” who will help the athlete up the 8 miles to the summit.

Learn more about how you can volunteer as a Mule, Trail Angel, or other help! Registration begins May 1.

For More Information About the Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington >

 

Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb: August 19, 2017

The Auto Road will OPEN to the public for normal driving operations around 1:30pm.

The original bicycle race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Deemed the Toughest Hillclimb in the World!

For More Race Details or to Register>>

Muster in the Mountains: September 8 & 9, 2017

A weekend of colonial reenactment comes to the Auto Road

This two day event features a colonial encampment of reenactors representing the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840. This gathering will take place in the fields at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road in beautiful Pinkham Notch in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Participants will demonstrate the use of appropriate tools, clothing, and firearms from their respective time periods. This event is free and open to the general public with the hope that the education they receive here may spur them on to consider becoming a future participant.

Open to the public: Friday and Saturday from 10am – 4pm
Please, no dogs.

The Auto Road remains fully open during this event.

Activities will include:

  • 1800 firearms/cannon display and competition
  • Woods walk competition
  • Tomahawk and knife throwing
  • Cooking competition
  • Weaving, basketmaking, quill work, candle dipping
  • Gunsmithing, coppersmithing, blacksmithing
  • Archery, wood carving, century games and more!SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY
10:00am – 4:00pm Camp open to the public
10:00am – 2:00pm Education Day school groups
Noon
Cannon Demo
SATURDAY – COMPETITION DAY
10:00am – 4:00pm Camp open to the public
11:00am – 3:00pm Line Shoot Rifle smooth bore, Archery, Tomahawk & Knife

If interested in registering for this event, print and send in the 2016 Muster Registration

The Tillotson Center Is Home To Visual & Performing Arts, Community Heritage

Now a vibrant arts and cultural center, more than a century ago the Tillotson Center was known as “the Balsams Barn.” The original building housed the horses and carriages that carried guests from the Colebrook train station to Dixville Notch and what is now The Balsams resort. During the 1920s it served as a meeting hall and community center for the Colebrook Grange, and by the mid-‘60s it became the repository of historical artifacts collected by a local family.

A generous $50,000 donation from benefactor Louise Tillotson in 2006 spurred its development as center for community heritage and visual and performing arts. Additional donations from grants and the 500 founding members made the dream of a northern New Hampshire arts facility a reality. The community, in thanks, named the center after Mrs. Tillotson, because of her commitment to the project and her love for the arts.

Today, the Tillotson Center, designed by distinguished architect John Kaufmann, presents a full roster of activities, year-round, with concerts and other performances staged in its 171-seat theater, rotating shows by local and regional artists in the art gallery, and a Historical Society annex with displays that gives visitors a glimpse into the past.

The Kaufmann Theatre

The Kaufmann Theatre features both orchestra and balcony seating and is well-used by the community for everything from live stage performances, concerts and movies to guest speakers, school plays and community meetings.

2017 summer concert performances include:

June 17: Alan Epstein’s “Sunset on Meriden Hill” with Jim Prendergast. The concert debuts Alan Epstein’s CD, “Sunset on Meriden Hill,” and features Alan on mandolin accompanied by Jim on guitar.

June 24: Belle of the Fall. Tracy Walton and Julie Autumn Ford are multi-instrumentalists who creature folksy but contemporary music.

June 29: “Treasure Island” presented by University of New Hampshire Little Red Wagon Touring Company. Join the children’s theater troupe as they perform the classic tale of the pirate who buried his booty on Treasure Island before he died.

July 8: Comfort County. Four friends have joined forces to present the best in county music, with some bluegrass and gospel mixed in.

August 5: The Heather Pierson Trio. Folk ballads, blues and New Orleans traditional jazz are the forte of these talented musicians, whose intricate instrumental arrangements and three-part vocal harmonies will delight the evening’s audience.

August 23: Lux. A quartet of musicians who have been described as “funky, jazzy, quirky, entertaining (and) engaging,” performing covers and original tunes.

Museum

Visitors will want to check out the Historical Society Annex with its thoughtful displays of artifacts that illustrate everyday life during the region’s different eras. Of particular note is the display of firefighting equipment, including a soda-acid wagon that was used by the Colebrook Fire Department in the 1880s.

The Gallery

The talented artists of the Connecticut River Artisan Group (CRAG) keeps the art gallery filled with a rotating display of work, from paintings and ceramics to photographs and wood carvings. All work is for sale, and a piece of locally created art makes a nice gift to take home for yourself or a special friend. The gallery is open Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. and during all events. Admission is free.

The Tillotson Center is located at 14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook. Learn more at www.tillotsoncenter.org.

Mohawk Falls Kicks Off the Summer Season with Dixville Notch Music, Arts & Crafts Festival!

By Eileen Alexander

A brand new event will kick off Memorial Day weekend and the summer season in New Hampshire’s North Country. The setting for the 1st Annual Dixville Notch Music, Arts & Crafts Festival, on May 27 and 28, is the beautiful 40-acre Mohawk Falls estate, situated on the banks of the lovely Mohawk River in Colebrook, NH.

Open each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Festival will feature live performances, demonstrations, workshops, artisan vendors, and displays. Visitors are invited to stroll around the property and enjoy the idyllic outdoor setting that includes a post and beam Pavilion, Gazebo, waterfall, pond and covered bridge. Admission to the event is free.

Highlighted events include internationally applauded singer-songwriter Kyle Carey performing her Gaelic Americana music from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, chainsaw carving demonstrations all weekend long by Baker River Chainsaw Sculpture, and an outstanding exhibit by the artists of Connecticut River Artisan Group.

Several dozen vendors, a mix of talented artisans, crafters and food producers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts, will display their wares.

Mohawk Falls is located directly off Route 26 in Colebrook, NH. Look for roadside signage near Dixville Notch. Parking is free and available on site. Pets are not allowed.

Additional information can be found on the Mohawk Falls website: www.mohawkfalls.com, or contact Britni White, Mohawk Falls Event Coordinator, at (603) 237-1898 or [email protected].

Festival Schedule

Saturday, May 27

  • 9-11 a.m. –  Art Workshop with artist Michele Johnsen. Still life drawing & painting workshop. $10 per person. Pre-register online.
  • 10 a.m.-noon –  Live music by “Old Gold.” Rocks, blues & folk music from the ‘50s to today.
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. –  Garden Flavors Culinary Demo by the Ecovillage Institute. Taste and learn about herbs.
  • 1:45-2:30 p.m. –  The Graceful Piano Stylings of Sharon Pearson.
  • 4-5 p.m. –  Open Jam Session led by Bobie Bunnel of Roberta’s Studio. Festival-goers are invited to bring their instruments.

Sunday, May 28

  • 9-10 a.m. –  WhiteWolf & Friends, Playing the Blues. Featuring Ed Schoenly’s blues harp.
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. –  Live Music by 3 Rivers. An eclectic mix of music by a local three-man band.
  • 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. –  Basket Weaving Workshop by Deeda’s Baskets of Vermont. Make a basket to take home. $20 per person. Pre-register online.
  • 12:30-1 p.m. –  Teen/Adult Jazz & Hip Hop by Step by Step School of Dance. Kick up your heels and learn to dance.
  • 1-3 p.m. –  Gaelic Americana Concert with singer-songwriter Kyle Carey.
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. –  Music from the ‘60s to today with Mario Marquis.
  • 3:15-4 p.m. –  Pottery Demo by local potter Linda Tase.
  • 4:15-5 p.m. –  “Golden Hour” Photography Workshop with Fran Bigney. A fun workshop to learn this art form by walking around the property. $10 per person. Pre-register online.