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Winter Carnival Activities this Weekend

by Christian Mower on January 23, 2015

Winter Carnival, Celebrating Conway’s Legacy!



Snow Sculptures at the local Schools
Students will make snow sculptures, be sure to drive by the schools to see them!

Skating & Snowman Building in Schouler Park
Enjoy skating the old fashioned way, under the clear blue sky by day and star light by night. The Skating Rink in Schouler Park has been a fixture for over a century!

January Church Supper at the Conway Village Congregational Church: from 5-7p.m.
Church Suppers are a New England Tradition featuring hearty meals and delicious desserts, all homemade! The Brown Church January Suppers are also a bit like the Ski Train Tradition, the locals and the tourists meet to share a meal, much as they did on Friday nights of days gone by when the Ski Train pulled into town, and the streets were filled with skiers walking to restaurants and inns. Please call 447-3851 for more information.

Wooden Stick Hockey Game at HAM Arena:
A throwback game to the days of Old Time Hockey!  On January 23rd, 2015 from 7:10-9:10p.m. The “Ham Arena Wooden Stick Hockey Game” will feature area hockey players using only wooden “old School” hockey sticks to celebrate the Conway 250th Anniversary Celebration.  Players will be required to raise at least $50.00 dollars each, which in turn will be donated to the local charity, “End 68 Hours of Hunger “.  A great turnout is expected as we play not only to honor Conway’s Heritage, but to support our own local causes. Spectators are invited to bring nonperishable food items.

“Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz at the M&D Home Town Theater
Show time at 7:30p.m., doors open at 7:00p.m. at our Culture Cafe, we have beer, wine, soda, coffee and tea, plus goodies for sale,   which can be taken into the theater.  Tickets are available by calling the box office at (603) 733-5275 or going on line at  Ticket cost per person is $25.00 at the door or $20.00 if done on line.


Skating & Snowman Building in Schouler Park
Enjoy skating the old fashioned way, under the clear blue sky by day and star light by night. The Skating Rink in Schouler Park has been a fixture for over a century! Or perhaps your family would like to build a snowman…carrots and top hats optional!

Ice Climbing at IME & Cathedral Ledge:
Celebrate Conway’s 250th learning about the history of Ice Climbing with International Mountain Equipment and the International Mountain Climbing School. We will meet upstairs at IME (2733 Main Street North Conway NH 03860) at 10a.m. Saturday January 24th. Everest Summiteer and IME owner Rick Wilcox will give a talk on the evolution of ice climbing in North Conway and on Mt Washington and have vintage gear to look at and compare to the modern tools of today. After the talk people will drive to Cathedral Ledge (site of the old Conway ski jump) and give a demonstration of modern Ice Climbing and have an interactive session where guests will get to place ice screws and swing modern ice hammers into the ice with IMCS owner Brad White. We will wrap up by 12 noon at the latest. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vintage Costume Skate at HAM Arena:
On January 24th during the 12:30-2:30p.m. public skate session, The Ham Arena will be host to a “Vintage Costume Skate” in honor of the town’s 250th Celebration.  Any participant wearing a Vintage, or period Costume will receive a $1.00 dollar off discount on their Public Skate fee and be eligible to win a 5 visit Skate Card!

Sled Dogs! at Salyards Museum
Few people realize that Huskies are not the only sled dog. As a matter of fact, the Chinnook dog was bred in nearby Tamworth to accompany American Explorers on expeditions to both the North and South Pole. Meet the Chinook dogs, learn a bit about their history, and you may even be able to go for a short ride. This will also be the annual meeting for the Chinook of New England club, so come and meet people and dogs from all over New England.

Trees of Whittaker Woods at Whittaker Woods 10a.m.
Tin Mountain Conservation Center will offer monthly trips to Conway locations celebrating Conway’s beauty and   heritage. The January trip will be a Winter Tree Identification, snowshoe with Executive Director , Dr. Michael Cline which will be held in Whittaker Woods, Saturday, January 23, at 10:00 PM-Noon. Bring your own snow shoes, or borrow ours by calling 447-6991. The suggested donation for Tin Mountain events is $3 per person, or $5 for the family.

 Family Ski & Snow Shoe at Whittaker Woods
Join us for daytime family introduction to xc skiing and snow shoeing free for the Winter Carnival Weekend (bring or rent equipment)

 Sleigh Rides at The Farm by the River
Sleigh Rides are offered from 10a.m.- 4p.m.. Please call 356-2694 to make reservations.

Cranapalooza! at Mount Cranmore:

Live music in Zip’s Pub and Grill from 3-6p.m. with the Blue James Band S’mores in Schneider Square and tubing hill ($) from 3-5p.m. Birthday Cake and giveaways in Schneider Square (while supplies last) from 3-5p.m. Face painting- Third floor of Skimobile Station from 3-5p.m. Bobo- T- Clown- third floor of Skimobile Station from 3-4p.m. Resort Wide Social Media Scavenger Hunt- Make sure to like us on Facebook and Twitter and look for clues leading up to this week’s Cranapalooza.

Contra Dance at Salyards at7 p.m.
Join the Mountain Top String Band for an evening of family fun reminiscent of the years of the Snow Train. You don’t need to know how to dance, most contra dances are called through before the individual dances start. All are welcome to this free event.

Headlamp Snow Shoe and XC Ski at Whittaker Woods
Bring your own gear. Join a group for a unique experience in the woods at night.

“Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz at the M&D Home Town Theater
See information listed under same program on Friday, January 23rd.


Skating & Snowman Building in Schouler Park
Enjoy skating the old fashioned way, under the clear blue sky by day and star light by night. The Skating Rink in Schouler Park has been a fixture for over a century! Or perhaps your family would like to build a snowman…carrots and top hats optional!

Curling Demonstration at the HAM Arena 9:30-11a.m.
We will have club members playing a demonstration game for people to watch, with other members available to explain the rules and strategy of curling to spectators.  Spectators will be invited to come onto the ice to watch the demonstration game if they care to, and to also get some basic instruction in how to throw a curling stone.  Each person will get the opportunity to throw several curling stones, including a chance to throw a stone the entire length of the rink to the opposite house.  Participants should wear warm, loose clothing and clean, soft-soled shoes if they plan to venture out onto the ice.

Great Penguin Race Sunday, at Mount Cranmore:
The Great Penguin Race is an annual event that supports a selected non-profit. The event is from 9a.m. – 1:30p.m.. Penguins will be available for purchase at registration for $5 beginning at 8:30-11:30a.m. on the third floor of the Main Base Lodge. Penguins are “raced” by releasing them down an ice covered path at the base of the North Slope for ultimate speed! 100% of the profits from the Great Penguin Race support the local non-profit. That means every penguin sold is an important piece of this fundraiser.

Local’s lift tickets, Sunday, at Mount Cranmore: Noon to 4p.m.
Residents of Carroll, Coos and Oxford counties ski for only $25 after noon with proof of local residency.

Family Ski & Snow Shoe at Whittaker Woods
Join us for daytime family introduction to xc skiing and snow shoeing free for the Winter Carnival Weekend (bring or rent equipment)

Figure Skating Demonstration in Schouler Park at 1p.m.
Join the Mount Washington Valley Skate Club for a short program featuring members of the club. (Weather permitting, may move to HAM Arena if the ice is not good for skating.)


Cynthia’s Challenge Raises over $34,000!!

by Christian Mower on January 22, 2015

cynthia-s-challenge-picEast Madison, N.H. – Cynthia’s Challenge, a 24-hour Ski-A-Thon at King Pine Ski Area took place on January 9th and 10th. This event has raised over $34,000 to date towards the goal of $45,000 and donations are still rolling in! Proceeds from this event will benefit one of King Pine’s own, Samantha “Sammy” Gillard who suffers from Rett Syndrome. Sammy, 7 years old, is the daughter of Jenny and Geoff of Newton, MA and granddaughter of Tex Gillard, a long time ski patroller at King Pine Ski Area. The family has grown up on the slopes of King Pine.

133 skiers and snowboarders from all over New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and one who traveled all the way from West Des Moines, Iowa participated in this 24-hour event. Registration was $99 per person with ages 8 and under free and included dinner, breakfast and lunch, a 24 hour lift ticket, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event, as well as a customized t-shirt, games, chair massages and created memories that will last a lifetime.

Saturday’s lunch sponsored by the Yankee Smokehouse and Thrivent Financial was a hit with pulled pork, burgers, sausage with peppers and onions and more. The Yankee Smokehouse in addition to lunch donated $800 toward the fund from the successful pizza fundraiser they ran Wednesday before the event. Flatbread Pizza provided pizza for dinner and the White Mountain Cupcakery added something sweet to the mix with their award winning cupcakes.

Atlas Fireworks and Bank of New Hampshire put on a spectacular fireworks show Saturday night with support from the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge crew playing music and providing entertainment for 24 hours. “It was incredible show of support by the local community, but also from King Pine, whose ski patrol, lift operators and many additional employees volunteered their time to see the event through the night” stated Bob Hoyt, co-owner and President of Purity Spring Resort, “We feel fortunate to be able to make this large contribution to Sammy’s life with a wheelchair accessible van to help her live a happier, fuller and more comfortable life.”

Cynthia’s Challenge would like to also recognize the following businesses for their support: Atlas Fireworks, Bank of New Hampshire, Mad Cow Screen Print, Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge, Ride-Away, SnoCountry, Thrivent Financial and Yankee Smokehouse.

A special thanks to everyone that donated prizes and food to make this event a success:

A Second Glance, Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, Bavarian Chocolate Haus, Big Dave’s Bagels, Blue Bay Seafood & Steaks, Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, Eastern Slope Inn & Attitash Mountain Village, Green Thumb Farms, Healing Frontiers, Hobbs Tavern & Brewing Company, Inn at Crystal Lake, Leavitt’s Bakery, Mt. Washington Auto Road, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort – Kahuna Laguna, River’s Edge Grill and Tavern, Sap House Meadery, Silver Lake Massage Therapy, Ski Works, Snowvillage Inn, The Sound Resort, Story Land, Sunny Villa Restaurant.

The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for Sammy. Rett syndrome is a rare and unique developmental disorder. As the syndrome progresses, most children lose purposeful use of their hands and the ability to speak. Other symptoms may include loss of motor skills, breathing and cardiac irregularities, seizures, digestive problems, scoliosis, and tremors. With a wheelchair accessible van, the Gillard family will be able to continue to travel together and will provide Samantha with a much happier, safer and fuller life.

Donations are still being accepted! Help King Pine reach $45,000 for Sammy! Online donations are welcome at and checks are also being accepted. For more information, please call King Pine or Purity Spring resort at (800) 373-3754 or email Aly Coakley, Marketing Coordinator, at [email protected].


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A Conway Native and Former Congressional Staffer passed away this weekend. According to the Conway Daily Sun, Bayard Winslow Kennett 2nd lost his battle with Lung Cancer this Saturday at age 34. Known by most as Chip Kennett, he graduated from Kennett high in 1999 and has deep family roots in the Mount Washington Valley. His Parents are both former Conway selectmen, and Kennett High and Middle school are named for A. Crosby Kennett. Kennett worked on Capitol Hill for nearly 8 years in various roles including as the legislative assistant for Senator John Sununu and as a director of appropriations for Maine Senator Susan Collins. He was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in 2012, but refusing to let it get him down he became an advocate for cancer research even testifying on Capitol Hill to help draw attention to cancers that need more funding to help develop better treatments. He is survived by his wife Sheila, his two children, Bayard “Joe” Kennett III, 5, and Crosby Reynolds, 2. His parents Bayard and Theresa Kennett of Conway, and his brother and sister in law Tanner and Sarah Kennett of North Conway. Though he may be gone in body his spirit and legacy will live on both in the Valley and across the Nation as others fight to find a cure. Funeral Services will be held Thursday in Virginia with Local Conway Services to be announced.


Tractor Trailer Accident In Ossipee

by Christian Mower on January 19, 2015


NH Route 16 in Ossipee between Jude Boulevard and Boulder Road has been reopened. According to the Carroll County Sheriffs Office Facebook Page both directions of traffic had been closed after multiple tractor-trailer trucks went off the road between Jude and Boulder roads in front of the Green Mountain Furniture. Anyone who has to commute this morning should give themselves extra time to get to work and to take it slow as the roads are still icy in some spots.


Plymouth Village Water & Sewer Solar Array Sets Model for Future Partnerships

by Christian Mower January 19, 2015 Front Page News

PLYMOUTH, NH – A coalition of energy-minded locals has turned an empty lot in Plymouth into one of the largest solar electric arrays in the state, creating a model partnership for future projects. The ground mounted 121-kilowatt system consisting of six rows of 440 solar pv panels is online and projected to generate a quarter […]

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Cranmore Mountain Meisters First Race Rescheduled To Wednesday January 14th

by Christian Mower January 5, 2015 Front Page News

The First Race of the Cranmore Mountain Meisters has been rescheduled from this coming Wednesday the 7th to next Wednesday January 14th. In a press release they said that with cold weather in the forecast, Cranmore is going to be focusing on aggressive snowmaking on the Mountain including the NASTAR and Competition Slope. Racers are […]

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