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Moulton Farm hosting holiday open house on Dec. 14

MEREDITH — Food, tractor rides, workshops, stories, and Santa arriving by tractor are just part of the holiday fun at Moulton Farm's open house on Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14. The event will run from 11 am to 3 pm each day. The event is free, although there is a fee for some of the workshops offered during the event.

Food will be a major focus of the event on Saturday. Between noon and 2 pm Trish Lutkus, the head baker at the farm, will be offering samples of the many cookies and holiday treats baked in the farm's bakery. At the same time there will be a sampling of fudge made by the same people who make Cider Bellies' delicious cider doughnuts. Vote for your favorite.

Additional events at the farm on Saturday include the Central NH VNA & Hospice's annual Tree of Memories celebration at 11 am. At 3 pm Moulton Farm's popular "Making Boxwood Tree" workshop will start. The workshop costs $30 including materials. Pre-registration is recommended for the workshop.

The fun on Sunday includes free tractor rides from 11 am to 2:30 pm. Free craft activities for children will also start at 11 am. Santa will arrive at 1 pm by tractor, since the reindeer will be resting for their long night of flying on Christmas Eve. Santa will visit with children young and old until 2:30 and then read his favorite Christmas stories with help from his elves.

For those who like to get creative, the farm will be hosting sessions to decorate giant gingerbread men suitable for eating or using as decorations. The sessions start at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Each gingerbread man costs $15. Pre-registration is recommended.

Moulton Farm is open seven days a week until December 31 and is located at 18 Quarry Road off Route 25 in Meredith. Despite the cold weather, it has produce from extended season growing tunnels and offers locally grown Christmas trees and greens. The farm also offers prepared foods from its farm kitchen and bakery as well as quality selections of seafood, meats, cheeses and other items from northern New England producers. More information can be found at www.moultonfarm.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/MoultonFarm.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:30

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Christmas Stroll planned in Meredith on Dec. 18

MEREDITH -- The Greater Meredith Program is planning a Christmas Stroll in the Village on Thursday, Dec. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. The fifth annual Art walk sponsored by the Meredith Village Galleries will also be part of the event.

Entertainment for all ages is planned. A Christmas Craft project for children will be offered at the Meredith Library from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Santa's Helper will be handing out candy canes during the stroll, and an Elf on the Shelf contest will be offered.

The "Elf," donated by Annalee Dolls, will be moved around to participating businesses until Dec. 18 when strollers can submit a ticket designating where it was last placed and win an "Elf on the Shelf" book and DVD. Annalee Dolls is also donating an Elf Photo-Op Board so that visitors can take their picture.

The Kinder Choir, ages 3-8, from the Imagerinarium in Moultonborough, will sing at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Park on Main Street. The drawing for the Elf on the Shelf prize will follow at 6:45.

Everyone is invited to join The Meredith Village Galleries during the stroll and visit Gallery 51 at 51 Main St. featuring original art by Christine Hodecker-George, The VynnArt Gallery & Art Supplies at 30 Main St. featuring the Lakes Region Art Association's Small Painting Sale, the lakes gallery at chi-lin at 17 Lake St. sharing gifts from international non-profits, and Blue Waves located at the Courtyard On Main Street offering fine art by Carole Halsey Keller.

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First Day in Franklin to feature 34th annual kayak run on Winnipesaukee River

FRANKLIN — 2015 will start with a thrill in Franklin on Thursday, January 1 as we welcome kayakers splashing and slicing through snow and ice-filled class IV rapids. This year marks the 34th annual New Years Day run on the Winnipesaukee. It is a sight to see.

This is the tenth year that spectators are encouraged to attend with best viewing at Trestle View Park, which is the take out for paddlers on the lower section. The park will feature a heated tent with coffee, cocoa, chili and "Hoppin' John", provided by Choose Franklin, Big Cat Coffee, the Franklin Rotary Club and Franklin Savings Bank, along with information about the wealth of activities being put on by area organizations this winter. Spectators can walk, snowshoe or ski on the Winnipesaukee River Trail to watch paddlers coming down the class III and IV rapids.

Choose Franklin invites all businesses, organizations and groups to be a part of the festivities. Reserve your event table in the heated tent, free of charge, by calling 918-1998. Inform spectators of your winter activities, and help welcome the Merrimack Valley Paddlers as they paddle down the Winnipesaukee River in Franklin, Northfield and Tilton again this year.
Paddlers will take to the water between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. with novice and intermediate boaters paddling the "Upper" Winnipesaukee from Route 140 to the Train Station in Northfield. Advanced boaters will paddle the "Lower" Winnipesaukee from Cross Mill Road in Northfield to downtown Franklin taking out at Trestle View Park. A summary video of last year's event can be enjoyed at: http://youtu.be/S2J3eIQweGk. A ten-minute video of the 2010 event is available via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOE11pDzQao.

Choose Franklin is the main sponsor of this 10th annual First Day Franklin and is seeking co-sponsors for the event. Last year Franklin Savings Bank provided refreshments for the tent set-up crew. Franklin Rotary Club delivered the hot food for the warming tent and the Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Recreation Center, Aubuchon Hardware and Franklin Storage Company provided tables, heat and electricity for the event tent.

For more information, to reserve a table for your business or organization, to volunteer to help with the tent or refreshments, to be a sponsoring partner, or be involved in any way, contact: Dan Darling at (603) 918-1998, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; or Sarah Stanley at Franklin Savings Bank (603) 934-8343.

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Muehlke Family Tree Farm donating $1 from every sale to Conservation Trust

GILFORD — The Muehlke Family Tree Farm of Gilford is pleased to announce that it will donate $1 from every Christmas tree sold during the 2014 holiday season to the Lakes Region Conservation Trust in support of LRCT's land conservation efforts.

The Muehlke Family Tree Farm is a certified Tree Farm of the American Tree Farm system and a member of NH-VT Christmas Tree Association. The Farm offers many varieties of Christmas trees to choose from, and guests can enjoy free hot cider while you walk the beautiful property to choose and cut their own tree.

"It felt like a natural partnership," said Rick Muehlke of the Farm. "Both of our organizations are dedicated to the conservation and protection of the land in Gilford and the Lakes Region." Muehlke noted that most of their Tree Farm, owned by Al Rollins and Jane Muehlke-Rollins, was placed in a conservation easement with the Town of Gilford in 1996. This has permanently protected 120 acres on the western slopes of the Belknap Mountains, including the site of the first ski lift in New Hampshire, a 3,000 foot long rope tow.

LRCT President Don Berry said that "LRCT is very grateful for the Muehlke Family's generosity in making these donations and also for their commitment to land conservation in Gilford and the Belknap Mountain Range."

Recently, LRCT and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, along with the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition and its members, have worked together to conserve four key parcels of land in the Belknap Range totaling over 950 acres and encompassing parts of key hiking trails, including the most popular trails to the summit of Mt. Major. More than 1,800 individual donors, foundations, and other grant-making organizations, and the towns of Gilford and Alton, provided support for the project, and the $1,800,000 campaign goal was reached in late August 2014. To learn more about the Lakes Region Conservation Trust, visit LRCT's website at www.lrct.org or call 603-253-3301.

The Muehlke Family Tree Farm is located at 320 Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford and is open weekends from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For further information about the Muehlke Family Tree Farm, visit the Farm's website at www.muehlkefamilytreefarm.com or call 603-524-9507.

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