New Hampshire- Join New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley, the Currier Museum of Art, Cog Railway and the M/S Mount Washington for a fun filled Memorial Day Weekend including an annual Chowderfest, a tribute to those who have served our country and more. These vacation destinations are all offering a wide variety of activities and special promotions, so read on.
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend and welcome the start of the summer season at Waterville Valley Resort with delicious chowder, brews and fishing for the kids.
On Saturday, May 23, kids can try to catch Corcoran Pond’s elusive Kirby during the annual Casting for Kirby Youth Fishing Derby. Registration starts at 8 a.m., with fishing starting at 8:30 a.m. for ages 7 and under, and 8:45 a.m. for children ages 8 to 15. A breakfast will be offered á la carte in the Town Square by the Public Safety Department starting at 8 a.m. The first 100 Derby entrants get a t-shirt and starter bait. Prizes will be awarded across age groups beginning at 11 a.m. Pre-registration is $6 a participant if completed by May 15. After May 15 registration is $10. Sign up and see the full program www.watervillevalley.org/recreation
On Sunday, May 24, sample a variety of chowders from local restaurants at the 26th Annual Chowderfest & Brews. Sampling runs from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with guests submitting ballots for their favorites as restaurants vie for the “Golden Clam” award for the best chowder. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. From noon to 4 p.m. seasonal ales from New Hampshire’s own Smuttynose Brewing Company will be available in the brew tent for guests 21 and older.
While enjoying the chowder and brews, guests will also be treated to live music on the Gazebo Stage from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and additional live entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m.
For more information, call 800-468-2553 or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com .
Military personnel and public servants are invited to celebrate Memorial Day aboard the M/S Mount Washington with special rates all weekend. During day cruises on May 23-25, veterans, retired, active military personnel, public servants and their families can cruise for just $10 per person. Just show an ID at the ticket window and receive this special rate. Children under 12 also cruise free on all Memorial Day weekend daytime cruises from all ports.
The Salute to Service Dinner-Dance Cruise on Saturday evening, May 24, will honor police officers, firefighters, EMTs, veterans and military personnel. Annie & The Orphans will be playing on the main deck and Mike Livingston will provide entertainment in the Flagship Lounge. This cruise is open to all at the special dinner cruise rate of $30 per person and departs Weirs Beach at 7 p.m.
To learn more about the various vessels (Mount Washington, Doris E. & Sophie C.) and to view a more complete schedule with cruise times and ticket prices, visit www.cruisenh.com or call 603-366-5531.
America’s westward expansion in the mid-19th century was a story of adventure, but also of profound environmental impact. That story is embodied in the life and work of a man who documented the birds and animals of frontier America. John James Audubon had already achieved fame from his groundbreaking publication, The Birds of America when he set his sights on the country’s mammals. From Birds to Beasts: Audubon’s Last Great Adventure, on view at the Currier Museum of Art from May 23 through August 30, 2015, will take you on Audubon’s 1843 journey up the Missouri River to observe and study some of America’s most iconic creatures.
The exhibition includes stuffed mounts of the animals Audubon studied, including popular New Hampshire species such as the bobcat, fisher and fox. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, N.H. lent these mounts for this exhibition. These will be on view in a special gallery space that will allow visitors to draw these animals from observation, in the same way Audubon did. Also, the Currier has produced an Audubon Adventure Journal, a special 32-page illustrated takeaway for all ages that builds off the exhibition’s primary themes of art, nature and adventure. It will offer families the opportunity to learn more about New Hampshire wildlife and how to draw images based on nature. 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
Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at www.TheCog.com.
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