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Early registration for Raft-a-Palooza encouraged

LACONIA — On Sunday, August 3, NH LAKES' LakeFest 2014: Raft-a-Palooza, presented by Binnie Media, will take over Lake Winnipesaukee's Endicott Rock Park in Laconia in the hunt for Guinness gold.

Raft-a-Palooza is an attempt to capture the Guinness World Record for the largest free floating raft of canoes and kayaks; organizers have their sights set on more than 2,100 boats. Through July 4, Raft-a-Palooza registration is just $10 per boat; online registration is simple and fast at www.nhlakefest.org. All boaters registered by July 4 will get a free event t-shirt and be entered to win a kayak package generously donated by Irwin Marine and Old Town Canoes & Kayaks.

Raft-a-Palooza attracts paddlers of all ages and levels of experience. Reasonably priced boat rentals are available during online registration: single kayak ($30), canoe ($40), tandem (2-person) kayak ($45). Reserved rental boats will be available for on-the-beach pick up.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:32

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Winni Museum features talk about the Shaker legacy

LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is presenting "The Shaker Legacy" featuring Darryl Thompson on Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m.

In their more than two and a half centuries of existence, members of the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers, made ingenious contributions to diverse fields: agriculture, industry, medicine, music, furniture design, women's rights, racial equality, craftsmanship, social and religious thought, and mechanical invention and improvement. Darryl Thompson explores some of these contributions in his lecture and shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.
Daryl Thompson has an M.A., American History, University of New Hampshire and was tour guide at Canterbury Shaker Village for over 30 years. Thompson studied historic plant varieties that were developed by Shakers in various villages throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. His father, Charles Thompson, co-founded Canterbury Shaker Village Museum with three Shaker sisters. Darryl lived among the Shakers for many years and served as a consultant to Ken Burns in his documentary film The Shakers: Hands to Work. Hearts to God.

This event is free and is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. The museum is located on Route 3 in Weirs Beach, next to Funspot. RSVP to 366-5950.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:25

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‘Every Sunday’ program at Mountonborough library

MOULTONBOROUGH — The Moultonborough  Library on Monday, July 28, 7 p.m. will feature a program ''Every Sunday'' with Donna Dearborn

Every Sunday is a daughter's tribute to her father, the story of a man who lived life with extraordinary kindness and humility. Their Sunday letters stop—after 32 years—when he suffers a stroke and can no longer walk, care for himself, or voice his needs.

Determined to connect with him and focus on their good memories, she shares stories of Long Trail hikes, Springfield College days, birthday ski adventures, White Mountain summits, childhood moments, and more during Sunday nursing home visits. Every Sunday is a memoir about a revered recreation director and an inspirational father-daughter bond—a story of faithfulness, hope, and love.

Donna Dearborn grew up in an active family in Brattleboro, Vermont, where her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors emerged at an early age. Degrees in math, environmental science, biochemistry, and exercise physiology led to a diversity of jobs—algebra and trigonometry teacher, Outward Bound wilderness instructor, English teacher in Korea, fitness director, tennis pro, tax preparer, ski instructor, field hockey coach, New Zealand hut warden... She is happily settled in the familiar, rolling green hills of Vermont with her husband, Wally, and their yellow Labs, Ella and Eva.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:19

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Rey Center announces summer programs

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley has just released its summer programming schedule with lots of fun-filled art, science and nature activities that the whole family can enjoy. The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, located on the second floor of Town Square is a non-profit education organization with programming modeled after the interests of Margret and Hans Rey, the authors of the Curious George characters, and former summer residents of Waterville Valley.
This summer's nature programs include Valley Nature Nights and Nature Nights in Blair Woodlands. Both programs are held every week from July 2 through August 21. Valley Nature Nights is for families with youth ages seven and up who want to explore the Valley floor listening and looking for local wildlife guided by one of the Rey Center naturalists. A different topic will be discovered each week. Nature Nights in Blair Woodlands is a similar program held at the Blair Woodlands Natural Area on NH Route 3 in Campton just south of the Blair Bridge.
Both programs are free and open to the public. Waterville Valley Nature Nights is generously supported by Town Square Condos and Waterville Valley Realty, while Nature Nights in Blair Woodlands is sponsored by the Campton Conservation Commission.
Other kids and family activities this summer include Curious George Story Time and Popcorn every Friday from July 4 through August 22, Art Smart Kids every Thursday from July 24 through August 28, and Dark Sky Stargazing.
For the adults this summer we have lectures, yoga hikes, a wine tasting and auction fundraiser, literary discussion group and environmental stewardship opportunities. The Rey Center summer lecture series entitled Tales and Trails from the Wilderness includes The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie by Dan Szczesny on July 11 at 8 pm. August 1 brings us Mike Dickerman's Hiking History of the White Mountains followed by True Wilderness: The Adirondack Mountains & The Trans-Adirondack Route on August 29 by Erik Schlimmer. Lastly on October 10, Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper share their experiences as two women over 50 climbing the 100 tallest mountains in New England in Its Not About The Hike.
Mark your calendars for Saturday July 12 from 3–6 p.m. for the Rey Center's Fourth Annual Art, Wine and Cheese fundraising event. Rain or shine, under the tent in Town Square, you can taste wines from the lists of local vendors and bid on art generously donated by local artists and non-artists. All proceeds support the art and science education programs at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center. Tickets are only $20. You must be 21 to enter.
For more information on these and other Rey Center programs, visit the Rey Center website at THEREYCENTER.ORG or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Margret and H.A. Rey, authors of the Curious George children's books series and former summer residents of Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys' legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information please contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit www.TheReyCenter.org or visit us on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:13

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