life in the Kearsarge area

what's happening in the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area of NH

So much to do at Family FunFest on Saturday, Sept. 24

Family FunFest Logo WN16 jlsKid Stuff magazine, part of Kearsarge Magazine LLC, is hosting its first event on Saturday, September 24: Family FunFest. Come join us (between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for all sorts of fun. All we ask is that you bring a donation of toiletries (toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo) or $5/car so we can help the homeless this winter! Here’s what is in store; more being added daily! Watch our website http://familyfest.events/index.html for details!

SCHEDULE

Yoga hourly with Crescent Moon Yoga

12 noon: Magician Andrew Pinard will put on a show!

SPONSORS

White River Toyota – get a look at the new models

Skyline Designs – coloring contest

Eastern Propane – touch a truck

Stern Center – free art project

Purple Crayon Production – free craft project

Clear Choice MD – giveaways and hand washing demos

Fit Kids Childcare – bubble making

Northern Lights Gymnastics – jumping and handstand demos

Kid Stuff magazine – free face painting

THINGS TO DO

Vertical Dreams – Climbing walls, free!

Upper Valley Bounce House – free with adult supervision!

Lightning Soccer – Soccer competitions/prizes, promotional giveaways

LL Bean – Outdoor equipment demos

Dance Arts Academy – All day demos and instruction

Bluewave Taekwondo – paddle kicking and board breaking demo

Catch a Glimpse Photography – free photo booth for kids of all ages

Alice Peck Day- health testing and giveaways

Upper Valley Food Coop – recycled art activity and free food samples

Upper Valley Humane Society

Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network – games and giveaways

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital – wellness check ins and giveaways

SHOPPING

Nantucket Jewels & Accessories

Usborne books

Z’s Toys and Gifts

Pixiestix Handcrafts

Lula Roe clothing and leggings

Silly Bee handcrafted items for kids

Platinum Puzzles

Huggable Snugglies – build your own stuffed animal!

Dragon West herb blend/dip mixes, paper earrings, trellis yarn necklaces, bracelets, paper barrettes

Lego, Angry Bird, Shopkins necklaces – all $5

FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD VENDORS

Somerset Grill

Phnom Penh

Sanctuary Farm Ice Cream

Advernuts fresh roasted peanuts

King Arthur Flour treats

Marshall Hill Farm cookies and jams

KJ’s Café sandwiches and salads

 

Sunapee’s Beck Johnson Receives Great Kids Award

Kid Stuff magazine (part of Kearsarge Magazine LLC) is excited to announce its first GreatKids Award recipient: 16-year-old Beck Johnson! Johnson was nominated by several people and for a variety of reasons: personal talent, eco-awareness, family/peer support, mentorship and academic excellence.

Johnson, a Sunapee, N.H., resident, opened Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream in 2009. His business has grown into a mainstay of the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area. The ice cream is handmade and the business is solar powered.

“Unlike most generational businesses, it was the youngest of the family, Beck, who had the vision,” says his mother Susan Deane Johnson. “He took the initiative to train the rest of the family, including his siblings, mother and grandmother. Beck’s secret recipes, passed up from mother to grandmother, support local farmers, like blueberries from Bartlett’s Farm and strawberries from Peachblow Farm.”

“I am impressed with his passion for wanting to succeed and the positive impact he is having on the community by creating a good environment for families to go and have a good time all while eating ice cream!” says Mike Nangeroni of New England Solar Concepts. “It’s great that kids have the opportunity to see and feed farm animals, like goats, donkeys and puppies. They can play volleyball, Frisbee, soccer, dig in the sand, and climb in the play house. It’s a place to go and have some good old-fashioned fun!”

“Beck started out with an idea and built a business. In doing so, he has shown leadership, mentorship and what a lot of hard work does. Beck is a manager of his peers, which at a young age is very difficult. He shows by example and is not afraid of hard work,” says his grandmother Edwina Deane.

Johnson will receive the award in person at the Family FunFest at Whaleback Mountain in Enfield, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 24. (You can also buy some Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream!) If you know a kid doing great things, nominate them! Winners are profiled in each issue of Kid Stuff magazine; the next Great Kid will be announced November 1, 2016. Applications are available online at www.uppervalleykidstuff.com/win-it/

The little log cabin

IMG_0667    Follow Route 10 out of Newport, past Goshen and into Lempster, and you’ll find The Little Log Cabin – a farm stand, bakery, artisan’s market and antique store all in one building. It’s open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Totally worth the drive – you’ll find a little treasure you didn’t know you needed, and some really good coffee cake!

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A quiet spot in New London

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Did you know that there is a labyrinth in New London, NH? It is behind the New London Inn – check it out!

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Eastman Lake

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My parents moved to Grantham, N.H., in 1986, so, technically, I did, too. I left for college, then grad school, then came back to buy my own home in Grantham in 1997 (and later a different one in 2002). It’s a nice halfway point between the Upper Valley (Lebanon/Hanover) and Concord. There’s a lot to do – you can golf, cross country ski, hike, swim and rent paddle boats, canoes and these new big wheeled things. And when you leave the traffic and steaming asphalt of the larger towns to see the views of the rolling hills and lake, it feels like you’ve escaped, you’ve gone on vacation, but really you’ve just come home.

More summer in NH

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Still doodling around town with my camera/phone. Here’s a big ole tree in Sutton Mills.

Here’s a view of Sutton Mills. Just beyond the trees there’s an old dam that used to power the mills. I scared away a big heron (it scared me, too, so no photo this time).IMG_7359

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Make sure you get outside and enjoy all that summer has to offer!

Summer in NH

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Here I am, walking lakeside in North Sutton. Cell phone in hand, I snap a few photos of Kezar Lake, the dam and Wadleigh State Park.

It’s what I do most summers. I have time after dropping the kids off at their respective camps. I don’t particularly want to haul my laptop with me, so I take photos for Facebook, Pinterest and my enjoyment. I’ll include a few here to get you in the summer mood.

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Hanging out in Newbury

Why, oh, why, didn’t I bring a book? Then I would have stayed all day (well, I would have stayed for the two hours the parking lot allows me) at the public dock in Newbury, N.H. A gorgeous place to take a walk, catch some rays, gaze at the lake and enjoy a few moments of New Hampshire gorgeousness.

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Sunapee Wheels this Saturday

Antique cars are pieces of history, and art objects. Whether you are a fan of engineering (look at how engines have changed!) or a lover of design (consider the sleek, elegant lines of a 1940s Packard), people of all ages love to see vintage vehicles. And in June, the Sunapee Lions Club gathers enthusiasts from across New England at the annual Sunapee Wheels Antique & Collectible Motor Vehicle Show.

CarNutz2“It is the one of our major fund raising events,” says Jim Currier, chairman of the show and 30-year club member. “The Sunapee Lions usually raise between $6,000 and $8,000. This money is used to fund our many charitable causes.” Locally, the Sunapee Lions Club is well known for ensuring that no one goes without eye care because of costs. The club also donates to dogs for the blind, a horse riding program for disabled children, the Sunapee Food Pantry, college and technical school scholarships, and Student of the Quarter awards for deserving students in Sunapee elementary, middle and high school.

Anyone can enter a vehicle in the show for $20. “The show is popular with local people because it gives an opportunity for them to show their vehicles in a great setting. Anyone can show their vehicle, no matter what shape it is in, and the vehicles are judged by a group of enthusiasts but are not professional judges,” says Currier, who lives in Georges Mills. “There are car clubs that come to the show every year, and some use the event to hold their annual meeting.”

Anyone can attend the show, too; admission is $5. “The show is popular because, with every paid admission, people get a chairlift ride to the summit of Mount Sunapee,” says Currier. “But I like the show because it allows us to work together as Lions and make money for our causes.”

The 2016 Sunapee Wheels Antique & Collectible Motor Vehicle Show is scheduled for Saturday, June 25 (with a rain date for Sunday, June 26) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H. Learn more at sunapeelions.com

Sanctuary Dairy Farm

IMG_7016    I grew up in New Hampshire, where it wasn’t uncommon to drive by a farm with mooing cows and the smell of manure. It’s less common today, but not impossible. In Sunapee, you can take the kids to Sanctuary Dairy Farm to see some farm animals, including goats and donkeys. (I’d suggest just looking, not touching, even though they do get nice and close in case you have a treat.)

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Of course, there’s homemade ice cream (so-o-o-o good) and a play area with swings. But I love the views – sky, grass, field, orchard, stable, buildings. On a nice sunny day, you might take your favorite photo, ever. Learn more at http://www.icecreamkidbeck.com

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