Posted on May 26th, 2010 2 comments
As a new part of their Green Initiative, The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls have created designated parking spaces for environmentally friendly cars. The “preferred parking” spots are being tested at Church Landing and the Inn at Mill Falls, where there is one space at each location to start.
“Our Green Team came up with the idea,” says Gail Batstone, General Manager of the Inns. “Our green team includes members from each department within the hotel. The team’s intention, in respect to signifying these spaces, is to increase consumer awareness and encourage guests to use lower emission transportation.”
Ms. Batstone adds that the Inns wanted to build upon their current Green Mission Statement, which describes several ways the company is making environmental efforts in all areas of operation. According to the initiative, “We continually seek improvements and initiatives to lessen the impact on the local and global environment.”
The Inns plan to add more designated hybrid spaces if the project proves successful. Meanwhile, the management is looking forward to guest feedback. Feel free to share your thoughts!Carrie Reed The Mill Falls Blogging Team
Posted on May 24th, 2010 1 comment
Some exciting news from our friends at Visit NH: The New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development (DTTD) has just announced the launch of its 2nd annual New Hampshire Dream Vacation Photo Contest, which will take place this summer from May 24th – September 6th. The winner of the online photo contest will receive a custom-designed New Hampshire Dream Vacation worth $2,500, and five additional contestants will win $500 each in the popular vote. Irving Oil will also offer gas gift cards in the amount of $50 that will be awarded weekly to randomly selected contest participants.
“We encourage every NH resident and visitor to explore and enjoy the state, take photos with the ‘I Love it Here’ signs along the way, and upload them to our site,” said Alice DeSouza, Director of the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. “Last year’s contest was wildly successful with residents and visitors alike joining in the fun.”
To play, go to www.NHDreamVacation.com and download the “I Love it Here” sign. Print out the sign and bring it with you as you visit your favorite places in New Hampshire, including The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls. At these scenic spots, take photos of yourself or a travelling companion with the “I Love it Here” sign and make sure there’s an identifier in the photo, such as a location sign or easily-recognizable building. Upload one to five of these images to the contest website, where participants can vote on their favorite photos. Friends and family members can vote too!
“Once again, we expect residents will want to vacation right here in New Hampshire, and will spend time exploring the mountains, lakes, and seacoast,” said DeSouza. “Everybody loves to seek out the unexpected and unusual locations, and we believe this contest will trigger that excitement in all of us. So go grab your cameras, your signs, and challenge yourself to find the coolest spot in NH to snap a photo!”Carrie Reed The Mill Falls Blogging Team
Posted on April 29th, 2010 1 comment
Meredith just keeps getting prettier! This Friday, April 30th is Arbor Day, and the Beautification and Conservation Fund of The Greater Meredith Program has coordinated with the town and private citizens to place two Princeton American Elm Trees in Community Park on Main Street as part of the second phase of its tree planting program in Meredith. The organization also plans to plant approximately 25 trees on both public and private land in Meredith over the course of this summer.
The fund’s first phase began in June of 2009, when eight maple trees were planted on the new section of Boynton Road, and in July, a lovely October Glory Maple was placed in the roundabout. A third phase of approximately 15 trees is planned for next summer.
By planting the trees in Community Park this Arbor Day, the Town of Meredith will qualify as a Tree City USA community again this year. In order to quality for Tree City certification, a town or city must meet certain standards established by The Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of Foresters to ensure the community has a viable tree management program. Receiving this certification will allow the town to receive extra points for external funding.
The Beautification and Conservation Fund of Meredith was established in January of 2009 to bring streetscape trees to the village’s core area and the Route 3 and 25 corridors. The fund is generated by donations from guests staying at Harbor Hill Campground, the Meredith Inn, and the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls, where each guest pays a voluntary $1.50 per night toward the fund.
Founded by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. It is celebrated on the last Friday of every April. Many communities and private groups, including The Inns and Spa at Mill Falls, will also be planting new trees on this day! Come on down and join in the fun!
Image credit: James Jordan at Flickr.com
Posted on April 27th, 2010 No comments
This coming Friday, April 30th, The NH Boat Museum is hosting its annual Spring Fling in Wolfeboro at Club 59 at the Kingswood Golf Club. The event marks the beginning of the museum’s 10th season in Wolfeboro, and serves as a mini fundraiser for all the exhibits, programs, and activities the non-profit organization offers throughout the year.
The evening promises to be a real treat, with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres at 6pm, followed by a full dinner at 7pm with your choice of entrée (indicated with your advance ticket). A small live auction will be the highlight of the night, with many fun summer items generously donated by the community. Some of the items up for grabs are a three-day get-away at a beachfront cottage at Goose Rocks Beach, Kennebunkport, Maine, a one-hour Lakes Region aerial tour, antique wooden boat rides, Jersey Skiff rides, gift certificates, and more!
According to their website, “The New Hampshire Boat Museum is an educational organization focusing on the boating heritage and life on the lakes and rivers of New Hampshire. We serve the local community and visitors by presenting exhibits and outreach programs, events, publications and hands-on activities.” The museum is located just two miles from the center of Wolfeboro, “The Oldest Summer Resort In America,” and features many of the finest examples of vintage mahogany and antique boats.
There are still a few seats available for the Spring Fling, and ticket sales close at the end this Wednesday, the 28th, so don’t miss this last chance to get on board! For more information visit the NH Boat Museum’s events page, or call Bruce MacLellan at 603-253-9887 or Ann Sprague at 603-677-2196.
Image credit: Let Ideas Compete at Flickr.com
Posted on April 23rd, 2010 No comments
Good news for nature lovers: The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH will be open to the public a little earlier than usual this season. The organization recently announced that next week, Monday, April 26th through Friday, April 30th, The Gephart Exhibit Trail will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the last trail admission at 2:00 p.m.
Christine Cherry, Marketing Manager at the Center, says that they decided to open early this year because the mild winter made for cooperative weather this spring. “The trail is clear and ready to go!” she says. Also, the Center wanted to be able to accommodate some of the local schools’ April vacations next week so that families can enjoy the trail together.
The Science Center’s regular hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume on their usual start date of May 1st, which is New Hampshire Day, when visitors pay only $3 admission with proof of NH residency.
According to their website, “The mission of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center (SLNSC) is to advance understanding of ecology by exploring New Hampshire’s natural world. Through spectacular live animal exhibits, natural science education programs, and lake cruises, the Science Center has educated and enlightened visitors for more than forty years about the importance of our natural world.”
The Center gained national accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in September of 2006, and now holds the distinction of being the only AZA-accredited institution in northern New England.
Enjoy the beauty of early spring! For further information about the Science Center, call 603-968-7194 or visit www.nhnature.org.
Posted on April 8th, 2010 No comments
Get ready to play on the lake! The 1st annual Great Northeast Boat Show is scheduled to take place this weekend, April 9 – 11, inside the Hampshire Dome in Milford, NH. The event will be the biggest boat show ever held in NH and the largest spring boat show in New England. According to the event website, the weekend promises to be a “celebration of the boating lifestyle featuring everything needed, wanted or desired by the boating enthusiast.”
The organizers are expecting representatives from over 50 companies that feature products for the boating lifestyle, from over 100 boats, to docks, accessories, and water toys. The show is the only one endorsed by the New Hampshire Marine Trades Association. “There is no other spring boating event in New England that offers boating enthusiasts the biggest, broadest and best selection of boats and boating accessories at the best deals,” said Suzette Anthony, show owner. “The Great Northeast Boat Show will quickly gain a reputation as the best place and time to buy a boat, because you can buy it tax-free and enjoy it in the water right away.”
As part of the show, there will be seminars to educate and entertain both boating enthusiasts and families alike, such as a weekend-long boat-building demonstration of a wooden Adirondack guideboat. On hand will also be veteran NH fishing guides Travis Williams, Sean Marzeraka and Glen Leathers, who will hold daily seminars teaching everything from safe boating tips to how to catch more fish.
If you’re in the market for a boat, or if you just want to see what’s new in the boating world, don’t miss this inaugural event!
Image credit: red twolips at flickr.com
Posted on April 2nd, 2010 No comments
Lee’s Candy Kitchen in the Mill Falls Marketplace is about to get a little bigger! The shop, which is the oldest store in the Marketplace, has recently taken over the space next door and is doubling their floor space. The small space the store has occupied since 1984 had become a little too crowded, and was jam-packed with goodies, as well as customers lined up to buy them.
Owners Gerry and Kathy Fagan say that one of the goals is to create a little more space, re-expose the beautiful brick walls of the old mill building, and bring back the old-time charm of a traditional candy shop. They are also “very excited” about the store’s new centerpiece, a 40-foot U-shaped “Candy Corral,” which will feature over 200 gummy treats, sours, and other candy novelties in old-fashioned glass apothecary jars. The “Candy Corral” will be the largest candy counter in the Lakes region and will be a fun attraction for families to enjoy while visiting Meredith Village.
Lee’s Candy Kitchen will continue to carry fine chocolates and homemade fudge, and prides itself on carrying high-quality products that are “not made in China.” The store features New England made gourmet food products, as well as a beautiful line of YummyEarth organic treats.
The target date for the completion of remodeling is May 1st, but the shop will continue to be open for most of the renovation period, so that customers can get their sweet fix! Stop by and check out the homemade Easter bunnies, candy eggs, and chocolate-covered peeps! Happy Spring!
Image credit: miss karen at flickr.com
Posted on February 21st, 2010 3 comments
“It was our first year, and we couldn’t have asked for a better response,” said Scott Crowder, organizer of the New England Pond Hockey Classic (NEPHC), “From the participants, to the sponsors, to the town of Meredith — and obviously the weather… the entire weekend went off without a hitch.”
Nearly 500 players and 77 teams turned out for the first annual NEPHC tournament on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, NH on the weekend of February 5th – 7th. With “baby blue skies and beautiful sunshine,” five divisions competed on 7 rinks simultaneously over the course of the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, five teams raised Lake WinnipeHockey’s Cup above their heads: in the Open Division – The Paddy’s from Lexington, MA, in the 30+ Division – The Frozen Hacks from Franklin, MA, in the 40+ Division – The Bumbles from Alton, NH, in the Legends Division – The Bud Heavies from Newburyport, MA, and in the Just for Fun Division – Montreal Todd from Woburn, MA.
“As this event goes forward, we would like to start expanding by at least being able to accommodate the 40 additional teams we had to wait-list this year,” said Crowder. “That would already bring us up to 120 teams, which, for only being in our second year of operation, would be incredible.” Crowder also has plans to add a women’s division to next year’s event. He estimates that there will be 12 – 13 rinks on the bay, and close to another 500 participants coming to the area for the weekend of February 4th – 6th, 2011. Crowder said he would like to have a youth tournament, as well, adding, “If we could get more kids out there playing, they’re going to fall in love with the sport of hockey.”
Since the tournament, Crowder has been receiving e-mails from folks in Meredith saying how nice it is to drive by the rinks and see people out there using them. “They said that for whatever reason before, kids wouldn’t go out on the lake and skate,” said Crowder. “Hopefully this will help the community and all the kids, have them start to play hockey, cause it’s such a fun sport.”
The purpose of the event was to “bring hockey back to the basics,” Crowder said. “The competition was very healthy, we didn’t have any fights, or anything of that nature. Everyone was able to have a good time. It was nice to see something that we put together help out the local businesses and give the hockey community of the region something to come out for. That was extremely positive.”
Crowder is “very thankful for the town of Meredith… for all of our sponsors—they were huge in helping us pull this off. Also the volunteers – a special thanks to them.” He says that next year’s tournament is going to be even bigger, and they will definitely need more “passionate volunteers, the people who want to come out and have some fun helping us out.”
So mark your calendars for next year, and hopefully we’ll see you out on the ice!
Posted on February 18th, 2010 1 comment
The new store at the Marketplace is not just an ordinary shop. Even the name conjures up a warm and inviting place that makes you feel at home. Opened four years ago in Meredith Village, The Guest House of Meredith recently moved to the Mill Falls Marketplace. It is a creative studio, where people can come to learn, share, and socialize while designing and creating everything from jewelry and accessories, to one-of-a-kind art pieces, and even lampshades. The possibilities are endless!
J. Lynn, the artist and published jewelry designer behind the idea for the studio, opened The Guest House after retiring from social work, where she specialized in play and art therapy. She says the mission of the studio is to help inspire creativity. Guests are free to browse the beautiful designs of J. Lynn, or create a new piece “that will amaze your friends.” The friendly and professional staff can also design and create a stunning “made-for-you” piece for any occasion.
The Guest House carries a wide range of stones, artist beads, crystals, and jewelry-making components. They also have fibers, such as silk and wool, so guests can craft scarves, hats, and purses, and add beads for accent. Clays and resins are available as well, for sculpture, belt buckles, and other art forms.
Guests can work on their pieces right in the store. The studio offers table space for beading, stitching, and design assistance. The studio is also available for gatherings, such as bridal parties and girls’ night out. Snacks and spirits are welcome here! To really get inspired, be sure to check the class schedule and sign up for some of the classes and workshops at The Guest House!
J. Lynn is proud to be promoting a project she started called “Beads for the Brave.” This campaign donates beading supplies to women serving in the military overseas, where they use this art for physical as well as emotional healing. She encourages folks to bring any beading or craft items into the store to be shipped to our brave fellow artists.
In addition to beading and art supplies, classes, and studio space, The Guest House provides jewelry repair services. From simple repairs to complete restringing and redesign, the talented staff can bring any piece back to life.
The next time you’re in Meredith, take a stroll through the Mill Falls Marketplace and stop in at The Guest House. You just may find something to spark your creativity!
Posted on January 9th, 2010 No comments
Come on out for a good cause tomorrow—the second annual Winnipesaukee Dip to benefit the Special Olympics of New Hampshire (SONH) will be taking place at noon near the Meredith town docks on Sunday, January 10th. The Winni Dip is one of the fundraising efforts of the Law Enforcement Torch Run sponsored by the NH Association of Chiefs of Police. Approximately one hundred dippers representing police, fire, emergency response crews, and other public safety agencies are expected to plunge into the ice-cold waters of Lake Winnipesaukee to benefit the 3,500 participants of SONH.
Participation is open to everyone, and it’s not too late to sign up. Registration is taking place online at the SONH website, or on the day of the event at the Winnipesaukee Ballroom at Church Landing. A twenty-five dollar, non-refundable commitment fee is due at registration for each individual and a total of $250 in contributions is the minimum to participate.
The costume theme for this year’s event is “Superheroes.” Prizes will be awarded for individuals and teams with the best costumes, as well as to individuals and teams who raise the most money for SONH.
Carol Cray, Special Olympics Development Director, said that the Winni Dip Management Team expects the number of participants in 2010 to be double that of 2009.
Participants may also designate 15% of the funds they raise to the not-for-profit organization or government agency of their choice. Mike Sielicki, Chief of Police in Rindge and Director of the Torch Run said, “This is a great way for all public safety agencies to support the Special Olympics and earn some money for local projects.”
So even if you’re not dipping in the Lake, come down to Meredith tomorrow to cheer on those brave “Superheroes!”