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.

Sunapee voters approve $975,000 for new library

Voters in Sunapee yesterday approved a $6.065 million town budget and all town warrant articles including Article 11, to borrow $975,000 to help build a new library. The article for the library required a 3/5th vote; it passed by 12 votes, 601-380.

AbbottLibraryvotesign_CCThe proposed $2.7 million library, to be built next to Sunapee Center on Sargent Road, will be funded by a mix of private (60%) and public funds (40%), according to the library’s funding plan.

Voters also passed a school budget of $10.7 million and all other school warrant articles except one. A request for $270,000 to improve and expand the art room at the high school failed, 533-413.

In the selectboard race, incumbents Fred Gallup (697) and Emma Smith (515) defeated challenger Veronica Hastings (362) for two, three-year terms. This was the only contest in town this year.

Michael Ripley and Brian Garland were elected to return to the Sunapee school board for three-year terms.

See the 2013 town and school ballot results via the town website.

Sunapee Coffeehouse: The music line up for March 2013

Now in its ninth year, the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse continues to bring live music to downtown Sunapee.  For March, the Coffeehouse has lined up performances by EJ Tretter, Kenny Weiland, Fat Hands (brothers Dominic and Walt Kutylowski), and James Krueger.

Coffeehouse concerts are held seasonally on Friday nights at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee. Time:  7 – 9 p.m. Light refreshments are available. There is no cover charge. The MC for the evening passes the hat for the musicians. For more info: www.SunapeeCoffeehouse.org.

Sunapee Coffeehouse: March 2013

Friday, March 1 – Singer-songwriter EJ Tretter, who hails from the Lebanon area, plays a “solid six- and 12- string guitar. He’s been described as a cross between Leo Kottke and Leonard Cohen,” says the press release. “Music in the finger picking style of James Taylor and Paul Simon.”

The Coffeehouse host for the evening will be Debbie Blesedell. Mountain Spirit Institute is the sponsor. (Concert sponsors and volunteers help sustain Coffeehouse.)

Kenny Weiland

Kenny Weiland

Friday, March 8 – Kenny Weiland, with a solo career that spans nearly 30 years, is a popular performer around the Concord (N.H.) area. Kenny’s music is jazz and swing oriented, covering old standards from the 30’s and 40’s, but he is equally comfortable playing blues, folk rock, and contemporary songs by Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Paul Simon, The Beatles, John Prine, and others.

Kenny will be joined by Brad Myrick on lead guitar. Listen to Kenny’s music at myspace.com/kennyweiland.

Al “Doc” Rogers will host.

Friday, March 15 – Fat HandsTwo brothers, Walt and Dominic Kutylowski, on guitar and bass, return to the Coffeehouse by popular demand.

Their songwriting and performances are stunningly sincere and professional, says the Coffeehouse release. “Without a doubt, some of the best songs and performance you’ll see and hear.”

For a preview, go to www.myspace.com/fathands.

Tom Pirozzoli will MC the Fat Hands show. Sponsor: Mountain Spirit Institute.

James Krueger

James Krueger performs in Sunapee on March 22.

Friday, March 22  – James Krueger “Extraordinary!  An extraordinarily talented writer with a real talent for poetic imagery.  Impressive poetic lines, beautiful and original.  Remarkable work!” said the judges of the Great American Song Contest. Listen via James Krueger.com.

James’ music is inspired by traditional folk while remaining contemporary and original. He has five solo albums, including his latest CD “The Unspoken Hope of Love.”

James’ poetry comes from a connection between the landscapes and the seasons of the northeast.  The emotion and spirit of James’ music is touching. – Jay Ungar, noted American fiddler, composer and folklorist

James is from the central Catskill Mountains of New York.

Judy Thackaberry will  be the MC for the evening. SunapeeNews.com is the sponsor.

No open mic this March.

Sunapee Sightings: Field of snow

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It’s a cold winter’s day.

Lined by fencing,

framed by clouds,

a field of snow

fills the rolling landscape.

Along Harding Hill Road, Sunapee. Photo by Joan Chandler, Sunapee.

MV Kearsarge is afloat!


Sunday, January 13, 2013, MV Kearsarge afloat at Sunapee Harbor. Photos by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

The MV Kearsarge is afloat dockside at Sunapee Harbor.

Late yesterday, Saturday afternoon, salvage workers lifted the stern off the bottom of Lake Sunapee.

The restaurant boat took on icy water Thursday evening while at its berth, the town dock. The boat’s stern sank in about eight feet of water.

MVK_CC8“Still foggy, yet quieter at Sunapee Harbor on Sunday,” wrote Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, who shares these photos. “You can hear the sound of the water pump and see the dinner boat now floating at the dock.”

Saturday the harbor was busy with hundreds of curious onlookers while the salvage crew worked throughout the day to raise the boat.

“A salvage team stabilized the vessel Friday afternoon using a sling wrapped around the boat and secured to a cable from a truck,” wrote Valley News correspondent Patrick O’Grady in the newspaper’s Sunday edition.

“Yesterday, divers placed several large airbags underneath the stern of the boat. When inflated, they began easing the boat out of the water, eliciting cheers from onlookers, many of whom were standing on the harbor ice.”

The owners of the Kearsarge (and its sister boat the MV Sunapee II), the Fenton family, expect to repair the dinner boat and have it in service for the summer.


Read related article via SunapeeNews.com – Lake Sunapee MV Kearsarge sinks, awaits crane and salvage

Sunapee Open House for new library director Mary Danko

Sunapee, N.H. – An open house to welcome Mary Danko, the new director of Sunapee’s Abbott Library, will be held at the library on Saturday, January 12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Danko is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. She formerly served as director of the Hartland Public Library in Vermont.

Behind the name: Georges Mills

Welcome to Georges Mills. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Welcome to Georges Mills. Photo by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. – Georges Mills, Muzzey Hill, Cooper Street, Russell Place, all tell interesting stories. However, sometimes the stories behind village names are not readily apparent.

Along busy Route 11, the Newport Road, between exits 12 and 12A off Interstate-89, a sign welcomes you to Georges Mills in the Lake Sunapee area. Georges Mills is an unincorporated village of Sunapee. Daniel George was one of the town’s early settlers and a mill owner.

Sunapee is another New England town shaped by forces of nature and man. Thriving mills once dotted the region’s rivers and streams.

The road skirts the southern shore of Otter Pond and then passes Georges Mills Harbor, at the northern tip of Lake Sunapee, and passes over streams that feed the lake.

In the early 1800s, George built and operated mills along these streams. He operated a grist mill, the first mill in the village, built by Archibald Hersey in 1798. Back then families grew their grains for milling… into flour, cornmeal, buckwheat, and barley.

George was industrious and later built a new grist mill and a saw mill. He also built his home in the village, on the corner of the Springfield and Newport roads. It is nestled next to the present day Georges Mills General Store, which has its own story to tell: It once housed horses and carriages used by “Uncle Charles Russell,” who transported mail from Georges Mills to Sunapee.

Cooper, Muzzey and Russell

Although long gone, another mill built in the village operated under different owners from the 1820s to 1920s. The mill started by carding and dressing wool. Later it turned into a shingling, planing and board sawing mill.

Across the stream from the shingle mill was a cooper shop (1820 – 1825), which bustled with activity manufacturing a variety of wooden measures, barrels, scoops and containers.

These businesses were by the dam on Cooper Street, which loops down to Georges Mills Harbor.

On the hill heading toward Sunapee, in 1818, Moses Muzzey built the first blacksmith shop in Georges Mills. Muzzey Hill remains a common reference point.

Russell Place, now the home of condominiums at the bottom of Prospect Hill Road, also has a story. The building once served as the village post office and store under several owners including the Russell family.


Old Georges Mills, N.H. photo shows T. O. Russell Meats and Groceries (1936-1948) on Prospect HilL Road. Tony Russell owned the store at the time. It also housed village the post office.

In 1898, Charles Russell installed the first telephone company in Georges Mills; it connected the store with Newport. Until 1906 and again from 1936 to 1948, the Russells operated the store, thought to be the oldest in the village and built about 1835 by Burpee & Colcord.

You can find pictures and stories about the enterprising people who settled the area in the “Sunapee Bicentennial 1768-1968,” a booklet reproduced for the Sunapee Historical Society. It’s available for sale ($10) at the Sunapee Historical Society and SooNipi Publishing Company.

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