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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about MV Kearsarge restoration

MVK_CC6Sunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Gardeners invites the public to a presentation by Tim Fenton about the history, sinking and restoration of the MV Kearsarge. The program will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor.

The Fenton family operates both the MV Kearsarge, a restaurant boat, and its sister ship, the MV Mt. Sunapee II, a tour boat. The boats run out of Sunapee Harbor.

The Kearsarge partially sank while moored at the Sunapee Town Dock in January 2013. After a complete renovation— four months of work—the popular dinner boat was back in service cruising Lake Sunapee.

Photo from January 2013 by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

 

 

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.

 

Sunapee Flash Bash will show student photography

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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 info@projectsunapee.org.

Sunapee’s Harbor House Livery to host arts & crafts show

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An arts and crafts exhibit and sale will be held at the historic Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village, on Sunday, October 13,  noon to 4 p.m. Photo of the Sugar River bridge and HHL is by Charlotte Carlson, one of the local participants in the show.

Sunapee, N.H. — Local artisans will show their wares at an arts and crafts exhibit and sale on Sunday, October 13, 2013, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Harbor House Livery in Sunapee Harbor Village.

Participants include League of N.H. Craftsmen members: mixed media artist Cherie DeAugustinis (3-Delusional Art) and fiber artists Joyce Murphy Gale (Unique Ewe) and Marie Wiggins (Harbor Gallery).

Stocker Graniteworks also will be attending with their American Bead Collection.

And showing their latest work will be photographer Charlotte Carlson (notes, totes and prints); Eleanor “Ellie” White, who transforms pashmina into wearable art; spinner and weaver Chris Alexander; wood turner Joe Watts; and Sarah Bocko, with silver and bead jewelry.

Project Sunapee is organizing and sponsoring the event, which will include a video display of the building’s history. Docents will be on hand to share information about the circa 1890 landmark.

For more info, email: info@projectsunapee.org.

Salt Hill Pub wins Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge

Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge logo“It was a wonderful day” and the Lake Sunapee Chowder Challenge attracted a “huge turnout,” said Charleen Osborne, co-president of the Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization.  “Thank you to everyone who made this event happen!”

The SPTO held its annual Chowder Challenge at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday, September 29. Local restaurants and chowder enthusiasts competed for the title of best chowder maker.

Salt Hill Pub, with locations in Newport, Lebanon and Hanover, won the top honors in three categories.

This year’s (2013) winners are:

Judges Choice – Salt Hill Pub

People’s Choice
1st Place – Salt Hill Pub
2nd Place – Mountain Edge, Mountain Spirits Tavern
3rd Place – Sanctuary Dairy Farm with Rich Ducharme

Kid’s Choice
1st Place – Salt Hill Pub
2nd Place – Sanctuary Dairy Farm with Rich Ducharme
3rd Place – Mountain Edge, Mountain Spirits Tavern

Best Decorated – Sunapee Cove Assisted Living

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).

Sunapee’s Hames Park, a gem along the Sugar River, tells of times past

HamesParksign2013_CCSunapee, N.H. — A small park, a gem along the Sugar River in Sunapee Harbor village tells of times past.

The park’s pathway, off Main Street near the High Street Bridge, leads down into a garden and granite lined sanctuary that speaks to the power of its townspeople and the river.

In the late 1800s, many New Hampshire’s riverfront villages and towns bustled with industry and business. At the turn of the century, the Granite State was a leading producer of textiles, machinery, wood products, and paper.

In Sunapee, factories harnessed the river for power and employed a variety of workers in its shops, mills and foundries along upper and lower Main Street.

Hames Park, dedicated in 1990, details the history of hame production in Sunapee.

HamesParkwalk2013_CCA hame, made of wood or metal, is the curved part of a harness that fits around the neck of a draft animal and to which the traces (or lines) are attached.

The Sunapee Historical Society Museum at Sunapee Harbor displays wooden and metal hames and other locally manufactured items from more than a century ago.

A sign at Hames Park talks about industry along the river.

From Lake Sunapee for a distance of nearly two miles, the Sugar River has a rapid descent and this furnished some of the finest water power in the state. On this particular section of the river, there were many factories. Along with hames (which were made on this site) many other goods were manufactured: fork & hoe handles, clothes pins, paper, lumber, tanned leather, meal & flour, sashes & blinds, shoe pegs, starch, inner soles, shingles, splits and excelsior.

Hames manufacturing was big business 

The hame business in Sunapee started in 1860. Ownership changed over time as did its factory buildings that burned and were rebuilt and expanded.

Sunapee’s hame production was big business. In 1893, it turned out about 600 pair of hames per day. In 1899, the U.S. Hame Company of Buffalo, N.Y., took over the Sunapee plant.

However, with the development of the automobile and internal combustion engine that transformed transportation across the country, the demand for hames dropped and the plant closed in 1914.

More than a century ago, industry and businesses lined the river. The hame company, as did other businesses, had buildings that spanned the river.

The center of Sunapee was in the harbor village around the Hames Park area, where Central, Main and High streets came together, and where one found the essentials: post office, livery, library and shops.

The Sunapee Riverwalk, a scenic half-mile walk from the harbor to the town office building and information booth on Route 11, passes the falls at Hames Park and other historic sites along the Sugar River. Visit the park via the RIverwalk by crossing the High Street Bridge.

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Garden and granite lined Hames Park in Sunapee Harbor Village tells the history of local manufacturing along the Sugar River, where the power of the townspeople and the river came together. (Photos of Hames Park sign and walkway by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.)

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.

Read related article: Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge (SunapeeNews.com).

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.

Sunapee prepares to place covered bridge today

Ready, set, go... Early Friday morning, July 19,  a crane was in place for placing a new pedestrian bridge onto its abutments along the Sugar River at Sunapee Harbor Village. Photo by Rem Mastin, Sunapee.

Ready, set, go… Early Friday morning, July 19, Sunapee prepared to lift and place a new pedestrian bridge onto abutments on either side of the Sugar River. Photo by Rem Mastin, Sunapee.

Read more… Sunapee sets date for placing covered bridge (SunapeeNews.com)

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.

Teddy Bear Picnic at Sunapee Harbor, July 13

 

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Sunapee Harbor fireworks on July 6

sunapeeharborpan_jb904x160.jpg Independence Day celebrations will extend into the weekend this year with Sunapee Harbor fireworks set to go off on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at dusk, usually around 9 p.m. It is also flare night on Lake Sunapee.

Earlier in the day, a community parade along Central Street and into the harbor will take place at noon. The parade theme: Relive the 80s.

At 2 p.m., the town will hold the Herbert Welsh Trail dedication and hike at Dewey Woods.

For a listing of summer activities and events, see Recreation Sunapee, Summer 2013 (on FlipSnack).

Note: The Town of Sunapee has a fireworks ordinance and permit process. For more information, go to the town website.

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