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Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in NH

While we ask our readers to pick the best of the best each year in more than 100 Best of New Hampshire categories, there are many other worthy and outstanding favorites for each category, ranging from pizza to cupcakes and garden centers to home decor shops. New Hampshire Magazine wants to make sure these reader favorites get their own moment in the spotlight and we encourage you to check them out! Have a craving for a smooth soft serve or topping-filled cone? Look no further than below for the best ice cream spots in the Granite State, including homemade favorites and creative twists. Arnie's Place 164 Loudon Rd., Concord (603) 228-3225 Arnie's serves up finger-licking burgers, barbecue and decadent homemade ice cream. Their ice cream menu is over 25 flavors long. They also offer both pre-decorated and custom ice cream cakes, each featuring vanilla and chocolate soft serve with fudge and cake crunch inside. Getting a frozen treat for someone special? Ask for a personal message to be written on one of the pre-made cakes, or place a completely custom order a few days before your special event. Sanctuary Dairy Farm Ice Cream 209 New Hampshire Rte 103, Sunapee (603) ...
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6 Ways to Enjoy the Beauty of the Lakes Region

Every season in the Lakes Region carries its own kind of charm, but with summer winding down, we want to embrace these warm, sunny days while we can. Thankfully, there is no shortage of seasonal fun on and around the lake! From wandering through storybook-esque nature trails to embarking on a thrilling wilderness adventure, and seasonal activities that bring their own dose of nostalgia now is the time to finish crossing off all the items on your summer bucket list. Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite ways to enjoy the beauty of the Lakes Region.     Get on the Water The options are endless when it comes to ways to get out on the water this month in the Lakes Region. From kayaking at Mill Falls to canoeing or paddleboarding on Squam Lake and everything in between, you can spend an entire weekend catching and making waves. Stick with a tried and true, or experiment with something new, like eFoiling. A surf-like experience where riders stand on an electric-powered board, allowing them to glide across the water without all of the work of a traditional surfboard. Efoil New Hampshire offers private and group lessons from their boat ...
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Just Beneath the Surface

The beach at Umbagog State Park Campground. Renee Doran – SCA NH Corps – Discover the Power of Parks Interpretive Ranger Spending time lake or pond side and enjoying a day at the beach seems synonymous with summertime in New England. We love to go for a dip or a swim in the cool waters on our sunny summer days. However, our waterways hold more treasures than just a nice place to spend a summer day. There is an entire world living just beneath the surface. As the interpretive ranger at Bear Brook State Park, I have been exploring the ponds here since June. I wanted to introduce you to some of the exciting critters I have found in my explorations. A whirligig beetle found at Catamount Pond. First, the Whirligig beetle, a fun and descriptive name for the small black beetles that are most often found on the surface of the water swimming in whirling circles and occasionally diving below. They are a favorite find in my pond programs as their quick motions and whirling motions make them fun to catch and watch. A Backswimmer found at Catamount Pond. Another surface swimming beetle, the backswimmer is a common site ...
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Best Outdoor Dining in NH

While we ask our readers to pick the best of the best each year in more than 100 Best of New Hampshire categories, there are many other worthy and outstanding favorites for each category, ranging from pizza to cupcakes and garden centers to home decor shops. New Hampshire Magazine wants to make sure these reader favorites get their own moment in the spotlight and we encourage you to check them out! Now that the weather is consistently pleasant in the fickle Granite State, more people than ever are itching to dine al fresco or even just sip on a delicious craft beer or summery cocktail. Here's where to eat and drink outdoors this summer, from wineries to breweries to the coast. 603 Brewery & Beer Hall 42 Main St., Londonderry, NH (603) 404-6123 You may have spotted 603's delicious beer or hard seltzers in your favorite grocery store. They offer a variety of ales, IPAs and seltzers, both canned and at their fun beer hall that focuses on “food, friends & fermentation.” The brewery was founded by three best friends, one of the first breweries in the state about ten years ago. The Beer Hall features indoor and outdoor patio ...
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Barbershop Harmony Jamboree Now in Meredith

Barbershop Harmony Jamboree Now in Meredith “Harmony-on-the-Lake” is back!  The event showcases the truly American artform of a cappella harmony known as Barbershop and is now appearing in Meredith, New Hampshire, on Lake Winnipesaukee – after over 60 years of being the crown jewel of summer fun and non-stop harmony in other lakeside towns. It’s all happening the weekend of August 19 and 20, centralized at the Meredith Community Center (MCC), with singing planned on the Bay and all around the town. There’s a community Dinner on Friday night (hosted by Meredith’s own Altrusa group) with informal singing, good food and fun; a day of activities and singing Saturday – capped off by the “Great Gathering” Show on Saturday night at the MCC. Barbershop (singing only – no scissors or combs) is music created purely by human voices joining to create a rich and satisfying texture that is pleasing to the ears and invigorating to the soul. The Jamboree returns to Meredith to create camaraderie among friends and fans of harmony. Come enjoy the ringing (and “busting”) of chords and overtones.  Each singer represents membership in one (or more) of the three international barbershop harmony groups: the Barbershop Harmony Society, ...
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Seacoast Lately’s 2022 Entertainment + Activities Guide!

Grab your friends, cue the live music, and get those toes a tappin’—the Seacoast’s entertainment scene is more dazzling than ever! Comedy shows? Outdoor movies? Broadway-level theatre? Southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire offer it all! Meet some local destinations we adore… THE PRESS ROOM | @pressroomnh The Press Room has been serving up hot food, cool sounds, craft beverages, and a great night out in downtown Portsmouth since 1976. Catch anything from local up-and-coming indie rock and Americana, to national touring acts and globally renowned jazz artists. No matter the day of the week, there’s always something special going on at The Press Room! PORTSMOUTH HARBOR CRUISES | @PORTSMOUTHHARBORCRUISES Portsmouth Harbor Cruises has been Portsmouth’s original Harbor Cruise company since 1982! On its vessel, The Heritage, Captain Andrew and the team journeys where no other tour boat goes, giving passengers unparalleled views of the Seacoast. Hop aboard and get up close and personal with the Seacoast’s history from the deck of the Heritage—this 49-passenger boat offers up to seven cruises daily, including the Portsmouth Harbor Cruise, Evening/Sunset Cruises, and Great Bay and Cocheco River Inland River Fall Foliage Cruises, to name a few! Specializing in private charters and catered ...
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SoulFest Team gearing up to Celebrate

Release dated July 30, 2022 Greetings from Gunstock Mountain Resort! A few of us moved onsite last Monday to begin the build for SoulFest. Many tents are up and the stage is being built as you read this. You may have seen local and national headlines involving the resignation of 7 of GMR’s senior managers – those headlines have lead to confusion about whether or not SoulFest would be cancelled. Gunstock is not closed, rather its adventure park, zip line, chairlift, etc. are not in operation until they have proper licensed / certified decision-makers to oversee regulated activities. This situation will impact our event, but the show must go on! We will have to unfortunately, reroute all mountain top performances to the base of the mountain. What will remain the same is the REVIVAL, MERCY STREET & THE LOCAL schedules. The new schedule times will be announced soon for the Deeper Well stage as we incorporate the Mountain Top artists there. Bear with us as we pivot to address these changes and all the strings attached. Apart from losing access to our beloved Mountain Top stage, things will operate normally and we are incredibly grateful for the remaining staff that ...
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Lakes Region Community College new Paramedic Certificate Program

lakesregioncc   Be one of the first 18 to enroll in our new Paramedic Certificate Program and get 1/2 OFF TUITION for semester 1! We start on 9/28. NOW is the time to make a change! https://www.lrcc.edu/ 48m The post Lakes Region Community College new Paramedic Certificate Program appeared first on Vacation in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire ...
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Mount Washington Cruises Promotes Jared Maraio to General Manager

Mount Washington Cruises Promotes Jared Maraio to General Manager As the M/S Mount Washington celebrates 150 years,it also charts a course for its future • Jim Morash to remain Captain and COO JULY 28, 2022: WEIRS BEACH, NH – The Winnipesaukee Flagship Corp. has announced that Jared Maraio has been promoted to the position of General Manager. Maraio will replace Captain Jim Morash, who has been the company’s General Manager since 2000. The promotion completes a transition that began in 2018 at Morash’s suggestion that the company begin to seek new leadership as he eventually looks toward retirement. Morash is also a Captain and the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He will remain in those positions while Maraio assumes day to day operation of the company. “When it comes to the Mount, continuity is important. We wanted to take our time and be sure we have the right person for the job,” said Morash. “Jared possesses the leadership skills to move our company forward, and I’m very excited about our future.” Maraio was the company’s Ticket Office Manager from 2002-2006, but left the company to pursue other interests. He previously held the position of Senior Director of Brand Strategy for Global Protection Corp. He co-founded Phoenix Theatre Artists, an award-winning performing arts company, and ...
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News from lake Winnipesaukee Association – Keep Winni Blue

M/S Mount Washington 150th Anniversary Celebration: Friday, August 12 Join us on August 12th in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the M/S Mount Washington! Come find the Lake Winnipesaukee Association team tabling at the Wolfeboro Town Docks at 4:00 PM with some lake themed children’s activities. Then, set sail with us for the 150th Anniversary Gala on the M/S Mount Washington where we will be holding a silent auction to benefit our lake protection efforts here at the Lake Winnipesaukee Association. We have some wonderful items from local businesses and artists that will be up for auction. Check out the flyer below for more details. Looking forward to seeing you there! July’s Cyanobacteria Presentations Over this past month, the Lake Winnipesaukee Associationdelivered presentations at the Moultonborough Public Library and the Meredith Community Center discussing cyanobacteria in our lakes and the Winni Blue & LakeSmart program. PDF versions of these presentations are now available on our website, including Dr. Amanda McQuaid’s (UNH Cooperative Extension) presentation that was also given during the July 12th program at the Moultonborough Public Library. Thank you to all who attended!               Winni Blue & LakeSmart Program Interested in being Winni Blue? Sign up ...
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MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT MOVES FORWARD WITH SOULFEST AT GUNSTOCK

MIDDLE-MANAGEMENT MOVES FORWARD WITH SOULFEST AT GUNSTOCK New England’s Premier Christian Music Festival August 4-6, 2022 – Gilford, NH GILFORD, NH — New Sound Concerts celebrates the 24th annual SoulFest featuring multiple Grammyaward- winning Christian artists for its final year at Gunstock Mountain Resort before announcing a big move. SoulFest, which was started in 1998, has been at Gunstock Mountain since 2004. Already a momentous occasion with saying farewell to a multi-year host site, preparation has become more dynamic with the recent resignation of 7 of GMR’s senior managers, all of which put in their 2 weeks notice during a Gunstock Area Commission meeting exactly two weeks before the festival’s start date. Nonetheless, GMR’s middle-management, after a day of meetings to reorganize and plan, have announced that the upcoming festival will carry on as normal. This highly anticipated summer festival gathers over 8,000 attendees and more than 75 artists and speakers. With four stages of live musical performances plus dynamic speaking sessions, SoulFest chooses an idyllic outdoor location that offers a plethora of options for attendees seeking a multi-faceted experience for all ages. SoulFest is proud to feature GRAMMY and Dove-award Winning Christian artists: Skillet, for KING & COUNTRY, Zach ...
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Fire Frenzy at Crawford Notch

Did you know that over 80% of all forest fires in the U.S are caused by humans? This proved to be evident earlier this year at Crawford Notch State Park. On May 9th, 2022, a blaze was set on the Bemis trail in Crawford Notch. After 14 long days, the fire was finally extinguished. The outcome was 106 acres of devastated forest. This resulted in trail closures and habit loss. However, all hope is not lost. With much appreciated help from the Student Conservation Association Trail Crews, the trails were reopened on June 19th, 2022. Nature started to reemerge and pioneer species are thriving. There are ways that we can do our part to protect the forests from disasters such as this. Before and after of the Bemis trail Only you When participating in outdoor recreation, it is important to follow fire safety guidelines. If followed correctly, it will minimize fire impact. An important skill to know is how to properly put out a fire. The first step is to let your fire burn out if possible. Next, you need to drown the coals with water. If you do not have access to water, putting dirt over the hot coals ...
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