It’s happening again! Meredith will be abuzz with talented craftspeople and artisans peddling their wares on Saturday and Sunday, August 29th and 30th, 2009. My wife and I try to make it a point to attend these events whenever time allows. We are always so impressed by the the gathering of so many talented artists selling such an abundance of beautiful things, that we almost never leave the festival without some fine craft to treasure for ourselves or give as a gift. If you too enjoy these types of events, this is one you should not miss!
The Annual Lakes Region Fine Arts and Crafts Festival is an outdoor, juried arts and crafts exhibition and sale of fine arts and fine crafts, celebrating its 30th year in 2009. Featuring high quality works of over 110 artists and craftspeople, the Festival is held outdoors in Meredith, among the Meredith Village Shops and the Mill Falls Marketplace. Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic for this special event. A highlight of our summer season, this Festival creates an exciting weekend of art, crafts, music, entertainment and food, and will be a quality event for the whole family.
by Sarah Schmidt
August 12, 2009
MEREDITH — Democratic Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Amy Klobuchar came to Meredith this week to promote the Travel Promotion Act, a bill they said would develop programs aimed at increasing international tourism in the United States.
Shaheen said that the Travel Promotion Act would create a public-private partnership to promote tourism in the United States, especially among international travelers. The Act establishes the Corporation for Travel Promotion, a non-profit corporation, governed by an 11-member board of directors appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The Act would also create an Office of Travel Promotion to create programs to increase the number of international visitors. Klobuchar, a Senator from Minnesota, oversees the Senate Subcommittee responsible for tourism.
Since tourism is New Hampshire’s second-biggest industry, employing 67,000 people, Shaheen said that the Act was important to the state’s future. After the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, she said the country had seen a marked decrease in the number of international tourists coming to the United States. The state collects $212 million in rooms and meals taxes every year, and about $132 million of that amount comes from out-of-state visitors.
“I remember being surprised that there was no promotion, that we never had anyone to do international marketing,” said Shaheen. “International tourists stay longer, spend more than the (domestic) tourist, and go back to their home country with a positive view of the United States. We will see help for all 50 states as part of the bill.”
Klobuchar said that part of the bill would deal with making it easier to get visas done sooner, “so that they don’t go to France instead.” She noted that she had been surprised to learn that New Hampshire marketed to Canadian visitors.
Shaheen said that there would be an assessment of $10 per visa, with a cap of $100 million, and that Canadians would be exempt from this increase. Klobuchar said that with an increase in fees for the visas, the offices that issued them could afford to hire more staff, shortening the wait time for visa approval.
If the act was not signed into law, Klobuchar said she believed the country would lose another 27,000 tourism-related jobs in the next year. The Act, she said, is the first bill slotted to go on the Senate floor in the next legislative session, and has already been passed by the House.
“For the first time, we’d be promoting our country internationally, like France,” said Klobuchar. “People are booking later, not planning ahead like they used to.”
Both senators encouraged members of the public and some of the local tourism leaders in attendance to contact local legislators and ask them to support the bill. Shaheen said that President Barack Obama was willing to sign the bill when it is slated to come up in September. While she noted that a number of the bill’s original sponsors did not vote for it in the end, she attributed their actions to amendments that other legislators were attempting to tack onto it.
Lori Harnois of the International Marketing Office in the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism, Amy Landers, Lakes Region Association Executive Director, and Jim Morash of the M/S Mount Washington and board director of the LRA, all spoke in support of the bill.
“As a captain and co-owner of the M/S Mount Washington, I’ve learned how important tourism is to the area,” said Morash. “I also thank the senators for their support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which allowed us to invest in clean diesel technology, allowing us to replace the engines for the first time since 1946.”
The Barnstormers Theatre will present Meredith Village Savings Bank their ‘Business for the Arts Award 2009′
At their 2009 Gala and Auction, Barnstormers Theatre will present the ‘Business for the Arts Award 2009′ to Meredith Village Savings Bank for their generous support of the arts and other nonprofit organizations in our community. Meredith Village Savings Bank will be recognized for business leadership in the arts and culture, which are vital to a strong economy and vibrant and healthy community. This year, the Barnstormers Theatre will be holding their Gala and Auction at the Chase House Flagship Room at the Inns & Spa at Mill Falls on Sunday August 16th, at 5:00 pm. It is expected to be a rollicking, romping, brigadoon bash filled wtih live entertainment, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and live auction. If you would like to join Barnstormers Theatre on this festive occasion, tickets are $35.00 each, or two for $60.00. For more information and tickets visit their website at
www.barnstormerstheatre.org or call 603.323.8500.
The Barnstormers Theatre is located in the center of picturesque Tamworth Village in east central New Hampshire. Built in the 1820s as a store, the building was remodeled as a theatre in 1936. Following renovation in 1998-1999, it became a year-round facility. With a 28-foot proscenium stage, the auditorium has 282 comfortable seats in orchestra and balcony, air-conditioning, and superb acoustics.