Kevin Gardner talks New England stone walls at SRK Greenway meeting

Kevin Gardner

Kevin Gardner, tradesman and author of The Granite Kiss, will talk about New England stone walls at the SRK Greenway Annual Meeting on March 13, 2016, in New London, N.H.

New London, N.H. — Kevin Gardner, tradesman and author of the The Granite Kiss, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway Coalition (SRKG) on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Main Street, New London. Gardner’s talk will start about 6:30 p.m., following a potluck dinner and brief business meeting. The public is invited to attend. (See below.)

Gardner will cover a few of the main topics of his book about New England stone walls, touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics.

In his talk, Gardner will explain how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their importance to the New England landscape. Along the way, he will build a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.

A lifelong resident of Hopkinton, N.H., Gardner is like a lot of independent rural Yankees; he’s been a jack of many trades, a builder, logger, writer, teacher, radio voice, even an actor and director.

For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001, Gardner published The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls.

The program is open to the public. SRKG’s annual meeting starts with a pot-luck supper (5:00 p.m.) held in the lower level of the church. To contribute to the dinner, contact SRKG volunteer Jean LaChance (603-927-4345). If you are attending only the presentation, plan to arrive about 6:30 p.m.  For more information about the SRK Greenway, visit its website at www.srkg.org.

Ausbon Sargent hosts snowshoe walk of Wendell Marsh North and South on March 5

WendellMarshN_trailSunapee, N.H. — On Saturday, March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m., Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust will host a snowshoe walk throughout the newly conserved Wendell Marsh North and South properties in Sunapee, N.H.

All participants are asked to meet at 12:45 p.m. at the sewer treatment plant on Treatment Plant Road off Rte.11 in Sunapee. From there, the group will  carpool to the start of the hike on Ryder Corner Road and snowshoe down to the treatment plant for refreshments in the Break Room. Participants are invited to take a tour of the plant led by the plant superintendent.

Wendell Marsh Sign winter-1Please RSVP by March 4 by contacting Kristy at Ausbon Sargent at 603-526-6555 or kheath@ausbonsargent.org.

Read related SunapeeNews.com article: Land conservation effort underway in Sunapee: Wendell Marsh North (2/13/ 2013)

(Photos provided by Ausbon Sargent)

 

Campaign underway to protect trailhead for Mt. Sunapee hike to Lake Solitude

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The Andrew Brook Trail climbs through a beech, birch and maple forest for two miles before reaching Lake Solitude, a pristine pond surrounded by conifers.

When the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (Forest Society) posted on Facebook a plan to buy a property in Newbury that hosts the trailhead of a hiking route to Lake Solitude on Mount Sunapee, hikers who know the Andrew Brook Trail responded quickly.

They posted phrases like “Love this hike,” “One of my favorite spots” and “Best way to hike Sunapee.”

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A hiker ascends the Andrew Brook Trail in Newbury. Courtesy photo.

The Andrew Brook Trail ascends along Andrew Brook and climbs through a beech, birch and maple forest for two miles before reaching Lake Solitude, a pristine pond surrounded by conifers. It then connects to the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway’s 75-mile trail system and continues to the scenic cliffs of the  White Ledges area and Mount Sunapee’s summit.

“Most hikers of these heavily used trails have no idea that only the generosity of a private landowner allows access to the State Park,” said Gerry Gold, of the Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway Coalition. “Thus it is a rare opportunity when the hikers and the hiking community have an opportunity to help purchase such important access and permanently protect that access for themselves and future generations of hikers.”

There are three major hiking trails on Mount Sunapee, but only one, the Summit Trail, is entirely within Mount Sunapee State Park. The Andrew Brook Trail is one of two others that cross private land before entering permanently protected land in the state park. Access to the trailhead has been at the generosity of the landowner and could be denied by any future landowner.

The Forest Society offered to buy the land, 33 acres off of Mountain Road in Newbury, when it came up for sale recently, and has a purchase-and-sales agreement with the landowner. First, however, the organization must raise $110,000 to cover the purchase, legal fees and future stewardship costs.

“We are reaching out to the hiking community and friends and neighbors in the Newbury area to ask for their support of our plan to protect the trailhead,”said Jane Difley, the Forest Society’s president/forester.

In 2006, the Forest Society led a campaign to purchase a conservation easement on 1,100 acres of land on the eastern slope of Mt. Sunapee. This easement protects the middle section of the Andrew Brook Trail and was a collaboration celebrated by partners including the Newbury Conservation Commission, Cardigan Highlanders Volunteer Trail Crew, the Monadnock-Sunapee Greenway, Friends of Mount Sunapee and the Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge Greenway.

AndrewBrook_MailingMapv5-1In 2010 the Goubert family of Sunapee donated 75 acres of land next to the 33-acre property the Forest Society now seeks to buy.

Difley said the property’s value for hiking is the most obvious reason to protect it, but it also contains hardwood forest that protects water quality of Andrew Brook and several feeder streams, and it provides excellent wildlife habitat. She said the organization is seeking to raise the money necessary to complete the project by Jan. 20.

For more information about the project and how to donate, visit www.forestsociety.org.

SRK Greenway announces Autumn Hikes and Trail Work

2014 Oct Q2c AdLake Sunapee Region, N.H. — The SRK (Sunapee-Ragged-Kearsarge) Greenway Coalition kicks off its October schedule of outings with a six-mile, classic New Hampshire hike (moderately difficult) on Mt. Kearsarge, from Winslow State Park to Valley Road in North Sutton, on Saturday, October 4. See the SRKGC website calendar for details.

Trail work follows at Mount Sunapee State Park on the Summit Trail on Sunday, October 12. This is a cooperative undertaking of the SRKGC and the Goshen Conservation Commission. After an easy half-mile hike to the work site, the task at hand is to clear water drains on Mount Sunapee’s beautiful western slope trail

Other hikes and trail work follow throughout the month. The public is invited to participate. For more information and to sign up, visit: www.srkg.com.

The SRK Greenway is a 75-mile loop of hiking trails, surrounding Lake Sunapee, crossing Sunapee, Ragged, and Kearsarge Mountains, and maintained by Greenway volunteers. The Greenway’s mission is to create and maintain a forever green, great circle of trail corridors and conserved lands providing walkers with minimally-developed access to the mountains, lakes, vistas and historical sites of the region.

World class sailors on Lake Sunapee to compete

Sunapee, N.H. — The Lake Sunapee Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Western Hemisphere Star Sailboat Championships, a seven race series (June 16 to June 20) featuring Star sailors from as far away as Brazil and The Bahamas.

Conditions permitting, races start Monday on Lake Sunapee.

For the Valley News, Jared Pendak reported:

“It’s the second largest star boat regatta in the world, after the World Championships,” said event chairman John Chiarella, a past commodore and skipper who will be one of 13 competitors from the Lake Sunapee Star Fleet. “Only the sailors in the top percentiles of their fleets and districts can qualify for this event, so it’s something we’re excited about.” –  Top Sailors Flock to Lake Sunapee for Marquee Event (Valley News)

Follow the races via the website http://lsyc-live.com and for the List of Competitors, Race Schedule and Current Weather Conditions.

Sunapee Sightings: Along River Road

 

RiverRoad_CC_2014Apr Sunapee Sightings: How about a short walk?  Enjoy River Road in Sunapee Harbor Village, where you can take in the scenery and sights along the Sugar River. Enjoy the new Sugar River Bridge and the Sunapee Riverwalk, a 1/2 mile trail from the harbor dam to the Information Booth on Route 11. To share your favorite walking path or hiking trail in and around Sunapee, leave a reply. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Students, join the rowing team!

LS Rowing ClubLake Sunapee, N.H., (Lake Sunapee Rowing Club announcement)Avoid concussions. Join the Rowing Team!

Lake Sunapee Rowing Club will start the fall rowing season for all area middle and high school students ages 13 and up on August 26.

Compete regionally, learn a lifelong sport, maintain fitness for your spring sport, and get on the lake. Practice will be Mon. – Fri., 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., August 26 to Oct 31, at the Georges Mills Public Boat Launch.

Coach Brenda Balenger graduated from the Institute for Rowing Leadership in Boston, is US Rowing Level III certified, and is experienced in collegiate, masters, and junior sweep and sculling programs.

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Call Brenda with questions: 603-481-2166