Before Corcoran came to town in 1964, Waterville Valley was a sleepy summer community with a small but lively ski scene. In the early 1900s, the valley was a retreat for wealthy city dwellers who came to spend their summers hiking, fishing and swimming. Over the years, a few amenities were added, including a gold course, tennis courts and the Waterville Inn, the hub of social activity not just for summer residents, but for the growing number of skiers who came to ride the slopes carved out of Mount Snow.
Maxfield Parrish was born Frederick Parrish in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1870 to Elizabeth Bancroft Parrish and Steven Parrish, a noted engraver and painter. He studied architecture at Haverford College, and art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as well as at Drexel Institute, where he audited courses with famed illustrator Howard Pyle (1853–1911). In 1898, Parrish moved to Plainfield, New Hampshire, near Cornish, where he built his home and studio, which he named “The Oaks” after the distinguishing trees on the land. He lived there until his death in 1966.
In the late 1930s, a 16-year-old from East Derry, New Hampshire named Alan Shepard enrolled in a boat-building workshop at Proctor Academy. From his early – and quite successful – efforts to build a boat that he and his family could row across New Hampshire lakes, Shepard eventually stepped up his naval involvement, becoming a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, a Naval fighter pilot and test pilot, America’s first astronaut, and, as commander of Apollo XIV, one of only 12 human beings to have walked on the Moon.
Considered a must-do for visitors to New England, the first mountain climbing cog railway in the world offers amazing early season fall foliage colors. Riders can choose to ride up to the highest peak in the Northeast on the first train of the day, a vintage coal-fired steam train, or on one of the eco-friendly biodiesel locomotives that run the rest of the day. In the fall season, the Cog will run eight to ten trips per day, departing every hour on the half hour.
Annual march against domestic and sexual violence in Merrimack County takes place on Wednesday, October 7 at White Park in Concord
Passengers are invited to dress in their most creative costumes and celebrate aboard the M/S Mount Washington during their annual Halloween Masquerade Ball. All costumes, from the scary, spooky and fancy to just plain comical, are welcome.
Celebrate the beauty of fall with Waterville Valley’s Fall Foliage Festival during the Columbus Day weekend, October 10-12.
The 4th Annual Rally in the Valley, an all-vehicle show presented by the East Coast Camaro Club, will be held on Saturday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Buzz is already mounting for the 2016 election with governors, senators, a doctor and of course Donald Trump seeking out New Hampshire voters followed by members of the national media. In Concord, visitors can experience New Hampshire politics firsthand 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.
“Riding the Waves of History,"a special exhibit by Guest Curator Danielle Blanchette on the life and adventures of the Granite State’s John E. Cooperider, administrative assistant to four consecutive Secretaries of the U.S. Navy during the heady years of NASA’s creation, the Space Race and the Cold War, opens at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center