M/S Mount Washington Offers Shooting Stars Cruise During Meteor Shower

 Weirs Beach, N.H.– See a shooting star and enjoy the view of the night sky above Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the Shooting Stars in the Sky Cruise on the M/S Mount Washington. During this special event on Friday, August 14, guests will have the chance to see the Perseids Meteor Shower, with 60 to 80 meteors expected per hour.

The M/S Mount Washington is partnering with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center to offer a fun and educational experience. In the Steamboat Lounge, a satellite exhibit will highlight how shooting stars are formed. The exhibit will also explain the difference between meteors, shooting stars and perseids, and passengers will have the opportunity to touch different examples of meteors. 

On the third deck, a lecture will highlight the differences between the meteors guests can observe in the sky. Musical entertainment will also be offered throughout the cruise. In the event of cloudy or rainy weather, there will still be plenty of exhibits and activities aboard the ship.

The Shooting Stars in the Sky is a three hour cruise departing from Weirs Beach at 7 p.m. and Meredith at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $52 for adults, $20 for children 5-12 and children ages 4 and under are free.

Tickets for this special night include a buffet dinner served promptly upon boarding, followed by the educational offerings and entertainment. 

The official 2015 daily cruising season for the M/S Mount Washington, and her sister vessels, runs until October 18 offering daily cruises from its summer port of Weirs Beach and servicing the other ports of Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Cruising times and options vary depending on the season with July and August having the most cruises available. Options include daily scenic, evening dinner dance and island mail delivery cruises. 

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.

6th Annual East Concord PorkFest

Concord, NH -- On Sunday, August 16, from 12 p.m. -2:30 p.m., bring your family and friends to this year's sixth annual East Concord Pork Festival at Grace Episcopal Church/Merrill Park in East Concord. Enjoy a homemade meal of roast pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, jambalaya, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, brownies and ice cream. Lots of family fun including touch-a-truck, a bounce house and live music by Balladeer Jim Barnes, plus a variety of raffles. This event is free to the public, but donations are welcomed. All proceeds go towards the Church’s Take-A-Tote program to feed Concord’s hungry schoolchildren.



The Take- A-Tote program was developed as an outreach goal of the Bishop's Committee in 2009 to provide weekend "totes," packed with food that is nutritious, easy-to-prepare and nonperishable. Children who receive free or reduced-cost lunches during the school week often have little food support at home on the weekend.  By delivering bags each week filled with cereal, pasta, soup cups, ramen noodles, as well as fresh fruit, breakfast bars and packages of crackers and cheese, Grace Episcopal Church has ensured that at least 50 families at Mill Brook School have supplemental food to nourish their children on the weekend. Last year, the Concord School Board recognized Grace Episcopal Church as “Champion for Children” because of this program. This year, due to the generosity of the community, we have been able to double the number of bags each week. Visit us at: https://www.facebook.com/taketote.

For more information, contact Grace Episcopal Church at (603) 224-2252, or visit www.graceeastconcord.org.

Looking for a way to beat the heat? Head to Mount Washington and ride the Cog Railway


Looking for a way to beat the heat? In addition to status as the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world, The Mount Washington Cog Railway stands as the only alpine train ride east of the Rockies!  Located on the tallest peak in the Northeast, The Cog experience combines summer travel’s two key mandates: It’s refreshing and a great deal.


Outfitted with a fleet of both eco-friendly biodiesel and historic steam locomotives, The Cog offers a variety of departure times so family and friends can enjoy the breezy, three-hour round-trip above tree line where the 360-degree view is spectacular (some days you may literally be above the clouds) and the air bracing enough to require a sweater.


Visitors seeking an escape from this year’s heat wave spend nearly an hour in the invigorating atmosphere at the 6,288-foot destination. This week’s forecast is a cool-down of mid 60’s temps and 5-25 mph winds at the summit. Tickets ensure free admission to the summit’s historic Tip Top House and the Observatory’s new "Extreme Mount Washington" exhibit, which, among other fascinating weather-related tasks, charts the daily mercury. The warmest temperature ever recorded was 72°F in 2003.


At the Base Station, complimentary admission to The Cog Railway Museum reveals the groundbreaking rail technology engineered by Sylvester Marsh during the height of the Industrial Revolution. Here, visitors can also get a sneak peek of the Cog’s new documentary, "Climbing to the Clouds, which covers the modern advances of the railway up to the present.


Savvy planners can save a cool $13 on The Cog’s Afternoon Special. This attractive pricing applies to the last train of the day, restrictions apply. Advance ticket purchase recommended. For a detailed schedule and to  purchase tickets online, visit: www.thecog.com or call: 603-278-5404.


Summer at The Cog is all about cool comfort and easy access. The Mount Washington Cog Railway is located at Base Station Road in Marshfield Station, NH, six miles from Rte. 302 and Bretton Woods.

Village Harmony Youth World Music Ensemble Final Summer Concerts in NH

Village Harmony, the acclaimed teen world music singing ensemble, presents their final concert program of the summer in four New Hampshire locations:

Friday, August 14 in Waterville Valley Town Square at the Rey Center at 7:30 PM.  603.236.3308

Suggested admission at the door is $10, $5 for student and seniors.  Call the local number for more information.


Led by Larry Gordon, Carl Linich and Su Hart, the group includes 24 brilliant teen singers ages 12-19 from seven states as well as Switzerland, UK and Caucasus Georgia. The program includes music of the Baka Pygmies from central Africa, traditional sacred and secular songs from Caucasus Georgia, traditional South African songs and dances, American shape-note singing, and the Litanies for the Virgin by French baroque composer Antoine Charpentier. 


Village Harmony is an umbrella organization based in Vermont dedicated to the study and performance of ethnic singing traditions from around the world.  Each summer they sponsor ten ensembles like this one, both in New England and in numerous foreign countries, involving both teen and adult singers.   Each group develops its own unique sound with a different international team of leaders, but all share common traits:  a powerful, natural, unrestrained, vocal sound; a remarkable variety of vocal styles and timbres, as appropriate to the many varieties of ethnic and traditional music; and the visible, vibrant community among the singers and audience as they share in a joyous celebration of music.


Larry Gordon is the founder and co-director of Village Harmony.  He has been leading community music in Vermont since the early 1970s, and his patient and relaxed, yet demanding, teaching style and his collaborative approach have shaped the welcoming atmosphere of the Village Harmony community since the beginning. Though his first love was medieval and renaissance music, he is a vital figure in New England shape-note singing.  Larry has led Onion River Chorus in Montpelier since the late 1970s, and is well known across the US and internationally for leading stunning periodic ad hoc incarnations of Northern Harmony, a semi-professional tour group made up largely of veteran Village Harmony singers.


Carl Linich has been a scholar, teacher, and performer of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing since 1990.  A fluent Georgian speaker, Carl lived in Georgia for 10 years, and received two prestigious merit awards from the Georgian government in recognition of his work to promote and preserve Georgian folk music.. Carl has been leading Village Harmony camps since 2000, and toured with Northern Harmony in 2001 and 2002. He currently directs the Supruli Ensemble in New York City and a Georgian choir at Bard College, and sings in a family trio with his two young sons, both of whom are part of this group.


Su Hart currently living in Bath, UK, is a trained singer and teacher who performs music inspired by the music of the Baka Forest People of Cameroon with the internationally renowned Baka Beyond, the group that she founded with Martin Cradick in the mid nineties. She has learned forest yodeling—thought by some anthropologists to be the first human singing—directly from the Baka women in the forests over the past 20 years. She is highly respected internationally as a charismatic, engaging and inspiring workshop leader with a passion for encouraging people to develop their innate vocal and rhythmic skills.


Village Harmony’s many recordings and songbooks will be available for sale at the concert.

Waterville Valley Valley ski Resort Offers a Variety of Eateries, Flavorful Off-Beat Options



For a town of its size, Waterville Valley packs a lot of variety – and flavor – into its restaurant offerings. From casual eateries to more formal sit down restaurants, there are many choices when it comes to whereto go when you’re hungry.


A Tasteful Reputation


Coyote Grill chef and owner Sean Stout has made quite a namefor himself in Waterville Valley and beyond. After running the restaurant formore than 20 years, customers have come to love his menu’s creativity, consistently good food and the welcoming atmosphere.


Stout, a Johnson and Wales College of Culinary Arts graduatewho also worked at five-star restaurants in Maine and Florida, has a straightforward approach when it comes to keeping customers happy. “Keep itsimple, keep it fresh, and change the menu frequently according to the season,”he said. “We always like to keep the menu new and creative.”


The Coyote Grill menu features a mix of steaks, seafood,pasta and other entrées prepared with culinary flair. Stout pays particularattention to detail and prides himself on presentation, whether it’s presentinga steak, vegetarian dish or his daughter’s favorite: tortilla crusted chickenwith aged Vermont cheddar grits, fresh guacamole, roasted summer corn salad andfinished with a smoked jalapeno aioli. The restaurant is also known for itsshrimp and risotto, haddock and calamari, among many others.


Local ingredients   areused as often as possible and often, New England products are included in the restaurant’s daily specials. At any given time, the menu may include venison,elk, Vermont cheese, or New Hampshire seafood. The bar menu also includes NewEngland draft beers and New Hampshire made liquors. 


When he isn’t in the kitchen, Stout can be seen in therestaurant saying hello to regulars or meeting new customers. The restaurant welcomes a mix of longtime local regulars, visitors and families. 


A Waterville Valley‘Legend’


Tom Gross opened Legends 1291 Sports Bar in February 1989,originally  offering only live music anddrinks that pleased a late night crowd. Food was added in 1997, making it thego to place for burgers, pasta, chicken tenders and of course, ribs. Today, the pub is a Town Square icon and not only a late night favorite, but a regularstop for families and visitors looking for a more casual atmosphere.


Gross, who was national director for Rod Laver’s tennisschool in the 1970s, was in Europe writing for Tennis Magazine when TomCorcoran, the visionary founder of Waterville Valley Resort, asked him to runthe resort’s tennis center. An offer to run the pub followed and the rest ishistory.


“There’s something about going back to a special place yearafter year and seeing familiar faces,” Gross said, noting many of his staff arelongtime employees and they greet customers by name. They also welcomefamilies, whose children aren’t forced to sit still through dinner, as thereare a variety of video games to help keep them entertained. 


Diners can look forward to half price specials offered Mondays through Thursdays year-round (with the exception of vacation weeks),cold brews and all around good pub fare.


Dinner with a View


Overlooking Town Square, Valley Pub & Grill is a great place tohave a family dinner or meet at the bar for an après beverage. In the warmermonths, there is patio seating outside, the perfect place to enjoy a nicebreeze coming off of Corcoran Pond. In the winter months, The Valley Pub & Grill is a nice place to relax among candlelit tables and rustic lighting. 


“There is no better place for a great family dining experience than overlooking Waterville Valley’s Town Square,” said Waterville Valley Resort Owner and Operator Chris Sununu.


The kitchen is under the direction of head chef Mike “Woody”Woodman, who brings many years of fine dining experience, along with his ownculinary touch, to the restaurant.


The menu features favorites like shrimp scampi, chickenparmesan, steak tips, burgers and a kid’s menu. There is also a full bar menuwith specialty cocktails, beer and wine. Weekly and nightly menu specials areoffered, along with seasonal menu changes like surf and turf or homemade soups.


Grab and Go


Waterville Valley has other options if you are limited ontime or not in the mood for a big, sit down meal. Many of these locations havedine in or take out options.


Jugtown Sandwich Shop in the Jugtown Country Store offers avariety of sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats and cheese. Try one of theirsignature sandwiches like the Fletcher's Choice (roast beef, Swiss cheese,Russian dressing and onions on rye), Michael's Delight (ham, Swiss cheese,Russian dressing, bacon bits and onions on rye), or the Pogo Special (atriple-decker with ham, turkey, roast beef, Swiss cheese, coleslaw and Russiandressing on rye or pumpernickel). 


PotBellies has expanded their menu to include hot and coldsandwiches and subs, salads and soups. They encourage you to try their  steak and cheese sub while you’re in the TownSquare.


Everyone loves pizza and the Olde Waterville Pizza Company serves up a variety of pies for lunch and dinner, in addition to burgers,salads and more. 



For a sweet treat, head over to PigPens Ice Cream and Candy. They have candies, chocolates, sundaes, floats and enough ice cream choices tomake choosing just one flavor a difficult task. The Blue Moon Café also servesup several flavors of gelato. 


Waterville Valley was designed and planned specifically as aself-contained, four seasons resort. Today in addition to its world-class skiarea, Waterville Valley Resort has award-winning tennis courts, golf, hiking, biking, lodging, cultural activities and summer theater, an indoor ice rink,boating, a skate park, and a host of outdoor activities. Dining options includetraditional favorites and elegant dining. For more information, call1-800-GO-VALLEY or visit www.visitwatervillevalley.com.


Paddle for a New Perspective on the Merrimack River


On Sunday July 26, 2015, Five Rivers Conservation Trust will host its third annual Merrimack River Paddle trip from Boscawen to Concord.  The trip will provide a new perspective of the Merrimack River.  Discounted canoe and Kayak rentals will be available at Quickwater Canoe and Kayak and free shuttles between the put in and take out will be provided.  Participants must pre-register for the trip (info@5rct.org or 225-7225) and make necessary rental arrangements (753-0025, www.quickwatercanoe.com) by Wednesday July 22.  Event Sponsors are Revision Energy, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Quickwater Canoe and Kayak, the Rowley Agency and Concord 250.

 “A paddle trip down the Merrimack River provides a new perspective of our landscape – silver maples leaning in from the shore, church steeples seen from below the river banks and fertile farm fields.  Past participants remarked that this trip opened their eyes to a whole new view of the place they’ve lived for decades,” says Beth McGuinn, Executive Director for Five Rivers Conservation Trust.

From 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, paddlers can launch their boat at the County Farm boat launch in Boscawen and paddle 10 miles down the Merrimack to the Quickwater take-out, on the Canterbury / Concord town line.  At 12:30 pm, a naturalist will launch with anyone who would like to learn more about the natural history of the river and surrounding area.  The trip will take 3-4 hours of paddling, floating and splashing, so participants should bring lots of water, snacks and sunscreen.  At take out, light refreshments will be provided.

Paddlers can bring their own boat, life jacket and paddles or rent equipment from Quickwater (753-0025, www.quickwatercanoe.com) by Wednesday July 22.  Each paddler is responsible for making their rental arrangements.  Quickwater will provide a free shuttle to transport participants back to their cars at the end of the day, simplifying logistics for the trip.

Pre-registration is required for all participants by Wednesday July 22 (info@5rct.org or 225-7225).  The event is free, but contributions to Five Rivers will be gratefully accepted.  T-shirts and caps will be available for sale.


Five Rivers Conservation Trust, headquartered in Concord, New Hampshire, is a nonprofit membership supported organization dedicated to protecting special places across the heartland of central New Hampshire. This beautiful rolling landscape is drained by five waterways that converge in the Concord area - the Merrimack, Contoocook, Blackwater, Warner, and Soucook Rivers. It is a region of picturesque country villages and a delightful mix of fields and forests, farms and wetlands, and other open spaces. Five Rivers is an active land trust conserving special places for future generations in seventeen central NH towns.

31 Warren St, Concord, NH 03301           www.5rct.org         https://www.facebook.com/FiveRiversNH

Join Miss NH, Miss Teen NH Aboard M/S Mount Washington for Scholarship Cruise

Weirs Beach, NH – Join Miss New Hampshire 2015 Holly Blanchard and Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen 2015 Allie Nault aboard the M/S Mount Washington for the annual Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program Cruise. The cruise takes place on Sunday, August 9 at 12:30 p.m. and departs from Weirs Beach.


The scenic fundraising cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee includes a delicious Champagne brunch, dancing and karaoke provided by Crown Entertainment, special performances by Miss New Hampshire and Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen, plus photos and autographs with the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program local titleholders.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children under age 12.  The event is sponsored by Mount Washington Cruises and all proceeds benefit the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Fund.  

Tickets can be purchased online at MissNHCruise.eventbrite.com or by calling the Miss New Hampshire Office at (603) 437-9027.

 The official 2015 daily cruising season for the M/S Mount Washington, and her sister vessels, runs from May 16 until October 18 offering daily cruises from its summer port of Weirs Beach and servicing the other ports of Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Meredith and Wolfeboro. Cruising times and options vary depending on the season with July and August having the most cruises available. Options include daily scenic, evening dinner dance and island mail delivery cruises. 


Photo: Mount Washington Cruises Captain Jim Morash and Miss New Hampshire 2015 Holly Blanchard. 


MissNHCruise photo

Waterville Valley offers unique challenge: Climb five mountains in a single weekend



Waterville Valley, NH – With more than a dozen 4,000-foot peaks surrounding Waterville Valley, NH contestants are being asked to climb five of them in a single weekend in a fun hiking challenge.  This is Waterville Valley’s 5 Summit Challenge, a 20,000-foot total that is almost the height of the highest point in the U.S., Alaska’s Mount Denali.

The event, nicknamed “The Denali Challenge” will be held August 14-16 at the resort in the middle of the White Mountain National Forest.

Waterville Valley’s proximity to some of New England’s highest peaks makes it a great location. Participants in the 5 Summit Challenge will hike (or attempt to hike) five peaks. There will be a choice of 13 mountains to climb and the five peaks chosen must equal 20,000’ or higher. 

This year the peaks are:

Tecumseh                              4,003’

Welch                                     2,605’

Dickey                                     2,734’

Snow’s                                    2,800’

North Peak Tripyramid        4,180’

Middle Peak Tripyramid      4,140’

South Peak Tripyramid        4,100’

Mt. Osceola                           4,340’

Mt. Osceola East                  4,156’

The Scaur                               2,200’

Goodrich Rock                      2,200’

Noon Peak                             2,976’

Jennings Peak                       3,460’


Those who conquer five will be proclaimed “Alive After Five.”


The weekend will include intense hiking for some, but will also offer easier hikes for families and entertainment. 

 There is no fee to be part of the event. On Sunday after the hikes there will be a barbecue at Legends. There is a $10 charge, which can be paid in advance or at the door.

To sign up or to get more information call 800-Go Valley or go to www.waterville.com


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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Enjoy a Sweet Evening at Waterville Valley’s Annual Chocolate Festival


Waterville Valley, NH – Satisfy your sweet tooth at Waterville Valley Resort’s 16th annual Chocolate Festival on Saturday, August 1.


This annual event celebrates all things chocolate, with local restaurants offering an assortment of sweet treats from 6-8:30 p.m. in Town Square. Guests can purchase purchase desserts by the piece.


Brad Bosse band will play classic rock music from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This concert is free. There will also be a “Name that Candy Bar” contest in Town Square from 6-7 p.m. The night will culminate with fireworks at 8:30 p.m.


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.



Concord, New Hampshire: The City that Picks Presidents


Concord, New Hampshire  --A Vice President was chosen here behind close doors. Tens of thousands turned out to see of a soon-to-be-innuagruated US President depart for Washington. Concord, New Hampshire - every four years this small city transforms into the epicenter of American political activity as presidential candidates flock to the Granite State to win the hearts of voters for the first presidential primary in the nation. You can't win the oval office without coming through Concord, and rubbing elbows with the voters.


Buzz is already mounting for the 2016 election and New Hampshire is crawling with politicians and members of the national media. In Concord, visitors can experience New Hampshire politics first hand and have access to all the charming amenities of the Capital City, known for its off-the-beaten-path food scene and budding arts scene.


As you wander through the myriad of locally owned shops and restaurants in Downtown Concord, it is not unusual to see photographic evidence of a politician’s visit hanging proudly on the wall. Especially during the winter months, it is common to run into national politicians at coffee shops and restaurants as they make stops on the road to the White House. Some of these hot spots in Concord include the Corner View and Barley House. Pictures of politicians and political paraphernalia adorn the walls of these two restaurants. The Corner View is known for its tasty breakfast faire and The Barley House, its award winning burgers and popular bar. Make no mistake, this is a very political town, and everyone feel that they need to at least meet a candidate before deciding to support him or her.


During the months leading up to the primary there are numerous political events happening: House parties, rallies, town hall meetings- you name it! For example, the 2012 election, President Obama and Former President Clinton held a rally in Downtown Concord that drew a crowd of 14,000.

One President came from the Granite State, Franklin Pierce– and it was in Concord that he began and ended his political career. A statue of Pierce stands at the edge of the Statehouse lawn. It is the only statue of Pierce in his home state and was erected in 1914. The 1838 Greek Revival Pierce Manse museum was the home that Pierce and his family lived in between the Senate and the presidency. Down the street, the grave of the 14th President is in the Old North Cemetery.


Amid the 19th century brick architecture of downtown Concord stands the glistening gold dome of the State House. In the interim years, when Concord isn’t crawling with campaigning politicians, news crews, and political volunteers, the dome stands as a quiet monument of the active civic spirit that lies within the heart of each New Hampshire. Come to Concord to experience politics the New Hampshire way.