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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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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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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.

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

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 www.nhmapleproducers.com 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

Zing into Spring!

We are getting super excited about our first annual Zing into Spring event! This month we’re getting the Chinese auction raffle items in order, and the list is looking spectacular:

  • Gift certificate to a belly dancing class at Raq-on Dance
  • 5-class yoga pass to Namaste Newport
  • One private dance lesson with The Newport Ballroom
  • Travel set from Honestly Simple Soaps
  • Framed watercolor print by Leave It to Leslie
  • Gift certificate to Switchback Consignment
  • Mini tote and gift certificate to Totes with Tales
  • Gift basket from Avon
  • Cosmetic bag set (medium and large) from Sew There!
  • 6 tickets (3 sets of 2 tickets) to NNE Rep’s spring production of “Educating Rita”, opening May 1.
  • Fiber Art by Susan daisy pin
  • Kearsarge Magazine‘s “Take Care of You” kit: book, blanket, candles, gift certificates, soaps, chocolates, and other editor favorites!
  • Kid Stuff “Kid Fun” kit: Books, toys and other fun things for boys and girls!

So mark your calendar: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brave the weather (hopefully winter will be on its way out) and join us at the Lake Sunapee Country Club on 289 Country Club Lane in New London, N.H. Buy tickets early at http://www.kearsargemagazine.com/zingintospring