From motorcycles to mud and hillclimbs inbetween - June - Sept 2009 events
For Immediate Release - June 15, 2009
Contact: Marti Mayne, 207-846-6331, email@example.com
JUNE - SEPTEMBER EVENTS INCLUDE TRAINS, MOTORCYCLES, AND PLAIN OLD FASHIONED FUN
From concerts and live theater to rip roaring zip lines and more, look for something for everyone in the family in Mt Washington Valley this summer
North Conway, NH - There's plenty of exciting events in Mt Washington Valley to fill the calendar of visitors and residents alike. Take in everything from challenging races up Mt Washington to dances under covered bridges. Best of all, many of these events or free or almost-free. There are so many events happening throughout the summer, we can't list them all here. Go to http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/ and click on EVENTS or go directly here to read all about the exciting events. Here's the low-down on high adventure events happening throughout Mt Washington Valley, June - September, 2009.
June 15 - 19: Mountain Motorcycle Adventure... Rally in the Valley! - The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and the MWV HOG Chapter invites "All Motorcyclists" to our Mountain Motorcycle Adventure... Rally in the Valley. Surrounded on all sides by roads meant for motorcycles, the communities served by the chamber offer bikers the ultimate rally experience - complete with small town charm and hospitality. Motorcyclists looking for lakes, mountains, hills, curves, beautiful country roads, guided day trip, great food, live music, fantastic shopping, and so much more will find it all here. Info: 603-356-5701 or www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.
June 21: Conway Scenic Railroad Father's Day Special - Dad rides FREE in Coach when accompanied by one or more of his children. Dad rides FREE in First Class when accompanied by another paying adult. Complimentary appetizers served on First Class Parlor Car. Special does not include the dining car. Reservations may be booked by phone or on line. Train departures to Bartlett at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Conway Departures at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Info: 603-356-5251 or http://www.conwayscenic.com/.
June 15 & 18: Motorcycles "Ride to the Sky" at the Mt Washington Auto Road - Monday, June 16 and Thursday, June 19 the Mt. Washington Auto Road will be closed to cars and be open to motorcycles only. Vendors will be set up at the base of the Auto Road and an all day fundraising cookout will benefit charity. Mt. Washington Auto Road guided tours will be operating as normal. Info: 603-466-3988 or http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/.
June 21: Celebrate Father's Day at Wildcat - Dads ride in the sky for free on the Gondola with one or more children. Info: 603-466-3326 or http://www.skiwildcat.com/.
June 20: 48th Annual Mt. Washington Road Race - 7.4 mile footrace up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Come watch some of the top runners in the world and some local talent in this grueling footrace to the summit of Mt. Washington. Info: 603-863-2537 or http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/.
June 21: Mt. Washington Alternative Energy Days - Mt. Washington Alternative Energy Days invites those looking to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint to drive up the Auto Road and enjoy the spectacular views. Hybrid vehicles are welcome to drive the Auto Road at a reduced rate. A portion of the proceeds from this day will go to support climate change initiatives. Info: 603-466-3988 or www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com.
June 26: "April Verch" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - At age 27, this Canadian Fiddler comes to the Stone Mountain Arts Center with pure energy and bold two-stepping. A fine fiddler, April brings along a great band and aggressive country dancing. Stone Mountain Arts Center is located in Brownfield, Maine. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com/.
June 27: Environmental Agriculture Field Day at the Remick Museum - The Remick Museum will share the latest in environmental agriculture that they have learned over the past few years. The Remick Museum will host workshops from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ranging in topics from fence building, forestry resources, soil testing and grazing and pasture rotation. Info: 603-323-7591 or http://www.remickmuseum.org/.
June 27: Covered Bridge Dance in Jackson - Come dance the night away under the stars at the Jackson Covered Bridge and enjoy a good old fashioned block party. Plenty of food will be served, bring chairs, blankets and dancing shoes. Festivities begin at 7 p.m. with live entertainment. Look for lodging packages from Jackson properties for this event. Info: 603-383-9356 or http://www.jacksonnh.com/
June 27: Jimi Hendrix: The Essential Licks with Mike Stockbridge Workshop at North Conway Music Shop - Free workshop features an in-depth analysis of the great Jimi Hendrix's solo and accompaniment styles. Led by Mike Stockbridge, a gifted musician and experienced teacher. Mike will perform, discuss and analyze the techniques of Jimi Hendrix. He'll be concentrating on the licks that made Jimi famous, as well as his accompaniment and general solo style. A packet of info including some transcribed snippets and explanations will be provided free of charge to all participants. Time: 4:30-6pm at North Conway Music Shop just north of North Conway village. Info: http://www.northconwaymusicshop.com/ .
June 28: "There's a Black Fly in my Eye" 10 Mile Trail Run & Relay - Swat the black flies and tackle carriage roads, single track and a river crossing in this trail running race that's 100% New Hampshire. Solo and relay categories. Info: 603-466-3988 or http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/.
June 30: Rafferty's Golf Scramble to benefit Charles Stoddard: 18 hole golf scramble Fundraiser at Hales Location along with lunch at Rafferty's raffles and prizes to win. Call 356 -6460 for more details and to sign up. Rafferty's Restaurant employee, Charles Stoddard, was hurt in a motorcycle accident; this is a benefit to help him with medical expenses. Info: http://www.raffspub.com/.
July 3 & 25: The Way of the Wildcat Trail to Thompson Brook Falls at Wildcat - Join a teacher / naturalist from Tin Mountain Conservation Center for an informative hike along the Way of the Wildcat Trail, and discover the spectacular Thompson Brook Falls on this 1-mile in and 1-mile out exploration from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Picnic lunches are available for purchase. All are welcome, fun for families and the program is free. Info: 603-466-3326
July 3, 4, 5: Craft Fair at Gibson Center, North Conway - The perfect time to do a little holiday shopping as crafters from all over New England offer unique gifts. Fri-Saturday: 10am-5pm; Sun: 10am-3pm.
July 4: Independence Day Celebration - A family celebration of our nation's birthday including parade, food, and activities for all ages in North Conway, NH - plus fireworks in Schouler Park. Free. Info: http://www.mtwashingtonvalley.org/bus_display_website.cfm?MID=170.
July 7: Gorham Summer Concert Series: Plan B performs on the Gorham Town Common, 6:30-8:30pm rain or shine. Donations accepted. Look for additional Gorham Summer Concert Series every Tuesday Night throughout July.
July 9: Livingston Taylor Concert at Cranmore - Arts Jubilee begins its 27th year with a concert featuring Livingston Taylor on the festival stage at Cranmore Mountain Resort, host sponsor. Bring your own picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Food and beverages available on Zip's Pub Deck. New this year, donate at the gate: $5 per person suggested minimum donation. Children 12 and under are free! Livingston Taylor takes the stage at 7:30 PM. Info: http://www.mwvevents.com/.
July 10, 11, 12: Day Out With ThomasTM Hero of the Rails Tour - Join Thomas the Tank Engine, everyone's #1 engine, as he greets friends of all ages at Conway Scenic RR. Ride a train led by Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Enjoy storytelling, live music, motorcar rides, and much more. This is a day the whole family will enjoy! Time: 9:00-4:30 daily, $18 ages two and up. Info: www.ticketweb/dowt or http://www.conwayscenic.com/.
July 11 & 29: Alpine Discovery / Gondola Skyride to the Summit at Wildcat - Explore the incredible natural features of Wildcat Mountain at 4,100 feet above sea level with a teacher / naturalist from Tin Mountain Conservation Center from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Picnic lunches are available for purchase. All are welcome, fun for families and the program is free with a purchase of Gondola Skyride. Info: 603-466-3326 or http://www.skiwildcat.com/.
July 11: "Newton's Revenge" Hillclimb at the Mt. Washington Auto Road - This hillclimb will be on the same course as the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb - the toughest hillclimb in the world. This new event is in response to the overwhelming popularity of the MWARTB and will benefit the Mt. Washington Observatory and the Mt. Washington State Park. Info: 603-466-3988,
http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/ or http://www.newtonsrevenge.com/.
July 11- 12: North Conway Library Annual Book & Yard Sale - Inside the cool granite building (air conditioned!), there will be hundreds of books from every category: adult, children, fiction, nonfiction, antiques, rare books, coffee table books, hardcover, paperbacks, and audio books (on CD and cassette). We will also sell videos (DVDs & VHS) and computer games and software for children and adults. Outside, on the front lawn, there will be a huge yard sale. Sale kicks off at 9am. Info: http://www.northconwaylibrary.com/
July 13: Encore/Coda Chamber Orchestra at Deertrees Theatre: The professional musicians at Camp Encore/Coda - one of the nation's most outstanding musical camp - are joined by selected students from the Conservatory Program to present a full orchestral program including Haydn's Symphony #101 in D, "The Clock" and Symphony #45 in F# minor, "Farewell" as well as Mendelssohn's Symphony #4, "Italian." This concert is a benefit performance for the Lakes Environmental Association, a non-profit organization that has been protecting the lakes of Western Maine since 1970. Admission: $20. Info: http://www.deertreestheatre.org/.
July 16: Rustic Overtones at Cranmore: Formed in the early 90s, Rustic Overtones gained popularity with funky horn-infused jams and a rock solid, rock-ready style. In their years together, the band gained a passionate following with their high energy live set, tirelessly touring college campuses and local clubs up and down the east coast, sometimes playing close to 200 shows a year Opening band Audio Kickstand is a Mount Washington Valley favorite. They cite musical influences including reggae, funk, hip hop, rock, groove, or bluegrass. This concert is part of the Newcastle Brown Ale Concert Series at Cranmore Resort. $5 per person; free for ages 12 and under. Info: http://www.cranmore.com/.
July 18: "Pond Full of Fun" at Wildcat - Join a teacher / naturalist from Tin Mountain Conservation Center from 10:00 a.m. - noon and explore the scenic trout pond at the base of Wildcat Mountain. Nets, bug boxes, hand lenses and identification cards will be provided for all participants. All are welcome, fun for families and the program is free. Info: 603-466-3326 or http://www.skiwildcat.com/.
July 18: "Dog Day" at Settlers Green - Enjoy a family fun day, including Fido. Dog friendly festivities include agility demonstrations, kissing booth, dog costume photos, dog parade and much more! Free dog treats! Info: 603-356-7031 or www.settlersgreen.com.
July 18: Info: "Diva Day" at Settlers Green - Every woman has an inner diva and Settlers Green invites you to join other diva's and celebrate. The festivities are all about shopping with entertainment, special discounts, free goodies, hand and shoulder massages, belly dancing and more. Info: 603-356-7031 or http://www.settlersgreen.com/.
July 22: "Ferdinand the Bull and other Fabulous Fiddle Fables" Concert for Kids at Deertrees Theater - Munro Leaf's classic story about a friendly bull that preferred smelling flowers is brought to life in a family-friendly format by Alan Ridout's marvelous composition and the acclaimed musicians of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival. Times: 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM ($4 Children / $5 Adults). Info: http://www.deertreestheatre.org/.
July 23: Symphony Pops Concert & Fireworks - Arts Jubilee continues the 27th season featuring the North East Symphony Orchestra, a pops style concert on the festival stage at the base of the North Slope at Cranmore Mountain Resort, host sponsor. A spectacular fireworks display will be the grand finale. Bring your own picnic blanket or lawn chairs. Food and beverages available on Zip's Pub Deck. $5 per person suggested minimum donation. An early concert by area performers is at 6 PM, the symphony takes the stage at 7:30 PM. Info: http://www.mwvevents.com/
July 24-25: 9th Annual "Seek the Peak" for the Mount Washington Observatory - Major fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory. Participants solicit pledges and hike to the summit of Mt. Washington. Info: 603-356-2137 or http://www.mountwashington.org/.
July 31: "Steep Canyon Rangers" at the Stone Mountain Arts Center - These sharply dressed Rangers hail from North Carolina appearing on stage with suites, ties and suspenders! The Rangers come prepared with a bluegrass repertoire of traditional and original songs, drawing on the sounds of early bluegrass, honky tonk, and blues. Stone Mountain Arts Center is located in Brownfield, Maine. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
August 3: Conway Scenic Railroad's 35th Birthday Celebration - Enjoy birthday cake, and lemonade on your return trip to the North Conway Depot. Enjoy reduced fares on this special occasion. Reservations suggested either by telephone or on-line. Info: 603-356-5251 or http://www.conwayscenic.com/.
August 4, 11, 18: Gorham Summer Concert Series - Weekly music concerts are performed on the Town Common, 6:30-8:30 rain or shine. Donations accepted.
August 5 & 26: "Pond Full of Fun" at Wildcat - Join a teacher / naturalist from Tin Mountain Conservation Center and explore the scenic trout pond at the base of Wildcat Mountain from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Nets, bug boxes, hand lenses and identification cards will be provided for all participants. All are welcome, fun for families and the program is free. Info: 603-466-3326 or http://www.skiwildcat.com/.
August 6-9: 7th Annual Mall-Wide Tent Sales at Settlers' Green - Four days of tent hopping, back to school, summer clearance, fall fashions and bargains galore. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. except Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Info: 603-356-7031 or http://www.settlersgreen.com/.
August 8: The 148th Birthday of the Mt. Washington Auto Road - Come join in celebrating the 147th birthday of the Mt. Washington Auto Road, the oldest manmade attraction in America. Vintage horse drawn and automotive stages, which have operated for the past 140+ years, will be on display. Don't miss this opportunity to be involved in this part of New Hampshire's history. Vehicles with a "This Car Climbed Mt. Washington" sticker attached prior to arrival will receive free passage up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Info: 603-466-3988 or http://www.mountwashingtonautoroad.com/.
August 8: The 21st Annual Wildman Biathlon at Wildcat - The Wildman Biathlon is a three-part event for teams and individuals and is New England's toughest single day, multi-sport event, challenging individuals and 2 or 3 person teams who enjoy a variety of terrain and scenery. Starts in Shelburne at 8:00 a.m. and ends at Wildcat at 1:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Coos County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Info: 603-752-4103 or http://www.skiwildcat.com/.
August 8 & 9: 14th Annual 24 Hours of Great Glen - The cannon will fire to signal the start of the annual mountain bike race held on the trail system at Great Glen Trails at the base of Mount Washington. For 24 hours, riders will take on the race course for this challenging and grueling event. Spectators are encouraged to cheer on the racers and enjoy the festivities under the event tent. Info: 603-466-2333 or http://www.greatglentrails.com/.
August 15: Captain Enoch Remick Open House -The Captain Enoch Remick House, built circa 1808, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and displays Victorian furnishings in a comfortable domestic setting, as the Remick Family may have lived. This was the boyhood home and medical office of Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick. The home also features hand-painted wall murals from the early 19th century, attributed to the work of John Avery. The doors will open from 1:00- 4:00 p.m. for public touring. Cost is $3 per person which also includes a staff-led tour of the farm and admission to the museum. Info: 603-323-7591 or http://www.remickmuseum.org/.
August 12: The Way of the Wildcat Trail to Thompson Brook Falls at Wildcat - Join a teacher / naturalist from Tin Mountain Conservation Center for an informative hike along the Way of the Wildcat Trail, and discover the spectacular Thompson Brook Falls on this 1 mile in and 1-mile out exploration from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Picnic lunches are available for purchase. All are welcome, fun for families and the program is free. Info: 603-466-3326 or http://www.skiwildcat.com/.
August 15: The 37th Annual Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb - People may have seen these bicycle racers on TV challenging mountains in Europe, but they call this event the "Toughest Hillclimb Race in the World", 7.4 miles up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Come see for yourself why the top racers from around the world and local riders travel to Pinkham Notch to challenge the Mt. Washington Auto Road. Info: 603-447-6991 or http://firstname.lastname@example.org/.
August 15 - 16: White Mountain Arts Festival in Jackson - This two-day juried event, sponsored by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce will be held in the Jackson Park on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Selected artists and craftspeople will be selling their work under a large tent by the pond in Jackson Village. Other artisans, musicians and food vendors will also be located in the Village Park. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the day. Info: 603-383-9356 or http://www.jacksonnh.com/.
August 19: Alpine Discovery / Gondola Skyride to the Summit at Wildcat - Explore the incredible natural features of Wildcat Mountain at 4,100 feet above sea level with a teacher / naturalist from Tin Mountain Conservation Center from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Picnic lunches are available for purchase. All are welcome, fun for families and the program is free with a purchase of Gondola Skyride. Info: 603-466-3326 or http://www.skiwildcat.com/.
August 23 & 28-30: The 21st Bach Festival at Cranmore Mountain - This year's festival is presented by the White Mountain Musical Arts, a non-profit organization. The Festival Committee has planned concerts with special guest artists in mind, and will be hoping for the opportunity to bring even more interested listeners in touch with the masterful music of Johann Sebastian Bach and fellow Baroque composers. Info: http://www.mwvevents.com/.
August 29: Fields on the Saco: Take two neighboring New Hampshire and Maine farms and combine them with an award-winning chef and Mt Washington Valley's green team, and what results is a fabulous five course meal and event held in the fields on the Saco River. Mark the calendar for September 6 for the "Fields on the Saco" a very special event honoring the land, family tradition and your discriminating taste. Presented by Maine's Weston's Farm, and New Hampshire's Sherman Farm, along with Executive Chef Bryant Alden of Chef's Market, and the Mt. Washington Valley Preservation Association, on this night alone everything that touches your taste buds during an extraordinary meal will have been raised in the fertile ground of two bordering family farms in Maine and New Hampshire. But there is more than a distinctive meal; in keeping with the Slow Food movement developing in Mt Washington Valley, there will be guided farm tours, farm stores filled with foods, flowers and locally made products, Maine's distinctive Cold River Vodka, a corn maize, local artisan demonstrations, a "Wet Art" sale (wet art refers to artworks created on site), live music and an auction. The event will support Mt Washington Valley's Green Team's efforts to engage Mt Washington Valley residents and businesses in adopting eco-friendly practices to reduce their environmental impact, and the White Mountain Community Health Center's food pantry. Participants will be treated to a five course meal, set on the fields from whence the food came. Each person will be offered a handmade plate made by local potter Becca Van Fleet and locally made napkins, plus other take home gifts. The menu, accompanied by perfectly paired wines and Maine Cold River vodka, will be artfully presented by Chef Bryant Alden and wife Patti, owners of the Chef's Market of North Conway. This chef-team understands the extraordinary advantage that locally grown and carefully handled food can bring to a culinary experience.
September 4-7: Annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale at Settlers' Green - Save even more on back to school and college apparel, gifts and house wares at over 50 brand name outlet stores including J. Crew, Banana Republic, Adidas, Nike, Reebok and more. Info: 603-356-7031 or http://www.settlersgreen.com/.
Sept 11-13: 33rd World Championships of Mud Football in North Conway - Often called the cleanest sport played in knee deep mud, Mud Bowl splashes off at North Conway's world renowned Hog Coliseum. Now in its 33rd year, the colorful 13-game, double elimination mud football extravaganza includes three days of exciting football action, culminating with the championship Sunday afternoon. The weekend of fun includes a return of the Tournament of Mud Parade on Saturday kicking off at 10:30 a.m., followed by zany halftime events, cheerleader competitions, raffle prizes and much more. It's good clean family fun in knee deep mud. The family oriented event benefits local charities with more than $400, 000 having been raised over the years. Info: 603-356-5213 or 1-800-367-3364.
Sept 11-13: Carroll County Kennel Club 65th & 66th All-Breed Dog Shows and Obedience Trials- Dogs and their owners will take to Hussey Field in North Conway for what has become one of New England's oldest and most respected dog shows. Besides the competition of breeds, two new events have been added. On Saturday, a Puppy Gala for puppies 6 to 12 months old will offer a special show for the littlest dogs and on Sunday, Rally Obedience offers a fun event for dogs and handlers. There's plenty of food for all and vendors on site. This is a great spectator event for those looking to learn more about breeds that make great pets. Info: 207-697-2353.
September 11: America We Support You Freedom Walk in Jackson - Jackson village, the state representative for the Department of Defense will host a freedom walk to honor all who lost their lives in the terror attacks in New York City. Walk is free and begins at 5:30. The first 50 people to participate will receive a free tee shirt. Info: 603-383-9356 or www.jacksonnh.com.
September 12: Dog Daze Express at Conway Scenic Railroad - This is a special day for dogs. Bring your favorite dog, exchange dog stories and take a ride with man's best friend. Reservations can be made by phone or on-line. Departures are to Conway at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.; Bartlett departures are at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. For those passengers that do not have pets or prefer not to ride with mans' best friend, an animal free coach will be provided. Info: 603-356-5251 or www.conwayscenic.com.
September 13: 17th Annual Mt. Washington Valley Old Car Show at Settlers' Green - Over 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles including antique, classic, and special interest vehicles compete for cash and trophy awards in eight categories. Vehicle entry is $5, spectators $3. Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Info: 603-356-7031 or http://www.settlersgreen.com/.
September 19 - 20: 35th Annual Railfan's Weekend at Conway Scenic Railroad - Two full days of railroading activities, special runs, flea market, equipment demonstrations and more. Register on line or by telephone for this event. Regular passenger trains also available during this event. Info: 603-356-5251 or http://www.conwayscenic.com/.
September 26: Harvest Festival at the Remick Country Doctor Museum - Harvest festivals have been a part of cultural traditions all over the world since the beginnings of agricultural practices. These festivals celebrate not only the completion of field work for the year and security from want, but also the end of one season and the beginning of the next. Sample the rewards of the farmer's labor in delicious historic recipes. Try your hand at historic harvesting techniques. Come celebrate from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. the bounty of the growing season in time-honored fashion with craft making, music and community spirit. Admission is $5.00 per person. Info: 603-323-7591 or http://www.remickmuseum.org/.
September 26: Bark in the Park Pet Expo in Schouler Park North Conway. - Enjoy Northern New England's largest pet expo in Schouler Park to benefit the Conway Area Humane Society. There are pet parades, costume contest, obstacle courses, demonstrations, training and a variety of pet supplies and food vendors. Info: 603-447-5955 or