Saturday, November 1, 2008

MT WASHINGTON VALLEY CELEBRATES HARVEST TO HOLIDAYS WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AND LODGING PACKAGES


MT WASHINGTON VALLEY CELEBRATES HARVEST TO HOLIDAYS WITH SPECIAL EVENTS AND LODGING PACKAGES

It’s a special time of year in Mt Washington Valley as the fall foliage colors turns to the harvest glow and then the joy of the holidays. Mt Washington Valley is alive with special events for each of the upcoming holiday celebrations – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Look for events for everyone in the whole family in the upcoming months.


NOVEMBER

November 1: 2nd Annual Fur Ball at Grand Summit Resort - The 2008 Fur Ball to benefit the Conway Area Humane Society and Harvest Hills Animal Shelter promises to be a tail wagger once again this year with lots of dancing time to the live music of the award-winning Fryeburg Jazz Ensemble. To add to the laughs, enjoy the wild antics of Maine comedian Mike Miclon too. Tickets are $100 per person, or buy a table of 8 for $600. Call (603) 447-5605 to order tickets and for more information or visit conwayshelter.org or call (603)447-5605. 

November 6 & 7: “The Capitol Steps” at the Stone Mountain Arts Center – The musical cast of this politically satirical group will be back for an election week appearance and have showgoers rolling in the aisles! Stone Mountain Arts Center is located in Brownfield, Maine. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person. Info: 866-227-6523 or www.stonemountainartscenter.com.
November 8: Nordic Ski Swap and Sale at JSTF - Kick off the Nordic ski season at the Annual Nordic Ski Swap and Sale from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. There will be savings on new and closeout merchandise from the retail shop, plus great bargains on gear and clothing. Skiers of all ages and abilities can purchase quality cross-country ski equipment and gear at bargain prices. For more info: Nordic Ski Swap and Sale at Jackson Ski Touring Foundation.
November 8 - 11: Bring a Friend Shopping Spree Weekend at Settlers’ Green - Extended hours of shopping 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Monday. 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday and Tuesday. The sale you wait for! Sign up early for access to the VIP Tent. Free shopping bags will be given for first 1000 shoppers, discount coupons for all, gift with purchase on Sunday and Monday. Info: 603-356-5703 or www.settlersgreen.com.

November 11: Veteran’s Day – Join others as they salute the heroes of the US military who’ve served in the war. Throughout the day, enjoy a Memorial Service, Flag Ceremony, Parade down Main Street and other events. This event is organized by Post 95 American Legion. Special lodging and dining packages offered to veterans and their guests from area businesses. Info: 800-367-3364 or www.mtwashingtonvalley.org.

November 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23: Arts In Motion Youth Players Presents "FAME at the Eastern Slope Playhouse - Tickets go on Sale Nov 9th. Tickets are $10.00 per ticket for reserved seating. For tickets, call the box office at 603-356-5776 after 11/9/08. For more info: artsinmotiontheater.com.
November 15: Arts Council of Tamworth presents Woods Tea Company - ACT! is pleased to bring back another crowd-pleaser, Americana band Woods Tea Company, on Saturday, November 15. For tickets and more information, call 603-323-8104.

November 15: Historic Thanksgiving at the Remick Country Doctor Museum - Where did our modern Thanksgiving traditions come from? Learn about harvest festivals and how the foods of the Thanksgiving feast evolved over the centuries. The event features demonstrations of how an early 19th century meal was prepared, from the farm to the table - including plucking and "dressing" the turkey. Traditional food and drink is prepared on the hearth, using historic recipes with lots of delicious samples to try. Take home a new recipe to include in your own Thanksgiving tradition. Visit a mini exhibit about the history of this important American holiday. Hours are from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for an afternoon of good food, a warm fire, and a little bit of history. Free admission. Info: 603-323-9571 or www.remickmuseum.org.

November 28 – 30: Ride “Santa’s Holiday Express” at Conway Scenic Railroad - Enjoy a relaxing “Valley Train” ride. Santa will be on board carrying a gift in his bag for each child. Departure to Bartlett at 11:30 a.m., Conway at 1:30 p.m. with an extra train trip on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Reservations can be phoned in or can be place on-line. Info: 603-356-5251 or www.conwayscenic.com.

November 28-30: Christmas Time at Santa’s Village - Come visit Santa, his elves and reindeer. Take in a wonderful display of holiday lights, have a blast on the best rides and see a special holiday show in the Polar Players Theater. Hours are 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The admission for this season is $23 per person; children ages 3 and younger are always free. Info: 603-586-4445 or www.santasvillage.com.

November 27: Thanksgiving Feast Buffet and Holiday Concert at the Mount Washington Resort: Create holiday memories and families traditions with a feast fit for man, lady and child. This Thanksgiving Feast Buffet is what Thanksgiving is all about. This event is open to guests of the resort and the public too. The Thanksgiving concert will showcase and capture the sound of the Swing North’s 19 piece orchestra. Reservations required. Call 800-314-1752 or click for more info: www.mountwashingtonresort.com .
November 28 - 30: Traditionally Yours, Jackson - The classic White Mountain villages of Jackson, Bartlett, Glen and Intervale invite folks to join them as they open their doors once again to share old and new holiday traditions. Come and experience old-fashioned New England traditions, crackling fires in fieldstone hearths, the unforgettable scent of freshly baked goods, and the wintertime fun of skiing, skating and sledding. And best of all, enjoy time with family and friends. Some of the activities planned include tree lighting ceremonies, caroling, gingerbread workshops, wreath-making, an old-fashioned ornament swap and of course the arrival of Santa to begin the festivities. Area inns, shops and galleries will be hosting their annual Holiday Open House celebrations. Info: 603-383-9356 or www.jacksonnh.com.
November 28, 29, 30: Santa's Holiday Express at Conway Scenic Railroad: Ride Santa's Holiday Express at Conway Scenic Railroad; enjoy a relaxing "Valley Train" ride, Santa will be on board carrying a gift in his bag for each child. Departure to Bartlett at 11:30am, Conway 1:30pm with and extra train trip on Saturday 11/29 at 3:00pm. Reservations can be phoned in or can be place on-line. Call 1-800-232-5251 
or visit www.conwayscenic.com for more information.

November 28: Preview the newest Warren Miller Film at Bretton Woods- Kick off the 2008/09 ski and snowboard season at Bretton Woods with a screening of Warren Miller’s 59th annual feature film, Children of Winter, presented by Jeep. Building on the success of last year’s film, they will once again be taking you places around the globe, in addition to numerous destinations within the US. Purchase your tickets in advance by visiting www.shopmountwashingtonresort.com or by contacting the Adventure Desk at 603.278.8989. On the night of the event, tickets may be picked up at the lower level ticket windows at the Bretton Woods Base Lodge.

November 29: Wildcat Opening Day: Wildcat Mountain anticipates opening for the season today. For info and snow reports, go to www.SkiWildcat.com.

November 29-30: Demo Days and Beer Tasting & BBQ at Bretton Woods: 
Saturday and Sunday will feature a complimentary on-mountain ski equipment demo from our very own Demo Center! Check out some of this season’s newest gear from Elan. Plus - don’t forget about the afternoon barbecue and a brew tasting on Saturday featuring Northern New England breweries. For more information, visit http://www.mountwashingtonresort.com/activities/event/detail/189.
November 29: Great Glen Trails Craft Fair – Looking for unique gifts this holiday season? Shop from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 pm at Great Glen Trails where over 30 crafters will display handmade gifts under one roof. Raffle and bake sale to benefit Gorham BKL Jr. skiers. For more info, go to: Great Glen Craft Fair.
DECEMBER

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, & 21: Christmas Time at Santa’s Village – Come visit Santa, his elves and reindeer. Take in a wonderful display of holiday lights, have a blast on the best rides and see a special holiday show in the Polar Players Theater. Hours are 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. The admission for this season is $23 per person; children ages 3 and younger are always free. Info: 603-586-4445 or www.santasvillage.com.

Dec 6: Conway Village Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting – Join residents and businesses of Conway, NH for a traditional evening holiday parade followed by visits and pictures with Santa. There’s a free movie for the kids at the Majestic Theater, photos with Santa, hot cocoa, tree lightings and caroling. Free and open to the public. Info: 603-447-2639 or www.conwaychamber.com. (Note: Date to be confirmed).

Dec 6: 12th Annual Holiday Festival at Settlers’ Green – Beautiful music, festive trees, hot chocolate, free horse drawn wagon rides with Santa, Mini Cranmore Snow-Tube and much more! Free and open to the public. Hours are 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Info: 603-356-7031 or www.settlersgreen.com.

December 6 - 7: Traditionally Yours, Jackson - The classic White Mountain villages of Jackson, Bartlett, Glen and Intervale invite folks to join them as they open their doors once again to share old and new holiday traditions. Come and experience old-fashioned New England traditions, crackling fires in fieldstone hearths, the unforgettable scent of freshly baked goods, and the wintertime fun of skiing, skating and sledding. And best of all, enjoy time with family and friends. Some of the activities planned include tree lighting ceremonies, caroling, gingerbread workshops, wreath-making, an old-fashioned ornament swap and of course the arrival of Santa to begin the festivities. Area inns, shops and galleries will be hosting their annual Holiday Open House celebrations. Info: 603-383-9356 or www.jacksonnh.com.

December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 & 21: Ride the “Santa Claus Express” on the Conway Scenic Railroad - Join us on the “Valley Train” where Santa will be aboard carrying a surprise in his bag for each child. Reservations can be made by phone or on-line. Departure to Bartlett at 11:30 a.m., Conway departure at 1:30 p.m. Info: 603 356-5251 or www.conwayscenic.com.

December 6: “Not so Typical” Yankee Swap in Jackson – The Yankee Swap will start at approximately 7 p.m. at the Shovel Handle Pub at Whitney’s Inn in Jackson. Each winner is guaranteed to walk away with a gift valued at $100 or more. The Grand Prize winner will walk away with a prize valued at $1,000 or more. Tickets are $6 each or $20 for 4 tickets which are entered into a draw – 20 winners of the draw will advance to the actual Yankee Swap. Info: 603-383-9356, 1-800-866-3334 or www.jacksonnh.com.

December 6: Tubing at Settlers’ Green OVP - Cranmore Resort will build a tubing hill at Settler’s Green. Let the kids go tubing with Santa while parents find gifts to fill the stockings. For more information, visit www.settlersgreen.com/.

December 7: Victorian Christmas at the Remick Country Doctor Museum -Take time out of your busy schedule and savor the old-time delights of the Victorian Christmas from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tour the Captain Enoch Remick House adorned with the toys and festive decorations of the Victorian era. Sip wassail and enjoy a homemade Christmas cookie or two. Visit the museum center for a taste of the past: sample an array of traditional Christmas foods and drinks and learn how to make simple and beautiful Christmas crafts. Free admission. Info: 603-323-7591 or www.remickmuseum.org.

December 12-13: 12th Annual Inn-to-Inn Holiday Cookie Tour - Take a tasty tour of fabulous holiday cookies and candies as you visit inns throughout Mt. Washington Valley all decked out in their holiday finery. Participants will receive a keepsake collection of the cookies they tasted, and get great decorating ideas from talented innkeepers. Gingerbread structures will be displayed at each inn. Vote for your favorite and raise money for community non-profit organizations. Visit all the inns and take home a beautiful brass keepsake ornament. Participating Inns offer lodging packages including tickets to the tour. It’s been called “New Hampshire’s best sugar high” by New Hampshire Magazine. Tickets are limited, and best assured through the reserving a lodging package. Info: www.countryinnsinthewhitemountains.com or 800-626-5855.

December 13: Moonlight Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Tour at the Mount Washington Resort - Snow and a full moon accentuate the breathtaking beauty of Mount Washington Resort's Nordic and snowshoe terrain. Join our Nordic Center staff on this hour-long excursion along the cross-country moonlit trails of the Resort. If the views and experience are not hot enough, hot chocolate and a roaring fire will warm you following the adventure. Reservations are required. This event is complimentary for Resort guests and $10 for the public. There is a size limit of ten participants. Call 800-314-1752 for reservations.

December 13: Welcome to Winter at Cranmore - The first 50 people to buy a lift ticket will receive a goodie bag filled with all the best Cranmore treats. For more information, visit www.Cranmore.com .

December 15-18: $15 Lift Ticket with Donation of Three Food Items at Shawnee Peak - Bring three non-perishable food items to the ticket window Tuesday-Thursday, December 16-18, and get a same-day, full-day (9:30am-4pm) lift ticket for just $15. Stop by the Food Donation collection vehicle, located next to the ticket window. They will take your donation and give you a voucher for the $15 lift ticket. Offer not valid with any other discount or coupon. Food items will be donated to the Bridgton Food Pantry - a collaborative, inter-denominational food drive effort among three Bridgton Churches. For more info, visit www.ShawneePeak.com .

December 17: Tuckerman Brewing Company Hop Day - Join Kirsten from Tuckerman Brewing Company on 2-fer 1 Lift Ticket Wednesday in the Wildcat Pub and receive t-shirts, pint glasses, or other free schwag when you enjoy one of their fine, fresh micro-brews. For more information, visit www.SkiWildcat.com.

December 20-21: Free Learn to Ski Days at Shawnee Peak: Learn to Ski or Snowboard for FREE! Ages 8 and up only. December 20 & 21, 2008, you and your friends can learn to ski or snowboard FREE. You must pre-register for this exciting program. E-mail skifree@shawneepeak.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the words "Ski FREE" in the subject and include your name, mailing address and number of registration packages you need. We will send you the necessary sign-up forms. Or call 207-647-8444 ext. 26 to get your sign up forms. Ages 8 & up only. For more information, visit www.ShawneePeak.com .

December 22: Holiday Carload Day at Shawnee Peak: Pack your car (legally), get to Shawnee Peak before 11am and everyone in your vehicle skis 9am-9pm for just $99! Visit www.ShawneePeak.com for more information.
December 27: Wine Dinner at Cranmore - Taking place in the 1940s-era log cabin at its summit, Cranmore’s wine dinners offer a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience in front of a fieldstone fireplace with live music and spectacular views of the lights of North Conway Village. A selection of five entrees will be offered and will be accompanied by wine carefully matched to each course. Round trip lift access will be offered on the high-speed express quad. Reservations necessary. Call 1-800-SUN-N-SKI ext. 227 or visit http://www.cranmore.com/info/events/calendarevent.wine_dinner1.item.asp.

Dec 31: New Year’s Festival - The Mt. Washington Valley's New Year's Festival is a spectacular event, full of sights, sounds, pageantry designed to bring people of all ages together to publicly greet the new year. Children and families are the heart of the New Year's Festival which area residents and holiday visitors are invited to attend. The festival encompasses a variety of artistic expressions from outdoor recreational activities to indoor performances including music, comedy, storytelling and an array of art forms presented by local and regional performers. The spirit of the celebration is highlighted in a giant outdoor gathering in the village commons to see a magical Parade of Light, Fireworks, spectacular bonfires and finally, showcasing the lowering of the New Year's Eve Lighted Ball at midnight with a Fireworks Finale, all which help to shape the annual celebration of Mt. Washington Valley's New Year's Festival. Everyone is invited to join in ringing in the New Year 2009 in Schouler Park, the Heart of the Mt. Washington Valley. Info: www.mwvevents.com.

For more information and an up-to-date calendar of events, visit www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).

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