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SANDWICH — More than 50 artists representing virtually every medium are expected to participate in the Artisans on the Green Art and Craft Festival at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7 on the Sandwich Town Green.

The event is free and open to the public and is considered to be the largest art and craft educational program in the Lakes Region. "We expanded the area by almost 100 percent last year, yet by this June our artisans registration numbers had reached capacity," said Peter Van Winkle, President of Sandwich Home Industries, the host organization.

This year's festival includes a Fine Arts Village with four working studios attended by artisans, an art gallery and shop, and more than 25 mini art and craft studios within the town green.  There is plenty for children, too. The Sandwich Children's Center provides a hands-on program for younger children and artist Diane Johnson's "felt and fur" presentation enables children to pet and hold rabbits and learn how they shed and how their fur is used for crafts.

The event, which occurs during Sandwich Old Home Week, raises money for scholarships and a public education program.  Artisans pay a fee to participate and commit to a program of instruction and demonstrations. Call Sandwich Home Industries at (603) 284-6831 for more information.




Village Harmony will be at the Tamworth Congregational Church in Tamworth Village at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. 

Twenty-three teenagers led by Village Harmony co-director Patty Cuyler will be joined by first-time teachers Bongani Magatyana of Cape Town, South Africa, and David Oliver of Northumberland, England. Each teacher will bring music from his own country, and sing with the ensemble. Village Harmony concerts are rousing and inspiring.

Magatyana will lead the group in a set of South African folk and church songs with authentic dance movements, drawn both from traditional repertoire and his own compositions. Oliver will introduce us to some of his own English pub song arrangements. And Cuyler will draw from her vast repertoire of Corsican, Balkan, Georgian and American traditional music to make for a delightful and eclectic concert program.

Village Harmony sessions stress world singing, but include good instrumentalists in this session for both English dance and Balkan bands.

The teens spent a week together in western Massachusetts before hitting the road, touring three New England states, giving a concert in a different town each night. Hospitality is provided by friends and strangers in each community — dinner before the concert, beds for the night, and breakfast the next morning — before they climb in the vans to go to the next town and do it all over again.

The suggested donation is $10, or $5 for students and seniors. Books and CDs will be offered for sale. To volunteer food or housing or for more information, call 323-8877 or 323-7762.


Bike for Books - Mountain Bike Adventure Rides in North Conway Sept. 27

Registration is now open for North Conway Public Library's annual fund-raiser

The North Conway Public Library will host a day of mountain biking in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” on Sept. 27.

The Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Rides offer biking enthusiasts of all levels and abilities a great opportunity to explore the varied trails and terrain along well-marked routes in North Conway and the White Mountain National Forest.

North Conway serves up some of the best riding in New Hampshire. For over a decade, NEMBA has been working to create an assortment of trails for beginners and experts alike. Whether it's cruising along gently wooded fire roads, biking on single tracks through forests, along rivers, around ponds, or negotiating the technical rocky descents on the edge of the White Mountains, there is something for everyone.

Several route options will be marked for all levels of riders, from novice to expert and some kid-friendly family loops, too. You can ride for an hour or do the epic ride with all the technically challenging hero options which takes about four to six hours for even the strongest riders.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace — on your own or with a group of your friends.

After the ride, all participants are welcome join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee and desserts.

Bike for Books is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library and fundraising by participants is encouraged with prizes for top fundraisers.

For more information or to download your registration or pledge form, check www.NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB . Or register online at www.BikeReg.com  .


Bike for Books Mountain Bike Adventure Rides features:

• Self-guided rides on marked trails.
• Different route options for all ages & abilities: two and four-mile loops in Whitaker Woods (easy; for kids & novice riders); a 20-mile intermediate loop and a 27-mile advanced loop with several technically challenging add-on loops.
• Signed trails showcase the best North Conway has to offer.
• Covered Bridge snack stop with food and drink at halfway point.
• A skill course.
• After-ride pizza lunch with hot soup, delicious desserts, and fresh coffee.
• Mechanical support tent by local bike shop.
• Optional fundraising with prizes for top fundraisers instead of registration fee.

Advance registration is available at the library or through the website. Registration on the day of the event is 8-11 a.m. at Whitaker Woods Homesite. The event costs $25 for adults; $45 for couples; $55 for families; and $15 for children ages 16 and younger. Or raise pledges instead.


FRANCONIA — Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) is gearing up for their most important fundraising event, the Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington.

"We are very excited and thankful this year because of two new Ascent enhancements," declared ASPNC Executive Director Sandy Olney. "Bank of New Hampshire has signed on as our first ever Summit Sponsor, and we have U.S. Paralympians who are participating this year on the newly formed 'A-Team' ... 'A' standing for Ability."

Olney also noted, "We are extremely grateful for the Mount Washington Auto Road's ongoing generosity and support for people with disabilities and for our organization. In this, our fifth year making the ascent, they will be closing the auto road to the public, allowing us to further expand the Ascent and raise much-needed funds for our mission, enriching the quality of life for people with disabilities."

With a start time of 5 a.m., the Bank of New Hampshire Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington (BoNHSA),will take place on Sunday, Aug. 3 (no rain date is scheduled). The eight-mile Mount Washington Auto Road will remain closed until 10 a.m. in order to allow adaptive athletes and their teams of mules, sherpas and roadrunners the time to safely hike up and ride down the mountain.

ASPNC is currently recruiting the 200-plus mules (teammates who help push/pull an athlete's Trailrider for a portion of the ascent) essential to the success of the event. A mule's registration fee is a penny per foot of Mount. Washington's 6,288 ft elevation, or $62.88. Each team then has a fundraising goal of $6,288 in addition to its goal of summiting Mount Washington.

BoNHSA is a breathtaking adaptive team journey, and offers adaptive athletes and their teammates one Sunday morning a year, to walk up the auto road at sunrise ... to enjoy spectacular views of the Presidential Range, team camaraderie, and raise essential funding for ASPNC's current, and future, year-round adaptive programs.

The event's website, www.SunriseAscent.org, provides Ascent details (including the exciting new US Paralympic A-Team opportunities) and online registration with an Adaptive Athlete's team. The deadline to register with an Ascent team (there are seven) is June 16th.

For more details about the Bank of New Hampshire Sunrise Ascent on Mt. Washington, please contact Sandy Olney, Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 823-5232.


7-19-14-tin-mountain-century-ride-100-mile-by-donna-dolanThe 13th Tin Mountain Conservation Center Mount Washington Century Ride on Saturday, July 19, generated over $33,600. (DONNA MARIE DOLAN)The 13th Tin Mountain Conservation Center Mount Washington Century Ride held on Saturday, July 19, was a great success generating over $33,600.

The weather was ideal for the 266 riders who cycled "New England's most challenging Century." Over 84.5 percent of the riders were male, and 15.4 percent were female. Most riders completed the full Century Course of which 239 were male and 47 female, 13 riders completed the 80 mile ride, and 10 the 40. The majority of cyclists were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine, and some traveled as far west as California, as far south as Florida, and two crossed the ocean, Silas Everett, from the Philippines, and Stephen Groff, from Cambodia. Both Silas and Stephen have plans of coming back to ride the century next year. The first rider to complete the 100-mile course was 18-year-old Abe Benghait with a personal best of five hours and 42 minutes.



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