Sarah Wright

It’s a Musical Autumn in the Lakes Region!

It’s a Musical Autumn in the Lakes Region!

Autumn is upon us, with all of its beautiful color, crisp air, apples, and pumpkins. This also means the outdoor gazebo concerts we enjoy in the summer have ended for the season. However, there are still many opportunities for musical entertainment, and the Lakes Region has some exciting concerts lined up this fall. Mark your calendars and warm up indoors at one of these amazing performances!

Mini-Golf Is Fun for Everyone!

Mini-Golf Is Fun for Everyone!

I admit that I’m a big fan of mini-golf. That’s not to say I’m particularly good at it, but I have gotten a hole-in-one from time to time. Mini-golf is a great leisure sport, especially on a hot summer day, since you can play without breaking a sweat. I did some quick online research about the sport and found out that the first mini-golf course was built in 1867 at the Ladies’ Putting Club in St. Andrews, Scotland. And I was surprised to learn there is a World Mini-Golf Sport Federation. Yes, some players take their putting very seriously. Whether you are an amateur or a professional, there are some fun courses in the Lakes Region, so let’s tee up! 

The Libby Museum is a Natural History Treat!

The Libby Museum is a Natural History Treat!

By Sarah Wright

If you’ve never visited The Libby Museum of Natural History in Wolfeboro, you’re missing out on a treasure trove of local history. The first time I went there, I was amazed at how many interesting artifacts and animal specimens were packed into a fairly small space. I’ve been back multiple times since, and I notice something new each time.  

The Meredith Sculpture Walk Brings the Art Outdoors!

The Meredith Sculpture Walk Brings the Art Outdoors!

By Sarah Wright

We’ve already been lucky this spring to have some sunny weekends to get out and explore the Lakes Region. Locals and visitors alike are enjoying the beautiful weather, taking advantage of what looks like the beginnings of a wonderful summer season. 

I decided to take my kids on a day trip to Meredith recently, to appreciate some art outside on the Sculpture Walk. Sponsored by the Greater Meredith Program, this is the start of the 6th annual walk, with the purpose being to develop awareness and enjoyment of public art in Meredith for residents and visitors. The outdoor exhibit is also made possible by committee volunteers, and the generosity of sponsors and land owners. Many people are involved in this innovative project. 

Eat Healthy and Fresh at a Farmers Market

Eat Healthy and Fresh at a Farmers Market

By Sarah Wright

Whether you’re entertaining at home, or interested in eating healthier home-cooked meals, a farmers market offers plenty of options. Shopping at a farmers market is a trend that’s here to stay, with new markets popping up every summer. More and more people want to know where their food is coming from. I’ve been going to a local market for the past few years, and the crowds have grown substantially…along with the variety of vendors. Not only can consumers purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables, there’s also goat cheese, eggs, baked goods, honey, farm-raised meats, flowers, and even gluten-free options available at today’s markets.

Bring on Summer Events for Family Fun!

Bring on Summer Events for Family Fun!

By Sarah Wright

Summer is almost here, and many families are already planning their summer vacations. The Lakes Region is a wonderful place to make memories in the summertime, with swimming and boating on the lake, hiking, mini-golf, go-karts, and many other great activities. In addition to all of that fun, there are some exciting local events planned that the whole family can enjoy together. Here is a list of just some of the spectacular events happening in our area this summer. There really is something for everyone!

A Little Info. on Mayflowers…and Lilacs!

A Little Info. on Mayflowers…and Lilacs!

By Sarah Wright

Have you heard of the mayflower? Not the ship made famous by Columbus, but the state flower of Massachusetts and the provincial flower of Nova Scotia. In the early 1900s, the Massachusetts State Board of Education let school children decide on the state flower. The students picked the mayflower over the water lily, two to one. The flower can actually be found in every county in Massachusetts. Although less well known today, the mayflower once grew all over wooded areas in New Hampshire and was a favorite of many people.

Celebrate Mother’s Day Around the Lake!

Celebrate Mother’s Day Around the Lake!

By Sarah Wright

Milton Berle once joked, “If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” Yes, being a mother is certainly a juggling act, but the love, nurturing, and patience of a mother for her child are hard to match. Mother’s Day, on May 12, is a chance for us to show “Mom” our appreciation. Some of us also choose to celebrate other women who have held a similar role in our lives, like grandmothers, stepmothers, and aunts. As we grow older, our relationships with our mothers may ebb and flow, but that special bond always remains.

Visit the Blue Heron House and Trail in Effingham

Visit the Blue Heron House and Trail in Effingham

By Sarah Wright

I love being outside in nature, whether alone or with my kids. Spring is upon us, and that means we’ll be hitting the trails again, trekking out into the woods for a much-needed dose of natural exploration. Many studies have shown that spending time in natural surroundings improves one’s wellbeing. Even Einstein said, “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” You could say that it puts things in perspective. Every year, I look for new areas to explore, and this year, we’ll be checking out the recently opened Blue Heron House at Patricia & Charles H. Watts II Conservation Center in Effingham

Get a Jump on Summer Activities for Kids

Get a Jump on Summer Activities for Kids

By Sarah Wright

Once school lets out for summer, parents scramble to sign their kids up for all sorts of fun activities. There are many options out there for kids of all kinds, such as summer theatre, day camp programs, parks and recreation events, and much more. Often these activities fill up quickly, so it’s good to start thinking about what your kids would like to do now, before summer arrives.

Alton Bay’s Airport on the Ice

Alton Bay’s Airport on the Ice

By Sarah Wright

When Lake Winnipesaukee freezes over, Alton Bay begins bustling with activity—ice fishing bob houses pop up, snowmobiles turn the lake into a crossing, and pilots can start landing their planes on the ice. It’s a truly unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the lower 48 states. That’s right—it’s the only ice runway in the continental U.S. that is registered with the state and has federal FAA approval. 

Shop Locally at a Winter Farmer’s Market!

Shop Locally at a Winter Farmer’s Market!

By Sarah Wright

Farmer’s markets are everywhere in the summertime, and are full of many beautiful flowers, fresh produce, and interesting local products. In fact, farmer’s markets are so popular, that more and more winter markets are popping up, to satisfy customers’ desires for local items. There’s been a nationwide trend in recent years to support local businesses, and buy products that haven’t traveled halfway across the globe to reach supermarkets. In our area, there are great winter shopping options to tide you over until the summer markets return. 

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

By Sarah Wright

Happy New Year! 2019 will be the best year yet, right? At least that’s what we all hope for. Many people think of January 1st as the perfect time for a fresh start. After all the indulgences of the holidays, it seems natural to want to turn over a new leaf and cleanse our lives a little. Although people in other parts of the world make resolutions, they’re most popular in the West, with common goals including getting healthier, spending less money, thinking more positively, being more charitable, spending more time with family, quitting a bad habit, learning a new skill, or perhaps even finding a new job. 

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