Tuesday, January 29, 2008

February Events @ Village Shops

The month of February will bring some exciting programs to the Village Shops. The Village Shops are located on Main St adjacent to InnSeason Resorts South Mountain and Fratellos Ristorante.

Wednesday February 13, 2008 7:00-8:00pm

Introduction to Exploring Art
sponsored by the Currier Museum of Art and Friends of the Lincoln Library

Learn about artists' intent and techniques. Artwork from the Renaissance to the present day will be included. Please call the Lincoln Library to register (603) 745-8159 or email library@lincolnnh.org
Saturday February 16, 2008
4:00PM & 6:00PM
Noah's Ark Stuff and Puff Animal Workshop
First you’ll choose an “unstuffed” teddy bear or other unstuffed animal (the highest quality and a large variety of unstuffed animals to choose from) and hand stuff it yourself. Next, you will ‘wish upon’ and insert a rainbow star, then zip it closed. You’ll then name your new animal, create a customized birth certificate and personalize your new friend by dressing it in an adorable and authentic outfit. You can even personalize your new stuffed animal with animal sound chips. And finally, you will color & decorate your new cuddly friend’s
“Take Home Bag” or in our exclusive “Ark” animal carrier.
Live Animal Program (Free Admission)
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents New Hampshire Wildlife
Curious about the critters that inhabit the Granite State? Meet some of the wildlife you could see on a hike and learn about the features that suit them for life in New England. This program is approximately 45 minutes.
Sunday February 17, 2008
Live Animal Program (Free Admission)
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Creatures of the Night
You don't have to stay up late to get a closer look at elusive nocturnal creatures. Learn about their specific adaptations and what makes them well suited for night life. This program is approximately 45 minutes.
Wednesday February 20, 2008
Live Animal Program (Free Admission)
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Animals with Bad Reputations
The public image of some wild animals is often inaccurate and responsible for many unrealistic attitudes. Consider with us the good side of these ill thought-of creatures. This program is approximately 45 minutes.
Saturday February 23, 2008
Live Animal Program (Free Admission)
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Why do Animals do that?
Why do animals throw up when they’re not sick? Why gnaw on wood if you don’t eat it? We’ll explore the answers to questions like these and find the benefits to the animals that actually practice these behaviors.
Wednesday February 27, 2008
Live Animal Program (Free Admission)
Squam Lakes Natural Science Center presents Owls of New Hampshire
Who calls in the night? Who glides through the dark on shadowy wings in silent flight? Meet some of our state's mysterious owls and find out what is myth or fact about these nocturnal birds. This show is approximately 45 minutes.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Do you like the changes?

I have made some changes to the layout of my blog. Please let me know what you think. I appreciate feedback and comments so please send me questions and comments about my blog.. If there is something you would like to find out about I will answer your question. Be sure to check out my Google Map. I have placed many places of interest and try to include a picture if I have one.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Looking for Moose in Winter

One of the top 10 things I am often asked about is where can I see a Moose. In the winter time Moose tend to go deeper into the woods, the bulls will go higher up the mountains (the colder the better) and the cows and calfs will stay lower. They do tend to group in what some people call Moose Yards. Based with this knowledge I asked the local Moose Tour operator about this and he said he knew of one not too far away. It was not a guarantee that they would be there this year, but it would be an easy snowshoe hike to do it.

So this past Tuesday we decided to try and look for the Moose. I rounded up Cassie from our Recreation Department who is our resident snowshoe tour guide, a guest from Ohio, Larry the Moose Guy, his wife Amy, his employee Tony and myself for a adventure unlike no other.

We met down in Thornton at 11am and drove to the trail head. Once there we decided that the snow was packed enough that we could just walk in for the first little bit. We were right along side I-93 for the 10 minutes or so and then we started to climb uphill. At the fork in the path there was a small little shack where a local maple grower gathers the raw sap before it becomes maple syrup. It was interesting to see the lines go all through the forest and under the path.

After walking up hill for about a 1/2 mile and just short of the White Mountain National Forest Boundary we stopped to put on the snowshoes. At this point we headed into the woods and started breaking a new trail. Larry and I were the big guys and we were breaking the trail in the snow. We had a good base and there was a few inches of powder. It was amazingly quiet except for some birds singing in the trees. I think they were saying look at the crazy people.

After trekking thru the woods we came across another small shack. This turned out to be an old out house/shelter. Cassie decided to see what was inside. You can see in this picture.

As we were going along we could see evidence that the Moose had been there at one time as they had rubbed the bark off of some of the trees. When Moose do that the markings are usually about 3-4 feet off the ground. These were right at the snow line. Then we realized that we were walking on top of about 3 or 4 feet of snow. It was like being in the middle of a frozen wonderland.

Along the way we had to give words of encouragement to each other as we ended up going a little further than we thought we would need to go. We saw lots of animal track in the snow. The prints were from Snowshoe Hares, Deer, and as we got closer to our destination we saw some Moose Tracks. We kept our eyes out for antlers as the bulls start to drop their racks at this time of year.

The goal was a place called Mud Pond. While we did reach the pond, there were no Moose to be found. So we did what any Moose loving person would do and improvise to see if we could attract any Moose hiding nearby. As you can see in this picture we were not successful.

In the end we did not see any Moose, but most importantly we had fun and for some of us it was the first time we broke a trail while snowshoeing.

It goes to show that if you can walk, you can snowshoe. When your visiting us make sure to sign up for one of our snowshoe tours and you'll get to have some fun and see things you would not ordinarily get a chance to see.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Independence Weekend Events

Here is what's happening around Lincoln on Independence Weekend:

Village Shops

Saturday January 19 4pm-6pm Chili Challenge

Come to the Village Shops and taste some of the areas best Chili. Vote for you favorite. $2.00 per person for up to 10 samples.

7PM Squam Lakes Science Center Wildlife Demonstration

Animals with Bad Reputations
The public image of some wild animals is often inaccurate and responsible
for many unrealistic attitudes. Consider with us the good side of these
ill thought-of creatures. This program is approximately 45 minutes long.

Fratellos Restaurant

Friday January 18

Don Severance performing upstairs from 7:00-10:30pm

Saturday January 19

The George Westbay Band performing upstairs from 9:30pm-12:30am

Sunday January 20

Watch the Patriots play in the AFC Championship Game on the 50" Plasma TV
The Bar open at 2:30PM

Stay afterwards and listen to Joel Cage perform from 7:00pm until 10:30pm

Loon Mountain

Saturday January 19, 2008

Fun will be had by all, all-day in the BUNYAN ROOM with BUD LIGHT specials and at BABE's Blue Ox Lounge with BUD LIGHT and WAAF Radio

Find UNCLE SAM ON STILTS out on the slopes!

Line up at the Kanc. Quad beginning at 5:00pm until 6:45pm for SNOWCAT RIDES!

ABSOLUTELY MAGIC will perform amazing SLEIGHT of HAND TRICKS right before your very eyes from 5 - 7:00 pm in the Governor's Lodge.

MAKE A FACE...ELABORATE FACE PAINTING will be in the Governor's Lodge from 5 - 7:00 pm to paint a face you'll never want to wash off!!!

At 7:00 pm the TORCHLIGHT PARADE will begin on Coolidge Street (Governor's Lodge side) followed by an amazing FIREWORKS DISPLAY from American Thunder Fireworks!

Sunday January 20, 2008

The BUD LIGHT will still be flowing in both BABE'S LOUNGE and the BUNYAN ROOM

Join us at HIGH NOON in BABE's LOUNGE to begin the BUD LIGHT GAMES .

A variety of games like; Snow Strike Out and Snowman Hat Trick will be played for a chance to win fabulous prizes !!

Show your support for your favorite sports team. Wear jersey's, paint you face, and bring your team spirit!!!!

It's Monday so it must be snowing

Well I wonder if I can return my calendar. All I need to know is that if it is snowing it must be Monday. We are supposed to receive about 6-10 inches of the white stuff.

The skiing is going to be great so come on up this weekend and enjoy the Independence Day Weekend festivities.

Friday, January 4, 2008

A New Winter Sport

I have survived the Christmas Vacation. Around here it was pretty busy for the week. We couldn't have asked for better weather with all the snow we have received and the temperatures were just right, Cold but not too cold.

As I meet and help guests everyday I always try to make a note of what someone requested to make sure I will be better prepared if it is an unusual request. I always get the normal questions about tubing, ice skating and sleigh rides, but this week and even today something new has caused me to do some research.

Before I get into it I need to explain a little clue that I missed a few weeks ago. I was with a group on my Wednesday Trip to Nowhere and Everywhere near the Mount Washington Hotel. It was rally a beautiful day with a blue sky, great visibility of the Presidential Range and Mount Washington, plenty of snow on mountains and in the valley where we were. I was explaining the history of the hotel and everyone was taking pictures when a movement to our left caught their attention. We could see someone who looked like they were gliding along at a good clip. It was a good lead into all the cross country skiing that they have available. I was fooled when the person came into view and turns out they were dog sledding.Everyone wanted to stay and watch the dog sled run its course.

Since that time I have had at least a dozen people ask me about dog sled tours. I was speaking to a woman today from Texas who was trying to plan her whole visit on whether or not she could take a ride with a dog sled team. I am waiting to hear back and will inform her and anyone else about the possibility of doing a dog sled tour as soon as I know.

When your here in the area let me know if you want to learn about places where you can watch Dog Sledding, as there is a race circuit that travels in New Hampshire.