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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 for details!


Yoga hourly with Crescent Moon Yoga

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


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


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


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


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



Family FunFest scheduled for September!

Low Res Family FunFest Logo WN16 jlsSaturday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Whaleback, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, N.H.

(exit 16 off I-89, easily seen from interstate!)

Family FunFest is Kid Stuff magazine’s annual family event. It’s about families and fun, education and entertainment, local businesses and nonprofits, games and goodies — a day of memory making right here in your Upper Valley community.

Although Family FunFest is a kid-centered festival, adults have plenty of reasons to love FunFest, too. Parents will learn about camp opportunities, meet Upper Valley tutors and educators, find deals on clothing, learn about birthday party places, and get information from local nonprofit organizations. Door prizes — appealing to the whole family— will be given away during the event. Planned activities include storytelling, obstacle course, pony rides, face paintings, arts and crafts projects, and more!

If you’d like to sponsor or be a vendor at this fun new event, please call the Kid Stuff magazine home base at (603) 863-7048.

Winners of the First Annual Parents’ Choice Award

stampKid Stuff ( 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:


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Congratulations to all!

Today is the day for the Hanover Farmers’ Market

The Hanover Area Farmers’ Market started in 2007 on the top of the parking lot and moved to the Dartmouth Green in 2008, where is has remained as part of the community ever since. It runs from June to October, and there is free parking on Wheelock Street just for farmers’ market customers. Sally Wilson, market manager, answers a few questions about this New Hampshire market.


* What differentiates your farmers’ market?

Our mid-week Wednesday Market in Hanover runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and attracts a large number of business folks, young families and students. Because of this we focus on making the market a community event each week. There is always live music, often special themes such as Heirloom Tomato Tasting Day or Family Day and we always have plenty of prepared foods for people to stay, eat an early dinner and socialize with family and friends. Our focus continues to be on bringing farm fresh quality products to the center of town.


* How do farmers’ markets help farms and small businesses?
Our market allows smaller business that might not be known locally to bring their product to Market once a week. They can talk directly to the consumer and both educate and learn from them. It is a great way to get feedback without spending a large amount of money. I believe they enjoy the environment and talking to the other vendors as well.


* How do farmers’ markets help local residents?

Our customers look forward to a wonderful variety of local products being available to them each week in an idyllic setting. Many families bring blankets and coolers and buy their dinner at the Market. There is a wonderful feeling of kids playing ball, local bands entertaining those that want to stay, and plenty of room on the Dartmouth Green to shop and enjoy. We even have chefs come from the local restaurants to pick up special fresh items for that evening.


* What will you find at the Hanover market?

The Hanover Farmers’ Market has about 30 vendors brings products from three categories: AGRICULTURE – produce, meats, dairy, fruits, flowers, maple products, sheep wool and more; PREPARED FOODS – Thai food, pierogis, kettle corn, salsa, jellies and sauces, baked goods, falafel, pizza, crepes, artisanal breads, sandwiches, salads; and CRAFTS – jewelry, baskets, turned wood, yarn products, body products, etc.


Cheese made at Billings Farm

Billings Farm Cheese. 20150505. Photo by Bob Eddy & Tim Calabro / First Light Studios

Billings Farm Cheese. 20150505. Photo by Bob Eddy & Tim Calabro / First Light Studios

Billings Farm in Woodstock, Vt., is one of the oldest continuously-operating Jersey dairy farms in the country. Now, for the first time in more than 70 years, Billings Farm is making cheese exclusively from the milk of its prize-winning Jersey cows.

Two varieties of high-quality, handmade cheddar cheese – sweet cheddar and butter cheddar – are being made from 100% raw milk from the Billings herd of purebred, registered Jersey cows. Billings Farm Cheddar, made at Grafton Village Cheese in Grafton, Vt., is carefully aged for at least 60 days, with no additives, preservatives or artificial coloring.
Billings Farm Sweet Cheddar boasts a sweet, full-cream flavor. Sweet cheddar is especially popular in the United Kingdom for its firm, yet creamy texture, with a pleasant savory taste.

Billings Farm Cheese. 20150505. Photo by Bob Eddy & Tim Calabro / First Light Studios

Billings Farm Cheese. 20150505. Photo by Bob Eddy & Tim Calabro / First Light Studios

Billings Farm Butter Cheddar, also known as Butterkäse, is mild and creamy with a slightly salty or acidic flavor reminiscent of Muenster or Gouda cheeses. Known for its delicate flavor, it literally melts in your mouth at room temperature and is equally good on the cheese tray and for cooking.

Billings Farm Cheddar bears the coveted “Queen of Quality” label, which certifies that it is a highly nutritional, premium product made from 100% Jersey milk. Billings Farm is one of only 32 dairy farms nation-wide (nine in New England) that qualify for the “Queen of Quality” distinction issued by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Interested? Billings Farm cheese is available at the Billings Farm & Museum, the Woodstock Inn, and other select points of sale.

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

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

Nile Project New England Tour

Here in the Upper Valley, the dominant feature of our landscape is the Connecticut River. We cross it, we play on it, we farm lands made rich by it—and sometimes we are flooded by it. This same presence is true for communities up and down the river, from the Canadian border to the Long Island Sound.

The folks at the Hop got super-excited a few years ago when they heard about The Nile Project, bringing together musicians from the dozen or so Nile Basic countries to promote cultural exchange and bring awareness of the critical region-wide issues of water use and river stewardship.

The Hop’s immediate thought was: let’s help bring this project to the Connecticut River region and work with other New England arts presenters – plus environmental groups, educators and more – to develop exciting local programming that promote our own river stewardship and cultural exchange.

This spring it all comes to fruition!

*March 23-27, 2015         BU & World Music-Crash Arts

*March 28 – March 31   Flynn Center & UVM Lane

*March 31-April 3            Middlebury College

*April 7                                UMass Amherst

April 8-11                            Wesleyan

April 12-13                          Portland Ovations

April 14-18                          Hopkins Center

Here are some of the things happening at the Hop:

  • Two performances April 17, one in the evening and one a special family matinee (it’s school vacation week)
  • Spotlight discussions with the artists following both performances;
  • A downloadable community family study guide for upper-grade students, with background on music and instruments, environmental sustainability, water rights/control, and watersheds
  • In collaboration with the Upper Valley Land Trust and the Montshire Museum of Science,  “Watersheds!,” a learning camp involving regional and Dartmouth faculty experts, with hands-on discovery projects in the CT River watershed, culminating with the family matinee at the Hop, and the study guide
  • A Saturday-morning free “HopStop” (ages 3-9, designed to be children’s very first introduction to the arts) by Nile Project artists on April 18
  • A public panel discussion, “Who Owns the Water: Water Control Along the Nile and the Connecticut,” involving Dartmouth Environmental Science, Geography and Geology faculty
  • A GIS-mapping projects to for Dartmouth geography students that contrasts and compares environmental aspects of the Nile and the Connecticut, shared broadly via Nile Project website
  • A River Musicians Exchange uniting Nile musicians with local acoustic musicians, to share firsthand music-making in an intimate setting
  • A “River Pen Pals” program digitally linking local and Nile middle school youth
  • A small Hood Museum exhibit of contemporary photography of water environments demonstrating both water’s ability to draw people together, and the effects of human-made water disasters

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