Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

Estelle Parson and “Re-Entry: Actors Playing Jazz” in Wolfeboro

Estelle Parson and “Re-Entry: Actors Playing Jazz” in Wolfeboro

Most people know Estelle as the feisty, blunt character she played on the wildly popular television show, “Roseanne”, and now, “The Connors”. There is also her Academy Award winning role as Blanche Barrow in the 1960s movie “Bonnie and Clyde”.

Outdoor Bandstand Concerts ... Free and Oh So Fun

Outdoor Bandstand Concerts ... Free and Oh So Fun

Free, fun, family-friendly and musical. You just can’t go wrong with a summer bandstand concert. If you like that idea, you have many from which to choose. Free outdoor bandstand concerts are taking place all over the Lakes Region this summer. Grab a lawn chair or blanket for seating/relaxing and sit back for some great music; many concert series also offer concessions so you can get a snack and drink while enjoying the music.

Woodsy and Wonderful: Field Fine Art Studio

Woodsy and Wonderful: Field Fine Art Studio

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

On the day I visited, Kathryn was busy in her studio preparing for an upcoming exhibit. She met me in the yard with a welcoming smile and an invitation to come to the studio. Admittedly, my visit was a bit unusual in that I just happened upon the place, but it is advisable to call ahead (contact information at the end of this story). Luckily Kathryn had the time on this particular day to show me her artwork and explain about the summer workshops she is gearing up to present.

Remembering the Civil War at the Tamworth History Center

Remembering the Civil War at the Tamworth History Center

Story & photos Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

If you want to learn about the Civil War, there are thousands of books on the subjects. They give facts and figures, such as how many men perished in which battles, and the dates and names of camps and officers.

But if you want to know the human side of the war, and how it crept into the lives of local people, you won’t want to miss a visit to the Tamworth History Center on 25 Great Hill Road in Tamworth. (The road is in the downtown area, quite near the Barnstormer’s Theatre.)

Motorcycles as Fine Art - the Paintings of Stephen Hall

Motorcycles as Fine Art - the Paintings of Stephen Hall

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

“I’ve always loved to draw,” says Stephen Hall. Like most artists, he is aware that if you love to draw, you will find a way to bring it into your life in some form or another.

Cautioned by his high school art teacher to not pursue a career in illustration art, because competition at the time was fierce, Stephen opted instead to focus on engineering. It was a fine career choice and it kept him busy, but Stephen says he still found a way to draw in his spare time.

Grand Vacations at Grand Hotels

Grand Vacations at Grand Hotels

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

Everything about the hotels was grand and beautiful. You could escape for a week or a summer in the glorious White Mountains of northern New Hampshire when heat hit the city. You would wake each morning as the cool mountain air filled your hotel room, and your assigned maid would bring you a cup of tea or coffee and maybe buttered toast with homemade jam. Your day would begin with servants meeting your every need and it would be the same way throughout your day. From breakfast to dinner in the ornate dining room with wealthy friends and business associates, a vacation in the grand hotels of the White Mountains afforded a luxurious experience like no other in the 1800s and early 1900s.

Lakes Region Memorial Day Observances

Lakes Region Memorial Day Observances

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

Memorial Day means different things to different people: at this time of year snowbirds return and open up their summer homes, children appreciate a long weekend when the weather is warm, gardeners begin to plan for the summer season, and many yearning to be near the water travel to the Lakes Region. But most of all, it is a time when observances honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and made possible the many pastimes and freedoms we enjoy today.

Bargains, bargains, bargains at Lakes Region’s Town Wide Yard Sales!

Bargains, bargains, bargains at Lakes Region’s Town Wide Yard Sales!

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

Who can resist the lure of a good yard sale? During the summer and right into fall, there are town wide yard sales taking place throughout the Lakes Region. The convenience of a town wide sale means you can find a lot of sales in one community versus driving from area to area in search of bargains.

Go Sailing With the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association

Go Sailing With the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

“Our goal is to introduce people to the sport of sailing regardless of financial means, age or ability,” says Al Posnack, a member of the Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association (LWSA) in Gilford, NH. Al serves as Youth Sailing Chair for the LWSA Sailing School, and if you happen to talk to him for just a few minutes, it becomes clear that he is very dedicated to introducing kids to the sport of sailing and making sure they enjoy it in a safe manner.

Crafting a Forever Home

Crafting a Forever Home

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

What do you do when the kids are grown, and you have the house to yourselves? Might you look forward to a quieter, more sedate life?

 If you are Jerome and Jennifer Libby, you build a barn. Not just any barn where tools or vehicles could be stored. Not a place for livestock or hay. Rather, you build a big barn where you will live and enjoy your hobbies and where you can work from home.

 

Fascinating, Lovely and Unique Littleton

Fascinating, Lovely and Unique Littleton

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

Littleton is unique. There’s something different (in a good way) about the town. Is it the old buildings that cluster in the downtown area, seeming to crop up from nowhere in the mysterious mountains? Is it the artsy feeling that lends a creative vibe to many of the shops? Is it the variety of shopping, or the many little eateries, or simply the fact that you can find so much that would seem to belong in a larger city right in this town in the White Mountains that draws me to the area?

Snowmobiling Trails…and a Little Snowmobile History

Snowmobiling Trails…and a Little Snowmobile History

By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper

With 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails throughout the state, it’s easy to see why snowmobiling is one of New Hampshire’s most popular winter sports. Those who enjoy snowmobiling look forward to high snow totals because they know the trails in the White Mountains are some of the best around, with the opportunity to experience the beautiful scenic vistas that make New Hampshire so naturally wonderful. 

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