MOULTONBOROUGH — As the Castle in the Clouds heads into its centennial year in 2014, a year of celebration and dedication, it is happily celebrating a great season in 2013.
With record attendance, weddings all season long, and important improvements to the buildings and additions to the staff this has been a busy and productive year.
The major restoration project this year, the faithful rebuilding of Lucknow's front portico, will be finished on October 18 and celebrated with a ribbon cutting attended by board members, and representatives from major funders--the Mcinish Foundation, LCHIP, and the Bank of New Hampshire.
With the completion of this work the Castle Preservation Society will have invested more than $2,000,000 into the Castle property in restoration, rebuilding and renovation.
The Castle Preservation Society also recently welcomed two new senior managers to the Castle family. Charles "Chuck" Clark is filling a newly created, and much needed position of Director of Operations. Chuck comes from COSI, the nationally recognized science center in Columbus, Ohio, where he was for ten years involved in various aspects of Guest Relations and most recently director of the department. He will oversee three crucial guest centered areas: food service, admissions and weddings, rentals, and programs. James Towle, newly hired as Castle Facility Director, comes from the Holderness School where he has been Assistant Facility Director for the past ten years.
Castle in the Clouds will close for the regular season at the end of the Day, October 27. That is also Moultonborough appreciation day, when Moultonborough residents tour the property and the Lucknow mansion for free
. Even after the regular season, there is lots of activity at the Castle. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is back again the first weekend in November: the Saturday evening performance is sold out, but there is still good availability on Sunday November 3 at 1 p.m. This year's production, "Treason in the Court" invites guests to revel in a time of merry-making and celebration--but with treason and murder afoot. A buffet meal from Hart's caterers and the show, all for $55, will make for a merry memorable event..
And Christmas at the Castle will also be back, this year November 22-24 and November 29-December 1 with music, vintage decorations, and other seasonal treats.