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: