Winter Sports History at the New England Ski Museum 

Winter Sports History at the New England Ski Museum 

Story & Photos by Kathi Caldwell-Hopper 

NE Ski Museum's North Conway location

This day tripping story is somewhat unusual for two reasons. First, I am not a skier and I am writing about a ski museum. Secondly, it takes place a bit north of the Lakes Region and while really not in the Laker’s coverage area, it’s definitely worth sharing. 

Enjoy the Foliage on a Fall Hike! 

Enjoy the Foliage on a Fall Hike! 

By Sarah Wright 

The foliage season is finally upon us, and there are beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red starting to pop up all around the Lakes Region. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a hike, with comfortable temperatures, and amazing views of the colorful leaves all around us. I enjoy hiking, what with two active boys of my own, but I consider myself a “recreational” hiker. I’m not looking for a strenuous workout—just a way to connect with nature and enjoy its beauty. There are so many great options in this area, but here are a couple of fall hikes that I’ve already checked off my list this year.  

Wintering with the Loons 

Wintering with the Loons 

By Rosalie Triolo 

Photo courtesy of John Rockwood

Those hot, humid days of summer are waning and soon the cooler days of autumn will be upon us. With a change in temperature migratory birds fly south. Living here in the Lakes Region, the unmistakable honk of the geese flying in V formation overhead signals their departure to spend the winter in warmer climates. However, there are those birds, the House Sparrow, for one, who choose to stay and brave the cold of winter by storing fat during the days to keep them warm throughout the long, freezing nights.  

A Technically Timeless Adventure

A Technically Timeless Adventure

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper 

I love old stuff. I always have. When I was a kid, the 1970s craze for digging up old bottles was on the rise and my parents joined in. I recall more than one summer Saturday spent studying the ground in all sorts of places, often deep in the woods, where my parents “had a hunch” that someone had, just maybe, had a dump pile. And in that pile, now covered with dirt and weeds, there would probably be old bottles

It’s Apple Picking Time in the Lakes Region! 

It’s Apple Picking Time in the Lakes Region! 

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper 

“Surely the apple is the noblest of fruits.” 

  • Henry David Thoreau 

This is the time of year that apple orchard owners throw open their doors and invite an eager public to pick apples. For many, it marks the changing of the seasons from summer to fall. Farmers have been tending their apple orchards for months, through a variety of weather conditions. 

Get Ready for the Sandwich Fair! 

Get Ready for the Sandwich Fair! 

By Sarah Wright 

One of the most popular fairs in the Lakes Region is during Columbus Day weekend, and it’s an enjoyable experience for the whole family! I’ve been taking my boys to Sandwich Fair for years, and we always have a great time. There are rides, animal shows, tractor and truck pulls, 4-H exhibits, and plenty of delicious food It’ll be easy to see why it’s so popular. 

Back to School: the Lakes Region’s Schoolhouses 

Back to School: the Lakes Region’s Schoolhouses 

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper 

If you wish to see a real one-room schoolhouse and to experience what education was like long ago, there are many examples in New Hampshire. In the village of Andover, there were once a number of small schoolhouses, each serving a region of the town. In the 1800s, there could be many hamlets within one town, and without transportation, students could not be expected to walk miles to a distant schoolhouse, thus small buildings were erected and teachers - sometmes the local minister or his wife - stepped in to educate youngsters. 

Seasons Turn on the M/S Mount Washington 

Seasons Turn on the M/S Mount Washington 

Story & Photos by Barbara Neville Wilson 

It’s a bright, cheerful day that speaks contrast. The sun beats summer warmth, and the crisp blue sky and shadows whisper, “Fall is on its way.”  

I get a happy text from my friend Tatiana. She has found parking for “Gino’s ginormous truck” in downtown Wolfeboro—something rare in busy summer—and she is waiting for me at the Wolfeboro Town Docks. We are meeting the Motorship (M/S) Mount Washington. 

Float Your Cares Away 

Float Your Cares Away 

Story & Photos by Barbara Neville Wilson 

Float tech Stormy Leroux shows off the Float Pod as she trains a client on its features.

Feeling weightless… 

No. I wasn’t feeling “weightless.” I wasn’t FEELING anything. Let me try again. 

Awaking… 

No. I wasn’t “awaking” because I wasn’t asleep, per se. It was more like I became aware again…but that really sounds daft, doesn’t it

Corina Willette: “Our” Artist Goes to School 

Corina Willette: “Our” Artist Goes to School 

By Barbara Neville Wilson 

Corina Willette (left) at the Art Place. Photo by Barbara Wilson

If you had taken the traditional “Back to School” photo of a grinning Corina Willette on her first day of class last month, she might have been carrying the requisite box—but it would be a paint box. She may have been showing off new pencils—but they would be colored pencils. She was probably wearing new shoes—stylish walking shoes to carry her both on the paths of SUNY New Paltz, New York state’s flagship college for the visual arts, and along Manhattan’s West 57th Street where Galerie St. Etienne is located. 

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