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2-22-valley-voice---schneiders-at-ski-club-arlbergThe latest members of the Ski Club Arlberg are Hannes and Markus Schneider of Bridgton, Maine, great grandsons of Hannes Schneider (1890-1955) and grandsons of Herbert Schneiders (1920-2012), shown recently with their dad Hannes (left), former SCA president Ernst Koessler, and uncle Christoph Schneider (right) in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria. Hannes and Christoph have been members for more than 25 years. Cranmore hosts the New England Ski Museum's annual Hannes Schneider Meister Cup March 1 through 3. Call the NESM at 823-7177 or Cranmore at 356-5544 for details on how to enter a five-person team. (COURTESY PHOTO)It's Chilifest and Schneider Cup Weekend, fellow valley residents and/or visitors, so remember to bend ze knees as you sample the various chilis as you make your way down the ski slopes and on the chili stroll through North Conway Village.

March 2 marks the 10th anniversary for the “hottest winter event” in North Conway, the MWV Chamber of Commerce's Chilly Chili Cook-off, with help from Memorial Hospital and Hannaford North Conway.

Activities and samplings will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards are set for Rafferty's at 4:45 p.m.

Rafferty's will also host face painting from noon to 3 p.m., Smugglers Notch Vodka tastings for those age 21 and older from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Hornitos Plata Tequila and Give-A-Ways sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Once again this year, the event has been spiced up a notch with ice carving demonstrations, a crazy hat contest, and two different chili cook-offs complete with tastings, plus plenty of additional festivities throughout North Conway Village.
Tasting Kits with a People's Choice ballot card will be available to the general public at the event for $10. Tickets for children 12 and under are $7 and younger kids 5 and under go free when accompanied by an adult. Your entry fee allows the opportunity to taste all the teams' chilies, including green and red chili, veggie and meat, then submit a vote for your favorite.

There will be two cookoffs happening throughout the day. The ICS Regional Cook-off will held at the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, 2617 White Mountain Highway, North Conway. Three cook-off categories will be included: Red (traditional red chili), Chili Verde (green chili) and Salsa.

The winner of this event in each category will qualify to compete in the Last Chance Cook-off at the International Chili Society's 2013 annual championship event, to be held at the Spa Resort Casino in Palm Springs Oct. 11-13. All chefs competing must be a member of ICS to compete. Judging of the ICS Competition is managed by an official ICS Chief Judge and ICS Scorekeeper.

Additionally and at the same time, a second non-ICS sanctioned People’s Choice chili cookoff will take place at Rafferty’s Restaurant and Pub and the North Conway Community Center in North Conway Village with chili chefs vying for the People’s Choice award for their chilis and cornbread. 

Carol Hanson of Carol Hanson Art, Inc. in Fryeburg, Maine, will hold a "Crazy Hat" workshop at The Rugged Mill, 2633 White Mountain Highway in the Village of North Conway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Josh Nylin of Inspirational ICE will carve a sculpture from a block of ice as part of the festivities.

For a complete list of events, visit the chamber website at www.mtwashingtonvalley.org. or call 356-5701.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE? Can you ever have too much chili? That's a debatable question, and I am sure everyone will be better able to answer that question late Saturday afternoon.

I remember a few years ago when I was asked to be one of the chili judges. Twenty-eight samplings later, I was some full.
That's when my cell phone rang. It was my sister, Judy Federowicz, up from Martha's Vineyard for her and husband Dave's annual timeshare visit.

“We're here,” enthused Judy, “and we'd like to invite you for dinner! And guess what? I brought up a batch of my award-winning Martha's Vineyard ... chili!”
Hmmmmmm ... more chili, I winced.

“No offense,” I told my oldest sister, “but I think I'm gonna have to pass! Maybe lunch tomorrow!”

At any rate, pace yourself — and may you enjoy your chili stroll!
SCHNEIDER CUP:  There ought to be great conditions for tonight and Saurday's 17t annual Schneider Cup at Cranmore.

Held for the benefit of the New England Ski Museum, this year's event will be the first since beloved Cranmore skimeister Herbert Schneider's passing at age 92 in June.

Herbert missed the last two races, as he was in Austria with son Christoph last year, and was not feeling well enough the year before to attend the 2011 race.

His spirit lingers, however, in all of us who love Cranmore's rich ski heritage each time we take a run at North Conway's in-town back yard resort.

Herbert served the mountain from the time of his arrival with his father Hannes (1890-1955) and family in February 1939. Herbert (1920-2012) and partners purchased the mountain in 1963 and sold it in 1984, but Herbert remained on-site as a ski ambassador.

Efforts are under way to create some type of memorial to Herbert, possibly a ski scholarship. Stay tuned, and hope to see you there for the festivities, especially on Saturday for the vintage ski attire fashion show. Yours truly will be there at 1:30 p.m. signing copies of my recently-published Ski Press book, “History of Cranmore Mountain.” {I'm also giving a talk at the Conway Public Library March 4 at 6:30 p.m.).

We have a great ski heritage here in the valley, and the Schneider Cup celebrates all of that.

Speaking of the Schneiders, kudos to Hannes and Markus Schneider, teenage sons of Hannes Schneider and Betsy Schneider, and nephew of Christoph Schneider. They were recently inducted as the newest members of the Ski Club Arlberg in their great grandfather and grandfather's original home area of St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria.
ON THE TOWN: The always excellent Roomful of Blues performs at the Leura Hill Eastman Center for the Performing Arts at Fryeburg Academy tonight, March 1. Call (207) 935-9232 for tickets...Legendary folk singer Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame performs there March 7...VALLEY'S GOT TALENT: The Eastman center hosts the second annual Valley's Got Talent March 9, for the benefit of the White Mountain Community Health Center. Eighteen acts tried out at auditions this past week, with eight competing acts selected along with a couple special guests, stage manager Edith Houlihan tells us. Dennis  O'Neil and Davey  Armstrong are hosting the show. Tickets are available at all Northway bank branches, North Conway Music, Spice and Grain in Fryeburg and at the White Mountain Community Health Center on Route 16 in Conway. For more information call 730-2393 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ...STONE MOUNTAIN: Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield is featuring a Blues Night with Paul Rishell and Annie Raines March 1, a Barn Burner with the Dennis Brennan Band accompanied by Duke Levine and Kevin Barry of the SMAC house band March 2, and a Stone Mountain Song Stage No. 4 featuring Harry Manx, Amy Helm and Kenny White March 3. A Recession Session featuring Session Americana is set for March 8, and Rosanne Cash appears for an Up Close and Personal Show March 9. Call 1-207-935-7292...The Flying Monkey (536-2551) in Plymouth features country star Clint Black March 7, Maine comedian Bob Marley March 9, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy March 15...COLD RIVER: Jon Sarty and Vince Pelote's next Cold River Radio Show is March 10, featuring local best-selling author Lisa Gardner, just back from her book tour for her latest, “Touch and Go;” along with storytellers Cora Ciampi and Lauretta Phillips, singer Vanessa Torres, and from Quebec, DeTemps Antan. Visit www.coldriverradio.com for ticket information and show details.
ROCKIN' ROD TRIBUTE: Due to Wednesday's storm, the Rockin Tribute to Rod MacKenzie that was planned for the Wolverine Tavern Feb. 27 has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, March 6, notes open mic host Simon Crawford.
“It's the first in a series of selected performer open mic fund-raisers we'll be holding around the valley, with proceeds to benefit Rod's daughter, Meg,” notes the always quotable Mr. Crawford.

Speaking of the open mic at the Wolverine, we reported in last week's column about two youngsters who have created quite a stir on the music scene. I didn't have the lad's last name at the time of last week's writing, but now can happily report that the two are a girl, Riley Parkhurst (bass), and Peter Lazaron (guitar).
Peter's mom, Heather-Rose Ryan, sent the following update:

“Thank you very much for mentioning Riley and Pete in such kind terms! I'm Pete's mom. His last name is Lazaron. His father is Dr. Victor Lazaron, one of the surgeons at Memorial and a musician in his own right (although he's on the classical side of things). Besides his musical studies, Pete has also been involved in local theater for the past several years — last week he played the Wizard in Mary Bastoni's children's workshop version of 'The Wizard of Oz.'

“Pete and Riley have started a band — the working title is 'TBD' (because they haven't figured out their 'official' band name yet). They will be playing” reports Heather-Rose, “at the Wolverine this coming Wednesday as participants in the benefit concert organized by Simon Crawford for Rod MacKenzie's daughter.” Their regular drummer is Eben Eastman (also a Mountain Top music student).”

So, now we know — thanks, Heather-Rose, and keep your eyes and ears out, fellow music fans!
AND NOW, FOR THE OSCAR: Conway Daily Sun entertainment critic and “Lost in Movies” Ch. 3 Valley Vision host Alec Kerr reports there was a good crowd of 30 or so movie fans at M&D's Oscar night at Your Theater last Sunday.
Kudos to Judy Kennedy, who correctly named 16 of 24 winners in her Oscar category ballot. Congrats also to young movie fan Charlie Scott, who knew so many of the correct trivia questions answers, that Alec had to start calling on to others just to mix it up. Alec and George “Mountain Mouth” Cleveland handled the mc duties. A few people dressed up as celebrities for this second annual event, which is becoming a classic way to celebrate the Academy Awards locally.
IN CLOSING: Happy birthdays to one and all Pisces this week...Congrats to Andrea Masters and Elaine Stockbridge, who were wed in Vermont this week...So, did you do your Mountain Meister run in the snow Wednesday? Was hard to see for sure. “One and done” was what coordinator Danbo Doucet said at the top of the course, as Meisters only had to make one run. “I've got to look out for the 400 other racers, not the top 20,” said Danbo. Look for the bump runs for Week 8 on the NASTAR course as some top Meisters prepare for the 40th Red Parka Pub Challenge Cup at Attitash March 15...Nice to see Jeff “The Redstone Rocket” Locke do so well in his first grapefruit outing last Saturday, wasn't it?...Hope everyone is having a strong second February vacation week. It's not as strong as the first week, of course, but hey, snow and a second week of vacationers helps everyone, right? We checked out Two-fer at Horsefeathers Tuesday night during Week 2 of Vacation Week, and the place was hopping...Don't forget: Deliberative Conway town meeting is March 4, and deliberative school meeting is March 6, both starting at 7 p.m. at Loynd Auditorium at Kennett...That's it for this week. See you at the Schneider Cup and the Chilly Chili Fest!
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