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 April, 2015 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
Anything is possible! 
Photo Credit: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative

Normally in our April E-Traveler newsletter we'd be welcoming you to spring and mud season in Mt Washington Valley. While we still send along spring greetings, we are reveling in an extended ski season this year too. Mud season may just come a little later to our neck of the woods this year. We're hoping to continue skiing at Bretton Woods through mid-April and at Wildcat into the beginning of May! Then we look forward to a great season at Tuckerman Ravine this year, starting with the Inferno Race that happens on April 11th. From the bunny trail to the ski slopes and XC trails, we welcome spring with Easter, attractions openings and plenty of live entertainment throughout Mt Washington Valley, NH. Drive safely on your way to the Valley!  

 

Event of the Month   

Easter in Mt Washington Valley, NH

This Easter, Mt Washington Valley's bunny slopes aren't the only place you'll see the Easter Bunny! The Easter Bunny is strapping on his skis to make some turns and enjoy spring skiing on our 13 ski resorts and XC Center trails. Spend the first few days of spring in the valley with festive springtime celebrations and events hosted by ski resorts, local dining establishments, hotels and inns to celebrate spring, Easter and Passover. The Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce has compiled a complete line-up of Easter breakfasts, brunches, dinners, Passover Seder dinners and more. Simply visit their blog here. Start your Easter Sunday with a family gathering around the breakfast table then continue into the region's stores, slopes, inns and restaurants. Here's to a happy Easter, Passover and a sun-filled spring.

Lodging Packages of the Month   
Photo Credit: Spring Smith Studios

    

Is there a wedding in your future? Even if you're just dreaming of that very special day, you will find inspiration and all the resources you need for wedding packages from small elopements to large affairs in Mt Washington Valley if you click here. This is your one stop resource for everything from accommodations to photographers, florists, music and more. Mt Washington Valley is the perfect place for a destination wedding during any season. Winter, spring, summer or fall, you'll find beautiful mountain backdrops to accentuate the beauty of your wedding day. Click here for all the lodging packages and wedding planning info you need to start planning that very special day.

 

News from the Valley

 

M&D Productions presents a modern take on Shakespeare's "Scottish Play", Toil and Trouble.   

This hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth pits friend against friend, ambition against fate, pet-sitting against miniature vicuna mogul-dom. According to the Playscript's website this will be only the fourth time this play has been produced, and the first time on the east coast. Performances are on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, April 9 through 25 at 7:30pm.  To reserve seats go to www.yourtheatre.com or call 603-733-5275.

Earth Day Writing Contest

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is hosting an Earth Day Writing Contest for children kindergarten age through 6th grade in honor of Earth Day Week and their 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration with Dr. Seuss' The Lorax. The contest begins on Monday, March 23 and ends on April 10, 2015. Entrants are required to write about what Dr. Seuss' story The Lorax means to them. Children may make up a story, relate a true experience or write a poem. Only single author stories qualify; please no co-authored stories or parents. Inventive spelling is encouraged and accepted in honor of Dr. Seuss. Each story must not exceed 500 words. Text must be printed or written legibly. Story must have at least one original, clear and colorful illustration as part of the story. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, storytelling, imagination and integration of artwork. The entries will be judged as follows: Category 1: Kindergarten and first grade. Category 2: second and third grades. Category 3: fourth, fifth and sixth grades. More information is available at www.believeinbooks.org.

Random Acts of HAPPY

The Town of Conway is celebrating its 250th Anniversary in 2015, and to commemorate, Settlers' Green Outlet Village 
is surprising the community with Random Acts of Happy throughout the first 250 days of the year to celebrate. Whether it is free cupcakes from the White Mountain Cupcakery, a shopping spree, a surprise dinner bill pick-up at Brandli's or Black Cap Grille, you could be the next person to receive a Random Act of Happy. Also, plan to join the community for the gala Conway 250th Fourth of July celebration where the Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" will feature a very special collection of members of our community, maybe even you! Follow along at #250DaysOfHappy or happyconwaynh.com.


Mark the Calendar for the 2015 Be Kind Festival

And speaking of random acts of kindness, planning is still underway for the 5th Annual Be Kind Festival to be held in Schouler Park June 5 - 6, 2015. The Be Kind Festival has evolved during its history. Plan to share laughs and heartwarming stories with the community through music, acts of kindness, guest speakers, health and wellness activities, a candlelight labyrinth and many free hugs. In fact, Be Kind bumper stickers have been spotted on cars from many states around the country. Be sure to mark your calendar for a visit to Mt Washington Valley June 5-6, and get in on all the random acts of kindness. The event is the biggest fundraiser for Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice in support of their services and programs. Info on Facebook or here.


Family Fun in Mt Washington Valley
Photo Credit: Mark Butterfield

Family Fun this Easter in Mt Washington Valley

Bring the whole family to Mt Washington Valley for an Easter spring skiing trip. With Easter's early date this year, you can combine a fun family celebration with some great spring skiing in the Valley. There's plenty of fun in store on and off the slopes. With fun for everyone from the youngest to your teenagers, here's what you can look forward to.

April 4: Easter on the Green Craft Event at Settlers' Green: The volunteers from the Mt. Washington Valley Children's Museum will be hosting a wooden egg decorating event at Suite C22 (next to Customer Service) on Saturday, April 4 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Visit Customer Service, just next door from the craft event, for a free coloring book, crayons and Easter chocolate while supplies last. Plus, stores will have Easter treats available, so be sure to make your way around to the shops after you decorate an egg. Don't miss the bake sale at Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton, too. Info: Click here. 

April 4: Mad Hatter Tea Party at Omni Mount Washington Hotel: Enjoy an Easter party in true Mad Hatter style. Mad Hatter Tea Party activities include a Mad Hatter Tea Buffet, Bunny Hop Dance, Make your own hand Chick-let, Decorate your own Easter egg, Pin the Ear on the Easter Bunny, Bunny Ear Headband creations and Cupcake Decorating. There is a fee of $30 per person ages 6 years and up; ages 5 and under are free for the Mad Hatter Tea Party. This rate does include tax and gratuity. Please contact the Activities Concierge at (603) 278-8989 to make reservations for the Mad Hatter Tea Party. More info about this and other Bretton Woods Easter events at http://brettonwoods.com/easter.

April 4: 2nd Annual Cat Scratch Fever Mogul Freeride Event at Wildcat: Come shred in this feature spring mogul event taking place in The Chutes at the base of Wildcat Mountain. Cheer on competitors and sway the judges' scores from easy vantage points located at the Bobcat Base Lodge or from the decks of the Main Base Lodge. No matter where you are, a party atmosphere will surround you. This event will run from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Registration is 8:00 -11:00 am in the main base lodge next to guest service desk ;the entry fee is $10 and the event is open to all ages. Info: Click here. 

April 4, 11, 18: Character Breakfasts at the 100 Acre Wood: Starting at 10:00am, start with a small breakfast including pancakes with 100 Acre Wood Maple Syrup, a storybook reading and a visit from the featured character of the week! Plus use the 100 Acre Wood Trail System for the day. $5 suggested donation per person. Character Schedule: Apr. 4th - Rabbit, Apr. 11th - Eeyore. Apr. 18th - The Lorax. Info: 603-356-9980, www.believeinbooks.org.

April 5: Wildcat Easter Egg Hunt: Celebrate Easter at Wildcat Ski Area. By 10:00am, be sure to ride the Snowcat Triple chair lift for a children's Easter egg hunt (limited to 12 and under) on the beginner "Snowcat Trail". Treats and other special prizes will be found within the eggs including one that holds a 2015/16 Junior/Young Adult Granite Season Pass. It all starts at 10:00am on the top of the Snowcat Trail. Info: Click here. 

April 5: The Great Bretton Woods Egg Hunt at Bretton Woods Ski Area: The Easter Bunny doesn't discriminate; he loves children of all ages. Come for an egg hunt open to children of all ages, hunts begin at 8:00am and noon. Join in the non-competitive fun of this springtime adventure by searching the "Woods" high and low for sugary Easter treats! Can you catch a glimpse of a GOLDEN egg? The Easter Bunny has hidden a few "powdery" treats around the mountain. More info about this and other Bretton Woods Easter events at http://brettonwoods.com/easter.

   


Couples Capers

Mt Washington Valley might be known for its outdoor adventure and scenery, but the entertainment scene is an important part of the Valley's landscape here too! With plenty of opportunities for live theater and musical performances, this is a great place for couples to plan an escape filled with the right kind of drama! There are some wonderful theater and musical performances happening throughout the Valley in April. Plan to schedule your romantic getaway around one of these opportunities.

On April 3, Hypnotist Roderick Russell will appear at the Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center. Award-winning hypnotist and Ripley's Believe It Or Not star Roderick Russell performs one of the funniest and most mysterious shows on the planet at 7:00pm. In this completely interactive show, nationally touring artist and clinical hypnotherapist Roderick Russell demonstrates the power of the mind to create our reality. In the hypnotic state, Mr. Russell makes volunteers believe - and act out - a variety of hilarious scenarios, from seeing things that aren't there to smelling smells that don't exist. Tickets are $10.00 each. To purchase tickets call (207) 935-9232 or contact boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org.  

On April 8 The Medallion Opera House will host an Evening with Tim Farrell, a master of the intricacies and melodic grace of fingerstyle guitar, at 7:00pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham, NH. When Tim Farrell gracefully evokes a melody from his acoustic guitar, you don't just hear it - you feel it. Tickets are $12/adults and will be available at the door and online here

On April 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 M&D Productions presents Toil and Trouble: It's a Lauren Gunderson story worth seeing. All performances begin at 7:30 PM.  The Culture Café opens 30 minutes prior to the performance.  Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. To reserve and for info: 603-733-5275, www.yourtheatre.com.

On April 10 it's a SMACfest 2 at Stone Mountain Arts Center: It's three great bands in one night including Honey Dewdrops, the Deadly Gentlemen and Low Lily. Concert starts at 8:00pm, lobby and bar open at 5:00pm, and dinner service starts at 6:00pm. Dinner available prior to the show by reservation. Tickets: $25.00. Note: Credit cards not accepted at the arts center. Cash/checks only at the door. Info: Click here. 

On April 12 Comedian Bob Marley will be at Leura Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy: Maine's own Bob Marley is coming back to the LHE/PAC to put on another hilarious performance starting at 7:00pm. All proceeds benefit the Class of 2015 Project Graduation. $20 General Admission. To purchase tickets call (207) 935-9232 or contact boxoffice@fryeburgacademy.org.

On April 19th at 6:00pm, contemporary world music guitarist and recording artist, Pierre Bensusan will perform at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham, NH. Tickets and info are available at the door and online at www.medallionoperahouse.org.

 

For complete information on all the arts and culture offerings in Mt Washington Valley, click here.  

 

Get out and play in Mt Washington Valley

Early Ski Pass Specials

The early skiers and riders get the deals in Mt Washington Valley. April marks warmer weather, shorts and tees on the slopes, plus the reminder that the ski season is closer to the end than to the beginning. April also marks the time of year when season pass deals are their best. And of course April means even more reasons to hit the trails for the best spring skiing in years. After as much as 170" of seasonal snowfall this year, skiing conditions are the best they've been for a long time moving into the final weeks of the ski season. To celebrate, the seven Alpine and six Nordic ski areas have launched fantastic late season pass deals with some including skiing this year too. The early skier gets the deal; the earlier you buy your season pass for next year, the better the deal. For a complete list of April season pass promotions click here.

Photo Credit: Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative
You could be crowned Tuckerman or Tuckerwoman at the 2015 Inferno Race

The Tuckerman Inferno adventure race started in 2000 as the annual fundraiser for the Friends of Tuckerman Ravine. The race pays homage to the original American Inferno ski races of the 1930's.  Yet, while the classic American Infernos were top to bottom ski races only, the current Tuckerman Inferno now includes running, kayaking, biking, hiking and skiing to create a pentathlon event that is one of the most challenging adventure races in the country. On April 11th, individuals and relay teams of up to five people will compete to see who will be the fastest to cover the approximate 36 mile course that starts in the Mt Washington Valley and finishes in Tuckerman Ravine. Individual champions are crowned Tuckerman and Tuckerwoman. This is the ultimate test for the adventure lover. This race, open to two classes this year, Elite (individuals) and Sport (teams of 2,3,4 or 5 people), combines running, kayaking, cycling, hiking and skiing in Tuckerman Ravine, all topped off very appropriately with an awards celebration and cash bar. It all starts with the run setting off from Story Land at 7:00am, and ends with an awards banquet that evening at Wildcat Ski Area. Complete information, online registration forms, schedules and more available at http://www.friendsoftuckermanravine.org/inferno.

 

April events to plan your trip around 

April 4, 11, 18, 25: Paint the Town Workshops at Omni Mount Washington Hotel:   Enjoy casual dining and carefree cocktails from 5:00- 7:00pm while receiving step-by-step guidance on how to create your own masterful work of art on canvas. Reservations are required and includes use of all supplies. The 16" x 20" canvas is yours to take home at the end of the night. Classes can fill up fast so call the Activities Concierge Desk today to make your reservation for an upcoming workshop. Cost is $35 per person (not including food or drink), Reservations are required; please call the Activities Concierge Desk at (603) 278-8989 or visit brettonwoods.com/painting.

April 11: Carroll County RSVP Chinese Auction Penny Sale: Held at the Ossipee Town Hall, the Preview starts at 4:00pm with the Auction at 6:00pm.  Door Prizes, 50-50 raffle, bake sale, food basket raffle and hundreds of auction items are in store.  Light meal and snacks will be available too. Tickets are $2.50 for a sheet of 25.   All monies raised benefit Meals on Wheels and medical transport programs. Info: call (603) 356-9331.

 

April 11: Wildcat Spring Pond Skim: The pond skim is back at Wildcat Mountain, and it's the perfect way to celebrate the late spring skiing tradition. Skim or swim, someone is going to get wet! Registration: 8:30-10:00am in the base lodge. Event starts at 12 noon at the base of Wildcat. Free. Info: Click here.

April 22: Earth Day Activities at Remick Museum & Farm: Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day. From 10:00am -3:00pm come observe and honor Mother Nature this Tamworth Village homestead and celebrate Earth Day. There will be special family-friendly activities included with $5 admission; 4 and under are free. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone, not left unattended. 603-323-7591.

Free or almost free ideas and events  

Wednesdays in April & May: Ladies Night at Chef's Market Bistro: Ladies can enjoy entrees or small plates at a special rate. Buy one and get one half off -- every Wednesday at the Chef's Market Bistro.

 

Celebrate Red Sox Opening Day at the Cupcakery: Friday, April 13th is Opening Day for the Red Sox in Boston and Settlers' Green Outlet Village is showing its hometown spirit with free Wally the Green Monster cupcakes to the first 50 Red Sox fans to visit the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers' Green (Suite D52) in team apparel. The store opens at 9:00am and cupcakes will be available while supplies last. Info: Click here. 

April 20: Patriots Day/Closing Day at Bretton Woods: Patriot's Day will be the last day of the season for Bretton Woods Ski Resort. All lift tickets will be $17.76 and upon purchase, you will receive a voucher for skiing next season valid through 12/18/15. This event is subject to weather and conditions. Info: http://brettonwoods.com/activities/event.