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Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

According to, "Ice-Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee is the moment when the ice that has covered the Lake since late December or early January melts enough that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship could navigate between its ports in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

Ice-Out is anxiously awaitied by residents and visitors since it is the traditional start of the spring season and many Islanders regain water access to their cottages. The date has been observed and recorded for over 135 years. The setting of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is now determined by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the Ice-Out call it is considered official."


Ice-Outs by Date

Date Graph Years
March 18 X 2016
March 23 X 2012
March 24 X 2010
March 28 X 1921
March 30 X 1946
April 1 X 1945
April 2 X 1903
April 3 XXX 1953,1957, 2006
April 4 X 1902
April 5 XX 1981,2002
April 6 XX 1910,2020
April 7 XX 1930,1998
April 8 XXXX 1936,1949,1991,1999
April 10 XXXX 1925,1948,1983,2000
April 11 XX 1892,1931
April 12 XX 1987,2009
April 13 XX 1927,1958
April 14 XXXX 1889,1898,1951,1985
April 15 XXX 1914,1968,1995
April 16 XXXXXXXX 1916,1941,1954,1973,1974,1976,1986,1988
April 17 XXXXXXX 1913,1922,1938,1980,1996,2013,2017
April 18 XXX 1924,1929,1942
April 19 XXXXX 1909,1928,1955,1960,2011
April 20 XXXXXXXXXXX 1894,1901,1932,1950,1952,1963,1966,1967,1984,2004,2005
April 21 XXXX 1908,1934,1935,1992
April 22 XXX 1965,1990,1993
April 23 XXXXXXXXX 1891,1896,1897,1912,1977,1994, 2007,2008,2014
April 24 XXXXXXXXXXXX 1890,1905,1915,1918,1919,1920,1923,1947,1962,1997,2015,2019
April 25 XXXXXX 1933,1937,1969,1975,1989,2003
April 26 XXXXXX 1895,1900,1906,1959,1979,2018
April 27 XX 1961,1978
April 28 XXX 1917,1964,1970
April 29 XXX 1904,1907,1982
April 30 X 1943
May 2 XXXXX 1899,1911,1926,1972,2001
May 3 X 1944
May 4 XX 1939,1940
May 5 X 1956
May 6 X 1971
May 7 X 1887
May 10 X 1893
May 12 X 1888

Ice-Outs by Year

Year Date
1887 May 7
1888 May 12
1889 April 14
1890 April 24
1891 April 23
1892 April 11
1893 May 10
1894 April 20
1895 April 26
1896 April 23
1897 April 23
1898 April 14
1899 May 2
1900 April 26
1901 April 20
1902 April 4
1903 April 2
1904 April 29
1905 April 24
1906 April 26
1907 April 29
1908 April 21
1909 April 19
1910 April 6
1911 May 2
1912 April 23
1913 April 17
1914 April 15
1915 April 24
1916 April 16
1917 April 28
1918 April 24
1919 April 24
1920 April 24
1921 March 28
1922 April 17
1923 April 24
1924 April 18
1925 April 10
1926 May 2
1927 April 13
Year Date
1928 April 19
1929 April 18
1930 April 7
1931 April 11
1932 April 20
1933 April 25
1934 April 21
1935 April 21
1936 April 8
1937 April 25
1938 April 17
1939 May 4
1940 May 4
1941 April 16
1942 April 18
1943 April 30
1944 May 3
1945 April 1
1946 March 30
1947 April 24
1948 April 10
1949 April 8
1950 April 20
1951 April 14
1952 April 20
1953 April 3
1954 April 16
1955 April 19
1956 May 5
1957 April 3
1958 April 13
1959 April 26
1960 April 19
1961 April 27
1962 April 24
1963 April 20
1964 April 28
1965 April 22
1966 April 20
1967 April 20
1968 April 15
Year Date
1969 April 25
1970 April 28
1971 May 6
1972 May 2
1973 April 16
1974 April 16
1975 April 25
1976 April 16
1977 April 23
1978 April 27
1979 April 26
1980 April 17
1981 April 5
1982 April 29
1983 April 10
1984 April 20
1985 April 14
1986 April 16
1987 April 12
1988 April 16
1989 April 25
1990 April 22
1991 April 8
1992 April 21
1993 April 22
1994 April 23
1995 April 15
1996 April 17
1997 April 24
1998 April 7
1999 April 8
2000 April 10
2001 May 2
2002 April 5
2003 April 25
2004 April 20
2005 April 20
2006 April 3
2007 April 23
2008 April 23
2009 April 12
Year Date
2010 March 24
2011 April 19
2012 March 23
2013 April 17
2014 April 23
2015 April 24
2016 March 18
2017 April 17
2018 April 26
2019 April 24
2020 April 6
2021 ?

Message from Josh Arnold - Executive Director of GALA

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“Deep in our bones lies an intuition that we arrive here carrying a bundle of gifts to offer to the community. Over time, these gifts are meant to be seen, developed, and called into the village at times of need. To feel valued for the gifts with which we are born affirms our worth and dignity.” - Francis Weller -


Every single one of us has unique gifts to contribute, to exchange, to transact. Our mission-driven, social-profit, not-for-profit, organization - G.A.L.A. - is in the business of helping people in rural NH discover, develop, and share their unique “bundle of gifts” with the world, in a way that supports their own livelihood while responding to a real-world challenges and community need.


And real-world challenges there are - The opening summary on Workforce Development by the Governor’s Millennial Advisory Council reads, “Our aging population, growing skills/education gaps, and an outflow of the labor force to other states have all contributed to a workforce shortage in the Granite State.”


These three trends can each be addressed together through what is being called “the maker movement”, characterized by the “makerspaces” taking root throughout the country, but most disproportionately in urban areas. Some people think of makerspaces as a souped-up public library with tools instead of books, spaces where participants explore the intersections traditional trades such as welding, carpentry, and auto tech, with disciplines of information technology, design engineering, and fabrication. They are spaces that allow for multi-generational learning, mentoring around shared curiosity and collaborative problem solving. In other words, they look a lot like what G.A.L.A. has been orchestrating for the last decade, but without a key competent – a physical, dedicated facility – until now.


Last fall we received a phone call from Senator Jeanne Shaheen that we had been awarded a $250k matching grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission to purchase a building to bring this makerspace vision to life. After a successful, yet exhaustive, capital campaign, we were able to raise the required matching funds and close on the 7k sq foot building in at 23 Bay St. in Wolfeboro, NH.


G.A.L.A. now has an opportunity in front of us to demonstrate how makerspaces are not simply urban phenomena, but perhaps have an even greater role to play in rural economic development and addressing the skills gap. Our proposed Makerspace will offer training, apprenticeships, micro-credentialing, incubation, and an affordable entry point to prototyping and fabrication. Some participants will utilize these resources to build strong portfolios and skill sets that improve employability and job security, while others will utilize the resources to create their own small businesses or freelance work.


Not to be overlooked, however, are the social outcomes related to prevention, “aging in community”, and retaining our young people. Don’t take my word for, consider what one of our local retiree Jon shared,


“I have had a year and more now that I am retired, to look back at my working career and reflect on what made me feel good. A major feeling of accomplishment was teaching people, both younger and older than me, new skills. Skills that gave them career advancement opportunities but more than that, a renewed confidence in themselves and what they can accomplish. Now I have the time to share my skills with the general public. I have mechanical and engineering skills and other experience developed over a lifetime. If these skills are not passed on they will disappear with me.”


Meanwhile, there are students like Derek who, as a high school senior suffered a major family crisis and his mother was struggling with mental illness. Understandably, his grades were beginning to suffer and he was missing class regularly. Derek was struggling scholastically, experiencing a difficult situation at home, and was at risk of falling between the cracks at the worst possible time: just on the verge of adulthood. But his teacher observed, “He’s always tinkering with the computers in our classroom.”


Are you seeing what I’m seeing?


Unfortunately, in our most dominant educational setting, accountability and standardized testing are ironically in competition with the fact that students need to be inspired to learn, and that the ultimate purpose of school is to develop citizens that can make meaningful contributions to society. Kids like Trevor, who are forever tinkering with tech equipment, aren’t problems to be solved, but rather the future of our communities, and that given access to the right amount of support, perhaps from someone like Jon, can uncover his or her “unique bundle of gifts” and breaking open all too limiting stereotypical rural career options that are assumed by our young people.


The stage is set, the need is clear, we even have the physical space, but it is empty.


Community members of all ages are ready to get involved – and they are - swinging hammers, ripping up old carpet, cleaning the slate of this former power equipment repair shop to take on a new life as a makerspace. But we need your help.


We have $60k left in matching funds from NBRC sitting on the table, that we can only unlock with your financial support. Let’s not let the Jon’s and Derek’s of this community wait any longer to discover and share their bundle of gifts with the world. Help us create a rural makerspace example that communities across the northeast can replicate. It is ambitious, sure, but I conclude with the words of Goethe, “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.”

Last Night in Wolfeboro

Looking for something different and fun to do on New Year’s Eve day that will bring entertainnet to the entire family? If you like a variety of acts, as well as a chance to be out and about on one of the most festive days of the year, plan to attend Last Night in Wolfeboro on December 31.

The special events commitee of the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation is overseeing and organizing this fun way to celebrate the end of the year…and to usher in 2018!

Says Christine Collins, Wolfeboro Park and Recreation director, “We organized Last Night on New Year’s Eve in 2016 and we had a great turn out of people. We are expecting good attendance this year as well.”

The entertainment takes place at the Great Hall in Wolfeboro Town Hall in downtown Wolfeboro and at All Saint’s Episcopal Church, with the two locations an easy walking distance from one another.

Collins says there will be some new performers this year and a dinner has been added so that attendees can have a delicious meal as well as take in all the entertinament.

The fun begins on December 31 in Wolfeboro at the Great Hall location with a Scavenger Hunt starting at 11 am; competitors will visit businesses throughout town as they do the scavenger hunt.

From 12:30 to 4:30 pm, concessions will be for sale at the Great Hall courtesy the Ski Team. From 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Just Maria and Bob Puppets will perform at the Great Hall, followed by Tricky Dick magician from 3 to 4 pm, also at the Great Hall.

Kids love balloons and the Balloon Man will enliven the Great Hall from 3:30 to 4:15 pm, followed by bingo by Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation from 4:30 to 6 pm.

By this time, attendees will have built up an appetite, and it will be time for a tasty Lasagna Dinner from 5 to 6:30 pm at All Saint’s Church (age 5 and under are free, adults are $10, with $30 per family).

Fireworks light up the night sky at 6:30 pm at Brewster Field and then it’s time for a rousing Contra Dance by GALA (Global Awareness Local Action) at the Great Hall from 7 to 9 pm.

Many events for Last Night are free; for further inforation about Last Night in Wolfeboro on December 31, call the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation at 603-569-5639.

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