McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s September Hours and Events

(Concord, NH)

Beginning September 1, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., plus the first Friday of every month from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

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Special September events include: a Super Stellar Friday Teen night at 7 p.m. and public talk at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, September 4 by Science Educator Dave McDonald on the mysterious dwarf planet Pluto; a new exhibit opening on Saturday, September 12, “Riding the Waves of History”; a new exhibit station on the Sun to complement the planetarium show “Sunstruck!” on Saturday, September 19; and a celebration of National Museum Day on Saturday, September 26.

 

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit www.starhop.com.


An Excellent Summer Transitions to Autumn Anticipation in the White Mountains

North Woodstock, NH - While summer winds down in New Hampshire's White Mountains, vacationers from around the world still fill the parking lots of the Attractions located throughout this popular tourist destination.

 

"The weather has been spectacular this summer and the economy was definitely a factor," commented Jayne O'Connor, President of the White Mountains Attractions Association.  "Visitors took full advantage of the warm summer days, low gas prices and new features at the Attractions, which gave the businesses a banner season."

 

Many of the 17 major Attractions in the region reported double digit increases in attendance over last year.  Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln is calling this summer "an excellent season" ascribing a boost in admissions to favorable weather, economic conditions and the addition of a new water raft ride called the "Anaconda Escape."  The Mt. Washington Cog Railway noted they are "on track to have a third record-breaking season."

 

Even though summer is still in full swing, the Attractions are busy making preparations for the upcoming Fall Foliage season.   Visitors traveling to New Hampshire during this colorful time of year, known as "Leaf Peepers," will have the opportunity to participate in many special events and enjoy all the parks have to offer.

 

The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln will showcase their "Cornstalk Critters" from September 19 - October 18. These life-sized characters, created by the Annalee Doll Company in Meredith, New Hampshire, will grace the grounds of the Hobo Junction station.  This year's theme, "Scarecrows of Sound," features likenesses of some popular music giants, such as the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and many others.  The Hobo's popular train rides along the Pemigewasset River will also be available through October 18 from the station in Lincoln.

 

 

Halloween creeps up on Jefferson at Santa's Village October 17 and 24.  During this family-friendly "Silly Spooky Halloween" event, the entire park is transformed into a mix of spookiness for older children and fun areas for younger kids.  The shops are open to Trick-or-Treaters and costumes are encouraged.  Rides and food shops will be open. In addition, the park's daily summer hours are in effect through September 7, followed by the Halloween schedule in October, and the Christmastime schedule beginning November 21 through the holiday.

 

 

Ghosts and goblins will feel right at home this fall in North Conway at Cranmore Mountain's "Ghoullog,"   The annual fright fest features over 15,000 square feet of indoor space as well as a mysterious outdoor element and a Haunted Playground.  A unique nighttime experience can be had on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle zipline.  The event starts September 26 and takes place Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween (plus Sunday, October 13 and Thursday, October

22).

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Loon Mountain heralds in autumn with the skirl of dozens of bagpipes during the 40th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, September 18-20.  One of the largest Scottish festivals in the country, the Highland Games will feature top Scottish bands, classic Highlander cuisine, Scottish heavy athletics, and dozens of other unique cultural attractions.  In addition, Loon Mountain's regular daily schedule also runs through October 12 in Lincoln.

 

 

During the Columbus Day Weekend, October 10-11, a lively Oktoberfest will take place at Attitash Mountain Resort located in Bartlett.  The 18th Annual Oktoberfest at Bear Peak will feature live, traditional Bavarian music, dancing, Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting and Keg Toss competitions, kids' activities & games, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent featuring local and regional brewers.  In addition, the daily operating schedule at Attitash is also in effect through September with weekends only from September 12-October 12.

 

The Conway Scenic Railroad gives young passengers a jump on Halloween aboard the Pumpkin Patch Express, October 16-18 and 23-25.  Departures from the North Conway Station take riders for a leisurely roundtrip train ride to the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, where each child can visit the "Pumpkin Patch" and select their own pumpkin. Adults and children are encouraged to get into the spirit by traveling in their Halloween costumes.  The railroad's regular daily schedule also runs through  October 31 with a weekend/holiday/vacation schedule beginning on November 7.

 

 

 

History will be alive and well at the Mt. Washington Auto Road during the weekend-long "Muster in the Mountains" event, September 11-13. Reenactors populate a colonial encampment representing many individuals of the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and Mountain Man periods from 1750 through 1840. They will demonstrate the use of tools, clothing, and firearms for their respective time periods. This event is free and open to the public.  The Mt. Washington Auto Road will be open daily through mid-October for as long as the weather permits.

 

 

 

Train enthusiasts will be all smiles during "Railfans' Day" at the Cog Railway on Friday, September 11 for a full-day event filled with coal-fired steam trains and photo opportunities. There will be visits with the steam crew as they service the trains, and a guided museum tour.  Regular daily hours also continue through November 1, then weekends only November 7-29, weather permitting.

 

 

 

Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves in North Woodstock will be open daily through October 18 and the popular "Evening Lantern Tours" will continue every Saturday night (weather permitting) through October 17. Advance reservations are a must for these popular evening trips through the gorge and caves. Lost River visitors can also experience the Attraction's new "Out of the Gorge" adventure trail during daytime visits.

 

 

 

In Franconia Notch, the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway will continue its daily operations through October 18, and the Flume Gorge will remain open every day through October 25 (weather permitting.)

 

 

 

Polar Caves Park will operate daily through October 18, and then will welcome visitors on weekends only, for as long as the weather allows.

 

 

 

Whale's Tale Waterpark in Lincoln and Story Land, located in Glen, will operate daily through September 7.

 

  

 

Clark's Trading Post will operate with their daily schedule that features variations through October 12.

 

 

 

Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch is open every day through September 7 and then weekends only through October 12, weather permitting.

 

 

 

Alpine Adventures, located on Rte. 112 in Lincoln, is open year-round with zip lines, a new tree-house area, and seasonal activities available.

 

 

For more events, information, and updated schedules, visit the WMAA website at www.VisitWhiteMountains.com<http://www.VisitWhiteMountains.com>.

 

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About White Mountains Attractions Association

The White Mountains Attractions Association was founded in 1958 as a co-operative marketing association for the region. In 1983, it was also designated the State's official Regional Association for the White Mountains of New Hampshire, able to assist the press and visitors with information about the region.

 

Contact for further information or hi-res photo requests

Charyl Reardon | Operations and Marketing Manager | 603-745-8720

email: charyl@visitwhitemountains.com | visitwhitemountains.com


The Hobo Railroad will showcase their "Cornstalk Critters"

 

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The Hobo Railroad in Lincoln will showcase their "Cornstalk Critters"

from

September 19 - October 18. These life-sized characters, created by the

Annalee Doll Company in Meredith, New Hampshire, will grace the grounds

of

the Hobo Junction station.  This year's theme, "Scarecrows of Sound,"

features likenesses of some popular music giants, such as the Beatles,

Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and many others.  The Hobo's popular train

rides along the Pemigewasset River will also be available through

October

18 from the station in Lincoln. Trains  leave at 11:00AM & 1:00PM

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Black Bear Half Marathon at Waterville Valley

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Black Bear Half Marathon Offers Scenic Tour of Waterville Valley

Waterville Valley, NH – Come up to Waterville Valley and run the Black Bear Half Marathon on August 23 and enjoy a course set amid the White Mountain National Forest. The route includes scenic trails along the Mad River and lots of shade, starting and finishing in Town Square.

The Half Marathon starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts shortly after at 9:30 a.m. Entry fees for the Half marathon are $70 until August 22 and $80 on race day. Entry fees for the 5K are $35 until August 22 and $40 on race day. Register online now at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/blackbearhm2015. Spectators are welcome to cheer on all participants. Registrants can also receive a 10% discount at the Black Bear Lodge.

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire’s family resort, was designed and planned as a self-contained, four-season destination in the White Mountain National Forest. Today, in addition to world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating and a skate park. Dining options include both traditional favorites and elegant eateries. For more information, call 800-468-2553 or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.


Waterville Valley’s End of Summer Bash Sends Summer Off Right

 

Waterville Valley, NH – Waterville Valley will celebrate the end of summer with a whole weekend of fun during their End of Summer Bash over Labor Day weekend, September 5-7. 

 

Enjoy the annual ‘Just Ducky’ annual charity Duck Race on Corcoran Pond with cash prizes for the fastest three ducks. Enjoy live music, children’s and family activities and barbeque. Activities are free, but there is a charge for food and beverages. There will be a fireworks display over Corcoran Pond on Sunday at 8:30pm. There will also be a special, free Animal Show on Monday, September 7 at 10am.

 

Check the Waterville Valley event page for a full schedule of events or call (603) 236-8175 for more information.

 

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire’s family resort, was designed and planned as a self-contained, four-seasons destination in the White Mountain National Forest. Today, in addition to world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating and a skate park. Dining options include both traditional favorites and elegant eateries. For more information, call 800-468-2553 or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

 

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Celebrate the last days of summer with a fun filled Labor Day weekend in New Hampshire

This Labor Day weekend, New Hampshire offers a chance for families to reconnect and enjoy the last days of summer before autumn arrives and the school season is in full swing.

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There are plenty of choices, from enjoying an outdoor celebration and rubber duck race at Waterville Valley to taking in the sights of Lake Winnipesaukee on the M/S Mount Washington’s family cruise. For a little more action, there is the Cog Railway and White Mountain Attractions, with outdoor scenic options and family fun theme parks. For a break from the sun, peruse the impressive collection at the Currier Museum of Art. For more ideas see http://thetipsheet.typepad.com/karno_trip_picks/ .

 

Waterville Valley Resort is holding their annual End of Summer Dash & Bash for families on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6th in Town Square. The fun starts on Saturday with a bounce house and live music. Then Sunday is full of family activities, more free concerts, and the annual charity Just Ducky rubber duck race on Corcoran Pond. The owners of the fastest three ducks win a cash prize. On Sunday, there will be a meet and greet with Bruce the Moose and the Valley Snow Dogz, a frozen t-shirt contest, barbeque and fireworks at 8:30 p.m. On Monday, September 7, there will be a free animal show at 10 a.m. For more information, call 1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.

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The M/S Mount Washington is hosting a Labor Day weekend full of cruising activities. Saturday, September 5 from 6-9 p.m. is the Labor Day Lobsterfest departing from Weirs Beach. Guests can enjoy fresh Maine lobster and live music accompanied by sunset views of the lake. On Sunday, September 6, families are invited to enjoy the Labor Day Family Party cruise, which departs from Weirs Beach at 5 p.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $48, youth tickets are $38 (ages 13-16) and children 12 and under are free (limit two per family; children 4 and under are always free). Tickets include a two-hour cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee, a Sunday dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, and live entertainment. Janet & the Redheads will entertain guests on the Main Deck, while Kyle Nickerson will play in the Flagship Lounge. For more information and tickets, visit www.cruisenh.com.

 

The Mount Washington Cog Railway climbs New England’s highest peak and gives guests an unforgettable adventure. Purchase early tickets to ride the morning steam train at 9:15 a.m., or catch a ride on the biodiesel train, which runs throughout the weekend from 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

 

 

White Mountain Attractions offers one-stop planning for one more long-weekend of activities for the family. Choose from a variety of attractions including theme parks like Story Land and Santa’s Village, outdoor exhilaration at Alpine Adventures, historic attractions like the Hobo Railroad and Clark’s Trading Post, to nature excursions like the Lost River Gorge and Polar Caves.  For more information, a full list of attractions and access to the online itinerary building tool, visit www.visitwhitemountains.com or call 800-FIND-MTS.

 

Take a break from the sun at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, where visitors can view an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and O'Keeffe. Visitors can also peruse in the Museum Shop and enjoy lunch in the Winter Garden Café. The Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Tickets must be purchased in advance as many tours sell out. For more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, x108.

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James Nachtwey’s Stirring Photographs of War

 

Manchester, N.H. – On September 11, 2001, award-winning photojournalist James Nachtwey saw the attacks on the Twin Towers from his apartment in lower Manhattan, just a short distance away. While others raced away from the crumbling towers, Nachtwey ran toward them with his camera. His photographs are among the most iconic and compelling visual accounts we have of that day. Many of those images, along with pictures he took in Afghanistan and Iraq in the years surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center, will be the focus of the exhibition Witness to History: James Nachtwey—Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq, on view at the Currier Museum of Art from September 11 through December 14, 2015.

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The exhibition will reveal war's tragic effect on combatants and civilians, and includes highly personal images of American troops and their families, as well as photographs of Iraqi and Afghani civilians and their families. The Currier worked directly with Nachtwey to acquire 17 of the 24 photographs in the main area of the exhibition.

 

“James Nachtwey’s photographs have been the standard-bearers for documentary photography for more than 30 years,” said Kurt Sundstrom, exhibition curator. “While most war photography exhibitions focus on combat photography, Witness to History reminds everyone of the struggles our troops face when they come back to the States. His photographs have the capacity to change a stubborn mind, open a closed heart and motivate the indifferent.”

 

About the Exhibition

The main area of the exhibition unfolds chronologically in five parts: Afghanistan, 9/11 New York City, post-9/11 Afghanistan, the Iraqi war and Nachtwey’s photographs of American soldiers and their families coping with the physical and psychological aftermath of war. While most of the images have appeared in mass circulation publications such as Time and National Geographic, this will be the first time so many of Nachtwey’s works have been displayed in large format, each image approximately 30” x 40”. In all, there will be 24 photographs in the main area of the exhibition.

 

A separate room will contain Nachtwey’s monumental 32’ long photo mosaic, The Sacrifice (negatives, 2006-7; print, 2015). These images, taken in American military medical units in Iraq, tell stories of life and death in the aftermath of battle. While often unsettling, the images bring home the realities of war to a country that mostly received sanitized versions of the conflict from embedded reporters. The title, The Sacrifice, confronts viewers with the human cost of war. The mosaic is made up of three rows of images, each containing 20 photographs.

 

Nachtwey worked exclusively with one of America’s premiere digital printers, Cone Editions of Topsham, Vermont, to print the photographs in this exhibition.

 

The Currier has reached out to several local communities in order to inform the interpretation within the exhibition. We are indebted to our Veterans’ Advisory Committee, which worked with us on our Vietnam exhibition in 2013, and members of the local Iraqi community, for adding their perspectives to the photographs on view.

 

Museum admission during the opening weekend of the exhibition (Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13) will be free.

 

About James Nachtwey

NH resident James Nachtwey (born 1948) graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 and began his career as a documentary photographer in 1980. Since then, he has photographed numerous historical events including the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the war in Chechnya, civil unrest in Northern Ireland, the genocide in Rwanda, the liberation struggle in South Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Some of Nachtwey’s most compelling and poignant work is on view this exhibition, including images of the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York City, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the challenges faced by American soldiers returning from these wars.

 

Nachtwey’s photographs have been featured in numerous books, scholarly articles and regularly appear in international magazines including Der Spiegel, National Geographic and Time. He has received numerous prizes and awards including the World Press Photo Award (twice), Magazine Photographer of the Year (seven times) and the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Medal an unprecedented five times. Nachtwey received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors. His work has also made the rare leap into the art world, having appeared in countless one person and group shows in museums worldwide.

 

Exhibition Support

Witness to History: James Nachtwey—Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq is sponsored by the Botnick Family Foundation, M. Christine Dwyer & Michael Huxtable, Dorothea & David Jensen, Nike & David Speltz, Camera Commons LLC, and Eleanor Briggs.

 

Museum Events

Share Your Photos

Do you have images of NYC from before, during and after 9/11? Did you serve in the current conflict and have images to share? Are you a refugee from a place of war and would like to share an image or story about coming to the United States or what your home was like? Please add your photos and stories to the exhibition by bringing copies of photos (originals will not be returned) and a 50-word caption with you during your next visit or email them to witnesstohistory@currier.org.

 

Free Admission Weekend

Friday, September 11-Sunday, September 13

In remembrance of all who died on 9/11 and in conflicts overseas, the Museum is offering free admission this weekend. Come reflect and explore the exhibition, Witness to History: James Nachtwey–Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq.

 

Creative Studio: Celebrating Heroes

Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Participate in a unique activity that recognizes heroes. Adults and children are welcome and encouraged to drop by one of the Museum’s classrooms to participate. This program is part of our free admission weekend.

 

Film Screening: War Photographer

Sunday, September 13, 2 p.m.

The Currier will screen the Academy Award-nominated documentary, War Photographer. The documentary follows James Nachtwey, who has chronicled combat in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Kosovo, genocide in Rwanda and the events of September 11, 2001 in New York City. This program is part of our free admission

weekend.

 

Witness to History: James Nachtwey—Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq Tour

Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.

In celebration of Monday’s International Day of Peace, we invite you to join a docent-led exhibition tour. Stay afterward to enjoy lunch in the Winter Garden Café and

continue the conversation with one other.

 

Community Conversation: Life After Wartime

Saturdays: October 17, at 2 p.m.

Join us for an important conversation about the impact that war has on service members. A wide range of topics will be discussed, from physical injuries to the impact of war on families. Continue the conversation afterward in the Community Gallery as we celebrate works of art by children of service members. Light refreshments will be

provided.

 

ARTalk: Photojournalists James Nachtwey and Greg Marinovich in Conversation

Wednesday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m. (galleries will open at 5:30 p.m.)

Award-winning photographer, James Nachtwey, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Greg Marinovich, will engage in a lively discussion covering a range of topics, from their challenging experiences documenting human conflict to what motivates them to pursue and record historic events around the world. The program will be free for Members, $10 Non-Members, $3 Students. Visit CURRIER.ORG/tickets to purchase tickets.

 

In Perspective: Growing up in Afghanistan

Sunday, November 8, 2 p.m.

Qais Akbar Omar, author of A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story, will discuss his experiences growing up in Afghanistan. Hear about the daily hardships and the moments of joy and beauty that he found as his family was forced to move due to

conflict.

 

Super Saturday: Freedom in Art

Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. –1 p.m.

Enjoy a unique performance by Hardtacks that brings American history to life

through song (11 a.m.-noon). Create holiday cards for troops serving overseas. All letters will be delivered by Operation Care for Troops, a Nashua-based organization that strives to make deployment easier. Adults and children are welcome and encouraged to drop by one of the Museum's studio spaces to participate.

 

Witness to History: James Nachtwey—Afghanistan, Ground Zero, Iraq Tour

Saturday, November 28, 11:30 a.m.

Participate in a docent-led tour of the exhibition. This post-Thanksgiving activity will help remind you of all you have to be grateful for. Stay afterward to enjoy lunch in the Winter Garden Café and continue the conversation with each other.

 

 

General Information

The Currier Museum of Art, located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, N.H., is open every day except Tuesday. It is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and O'Keeffe. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the engaging exhibitions, the dynamic programs ranging from art-making and lectures to music, a Museum Shop, and an airy, light-filled café. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Museum. The Currier welcomes visitors with disabilities and special needs. We are wheelchair accessible and offer FM headsets for sound amplification at many public programs. For more information, visit www.currier.org or call 603.669.6144, x108.

 

The Currier Art Center offers studio classes, art camps, Master classes and intensive workshops for all ages. The Museum also owns the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House, complete with the original furnishings and the owners' fine art collection.

 

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The Cog Railway and Appalachian Mountain Club Offer a New Natural History Train Tour on Mt. Washington

 

 

 

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Join Appalachian Mountain Club Senior Interpretive Naturalist, Nancy Ritger, on the Cog Railway, for a tour of Mount Washington's amazing natural environment on Monday, August 31. Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, is home to some of the rarest alpine plant-life in the world, existing only in the Presidential Range.

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This naturalist tour consists of a round trip ride on the Cog Railway and a three-hour guided tour of the summit. Nancy will lead the group in exploring the tundra environment at the top of the mountain, taking the opportunity to walk down the Crawford Path and observing the adaptations of the plants and animals to live in such a harsh environment. Tour participants will get the chance to observe a variety of alpine species that can be found around the summit cone, from the low-growing krumholtz to the tightly bound cushion plant.

 

 Participants should plan to arrive at the railway base station 45 minutes prior to the 12:30 pm departure time for an introductory session. The round trip tour is approximately 5 hours, returning around 5:30. The cost is $109 per person, ages 12 and over. Participants should be comfortable traversing rocky terrain and dress for mountain-top weather (temperatures at the summit can be 30 degrees colder than at the base), including boots or sturdy shoes, layers, windbreaker, rain gear, gloves, hat, water and snacks.

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Space is very limited. Additional information is available at thecog.com. Participants must book in advance by calling 603.278.5404 The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located on Base Station Road, Marshfield Station, NH, 6 miles from Rt. 302 and historic Bretton Woods, NH.

 

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. More information is available about the AMC at www.outdoors.org. (To book this special AMC tour, call the railway at 603.278.5404)

 

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, established in 1869, is the World’s first mountain-climbing cog railway. The Cog is open from April through November, operating both steam and biodiesel locomotives from 2 to 10 trips per day. There is a museum, gifts, food and restrooms at the base and summit.

 

 


Meetinghouse Pond Hike, Gilmanton

 

Join Five Rivers Conservation Trust, the Gilmanton Land Trust and the Gilmanton Conservation Commission to explore the new Meetinghouse Pond Conservation Area in Gilmanton, NH. The hike will take place on Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 10 AM to 12 noon. On this easy hike along the field edge and woods trail, they will visit the expansive hayfield, the hardwood forest, and the beautiful frontage on Meetinghouse Pond.  Along the way, they will identify plants, look for wildlife sign, and investigate the important ecosystems on the property.

 

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Participants will also explore the history of the property, including its flax pond and the unusual stone structure built across its bottom, used to process flax into fiber for clothing. According to retired State Architectural Historian Jim Garvin, in a letter sent to the Gilmanton Land Trust: "The production of linen fiber and woven cloth was central to New Hampshire's agricultural economy in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.” This flax pond is the only one known to exist in the state and perhaps all of New England!

The 41-acre Meetinghouse Pond Conservation Area, along with three other tracts, was conserved in 2013 in a cooperative effort by the Five Rivers Conservation Trust, Gilmanton Land Trust, and Gilmanton Conservation Commission. The field trip is sponsored by all three organizations. The trip will be led by Sarah Thorne, local ecology teacher; Beth McGuinn, Executive Director of Five Rivers Conservation Trust who has expertise in land conservation and forestry; and Tracy Tarr, Chairman of the Gilmanton Conservation Commission and wetland scientist. Children and dogs (on leashes) are welcome.

The field trip is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Please contact Five Rivers Conservation Trust at 225-7225 or info@5rct.org to register and get directions.  

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Five Rivers Conservation Trust is a nonprofit membership supported organization working with communities and landowners to conserve land with important conservation values in central New Hampshire. Five Rivers’ goal is to ensure that future generations can experience, utilize, and benefit from the farms, forests, wetlands, and recreation land that characterize our landscape in seventeen communities across central New Hampshire.  The organization has conserved 62 properties, totaling over 3,800 acres. 

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Black Bear Half Marathon Offers Scenic Tour of Waterville Valley

 

 

Waterville Valley, NH Come up to Waterville Valley and run the Black Bear Half Marathon on August 23 and enjoy a course set amid the White Mountain National Forest. The route includes scenic trails along the Mad River and lots of shade, starting and finishing in Town Square. 

 

The Half Marathon starts at 9 a.m. and the 5K starts shortly after at 9:30 a.m. Entry fees for the Half marathon are $70 until August 22 and $80 on race day. Entry fees for the 5K are $35 until August 22 and $40 on race day. Register online now at https://g2racereg.webconnex.com/blackbearhm2015. Spectators are welcome to cheer on all participants. Registrants can also receive a 10% discount at the Black Bear Lodge.
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Waterville Valley, New Hampshire’s family resort, was designed and planned as a self-contained, four-seasons destination in the White Mountain National Forest. Today, in addition to world-class ski area, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink, boating and a skate park. Dining options include both traditional favorites and elegant eateries. For more information, call 800-468-2553 or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.