Photo of Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery is a contest finalist. Voting is underway.

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Photos of Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery courtesy of Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — A dramatic winter photograph of the historic Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village is one of 50 finalists in Kearsarge Magazine’s First Annual Photo Contest.

Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, submitted the entry.

“My entry (listed #11 in the magazine contest) was taken on a beautiful January morning,” said Charlotte.

She also submitted a photo of ducks.

“It’s usually quiet in the harbor off-season and several ducks (#26) take advantage of the peaceful water there.”

The Kearsarge Magazine announced its First Annual Photography Contest earlier this year looking for photos of people, places and things in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge region.

“Many of the area’s amateur photographers have submitted their best shots and now is the time to vote at the Kearsarge Magazine website,” explained Charlotte. Voting continues until Friday, April 5, 2013.

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery, seen from the back and reflected in the river, has become Charlotte’s number one subject. She photographs the view throughout the year and at different times of the day.

“I keep my camera with me at all times,” added Charlotte, who is a retired Sunapee schoolteacher.  “I never know when or where I’ll find a photo opportunity and Sunapee Harbor is a great place to visit any day or time.”

To view the contest finalists and pick your favorite, visit the Kearsarge Magazine.

The magazine will publish the winning image in its summer issue.

Center for the Arts: All Things Wild and Wonderful

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Dave Anderson, South Sutton, will be the guest speaker at All Things Wild and Wonderful, a program hosted by the Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts, at the Knowlton House, Sunapee Harbor, on April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Lake Sunapee Region, N.H. — The Center for the Arts will celebrate New Hampshire’s natural heritage with words, music and art in All Things Wild and Wonderful on Friday, April 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House, Sunapee Harbor.

The free program, a CFA’s First Friday event, will include poetry, music and a photography-illustrated talk by naturalist Dave Anderson of South Sutton, N.H. The public is invited to attend.

Anderson will speak about New Hampshire’s “incredible” natural surroundings and how it improves mental and physical health and quality of life.

Anderson designs and delivers education programs and field trips that teach forest and wildlife ecology, forest stewardship, and land conservation. He is the director of Education & Volunteer Services for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest.

He also writes a column for the New Hampshire Sunday News and for the Forest Society and hosts the bi-monthly program Something Wild on New Hampshire Public Radio.

The evening will also include readings and music: “The Swan” by Mary Oliver  and Dianalee Velie’s “Claire de Lune” followed by Katelyn Croft’s harp rendition of Camille Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” and Debussy’s “Clair de Lune.” And CFA’s Literary Arts Guild will honor the winners of its Second Annual Springing into Poetry contest.

On the First Friday of each month, the Center for the Arts hosts free programs for the community: gallery openings and receptions, music events, and literary and theater nights. For more information, visit www. centerfortheartsnh.org.

Kearsarge/Sunapee LWV will hold candidates forum

Kearsarge/Sunapee Region, N.H. – The League of Women Voters of Kearsarge/Sunapee will be holding a candidate forum on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. in New London. The forum will be include state senate and state representative races for the towns of Newbury, New London, Sunapee and Wilmot. The public is encouraged to attend.  Location: Whipple Hall, corner of Main Street and Seaman’s Road, next to the town green. Election Day is November 6, 2012.

Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge is Sept. 30th

The Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge is Sunday, September 30, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Sunapee Harbor.

“Who has the best chowder? You be the judge!” headlines the Chowder Challenge release that details the event. The event’s website lists this year’s participants–chowder masters, artisan vendors and sponsors–and prior winners. Check it out at www.chowderchallenge.org.

Tickets: $10 per person, children 12 and under free.

“The Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge is a community event sponsored by the Sunapee Parent Teacher Association. Local restaurants and chowder enthusiasts compete for the title of best chowder around! Attendees sample the many delicious chowder creations and then cast their vote for the best. Fun for the whole family with local artisans, children’s events, music and much more.” — read more at www.chowderchallenge.org

Household hazardous waste collection, Aug. 18 in Sunapee

A household hazardous waste collection will be held in Sunapee on Saturday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Sunapee Highway Garage, 621 Route 11. The collection will also accept unwanted medicines.

Sponsored by the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, the collection is free for residents from Claremont, Cornish, Enfield, Goshen, Hanover, Lebanon, Lempster, Lyme, Newbury, Orford, Piermont, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity, Washington and Wilmot.

For more information including what to bring and what not to bring and a schedule of future collections, go to: www.uvlsrpc.org.

Download/view the 2012 informational flyer (PDF 504KB): HHW Schedule 2012

Every day, people dump hazardous waste down their drains, into their trash, or onto the ground. These toxins eventually make their way into our drinking water.  Providing options for responsible hazardous waste disposal is critical to keeping our drinking water safe. – UVLSRPC, Household Hazardous Waste Collection Project

 

Art, poetry, music… take your pick!

Exhibit openings, poetry readings, and musical performances — an array of events showcasing the creative community in the Lake Sunapee region takes place this Friday, May 4. These events are free and open to all.

Patience by Jeanne Maguire Thieme. For more information about the "First Friday" gallery openings and artists, visit: CFA Micro Gallery

>> Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts continues its “First Fridays” with fine art, light refreshments and opening receptions at the Center’s micro galleries in New London, 4-7 p.m. Locations and featured artists: Millstone Restaurant (Wolfgang Ertl), New London Inn (Susan DeAppolonio), Zero Celsius Wealth Studio (Elizabeth D’Amico and Craig Maine), and Country Houses Real Estate (Jeanne Maguire Thieme).  For more info, visit: CFA Micro Gallery.

>> Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire – The Elements of Spirit: Words, music and art come together at the Knowlton House at Sunapee Harbor, 5-7 p.m. The CFA event will feature author Caroline Fairless, musician Jim Sims, and the poetry of Amber Rose Crowtree, Joan T. Doran, Maggie Kemp, Robert Manchester, Jennifer Militello, and Ellen Pysz. Ewa Cruciel, poet and professor at Colby Sawyer College, will introduce the poetry.

>> Harpist Katelyn Croft will be performing at Rockwell’s Tavern at the New London Inn, 5-7 p.m.

>> Singer/songwriter Howie Newman gives a show at the  Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 7-9 p.m. Read more…

>> Library Arts Center opens its 2012 Juried Regional Exhibit with a reception in the gallery at 58 North Main Street, Newport, 5-7 p.m. For more info including the list of participating artists, visit: www.libraryartscenter.org or call (603) 863-3040.

Ausbon Sargent celebrates 25 years of land protection

Photo: Clark Lookout affords a magnificent view of Lake Sunapee with Mt. Sunapee in the distance.  A trail map of this easy .5 mile hike can be viewed at www.ausbonsargent.org/trails.

Today’s Earth Day week focus is on land conservation in the Mt. Kearsarge-Lake Sunapee region — the work of the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust.

Since 1987 Ausbon Sargent has been protecting our special, open spaces: farms, forested lands, streams and wetlands. These areas contribute mightily to the regional landscape.

Their protected properties now number 120 and total 9,742 acres with over 7 miles of shore frontage including 4,700 feet of frontage on Lake Sunapee. This work involves stewardship and education and lots of support from volunteers and community partners.

To learn more: View the map of properties. Read about the organization’s history and namesake. View a gallery of protected lands.

And here’s what’s coming up — special events and volunteer opportunities — as Ausbon Sargent celebrates its 25th birthday!

>> “Landscapes for Landsake” art exhibit at New London Hospital from May 25 through mid-September.

>> Thursday’s Child Benefit Dinner on May 31, 2012

Rockwell’s at the Inn and the New London Inn presents Thursday’s Child dinners to benefit local nonprofit organizations. Dine at Rockwell’s at the Inn (in the main dining room or the tavern) and 50% of the profits from the evening will go to Ausbon Sargent. For reservations, phone 603-526-2791.

>> Training Workshop: Monitoring Protected Properties on June 6

Help protect land by training to be one of Ausbon Sargent’s 90 land steward monitors. Call the Ausbon Sargent office for more information and to register with Sue Andrews at 603-526-6555 or email sandrews@ausbonsargent.org.

“We have been so successful adding new protected properties that we need an additional 12 easement monitors. This is a wonderful opportunity to be in the woods making a concrete contribution to saving our rural landscape,” says land protection specialists Andy Deegan and Beth McGuinn.

>> Spring Ledge Farm Feature, Main Street, New London on June 10
Starting at 4:30 p.m., take a tour of the farm and enjoy listening to guest speaker, the former Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Taylor.

>> “Happy Birthday, Ausbon!” on the New London Town Common on June 11

Come to the party on the green (from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) for a tribute to Ausbon Sargent, on his birthday. There will be music and stories and entertainment reflecting on Ausbon and the New London Common, which he purchased in 1985 and gifted to the town for conservation and enjoyment by future generations.

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