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February Partner Newsletter 2021
January Partner Newsletter 2021

FEBRUARY PARTNER NEWS & EVENTS

Canterbury Shaker Village
Exciting Winter Events at Canterbury Shaker Village: Snowshoeing Race, March 6, 2021
Sugar Camp Guided Hiking Tours, March 20 & 27, 2021Join us for snowshoeing at the Village! In partnership with the New Hampshire Snowshoe Trail Race Series, Canterbury Shaker Village will be hosting a Bonus 2-4 mile snowshoe race Saturday, March 6 at 10 am. The race winds through the Village’s spectacular 700-acre grounds, with racers free to explore its open pastures, wooded trails, and take in views of Turning Mill Pond. After the race, enjoy hot cocoa & treats. In addition, prizes will be awarded.
Registration for the race is $20 and is open at www.shakers.org.

Participants may opt to run either one or two loops on race day. Please note that though this race is part of the New Hampshire Snowshoe Trail Race Series, it is a special bonus race, and will not count towards the series competition. The race is limited to 75 participants, and there will be no day-of registration. The race will follow strict Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of all racers, staff, and  volunteers.

The Village course is currently covered in cold, dry powder snow but in the event that the snow melts by race day, the race is still on. Snow or no, we go! For more information on race details or registration, please visit www.shakers.org, or email Tom Walton twalton@nedelta.com or info@shakers.org.

It’s Maple Syrup Season! Next month, join Mark Stevens for a four-mile round trip guided hiking tour to the Shaker’s remote sugar camp. Tours are Saturday, March 20 and Saturday, March 27 from 1 – 3pm. Tickets are on sale at www.shaker.org at $50 per person, and to ensure social distancing, each tour is limited to 12 people. Masks are required and participants should dress for the weather and come prepared to hike four miles round-trip through the woods on trails that could be muddy or icy. For more information, please contact Rae Easter at info@shakers.org or 603-783-9511x 205.


NH Magazine: Jan-Feb Issue
9 Best Options for “Skis-off” Fun
Touring Meredith
Winter Farmers Markets
48 Reasons for the World to be Grateful to NH
The Ice Castle is Now Open for 2021
4 Fantastic Trails for Cross-Country Skiing
Supporting Local Restaurants
Sugarhouse Spotlight: Mapletree Farm’s Dean Wilber
Sweet! Macaron Now Open in Peterborough


UNH Extension: Gardening Webinar Series

Join UNH Extension and University of Maine Cooperative Extension for the remaining 4 programs in our winter gardening webinar series! Through March, webinars will be offered every other Wednesday at 6 pm for Maine and Hew Hampshire home gardeners. Registration is open for the remaining 4 webinars in the series. Registration is required, but if you are unable to attend the live session, please register to receive a copy of the recording and a resource list.

Feb 24 – Edible Landscaping
March 10 – Ornamental Garden Design
March 24 – Protecting Fruit Trees From Insects and Diseases


Department of Travel & Tourism:
NH Chocolate & Martini Tour
Cashmere and pearls. Champagne and caviar. Martinis and chocolate. Each of these suggests a mood, memories and great company, and martinis and chocolate suggest the makings for a fantastic getaway. This tour highlights an authentic culinary experience while pairing some of New Hampshire’s artisan chocolatiers with unique recipes from some of the state’s finest mixologists.

Plan your getaway, drink responsibly, drive safely and indulge your taste buds as you sip and sample your way around New Hampshire.


Explore Lakes with NH Lakes Webinar Series – Past and Upcoming Webinars
Based on the success of the weekly webinars we offered during spring and summer 2020, we are offering monthly webinars from fall 2020 through spring 2021. Explore our lakes through the seasons from the comfort of your own home! These webinars are FREE but pre-registration is required.
More information here.


Flag Hill Distillery & Winery
Chefs Table Dinners – March 2021!

One great pairing menu, two dates! Very limited seating!
March Dinner Dates- Saturday 3/6 or Saturday 3/13!

Spring 2021 Chef’s Table Dinners will have the same menu but two dates and VERY limited indoor seating for each dinner date (limited to 42 people per dinner!).  Chef’s Table Dinner Series are intimate dinner events that happen at Flag Hill! These dinners are 4-course dinners, with each course being paired with a wine/spirit/cocktail. Dinner reservations are $65 per person of which includes the 4-course dinner, wine/spirit/ or cocktail pairings with each course, tax and hospitality.

Visit our website and Facebook page for details, including COVID precautions and cancellation policy.


NH Lodging & Restaurant Association:As we head into the toughest winter months for NH’s hospitality industry, we’ve heard from concerned consumers, communities, and partners. How can we help? Who’s open and what are they offering? What are the safety measures we can expect to see when dining in? Please join the NHLRA and the Rally for NH Restaurants movement to answer these questions and more! This two-month-long statewide marketing campaign will inform consumers about the plight of the industry and inspire them to help it in a variety of impactful ways.

Visit rallyfornhrestaurants.com to learn more about:

  • what you can do to help restaurants
  • what restaurants are doing to keep you and their staff safe
  • creative ideas to enjoy in-person dining and takeout
  • a list of participating restaurants in your area

Together, we can give restaurants a fighting chance to make it through this winter.


Squam Lakes Science CenterVirtual Homeschool Series: Observe, Discover, and Explore
For ages 4 to 10
Programs are the first and second Thursdays from November through April | 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
  March 11  |  April 1, 8

Observe, discover, and explore phenomena in the natural world as a scientist does, through this monthly virtual series for homeschool students. The first Thursday of each month, a seasonal topic is introduced and students are given an outdoor investigation to complete at home. The investigations use materials readily available at home and are suitable for different age groups. On the second Thursday of each month, students share their observations and discoveries, and meet a live animal related to the topic.

Each program will be recorded and available to view for a limited time after each program. An adult must participate with each child or children at no extra cost. The virtual sessions will beheld via Zoom, with links provided upon registration. Advance registration and payment required.

Cost: $9/member child; $11/non-member child per month;
$18/member family; $22/non-member family per month


The Cog:
The Mount Washington Cog Railway announces a new winter train schedule and enhanced winter recreation facilities!
2020-21 Winter Schedule
Non-holiday Weekends through March:
Departure times 12:00pm and 1:30pm (additional hours added upon demand)
Departure times 10:30am, 12pm & 1:30pm
1-hour roundtrip fare to Waumbek Station:
$41 Adults and $29 ages 4-12

Extra midweek trains and affordable charters are also available. Call for details. Passenger service to the summit of Mount Washington will resume in May 2021. Schedule is subject to revision or cancellation due to severe weather or equipment availability
Marshfield Base Station & the Cog Railway Museum is open 7-days a week:
7:00am to 3:00pm weekdays, 7:00am -4:00pm weekends and holiday weeks.

For more information Call 603-278-5404 or email info@thecog.com
For Media inquiries Contact Robert Arey, Marketing Director rob@thecog.com


Black History Month
Black Heritage Trail
Unsung: Harriet Wilson
Black Heritage Sites in NH


Concord and the Underground Railroad – Visit Concord NH (Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce)

The Underground Railroad ran through Concord. This network of secret routes and safe houses helped enslaved African-Americans to escape North and to Canada. The Railroad was run by abolitionists and others sympathetic to the cause against human slavery. There are not clear records, but more than 30,000 people were thought to have escaped. And some were hidden in the fine homes in and around Concord. Read more here.

About Visit Concord NH: VisitConcord-NH.com is an initiative of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce with support from Creative Concord, the Chamber’s standing committee to advance the creative economy in our region.
About Concord: With its budding arts scene, Concord, New Hampshire has the charm of a quintessential New England town with all the cultural assets of a city. It is a must see for any person visiting the Granite State.

There is a renaissance of sorts happening in Concord, NH. In a city known more for politics than food, it seems that every few months there is a new brewery, shop or restaurant opening – including high end farm to table eateries. Places to dine outdoors are abundant following the expansion of sidewalks and installation of public art on Main Street. In the midst of all this excitement is a budding arts scene with plans to add a new multi-use performance venue to a pedestrian-friendly downtown that already has a performance arts center and an indie movie theater.

Concord has all the amenities to meet the needs of connoisseurs and creators of art, music, and theatre alike.
The 19th Keene Ice & Snow Festival has been postponed to February 5, 2022.


Kimball Jenkins:
Art Classes
We’re expanding learning opportunities to fully reflect our mission of celebrating arts, history and culture. You can expect new content in different sizes and shapes: shorter classes, workshops, masterclasses, and a lecture series. You may be a weekend warrior or want to dip your toes in new adventures. We’ve got you covered.


Cross NH Adventure Trail (xNHAT):
Rail trails, dirt roads, bike paths and quiet back roads link together for an adventurous bike route from Woodsville, New Hampshire to Bethel, Maine. On the Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail (xNHAT), intrepid cyclists can experience the glory of the northern New Hampshire landscape, learn about the natural and cultural history of the region and partake in the hospitality of the many small towns along way.

Access this story map for a guided journey through some of the hidden gems that you too can experience if you pedal into the adventure that is the xNHAT!


Manchester Magazine 2021!
The Greater Manchester Chamber, in partnership with McLean Communications, is proud to present you with our 2021 quality of life publication and business directory – Manchester magazine. Email marketing-pr@manchester-chamber.org for your FREE copy!

Read more
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Monadnock Region:

Apple Hill – A Perennial Favorite
Sunday, March 7, 3pm
Tea-time anyone? Maybe your thing is cocoa or latte. Take a relaxing Sunday afternoon break and sit back with the Apple Hill String Quartet in this first of its two concerts this season. The Quartet will perform string quartets by Hayden, Shostakovich and modern-day composer, Reena Esmail.
Learn More

Art and Nature – Mixed with History 
Thursday, March 11, 5:30 pm
The life and work of Abbott Thayer — Dublin resident, natural historian, and a leading American artist in his day — present an interdisciplinary case study on the role of nature as a “medium” in the fullest sense of the word. Thayer immersed himself in intense observation of Dublin’s woodlands and made revelations with far-reaching implications that landed on the desks of Churchill, Roosevelt, and others. This richly illustrated presentation by artist and art historian April Claggett will take a deep dive into the lessons that Thayer, known around the world as the “inventor of camouflage,” learned from the local landscape. There will be plenty to discuss!
Learn More


Seacoast Science Center Trivia: Feb. 25th


Western White Mountain Chamber:
The Best Backcountry Trails for Outdoor Fun in the White Mtns


Stark Brewing Company:
An Interview with Peter Telge: A NH Brewery Legend

Last month, Emily Goulet from Granite State Ambassadors took the time to sit with Peter Telge.  As the founder and owner of the second NH brewery and first operating brewpub, one can imagine the experiences Peter has to share! If you missed the interview, we’re highlighting a few key points here!

1) St. Paddy’s day is right around the corner, we not only have Irish Dancers coming in during the evening, we will have the Spain Brothers performing throughout the course of the night!

2) We have been approved to expand our outdoor dining area up to 250 seats!! Get ready to enjoy the nice weather by the river with some awesome food and beers!!

3) We have our new food menu coming out here soon, Rob has really outdone himself this time to bring the people what they want!!!

4) We are bringing on a new distiller who will be revolutionizing our liquor products and producing some fun new items for you!!

5) Lastly, as we are expanding and coming to nice weather, we are looking to hire a few motivated and experienced people to add to our FOH staff. If you know anyone, please have them drop by to fill out an application and speak with Ben, M-F evenings!


WREN: 2021 Advocate for Women’s Empowerment (AWE) Award

The Advocate for Women’s Empowerment Award (AWE Award) honors an individual or organization that has made a lasting impact on empowering women and girls in the Granite State. This year’s AWE Award goes to WREN – Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network.

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Tom Boucher and His Recipe for Acing the Restaurant Industry: Watch here
Every Friday morning at 9am, GSA Board Member and Lake Sunapee Chamber Center Manager, Ashlee Rowley, co-hosts a radio program called Daytrip Destinations on WNTK/WUVR. They cover local businesses, organizations and events in the Route 11/103 area (which is really the Claremont, Newport and Lake Sunapee Region). Here is the link – https://www.wntk.com/daytrip-destinations – the podcast for each Friday morning is up in the afternoon after the show airs. It’s such a fun way to bring in the weekend!


Meet New Hampshire Makers – a Virtual Tasting Event, part of the 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering
March 11, 5:15-6:30PM
LINK TO REGISTER & BUY A TASTING BOX— https://nhfoodgathering.weebly.com/meet-nh-makers.html

The NH Food Alliance, a statewide network supported by the UNH Sustainability Institute and dedicated to growing a thriving, fair, and sustainable local food system in the Granite State, has partnered with several local and statewide organizations to host Meet New Hampshire Makers, a virtual tasting event part of the 2021 NH Food System Statewide Gathering, on Thursday, March 11, 2021 from 5:15pm to 6:30pm.

In support of local small businesses, food producers, and artisans from across New Hampshire, the virtual event will highlight short presentations from three featured makers: Wood Stove KitchenWinnipesaukee Woods Farm, and Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, followed by a Q&A session. From now until March 3, attendees will have the opportunity to select from a variety of Meet New Hampshire Makers tasting boxes created by the featured makers and available for purchase through the Belknap Foodshed. Meet New Hampshire Makers is a free event and registration is open to the public. Although purchasing a Meet New Hampshire Makers tasting box is not required to attend the virtual tasting event, attendees who choose to purchase one are encouraged to try products from their boxes during the event to spark learning and discussion about the featured makers, their products, and supporting locally-made New Hampshire goods.


Skiing Updates

Ski area operations Updates

Ski reports: https://www.onthesnow.com/new-hampshire/ski-resorts.html

Visit NH Ski Areas: https://www.visit-newhampshire.com/state/ski-areas/winter-activities/


Do you have something to include in March’s edition?  We will need content by March 29th.  Email emily@nhgsa.com with anything you’d like featured.
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