Father’s Day in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Celebrate Father’s Day in Mt. Washington Valley, NH.
Photo c/o Wiseguy Photography at Albany Covered Bridge.

Are you celebrating your dad, grandfather, favorite uncle or brother this Father’s Day, in Mt. Washington Valley, NH?

If you’re looking for a way to say “thank you” to your parent-figure in your life, and spend some quality time with family, here are three ideas on how to spend Father’s Day in North Conway, NH, and beyond.

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Plan a Golf Getaway in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!
Mt. Washington Valley is home to many premier golf courses, that offer over 120 holes of golf to play! You’ll find courses and clubs as far south as Ossipee, NH, and as far north as Bretton Woods, NH, and Gorham, NH.

Treat your dad to a whole-day of golf, and a delicious lunch at the course’s clubhouse, like the North Conway Country Club which offers views of White Horse and Cathedral Ledges from its deck overlooking the pristine course.
Or break the day up into a morning spent as a family with an activity similar to walking the trails at Boulder Loop off of the Kancamagus Highway, and ending the day with a nine-hole round of golf at one of the valley’s courses. You can find great deals for a late afternoon round of golf, similar to Wentworth Golf Club’s Summer Special of a $25.00 green fee for a golf game after 3:00pm.

For the father-figure who enjoys an excellent glass of wine and the experience of high-end dining, treat him to a round of golf at The Mountain View Grand Golf Course and dinner in its 1865 Wine Cellar.

Take Your Dad for A Hike!
For the family looking for a more rugged experience, consider hiring a guide to take dad out on a one-of-a-kind outdoor experience. Local guides know the White Mountain National Forest as well as they know their back of their hands. They’ll share insight into what it means to be a steward of the land, share tips on equipment, and interesting anecdotes on outdoor recreation. The access that a guide provides to the White Mountain National Forest, runs deeper than anything one can experience on their own. A gift of a guided outdoor experience is one that dad will likely not forget for many years to come.

Experiences range from guided sunrise hikes, to guided trail running experiences with specific routes mapped out for dad in mind, both of which Redline Guiding offers. Tin Mountain Conservation Center hosts regular Naturalist led hikes where dad can learn to identify plan species, and more. Great Glen Trails (GGT) is a mountain adventure center, that offers a range of activities that the whole family can get in on. GGT offers mountain biking, kayak tours and walking trails. When you’re done with your day of fun at GGT, have lunch as a family at The Glen House Hotel, right across the street, and enjoy its patio with mountain views!

Fun For The Foodie Father!
If your dad is someone who takes pleasure in a well-crafted drink, and meal, then put together a brewery tour that includes stops at three craft breweries and a distillery! Pepper in some amazing food from local restaurants, and end it with some live music, and you won’t even have to pull out that gift of socks you bought dad at the last minute! You will already have made him one happy camper this Father’s Day.

Start by having lunch at Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Company. Grab a flagship beer like its Czech Pilsner Ale and pair it with a full sheet-pan of nachos.

Cathedral Ledge Distillery is right next door to Moat Mountain Smokehouse and features its own distilled vodka and gin and specialty liquors, like Aquavit. Enjoy a tasting and a tour of the distillery from the enigmatic personalities of the owners, distillers and those who pour for them! You may even be greeted by the distillery’s dog, Belle!

Head north to Ledge Brewing Company in Intervale, NH. Started by a group of fun-loving and energetic locals, their beer is crisp and refreshing. You’ll feel a fun vibe at its tasting room, and outdoor seating area. They regularly host live music as well. Ledge Brewing Company is open 12pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and 4pm midweek.

If you make your way south, you can stop by Sea Dog Brewing Company which features multiple craft brewed beer options and a great lunch and dinner menu. Barley and Salt, located in Settlers Green offers over 40 craft beers, sourced from some of the most unique breweries. It also offers a street-fare inspired menu for lunch and dinner.

Ending with a stop at Tuckerman Brewing Company in Conway, you can enjoy a cold beer and live music that plays regularly Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Three Ways to Cool Off in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Albany Covered Bridge and the Swift River. Photo c/o Wiseguy Photography.

There is nothing like a New England summer. The breeze coming off the lakes, the summer drives passing by farmland, concerts in fields, outdoor dining with mountain views; we are here for it all!

But while New England summer’s are truly something special, it also has to be said that there’s nothing like the humidity that comes with them. When you’re spending your summer in the Mt. Washington Valley, you’ll want to know where and how you can cool off when the temperature and the humidity that comes with it, starts to rise! Here are three of our tried and true ways to make the most of your summer vacation in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH, and beat the heat!

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Take A Dip!
State parks in Mt. Washington Valley, NH abound, and many offer access to lakes and waterfalls. Pack a bag full of sunscreen, and snacks, and make sure you show up to the park early, as finding a parking spot only gets trickier as the day wears on.

Two of our favorite spots include the Albany Covered Bridge, off of the Kancamagus Highway, and Echo Lake State Park, off of West Side Road in North Conway, NH.

Echo Lake offers picnic tables and a sandy beach, with views of Cathedral Ledge. It’s a perfect spot for setting up shop for a morning or afternoon spent by the water. There is no current, so you don’t have to worry about little ones losing grip and getting caught up in a moving body of water. Hiking trails, and fishing spots also provide a range of activities for the whole family.

Restrooms are available, and access to the park, and parking is paid, per person, through a day pass, which you can purchase at the gate, or make reservations 30-days in advance, here.

Albany Covered Bridge sets you up on the Swift River. You won’t find a beach like you would at Echo Lake, so claiming a large rock to lay your towel out on is key. This river carries a current, so make sure those in your party can manage swimming upstream.

Even with a more rugged offering, the Swift River is a tried and true spot for those looking to take a quick dip or enjoy a quick stop for lunch. Cheese Louise is located just a few miles south of Albany Covered Bridge. Make a stop there for freshly made artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream sandwiches and shakes, and freshly squeezed juice drinks.

You’ll also find fishing spots and hiking trails near The Albany Covered Bridge. Restrooms and paid parking are available.

Paddle Down the Saco River
Spend the whole day on the river by canoe, kayak or tube!

By planning a paddle down the river, you can be on the water for hours. Try out different beaches, find logs and rocks to do cannon-balls off of, and river outfitters even provide super-soakers for kids, and kids-at-heart to have water fights with.

A river trip down the Saco River is a great way to enjoy the water without having to worry about a lot of details. Parking is provided by most outfitters, and they shuttle you and your family to and from the river launch. You can choose from multiple routes, and decide on a mileage that is appropriate for your family. All you have to do is make sure you pack snacks that everyone likes, sunblock, and plenty of water. Make sure you reserve your Saco River trip in advance, as many outfitters sell out. Click here for a list of rental options.

Seek The A/C
Take comfort in the churn of ye old air conditioner! A tried-and-true method for keep heat and humidity at bay! These establishments below keep the cool breeze cranking and the entertainment flowing! Include them in your family-friendly Mt. Washington Valley vacation! For a list of attractions for all ages, click this link!

Consider gathering the kids for an afternoon at Mystery NH, an escape room experience that is a fun, exciting, and immersive. You and your family and friends will be placed in a room with a specific theme. Your job is to find clues and solve puzzles that align with the specific theme of the room. When you solve a puzzle, you’ll open locks and eventually make your way out of the room. All while the clock is counting down against you!

Ryan’s Family Amusements is a hub of family-friendly entertainment that includes 50 of the hottest and newest games. There are video games, skill games, arcade games, and virtual reality. Play to win great prizes, create friendly competition between family members, and no matter how old each member of your family is, there is an activity for everyone!

Make sure when spending time in the valley you commit to the Granite State Promise to preserve and protect the state of New Hampshire, by being a respectful traveler of nature and of other visitors. Practice the Leave No Trace principles when you venture out into the White Mountain National Forest, and ensure you do your part in sustaining this area we love so much so that it’s around for generations to come.

Swimming Spots in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

MT WASHINGTON VALLEY’S “WATERING HOLES” OFFER UP GREAT NATURAL SWIMMING OPPORTUNITIES.

While most think of watering holes as beverage bars, Mt Washington Valley is replete with the more natural kind. Manmade pools are nice in the summer, and many of Mt Washington Valley’s lodging properties offer both indoor and outdoor options, but when it comes to the rush of the water, Mt Washington Valley’s natural ponds and waterfalls are where it’s at on a hot summer day. During the dog days of summer escape to one of these many natural watering holes and let the cool mountain streams and lakes cool you off.

Mt Washington Valley, NH offers a number of easily accessible free swimming spots and popular “watering” holes”. Take note: you swim at your own risk when enjoying these natural offerings.

Echo Lake State Park: From North Conway, turn west on River Road, then left onto Old West Side Road. Then follow signs to Echo Lake State Park. The lake is set directly at the base of White Horse Ledge with dramatic views of this well-known cliff. It’s one of the few places in Mt Washington Valley where you’ll find a sandy beach. There are also picnic areas, restrooms and changing rooms. You can access hiking trails from here, too. Parking and admission is fee-based.

Saco River at Hussey Field: From North Conway, turn west on River Road. Head for the Saco River for your swim, and the adjacent fields are perfect for a picnic, sunbathing or a game of Frisbee. Many people like to bring rafts or tubes and float in the River here as it meanders slowly. If you’re a non-resident of Conway, be prepared to pay for parking. Spots are limited, so consider carpooling with friends and family.

Jackson Falls: From Route 16A in Jackson, turn on to Carter Notch Road and follow the falls up to a picnic area at the side of the road.  Enjoy climbing out on to the rocks and sitting in any number of small pools created by the falls.  On a hot summer day, the gently flowing water will fall over your shoulders for the perfect water massage. Parking is limited near Jackson Falls, and carpooling or being dropped off at the falls is recommended.

Kancamagus Highway, Lower Falls & Rocky Gorge: From Route 16 in Conway, head east on the Kancamagus Highway. Seven miles from Conway you’ll come to some of the best swimming spots in the Valley. First you’ll find Lower Falls, especially popular since it offers both fast and slow-moving water in small falls, small sandy beaches, picnic tables, parking and changing rooms. You can expect to run into fellow swimmers here as it’s very popular. 

Rocky Gorge, is just 2 miles further down the road. Rocky Gorge is another easy walk along the Swift River that takes you over a foot bridge across the Swift River and takes you to a viewing area where there are informational postings. Head for the pools above the falls, as swimming is prohibited in the Gorge. Rocky Gorge offers a 10′ drop and rapids through the gorge. This is a very powerful waterway, even during dry weather, making swimming dangerous.

Chocorua Lake: From Conway, head south on Route 16 about 10 miles. Chocorua Lake is on the right. Not only will you find the opportunity for a cool dip, but with Mt. Chocorua at the apex of this lake, the scenery is beautiful. There are two sandy beaches on the east side of the lake. One is open to the public and the other is reserved for town residents.

Weston’s Beach: From Main Street in Fryeburg, go north about 3/4 miles to Weston’s Farm Stand. Across the street, you’ll find a wonderful sandy beach on a curve in the Saco River, and certainly some company enjoying the wading and swimming from here.  The river is shallow enough here for the younger set too.

Fountains at Schouler Park: While it’s not natural and it’s not a swimming hole, one very popular place to take the kids to cool off is the playground at Schouler Park, adjacent to the North Conway Community Center right in the center of North Conway Village.  Here a built-in sprinkler fountain shoots water at varying heights thrilling the younger kids reminiscent of running through the sprinklers at home. 

For more information on visiting Mt. Washington Valley, call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364) for advice on additional opportunities to cool off or visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for full vacation planning resources.  Go to www.VisitNH.gov for great ideas on New Hampshire vacations.

Originally written by Marti Mayne.

Fourth of July in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

Fireworks in Schouler Park. Photo by Karen Stancik.

It’s time to celebrate!

If you’re looking for ways to enjoy fourth of July in the Mt. Washington Valley – and that includes fireworks – towns throughout the Mt. Washington Valley are putting together some seriously fun celebrations!

For those looking to soak in the max amount of July Fourth fun, fireworks are happening throughout the Mt. Washington Valley on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th in various towns. This means three different opportunities to take in a fireworks display, and enjoy the different offerings from local businesses. For more vacation tips on how to plan your summer vacation in Mt. Washington Valley, sign up for our monthly Vacation Inspiration newsletter!

As it remains true, please be sure to enjoy the fireworks in each town in a socially responsible manner. Be prepared with a mask to where when asked by individual businesses, and be mindful of the distance between you and others you’re sharing the park spaces with.

North Conway Village will be celebrating on the fourth of July with fireworks in Schouler Park. Fireworks are slated to begin at 9:30pm. Fireworks from Schouler park can be seen as far as West Side Road and Kearsarge Road, for those already plotting where they will view them from.

In year’s past live entertainment has preceded the North Conway Village fireworks. All performances have been put on hold for 2021, with the hope that they can return in the years to come.

Conway Village will be hosting a Fourth of July parade. Enjoy seeing the creative take on floats from area businesses. The parade will start on Hillside Ave, and make its way up Washington street. As it makes its way up Route 113, the parade will take a left at the lights, and a left again, onto Route 16 – headed North. The parade will end in Carl Thibodeau’s plaza, where Bea’s Cafe is. Be sure to check back with Conway Rec Department for any July 4th updates!

Jackson Village will be celebrating the holiday on July second with fireworks starting at 9pm. Fireworks will be taking off from Jackson Village Park. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and familiarize themselves with the designated parking spots to ensure they don’t park in “no parking zones.” For more information on Jackson Village’s July Fourth celebration, visit this link.

The town of Gorham has a three-day celebration planned for its Fourth of July festivities. This three-day extravaganza includes live music, a patriotic themed scavenger hunt, a farmer’s market, and more. A fireworks show will punctuate the three-day event on July 3rd, starting at 10pm. For event details, visit the event’s facebook page, here.

Fourth of July in the Mt. Washington Valley will be filled with live events, family-friendly fun, and a pathway back into gathering during special times. Towns throughout Mt. Washington Valley are so excited to be able to present Fourth of July events for 2021.

Memorial Day in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

photo c/o Wiseguy Creative and Conway Scenic Railroad

Memorial Day Weekend is more than just the unofficial start date to summer. It’s a day to honor those who paid the ultimate debt in protecting the United States of America.

Taking place on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is a day to honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States military.

To honor these men and women, we encourage you to support and attend the ceremonies presented by local towns and their American Legions.

Fryeburg, Maine: A Memorial Day ceremony will take place at Lovell Veterans Park at 11 a.m.. A Memorial Day Parade will proceed, starting in Fryeburg, at 1 p.m. It will proceed along Main Street and end at Bradley Park at the veterans memorial, where a brief ceremony will be held. Presented by the Fryeburg/Lovell VFW Post 9783.

Jackson, Bartlett, and North Conway Villages: All three villages and their respective American Legions, (North Conway – American Legion Post 95. Bartlett – Francis Murphy VFW.), are hosting a ceremony at 9am on Monday at the Jackson Village Cemetery.

The group will then make its way to the Intervale cemetery, on Route 16-A, and then the Glen cemetery, off of Route 302.

The group will make an appearance and have a brief ceremony at the Maj. Fred Hodgkins Park in Bartlett Village. This four-part ceremony will end with a final ceremony at the North Conway Cemetery on Route 16.

Conway Village: American Legion Post 46 will honor those who fell serving with a wreath-laying ceremony at 10am. The ceremony will take place in front of Kennett Middle School and the Veterans Honor Roll, at 10am.

OSSIPEE: Ossipee VFW Post 8270 will hold a small ceremony at Town Hall at noon Monday. Be sure to confirm with the Town Clerk for ceremonial updates.

SANDWICH: The town of Sandwich will be observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at the Honor Roll next to the Center Sandwich Post Office. It will also be hosting guest speaker, musical program, and wreath laying ceremony.

TAMWORTH: A small ceremony will be held at the Veterans Monument in Tamworth Village from 10 a.m. to 12pm. The event will include a flag-raising ceremony paired with a moment of silence to reflect on the names of fallen New Hampshire and Maine veterans.

Castle in the Clouds opens for the season on May 29th


Photo c/o Philbrick Photography

Moultonborough – After a shortened 2020 season with limited offerings, Castle in the Clouds is thrilled to welcome the public back to the historic estate beginning Saturday, May 29th.  The Castle will offer traditional mansion tours as well as a variety of programs for all interests. Café in the Clouds will be open again this year, offering a lunch menu, adult beverages, and ice cream with outdoor seating in the scenic meadows near Shannon Pond. Visitors can also enjoy access to more than 28 miles of hiking trails throughout the Ossipee Mountains – some of which include waterfalls and vistas – owned and managed by the Lakes Region Conservation Trust. It is the Castle’s tradition to begin each season with Moultonborough Appreciation Day to show thanks for the gracious community that provides year-round support to its non-profit mission. On opening day, Moultonborough residents receive free admission to tour the Lucknow mansion with proof of residency and photo ID. “We’re very excited to welcome the public back for another season here at the Castle” says Executive Director Charles Clark, “Additionally, as the labor market improves and we are able to hire the necessary staff, we will begin to offer lunch service on the terrace of the Carriage House restaurant.”

An exact date for the opening of the restaurant for lunch has not yet been set, but reservations are now available for the popular Music Night dinners. There are also many ways to explore the Castle this year, with a diverse calendar of programs scheduled that include new opportunities like Coffee at the Castle, Morning Yoga and Landscape Tours, along with returning favorites like Family Fun Day, Castle After Hours, and Solar Gazing. After a successful fall Car Show last year, the Castle has planned the 2021 show, sponsored by Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC, to be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00am-3:00pm once again taking place amidst the changing foliage. The annual Beer & Chili Festival has also changed seasons, taking place on Sunday, September 26th from 5:30-8:30pm and featuring local Lakes Region restaurants and breweries.

Brand new this year is Concerts in the Clouds, presented by Great Waters. This series of live, outdoor entertainment is the result of a special, long-term non-profit partnership between Great Waters and Castle Preservation Society. This 2021 season of Great Waters entertainment will be held in a tent in the meadow at Castle in the Clouds, and includes five musical performances, a comedy night and a free folk festival. Tickets to Concerts in the Clouds are limited and are on sale now at greatwaters.org.

The Castle will continue to follow similar safety protocols at the start of this season as they did in 2020, with timed entry into the mansion, limited capacity inside buildings and on the trolleys, face coverings required while indoors, and enhanced cleaning procedures. Procedures are subject to change and certain restrictions and safety recommendations will lift as the pandemic continues to resolve. The Castle team encourages all those who plan to visit to view the most current COVID-19 policies and procedures at castleintheclouds.org prior to visiting. One change that will remain for the entire 2021 season is entry to the property. The regular entry along the historic estate road will be closed to vehicles once again this season, but accessible to the public as a hiking trail – all guests should enter the property through the Ossipee Park Road entrance.

“While we are anxious to provide an unrestricted experience to our guests, it is important to us to continue taking precautions to keep our guests and staff safe and healthy. We are optimistic that a more traditional Castle experience is just around the corner,” says Clark. “In the meantime, we are really looking forward to the programs and events we have planned to share with the public this year, and to welcome guests into the mansion to see our latest restoration progress.”

Castle in the Clouds is owned and operated by the Castle Preservation Society, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve, interpret, and share the buildings and landscape of Castle in the Clouds as a cultural resource for the benefit of the public. For more information about the Castle and to plan your visit, call 603-476-5900 or visit castleintheclouds.org.

The Sunset Concert Series Returns to the Theater in the Wood!

The highly anticipated music series is back for the Summer of 2021 and is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Enjoy live music every Friday evening beginning mid-July! 

Every Friday night beginning on July 16th through September 24th, live music can be enjoyed on the lawn behind the Theater in the Wood!  The eleven-week series has something for every type of music fan in the Mt. Washington Valley. From soul, rock and roll, grunge, reggae, blues, or country, there is something for everyone!

The Sunset Concert Series will kick off with the one and only Adam Ezra Group on Friday, July 16th

The following Friday, July 23rd, the Theater in the Wood welcomes new comers to the Valley: The Duppy Conquerors, a tribute to Bob Marley!  On Friday, July 30th, we celebrate Jerry Garcia with none other than the “Blues-Grassicana” band, August First! The Big Takeover, led by the powerhouse, Jamaican-born singer and songwriter NeeNee Rushie, hits the stage on Friday, August 6th.  Billy Wylder and their incredible mixture of American folk and rock perform on August 13th.  Modern soul artist, Jesse Dee and his full band jam out on Friday, August 20th while the 10-piece blues band, The Blues Brother Next Generation will visit Mt. Washington Valley for the first time to perform on August, 27th.

Rocking and rolling into September, the grunge duo of Muddy Ruckus visits the Theater in the Wood on Friday, September 3rd.  Continuing to rock out while adding a bit of Celtic flair, The American Rogues join the fun on Friday, September 10th.  The series then takes a turn into the world of country music with No Shoes Nation Band – a tribute to Kenny Chesney, performing on Friday, September 17th.  The final performance of the series will be a big one, as local favorites, the Starlight Honeys, take the stage on Friday, September 24th

Doors to the venue will open at 7:00 pm with performances starting at 7:30 pm every Friday evening.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Lawn seating for each concert is $19 while premium seating is $27. Members of Believe in Books Literacy Foundation save 15% on all tickets they purchase! For more information and to purchase tickets, check out www.theaterinthewood.org.

Setting The Space brings outdoor furniture and home furnishings to Settlers Green

Laura Lemieux
Director of Marketing and Events
OVP Management, Inc.
Route 16 | North Conway, NH 03860
603-356-7031 x100
laura@ovpmanagement.com

Settlers Green is making way for Setting The Space Interiors, a lifestyle furnishing brand that will include new outdoor furniture as well as interior furnishings and décor for dining rooms, living rooms, home office, bedroom and entertainment. Known as one of New England’s largest home staging and interior design companies, Setting The Space has added four retail locations in recent years. When it opens at Settlers Green on Memorial Day Weekend, it will be the company’s first location outside of Massachusetts. 

Photo c/o Setting The Space Interiors, Settlers Green newest tenant

Based out of Plymouth, Massachusetts, owner Blair Hamaty started the company in 2006 as a mere garage and it has grown to its current 20,000 square foot warehouse and four retail locations. It carries popular brands including Ashley, Barclay Butera by Lexington, Coastal Living by Universal, and Tommy Bahama Outdoor Living.

“Anything on the floor can be purchased and walked out of the store that day and we’re lining up a delivery service for the area,” Hamaty said. “All items are new and come at a good value that we think the Settlers Green customer will love.”

Setting The Space has been featured on HGTV’s Beach Front Bargain Hunt and it has designed Hollywood movie sets as well as dressing rooms and trailers for movie stars like Donny Wahlberg. The 5,870 square foot store is located at Suite A20 in the Courtyard at Settlers Green near JCrew Factory Store and FIRE by Wicked Fresh.  

Setting The Space is one of five new tenants opening in the next two months at Settlers Green. Those include: Sweetz & More, May 19; Ryan’s Game Room, May 22; Pepper Palace, May 24; Beer & Wine Nation, June 28. All dates are tentative; Visit settlersgreen.com for complete details. 

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OVP Management, Inc. is a Newton, Massachusetts based real estate development company that has developed over 500,000 square feet of commercial properties in North Conway. It has an on-site management office located at Settlers Green that manages more than 70 tenants at Settlers Green and Settlers Crossing. For leasing opportunities, contact Robert M. Barsamian at rmb@ovpmanagement.com or visit ovpmanagement.com for photos, site plans and details regarding the properties.

Live Music in the Mt. Washington Valley, NH!

Denmark Arts Center in the Park
 LOTT STRING QUARTET presents Mendelssohn, Walker, Shaw.

Denmark Arts Center opens its music series in Bicentennial Park summer 2021. We begin our season with the New Orleans-based Lott String Quartet (LSQ). Artists-in-residence at the University of New Orleans, Lott String Quartet have quickly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent ensembles in the Southeast. LSQ is comprised of Kurt Munstedt, Benjamin Thacher, Rachel Hsieh, and Luke Fleming.

photo c/o Lott String Quartet via Denmark Arts Center

Selected to attend the 2019 and 2020 St. Lawrence String Quartet Chamber Music Seminar in Stanford, CA and nominated for a Gambit Magazine’s Big Easy Entertainment Award for best chamber music performance, the Lotts have sought innovative new ways of connecting with their community, whether that be performing the national anthem at professional sporting events or performing free concerts for the community and students in a local record shop. They remain committed to bringing the great works of string quartet literature to life for their audiences and sharing their enthusiasm both as performers and
educators. 

Thanks to the generosity of Maine Arts Commission, Lott String Quartet has an Artists-in-Residence with Brownfield/Denmark Elementary School and Molly Ockett Middle school. “Denmark Arts Center is delighted to be part of a program that brings live music into the schools in western Maine”, noted Executive Director, Susan Beane. Denmark Arts Center began working with Craig Bryan, Molly Ockett Middle School Choral & Instrumental Music instructor, and Dr. Rajaniemi, Principal of Brownfield Denmark Elementary school, in January 2020. This program was schedule before the ensuing pandemic. The hard work of both Mr. Bryan and Dr. Rajaniemi has provided the possibility for a live music presentation and via zoom for the schools, and in the park for our community, a long-waited experience.

Saturday May 29 in Bicentennial Park, in Denmark at 4pm Lott String Quartet will perform a classical afternoon rain or shine. This is a bring your lawn chair event and weather appropriate clothing, as all Denmark Arts Center performances will be in the park this season. There will be no programs for the afternoon performance, nor an intermission, in keeping with CDC guidelines.

The Lott String Quartet will present an afternoon of contemporary and romantic classical music. The program will include George Walker’s poignant Lyric for Strings (1946), Mendelssohn’s dramatic and final String Quartet in F minor, op 80 (1847), and Caroline Shaw’s kaleidoscopic Entr’acte (2011).

PROGRAM

Lyric for Strings                                                     George Walker (1922-2018)

Entr’acte                                                                  Caroline Shaw (1982- )

String Quartet in F minor, op. 80                      Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

Denmark Arts Center (DAC) Performances and Kids Camps will be held in Bicentennial Park across from the Arts Center. DAC will follow CDC guidelines for outdoor events. Performances will be a Pay-What-You-Can this summer (suggested donation $10). Pre-registration is required.

GATE opens 3:30pm – Concerts starts 4pm –To purchase tickets or find more information, visit www.DenmarkArts.org/event  The VENUE is Bicentennial Park in Denmark, Maine only 30 minutes from North Conway, New Hampshire and one hour from Portland and Lewiston, Maine.

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The Denmark Arts Center is an award-winning 501(c)3 cultural organization founded in 1994 in the rural community of Denmark, Maine. Housed in the town’s historic 1883 Odd Fellows Hall, the DAC offers year-round events and workshops in contemporary dance, theater, music and visual art to community members young and old. With diverse and original programming, the DAC provides an important creative and community hub for Western Maine and the Mount Washington Valley. The DAC is located on 50 West Main St in Denmark.  For more information, visit http://www.denmarkarts.org.

Craig Altobello’s Art Exhibition is Being Showcased at the Highland Center in New Hampshire’s Crawford Notch

CONTACT: Nancy Ritger
nritger@outdoors.org

Craig Altobello’s art exhibition, Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art, will be featured in the Mt. Willard Dining Room of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch until June 30, 2021. The exhibition is free and open to the public whenever the space is not otherwise in use for programming or meal service.

Photo c/o Craig Altobello via AMC Highland Center

Altobello uses the grain, texture, and natural color of wood to create images of nature. For this exhibit, the artist expresses his love of hiking through artwork that captures the adventure and natural history of the White Mountains. His colorful wood panels are created primarily from North American woods and include landscapes, birds, alpine flowers, rock cairns, and dramatic skies. Altobello uses marquetry, a wood inlay technique of piecing together thin wood cutouts into beautiful multi-shaded images.

The Peterborough artist is a former science teacher and uses close observations of the natural world, especially the birds, plants, trees, and landscapes of New Hampshire, to provide the subject matter of his creations. Altobello’s teaching background also comes through in his enthusiasm for sharing marquetry with others. His exhibit includes panels explaining the technique step-by-step. To see more examples of his work, check out his artist website.