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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 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

 

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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 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

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).