Sunapee Green-Up Day set for May 3

Sunapee, N.H. — Sunapee Green-Up Day is coming up. Volunteers are needed for this annual road-side clean up set for Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to noon. The raindate is Sunday, May 4.

Green-Up Day is a tradition in town. Family and friends turn out and pick up roadside litter town wide. The volunteers then gather at noon at Sunapee Harbor for a picnic that is sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

Volunteer forms are available at Abbott Library and the Sunapee Town Office building, Edgemont Road, and on the event website.

Participants are asked to bring their completed form to the sign-in at the Safety Services Building, 9 Sargent Road, at 9 a.m. on the morning of the event to get a clean up area assignment. The form asks where you would like to participate. For reference, see the Green-Up Day Maps link, and click here for the Volunteer Form.


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.


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 Dems Gottling and Tanner win N.H. House seats

Sunapee, N.H. – 84.6% of Sunapee’s registered voters cast ballots in this year’s General Election on November 6. The local vote counts are available via the town website (homepage) or you can download them here (PDF 279 kb): Sunapee General Election Results 2012

In Sullivan County House District 2 (Sunapee-Croydon), Sue Gottling (D-Sunapee) defeated one-term incumbent Spec Bowers (R-Sunapee). The vote count: 1,343 to 1,003, 57% to 43%, according to NHPR published results. Gottling won Sunapee (1,138 to 798) and split the Croydon vote (205 to 205).

In Sullivan County House District 9 (Plainfield, Grantham, Croydon, Cornish, Newport, Unity, Springfield and Sunapee) Linda Tanner (D-Sunapee) defeated one-term incumbent Tom Howard (R-Croydon). The vote count: 5,525 to 4,759, 54% to 46%. (Unity confirmed Wednesday morning for the District 9 vote count in Unity, the last town in the eight-town district to report, and it showed Tanner edging out Howard, 349 to 323.)

Sunapee Coffeehouse opens season with Chelsea Berry

The fall season begins! Music returns to the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse Friday, September 14, with a performance by singer/songwriter Chelsea Berry.  The Coffeehouse listening room is at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 17 Lower Main Street, Sunapee. There is no cover charge. They pass the hat for the musician.

Tom Daniels will emcee on the 14th and the show starts at 7 p.m.

The community coffeehouse hosts music from 7 to 9 p.m. on most Friday evenings during the fall, winter and spring. Open mic, a Coffeehouse tradition, is held on the last Friday of each month.

View the Coffeehouse 2012 calendar.

Berry’s music has an “incredible edge, power, and finesse,” according to the release.

“Her presence has been described by listeners as ‘compelling… she draws the entire house into her world like moths to a flame. Her vocals are controlled, smooth, and intensely powerful. Her original lyrics are reminiscent of the folk music of the sixties.”

Berry was born and raised in Alaska and made her way through Montana, Nashville and Chicago before settling in the Boston area three years ago.

Berry has performed at many of New England’s listening rooms, including House of Blues (Mass.), Tupelo Hall (N.H. and Vt.), The Firehouse (Mass.) and Vanilla Bean (Conn.). She has opened for Cheryl Wheeler, Livingston Taylor, Chris Smither, Roger McGuinn, Patty Larkin, Vance Gilbert, Buskin & Batteau, Jill Sobule, Marshall Crenshaw, and many others.

Coming later in the month…

Friday, September 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. – Folk Fusion, three local women — Susan Cancio -Bello, Nicole Densmore and Laurie Reeder — will perform classics from the Indigo Girls, Paul Simon, Kate Wolf and others along with a selection of Celtic ballads. Al Peterson will emcee.

Friday, September 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. – Open Mic with host Alan Carruth.

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NHIAA baseball: Sunapee Lakers back in the finals

Seeking the Division IV title for a second year in a row, Sunapee’s varsity boys baseball team heads back to the NHIAA state championship tournament on Saturday.

The defending champions, No. 3 Sunapee Lakers (16-3), face No. 5 Newmarket Mules (15-4), June 16, at 1 p.m., at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, Manchester.

All four championship games will take place on Saturday, according to the local rec department announcement: “Last year it appeared that Sunapee had the most fans of the seven other schools that competed. Make plans to support the team. It would be nice to have 800 fans filling the stadium. See you there.”

The Lakers lineup: Noah Skarin, Brian Brewster, Troy Fowler, Brett Simpson, TJ Walcholtz, Jack Weinberger, Ben Robinson, Matt McAlister, Nick Skarin, Matt Coughlin, Bryson Deschamps, Rob Strachan, Mike Platt and Cole Cruz.

‘I think the game will come down to who makes the least mistakes,’ said Lakers coach Tom Frederick. Teams must capitalize on opponent miscues and minimize the impact of its own errors. ‘You know they are going to happen, that’s how the baseball gods work.’ — Reports Eric Emmerling, NHIAA baseball tournament: Can aces trump hitters? (

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Transit of Venus party at Sunapee Harbor, June 5

by David Rowell

It’s a chance of a lifetime!

On June 5, 2012, one of the rarest astronomical phenomena will occur for the last time in our lifetimes. The transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth. The planet is seen as a small black dot against the large Sun.

The first known observation of this phenomenon was in 1639 and it has been observed five more times. After 2012, the next occurrence will be in another 115 years!

Arrangements are almost complete!

We have some exciting news to report! Students at the Sunapee Middle High School have been busily creating informative displays as well as pinhole boxes for viewing. There will be a telescope setup, a binocular setup, and over 100 viewing glasses available.

A few Questions and Answers

Q: When and where is it?

A: The transit will begin at 6:02 p.m. EDT. We will be in Sunapee Harbor at the Ben Mere bandstand. Hopefully we will be done setting up by 5:45. If you get there early you might get one of the limited edition Transit of Venus cupcakes!

Q: What if it is cloudy?

A: This would definitely be a bummer, but we are planning on projecting a live webcast from Hawaii. Please come anyway as the students have put a lot of work into their displays and are eager to tell you what they have learned.

Q: Will there be anything for little kids?

A: Why yes! We have organized a solar-themed craft for the kids.

Learn More…

  • About the Transit of Venus astronomical phenomenon, visit
  • About eye safety when viewing the event, visit the eye safety page.

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Sunapee “ice cream kids” hold Solar Open House, June 3

Beck Johnson (shown here scooping ice cream) opened the ice cream stand in 2010. He was age 10 at the time. He says the solar project is about ” social responsibility” that includes conserving energy, saving natural resources and reducing waste.

The “ice cream kids” at Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream on Route 103 in Sunapee are holding a Solar Open House on Sunday, June 3, from 12 to noon.

Beck Johnson, age 12, and his sister Maranda, 17, want you to know that the scoop shop is now powered by renewable energy… from the sun.

They completed the solar project in February 2012. And you can earn about the installation on Sunday.

Experts from New England Solar Concepts and On Point Energy Solutions will be on hand to answer questions and discuss renewable energy.

The system is fixed mounted, Mage photovolatic cell panels that supply electricity to the ice cream shop and the home. Excess electricity feeds back into the grid.

Stop by, take a tour, learn about solar energy, and enjoy some ice cream.

Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream, 209 Route 103, is open daily: Monday-Thursday, 2-8 p.m., and Friday-Sunday, 12-9 p.m.

The farm stand, located across from the ice cream windows, offers New Hampshire dairy products and local produce and baked goods. It is open daily Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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.

Sferes & White and Sylvan Roots will perform in Sunapee

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse wraps up the season with two performances — Sferes & White (June 1) and Sylvan Roots (June 8) — and  a potluck dinner before the June 8 show. The music starts at 7 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, 17 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, New Hampshire.

The Sunapee CoffeeHouse offers a family friendly listening room. There is no cover charge. The emcee for the evening passes the hat for the musicians. For more info, visit:

Friday, June 1: Sferes & White (Jimmy Sferes and Jennifer White)

With vocal harmonies that work so well together it sounds almost too good to be true… — Derek Blackmon from

>> Visit the duo’s web page at

>> Listen to their music:

Kathy Lowe will emcee on June 1.

John Sullivan Landscape Architect is the sponsor for the evening.

Friday, June 8: Sylvan Roots

The New Hampshire trio plays a mix of originals, plus folk, acoustic rock, “old timey” and contemporary sounds: music by such diverse artists as Louis Armstrong, Woody Guthrie, Alison Krauss, Huddie Ledbetter and John Prine. Add to the mix Granite State music about New Hampshire and by New Hampshire songwriters.


Deborah Blesdell will emcee.

Bible Hill Farm, Thomas Dunne of Bradford, N.H., offering organic produce and clay oven artisan’s bread, is the sponsor.

CoffeeHouse potluck dinner

Before the music on June 8, the last performance of the season, the CoffeeHouse will hold a potluck dinner at 5:30 at the church.

“All are welcome… audience, musicians, curious folks, and their families,” says Martha Naylor, a coffeehouse organizer.

Call Randy Richards (603-763-2668) or Martha Naylor at (603-863-1136) for more information.

Sunapee Sighting: Remembrance of our WWI soldiers

May 28, 2012 – Photos courtesy of Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee: A memorial stone on the lawn at Abbott Library, Route 11, Sunapee, remembers our World War I soldiers. Read the “honor roll” by scrolling down and clicking on the image.

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Sunapee Sighting: World War II Memorial

The town’s lakefront park at Sunapee Harbor is where you will find the World War II memorial highlighted in our previous Sunapee Sighting.

Charotte Carlson, Sunapee, shares this photo of the decorated memorial on the edge of the public green.




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Hot off the press: Sunapee’s summer rec news

It’s hot off the press: the Sunapee Recreation newsletter (summer 2012).

Enjoy 23 information-packed, photo-filled pages providing local recreation news and announcements. Learn about what’s happening: Sunapee’s summer beach program to the Great Park Pursuit at Tilton Park.

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Preston Franzen, Sunapee, earns Law degree

Preston Franzen of Sunapee is part of the 2012 graduating class at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. He was among the students receiving their Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at the college’s commencement ceremonies May 20. Founded in 1900 as an independent, private law school, William Mitchell College of Law is the largest law school in Minnesota and delivers a practical legal education that blends legal theory with practical skills courses. There are more than 11,000 Mitchell alumni, many of whom work in the legal field, business, public service, and on the judiciary.

Local graduation news: Contact Sunapee News.

Police detail info on summer parking in Sunapee

The Sunapee Police Department, in an open letter to visitors posted on the town website, details information about summer parking in Sunapee and Georges Mills harbors.

“Sunapee welcomes visitors all year round, but especially in the summer. We have a beautiful lake for swimming, boating and fishing. All visitors to Sunapee should enjoy their time here and leave Sunapee saying, ‘What a great place.'”

The letter specifies:

  1. No overnight parking is allowed in any parking area including any lot designated for boat trailer parking unless permission has been granted by the landowner.
  2. If you are launching a boat a Sunapee Harbor, follow the “Boat Launch Route” signs. Once your boat is launched, trailer parking is available in designated lots:
  • River Road/High Street gravel lot (available daily)
  • Town Office parking lot, Route 103B (available weekends only)
  • Sherburne Gym lot, Route 11 (available daily when school is not in session)

“These are the only three lots for boat trailer parking in Sunapee Harbor. If you park anywhere else, you will receive a ticket and/or be towed,” the police advisory warns.

“If you are visiting the harbor without a boat, please park in the parking areas provided in the harbor for vehicle parking. Please do not park along any road or street unless otherwise posted. Also note that some lots are limited to two hours and some to four hours. If you park along a roadway or in a lot that is privately owned, you will receive a ticket and/or be towed.”

The parking rules apply to Georges Mills Harbor, too.

As for swimming, Sunapee has two town beaches: Dewey Beach and Georges Mills Beach, which are for Sunapee residents only and their guests.

Sunapee residents get their beach permits at the Town Office, where they can get additional permits for guests and visitors.

The police department letters says: “The town beaches are checked on a regular basis for beach permits. If you are parked in either beach parking lot without a town permit / guest permit, you will receive a ticket and/or be towed.”

“We don’t want to give out parking tickets. It is both tedious and time-consuming for us, not to mention how unpleasant it is for you. Please read the signage posted at all of our town lots.”

The letter from the police department closes: “We want you to enjoy your stay here in Sunapee and return often.”

Sunapee Sighting: Do you know where this is?

Do YOU know where in Sunapee this is?

Send your answer or share information about this memorial in Sunapee with a reply or a message via Sunapee News on Facebook.


Congratulations if you identified the previous Sunapee Sighting. See below.

The millstone is in Coffin Park, between the Sunapee Town Offices on Edgemont Road and the Sugar River and along the Sunapee Riverwalk.

The plaque reads:


Photos by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

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