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photo-originalWarner, N.H., resident Sandy Steen Bartholomew is going back to school, specifically, the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt.! And you can follow her on that journey. She’s launched a Kickstarter campaign for a blog that will  follow her adventures in cartoon school, called Glyphs & Glitches:
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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

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.

Bluewater Farm Lakeside Lodge & Cottages
22B Camp Marlyn Lane
(603) 735-5159
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.


Rosewood Country Inn
67 Pleasant View Road
(603) 938-5253
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).


Fairway Motel
334 Andover Road
(603) 526-0202
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.

New London Inn
353 Main Street
(603) 526-2791
A central location, refurbished rooms, and a fine dining restaurant on the premises make the New London Inn an area favorite.

Dexter’s Inn
258 Stagecoach Road
(603) 763-5571
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.

Sunapee Harbor Cottages
4 Lake Avenue
(603) 763-5052
Built in 2002, these six cottages are located right in the harbor. Sign up for a tour of the harbor on the MV Kearsarge.

The Follansbee Inn on Kezar Lake
2 Keyser Street, North Sutton
(603) 927-4221
The Follansbee Inn is an authentic 1840 New England bed & breakfast with 17 individually furnished guest rooms, all with private bath.

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).

Maple madness

Be on the lookout for bellowing smoke stacks in March. This means that the maple sugaring season has begun.

For many, the draw is the aroma of the sugarhouse — the addictive smell of boiling maple — and the opportunity to taste the warm syrup. For others, it’s the chance to venture out of the house. “After being cooped up in the house all winter, I’m ready for a tromp out in the woods to tap trees and put up tubing. It’s nice to get out this time of the year,” says Barbara Lassonde, publicist for the New Hampshire Maple Producers Association and a maple syrup producer with her husband, Don.


Van Webb of Harding Hill Farm in Sunapee agrees. “I love this time of the year — spring, change of seasons, the renewal,” he says.

Even if you know how maple syrup is made — from tapping the sugar maples to boiling sap in an evaporator over a blazing hot fire — it is still a treat to visit working sugarhouses and learn more about the families who continue the ancient tradition of making syrup. Will Leavitt’s sugarhouse was built in winter 2005, but his family has “been doing some sort of sugaring for more than 50 years,” the Sunapee resident says.

The sugarhouse on Harding Hill Farm was built in the 1920s. “It’s quite an antique,” says Webb. “My dad started in that sugar house in 1963 or 1964, I’ve helped since the 1970s, and now my son is going to start sugaring this year.” The only modern technology is a reverse osmosis machine; Webb still uses an old wood-fired evaporator to make the syrup, between 225 and 350 gallons a season.

This year, New Hampshire Maple Weekend will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s free to visit the sugarhouses in operation; just bring along your wallet to purchase a jug of warm syrup. For more information, go to


Where to Go

Ben’s Sugar Shack

693 Route 103, Newbury



Courser Farm

427 Schoodac Road, Warner



Harding Hill Farm

131 Route 103, Sunapee



Kearsarge Gore Farm

173 Gore Road, Warner


Leavitt Family Maple

546 North Road, Sunapee



Tucker Mountain Maple

224 Tucker Mountain Road, Andover


Valley View Maple Farm

1269 Main Street, Springfield


25 Things to Do this Spring

An oldie but goodie updated for 2015: 25 things to do this spring.

  1. Enjoy Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon at the Center at Eastman in Grantham
  2. Set the clocks back an hour, and check the batteries in your fire detectors as well
  3. Learn to square dance with the Bradford Country Squares on Thursday night
  4. Put on a green shirt and head over to Salt hill Pub in Newport for a celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day
  5. If you can still feel the cold of winter in your bones, try a hot stone massage at a local spa
  6. Warm days and cold nights bring the sweet delight of maple syrup. Go to and find the sugar shack nearest you
  7. Need some gardening tips? The Fells in Newbury offers horticultural classes in March
  8. Now that the Easter chocolate is gone, maybe it’s time to join a gym or check out sporting opportunities at the local rec department
  9. Earth Day provides the perfect opportunity to pick up the trash along the sides of our country roads
  10. When will the ice on the lake melt? Take a guess in one of the area’s ice-out contests
  11. It’s Cinco de Mayo! Head over to Revolution Cantina in Claremont and raise a taco in salute
  12. Welcome spring in Warner at the Annual Spring Arts Festival in mid-May
  13. Show Mom how much she really means to you
  14. Get out the bug spray and hit the greens at the Black Fly Open, sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce
  15. Change the snow tires on your car. Vacuum out all the sand and salt, and take a spin through a car wash, too
  16. Bring your children (or grandchildren) to a town-sponsored Easter egg hunt
  17. Find your sandals at the back of the closet and schedule a pedicure
  18. Help a local snowmobile club maintain the trails used by skiers, hikers, horseback riders and ATV enthusiasts
  19. Check the propane tank on the grill. You don’t want the first outdoor steak of the season well done on one side and raw on the other
  20. Grab your friends and attend the first annual Zing into Spring! event in New London in on March 31
  21. Donate all the books you read this winter to your local library. They can add the books to their collection or sell them at used book sales
  22. Now that the roads are clear, go for a drive. Tour a town in the Kearsarge area to see what’s new
  23. Listen to beautiful music by the Kearsarge Chorale in early May
  24. Be creative with marshmallow peeps at the annual Library Arts Center contest
  25. Sign up for a moonlight ski (or snowshoe) with one of the area’s rec departments

Meet a Zing vendor: Kathleen Sirois

Here’s a profile of one of our wonderful Zing into Spring vendors: Kathleen Sirois Jewelry.


What to do with a sheet of copper left over from another project? Well, if you’re Kathleen Sirois, you use that sheet to make earrings and necklaces.

SKathleen 2irois always has “her fingers into something,” she says. It started with birdhouses (copper was used for the roof), and switched to jewelry four years ago. “I had the sheet of copper in the basement,” she says. “I cut out circles, hammered them into domes, and added pearls.”

Later she transferred an embossing process to metal and pushed the limits with it. She’s secretive about her methods, but somehow Sirois uses an acrylic paint — resembling nail polish — in thin layers, sanding in between each layer. The copper dome, heart or square is antiqued with patina and sealed to protect from oxidation.

Her jewelry themes are mostly nature: flowers, waves, snowflakes, trees, birds, butterflies and ferns, to name a few. There are also a few organic swirls and heart designs. She adds Czech glass, ceramic beads, tiny amethysts or fuchsia pearls. Sometimes one pendant stands alone; sometimes she links them together.

Kathleen 3The results are stunning: lightweight pendants embellished with a bit of colorful, original art. A necklace featuring a fuchsia pink daisy with a bright orange center makes a statement when paired with an outfit as simple as a T-shirt and jeans. Earrings — one-inch diameter copper discs embossed with hearts in shades of pinks and antiqued with patina — add something special to any outfit.

Many of her pendants hang from a neck wire in two lengths: 16 and 18 inches. But her newer necklaces use an adjustable rawhide or leather cord. “You can decide if you want it closer to your neck or longer,” she says. “I like the options the cord provides.”

Sirois creates every day from a studio in her Warner, N.H., home. You can find her work on Etsy (KatesKottages), Artisan’s in New London, and at the Warner Farmers’ Market. “I’m lucky to be able to work here at home, making affordable items for people,” she says. “I love to make someone’s day.”

Contact her at (603) 746-5534 or You can also meet Kathleen (and purchase her work) at the Zing into Spring event on Saturday, March 21 in New London. Learn more at

Foliage and fun

Wow! What great weather this weekend – sunny, not too hot/not too cold – perfect fall days. And the foliage wasn’t too bad…drive south a bit and you’d see quite a bit of color. On Sunday we went to the Warner Fall Foliage Festival. I have to admit that the magazine has written about this annual event before, but I had never attended. We arrived just in time for the super hero parade at 1 p.m., then made our way to the midway at 2 p.m. We bought an “all you can ride” wristband for the kids, and they made themselves nauseous by riding every single ride at least once. (My son was so dizzy after the dizzy dragon ride that he couldn’t climb down the stairs – classic!) And, of course, we gorged on hand cut french fried, corn dogs (surprisingly addictive), cotton candy, fire roasted pizza, ice cream and kettle corn. But the best part about the event? It was a wonderful community event. All of Warner participated, from the businesses that line Main Street to the hundreds of volunteers in Warner Power t-shirts. Surrounding towns sent their fire trucks for the parade, and their vendors for the arts & crafts market. Thousands of people drove, walked and took the shuttle buses down to the action in downtown Warner – and everyone was happy and polite. We decided this was one of our favorite events this year.