April 728x90TopBanner

DuBois — Bald Ledge and the Winona legend

Located close to my home in New Hampton are a series of cliffs known as Bald Ledge. These cliffs sit high above Winona Lake and offer outstanding views of Lakes Winona and Waukewan, as well as the Sandwich, Ossipee and Squam Mountain Ranges. The trail to the ledges can be easily reached via a trail starting from Sky Pond, a spring fed pond that is well known by fly fishermen.

The other day I received a phone call from an old friend wanting to get together for a short hike in the area. Bald Ledge was the perfect answer to his request. These ledges are part of the Beech Hill ridge that extends from close to the Pemigewasset River to Winona Lake. In precolonial times, this ridge served as a transportation route for Native Americans. It allowed them a safe and direct pathway between the Pemi and Lake Winnipesaukee to trade and barter for food and clothing at the fishing weirs, located at what is now Weirs Beach. Along this ridge, in an area that was known as Indian Mortar Farm, is a mortar sunk into the surface of a rock cliff. The mortar was used to grind corn or other plants and seeds into useable food. The mortar's pestle is said to have been destroyed when some ruffians threw it over the cliff and it shattered it into a several pieces. I have also read, to the contrary, that the pestle was put on display at the now closed Indian Head Bank in Lakeport, where Fratello's is now located. However, after speaking with Warren Huse of the Laconia Museum & Historical Society, this could not be confirmed.

Legend also has it that an Algonquin princess, Winona, was sitting atop of Bald Ledge one winter's day, when members of a warring tribe found her and tried to take her prisoner. She escaped down the cliffs and began to run across the frozen lake. But to her misfortune she fell through the ice and drowned. As this story became more commonplace, the lake, known as Long Pond at the time, was renamed Lake Winona in honor of the fallen princess.

Bald Ledge also holds an important place in local history, especially for the town of New Hampton, which celebrated its 117th Old Home Day this past Saturday. The ledge was the site of New Hampton's first Old Home Day in 1898. In these days, before autos ruled the transportation world, people walked or drove horse-drawn wagons to the site. So on that First Old Home Day, townspeople made their way to Bald Ledge on foot or in wagon. Today, Frank and I would be walking the same route.

So enough of these history lessons, and back to the hike. Frank and I met in New Hampton and drove up Dana Hill Road to Lower Oxbow Road. At the intersection there's a canoe launch sign that directs motorists to Sky Pond. Follow Lower Oxbow Road to Sky Pond Road on the left and after a short distance you will find a well maintained parking lot. The pond is well regarded in the fishing community as a premier trout pond, for fly fishing only.

After parking the car Frank and I began our hike by heading up the woods road that leads to Sky Pond State Forest. This woods road was once a section of the Old Province Road, built by Benning Wentworth around 1770 to transport goods between the Seacoast to the Upper Valley. Sections of this Colonial highway are still used today as Routes 4 and 107. Other sections have been lost to farmland and the wooded country side. However, this section of the road can still be used by hikers and leads to Beech Hill Road in New Hampton.

Within a quarter mile the trail takes a sharp left at a gate. On the corner we found a substantial cellar hole and barn foundation that was once the farmstead (1828-1880) of Orlando Huckins. Following this woods road that is being overtaken by vegetation Frank and I then entered an older stand of trees and began looking for the small trail sign nailed to a tree. Upon finding the sign we "hung" a right on the well- groomed path that led us to the overlook and Bald Ledge. Frank was amazed at the views we had after hiking for less than a mile. Directly below the ledge sits Winona Lake and further out we viewed lakes Waukewan and Winnipesaukee. To the north the vista provided a view of Squam Lake and the entire Sandwich and Ossipee Ranges. After a brief respite for a snack and water, we headed back and within a less than an hour we completed our short hike.

The Bald Ledge area can also be reached by the Lake Road that runs off of Winona Rd. Follow the Lake Road along the perimeter of Winona Lake. As you near the end of the road there is a small sign that directs you to the trail, taking you to Bald Ledge. This trail is somewhat longer and steeper, and not recommended for a leisurely walk. Either way you choose to hike to Bald Ledge will be a memorable experience. This is a gem in the Lakes Region that should not be missed.

The Bald Ledge area is owned by the Town of New Hampton and managed by the New Hampton Conservation Commission. We owe a great deal of thanks to the town and the commission for preserving this beautiful piece of land for all to use.

Prescott Farm – Meet Prescott Farm's WildQuest Summer Camper, Violet!

Only one week of WildQuest Summer Camp remains at Prescott Farm! Survivor, Garden to Table, Life on the Farm, Let's Go Camping, Fantastic Forest, Eco-Artists, Survivor #2, Garden to Table #2 weeks have already taken place and last to come is A Little Bit of Everything! Camp is for children ages 4-15 and most of the day is spent outdoors, learning, playing and exploring Prescott Farm's 160 acre property.
Each week we have had the pleasure of introducing you to one of our WildQuest Summer Campers. So far, you have had the chance to meet Mikey, Samantha, Charlie, Nolan and Jennie.
This week we introduce you to Violet, Quester, age 7. This is her first time participating in our summer camp, but her first camp experience was back in April for our week long WildQuest Spring Camp (during school vacation week). She will be with us every week this summer except two. Welcome back Violet! Her favorite part of camp so far, has been getting to spend time with Camp Instructor, Megan and Camp Counselors, Karen and Sarah. She also enjoyed the SPORE Project (in picture, pointing to her mushroom) where Questers made mushrooms out of paper bags and placed them at Prescott Farm's entrance. The SPORE Project is an awareness program to support creativity and art education by constructing and planting mushrooms simply made from brown paper bags. Developed in 2005, the SPORE Project expanded into a world wide effort to spread the message of the importance of creativity and art education. Ten of thousands of paper bag mushrooms have been constructed and planted by hundreds of individuals, students, businesses and organizations around the world. We are happy that our campers and staff could contribute to this ongoing project. It was the perfect project for our Eco-Artists week of camp!
Violet was also happy to share that she had spotted snakes and two flocks of turkeys while out on the property. When asked what her favorite animal is, Violet replied "every animal". Thanks so much Violet for sharing your summer camp experience with us. See you again soon!
Prescott Farm is a non-profit organization that offers environmental education for all ages throughout the year including WildQuest camps, public programs, field trips, and long-term partnerships with local elementary schools. The 160 acre historic family farm features woodland and field trails, a "green" building with geothermal and solar energy systems, historic barns, an old-fashioned maple sugaring operation (during the month of March), heritage gardens, and forested pond. Prescott Farm is open year round, seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free to come and go for a hike or explore the "green" building!
For more information on WildQuest Summer Camp visit www.prescottfarm.org. We look forward to another fabulous year of summer camp– meeting new and old friends, garden projects, "Woods Time", hikes, arts & crafts projects, Quests, ponding, fort-building, games in the barn, Hungry Forest, epic adventures and more!

Julia Antiques Summer Fest, one of season's most significant antiques auctions, to take place in Fairfield, Maine

FAIRFIELD, Maine —One of the most significant summer antique auction events in North America will take place in Fairfield, Maine, August 25-28, 2015.

Based on annual sales, James D. Julia Auction House is one of the top 10 auction houses in all of North America. Their company conducts only 8 auctions a year, but each is a special event.
The company is made up of 3 divisions, one of which is an Antique and Rare Firearms Division. In this genre for high-end expensive collectable firearms, they are the leader in the world today. Another specialty catalog division is their Rare Lamp & Glass Division featuring 20th century and Victorian art glass, rare Tiffany lamps and more. The third division is the Fine Art, Asian & Antiques Division. This special division is the auction which will be hosted in late August.
This year's sale was originally scheduled for 3 days but because of the vast number of items, it had to be extended to 4 days. The first day will feature a tremendous and diverse offering of approximately 500 pieces of fine art. One of the featured items is a recently discovered ship portrait by the renowned and famous 19th century artist Fitz Hugh Lane who spent much time in Maine. This beautiful oil on canvas is estimated at $150-200,000.
The following two days will feature fine antiques both from America and throughout the world. Included is a fine array of elegant furnishings with an expansive collection of grandfather clocks. Also included is a rare and important 18th century Newport clock by Thomas Claggert with a striking Goddard Townsend mahogany case. The clock is estimate to bring $70-150,000. Fine silver, a collection of Indian artifacts, porcelain, folk art, and an expansive collection of weathervanes are just some of the 1400 lots to be marketed in this two-day span. A massive cow weathervane by J.W. Fiske with detailed history is estimated very, very conservatively at $25-35,000. "This was probably a special order weathervane as few vanes, particularly cow weathervanes were ever produced in this size. This is truly a rare example".
The fourth and final day will feature nearly 900 Asian objects including fine porcelain, bronze work, ancient scrolls, jade and much more. One section of this day is from the Estate collection from a renowned Taiwanese Diplomatic family (Cai Wanjun, Xu Shaochang & Ye Gongchao). This segment of the auction will attract bidders from Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, and across the United States. An exceptional 18th/19th Century Thangka of Eleven Headed Avalokiteshvara is estimated at $12,000-14,000.
The auction preview begins August 24th at 10 a.m. and is special in itself. It is like attending a major museum but in this case you can pick up, examine, and handle anything you are interested in and if you are interested enough, you can purchase it afterwards. For those who elect to stay for the excitement of the live auction, they will not have to worry about lunch. Throughout the day, there is a free buffet of wholesome and delicious food available at no cost for auction participants.
For those who would rather sail or fish than sit through an auction to purchase the items they wish, Julia's has an added convenience. Interested parties can leave absentee bids on the lots they are interested in or can make arrangements with Julia's to be called on their cell phones at the moment the lot is being sold. In addition, the entire event is hosted live online and clients who wish to sit in the comfort of their cottage on the pond can view the auction live time and if they wish, simply bid on the lot but punching a computer key.
To obtain a free auction catalog, contact Julia's at 207-453-7125. Be sure to mention where you heard of this offer.
For more information, visit www.jamesdjulia.com.

Meet the Artist – Sundius Designs of Meredith

Although you may not have heard her name, you have definitely seen her designs in the Lakes Region...meet Marilee Sundius of Sundius Designs. With her vibrant personality, Marilee speaks of her artwork with the same degree of fun, excitement, and passion.

Marilee graduated from Syracuse University, Department of Visual Communications with a BFA in Editorial Design and an Illustration minor. Her work career began with Hanley Salzman Designs in Burlington, Vermont, moving to Paul Barry & Associates Advertising in Albany, N.Y. to Resources in Saratoga, N.Y. to Newkirk in Albany, N.Y. before opening her own company in Meredith. Marilee's experience ranges from production assistant, graphic designer production manager, assistant art director to managing her family and business.
Sundius Design has Marilee going in three different directions: artist, graphic design, illustrator. Marilee has now added art classes for homeschooling children and paint night; not to mention her custom Christmas cards and commissioned portraits.
You have certainly seen many of Sundius Studio client designs including Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region, Kennell Orthodontics, Simply Direct Advertising, Centaur Massage & Wellness Center, and Lakes Region Wavemakers Swim Team. Marilee has designed brochures for the Concord Farmers Market, Body Design by Joy, Porter Paving, and Trellis Digital Billboards. Her logos include Mustic Valley Elder Dervices, Twining Tree, Good Neighbor Services, Watermark Marine Supply and Constructio, Kittery Womenade, Woodland Pottery, Horvath Dentistry, Hear Clear, St. James Nursery School, Haven't Got A Clue Books, Ninja Nife, Arista in My Garden and St. Charles Womens Club. Not to mention a continuing list of miscellaneous advertising, graphic designs and marketing materials.
Art classes for home schooled children is Marilee's new venture. "Starting out 3 years ago with one student and have grown to 10 this past year. Kiddos ranging in age 5-12. We gather together for an hour of creative fun. The parent gets a little break and the kids and I have fun creating art. I work in a little education, featuring artists of the past and a little science and such. Vynnie Hale at VynnArt in Meredith has opened up his gallery to me for the classes. I hope to continue with them this fall starting in October."
The Studio in Laconia will be doing a show of Marilee's students work in September. Check thestudionh.com for exact dates.

Paint Nights began as a fundraising idea at Inter-Lakes High School, where Marilee held two this past year and will most likely have one scheduled for later this year. "This Summer I approached Cackleberries Garden & Gift Center in Meredith with my 'splatter garden' painting and suggested we do a paint night in the garden. The first class sold out within two days. With such success and interest we scheduled a second class for this Wednesday, which sold out within a few days and there is interest in another, to be scheduled in the next few weeks. The women at the first class had so much fun and produced some great pieces. Laurie [owner at Cackleberries] has been a great supporter of local artists."
In 1984, during her senior year in college, Marilee began doing her own Christmas cards. She skipped 1985, but then began the tradition that has continued every year since. Marilee will meet with clients to discuss designing  custom cards for any occasion.
For more information, please contact Marilee directly at Sundius Design, 23 Blake Road, Meredith, N.H. 03253. 603-279-1255. Email: marilee@sundiusdesign,com. www.sundiusdesign.com