Community Event: Sunapee Harbor Magic, Dec. 7



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.

Sunapee Rec Department 2013 newsletter now online

SunapeeRecDeptNewsletter2013What’s happening in Sunapee this summer?

The 2013 Sunapee Recreation Department newsletter is now available online via the town website and it includes information about local events and programs, fun things to do for the whole family.

The booklet is full of photographs and colorful graphics and a calendar listing swim dates, tennis lessons, yoga, sailing, drumming… special events, such as the Welsh Trail Dedication and Nature Walk and the annual Teddy Bear Picnic… and more!

The rec department also distributes hard copies.

Hippity Hop! Sunapee’s Easter Egg Hunt is March 30


Hippity-hop! Sunapee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 30 at Tilton Park, Route 103B. Photo by Charlotte Carlson.

Five days and counting. Are you ready to hop into spring?

In Sunapee, the Recreation Department is getting ready for is annual Easter Egg Hunt that will be held on Saturday, March 30, at Tilton Park on Route 103B. It starts promptly at 11 a.m.

The community event is for children ages 8 and younger. Bring your own basket and join the fun. There will be over 2000 eggs filled with surprises AND extra special eggs, as well.

Arrive early, as parking is limited, advises Rec Director Scott Blewitt. Additional parking can be found along Maple and Beech streets. The festivities will be held at the Sherburne Gym, Route 11, if the weather is inclement.

Did you know…

Sanctuary Dairy Farm, Sunapee, donates eggs with free ice cream coupons to the Easter egg hunt. The farm donates over 200 eggs to the towns of Sunapee, Newport and New London.

To share your perspective about spring’s arrival this year as well as community news and event announcements, please use the contact page.

Open Gym in Sunapee for play ‘n practice

SherburneGym_CC_WinterThe Sunpaee Recreation Department extends an open invitation to Open Gym at the David W. Sherburne Gym in Sunapee, on Saturday evenings, 6 to 8 p.m. Open Gym runs until the start of February school vacation.

Recreation Director Scott Blewitt says it’s a great time to get extra basketball practice, play mini games and shoot around. It’s open to local families and children, grades 3rd through 12th. Hours: 6 to 8 p.m.

Also, the rec department is looking for volunteers to supervise Open Gym. For more info, contact:

Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee

Outdoor skating rink at Sunapee Harbor: Enjoy!

Getting the ice ready for skating behind the gazebo at Sunapee Harbor.

Getting the ice ready for skating: The Sunapee rec department operates an outdoor rink behind the gazebo at Sunapee Harbor. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. – If you like to skate, nothing is better than gliding or twirling across the ice in the crisp winter air. It’s pure winter fun.

In Sunapee, the recreation department operates an outdoor rink located behind the Ben Mere gazebo at Sunapee Harbor.

With some help from Mother Nature, Craig Heino and Greg Kelley maintain the ice and keep the ice skateable.

Heat and lights operate on a timer; the door to the skating hut is always open; and skates are available free of charge, says rec department Director Scott Blewitt.

The only requirements: Be respectful of the property and others and leave the space clean for all to enjoy!

Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot: Register online

Online registration for the Sixth Annual Lake Sunapee Turkey Trot is underway at:

Race day is Thanksgiving Day, November 22. Sunapee Harbor is the location for the 5K run and the 1K chicken run for  kids.

Pre-registration will also be held on Wednesday, November 21, at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, the Knowlton House, Sunapee Harbor, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The  Turkey Trot has become a fun and festive event attracting more than 800 racers. It attracts families and friends, and many dress in costume.

The race supports the local rec department. Sunapee Recreation will use this year’s race proceeds for a new skateboard park adjacent to Veteran’s Field on Route 11. Other projects helped by the Turkey Trot include the Dewey Field improvements and the Nona Peirce playground on Route 103B.

More race day news…

  • Pie Sale: The Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization will hold a fund-raiser and will have pies for sale, $10 each.
  • Water Stations: Prospect Hill Antiques will set up water stations at the start and finish lines to reduce waste. Organizers encourage racers to bring their own reusable bottles and fill up when needed.
  • Parking: If possible, carpool. There is limited parking at the Sunapee Post Office, Sunapee Town Office, Lake Sunapee Protective Agency, Garnet Hill Road, Sherburne Gym on Route 11, and the parking lot adjacent to the start line.

Race day schedule

  • 7:00-8:00 am: registration and bib pick up
  • 8:15 am: 1K Chicken Run, kids fun run down Lake Avenue and back.
  • 9:00 am: 5K Turkey Trot
  • 10:15 am: Awards Ceremony for top male and female racers and age category winners and prizes for the best male and female costumes.

Contact info

Race questions:

Registration questions:


The Sunapee Easter Egg Hunt

Easter eggs

A favorite holiday tradition is the Easter egg hunt.

In Sunapee, the recreation department will have 2,000 eggs filled with toys, candy and extra special treats for this year’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7.  It will be held at Tilton Park, Route 103B, starting promptly at 11 a.m., and is open to community children 8 years old and younger. Bring your own basket!

The rec department recommends arriving early, parking is limited. Additional parking can be found along Maple and Beech streets. Bad weather will move activities to the Sherburne gym on Route 11. For more information, contact Recreation Director Scott Blewitt at

Sunapee Rec – time to sign up for spring ball

Sunapee Recreation Department is thinking spring and is taking registrations for baseball, softball and t-ball. The sign-up deadline for the coming season is March 15. The cost is $20 for the first child and $15 for each additional enrollment. Forms are available at the Sunapee Town Offices, Edgemont Road, and on-line via the town website.

Coaches at all levels are needed. Contact Recreation Director Scott Blewitt at:

Did you know that you can subscribe to Sunapee Rec Department news via the town’s website?

Go to:

The Polar Express to be shown in Sunapee Dec. 28

The Polar Express (soundtrack)

Image via Wikipedia

Tonight is movie night in Sunapee.  The Polar Express will be shown on the big screen at the Sunapee Middle High School, North Road, on Tuesday, December 28 at 7 pm. Courtesy of Sunapee Recreation and Gary Summerton Photography, Sunapee, the show is open to the public free of charge. Movie goers are asked to enter the building via the side door. For more information, contact Rec Department Director Scott Blewitt at

Sunapee rec department opens ice rink

Sunapee’s outdoor skating rink located behind the Ben Mere gazebo in the harbor village is open for the season and now has a warming hut thanks to John Gosselin’s Sunapee High wood working class of 2010. Rec department Director Scott Blewitt says the warming hut is un-supervised, but has lights inside and out and heat–both on a timer.

Managed by the town rec department, the rink has a new liner this year courtesy of the Sunapee Police Department and Santa Claus, according to Blewitt. The liner will help in maintaining ice quality. The Sunapee Ice-Master is Greg Kelley, who also received “special thanks” from Blewitt.

Here are the rules of the rink:

  • Please keep the hut and ice clean and safe.
  • Respect the signs. An important note, if you see caution tape, that means the rink is closed because of thin ice and to protect the new liner. (Under the ice is a $2,000 liner that can be cut if skaters use the rink when the ice is too thin.)
  • There are ice skates available for free use, and the rec departments welcomes donations of more skates.
  • Have fun!

For more information, contact Scott Blewitt via

Based on comments posted on Facebook, lots of local folks are already enjoying the rink. If you have a favorite Sunapee skating photo to share, send it along, or send us a YouTube video link.

Sunapee Celebrates Harbor Magic Dec. 4th

Sunapee will host a holiday gathering at Sunapee Harbor on Saturday afternoon, December 4th from 1 to 4:30 pm. Sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce and locally organized, Sunapee Harbor Magic, A World of Celebration in Our Community will include hay rides, holiday crafts, story telling, a silent auction, food and caroling, and a visit by Santa.

Food and beverages will be available aboard the MV Kearsarge. And at 2 pm, the Looney Lunge, organized by the Sunapee Rec Department, will gather lakeside for “a winter splash in Lake Sunapee.” Participants and spectators invited.

To view/print/share the event flyer (455kb pdf), click on Sunapee Harbor Magic 2010. For more information, contact Rhonda Gurney.

At Pete’s Shed

Story telling, 1, 2 and 3 pm with special treats for the children provided by Sunapee Sunapee; Magician performances and face painting, 1 to 4 pm; Drop-in crafts, free of charge/donations accepted; Gingerbread cookie decorations, 1:00, 1:45 and 2:30 pm, ($5, sign up at Tattered Pages, phone 603-763-2539); Sunapee Middle High School Art Club Pie Sale; Silent auction, 1 to 3:30 pm.

At  Sunapee Harbor Village

  • Harbor caroling
  • Hay rides and boat launch/tour of the harbor, 1 to 4:30pm
  • Hot beverages and food on the MV Kearsarge, starting at 1 pm (benefits Sunapee Middle High School French Club)
  • Rec Department Looney Lunge, lakeside, 2 pm
  • Visit by Santa for the parade, arrival 2:30 pm
  • Collections for the Sunapee Food Pantry and Sunapee Toys for Joy
  • Harbor Lighting at the Ben Mere Gazebo, 4:30 pm

Celebrate the magic in our community by singing, sharing stories of your family’s traditions, having a hot cocoa and taking a hay ride, participating in a workshop, visiting Santa or by strolling through the harbor…

Sunapee Rec Plans Easter Egg Hunt

Sunapee’s annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by town recreation department will be held Saturday, April 3 at Veteran’s Field (or at the Sherburne Gym if the weather is bad.) The hunt starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. and is for children ages 8 and younger. Rec Director Scott Blewitt said there will be 2000 eggs all filled with toys and extra special eggs, too. Please, remember to bring your own basket.

Other news: The rec department is planning a color Summer/Fall 2010 brochure–5000 copies– that will be mailed to all residents in Sunapee and Georges Mills and made available at local businesses  Advertising space is available; a business size ad cost $75. The deadline for ad copy is April 1. Advertisers are asked to send a digital image to Scott Blewitt at: and checks are payable to Sunapee Recreation, (23 Edgemont Road, Sunapee, NH 03782.)

A benefit dinner will be held at the Double Diamond Cafe, Route 103, Sunapee for the Lynne Peirce Memorial Playground being planned for the Harry Tilton Park in Sunapee. The dinner will on Saturday, April 10. Read more…

One can subscribe to Rec Department (and other town news) via the Town of Sunapee website.

Dinner Benefits Memorial Playground in Sunapee

A benefit dinner will be held at the Double Diamond Cafe, Route 103, Sunapee for the Lynne Peirce Memorial Playground being planned for the Harry Tilton Park in Sunapee. The dinner will on Saturday, April 10. It will be spaghetti and meatballs, an “all you can eat” meal with two seatings, 5 and 6:30 p.m. Cost: $10. Volunteers are needed to help serve, clear tables and do dishes, wrote Sunapee Rec Department Director Scott Blewitt in an email announcement. Advance tickets are available at the Sunapee Town Office, the Police Department and the Double Diamond Cafe.

“Donations in excess of $90,000 have already been raised [for the playground],” wrote Blewitt, who invited the public “to learn more about how to donate towards the playground or other recreation elements that are going on the hill.”  To contact Blewitt, email To learn more about the Memorial Playground including the history of the Harry Tilton Park at Ski Tow Hill, visit:

In Sunapee Recount, Rec Article Fails by Two Votes

A recount of a Sunapee ballot question voted upon at Town Meeting March 9 did not change the status of a recreation ballot question. The results of yesterday’s recount of article 24 conducted at the Town Clerk’s office was: 426 Yes, 427 No, and 38 blank ballots. Article 24 would have created and appropriated $25,000 to a Capital Reserve Fund “to purchase, build, develop and maintain Recreation Fields in Sunapee.” Although the recount increased the “yes” vote by two, the question failed and needed two more votes to pass. On Election Day the results were posted 424 Yes and 427 No, four votes short of approval.

After the recount, Sunapee Rec Director Scott Blewitt said, “I would like to thank all those that support our mission to provide quality facilities for our community.”

Another rec department article (no. 26) seeking $12,000 to build a handicapped accessible bathroom at Dewey Beach did get voter approval.


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