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NH's First Whitewater and Recreation Mill City Park coming to Franklin

New Hampshire will soon be the home of the first whitewater park in New England. The massive make-over for downtown Franklin includes a park and camping area.

In a story on WCVB, they report that Mill City Park at Franklin Falls has been years in the making. The nonprofit will transform the downtown section of Franklin into the whitewater park, surrounded by walking and biking trails, camping and even an amphitheater.

“There’s about 300 whitewater parks in the country, there’s over 30 in Colorado alone, but there’s not one up here,” founder of Mill City Park Marty Parichand said.

Construction is set to begin on the park in July, with perpetual waves built into Winnipesaukee River for kayaking, boogie board and whitewater rafting year-round. The opening is scheduled for the end of September.

“We are re-inventing ourselves in the outdoor recreation community and the whitewater park is the anchor, but we have several other things going on,” Franklin City Manager Judie Milner said.

The project with break ground on 13 acres of city-owned land that will become a free community adventure park, featuring mountain biking and climbing.

Campsite and cabin rentals will help fund the park. Officials expect more than 160,000 visitors a year.

“This area around us is kind of on the outskirts of the Lakes Region and has been forgotten, so all of this area we’ll build back up,” Milner said.

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Superheroes coming to the Lakes Region

Do you kids need a smile? Do you need a smile:) There are some superheroes coming to towns around the lakes region to brighten our day. Saturday, June 6th be on the look out. 

Ossipee woman Kim Bedard (aka Catwoman) and her fiance, Joseph Adjutant (aka Batman) have organized a motorcycle ride called Rolling Smiles through parts of Carroll County with their superhero friends from the Dover and Rochester area. They will be heading though Ossipee, Wakefield and Wolfeboro on Saturday. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Here is the schedule:

Their route will start at the Wakefield Police Department, departing at around noon.

They will head to Meadow Street to the Forest Hills neighborhood. At about 12:30 p.m., they will head back through downtown and turn left at Poor People's Pub at 1 Witchtrot Road in Sanbornville, then head to East Wakefield on Route 153.

Shortly before 1 p.m., they expect to be by Seven Lakes Provisions (1260 Province Lake Road, East Wakefield).

After 1 p.m. they expect to be near the restaurant Cindy's Place at 3380 Province Lake Road before heading to Route 16 and Center Ossipee.



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Between 1:30-1:45 p.m. they will be in Center Ossipee, headed first to Indian Mound Shopping Center at 280 Route 16B.

Then, between 1:45-155 p.m., they will be traveling Folsom Road to Center Ossipee Village, going by Ossipee Central School (68 Main St.).

Between 1:55-2:10 p.m., the group will be getting back on Route 16 and heading to the Ossipee Hannaford's and Irving gas station at 891 Route 16, "to stop for gas take a little break."

From 2:15-2:35 p.m., they will be back on their way, headed on Route 28 to Route 171 to loop around Mountain View Community Nursing Home.

From 2:20-2:45 p.m., they will be on Route 28 heading to Wolfeboro.

From 2:55-3:10 p.m., they will be headed on Trotting Track Road where they will do loop through The Nick recreation center in Wolfeboro before going back out on Trotting Track Road to Beach Pond Road.

From 3:10-315 p.m., they will be on Route 109 to Bay Street.

From 3:15-3:25 p.m., they will be headed down Main Street in Wolfeboro to end their route at Kingswood Art Center on McManus Road.

All times are approximate.

Full story in the Conway Daily Sun

What to do this Labor Day Weekend in the Lakes Region

It's going to be a beautiful Labor Day Weekend in the Lakes Region!  Don't miss out on these awesome family events.  They never disappoint!

Saturday September 3, 2016 – Sunday September 4, 2016

Annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair

Gunstock Mountain Resort

Don't miss the annual Labor Day Weekend Craft Fair at Gunstock Mountain Resort on Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th from 10am-4pm! Over 60 exhibitors inside the main lodge and outside under canopies. There will be live music by Matt Langley and a myriad of art & craft exhibitors including cedar wood furniture, fine jewelry, quilts, glass art, pottery, New England maple syrups, inlaid tiles, unique air plants, moss terrariums, clothing & lots more! New this time is an Alpaca exhibit! Open rain or shine, free admission and parking. 

For more information visit


Sunday September 4, 2016

Fireworks Show

Weirs Beach

For the Weirs Beach shows, great viewing can be had from anywhere along the boardwalk or out on the lake itself.

For more information visit

What to do this weekend in the Lakes Region

Here are a few things going on this weekend in the Lakes Region that are sure to make you smile!

August 26, 2016 @ 8pm – 10pm

Capitol Center of the Arts: Celtic Thunder – Legacy Tour

44 South Main St. Concord, NH 03301

“Legacy” is an exciting new live show that celebrates the influence of Irish and Celtic music around the world and the imprint that such music has made. The recently-revised cast is Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, Emmet Cahill and new member Michael O Dwyer, making it a show you likely haven’t seen before.  Lively, fast paced and upbeat songs “A Place in The Choir” “Galway Girl” and “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” represent the fun loving nature of the Irish while the slower classic ballads “ Black Velvet Band” “Noreen” and “Mountains of Mourne” play to their nostalgic and romantic side. Featuring all new recordings, the songs on “Legacy” are varied in style and run the gamut from classic Irish folk songs and ballads such as “Danny Boy” and “Buachaille On Eirne” to the more contemporary hits “Falling Slowly” and “Ride On” and rousing anthems “Caledonia” and “Ireland’s Call”. Legacy offers music lovers a wide variety of solo selections and fan favorites, all newly recorded to reflect the current cast on Legacy. The Celtic Thunder vocalists are backed by the eight-piece Celtic Thunder Band on strings, guitars, percussion, whistles, pipes and more, led by musical director is David Munro, who also plays keyboards in the show.

For more information call (603) 225-1111 or visit


August 27, 2016 @ 10:30am – 4:30pm

Rail & Sail – “The Ultimate Lake Winnipesaukee Tour”

41 Main St (exit 32 I-93)

Lincoln, NH 03251

A unique partnership between the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad and the M/S Mt. Washington Cruise Ship.  Your all-day (6 hour) Lake Winnipesaukee adventure begins and ends in Meredith, NH.  The Rail & Sail package includes a 2-hour ride aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, a 2 1/2 hour scenic cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship, plus an opportunity to visit & shop in the lakeside village of Weirs Beach.  Tickets for our Rail & Sail package are $39.95 for Adults and $29.95 for Children (4-11).

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit



Check out these events this weekend in the Lakes Region

Looks like another beautiful weekend ahead in the Lakes Region!  Looking to get out and enjoy the area?  Here are some suggestions that are sure to make you smile!


13th Annual NASWA Reggae Fest Weekend

1086 Weirs Boulevard, Laconia, NH 03246

The best drinks, the best music – the best weekend! 2016 will be the 13th celebration of everything reggae, so they’ve had lots of practice of making you feel like New Hampshire is actually a tropical island paradise. Let the live music and cool island drinks relax you into the perfect vacation! You’ll be transported to Jamaica, mon, where every little thing is gonna be alright! Don’t forget to wear your yellow, green and black to show your Jamaican pride, or just your favorite tie-dye will do! Free Live Entertainment!

For more information call (603) 366-4341 or visit their website


24th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Fair

Castleberry Fair

August 13th 10am – 5pm

The Village Shops and Town Green along Main Street in Lincoln, NH will burst into color and flavor for the 24th Annual Lincoln Summer Craft Festival on August 13 & 14

Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.Over 100 Juried Artisans from over 14 states will display and sell their traditional American made works; including fine jewelry, pottery, scarves, wooden puzzles, calligraphy, beaded jewelry, cutting boards, soy candles, sports team apparel, children’s clothing, fused glass, adirondack style furniture, ornaments, sheepskin slippers, floral arrangements, leather, doll clothes, wreaths, toys, nature photography, wooden signs, fragrance, paper crafts, photo art, pet accessories, decorative painting, fleece, engraving, cribbage boards, pewter figurines, baskets, growth charts, fine art, glass jewelry, painted lanterns, magnetic jewelry, folk art, original oil painting, walking sticks, and much more.

Come sample specialty foods such as gourmet oils, fudge, frozen lemonade, BBQ sauces, kettle corn, wine slush, salsa, herbal dips, Thai dipping sauces, maple syrup, pickles, relish, candies, pastries, chocolate, hot sauce and more. Free admission and plenty of free parking.

This event is held rain or shine is Handicap accessible and friendly pets on a leash are welcome. Directions: From Route 93 take Exit 32.

For more information call (603) 322-2616 or visit their website

Things to do this weekend in the Lakes Region

Summers are always beautiful here in the Lakes Region!  Wondering what’s going on in the area?  Here are a few suggestions that are sure to have you saying I love New Hampshire!


Friday August 5, 2016 7:30pm

The Great Water Music Festival

15 Varney Road

Wolfeboro, NH 03894

The Motown Experience

The Kingswood presents The Motown Experience.The show is jam-packed with impeccable harmonies, dazzling choreography, and those timeless Motown grooves that everyone knows and loves. You can choose to dance, sing along, or just sit back (if you can) and watch the show as they perform all of the greatest hits from the likes of The Temptations, The Miracles, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Every performance contains that unmistakable Motown stamp, including flashy suits, great singing and dancing, and a polished show that has set the bar for every vocal artist since the late 1950’s.


For more information visit


Saturday August 6, 2016

Tanger Outlets

120 Laconia Road

Tilton, NH 03276


Summer Fun Craft Fair

75 Fabulous Exhibitors!!! Rain or Shine Under Canopies!!! Sat 10-5 & Sun 10-4

Free Admission – Beautiful crafts including fine jewelry, wearable art, wooden crafts, quilts and quilted home decor, gourmet foods, glass art, floral arrangements, & lots more!!! (I-93 Exit 20)

– Food – Family Fun – Buy American Made Crafts!!! Free Adm. Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4


For more information contact: Joyce Endee (603) 528-4014; email: OR






Sunday August 7, 2016

Hobo Railroad

41 Main Street Lincoln, NH


StoryBook Sunday

Storybook Sunday series in support of the Believe in Books Literacy Foundation.  Started in 2008, this popular summer series takes place every Sunday in the Railroad’s Choo Choo Theater at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.Geared to young children and their families, the series is free for all ages and features readings each week from such well-known children’s books as Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eyeore, Martha the Talking Dog, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Paddington Bear, Little Critter and Biscuit.  Not only do children enjoy readings from these well-known books, they’re also treated to a special visit from the main character from each book. 

For a complete schedule of readings and character appearances, as well as additional information, be sure to visit

Events in the Lakes Region this weekend!

Looking for something to do this weekend?  The Lakes Region has lots to offer!  Here are a few things to put on your to do list that are sure to make you fall in love with the area!


80’s Wave Dinner Dance Abroad M/S Mount Washington

Friday, July 29, 2016

Return to the time of “Solid Gold” and Pac-Man and experience the romance of Lake Winnipesaukee at night on a starlight cruise with people who share your taste in music.  Buffet dinner included. From Weirs Beach 7-10 PM, from Meredith 7:30-10:30. Adult $52, child $42. For tickets or more information call 603-366-5531


The Hebron Fair

Saturday July 30, 2016

On the Picturesque Hebron Common at the North End of Newfound Lake, Rain or Shine.

Free Admission, Over 100 Craftspeople, Pony Rides, Children’s Games, Rummage, White Elephant, Delicious Foods, Baked Goods, Plants, Books, Lunch featuring Homemade Baked Beans.  Silent Auction 11am-2pm, Live Auction at 1pm, Chicken BBQ at 5:30pm. Proceeds benefit Union Congregational Church of Hebron.  For more info 603-744-5883


Enfield Old Home Day

Enfield Shaker Museum, Route 4-A Enfield, NH

Celebrate the final day of the Town of Enfield’s Old Home Day at the Museum. The Museum will be open for tours; there will be demonstrating craftsmen, an antique car show, food and beverages, raffles and more.

Cost: Regular admission fee for Museum tour. Members and Enfield residents free.

Events for the last weekend of June

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Looking for something to do this sunny summer weekend? Here are some suggestions ...
Rail & Sail
June 24th, 10:30am departs from Meredith Station, Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, Meredith
The Rail & Sail package includes a 2-hour ride aboard the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad, a 2 1/2 hour scenic cruise aboard the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse
June 15th - July 2nd, Presents "Peter and the Starcatcher", 50 Reservoir Road, Meredith
A play by Rick Elice based on the novel by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson, "the neverland you never knew", suitable for all audiences and most enjoyed by older children and grownups.
Biking Trip
June 25th, GoBuddy Adventures, 163 Perch Pond Road, Campton
The bike tour is 28 miles and leaves from Center Sandwich.  The tour includes shuttle to starting point, SAG wagon, lunch.  This is a moderate to advanced tour.

Get out of the house this weekend!

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Here are some suggestions ...

Laconia Motorcycle Week 2016
June 11th - 19th, Lakeside Ave, Weirs Beach, Laconia
Celebrate the 93rd Anniversary of Laconia Motorcycle Week.  Enjoy events in Laconia and scenic rides to the seacoast and the White Mountains.
Annual Breeding Bird Census
June 11th, Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, 23 Science Center Road, Holderness
Enjoy working on your bird song identification skills while helping with the census that is done primarily by ear.
HOG Seacoast Ride
June 12th @ 8:00am, Laconia Harley Davidson, 39 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
The Winnipesaukee HOG group will take you on a scenic ride to the Maine Seacoast, including a stop at Bentley's Saloon.
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