Great Summer Events in the Lakes Region This Weekend!

Lake-Winnipesaukee-Antique-and-Classic-Boat-Show-2012-1721-215x215Visitors to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire will have so many options for fun things to do this weekend, choosing the best activities may be a challenge! In addition to the top-notch water activities, cruises, hiking, theater, concerts, shopping, and dining in the area, the weekend is filled with special events happening all around Lake Winnipesaukee. We had a hard time choosing what to highlight, but here are a few happenings we’ve uncovered…

Mill Falls Marketplace Live!
Friday, August 7th, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Music in the Marketplace tonight featuring the Buskers, folk im-purists with a kitchen sink repertoire of influences from jug band to jazz to roots rock, weather permitting.

39th Annual Alton Bay Boat Show
Saturday, August 8th, 9:00 am
The NH Boat Museum will present an informal, non-judged vintage boat show at the Alton Bay Town Docks as part of Alton Old Home Day. All “woodies” welcome on a first-come-first-served basis – no advance registration necessary. The public is welcome to view the participating boats and vote in the prestigious People’s Choice Award. For more information: www.nhbm.org or 603-569-4554.

13th Annual Woods, Water, & Wildlife Festival
Saturday, August 8th, 10:00 am
This family-friendly celebration of the natural world features fun and educational outdoor activities at Branch Hill Farm in Milton Mills. Take a hayride to the river and look for wildlife living in its clear waters. Observe rescued wild NH animals, try fishing with your kids or let them explore a corn maze or a petting zoo, go on a guided walk with nature experts, watch demonstrations of traditional rural skills, take your child on a discovery walk in the woods, and much more! Rain or shine; no pets please, rest rooms and most events are wheelchair accessible. $5/person, $10/family, free to kids 12 and under. www.mmrg.info/festival or 603-978-7125.

Predator-Prey Day
Saturday, August 8th, 9:30 am
To catch or not to be caught – that’s the challenge of predator and prey. This special day at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center celebrates these opposites. From bats to mountain lions, predators come in all sizes. Test your survival skills in the new Gordon Interactive Playscape: A Predator- Prey Adventure. Meet live predators – Mountain Lion, Coyote, Peregrine, Barred Owl, and Bats – during five Up Close to Animals talks. Join in games and crafts. Spend a day of fun and learning for the whole family. For more information, please visit www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

Discovering Hummingbirds
August 7th – 10th, 10:00 am
This self-guided tour at Tarbin Gardens in Franklin features environments to attract hummingbirds. Follow the provided map, as featured areas are flagged throughout the gardens and all plants are labeled. The expert staff will be available to answer any questions. Bring a picnic lunch or treat yourself to an authentic English Cream Tea served in the Rose Garden Patio 1pm – 5pm (tea price $7.50). The gardens are open from 10am – 6pm. For information and directions: 603-934-3518 or www.tarbingardens.com.

Birch Syrup Taste-Testing with The Crooked Chimney
Saturday, August 8th, 11:00 am
Come join the League of NH Craftsmen Meredith Gallery on Saturday for a special birch-syrup tasting with The Crooked Chimney. There will be time to ask questions, discussions about the technique of making syrup, and syrup tasting! The event is free and open to the public. David Moore started making birch syrup in 2008, and The Crooked Chimney made its first batch of sycamore syrup in 2013. All of their syrup is produced on a wood-fired evaporator. In the spring of 2013, they were featured on WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle as well as featured by the Associated Press, who wrote an article on the burgeoning birch syrup industry, Birch Syrup Explored as Add-On to Maple Industry. For more information about this event, please call at 603-279-7920.

Discovering New England Stone Walls
Saturday, August 8th, 11:00 am
Why are we so fascinated with stone walls? At the Lake Winnepesaukee Museum in North Laconia, Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss, explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. This event is free and open to the public through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. For more information, please call 603-366-5950.

A Visit With Abraham Lincoln
Sunday, August 9th, 1:30 pm
Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program at the Alton Historical Society by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the “Gettysburg Address.” Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War. This event is free and open to the public through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. For more information, please call 603-875-5456.

What a weekend! There is truly with something for everyone! Hope to see you in the Lakes Region…

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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