Sunapee Historical Society Museum to hold Open House

Sunapee Historical Society MuseumSunapee, N.H.– Have you ever wondered what is in the large gray shed opposite the Anchorage in Sunapee Harbor? It’s the Sunapee Historical Society Museum and its directors would like to show you what is there during a special Open House on Sunday, July 27 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The directors will be giving tours explaining some of the items in the collection and their vision for taking better care of some of it. Also, they’ll be running the equipment from the machine shop that serviced the Woodsum steamboats and serving refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

The museum’s regular hours during July and August: Open afternoons 1-4 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and on Wednesday evenings, 7-9.  Closed on Mondays.  Admission is free, though donations are always welcome.

Free programs at the museum coming up:

  •  July 24, 7 p.m.: A Magic Lantern Show featuring slides from the collection.
  •  August 7, 7 p.m.: Woodbine Dessert Night with refreshments from the cookbook.
  •  August 21, 7 p.m.:  The Wooden Launches of Lake Sunapee.
For more information, email sunapeehistory@gmail.com or call 603-763-8809.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Jam on June 21 at Muster Field Farm Museum

MMCrowdGatheringNorth Sutton, N.H. –  On June 21, Muster Field Farm, on Harvey Road, will host its 12th annual musical fundraiser. This all-volunteer event, musicians included, helps support the historic farm and serves as a venue for the region’s musical talent, both up-and- coming and tried-and-true!

This year’s line-up includes Gary Robinson, Click Horning Band, Neptune’s Car, Decatur Creek, Mo’Combo, and Night Kitchen.

Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages (proceeds from food sales also benefit the farm), or pack your own picnic and beverages to enjoy.

Gates open at 3:30, music begins at 4:00. Tickets: $15 per person (children 14 and under are free), available on site the day of the event.

Info and directions: 603-927-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com.

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.

 

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.)

Courtesy of the CoffeeHouse website….

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.

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 artist shares “A Visual Journey” in CFA show

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“A Visual Journey,” a collection of artwork by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on exhibit at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn from February 7 through April 26. The public is invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Friday, February 7 (5-7 p.m.). Shown here: “View From The Shadows” — a pastel painting by Susan Parmenter.

New London, N.H. –  “A Visual Journey,a collection of oil and pastel paintings by Sunapee artist Susan Parmenter, will be on display at the Center for the Arts micro gallery at the New London Inn, 353 Main Street, New London, from  February 7 through April 26, 2014.

Meet the artist at an opening reception on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

CFA’s “gallery night” will also introduce new art at their micro galleries at Country Houses Real Estate, 370 Main Street, and Zero Celsius Wealth Studio, 228 Main Street. Meet photographer Maureen Rosen at Country Houses and artist John Sirois at Zero Celsius.

A journey of expression

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“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Susan Parmenter. The CFA exhibition will encompass 10 years of work by the artist, from 2004 to present day. Photo by Joshua Bushueff Photography.

“Painting and drawing take me on a journey of expression that I cannot achieve with words,” says Parmenter. “I create art to share my immediate experience with the viewer, not just the color, light and composition, but the mood, feeling and emotion.”

The show will encompass a decade of Parmenter’s work, from 2004 to present day. Ten years ago, Parmenter re-focused her art career from illustration to fine art painting. The show will reflect her artistic journey, a “journey of expression.”

The exhibition will include both realistic and impressionistic styles of painting. and feature a variety of her favorite subjects—landscapes, portrait and figure, animals, and still life.

About CFA

The Center for the Arts is based in New London and supports and celebrates the cultural richness in the Lake Sunapee Region. Of the many arts it supports, the visual arts are foremost on its agenda and featured at its micro galleries, a summer art show, “Arts On The Green” in July, and a juried regional show in November.

CFA’s micro galleries host rotating shows year round. Openings for these exhibits occur on the first Friday of February, May, August and November.

For more information, visit:

Muster Field Farm Museum to hold Ice Harvest Day Jan. 26

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Photo by Gretchen Gudefin.

North Sutton, N.H. — It soon will be ice harvesting time, when families gather, bundle up and share a New England tradition at Kezar Lake and Muster Field Farm Museum.

The farm will hold its annual Ice Harvest Day at Horse Beach in North Sutton on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the ice is in.

Help cut ice blocks from the lake for delivery up to the farm.

Using an ice block fulcrum, volunteers will load the ice blocks onto wagons and vehicles then haul it to the farm’s Ice House, where it will be stacked for use at  summer events.

The farm’s Ryder Corner School House will be warm and welcoming, serving  homemade desserts and hot beverages.

Pete Lauridsen and friends will display antique cars converted to snowmobiles at the farm and the Sutton Ridgerunners will stage an Ice Day ride-in for all area snowmobilers. Free admission (donations appreciated).  Rain date: February 2.

For more information and directions: 603-926-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Sutton Historical Society Pancake Breakfast

Warm up beforehand at the fifth annual pancake breakfast sponsored by the Sutton Historical Society, in North Sutton’s Free Will Baptist Church, from 7 to 10 a.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat plain or blueberry pancakes, local maple syrup, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.  Cost: $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids.  A $1.00 discount if you come by snowmobile, x-c skis or snowshoes. Rain date: February 2.

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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Project Sunapee: Haunted Harbor Halloween is Oct. 26

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Sunapee, N.H. — The Fourth Annual Haunted Harbor Halloween will be held Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. The community event, sponsored by Project Sunapee, will be held at Sunapee Harbor.

This local Halloween celebration promises some wicked good fun and plenty of treats.

A Rag-a-Muffin Parade starts at the Quack Shack tent at 5 p.m. Awards will go to the Scariest, Funniest, Prettiest, Most Original and Best Group.

There will be Tailgate Trick-or-Treating and all who dare to walk the plank may go aboard the Pirate Ship. Also, you’ll be able to visit the Pumpkin Patch… but watch out for Ghosts Who Just Wanna Dance! Also, tasty morsels will be served up by Rocky Cannoli, ‘Lil Red Baron and Appleseed Catering.

A teller of fortunes, wicked witches coven, sinister graveyard spirits (and ‘things that go bump in the night’) will conjure up a magical, frightful night of fun for all ages! – Haunted Harbor Halloween, Project Sunapee‘s ‘treat’ for the community.

Sunapee Seniors: Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh

Sunapee, N.H. — Calvin Knickerbocker will present “Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh” on Monday, October 28 at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. The program, sponsored by the Sunapee Seniors and the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is open to all free of charge.

Knickerbocker is an independent scholar who developed and delivered a dozen courses on American musical history at Rivier University. He has presented programs in retirement communities, senior centers and other venues in New Hampshire and New York.

“Popular songs with humorous lyrics have kept us laughing since Colonial times. We need comic relief and songs provide some of the best (sometimes unintentionally),” the program release says. “Excerpts from hilarious songs help chart the evolution of musical humor from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.  Selections poke fun at WW II enemies, diets, television, sex, summer camp, religion, and many other aspects of life.”

The Sunapee Seniors is a non-profit organization, formed in 1982 and open to all senior citizens (55 or over) who live in Sunapee and neighboring communities. Meetings are held twice monthly, with a July and August recess, and usually on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee United Methodist Church.

Nancy Clark is current president of the group and Joe Internicola, program coordinator.

Sunapee Coffeehouse hosts Nashville duo: Twangtown Paramours

TwangtownFridayCover1500Sunapee, N.H. — The Twangtown Paramours, an acoustic Americana duo from Nashville, will be performing on Friday, October 11 at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street.

The music of the Twangtown Paramours has been called “Sophisticated Americana,” and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. The basis of their musical style originates in the country music capital in which they live, but their lyrics are often influenced by poetic Texas songwriters.

The duo consists of Mike Lewis, a successful Nashville songwriter who sometimes plays upright bass for Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and MaryBeth Zamer, who sang background vocals for the late Eva Cassidy.

The Promise of Friday Night, the latest Twangtown Paramours album, was #2 last July on the Folk DJ Chart, was on two top 10 radio lists for the year in New York City and Chicago, and was #7 on Deep Roots Magazine Top 50 Album list for 2012.

The duo’s songs can be heard on over 70 Americana, Folk, and independent Country radio stations world-wide and previewed at Twangtown Paramours.com.

And it is likely their songs will be in at least one major motion picture in 2014. They’ve been asked by Major Studio Partners (in NYC), which financed films such as Superman II and The Devil Wears Prada, to write music for upcoming films.

SCCoffeeHouse Alan “Doc” Rogers will be the Coffeehouse emcee for the evening and will pass the hat for the musicians. Light refreshments will be available.

For the Coffeehouse calendar, visit: sunapeecoffeehouse.org.

Celebrate the summer harvest at Muster Field Farm

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North Sutton, N.H. — Harvest Day at Muster Field Farm Museum celebrates the summer’s harvest. It is a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season.

Harvest Day at Muster Field Farm Museum is on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open to all free of charge.

The museum represents the agricultural traditions of rural New Hampshire. Its historic buildings and working farm are located on 250 acres on Harvey Road in North Sutton.

Harvest Day includes guided tours of the Matthew Harvey Homestead (1 to 4 p.m.), live music in the Pillsbury Barn (12 to 3 p.m.), hayrides, storytelling, and old-time games for all to enjoy.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of craft demonstrations: spinning, blacksmithing, basket making, cider making, lace making, rug hooking and more.

A warm meal of homemade soups, fresh bread and cider will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn and fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand. The apples are delicious and plentiful.

For Info and directions call 603-927-4276 or visit www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Courtesy photo.

Lake Sunapee UMC will hold Open House Sept. 14

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

Moultonborough Youth Praise Band and Sunapee Time Travelers to sing at Open House!

Sunapee, N.H. — (Announcement/article by The Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church) — There will be an Open House on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at The Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church from 1 to 4 p.m.

Many of us have been to or in the Methodist Church on the corner of Lower Main Street and Route 11. We have been to a meeting there, attended Sunapee Seniors, listened to music at the Community Coffeehouse or attended a wedding or a funeral. Some of us may have even visited a time of worship on Sunday morning.

But did you know that there is more going on that reaches into the community and around the world?

The church family is opening up its doors this weekend with an Open House.

In the parking lot (1-4 p.m.), we will have information tables and displays of some of the community opportunities. We will also have the Moultonborough Youth Praise Band and our own Sunapee Time Travelers singing.

It is a time to get to know us as we get to know you. Continue reading

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