Sunapee Riverfest: Come Celebrate Community July 20

Celebrate summer and celebrate community at the Sunapee Riverfest on Sunday, July 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. along River Road, Sunapee Harbor village. Sponsored by Project Sunapee, the event promises lots of fun, frolic and food. There will be games of luck and skill for all, a rubber duck race, a bakers’ contest with blue ribbon awards, and plenty of food from BBQ chicken to desserts. In attendance will be the ‘Lil Red Baron’s Caboose, Madi’s Hot Dog Wagon, and the ice cream kids from Sanctuary Dairy Farm. The Whiskey Stones band and Sunapee’s own Time Travelers will offer music. For a complete list of activities and participating organizations and for ticket information, visit Project Sunapee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about MV Kearsarge restoration

MVK_CC6Sunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Gardeners invites the public to a presentation by Tim Fenton about the history, sinking and restoration of the MV Kearsarge. The program will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor.

The Fenton family operates both the MV Kearsarge, a restaurant boat, and its sister ship, the MV Mt. Sunapee II, a tour boat. The boats run out of Sunapee Harbor.

The Kearsarge partially sank while moored at the Sunapee Town Dock in January 2013. After a complete renovation— four months of work—the popular dinner boat was back in service cruising Lake Sunapee.

Photo from January 2013 by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

 

 

Sunapee Gardeners: Help Wanted

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The Sunapee Gardeners plant the Memorial Garden at the entrance to the boat ramp at Sunapee Harbor.

Sunapee, N. H. – The Sunapee Gardeners are off to a great start.  Summer annuals are on order for planting the first week in June.

Now the local gardening group is looking for a few more volunteers: male,  female, snowbirds or full-timers.

“The Gardeners are a fun, friendly group dedicated to making our town beautiful while maintaining gardens between Georges Mills and the harbor,” said the release.  “Give us a few hours a month and we promise you camaraderie, a sense of accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing you have contributed to the natural beauty of our area.”

“Lively monthly meetings,  educational and social activities, and area garden tours round out the menu.”

Call or e-mail Peg Chalmers for more information at 763-5562 or mmchalmers@myfairpoint.net.

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The Sunapee Gardeners plant and maintain gardens from Georges Mills to Sunapee Harbor village, including the Memorial Garden, shown here when in full bloom.

Photos courtesy of the Sunapee Gardeners.

 

Sunapee Student Art Show: Opening reception May 22

SMHA art showSunapee. N.H. – The Annual Sunapee Middle High School Art Show will be on display for a week with the opening reception on Thursday, May 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

The show, which will be in the school’s Common area, will include a wide array of artwork from students in grades 6-12, but will highlight the work of seniors.

Both two and three-dimensional pieces will be shown, with the work of underclassmen grouped together in the center and seniors encircling the room with individual sections.

The exhibit will feature not only conceptual development pieces but also the expressive output of individual ideas and imaginations, said Gail Baade, the SMHS art teacher. One will see references to the elements and principles of art, art history, whimsical art and nature.

SMHS Artwork 004The show can also be viewed during normal school hours through the afternoon of May 29.

Photos show a panel of mixed student work (above) and an acrylic by Savannah Borelli, title: “The Squeal” – a parody of “The Scream” by E. Munch.

Sunapee Flash Bash will show student photography

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Sunapee, N.H. — Sunapee will host its 2nd annual Flash Bash, an exhibit of photos by Sunapee students, at the Harbor House Livery (aka Old Town Hall), Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, on May 17 and 18. Using their cameras, students in grades K-12 have captured faces, places and moments in time that tell a Sunapee story. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. The gallery will also be open on Sunday, May 18, from noon to 3 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.

During the show, a docent for the Harbor House Livery will be present to share information about the landmark building, its history and restoration plans. For more information, contact info@projectsunapee.org.

Sunapee Sightings: Along River Road

 

RiverRoad_CC_2014Apr Sunapee Sightings: How about a short walk?  Enjoy River Road in Sunapee Harbor Village, where you can take in the scenery and sights along the Sugar River. Enjoy the new Sugar River Bridge and the Sunapee Riverwalk, a 1/2 mile trail from the harbor dam to the Information Booth on Route 11. To share your favorite walking path or hiking trail in and around Sunapee, leave a reply. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Music for Everyone at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse

SCCoffeeHouseSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse has a full schedule of Friday night music coming up.

“We have a very busy May in store…[and] a diversity of musical styles,” said Tom Daniels, a CoffeeHouse volunteer. “There will be many local performers to enjoy, as well as some coming to us from as far away as Nashville. There should be a show for everyone to enjoy.”

“We would love to see you there,” added Daniels.

The CoffeeHouse meets at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church on the corner of Lower Main Street and Route 11, Sunapee. (Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Donations accepted.)

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May 2 – The trio Random Acts of Harmony will be performing contemporary and folk revival music. Audiences like their tunes, love their harmonies, and not too surprisingly begin singing along.

May 9 – Balladeer, poet and songwriter John Perrault presents an evening of ballads, lyrics, and fresh cross-grained songs focused on the art of paying attention: to your neighbor, government, planet, and self. With three books and nine albums under his belt, Perrault draws on a range of traditions, both oral and written, to challenge the head and stir the heart. Perrault was the Portsmouth (N.H.) Poet Laureate (2003-2005).

May 16 – Doug Kwartler and Susan Levine: two stunning artists will team up for one stellar night.

May 23 – This evening features sets from Davey O. and Annalise Emerick.

May 30 – The tradition continues with open mic on the last Friday of the month.  Stop by to listen or join in. Storytellers are welcome.  The emcees for the evening will be Al Carruth and EJ Tretter. For more information, visit the CoffeeHouse website.

Historical Society program: Notable Women of Sunapee

SunapeeHistoricalSocietySunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Historical Society will host its spring program—Notable Women of Sunapee—on Wednesday evening, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street at Route 11, Sunapee. Everyone is welcome at this free event; refreshments will be served.

Ron Garceau will show photos and lead a discussion recalling the contributions of several memorable women from Sunapee’s past. Come and learn or share your memories. Garceau is well-known around the Sunapee area as the publisher of SooNipi Magazine and past president of the Sunapee Historical Society.

The spring program will be a precursor for a homemaker’s exhibit at the Sunapee Historical Society Museum, 74 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, and a summer program on women’s organizations. woodbinecottage

Other summer programs will be about the Woodbine Cottage and the wooden launches that used to frequent Lake Sunapee.

The museum will reopen (weekends only, 1-4 p.m., through June) on May 24.

The Sunapee Historical Society is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote Sunapee’s varied history. For more information, contact the Society’s President, Becky Rylander, at 603-763-8809 or sunapeehistory@gmail.com.

Sunapee Green-Up Day set for May 3

Sunapee, N.H. — Sunapee Green-Up Day is coming up. Volunteers are needed for this annual road-side clean up set for Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon. The raindate is Sunday, May 4.

Green-Up Day is a tradition in town. Family and friends turn out and pick up roadside litter town wide. The volunteers then gather at noon at Sunapee Harbor for a picnic that is sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

Volunteer forms are available at Abbott Library and the Sunapee Town Office building, Edgemont Road, and on the event website.

Participants are asked to bring their completed form to the sign-in at the Safety Services Building, 9 Sargent Road, at 9 a.m. on the morning of the event to get a clean up area assignment. The form asks where you would like to participate. For reference, see the Green-Up Day Maps link, and click here for the Volunteer Form.

 

Sunapee Seniors to host candidates forum

The Sunapee Seniors will hold their annual Candidates Day meeting on Monday, February 24 at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. The public is invited to attend. All candidates for Sunapee school and town offices have been invited to present their views and qualifications. Election Day is Tuesday, March 11.

Also, at the Seniors meeting, Sunapee Town Manager Donna Nashawaty and Superintendent of Schools Russell Holden will answer questions about town and school warrant articles and Director Mary Danko from Abbott Library will give a progress report on the new town library under construction.

If the weather is inclement, the meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 1:00 at the Sunapee Methodist Church.

Bluegrass quintet PossumHaw to perform in Sunapee Feb. 7

PossumHawSunapee, N.H. — The Vermont bluegrass and country-folk quintet PossumHaw will perform in Sunapee at the Community Coffeehouse, at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, on Friday, February 7, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m.  PossumHaw is known for their impressive vocal harmonies, original music and acoustic instrumentation.

Band members include Colby Crehan (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Stephen Waud (mandolin, vocals), Ryan Crehan (banjo, vocals, harmonica), Charley Eiseman (lead guitar, vocals), and Mitch Barron (upright bass, vocals).

The group’s lead singer Colby Crehan was named Vermont Vocalist of the Year, and their song “Road to Mora” was named Vermont Song of the Year.

To listen to clips from their new album, Waiting and Watching, visit www.possumhaw.net

Reviews:

“Crehan is, in this writer’s estimation, a shooting star in the world of bluegrass music…PossumHaw, with Colby Crehan starring, has now entered the top level of Green Mountain bluegrass bands” –Art Edelstein, The Times-Argus, Montpelier, VT

“The vocals of Colby Crehan rival the likes of Rani Arbo and Patti Casey. And the band is right there behind her musically” –George Nostrand, The Rutland Herald, Rutland, VT

“PossumHaw deliver sterling arrangements that are polished to a shine” -Robert Resnik, Seven Days, Burlington, VT

Neptune’s Car to perform in Sunapee Jan. 17

Neptune's Care_Strawberry-Moon-cover-6aSunapee, N.H. — The 2014 music calendar at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is packed with Friday night shows this winter. Performances are held at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, from 7 to 9 p.m. Visit the Coffeehouse website for a complete listing.

On January 17, Neptune’s Car, Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, will bring contemporary folk to the local listening room. The emcee for the evening will pass the hat for the musicians.

Neptune’s Car, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and stellar guitar picking.

In 2010, their song “Lighthouse Keeper” reached Number One on the “Folk-DJ” chart. Their two albums of all-original material have been featured on many “Best Of” lists.

Maverick Magazine gave the duo’s debut album Strawberry Moon four out of five stars and said: “Steve’s guitar playing complements Holly’s vocal perfectly . . . the overall atmosphere created is perfect.”

SCCoffeeHouseOn January 24, Doc Rogers will be on stage at the Coffeehouse. And an open mic will be held on the last Friday of the month, January 31.

For more information including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit: www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee Coffeehouse to host Christmas/Solstice Concert

Kathy LoweSunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse will host a Christmas/Solstice Concert with Kathy Lowe on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 7 p.m., at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. The performance will include original seasonal carols from Lowe’s CD Wishing You Peace. The evening will include an audience sing-along with music books made available. Al Peterson will emcee the concert and Alan Carruth is the program sponsor.

The Coffeehouse will not meet on December 13 and will take a Christmas break after the concert on December 20. Music resumes on January 10 with a performance by John Fuzek.

SCCoffeeHouseFor Coffeehouse information, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit: SunapeeCoffeehouse.org.

Community Event: Sunapee Harbor Magic, Dec. 7

 

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Sunapee artist’s work juried in to N.H. national exhibit: It’s Pastel!

"Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee" by Susan Parmenter

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” – a pastel (7″ x 9″) by Susan Parmenter, Sunapee, will be on display in It’s Pastel, the Fifth Annual National Juried Exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 to November 30, 2013.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee,” a pastel painting by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter captures the brilliant lavender/blue hues of an early evening sky with the mountain in the distance.

The captivating landscape of an open green field and spectacular sky, as seen  from a busy location in New London, brings to mind the old adage: ‘red sky at night, shepherd’s delight.’

“Sunset Over Mt. Sunapee” was juried into It’s Pastel!, a national juried exhibition of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire. The show will be held at the Discover Portsmouth Center Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., from October 26 through November 30, 2013. The opening reception is October 26, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This is a major juried show with works by pastel artists from New Hampshire and other states.

The event is free and open to the public.

Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter enjoys painting in both mediums of oil or pastel. Favorite subjects are landscape, portrait and figure, still life, animals, birds and nature. Parmenter is shown here completing a painting in pastel, “The Unusual Hat.” Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

Parmenter, who paints in a realist style with oil or pastel, works from her home studio in Sunapee, where she has lived for nearly 30 years.

“Painting and drawing,” says Parmenter “take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words….Inspiration comes from anything that truly moves me or sparks emotion: light, shadow, color, mood, shape, movement and story.”

You can view Parmenter’s artwork at Tatewell Gallery, New London; Monadnock Fine Art Gallery, Keene; Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, Vermont; and at Susan Parmenter Fine Art (www.susanparmenter.com).

The Pastel Society of New Hampshire is a non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of soft pastels as a fine art medium. It also promotes the arts in New Hampshire and fosters connections among pastelists of all levels throughout the region and other states. For more information, go to www.pastelsocietynh.com.

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