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.