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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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Get thrifty

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Thrifting is not for the faint of heart, but it is great fun. I checked out a few stores for the summer issue of Kearsarge Magazine; one of my trips is below. If you have some time this summer, grab a friend and see what you can find!

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NEW LONDON

Go Lightly Consignment Boutique

255 Newport Road

golightlyconsignment.weebly.com

CODE: consignment, clothing, jewelry

 

The Renaissance Shoppe at the VNA

107 Newport Road

lakesunapeevna.org

CODE: thrift, art, collectibles, jewelry, antiques, nonprofit cause

 

Switchback Consignment

256 Main Street

CODE: consignment, clothing, toys, sports equipment

 

St. Andrews Thrift Shop

52 Gould Road

(603) 526-6590

CODE: thrift, clothing, housewares, nonprofit cause

Winners of the First Annual Parents’ Choice Award

stampKid Stuff (www.uppervalleykidstuff.com) asked readers their favorite places for families. The online results have been tallied, and the winners highlight the best family friendly locations in the Upper Valley area of Vermont and New Hampshire.

“The Upper Valley is rich in family friendly professional, educational and retail resources,” says Amy Cranage, associate editor of Kid Stuff. “The results of the survey attest to the breadth of options as well as readers’ passionate opinions about their favorites. It’s no wonder many people choose to raise their children in the Upper Valley.”

Here are the results:

BEST PEDIATRICS PRACTICE

  • Winner: CHaD, Lebanon, N.H.
  • Runner up: New London Pediatric Care Center, New London, N.H.

BEST DENTIST

  • Winner: Concord Pediatric Dentistry, New London, N.H.
  • Runner up: Mascoma Dental Associates, Lebanon, N.H.

BEST ORTHODONTIST

  • Winner: Baker Orthodontics, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Richard Schlein, Norwich, Vt.

BEST PARTY PLACE

  • Winner: Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction, Vt.
  • Runner up: Pioneer Gymnastics, Newport, N.H.

BEST PRESCHOOL

  • Winner: Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Newport Montessori School, Newport, N.H.

BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL

  • Winner: Kimball Union Academy, Plainfield, N.H.
  • Runner up: Newport Montessori School, Newport, N.H.

BEST CAMP

  • Winner: Camp Coniston, Croydon, N.H.
  • Runner up: Montshire Museum, Norwich, Vt.

BEST LIBRARY (TIE)

  • Winner: Dunbar Free Library, Grantham, N.H., and Howe Library, Hanover, N.H.

BEST CLOTHING STORE

  • Winner: Hubert’s, West Lebanon, Claremont and Newport, N.H.
  • Runner up: Country Kids, West Lebanon, N.H.

BEST BOOK STORE

  • Winner: Dartmouth Bookstore, Hanover, N.H.
  • Runner up: Morgan Hill Book Store, New London, N.H.

BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP

  • Winner: Closet Treasures, Grantham, N.H.
  • Runner up: Kids Exchange, Newport, N.H.

BEST KID FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

  • Winner: Lui Lui, West Lebanon, N.H.
  • Runner up: Salt hill, Newport, N.H.

Congratulations to all!

25 Things to Do This Summer

1 Find some good deals at town-wide yard sales   throne

2 Get involved with your hometown. Volunteer with the conservation commission, join the local gardening club or offer to help at Old Home Day

3 Wish you had saved your first car while ogling the oldies (but goodies) at the Sunapee Lions Annual Antique & Classic Car Show

4 Take a nostalgic tour of New London at The Ice House museum on Pleasant Street

5 Go to a play at the New London Barn

6 Love your lake by participating in a local fishing derby; it is great family time while saving the lake from prolific fish

7 Enjoy homemade ice cream at the Sanctuary Dairy Farm in Sunapee

8 Watch blacksmiths in action at the historical smithy in Bradford

Sunapee Memorial Garden  9 Stop and smell the flowers in Sunapee Harbor, thanks to the Sunapee Gardeners

10 Pack a picnic and head to the nearest town bandstand for a free summer concert

11 Rent a paddle boat on Eastman Lake in Grantham

12 Eat fresh! Visit a farm stand and purchase dinner — local meat for the grill, fresh veggies, and baked goods like bread or dessert.

13 Or join a CSA. Every week you’ll pick up a box of food in season.

14 Or plant a few of your own vegetables at home. Every year, we enjoy about 20 tomatoes from our five porch plants.

15 Plan a local vacation: choose a Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee inn, campsite or cottage and stay for a weekend.

16 Find a lakeside viewing spot and watch the fireworks

17 Go antiquing — start with the antique show in New London and then travel to shops in Sunapee and Georges Mills

18 Bring a hammer and a pail, and explore the tunnels of Ruggles Mine in Grafton

19 Catch up with old friends at your high school (or summer camp) reunion

20 Make some new friends; stop by a local senior center or church supper and say hello to a stranger

21 Watch the races at the Claremont Speedway on Saturday evenings

22 Support the local arts and visit artists with a studio open to the public

Elkins marsh23 Go for a hike. You can find trails at http://www.srkg.com

24 If hiking isn’t for you, get out and walk 10 minutes a day. Soon you’ll be walking 15 minutes, 20 minutes — and ready for a hike

25 Pick and freeze some berries. You’ll be glad to see them in your freezer once summer is over

5,000 casseroles

The recipe on deck is macaroni and beef pronto. “It’s an ancient Mueller’s recipe,” says Janet Paulsen of Wilmot. And although four ladies are cooking up enough food to feed 100 or more people, they are not intimidated by the task at hand. The group — members of the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church in New London — has been preparing meals for the “Feed the Freezer” project since January 2009.

“It started with the kitchen,” says Dave Barden, mission committee chair. Indeed, the church has an amazing professional kitchen; it was added as part of a 2004 renovation. The original thought was to use the underused location as a soup kitchen, but “after a few meetings it was decided that the most practical way to provide food to needy individuals and families was to distribute frozen casseroles through the Newport Food Pantry.”

Church members donate $10 each month to purchase ingredients, and many items — such as about-to-expire meat and vegetables — are donated by Hannaford in New London. Small groups of willing cooks meet every other week to create meals out of whatever donated food they have. Extra-large cans of chili, provided by the food pantry, are used as the base of a casserole. Super-sized boxes of elbow macaroni find their way into the pronto casserole or a macaroni and cheese recipe. “We like to keep things simple, and vary the recipe according to what we have for ingredients,” says Paulsen.

The group estimates they’ll make 45 casseroles today. Since each casserole serves two (three, if there’s a small child in the home), that’s 90 to 135 people that won’t go hungry.

About 60 church members — from middle school students to 80-year-old retirees — volunteer in the kitchen. “If I’m short a cook, all I have to do is ask,” says Paulsen, one of two head cooks, “and I get twice as many people as I need.”

The volunteer operation takes their work seriously — everyone wears hair nets, aprons and gloves, and the kitchen is inspected by the state of New Hampshire. They also have an assembly line production: One volunteer is writing casserole ingredients, under the date, on the cardboard tops of the aluminum containers provided by the Newport Food Kitchen. Another ladles noodles into each container, another sprinkles cheddar cheese on top, and two more add the tops and turn down the edges to seal the casseroles. Soon 29 containers are ready to go into the professional freezer. The frozen casseroles will be picked up the next day and delivered to the Newport Food Pantry, where families eagerly await a home-cooked meal.

“They do cartwheels over them. People are asking for them, and ask if they can come back when we have them,” says Rich Chappell, coordinator of the Newport Food Pantry. “There’s a good variety, they are good quality — it’s been a blessing.” The two-serving casserole is perfect for seniors, and bigger families take home two containers.

After two hours, the ladies are halfway through — another pot of sauce and another pot of boiling noodles are waiting. They make 26 more casseroles. “It’s heartwarming to feel like we’ve done something,” says Dot Wicksman of Sutton. “I’m grateful that I have enough food, and I’m glad that someone else can get food if they need it.”

In October 2014, the Feed the Freezer project reached a milestone: 5,000 casseroles. If you’re interested in helping, the group is at the Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church on 82 King Hill Road in New London. Donations can be sent to Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, Feed the Freezer, 82 King Hill Road, New London NH 03257.

 

Inns with activities

Looking for something to do? Inns don’t just provide a bedroom and bathroom; many of them provide activities to keep you outdoors and enjoying the area. Here are a few of our favorites.

CANOE IN ANDOVER
Bluewater Farm Lakeside Lodge & Cottages
22B Camp Marlyn Lane
(603) 735-5159
http://www.bluewaterfarm.net
Bluewater Lodge, a year-round facility that sleeps 40, also has three lakeside cottages on the property: Ice House, Beech House and the Lake House. It doesn’t matter if you see the view of Bradley Lake from the large windows in the lodge or from a canoe – it is simply wonderful.


ROMANCE IN BRADFORD

Rosewood Country Inn
67 Pleasant View Road
(603) 938-5253
http://www.rosewoodcountryinn.com
This 11-suite inn was built around 1850 in the early Victorian style. It is set on 12 hilltop acres, providing a peaceful getaway (or romantic hideaway).


GOLF IN NEW LONDON

Fairway Motel
334 Andover Road
(603) 526-0202
http://www.lakesunapeecc.com/fairway_motel.htm
Perfect for the comings and goings of busy folks, the Fairway is located on Route 11, on the grounds of the Lake Sunapee Country Club.

CULTURE IN NEW LONDON
New London Inn
353 Main Street
(603) 526-2791
http://www.newlondoninn.us
A central location, refurbished rooms, and a fine dining restaurant on the premises make the New London Inn an area favorite.

SKI IN SUNAPEE
Dexter’s Inn
258 Stagecoach Road
(603) 763-5571
http://www.dextersnh.com
Dexter’s Inn is a country resort on a 20-acre estate. The hilltop location — which features panoramic views of Lake Sunapee, Mount Sunapee and the surrounding countryside — provides a private, peaceful and relaxing backdrop. Tennis, swimming, cross country ski trails and fine dining are on site.

SAIL IN SUNAPEE
Sunapee Harbor Cottages
4 Lake Avenue
(603) 763-5052
http://www.sunapeeharborcottages.com
Built in 2002, these six cottages are located right in the harbor. Sign up for a tour of the harbor on the MV Kearsarge.

STEP BACK IN TIME IN SUTTON
The Follansbee Inn on Kezar Lake
2 Keyser Street, North Sutton
(603) 927-4221
http://www.follansbeeinn.com
The Follansbee Inn is an authentic 1840 New England bed & breakfast with 17 individually furnished guest rooms, all with private bath.

BRING YOUR PET TO WARNER
The Maples at Warner
69 East Main Street
(603) 456-6275
This classic New England bed and breakfast has six rooms and four baths. Even better: it is pet friendly. A boarding facility is located next door to the inn, so you can travel with your pets (no exclusions on type of animal).

Go Antiquing

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Looking for something unique for a specific space in your home? The Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee region has its fair share of antique dealers, many with shops open to the public. Come and enjoy the treasure hunt!

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BRADFORD
Old Road Antiques
9 Old Sutton Road
(603) 938-2833
oldroadantiques.com
The shop has a nice stock of antiques, art and collectibles.

CLAREMONT
Pleasant Street Furniture & Antiques
149 Pleasant Street
(603) 543-1004
pleasantstreetantiques.com
Furniture, vintage clothing, glass, china, jewelry, antiques, art and collectibles — it’s all here at this new Claremont shop.

CONTOOCOOK
Covered Bridge Frame Shop & Gallery
916 Main Street
(603) 746-4996
cbgallery.com
Whether you are looking for antique furniture or want to perfectly preserve a hanging piece with the right frame, this shop has got you covered.

GEORGES MILLS
Prospect Hill Antiques
247 Prospect Hill Road
(603) 763-9676
prospecthillantiques.com
With three floors of antiques and more, take your time — you could spend all day at Prospect Hill Antiques!

NEW LONDON
The Renaissance Shop
107 Newport Road
(603) 526-6711
therenaissanceshoppe.com
Locals donate high-quality antiques — from Wedgewood china to vintage costume jewelry to furniture — to the shop, and proceeds support the Lake Sunapee Region Visiting Nurse Association.

NEWPORT
Debi’s Florist
34 Main Street
(603) 863-2855
We like how this florist shop has transformed its front entrance into an antique shop. There are some lovely antiques and collectibles that you may not have seen elsewhere.

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Sunapee Landing Trading Company
356 Route 103
(603) 863-2275
sunapee-landing.com
Bill Corey has been collecting antiques across New England since the 1980s. He brings his eclectic collection to Sunapee; items range from $40 cut glass bowls to $15,000 marble tables.