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.

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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.

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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

Big happenings at Sunapee Harbor this September

Sunapee opens covered bridge at Sunapee Harbor on Sept. 15

Sunapee dedicates its new pedestrian bridge at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at noon. The announcement invites the public to gather on the banks of the Sugar River for the ribbon cutting and the opening of the bridge, which connects River Road and Main Street next to the Harbor House Livery.

For more information, visit Project Sunapee, Sunapee Bridge.

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Who has the best chowder around?

Come to the Sunapee Chowder Challenge on Sept. 29.

The Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization will be holding its 13th Annual Sunapee Chowder Challenge on Sunday, September 29, 2013, from noon to 3pm at Sunapee Harbor.

The tasty competition attracts local restaurants and chowder enthusiasts to determining who has the best chowder around!

Last year, The Farmer’s Table, Grantham, won in three categories: Judge’s, People’s, and Kid’s choice awards.

Sunapee’s Sanctuary Dairy Farm with Rich  Ducharme and to Lil’ Red Baron restaurant, Newport, were also recognized for their chowder.

Sunapee Harbor boat ramp to close for Chowder Challenge

The Sunapee Harbor boat ramp will be closed on Sunday, September 29 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the Sunapee Chowderfest held at the harbor.

The police will direct the public to use the Georges Mills boat ramp during this time. The selectmen voted to close the ramp at their August 26 meeting.


Sunapee Gardeners weave magic with flowers

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Visitors admire blooms in the Clara Osborne Garden, also known as the Long Garden that extends along Main Street at Sunapee Harbor.

By Peggy Chalmers

Sunapee, N. H. — When summer arrives, Sunapee Harbor and other spots around town burst into bloom. Flowers magically appear… along Main Street, on the harbor bridge, at the Town Beaches and tucked into window boxes of Town Hall.

Behind the magic is a dedicated group of volunteers, the Sunapee Gardeners, who tend more than a dozen locations stretching from Georges Mills to Sunapee Harbor.

The Gardeners plan and plant a mix of perennials and annuals, and then religiously water and weed them throughout the flowering season.

Their efforts don’t stop with the first frost. Just before Thanksgiving, the Gardeners decorate the harbor area for the holiday season. Instead of flowers, the window boxes, barrels, lamp posts, and even the flag pole bloom with festive greenery and red bows.

Raised garden by the docks provides beauty and is just the right height so visitors can sit and enjoy the harbor. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

Raised garden by the public dock at Sunapee Harbor provides beauty and is just the right height so visitors can sit and enjoy the view. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

The Gardeners’ history

The Gardeners trace their beginnings to 1990 when a group of Sunapee residents gathered to discuss how to improve Sunapee and the village center at Sunapee Harbor.

Participant Ellie Goddard with the help of a group of volunteers and then Road Agent Tony Bergeron began with planning and enhancements to areas around the public boat ramp and the Ben Mere green.

The group’s vision was bigger than removing just some bushes and weeds. It dreamed of beautiful flowers enhancing the town. After petitioning the Selectmen, the Gardeners received permission to create new gardens plus an allotment to purchase flowers.

As their efforts expanded, more volunteers came forward and today the Sunapee Gardeners efforts extend from the window boxes on Town Hall and Information Booth to flower barrels at the two town beaches. Flowers also bloom in the old horse trough on Main Street and in Hames Park, a garden gem tucked into the hillside overlooking the Sugar River.

Memorial Garden honors loved ones

In 1997, the original island planter at Sunapee Harbor was dedicated as a Memorial Garden, a special place to honor loved ones. It is fully funded by donations that are recorded in a leather bound book.

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Sunapee Gardeners in their identifying purple t-shirts gather near the gazebo prior to their annual Remembrance Ceremony.

On the first Wednesday in August during band concert intermission, the Gardeners hold a special Remembrance Ceremony during which each remembrance is read, and for every ten names, a candle is lit. The event is a celebration of life, and in that vein, the Ceremony is followed by homemade cookies and beverages distributed by the Gardeners.

Approximately 10 years ago, the Gardeners sponsored a garden tour that unexpectedly raised several thousand dollars. The Selectmen recommended a Town Committee should manage the funds, and so the Beautification Committee was formed under co-chairs Donna Gazelle and Barbara Cooper.

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Harbor bridge boxes create an eye-popping view.

The BC tackled major projects, including the installations of a granite raised-planter by the docks, parking lot curbing, a handicap accessible path to the gazebo, and a faux-brick sidewalk to identify the preferred crossings between the dock and gazebo. The Committee also planted trees, as well as a shrub screen along one side of the harbor green.  When the funds were expended in 2012, the Beautification Committee disbanded, but many of its gardening activities were folded into the Gardeners.

Volunteer gardeners welcome

The Sunapee Gardeners are always looking for new volunteers to help them keep Sunapee beautiful. Men or women, full-time or summer residents—are welcome. Gardening knowledge is not required, only a willingness to help and to get your hands dirty. Interested?

For more information, call Peggy Chalmers, the Sunapee Gardeners chairperson, 603-763-5562.

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The hidden garden in Hames Park along the Sugar River creates a restful place to sit and reflect.

Photos courtesy of the Sunapee Gardeners unless otherwise noted.

Read related article and see other Hames Park photos: Sunapee’s Hames Park, a gem along the Sugar River tells of times past (SunapeeNews.com).

40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair

NewportApplePieFair_2011Newport, N.H. — The 40th Annual Apple Pie Crafts Fair will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2013, from 9 to 3 p.m., rain or shine, on the Newport Town Common in Newport, N.H.

The fair features nearly 100 booths of traditional crafts, including pottery, woodworking, blown glass, quilting, fiber arts, and more.

Fair-goers will enjoy live music throughout the day, as well as the famous apple pie sale and contest, and the Newport Firemen’s chicken barbecue.  Adjacent to the Fair, the Richards Free Library’s Library will hold a festival & book sale that features crafts for kids and a cookie walk.

For more information, contact the Library Arts Center. Courtesy photo.

Sunapee Historical Society program: Industry along the Sugar River

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Photo: Sunapee Historical Society Museum at Sunapee Harbor. Summer hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m., and Wednesday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m.

Sunapee Historical Society Event: Thursday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Historical Society Museum, Sunapee Harbor

History of Business and Industry Along the Sugar River

The Sugar River begins at Sunapee Harbor and travels down through the village.  Sawmills, machine shops, and many other businesses depended on the river for power. Come learn about this aspect of Sunapee’s historic past. Open to the public free of charge.

Trailwork volunteers needed in the Lake Sunapee Region

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The highland trails in the region’s state parks, such as on Mount Sunapee and on Mount Kearsarge in Winslow State Park, are seeing more and more hikers each year. Photo shows Lake Solitude, near the top of Mount Sunapee.

Hikers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts: The hiking trails in the Lake Sunapee region need your help.

“The need is never-ending to identify and encourage new volunteers who can build and maintain the area’s trails,” says Gerry Gold for the Trails Committee of the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition.

SRKG, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, is looking for more volunteers to help keep up and improve the region’s trail system, which includes more than 75 miles of walking paths and hiking trails that cross Sunapee, Ragged and Kearsarge mountains and takes in three state forests and four state parks.

The Greenway connects state, town and private lands and gives hikers and walkers access to mountains, lakes, vistas and historical sites across the region.

These trails also connect with other popular hiking areas, such as Mount Monadnock.

Building a Trailworks Community

With organized and advertised events–eight trailwork events in four months–SRKG with support from the Quabbin to Cardigan Partnership hope to grow and strengthen the area’s trailwork community.

Each event will focus on specific improvements to local trails and teach trailwork skills to new volunteers.

The trailwork campaign will also help spread the word about the area’s trails, organizations and conserved lands, which are part of a larger landscape, the Q2C (Quabbin to Cardigan) region.

Volunteers Needed

On Tuesday, July 23, trailwork volunteers have three “help and learn” opportunities: easy, moderate and difficult.

  • Sunapee, Upper Sunapee Village to North Road (Easy) – Blaze a trail: Paint and plastic blazes show the way. To volunteer, contact Lisa Correa (c.lisa7716@gmail.com).
  • Goshen, Lower Summit Trail, Mount Sunapee State Park (Moderate) – Clean a waterbar: Rakes, shovels and a short walk in. Contact Dave Coulter (603-934-0148 )
  • Andover, Ragged Mountain from Proctor Academy (Difficult) – Move a trail requiring a 1.5 mile hike uphill with tools. Contact Gerry Gold (603-526-2857 or geecubed@yahoo.com)

Trailwork is also planned for July 24-26. The Student Conservation Association high school trail crew will be working on the Barlow Trail on Mount Kearsarge at Winslow State Park in Wilmot.  Also, SCA will do trailwork on July 28-31.

Increasing use of highland trails

The highland trails in the region’s state parks, such as on Mount Sunapee and on Mount Kearsarge in Winslow State Park, are seeing ever-increasing traffic including use by large groups that meet up to hike, explained Gold.

With the internet and on-line networking and easy access to information, the area is no longer a secret. The well-publicized areas are seeing many more hikers (of varying experience). More use means more wear and tear to the trails and the need for more trail maintenance.

Also, when new hiking opportunities open up with new or expanded land conservation, the call for experienced trail crews increases.

Ideally, a perfect trail crew member is someone who works on their favorite trails and pathways, Gold added.  However, “even if we only need three or four people on a given day, it may take an email list of 100 to find those people ready and able on that day.”

To learn more about joining the area’s Trailwork Community. Email trails@srkg.com.

For information about the Greenway, including SRKG membership ($10/yr), the SRKG Guide, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.srkg.com or email srkgc@srkg.com.

Teddy Bear Picnic at Sunapee Harbor, July 13

 

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