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  September, 2014 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
Anything is possible! 

September launches the most colorful time of year in Mt Washington Valley. It's a month filled with canine events, Blue Ribbon Fairs and World Mud Football Championships, not to mention inspiring workshops, live music and stage performances and shopping events. Attractions are still open; check for changing schedules. This is one of our favorite months of the year, always offering glorious weather with warm days and cooling nights. Just what the leaves love prompting their colorful fall foliage show. Photo of Albany Covered Bridge by Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative.  

 

Event of the Month  

   

Nothing says Family Fun like Fryeburg Fair!
With over 3,000 animals on the Fryeburg Fairgrounds for a full eight days, the Fryeburg Fair offers an incredible array of food, entertainment, rides and lots of great people watching, all for one admission price of $10 a day. This is Maine's Blue Ribbon Fair, one of the oldest in the country, filled with animals, workshops and demonstrations, crafts, fair food and rides.   It all kicks off on September 28th and continues through October 5th. You'll enjoy live entertainment, harness racing, livestock competitions, Maine Woodsman Day and so much more. "PAY ONE PRICE" for all mechanical rides on: Tuesday (9/30), Wednesday (10/1), Thursday (10/2), and Sunday (10/5) from 2pm to 9 pm - $20!  Kiddie Land mechanical rides on Sunday (9/28) from 10 am to 6 pm and Monday (9/29) from 11 am to 5 pm - $12. Be sure to get the complete schedule at http://www.fryeburgfair.org/.

Lodging Package of the Month   

   

Golf Midweek and Save!

A number of lodging properties have partnered with Mt Washington Valley's 11 golf courses to create a Golf Midweek package offered Sunday through Friday September 15th until closing day. Schedule a tee time Sunday afternoon after 1:00 PM through Friday morning up to 10:00 AM at the following golf courses:

North Conway Country Club,  North Conway - 18 holes   

 

Wentworth Golf Course, Jackson - 18 holes
  
Hale's Location Golf Course, North Conway - 9 holes
  
Waumbek Country Club, Jefferson - 18 holes
 
Androscoggin Valley Country Club, Gorham - 18 holes
 
Mountain View Country Club, Whitefield - 9 holes
 
Indian Mound Country Club, Ossipee - 18 holes
 
Province Lake Golf Club, Effingham - 18 holes
  
Bridgton Highlands Country Club, Bridgton, ME - 18 holes
 
Mount Washington Resort Golf Club, Bretton Woods - 18 holes

 

All packages include a round of golf and a shared cart. Each lodging property has packaged accommodations and golf. Some packages also include afternoon refreshments and breakfast too. For a complete list of Midweek Golf and Stay packages in Mt Washington Valley, click here.

 

News from the Valley

            

Stonehurst Manor creates "25 Great things to Do in MW Valley"

The Mt. Washington Valley and its surrounding areas are filled with exciting attractions, comfortable lodging facilities and outdoor activities that we know make it one of New England's premier vacation destinations. The Stonehurst Manor has recently unveiled a guide to help travelers explore "25 Things To Do in the White Mountains", a nice resource for your next visit to Mt Washington Valley. Simply click here to download the guide and start planning your next trip to Mt Washington Valley!  



Local Momentum Builds for Kline's New Meeting Methods

Mike Kline, founder of Kline Seminars, says that in the hundreds of human potential seminars he has taught over the years, he hears over and over again the frustration people are having with meetings. "This frustration is happening within corporate and non-profit boards, government meetings, school committees, public service agencies, and businesses large and small. Everyone is facing similar challenges when it comes to having meetings that produce sustainable solutions."

 

Kline and his colleagues offer a suite of methodologies that provide a structure to enhance engagement among members of organizations and community groups. "We use Circle Process to establish an environment of trust that is often the missing element behind most of the silent voices," Kline says. "In Circle, we agree to guidelines that give order to the meeting. We share responsibility for holding each other accountable to adhering to those guidelines. We respect silent voices without any presumption of meaning. These voices frequently emerge where they have not before."

 

In addition to Circle Process, Kline likes to break his clients up into small groups and host what is called World Café. This is a method that helps harvest the collective wisdom of the group and increases the likelihood that new possibilities will emerge Kline explains.

 

Learn more about Kline's engaging seminars at www.klineseminars.com  or www.artofhosting.org.


Family Fun

   

Family Funergy

The Mt. Washington Valley Green Team is set to present its 5th annual Free Family Funergy Festival on Sunday, September 28, alongside the Farmers' Market on the grounds of the North Conway Community Center playground. With a full slate of kid-friendly activities and green living exhibits and demonstrations running from 9am - 2pm, this family-oriented learning festival is a must-do for all ages. This free event is a hands-on investigation of energy and resource conservation.  In addition to exhibits and demonstrations featuring alternative energy, energy conservation, and other environmentally friendly themes there will be local vendors selling their wares. Young, old, men and women; there is always something for everyone! See you there!


All Aboard!

September 13 and 14th mark the annual Railfans Weekend at Conway Scenic Railroad. Join fellow "trainiacs" as they celebrate Railfans' Weekend with two great days of riding. Special demos, freight cars, cabooses and other trains will be running along with Saturday and Sunday trips to the Notch and beyond.  Info: 603-356-5251, www.conwayscenic.com.


The family that bikes together funds books together!

Registration is now open for North Conway Public Library's annual fund-raiser, "Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!" on Sept. 27, 2014. Several route options will be marked for all levels of riders, from novice to expert and some kid-friendly family loops, too. You can ride for an hour or do the epic ride with all the technically challenging hero options which takes about four to six hours for even the strongest riders. Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers. Ride features include a covered bridge snack stop with food and drink at halfway point, a skill course, an after-ride pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee and mechanical support tent by a local bike shop. For more information or to download your registration or pledge form, check www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or register online at www.BikeReg.com.

   

 Couples Capers   

 

Nothing says love like a lick

Join the Conway Area Humane Society on September 20 for the 17th Annual Bark in the Park/Walk for the Animals,the largest pet expo in Northern New England. This event is the Conway Area Humane Society's biggest event of the year featuring demos, carnival games, dog show games, agility fun, vendors, raffles and more! This is one event where you can bring your soul mate and your soul pet too for a weekend filled with canine cavorting. The fun begins with the Walk for the Animals at 9:30am through Whitaker Woods. Following the Walk for the Animals is the Bark in the Park Pet Expo where more than 40 vendors and sponsors will be on hand selling pet-related services and goods. The main event ring will feature interactive games for you and your dog, and the carnival games will be ongoing all day where you can win prizes. Just for the truly romantic, there's even a doggie kissing booth! Info and schedule: http://conwayshelter.org/Bark/. For a complete list of dog-friendly lodging, attractions, restaurants and more, please click here.

 

Outdoor Adventure

  

Take the new Natural History Rail Tour

Just in time for fall foliage season, the Mount Washington Cog Railway, famous for climbing the highest peak in the Northeast, has started offering a new guided natural history tour of Mount Washington with Senior Interpretive Naturalist, Nancy Ritger, of the Appalachian Mountain Club.  Cog passengers can opt for this ride including an introductory presentation on the train prior to ascending followed by insight into the various ecological zones they will pass through on their upward journey, as well as how different species have adapted to conditions at higher elevations. Upon arrival at the top, Nancy and the group get to spend some time exploring the summit environment. The Natural History Tour takes place on the 1:30pm train; tour attendees will pre-board and are asked to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the train ride departure. The round trip tour is approximately three hours. Advance booking is recommended, as space is limited. Adults, $81; children (ages 4-12), $54. Call to book tours in advance at 603-278-5404.


September Means Mud Football Championships in North Conway

Mud Bowl, the championships of mud football, will celebrate a theme of "Muddy Game Shows" when it splashes off at Steve Eastman Memorial Field at North Conway's Hog Coliseum Friday through Sunday, Sept. 5 through 7th. The theme will be used by participants in the team and the open class for the 32nd Tournament of Mud Parade, set for Main Street Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. The games feature two-hand touch football, played in knee-deep mud, with seven players per side. You'll enjoy watching teams with names like the defending champion North Country Crocs, the 11-time champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs; the 18-time champion Muddas Football Club of Amherst and the six-time champion Nashua Mud Gumbys along with others. Also occurring during Mud Bowl Weekend is the MWV Old Car Show (see more info below) . Vehicles will appear in Saturday's Tournament of Mud Parade, and then are displayed at Settlers' Green Outlet Village Sunday during the annual Old Car Show. Mud Bowl tickets are on sale in advance at the North Conway Community Center, Hannaford, The Met, and the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce. Three-day tickets are $10; day tickets are $6 ages 14 and up, and $4 ages 6 to 13; family tickets (two adults, two children) are $15 per day. Three-day tickets also serve as entry to two $500 prize drawings (one need not be present to win). Proceeds benefit local charities, with more than $800,000 having been raised since the first games were played locally in 1976. Info: www.nccommunitycenter.org/mudbowl or (603) 356-2096.

Speaking of World Championships - how about Trikes?   The annual Red Parka World Championship Grand Prix Tricycle Race will be held on September 14 at Bear Peak, located at Attitash in Bartlett.  It's open to anyone and registration starts at 11:00am, with the race at noon.  Tricycles are provided, and helmets are required.  Open to racers 21 and up. Who says trikes are just for kids?  Info: www.redparkapub.com. 

Walk Run then Celebrate on Thursdays at Great Glen Trails

Every Thursday through October 9, take part in the Salmon Fall Trail Run Walk Series at Great Glen Trails held at the base of Mt. Washington. Perfect for all ages, the Great Glen Trails Salomon Fall Trail Run/Walk 6 week series is designed for all fitness levels. Run or walk the long 3 mile, short 2.5 mile or mini ¾ mile courses every Thursday between 3:30 and 6:30pm.. Placement awards will be offered in each category. At the end of series awards party, competitors who complete four out of six weeks are eligible for the prize raffle with $1,000 in prizes up for grabs! Info: (603)466-2333 www.greatglentrails.com/events/fall-trail-running-series/

   

September music, literary and fun events to plan your trip around      

 

September 1: Memorial Hospital Fun Run at Story Land: The Story Land Fun Run, presented by Memorial Hospital, is an event for kids up to 12 years old.  This fundraiser for the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation has a fundraising goal of purchasing a new Storybook Bus for outreach programs. Registration is at 7:30am with the first race at 8:15am. Every runner will receive a free pass to Story Land good for race day only. All runners will also be given an event T-shirt and a medal. Registration is $10 per child. There will be four different races:

Ages 4 and under (Tot Trot - a short loop)
Ages 5 & 6 (1/2 K)
Ages 7 & 8 (1/2 K)
Ages 9-12 (1K)

Info: 603-356-9980, Click for more info: 
http://www.believeinbooks.org/KidsFunRun.html

 

September 7: Mt. Washington Valley Old Car Show at Settlers' Green Outlet Village: From 9:00am to 2:00pm, rain or shine, the 23rd Annual Mt. Washington Valley Car Show is one event that families plan on each year. Three trophies are presented in each class, plus $100 cash prize for Best in Show. There is a $10 entree for show cars (i.e. driver and passenger). Dash plaques will be offered to the first 300 cars. Admission is $3 for spectators and children Under 12 for free. Proceeds to benefit the Settlers' Green Scholarship fund. This event is hosted at Settlers' Green, but is operated by the Mt. Washington Valley Old Car Club. For more information, visit mwvocc.com or http://settlersgreen.com/events/upcoming-events#46.  

 

September 12: Asleep at the Wheel at Stone Mountain Arts Center: Ray Benson and the hardest working band in show biz is back for another night of country western swinging, toe tapping fun. They have won 9 Grammy awards and there are no signs of slowing down. Keeping the music of Bob Wills and alike, alive and well in one of the best live shows money can buy. Info and tickets: http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/ArtsCenter/Asleep-at-the-Wheel.html.  

 

September 18: Special Book Discussion with Kate Haffner at White Birch Books, 7:00pm: Mother Daughter Me chronicles Katie Hafner's multigenerational living experiment with her elderly mother and teenage daughter that went awry after years of pent-up emotion regarding Katie's mother's alcoholism. Explore the complex, deeply binding relationship between mothers and daughters in an author-led discussion with Katie. Info: 603-356-3200, www.whitebirchbooks.com.  


September 27: Settlers' Green Fall Festival & Pumpkin People Contest: Celebrate the arrival of autumn in the White Mountains with a day full of fun festivities for the whole family at Settlers' Green Outlet Village filled with pumpkin people made by people throughout the community. Activities will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include live music, horse-drawn wagons rides, free cider and plenty of zany pumpkins all dressed up! Info: www.Settlersgreen.com.
Free or almost free events
     

Let's Letterbox!

Letterboxing is an intriguing pastime combining navigational skills and rubber stamp artistry in a charming "treasure hunt" style outdoor quest. Did you know that there are 286 letterbox locations throughout Northern New Hampshire? This free activity provides fun for the whole family, plus the perfect way to explore all of Northern New Hampshire. Click here for a complete list of letterboxing stops throughout Mt Washington Valley and beyond! 

 

 

Great Golf Getaways, Tournaments & Offers

To learn everything you might want to know about Mt Washington Valley's 11 great golf courses, take the Road to the Links at www.GolfMWV.com then try out some of these great deals.


 

At Wentworth Golf Club: Enjoy clinics every Monday, Thursday and Sundays. Enjoy "Swing Better", "Move Better" and "Score Better" workshops for $20 per person with certified instructors/golf pros.


At
Androscoggin Valley Country Club after 1:00pm enjoy 18 holes with a cart for $39.00 per person. See coupon on the website here. Reserved tee times required.

 

At North Conway Country Club enjoy an early bird special from 6:30am to 8:00am Monday through Thursday for  $38 per person with a cart. Seniors 65 and older can play 18 holes for $45, Monday-Thursday after 1:00pm with cart. Every day after 4:00pm 18 holes are only $25 to walk the course. Play in the Vaughan Community Services, Golf Tournament, Thursday, Sept. 4th, 8:00am.

 

At the Eagle Mountain House Golf Course, Don Ho fall league gets underway for the fall in September.

 

Waumbek Country Club: Monday Madness, enjoy greens fees for only $27 per player, including cart.  

 

Hale's Location Golf Club offers twilight rates after 3:30pm, $20 for 9 holes and $38 for 18 holes (not including cart).

 

At Omni Mount Washington Golf Club:Resort guests, ages 12 and under, play for free on Mount Pleasant six hole course when accompanied by paying adult.

 

At Mountain View Grand Golf Course enjoy the Unlimited Golf Package. Play until your heart's content among the majestic White Mountains. The Unlimited Golf package is available until October 11th and includes unlimited golf each day, golf cart each day per couple, a breakfast credit per person per day, and 20-percent off golf retail at the Pro Shop. Please note Night Golf is not included in this package.

 

At Province Lake Golf Course show your golf receipt for golf and receive 10% off your dining at Mulligan's Woodfire Tavern, excluding alcohol. Plus you can enjoy these specials: Early Bird Special: mornings before 8:00am: Weekdays, $30 excluding cart, Weekends $40.00 excluding cart. Afternoon Special: afternoons after 3:00pm, $28 - Thursday thru Saturday, and Holidays
$25 - Sunday thru Wednesday. Senior Special, Wednesday mornings before noon, Receive $10 off 18 holes or $5 off 9 holes.


At Bridgton Highlands Country Club enjoy an all you can play golf game starting at 3pm every day of the week for only $31 per person, including cart. Tee times required. Plus play in the Bridgton Highlands Golf Tournament to benefit the Bridgton Hospital September 5th. Contact Pam Smith, smithpam@bh.cmhc.org.

 

Indian Mound Golf Club offers after-3:00pm rates: $28 Sunday - Thursday, walking. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays twocan play 18 holes with a cart for $75 and 9 holes for $58.
 
Anything is Possible!