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

Dave Anderson

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.

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

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

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:

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: 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

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

“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.

Center for the Arts hosts Trilogy on First Friday, April 6

Artfully New First Fridays!, sponsored by the Center for the Arts, brings you Trilogy — Katie Allman, Samantha Allman, and Audrey Budington, each playing several instruments, fiddle, viola, guitar and piano — in a performance at Rockwell’s Tavern at the New London Inn on April 6, 2012, from 6 to 7 pm.

Trilogy performs folk, classic and jazz at venues throughout the year… at fairs, festivals, farmers’ markets, restaurants, weddings, fundraisers, and house parties.  This concert will include music from the Baroque and Classical eras.

Katie, Samantha and Audrey range in age from 15 to 17. Each has earned numerous prizes and awards for her musicianship.

On the first Friday of each month the Center for the Arts hosts a free program showcasing local and regional artists. To learn more about the Center and First Friday! visit or call 603-526-4444.

Market on the Green ‘turning into a larger community event’

Market on the Green, Wednesdays 3-6pm, in New London is exploding with families and fun! Tristan Trybulski tries on the personality of a tiger with face painting. Artist Erin McGee Ferrell gives the final touches.

The Market on the Green, a farmers’ market held on the town common in New London, is bustling with activity reminiscent of a country fair.

Loads of families are  coming and enjoying the entertainment, vendor selections and free art activities all sponsored by the Center for the Arts serving the Lake Sunapee Region.

Market on the Green: Wednesdays, 3-6 pm, June 29-September 14

Ausbon Sargent Town Common, Main Street, New London

“Putting together live music, family entertainment, art and local agriculture…it’s a perfect combination,” said Annie Ballin, the Center’s executive director. “We have a great group of vendors. They are a friendly and talented group who enjoy what they do and are happy to share their wares and knowledge.”

Market-goers can get everything they need from prepared foods and meats, baked goods and produce, to specialty handmade gifts from local producers.

Rocky Cannoli of Newport does a steady business with market- goers looking for cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other treats.

“It’s  really turning into a larger community event where people gather to meet and visit with neighbors and friends from all over our region not just New London. The vendors are your neighbors too.”

At Market on the Green you’ll find fresh veggies from Muster Field Farm and Autumn Harvest Farm; baked goods from Rocky Cannoli, Stone Arch Bakery and New London Confections; pickles and jams from Autumn Harvest Farm and Cutting Farm… and more.

One market-goer shops the market each week to get a hot dog from Rocky Cannoli and fresh lemonade from Maine Squeeze, said Ballin, and another regularly buys condiments from Pam Ilg and Deb Coffin, Twin Fields Farm and Moose Country Gourmet. And a visitor from New York was amazed to find the perfect wedding present–a handmade lamp from one of the local potters at the market.

And there’s music and theater, a different act every week, and New London rec department runs games for the kids.

This is the market’s second season and attendance is about 450-500 people each week, many more than last year, according to Ballin.

For a list of products and vendors and 2011 performance schedule, go to:

“We really want people to experience the region…there is so much to do right here. There are 13 towns that encompass the Lake Sunapee Region and people should get to know the benefits of shopping locally and the entertainment and educational opportunities abound!”

For more info about the Center for the Arts, its programs and e-calendar of events, visit:

Photos provided by the Center for the Arts

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A call for land steward monitors

Help protect land by joining over 100 land steward monitors that volunteer for the Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust. The land trust continues to be successful adding new protected properties, which means that they need additional easement monitors. “This is a wonderful opportunity to be in the woods making a concrete contribution to saving our rural landscape,” according to a recent release.

A training workshop for land steward monitors will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 from 2 to 6 p.m. There will be one hour of classroom work and then participants will head outside for the remainder of the workshop, which is provided free of charge.

Ausbon Sargent currently protects 116 land projects encompassing over 9,300 acres in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area.  It’s office is located in New London, New Hampshire.

Contact Sue Andrews at Ausbon Sargent for more information and to register. Phone 603-526-6555 or email

Sunapee area reports 42 species in Audubon count

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Image via Wikipedia

Sixteen birders in the Lake Sunapee area took part in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count held on December 18. They reported seeing 42 species and 1859 birds, says Gary Stansfield of Goshen, the CBC coordinator for the area.

“We enjoyed some fine weather for count day. No species ‘new to the count’ were recorded this year, but considering the solid ice cover and the relative paucity of waterfowl, we logged a very respectable 42 species on count day plus an additional 2 count week species. We also recorded new count highs for barred owls, white-breasted nuthatches and Carolina wrens.”

The Lake Sunapee area used for the Christmas Bird Count takes in a 15 mile diameter circle.

The 2010 count

Canada Goose (3), American Black Duck (11), Mallard (187), Ring-necked Duck (1), Hooded Merganser (2), Common Merganser (2), Ruffed Grouse (1), Wild Turkey (82), Cooper’s Hawk (1), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Ring-billed Gull (3), Rock Pigeon (107), Mourning Dove (59), Barred Owl (3 and flagged as an unusually high count), Red-bellied Woodpecker (not counted on Dec. 18 but seen during count week), Downy Woodpecker (33), Hairy Woodpecker (31), Pileated Woodpecker (2), Blue Jay (229), American Crow (65), Common Raven (10), Black-capped Chickadee (613), Tufted Titmouse (38), Red-breasted Nuthatch (18), White-breasted Nuthatch (66 and flagged as an unusually high count), Brown Creeper (1), Carolina Wren  (2 and flagged as an unusually high count), Golden-crowned Kinglet (13), American Robin (3), European Starling (39), Bohemian Waxwing (20), American Tree Sparrow (18), Song Sparrow (1), White-throated Sparrow (2), Dark-eyed/Slate-colored Junco (10), Northern Cardinal (18), Common Grackle (not counted on Dec. 18 but seen during count week), Purple Finch (1), House Finch (5), Common Redpoll (18), Pine Siskin (7), American Goldfinch (53), Evening Grosbeak (7), and House Sparrow (73).

On the Audubon website, you can look up current and historical Christmas Bird counts by country, state and count circle, and get answers to frequently asked questions.

SRKG winter hikes start January 15

Winter view: Mount Kearsarge toward Pleasant Lake

The Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway Coalition is again leading a series of winter hikes in the Lake Sunapee region. The hikes are open to the public free of charge, and offer a variety of terrain and conditions. The hike schedule (listed below) includes snowshoe and cross-country ski events and a moonlight snowshoe outing over a forgiving three-mile course.

A snowshoe tour through Webb Woods in Sunapee on January 15 will kick off the 2011 hike schedule.

Hikes range from easy to difficult.

Hike leaders will offer full details for each event, including starting place and time and equipment needs. There is no cost to participants, except for personal food, equipment, and transportation to the hike site. Continue reading

Birders ready for ‘Christmas Bird Count’

It’s fast approaching…it’s an annual event that stirs birdwatchers around the Granite State and across the US, Canada and other Western hemisphere countries. It’s the long-standing, annual Christmas Bird Count.

The count in the Lake Sunapee area will be held on December 18, according to Gary Stansfield, Goshen, the Lake Sunapee area CBC coordinator. Experienced birders and backyard feeder watchers are invited to participate.

The goal is to cover “as much of the [Lake Sunapee area] circle as possible,” Stansfield wrote in his email announcement to local birders. To team up with others in the area or be assigned a specific count area within the Lake Sunapee area, email Stansfield at To be an official participant and to receive the CBC issue of American Birds, the fee is $5.

For more information, go to National Audubon.

To learn the count date and how to take part in your area, visit: NH Bird Records.

The data collected by observers over the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists, and interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. In the 1980’s CBC data were used to document the decline of wintering populations of the American Black Duck, after which conservation measures were put into effect to reduce hunting pressure on this species. See more about how the CBC data have been used recently in Audubon’s Birds & Climate Change and Common Birds in Decline reports. – National Audubon

Already Planning Your Summer Vacation to NH?

“I am making vacation plans now and would like the dates of the 2011 Craftmen’s Fair at Mt. Sunapee,” asked Myra in a message to Sunapee News. Hi, Myra: The 78th New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair will run August 6 – 14 (2011) at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, NH.

NH’s Craftsmen Fair is considered one of the première crafts fairs in the country, and it’s held right here, in the heart of the Lake Sunapee region. It’s also the oldest crafts fair in the country showcasing an array of traditional and contemporary crafts, the work of juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen.

A little history: The League began in 1932; the Fair began in 1933. The first fair held in Crawford Notch was a big success with sales of $2,698! The Fair then moved to the Hancock, and through the years to other locations: the UNH Field House in Durham, Holderness School in Plymouth, Dartmouth College in Hanover, the Belknap Recreation Center in Gilford (1948-1960), and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro (1962). The Fair came to Mount Sunapee in 1964.

Sunapee Seniors plans Veterans Day program

On Monday, Nov 8th at 1 pm, at the Sunapee Methodist Church, the Sunapee Seniors will hold a Veterans Day program in remembrance of all of our veterans who have served our country, writes Joe Internicola, president of the Seniors. “Babe Sargent has arranged to have two long time Sunapee residents, Dick Leone and Dick Mathiesen, address our group. Both served in the Marines, 1950 through 1953 during the Korean War and will share some of their stories with us.”

All are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served following the program.

Then, on Monday, Dec. 13, the Seniors will hold their annual Christmas luncheon that will be held at One Mile West at 12 noon. Paul and Ruth Pratt are in charge of the arrangements.

Reminder: Monday, Oct. 25 the Lake Sunapee VNA will be hold a flu-shot clinic at the Sunapee Methodist Church from 10 am to 12 noon. The Sunapee Seniors will then host a pot-luck luncheon for members. Those interested in joining the group are invited to attend. (Membership: $8/yr). For more information, contact Membership Chairman Ray Digiovanni, 603-763-2937.


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