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.







Sunapee Flash Bash will show student photography

FlashBash Flyer Invite 2014

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

Project Sunapee: Haunted Harbor Halloween is Oct. 26


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 celebrates covered bridge opening Sept. 15

SunapeePedBridge2013Sunapee, N.H. — “Following the ribbon cutting, be among the first to cross the bridge!”

Project Sunapee and the Town of Sunapee Bridge Committee invite the public to the dedication and opening of the new pedestrian bridge in Sunapee Harbor village on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

The festivities start at noon along the banks of the Sugar River on River Road.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include recognizing honored guests and thanking all who donated monies and materials to the project and, most importantly,  thanking the volunteers who actually built the bridge.

The celebration will include music by the Time Travelers and the Whiskey Stones, refreshments from Rocky Cannoli’s hot dog cart and Sanctuary Dairy Farm ice cream, and lemonade and cookies from Sunapee bakers.

For additional information, bridge history and photos, visit:

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Sunapee Sightings: The new covered bridge!

CoveredBridge_Falls_CC_2013-07Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee: Above Hames Park falls, a new pedestrian bridge spans the Sugar RIver in Sunapee Harbor Village. It connects River Road and Main Street by the historic Harbor House Livery (old town hall building). On July 19, 2013, a crane put the wooden bridge in place.

View a short video of the bridge being put in place via the Town of Sunapee website and learn more about the project via Project Sunapee.

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Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge

Photo courtesy of Project Sunapee.

Photo courtesy of Project Sunapee.

Sunapee, NH — The idea has been around for decades, but now it’s about to become a reality.

A new pedestrian covered bridge will soon span the Sugar River in Sunapee Harbor village.

The wooden bridge will be moved from River Road, where it has been under construction, onto its abutments that straddle the river on Friday, July 19, according to a town announcement.

The day the bridge is raised and set on the abutments “will be the day you hear cheers over Sunapee,” said Donna Gazelle, a founding member of Project Sunapee, the fiscal agent for the project.

“The exact time that the bridge will be lifted into place is unknown due to the amount of work that is necessary to set up the crane, and due to the time that is necessary to prepare the rigging that will support the bridge during the lift,” the town alert said.

Long-term community planning and an array of volunteer efforts including fund-raising has made the covered bridge a reality.

All construction is being done by Brent Stocker, Sunapee, and his son Josh Stocker, Bradford, with an able crew of volunteers.

The main structural components were designed by and purchased from Western Wood Structures in Oregon, renown experts in the field, and all other materials have been donated by local businesses.

A pedestrian bridge connecting River Road and Main Street at Sunapee Harbor was first envisioned in a town plan in 1985.

A community design charette completed in 2007 that studied the old town hall (Harbor House Livery) and village traffic flow re-enforced the bridge plan. And recent focus on re-use of the town’s Harbor House Livery gave renewed support for the project.

Time for lifting the bridge

“If all goes as planned, and if the weather cooperates, we anticipate the actual lift will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.,” according to the town announcement.

The town also addressed traffic and pedestrian safety that is “critical for success.”

“The Town of Sunapee Police Department will be on site to assist with traffic and pedestrian control. Safety measures will be implemented at the intersection of River Road and High Street, along River Road from Maple Street westerly towards the bridge, and behind the Livery House.”

“River Road will be closed to all through vehicular traffic from Maple Street to High Street during this event. Residents and media personnel will be permitted to enter within the Work Zone of the project.”

“Residents and media personnel who wish to observe the activities will be allowed to do so from locations that will be outside the perimeter of the Work Zone. Public parking for this event is per all applicable Town Ordinances,” according to the town.

For more photos and information about the Sunapee Bridge Project, visit: Project Sunapee.

Local Flash Bash seeks photos from Sunapee students

FlashBash Flyer 2013Sunapee, N.H. — Project Sunapee announces Flash Bash for Sunapee students: a photography show of places and faces in Sunapee.

All students in the Elementary and Middle High schools are invited to submit photos to the show, which will be on display to the public on Friday, May 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Harbor House Livery, Sunapee Harbor.

The deadline for entries is May 1, 2013.

Each entry can include two images; a committee will choose one to print for the show. For more information including a photo submission form, visit:

A local non-profit, Project Sunapee, in coordination with Meagan Reed’s Law and Government Class at Sunapee High School, is sponsoring the event.

Questions?  Email:

Haunted Halloween at Sunapee Harbor, Oct. 27


Sunapee, N.H. – Hocus pocus spells and surprises will be in the air at the Third Annual Haunted Harbor Halloween at Sunapee Harbor on Saturday, October 27 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The event, sponsored by Project Sunapee, promises spook-tacular fun, from wicked witches with surprises to tailgate trick-or-treating and ghostly games.

More details:

  • At 4:30 – Meet at the Quack Shack tent dressed in your Halloween best for judging. Prizes will be awarded for the Scariest, Funniest, Pretties, Most Creative and Best Group.
  • At 5:00 – Join the “Rag-a-Muffin Parade” to the bandstand.
  • From 6:30 to 8:00 – Walk the plank and come aboard a “haunted pirate ship.”

And there will be a fortune teller, a corn maze and… food: Lil’ Red Baron‘s Caboose will be offering dinner morsels, Mexican fare, and Rocky Cannoli‘s Wagon will be serving hot dogs and brats.

For more information or to volunteer, email Project Sunapee:

Project Sunapee showcases local artisans and local history at HHL

An arts and crafts exhibit and sale featuring Sunapee artisans will take place at the historic Harbor House Livery (a.k.a. Old Town Hall) on Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, on Sunday, October 7, noon to 3. Refreshments will be served.

The event will feature Sunapee artisans including Joyce Gale (Unique Ewe woolly mittens),  Marie Wiggins (all manner of fine and fancy needlework), Cherie DeAugustinis (funky, fanciful sculpture, mirrors, trays, and more), Ellie White (Pashmina jackets and felted hats) and Sharon Parsons (pottery), who will demonstrate basket weaving.

Visitors will be able to explore the history and current activity surrounding the Harbor House Livery, which is on the New Hampshire Register of Historic Places.

“This is also an opportunity to glimpse back to Sunapee 1890. Harbor House Livery Committee docents will be present to answer questions and share a video history,” says Donna Gazelle for Project Sunapee, the event sponsor.

On display will be the wooden model of the pedestrian covered bridge that will span the Sugar River from River Street to Main Street. The harbor area project is under construction.

The scale model of the covered bridge (shown here) was created by Brent Stocker of Stocker Woodworks, Sunapee.

For more information, email

Projects Sunapee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging economic vitality and education, cultural and historic assets, scenic landscapes and the social well being of our community.

Sunapee breaks ground for covered bridge

During the week of July 30, the water level in the Sugar River in Sunapee slowed to a trickle and a parade of trucks, front-end loaders and cranes arrived along River Road and Main Street at Sunapee Harbor.  Excitement and curiosity grew.

All was ready, heavy duty machines, experienced hands and precise engineering.

The time had come for the ground breaking for the Sunapee Covered Bridge, a town project approved by the Sunapee board of selectmen and supported by various local committees and groups including Project Sunapee, a local non-profit. Per request of the town, Project Sunapee is serving as fiscal agent for the bridge project.

Local contributions

Under the direction of project manager Brent Stocker, Sunapee, local contractors prepared the foundations, set the precast abutments, and prepared the site for installation of the bridge, which will take place later this fall.

“This was a heartwarming show of generosity and community spirit as individuals and companies donated time and materials to accomplish this,” said Donna Gazelle for Project Sunapee. The value of the contributions is over $15,000.

The local contractors working on the project include Ted Gallup, Robert Gallup, Kevin Barton, Mark Usko, Carroll Concrete, Peter Hill, United Construction, Josh Stocker and Rick Geddes and crew.

The 10-ton abutments, pre-cast by United Concrete Company, Conn., and trucked to Sunapee, were contributed by the Gavin family.

“This was the best show in town to the delight of dozens of onlookers,” said Gazelle.

“Several were so enthusiastic about the project, they wrote checks or made pledges to the project while on site.”

The bridge components are expected to arrive from Western Wood Structures, Oregon, by October 1. The bridge will then be assembled on River Road and placed by crane onto the abutments.

Generous commitments of materials and labor to help offset the cost of this stage of construction is in hand, according to Gazelle.

Now, the final phase of fundraising is underway to cover lighting, signage, landscaping and installation of the stone walkway. Personalized granite stepping stones will be included in the walkway and are available for purchase by the public. An order form for ordering is available at:

Connecting the past with the future

A pedestrian bridge spanning the Sugar River behind the historic Harbor House Livery (Old Town Hall building) is not a new idea. In the mid-80s, a town commissioned study of re-use of the old town hall, the Mirski Report, presented the concept.

What will it look like when complete? A conceptual sketch by James Wassell, Rock Maple Studio, Sunapee, is available on the Sunapee Bridge website. And photos and more information, is available at:

A scale model (shown here) of the Sunapee Pedestrian Covered Bridge was created by Brent Stocker, Stocker Woodworks, Sunapee.

The Sunapee Covered Bridge will provide “an architectural attraction linking the Sunapee Harbor area to the alluring parks along the Sugar River as well as providing access to parking for local historic buildings and other valued surrounding businesses.,” according to the project website.

“This bridge is a major step toward a revitalized Sunapee Harbor/Village, fostering a vibrant mix of community and commercial space in our town center.”

Photos courtesy of Project Sunapee.

>>> For more information, email:

>>> Contributions (made payable to Project Sunapee) can be mailed to Project Sunapee, PO Box 602, Sunapee, NH 03782.

Imagine Sunapee IDs community “ideas, dreams and opinions”

Sunapee Harbor Riverway and Project Sunapee gathered “a fantastic variety of ideas, dreams and opinions” from Imagine Sunapee…2020, a pubic forum held at Sunapee Harbor in March 2012.

The two groups, the Riverway and Project Sunapee, sponsored the forum that attracted wide participation by local committees and non-profits.

Event organizers recently shared what they learned:

“Citizens of Sunapee see a need for more contact and communication with other people in town. The seasonal nature of our population, the lack of a town center and the absence of a year round gathering place were some of the reasons given for our unique challenge in meeting this need.”

“Our townspeople have lots to say about the future of Sunapee! They have strong feelings about the things they care about, and there is great support for efforts to enhance the feeling of community.”

To read/download the feedback gathered at the forum, click on Imagine Sunapee Forum – Feedback (PDF 3.2 MG).

The idea behind the forum was to offer a venue where civic groups and committees could share information about their work and goals and where members of the public could ask questions and offer their own ideas and suggestions.

Organizers want to reconvene in early summer to “continue the conversation.”

To receive an event notice, contact Project Sunapee, email:

Imagine Sunapee committee members are Sue Mills, Muriel Bergeron, Janet Haines, Donna Gazelle, Barbara Sullivan and Mike Durfor.

Three ideas from the forum that generated the most interest were identified as:

  1. A year round coffee shop in town, which was the “far the most popular dream!”
  2. A physical, year round place (for clubs, youths and seniors) to gather for various events and activities: recreation, social functions, arts and music performances, farmer’s or crafts markets, birthday parties, etc.
  3. A farmer’s/crafts market

Other popular ideas include:

  • Organized beach games
  • Winter carnival
  • Sunapee mini triathlon
  • Street dances
  • Community garden
  • Mountain bike trails
  • Ice fishing derby
  • Outdoor movies by the river
  • Community event like ‘Old Home Day’
  • Organized walking group
  • Sledding parties
  • More nature trails
  • Youth center with a place for dances
  • Year-round harbor restaurant

People also said they’d like to have an on-line events calendar; open Beach Street to traffic; renovate the town’s elementary school; and build a new town library.

And here are more ideas from the forum:

  • Film festival
  • River front amphitheater for music, readings, contemplation
  • Toboggan run on to the Lake
  • Rowing regatta
  • Grocery store
  • Neighborhood competitions: block parties, canoe races, games, and “fun like in the old days”
  • Tea room
  • Breakfast on the M.V. Kearsarge

“Ambitious ideas” included:

  • Establishing a local TV/cable station
  • Having a turf soccer field
  • Installing lights and sidewalks on Main Street
  • Removing the poison ivy at Dewey Beach
  • Providing more opportunities for local agriculture
  • Paving on High and Maple streets and North Road

Roundabout ConceptImagine Sunapee also asked people to consider and give ideas about the town’s master plan and its implementation.

People could offer their ideas for Sunapee’s future by using a spontaneous “whatever comes into your head” method and by “dot voting” for suggestions posted on various displays.

Sunapee Harbor Riverway Corporation, founded in 1992 to “preserve and protect” the lakeside village, owns several properties at Sunapee Harbor including those that house the Anchorage Restaurant, Wild Goose Country Store, Sargents Marina, Harborside Trading, Sunapee Harbor Sweet Shop and Deli, and Quack Shack Ice Cream. It also owns Pete’s Shed, the home to Jenkins Dance and Gymnastics, Slavin’s Haven Preschool, Sine-Wave Technologies and the Sunapee Harbor Riverway office.

Project Sunapee is a nonprofit organization “dedicated to supporting and encouraging economic vitality and education, cultural and historic assets, scenic landscapes and the social well being of our community.”

Photos courtesy of Project Sunapee.

Sunapee forum captures community spirit

On Saturday, Pete’s Shed in Sunapee Harbor bustled with activity, people meeting up to share information and share ideas, at “Imagine… Sunapee 2020.”

Over 100 members of the public and 24 local groups attended the community forum, which was co-sponsored by Project Sunapee and Sunapee Harbor Riverway.

“The buzz of conversation was at perfect pitch,” said Barbara Sullivan, one of the event organizers for Project Sunapee. “It turned out to be a cross between a pep rally and a job fair capturing the spirit of community last felt at the old style town meetings.”

Sullivan said the forum allowed people to learn about what’s happening ‘behind the scenes’ in Sunapee.

Volunteers and representatives from local non-profits and town and school groups set up informational displays, filling the main floor of the building.

“Thanks to all who participated and attended,” said Sue Mills for the Riverway. “It was very successful!”

Through out the afternoon, people stopped in, asked questions and offered suggestions, as they moved from display to display. For example,

- Michael Marquise, the town planner for Sunapee, explained elements of Sunapee’s Master Plan.
– Members of the Lake Sunapee Rowing Club provided information about rowing and their adaptive rowing program.
Sunapee’s Covered Bridge Campaign told the “story of Sunapee’s covered pedestrian bridge” and displayed a recently completed wooden model of the bridge.

Sullivan said the event committee will “now go to work putting together a newsletter capturing the highlights and sharing the amazing assortment of ideas gleaned from the day.”

“We hope this will be the first of many similar events.”

Project Sunapee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging economic vitality and education, cultural and historic assets, scenic landscapes and the social well being of the community.

Sunapee Harbor Riverway, incorporated over 20 years ago with the mission of preserving and enhancing the lakeside village, maintains properties at Sunapee Harbor.

A community forum: Imagine … Sunapee in 2020

A community forum, Imagine … Sunapee in 2020, where townspeople can ask questions and share ideas, will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Pete’s Shed, River Road, Sunapee Harbor.  Refreshments and childcare will be available.

Sunapee Harbor Riverway and Project Sunapee are sponsoring the event. The invitation says it is “an exciting community forum just for you! Everything you ever wanted to know about our town… explored and explained in one afternoon. Spend 10 minutes or two hours – ‘speed dating’ style. Drop in anytime between 2 and 5 p.m.”

Perhaps you have questions about the town:

  • What’s the Master Plan?
  • Where are we going?
  • How can I help make the decisions?
  • Who owns what in Sunapee Harbor & Village?
  • What recreation facilities are available in town?
  • Who plants the flowers?
  • What’s happening with the “old town hall”?
  • Is anybody listening?

Representatives from town and school boards and volunteer and civic groups will be on hand to explain their mission, share their goals and seek your input to better serve community needs, according to the release.

The forum, most importantly, will give people an opportunity to share their ideas. The invitation asks: “What do you envision for our town as we Imagine Sunapee in 2020?”

For more information, contact SHR at 603-763-9988 or Project Sunapee at

Celebrate summer at Sunapee’s Riverfest August 7

“Tasty food, toe-tapping music and tons of fun games” will be part of Riverfest, a community celebration in Sunapee next Sunday. It will take place along the banks of the Sugar River between Maple and High streets in the harbor village area of town.

Date and time: August 7 from 4:00 to 8:30 pm.

Project Sunapee, a local non-profit, is sponsoring the event and here’s what’s planned…

  • A “Best in NH” pig roast by chef Scott Call. BBQ Chicken. Veggie Burgers. Hot dogs and more.
  • A call to bakers to bring their best pies and cookies. After the judges award the blue ribbons, the desserts will be served for all to enjoy.
  • Dancing in the street with renowned fiddler, contra and barn dance caller Dudley Laufman.
  • Music with Track 13–Pirozzoli, Putnam, Putnam and Flewelling.
  • Old fashioned carnival games for all ages.
  • Face painting, balloons and “serendipitous surprises!”

For ticket information, go to: or email:

Proceeds will go toward Sunapee’s covered bridge campaign. Read more about the project in Project Sunapee’s July 2011 newsletter available on-line.

Project Sunapee is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and encouraging economic vitality and education, cultural and historic assets, scenic landscapes and the social well being of our community.

Come if you dare to a Haunted Harbor Halloween


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There are some spooky things planned for Sunapee harbor. A Haunted Harbor Halloween will be held Sunday, October 31st. The invitation reads: Come if you dare.

Sunapee will hold its traditional trick-or-treating from 5 to 8 pm along Central Street and will close the road to vehicular traffic during that time. And there’s  lots stirrin’ at the harbor, as well.

Watch your step in the Ghostly Graveyard!   Jack-O-Lanterns will light your way, but beware of mummies, ghosts, and  things that go bump in the night.

Plans include the 1st Annual Wild Goose Chase, a digital camera scavenger hunt, a costume parade, games, and a haunted pirate ship at the town dock. (See below for details.)

This is the first year for the Haunted Harbor event which extends the town’s trick-or-treating along Central Street. Organizers hope to keep it low-key, more for community children and families. It’s sponsored by Project Sunapee, and has lots of people involved.

This week, Sunapee Middle High School art classes are painting store front windows. And the After School Kids program at the library are making decorations for the large tree at the harbor.

Other participants include the Sunapee Seniors, Sunapee Police Department, Appleseed Cruises, Wild Goose Country Store, and residents of Central Street.

To volunteer and for more information call: Cheryl Summerton, 763-4397

Haunted Harbor Halloween

  • Digital camera scavenger hunt for groups of four with a parent or adult driver. Register at Flanders Stage at noon.

  • Costume parade to the Ben Mere bandstand. Meet at the SAU parking lot at 4 pm.
  • Games and fortune-telling ’til 6 pm.
  • Haunted pirate ship, come aboard 5 to 8 pm.
  • Tailgate trick-or-treating, and…
  • Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble ….The witches will be casting a hocus-pocus spell as they brew eye of newt, toe of frog, wool of bat and other tasty treats at the Old Town Hall coven.”



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