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Where the Divided Highway Ends and the Mountains Meet The Lakes.
This monthly publication celebrates the rugged and independent communities it serves. It is also a directory of fun things to do in this part of New Hampshire. From Milton to Madison and the surrounding, neighboring towns, the greater Ossipee Valley is a special area rich in geographic and historical significance.
Specifically designed to serve these areas: Albany Brookfield Eaton Effingham Freedom Madison Thet ee Sw pot Ossipee S Tamworth Wakefield Whether youâ€™re passing through to the mountains or the lakes, or you call this part of the world home, or its your second home, we invite you to discover all that Southern and Eastern Carroll County has to offer. The area continues to grow and thrive because of its convenience to the rest of New England, its pristine and natural beauty and its affordability. ABOUT THESE TOWNS
Town Albany Brookfield Eaton Effingham Freedom Madison Ossipee Tamworth Wakefield
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As the holidays approach, kids are full of excitement when they see Christmas trees and gifts and treats… and they look forward to the joy of a week’s school vacation. There are many events coming up in the area, as well as some fun school vacation week happenings to please the whole family…and to give Mom and Dad some ideas of things to do with kids during the week between Christmas and New Years. The Rochester Opera House is a wonderful old building, offering plays and concerts year round. On December 17 through 20, Dickens’ traditional holiday story, A Christmas Carol, takes place at the Rochester Opera House. www.northeasternballet.org. Christmas just isn’t Christmas without If you are in the mood for a good revisiting the beloved tale of the pennycup of coffee in a creative, relaxed pinching miser, Ebenezer Scrooge and atmosphere that offers great music the awakening of his long-forgotten head to the Tamworth Lyceum in festive spirit. The ghostly tale featuring downtown Tamworth for a chance to the Past, Present and Future is brought hear a wide variety of music featuring to life in an exciting new musical some of the area’s (and beyond) best adaptation. Keeping true to the original musicians. The Lyceum is part coffee text, the performance draws upon the shop, part eclectic store and part themes of time, family and society’s art gallery as well as the place for a ills to warm even the coldest of hearts. variety of musical concerts in a relaxed Bringing the atmosphere of Victorian atmosphere. For a list of upcoming Christmas traditions to the stage, the concerts, visit www.tamworthlyceum. joyous musical offers a cavalcade of com or call 323-5120. colorful Dickensian characters and For a unique way to ring in the a ghostly quartet of guardians, and holidays with some great music, check it is the perfect way to get you in the out the upcoming concert offered Christmas spirit. via Mountain Top Music Center in Tickets for all shows can be obtained the Conway area. The community by calling the Rochester Opera House music school aims to enrich lives box office at 335-1992, emailing and build community by providing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www. inspiring music education and rochesteroperahouse.com. offering performance and listening Wolfeboro is a beautiful town by the opportunities throughout the area. The lake with something fun happening school uses music to build community all throughout the year; to kick off a through group study and performance, musical holiday season, Northeastern shared listening, and mutually Ballet Theater offers The Nutcracker respectful, inter-generational, multiCabin Rust at Kingswood Arts Center onzySaturday, iccultural musical communication. o Dec. 19 at 7 pm. Take a trip to the Mountain Top Music offers a concert Land of the Sweets with Clara and titled Christmas, Then and Now with her Nutcracker in Northeastern Ballet the Community Orchestra at Red Fox Theatre’s full-length, professional Inn in Jackson, NH on Sunday, Dec. 20 production of the classic ballet. Under at 4 pm. For information on the Center’s the artistic direction of Edra Toth, the upcoming holiday concerts, call 447magical ballet is the perfect way to 4737 or visit www.mountaintopmusic. spend the evening with your family. org. For tickets, call 834-8834 or visit On December 19, the NH Farm
on the weather. Make a hand-dipped Christmas candle to take home, roast chestnuts and popcorn over an open fire, and partake of gingerbread and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen. Explore the barns, visit the blacksmith and meet the farm animals. Call 6527840 or visit www.farmmuseum.org for details. After the hustle and bustle and excitement of Christmas, children have about a week’s vacation from school to look forward to. It can, however, be problematic for parents who are looking for something fun and entertaining to do with the kids. For a unique experience, head to North Conway and hop aboard a charming train at the Conway Scenic Railroad. The Holiday Week Trains leave the station twice daily from December 26 through January 2. Kids will love to ride the old-fashioned trains for a chance to see the area from this fun vantage point. For information and
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• Holiday Events Continued from page 3 tickets, visit www.conwayscenic.com or call (800) 232-5251. The Conway Scenic Railroad will also offer the Covered Wagon in the Snow on January 2. Sponsored by MA Bay Railroad Enthusiasts, this event will feature Conway Scenic’s classic cab-unit “covered wagon” diesel locomotive No. 4266. This locomotive, built by EMD in 1949 and now owned by the 470 Railroad Club of Portland, Maine, was the last “F unit” to operate on the Boston & Maine Railroad in 1976. This style of streamlined locomotive is commonly nicknamed “covered wagon,” due to its fully enclosed, round top body, which many felt resembled an Old West settler’s wagon. The special charter will depart from North Conway Village at 10:30 am, travel to Notchland in Crawford Notch, and return to North Conway at approximately 4 pm, following a series of photo run-bys, some accessible from the train only. For tickets and information on the Covered Wagon trip, call 978-470-2066.
The Great Glen Trails in Gorham offers a fun event for kids on December 20 when it presents Christmas on Snow. The event is geared for grades one through eight and includes games, relays, and holiday decorating. Just because it is winter, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness does not slow down when it comes to education about animals and the natural world. Bring the kids to the Great Glen Trails center on Wednesday, Dec. 30 for two exciting evening shows. At 5 pm, Animals in Winter shows how animals survive in the outdoor environment of colder weather. At 6:30 pm, NH Wildlife provides information 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 Hampshire. Great Glen Trails offers so a lot for winter education and outdoor fun; visit www.greatglentrails.com for a complete list. New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to be just about adults. At King Pine Ski
Area, the entire family can enjoy a New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. There will be night skiing and riding, outdoor music and a bonfire, ice skating, a family fun race, and a torchlight parade and fireworks. Visit www.kingpine. com or call 1-800-373-3754. Most children love a good story and enjoy being read to by parents and teachers. Author Elizabeth Atkinson will be at White Birch Books in North Conway on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 pm to read from her book The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball. For details, call 356-3200 or visit www. whitebirchbooks.com. If you love birds, take advantage of the 2015 Christmas Bird Count on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at Tin Mountain Conservation Center in the Albany area. The North Conway Christmas Bird count will take place with the help of over 40 devoted volunteers both on foot in the field and at home watching their feeders. The bird count would be a great way to include the kids in this great activity in the woods around your home or in your backyard. Call Corrie Blodgett at 447-6991 or cblodgett@
tinmountain.org. Want a different adventure for your family? Head to Muddy Paws Sled Dog Kennel in Jefferson for a unique experience. Have an introduction to the fun sport of dog sledding with the experienced staff at Muddy Paws in a two or three-hour dog sledding experience. The two-hour time slot introductory dog sledding experience is perfect for those looking to ease their way into the wonderful world of dog sledding. During the two-hour adventure, guests will spend 30-40 minutes meeting and greeting rescue and second chance sled dogs and preparing their sled(s), which involves harnessing and hitching their team, etc. Once the sled is prepared, guests will embark on a 50-75 minute ride (ride time will vary based on trail conditions). Mushers will make scenic stops along the ride so guests can soak in the views and have plenty of photo opportunities. At the end of the experience guests can thank their team and “tip” them with cookies (just don’t feed the mushers). Longer treks are available; visit www.
Discover Wolfeboro! This Holiday Season This holiday, Wolfeboro merchants bring Miracle on 34th Street to New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Instead of competing for consumer dollars, merchants are consciously partnering to introduce shoppers to the many unique stores and services offered in picturesque Wolfeboro. If a shop doesn’t have what a customer is looking for, Wolfeboro merchants will
help them find it. And to entice shoppers to explore the great variety of businesses in town, merchants are giving away $1000 in “Wolfeboro Bucks” good at any participating Discover Wolfeboro store until January 31, 2016. In scenes seemingly lifted from the holiday movie classic, retailers take time to hear what customers really want, and
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happily send them to neighboring shops to make sure stockings are filled with just the right gifts. (Social media accounts introduce fans to other merchants, too.) Starting Thanksgiving weekend, weekly winners of “Wolfeboro Bucks” have been drawn from entries received from the nearly two-dozen participating shops and eateries. Weekly prizes range from $10 to $100. Shoppers who visit all participating shops during the holiday shopping season will be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing of $250. The weekly drawings for Wolfeboro bucks continue through Friday, Jan. 8, and are redeemable at any participating Discover Wolfeboro business. Entry can be made every week at every business: Dive Winnipesaukee, Champagne Taste, Gatherings by Stellaloona,
The Nordic Skier, Downtown Grille Cafe, Artisans Corner, Mill Street Meat Market, The Sandy Martin Gallery, Wolfeboro Cross-Country Ski Assoc., Butternuts Good Dishes, Made on Earth, Winni Paw Station, Capelli’s Hair & Body Salon, Wolfeboro Casuals, Bridges’ Hallmark, The Country Bookseller, The Art Place, Back Bay Clothing, Full Moon Paddleboard, Moondala Yoga Studio, Seven Suns Coffee & Tea, and Black’s Paper and Gift Shop. Look for the “Discover Wolfeboro Here” sign at the door of participating shops. For more about the rewards of discovering Wolfeboro, visit the Discover Wolfeboro Facebook page and the social media of any Discover Wolfeboro merchant, or contact coordinator Barbara Wilson at 9864191.
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Kickoff for Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project on December 17 The public is invited to join the Arts Council of Tamworth and mural artist David Fichter on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 pm at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth for the kickoff event for Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project. In honor of Tamworth’s 250th anniversary, the Arts Council of Tamworth will bring mural artist David Fichter to work with Brett School students and area residents (you don’t have to live in Tamworth) on the creation of two large glass mosaics celebrating the attributes—historical, cultural, ecological—that make Tamworth special to those who live and spend time in the village. Students and community members will design and contribute elements that Fichter will incorporate into a mural template. Community members and students will work together to build the mural in March 2016 and also provide opportunities for families, high school students and area residents to work on the mosaics outside of school hours. It is hoped that everyone will place at least one symbolic tile on the mosiac. The murals will be installed on the left-hand front of the Brett School, a town-owned building and a location that will be visible to everyone
Example of Mural Art. who drives by. Visit artstamworth. org/250th-mosaic to see how beautiful these mosaics are and to learn about submitting design elements if you’re not able to attend the meeting—deadline for submissions is January 28, 2016. The kickoff event is an opportunity to learn more about the project and begin the communal work of the design. Fichter will show images of similar projects and explain the process, and then participants will have an oppor-
tunity to brainstorm design elements. Questions that will spur creativity: What do you love about Tamworth? What are important parts of its history
or heritage you believe should be included in the mosaic? What resources do you know of—historical images, sayings, poems, places—that would be helpful to the artist? Participants are also invited to bring images, such as old or new photos that Fichter might be able to incorporate into the design. Photos will be scanned and returned over the course of the evening. Artist David Fichter has been creating community murals and mosaics for over 30 years, working all over the United States and in other countries, including Armenia, Georgia, and Nicaragua. He has worked with youth of all ages on over 200 permanent murals, in addition to another 70 commissioned projects. The Tamworth Foundation has provided a generous grant in support of the project. To donate in support of the work, please visit www.artstamworth. org/donate.
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Dec. 17-31, Art for the Season winter art exhibit by The Art Group, Wolfeboro Public Library, S. Main St., Wolfeboro, info: 569-2428. Dec. 17, Arts Council of Tamworth Kickoff for Tamworth’s 250th anniversary with Mosiac Mural Project, learn about the project and begin communal work the design. Please bring old photos, other images, ideas. Info: artstamworth. org/250th-mosaic. Dec. 17, Dinner & Storytelling at Corner House Inn, Jct. Rts. 109 & 113, Center Sandwich, 6:30 pm, Cora Jo Ciampi performs, reservations: 284-6219, www. cornerhouseinn.com. Dec. 17-20, A Christmas Carol, Rochester Opera House, Rochester, tickets: 3351992, www.rochesteroperahouse.com. Dec. 18, Gingerbread House Raffle, tickets available at Spencer-Hughes Real Estate. $5 for one ticket, $20 for 6 tickets. $100 Family and Friends Special-110 tickets. Benefits End 68 hours of Hunger. Call Spencer-Hughes at 569-6060. Dec. 18, Music in the Pub with Julia Velie, 6:30 pm, Corner House Inn, junction of Routes 109 and 113, Center Sandwich. Info: www.cornerhouseinn.com. Dec. 18, Small Farmer’s Club, 10 am-noon, Get to Know Pigs, monthly themed farm info for ages 2-6, must be accompanied by an adult, no pre-registration required, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth, 323-7591. Dec. 19, Author reading of Sugar Mountain Snow Ball by Elizabeth Atkinson, 2 pm, White Birch Books, N. Conway, free, 356-3200. Dec. 19, Christmas Gifts at Blessed Bargains, 9:30 am-2 pm, great gifts, clothing, toys, collectibles and more. First Congregational Church, 400 Main St., Farmington. Dec. 19, Christmas Party, annual Children’s Christmas Party, 12:30-1:30 pm. Crafts and games, food and fun. Santa will be there to hear children’s wish lists. Effingham Public Library, Town House Rd., Effingham, 539-1537.
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Dec. 19, Holiday Farmer’s Market, KA Brett School, Tamworth, produce, gifts, cafe, live music, 9 am-1 pm, www.tamworthfarmersmarket.org. Dec. 19, Russian Christmas Bazaar, 11 am-3 pm, Russian art on display, Rochester, info/location: 332-2255. Dec. 19, The Nutcracker, Wolfeboro, Kingswood Arts Center, Wolfeboro, 7 pm, begin the holiday season with a trip to the Land of the Sweets with Clara and her Nutcracker in Northeastern Ballet Theatre’s full-length, professional production of this classic ballet. Tickets: 834-8834, www.northeasternballet.org.
Dec. 19, Victorian Christmas on the Farm, NH Farm Museum, Milton, 10 • Secure Fenced Facility am-3 pm, www.farmmuseum.org. • Video Monitored • 24 Hour Access Dec. 19, Friends Monthly Book Sale, Madison Library, 9 am, 367-8545. • Convenient Location • Indoor Units from 5’ x 5’ Dec. 19, Skate With Santa, Pop Whalen Ice Arena, Rt. 109A, Wolfeboro, 2-3:30 to 10’ x 30’ Preorder Your pm, info: 569-5639. • Outdoor Storage for Automobiles, RVs, Trailers, Christmas Snowmobiles,Meals Etc. & Pies! Dec. 19, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day at King Pine Ski Area, Madison, prizes (603) 323-7074 awarded, 367-8896. GraniteStateStorage.com 738 White Mountain Hwy, Chocorua, NH Dec. 19 & 20, Elf/Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 2 pm, The Village Players, 51 Glendon Street, Wolfeboro. Movie on the big screen. Call 5699656. www.village-players.com.
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Dec. 25, Christmas Day Dinner, 2 pm, First Congregational Church, 400 Main St., Farmington. Reservations requested: email@example.com. Dec. 29, Christmas Bird Count, bird census count, volunteers welcome, info: Tin Mt. Conservation Center, Albany, 447-6991, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dec. 31, Fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay, 6:30 pm, Wolfeboro, free. Jan. 7, Dinner & Storytelling at Corner House Inn, Jct. Rts. 109 & 113, Center Sandwich, 6:30 pm, Rusty Locke performs, reservations: 284-6219, www.cornerhouseinn.com. Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29, Quilting Circle, 10 am-noon, bring your quilting project to work on, light refreshments served, meeting weekly through March 18, free. Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth, 323-7591. Jan. 9, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts presents Film Shorts, an evening of award winning films from around the world, Rochester Opera House, Rochester, cocktail hour 7 pm, films at 8 pm, tickets at the door, www.rochesteroperahouse. com. Jan. 9, Krafty Kids, crafts that are engaging, silly, and sometimes messy! 10:3011:30 am. Fun and creative outlet for all ages. Little ones may need assistance from an adult or older helper, Effingham Public Library, 539-1537, Town House Rd., Effingham. Jan. 9, Stay and Play, Gafney Library, Sanbornville, program for birth to preschool age, 10:15-10:45 am, info: 522-9735. Jan. 11, The Art of Maple Sugaring, how to’s of sugaring with experts, 9:30 am, hosted by Mountain Garden Club, Salyard Center for the Arts, Conway, 383-9466. Jan. 12, Book Discussion – A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent, 1-2 pm, Wolfeboro Public Library, S. Main St., Wolfeboro, 569-2428. Jan. 14, Dinner & Storytelling at Corner House Inn, Jct. Rts. 109 & 113, Center Sandwich, 6:30 pm, Lauretta Phillips performs, reservations: 284-6219, www. cornerhouseinn.com. Jan. 14-31, Chicago, Rochester Opera House, Rochester, 2 and 7:30 pm performances, www.rochesteroperahouse.com. Jan. 15-16, Winter Quilter’s Retreat, Wolfeboro Public Library, S. Main St., Wolfeboro, workshops, lunch, quilting, fee: $60.00 p/p, 569-5639.
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Jan. 17, Hector Olivera concert, 2 pm, presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music at First Congregational Church, Wolfeboro, tickets/info: 569-2151, www. wfriendsofmusic.org. Jan. 21, Dinner & Storytelling at Corner House Inn, Jct. Rts. 109 & 113, Center Sandwich, 6:30 pm, Peter Brodeur performs, reservations: 284-6219, www. cornerhouseinn.com. Jan. 22, Small Farmer’s Club, Winter on the Farm, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, Tamworth, 10 am-noon, activities, craft, games and exploration of farmstead life. $5/child, ages 2-6, adult must accompany child. Preregister by 1/21: 323-7591. Jan. 23, Abenaki Ski a Thon and Bonfire, Abenaki Ski Area, Wolfeboro, 4 pm, Wolfeboro Parks and Rec.: 569-5639. Jan. 23, Community Contra Dances by G.A.L.A. (Global Awareness Local Action), taking place at Wolfeboro Town Hall, 84 S. Main St., Wolfeboro, 7 pm, all ages welcome. Info: 539-6460, www.galacommunity.org. Jan. 23, Wolf Full Moon Fundraiser, 5:30 pm, Abenaki Ski Area, Wolfeboro, crockpot contest, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, info: 569-1707.
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Arts Walk, last Friday of each month, 5-8 pm, self guided tour of galleries and arts locations in Wolfeboro, 569-2762, hosted by Governor Wentworth Arts Council, www.wolfeboroarts.org. Benz Center Senior Meals, Sandwich, each Wednesday at noon. Well-balanced and delicious meal. Ages 60 and older are targeted, small donation requested, 284-7211, www.benzcommunitycenter.webs.com. Book Sale, first Sat. of each month, Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth, 10 am-noon, 323-8510. Chair Yoga, Tuesdays at 8 am, Greater Wakefield Resource Center, 254 Main St., Union, www.greaterwakefieldresourcecenter.webs.com. Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel Music Jam, Tuesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm, Tuftonboro Old White Church, across from Tuftonboro General Store and Post Office, Route 109A, Tuftonboro. Musicians and listeners welcome. Free. Call 569-3861. Featured Artist Exhibit during the month of December, paintings by Deborah Snow, Freedom Public Library, 38 Old Portland Rd., Freedom, 539-5176. International Dinners, Benz Center, Center Sandwich, dates are tentative: Jan. 30, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, March 4, visit www.benzcommunitycenter.webs.com for updates. Knit and Crochet Group, meets Wednesdays 2-3 pm, Effingham Library info: 539-1537. Learn to Skate, 4 wk. sessions, info/pre-register: Rochester Parks and Recreation, 332-4120. Masonic Breakfast, Sunday Breakfast Buffet 7:30-11 am, Ossipee Valley Masonic Lodge, 535 Route 25 East, Ossipee (across from Abbott & Staples Gas) every second and fourth Sunday, an outstanding all you can eat breakfast buffet. Sponsored by Ossipee Valley & Carroll Lodges.
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Vintage Races Bring Snowmobiling Full Circle in Ossipee By Barbara Neville Wilson Some people reading this story might immediately think it will focus on Virgil D. White, the Ossipee Ford dealer who received a patent for the world’s first “Snowmobile” in 1917. In a way they are right, but the main focus of this circle is a bit tighter. The circle here is the family circle, the community circle, the circle that builds up and out from an intimate core. As you drive up Route 16 this month, look for the sign in front of Sunny Villa Restaurant. Pretty soon, owner Tim Carnes will announce the start of the 2016 Vintage Snowmobile Races. Once a foot or so of snow falls, the races will tip off every Sunday at 10 am sharp until Mud Season arrives. The first races in 2010 were fairly freeform, but as the races have caught on, more rules have been added for the sake of safety and fairness. Sleds must be pre-1985. Engines must be stock and compatible with the original chassis model. Only leaf spring front ends are permitted, and all must have working brakes. Still, the guidelines aren’t onerous. “This isn’t NASCAR,” Tim says. “It’s nothing like that. This is about four, maybe five generations of a family getting together to race, cheering each other on, and sitting around the table at the end of the day telling tall tales about their races.” He recalls overhearing the conversation after a nine year-old won his first race. The young racer told his friends,
“I kept saying to myself, ‘Don’t let off the gas. Don’t let off the gas.” The young racer had passed his competition in the final turn. “He was doing 100. I was doing a million five!” When Tim first bought the Sunny Villa, he employed a summer staff of 17 and wanted to find a way to keep local people employed through the winter. While considering options, he happened to hear that a 1973 baby blue Harley Davidson snowmobile was for sale on the Seacoast. Drawn to it because it was the same Sno-Jet model he had driven as a kid, Tim bought the snowmobile and a bucket of spare parts. He brought it back to Ossipee, thinking it would be a great decorative
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centerpiece for the Villa’s downstairs bar. Well, not a man to leave a machine in pieces, Tim reconstructed the SnoJet, troubleshot the engine and soon found himself with a working vintage machine. Over the next six years, he bought more Harley Davidsons and more vintage snowmobiles and jokes that he may have created a real seller’s market for vintage snow machines in New Hampshire. Imposing a 12-machine limit on himself, he had three problems to solve: How could he create a draw for business to keep all his workers employed year round? How could he encourage family-centered winter fun?
Where he could run all these vintage snowmobiles he was collecting? Finally inspiration struck. Tim invented a Vintage Snowmobile Race Series that drew eight sleds and eight riders to a single track—that ran backwards! in 2010. Backwards? Tim groomed his first track with right hand turns. Tim laughs, “Yeah. I didn’t know anything about any kind of racing. I just knew how to fix old snowmobiles.” Five years later, in 2015, the races grew to 70 or 80 sleds each week, with classes for children, youth, women and men. Racers came from as far away as Vermont and Maine, but the majority of entrants come from Wakefield, Ossipee, Effingham and Wolfeboro. For Tim, it’s not just about race day, though. Because the snowmobiles are at least 30 years old, they need constant tinkering to be able to make it through the five laps of a race. It’s that process that really makes Tim smile. According to Jake Dawson, a racer since the 2010 season, it can take 20 hours of tinkering to ready a vintage snowmobile for three five-minute races on a Sunday. And that’s the key for Tim. Kids who get involved have to get hands-on. “In this day of video games, it’s great to see kids getting hands-on. When you fix something, you gain confidence. Once you learn you can do something, it makes you believe you can do more.”
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December Art at Gafney Library The December exhibit at the Gafney Library in Sanbornville features the work of Bob Farrell from Berwick, Maine. Some of Bob’s eclectic exhibit of mixed medium work consists of paint on glass, oils, watercolors, a shadow box, pieced work and pastel. Enticing exhibit titles of Rothko’s Window, 911: Rest in Peace, Dancing Clementines, This is What You Want? An artist must be beautiful Marina Abromovic, and You are not one of us lead the viewer to assess each piece with an eye toward the meaning and use of medium with a feeling of delight. Bob explains his art path to the present, “Finding and seeing wasted objects sparks a creativity to create art instead of throwing the objects out. When I was young, I designed a few new fonts and created a lot of designs. When I got older, I started painting with oils. I did abstract and surreal paintings. Dali was a big influence. While in New York City, I still painted abstracts and surreals and learned how
to mix urethanes. “I bought a 35mm camera and took black-and-white photos. I went all over New York City, to Coney Island and to the World Trade Center. I learned how to develop film and I printed my own photos. I also started to overlap negatives for pictures. While working for an architectural restoration company in New York City, I spent six weeks at
the J. Paul Getty Museum in Santa Barbara, California, where we took apart two period rooms from the old museum to be re-installed into the new museum. What was weird is that when we took lunch, we had to tie everything we took apart down in case there was an earthquake. While in New York City, I shared an apartment with five others above the Pyramid Club where we
had a 4,000 square foot living room. We held monthly poetry readings there where I read my own poems and displayed my art work, which then included newly created sculptures.” After moving to New Hampshire in 2013, Bob displayed his work at Artstream in Rollinsford and his art began to take root in the area. He has shown at Gallery at 100 Market St., Artstream, Berwick Library, Rochester Library, DOO, Buoy, 2nd Landing, East Tower Gallery, and Gallery 280. He is a member of the Berwick Art Association, MODspoke, Wrong Brain, and Blackbird Studio & Gallery. Bob and his wife, Jennifer, live in Berwick, Maine with their children, Ryan and Krista. The exhibit may be viewed during open library hours of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 7 pm and Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 12:30 pm. The library may be reached by calling 522-3401. Check the Gafney out on Facebook and online at www.gafneylibrary.org.
2015 Christmas Bird Count Scheduled for December 29 Each December, Tin Mountain Conservation Center in Albany, NH carries out the North Conway Christmas Bird Count with the help of over 40 volunteers, both on foot in the field and at home watching their bird feeders. This year’s count takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Bird counts are useful tools for evaluating yearly and long-term trends of the birds wintering in the area. The census is completed in a variety of ways, allowing participation at any level. Field observers travel routes by foot, cross-country skis and car. Another important component of the count is provided by observers living within the bird count area reporting on what birds visit their feeders during the count pe-
riod. You do not need to be an expert birder to participate. Novice volunteers able to join bird counters in the field are paired with more experienced birders. It’s a great way to learn more about birds and everyone with an interest is encouraged to participate. It’s also a lot of fun! For information, contact Corrie Blodgett at 447-6991 or cblodgett@ tinmountain.org. The Tin Mountain Bird Society provides meaningful experiences for area birders and enlists support for bird conservation efforts in the White Mountain region. The Society’s mission is to further the work of citizen science and bird-related conservation efforts through avian field trips, training op-
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knowledge through training, education, and involvement as well as help support ongoing research efforts and the identification of long-term population trends. Visit the Tin Mountain Bird Society Facebook, email nbeem@tinmountain. org or call 447-6991. In addition to program offerings, the Bird Society meets regularly and encourages all interested parties, regardless of age or expertise, to attend. Tin Mountain Conservation Center is a 501(c) 3 non-profit environmental education organization serving the greater Mount Washington Valley for over 30 years. The Nature Learning Center on Bald Hill Road in Albany, NH is open to the public Monday through Friday, and its nature trails are open all season all week long.
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Celebrate the Holidays with Scandinavian Baking By Sarah Wright While some of us dream of a white Christmas, there are others (like me) who have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. I’m always looking for a new bakery to try, and I recently found some unique and delicious offerings at Scandinavian Baking in Chocorua Village. If you turn right on Deer Hill Road, you’ll see a white house with all sorts of flags out front. Step inside, and owner Betty Schneider will transport you to Sweden with her delightful treats. Betty’s mother and grandparents were from Sweden, and although Betty grew up in New Jersey, she was raised Swedish. Her family belonged to a local Swedish club, and at a young age, Betty joined a Swedish dance group. Holidays were spent with many friends and lots of great food! The baked goods were especially memorable—after all, Swedes have a saying that food should be prepared “with love and butter.” Betty spent much of her childhood watching her mother and grandmother baking in the kitchen together, and her mother’s friends in the Swedish community. A popular flavor in Swedish baking is cardamom spice, and Betty’s mother would often make cardamom raisin bread, not just for the holidays, but year round. “After an hour, the dough would rise,” says Betty, “and as a child, I thought my mom did magic!” I asked Betty about her baking memories and what celebrating a Swedish Christmas was like, growing up. As you can imagine, preparations started early. Betty’s mother would begin baking in November, freezing cookies to give as Christmas gifts. She’d also bake a Christmas bread called Julekake, or “merry bread.” Also known as a Swedish coffee braid, it’s a sweet yeast bread with candied fruit and raisins in it, and candied cherries on top with slivered almonds and sugar. If that sounds yummy to you, you’ll be happy to know that it’s available at Betty’s bakery. Swedish fruit cake is also baked during the holidays, and although it’s a dense cake, it’s not as heavy as the typical fruit cake we know in this country. There’s candied fruit inside, but no nuts or liquor. Her mother also made krumkake, which were waffle-like cookies similar
to Italian Pizzelles. They were cooked in an iron and rolled out with a coneshaped peg. When she was a child, Betty loved spritz cookies made with pure almond extract, and today her customers also love them. Another popular cookie from Betty’s childhood are pepparkakor, mild ginger snap cookies that her mother baked for advent. During advent, Swedish people also celebrate Santa Lucia Day on December 13, named for a young girl who secretly brought food to persecuted Christians in Rome. On this day, the oldest daughter in the family serves her mother and father coffee and tea in bed, with Lucia buns, a tasty bun made with raisins and cardamom, which Betty also sells in her shop. When she turned 13, Betty became a “Lucia bride.” It’s a rite of passage for young girls in Scandinavia, and it involves an elaborate church ceremony. The Lucia bride wears a beautiful white dress and sash,
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and walks down the aisle with a wreath of candles on her head. Little girls and boys trail behind her. The girls represent maidens and the boys act as tomte, or mischievous gnomes. The bride also carries a tray holding Lucia buns, coffee, and pepparkakor cookies on it. But Christmas Eve is the main event in Sweden, as it was in Betty’s house. That’s when friends and family would gather together to partake in a huge smorgasbord of food before evening church services. Many courses would be served, including pickled herring, baked beans, meatballs, sliced ham and turkey from the deli, and of course cakes and breads. As a child, Betty wasn’t fond of the traditional lutefisk, which is creamed cod, but she did enjoy the rice pudding. “A whole almond was mixed into the pudding and whoever found it would have good luck for the next year,” says Betty. The adults would drink glogg, a
strong but sweet punch made with liquor, and of course there would also be coffee and tea. Sometimes they would have Swedish pancakes, like crepes, folded over with lingonberry jam filling, but more often they would eat those on Christmas morning. For entertainment, guests would dance around the tree, singing Swedish Christmas songs. After Betty went to sleep, her mother and father would decorate the Christmas tree with handcrafted straw ornaments, candles, and pepparkakor cookies. I can imagine her delight when she saw it the following morning! In her stocking, she’d typically find an apple, an orange, a pack of chewing gum, lifesavers, a dollar, and more cookies. When I visited her shop in early December, Betty was playing Swedish Christmas music and the shop was decorated with traditional Lucia dolls and tomte ornaments. My mother and I purchased many treats to sample that day, including the Lucia buns, which were fluffy and delicious, and some amazing almond cookies. Throughout the year, Betty also makes hazelnut cookies, hot cross muffins, lemon tea cake, black and white cake, Scandinavian almond cake, baked donuts, and applesauce raisin muffins, among other offerings. I thought it was cute that she had a dish of Swedish Fish candy on the counter for customers, who can also enjoy free coffee and tea, which Betty says is customary when you have house guests in Sweden. Over the years, Betty has acquired lots of recipes as well as cookbooks. She also enjoys trying out new recipes. When her customers requested scones this past summer, she obliged them by making multiple flavors like maple walnut and cranberry orange. Betty is married to a minister who is happy to help when he can, and is more than willing to be a taste-tester. The Scandinavian Bakery is located at 12 Deer Hill Road, and is open from 7 am until 4 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays. For an updated menu list and other information, you can call Betty at 323-2021 or visit www.scandinavianbakingnh.com. Gift certificates and gift baskets are available for any occasion.
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Turn Here: Radical & Artisanal in Tamworth By Barbara Neville Wilson Go ahead. Drop away from the pack. Reduce your speed at Chocorua Dam. Turn off Route 16. Cross the bridge, drive across Chocorua Road and head straight up Paige Hill toward the town of Tamworth. Marvel at homes carved into the hillside two centuries ago. For just a while, pretend you come from farmer stock like the Remicks who settled this land in the 1700s. Or look at the mountain vista through the eyes of the vacationing President Grover Cleveland who so liked what he saw that his family settled and became leading citizens. Or ground yourself in the 21st century and imagine yourself Steven Grasse, a modern Transcendentalist making Tamworth a center for his entrepreneurial and marketing endeavors. Your car climbs and climbs. Note Rivendell Farm on your right. Online tourist reviewer Joel D said about it, “I wish we lived closer. The world would be a better place if there were more small farms selling directly to the consumer like this.” On the other side of the hill, see Stonehedge Farm, their sign advertising jams and jellies, wool and lamb. If they’re closed and it’s an “every other” Saturday starting December 19, take a left at Tamworth Road to the Winter Farmer’s Market at the K.A. Brett School. You’ll find Stonehedge and plenty of other local vendors selling their own eggs, meat, herbs, chai, hard cider, dog treats, maple syrup and loads of other homemades and handicrafts.
If it’s not Saturday and not Tuesday either, turn left anyway. You’ll want to drop by 29 Tamworth Rd, Grammy Gordon’s. Renowned for sweet pies of clever composition like Italian Strawberry, a cannoli filling with white and dark chocolate and coconut, and savory pot pies that include Beef Tamale and Coastal Shepherd, “Grammy” also carries handcrafted pillows, aprons and select antiques. To make it through long New Hampshire winters few can simply specialize. Leave Grammy’s and retrace your trail to the state historic marker that notes, “THE BARNSTORMERS THEATRE is the oldest summer playhouse in NH; and one of the oldest in the U.S.” More about that later, but for now turn left and go back in time. Shop
names have changed, but Main Street looks a lot like it did when President and Mrs. Cleveland summered in town. Houses painted in Victorian palettes line the street until Town Hall appears on the right. If there’s room, park in front of the Hall. You’ll want to get a good long look across the street to the Tamworth Lyceum. It is an imposing building emblazoned with its construction date, 1826, on the gable end. Enter its doors and you’ll know there’s truth in the porch sign advertising “Time Travel.” What will you explore first? The woodcarved apothecary shelves on the left, filled with artisanal wines and rustic dry goods? The beverage counter where enticing scents rise? The games and toys from your childhood across
the room? Or should you just drop into a welcoming chair in the performance space and study the wall-long handpainted map of Tamworth? The Lyceum, open seven days a week, took root here in 2011, when Philadelphia businessman and seasonal resident Steven Grasse renovated and opened the store run for years by generations of the Remick family. After a successful career in cutting edge advertising, Grasse became enamored with philosophies of natural simplicity, and Tamworth seemed an obvious focal point for his new venture. Painted on the side of the Lyceum is an entry from Transcendentalist philosopher Thoreau’s journal, “I was pleased to hear the other day that there were two men in Tamworth, NH, who had been fishing for trout there ever since May; but it was a serious drawback to be told that they sent their fish to Boston and so catered for the few.” The Lyceum strives intently to cater to local residents and visitors alike. Ten cents of every cup of coffee is donated to a local non-profit each month. December’s recipient is the “Advice to the Players” theater group. Local musicians play the 40-seat performance space twice or more per month. Menus for the soups, sandwiches and other dishes are locally sourced whenever possible. A current New York Times bestseller is paired with a bottle of Tamworth Distillery spirits in an artful display. The Distillery is another Grasse effort. In May, he opened the Tamworth
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Art for the Season Exhibit at Wolfeboro Public Library During the month of December The Art Group is exhibiting work by member artists in a group show at The Wolfeboro Public Library on South Main Street in Wolfeboro. The exhibit is entitled Art for the Season. The Art Group has pulled together a diverse sampling of art subjects and mediums to celebrate the month of December and the arrival of winter. The Art Group, formerly known as Ossipee Riverland Artists League, was
founded in 2004 and is comprised of a diverse group of artists from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Artist members work in various mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, mixed media, collage, ceramics, tapestry and photography. The group is currently organized by Peter Abate and was founded by marine watercolor artist Ron Harrison of Marblehead and Salem, Massachusetts. Member artists network together
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fundraiser. Members participating in this show include Peter Abate, Madelyn Albee, Ruth Bleau, Marion Blomster, Judy Brenner, Betty Brown, Joyce Desmarais, Mabel Doyle, Bob Farrell, Ron Fountain, JP Goodwin, Daryl Ann Hurst, Josef Keller, Elaine Klement, Heather MacLeod, Jeff Roberts, Norman Royle, Gabe Smith, Susan Trayes, Juls Twombley, Anne Vaughan and Ruth Willet.
• Tamworth Continued from page 12 Mercantile and Distillery just down the street. There, he melds the pure water of the Ossipee Aquifer with ingredients considered rather radical for spirits: sweet potato, chicory and beet, among others. A small batch distiller, he hopes to build an industry based on a continuum: farm to bottle, bottle to farm, farm to table. The Mercantile and Distillery is open Wednesday-Saturday and beyond spirits, it features limited edition gifts and locally-baked distiller bread made with grains recovered after distillation. A portion of the profit from each bottle sold from the Distillery is given to the Tamworth Land Trust. The next phase of Grasse’s project is the opening of a farm-to-table restaurant in the former Tamworth Inn. It is perfectly located across the street from the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm, a working farm dedicated to education about historical country life, agriculture and medicine. Here not only can you buy handcrafted and homespun items like beeswax candles and painted floorcloths in the Museum Store, but you can also try the lifestyle on for size. This winter the museum offers workshops and demonstrations about quilting; fiber arts; raising sheep. lambs and chickens; maple sugaring; and herbal medicine and medicinal foods. Have you ever thought about the health properties of primrose pancakes or candied ginger? Attend a Medicinal Foodways workshop and you’ll see natural ingredients in all new ways. Open year round, the Remick maintains admissions fees at a manageable
$5, thanks to the generosity of Dr. Edwin Crafts Remick who lived sparely in life and donated his sizeable estate to a foundation dedicated in part to educating a “broad and diverse public to the values and significance of the medical practice and agricultural way of life of the country doctor…” The Remick fulfills its mission through the expertise and skills of professional staff and volunteer services of people in the local community, many of whom are found also in booths at the Tamworth Farmers Market and the Arts Council of Tamworth. In a community of 2856, there is joyful spillover from one group to another. The Arts Council counts papermakers, glass blowers, potters, lampshade crafters, photographers, fiber artist, mural painters, illustrators and metal workers among its members. Most work from home studios on limited schedules in winter, which simply means you need to take the ride over Paige Hill again when the hills are green. Then you will be able to visit more artisans and take in a show at the oldest summer theater in NH, too. The Barnstormer’s Theater was founded by President Cleveland’s son Francis in 1931 and is located in a former store next to the Remick Farm. It offers professional theater June-August through the efforts of 40 professional actors and a core company, some of whom have been appearing on its stage for 50 years. It produces a varied program of classic musicals, new productions, whodunits and comedies. Go ahead. Do something radical. Turn off the beaten path. Discover Tamworth. Perhaps the ride will change your life. It did for the Remicks, the Clevelands and Steven Grasse today.
• Vintage Racing Continued from page 9 He loves to see whole families get involved. He points to one family picture on the Sunny Villa Vintage Snowmobile Racing Facebook page where mom, teenage son and younger son and daughter are all pictured with their trophies. Where’s dad? “He’s the pit crew.” Tim loves hearing fathers and kids troubleshoot together, ‘Dad, I think it’s the clutch again…” Tim is aware that not all families fit the traditional mold with Dad available, though. When Tim becomes aware of such situations, he finds that his own self-imposed “12 Snowmobile Limit” comes in handy. A few seasons ago, he realized that a boy who watched the races every week wanted to ride, but his mom just couldn’t afford a sled and have the know-how to fix one if she did. Tim gave the boy a machine from his collection and put Mom in touch with an older man, Jed, who was also a race fan. Together, the guys worked on the boy’s sled and now they race regularly. Jed is representative of the many community members who come together to make Sunny Villa Vintage Snowmobile Races work. The single track that opened in 2010 has now grown to three tracks—all running in the correct direction. There’s a smooth track dedicated for children racing at top speeds of two to three thumb throttle-controlled miles/hour in the age 9 and under class, and two others for the bigger machines and older operators. Track maintenance is performed by Tim, volunteers like Phil Eldridge and businesses like Dawson’s Excavation
that do pre-season chores. The 1978 Tucker groomer came from the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme via contact Dave Mosher, but only got to Ossipee through the muscle of Frank Varney and his logging truck, boom and trailer on a late-fall ride across New Hampshire. After 10 years sitting in a field in Lyme, the Tucker was brought back to life by the mechanical ministrations of families and friends of Vintage Snowmobiling. The Town of Ossipee has been part and parcel of the vintage race series, helping to regulate and ensure safety for all riders in a sport new to everyone. An emergency action plan is in place. All riders sign participation forms, and Sunny Villa carries insurance for all events. “Sunny Villa is not going to make a million dollars on racing,” Tim Carnes says, but the profit is in giving jobs to his staff through the whole winter and “the kids smiling ear to ear talking about their races.” Once, when Tim Carnes was a teenager, he rode his 1973 baby blue Harley Davidson Sno-Jet up Corridor 19 with his dad to Sunny Villa restaurant. He remembers being scared to cross Route 16 and could hardly expect that his machine would make it up the snow bank on the other side of the highway. The fact that he conquered that fear is still a point of pride. Today Tim rides a lookalike Sno-Jet nearly every winter Sunday and helps kids, teens, women and men to build their own confidence by tinkering, racing and telling tall tales around tables filled with food and trophies. Snowmobiling has come full circle in Ossipee…with thanks to Virgil D.
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A Tour of Center Ossipee…and Some Auction Fun By Kathi Caldwell-Hopper It’s no secret that New Hampshire is steeped in history. Look at any village square with homes dating back decades and open any history book about New England and you will find many mentions of historical happenings in the Granite State. Sometimes I get the “history bug” as I like to call my love of the past and how it relates to the towns in the area. When I get a yearning for history, all I need do is get in my car and drive to nearby towns and hamlets to view historical homes, museums and sites such as the Governor Wentworth historic area in the Lake Wentworth part of the Lakes Region or the historyrich Freedom village to name but a few locations with long histories and traces of interesting real-life people from long ago. On a cold November Saturday afternoon, my husband and I were headed for an auction in the Ossipee area, at Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers house on Rt. 16. Gary’s auctions are a must when we want to get out and see great antiques, do some people watching and meet up now and then with fellow collectors of old stuff. Because the summer and fall months are so busy, we rarely get to Gary’s auctions in June through October, but come late fall to mud season, we can
often be found on a Saturday evening at the Wallace auctions or other area auctions (don’t miss the Charlie Reynolds auctions in Bristol or the David Cross Auctions in Laconia for great antiques and other items). After a day of household weekend chores, I suggested to my husband that we venture to Ossipee for the auction. “Look,” I said while browsing the auction website, “there are some nice items up for auction. It would be fun!” Assenting that he was interested in my proposed outing, my husband and I headed out in the latter part of the Saturday afternoon to Wolfeboro and then on Rt. 28 to Ossipee. “You know,” I said while we drove Rt. 28, “I have been meaning to stop in Ossipee village and take the walking tour of the historic district.” My husband looked skeptical as he mentioned, “A walking tour might be not be such a good idea since it’s chilly today and it will be getting dark soon. But we could at least drive the tour.” I had saved walking tour information from www.ossipeehistoricalsociety. org. A brochure on the website titled A New Hampshire Village Through Two Centuries: A Walking Tour of Ossipee Corner by Ted Cook offers some
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interesting history on the Ossipee area as well as mentions of buildings still in existence and what became of those that are no longer standing. We arrived in Ossipee via Rt. 28 from Wolfeboro and made a righthand turn onto Rt. 171 (after first making a left-hand turn and ending up in Water Village, which was a pretty drive but the wrong direction!). Ossipee is a town that it is spread out over many miles, all areas rich in history. We drove on Rt. 171 into Ossipee Corner and the history of the area was immediately apparent in the old buildings. According to A New Hampshire Village by Ted Cook, when the area was first settled, this was the main section of the town. It had the unique good fortune to be located at the junction of five major roads to Wolfeboro, Tuftonboro, Wakefield and other areas. After 1840, it also became the county seat for Carroll County. I could easily imagine the area bustling with activity at one time due to the county seat and the advent of the railroad. Indeed, the lines of Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad came to Ossipee in the mid to late 1800s. For a town that had been remote until that point, it must have been exciting, if perhaps a bit disconcerting, to have railroad lines bringing people and goods to the area after years of the village being quite sedate. We noticed a charming church on the road. It is a beautiful structure with very historic architecture. We couldn’t resist stopping to take a few photos and if the building had been occupied with an event, we would surely have asked to see the interior of the charming church. Not far from the church stands the Carroll County Courthouse, a brick building that was originally a wooden structure when it opened in about 1840. It was said to resemble a typical meetinghouse so popular at the time; like so many other wooden buildings, it burned (in 1915). A new courthouse in a Colonial Revival style was built in its place and stands today. It was admittedly difficult to discern, following the walking tour map, where each building had stood because some structures are no longer in existence. On a warm summer’s day, if one was taking a walking (vs. driving tour) of the village area, it would have allowed a better view. But it was November – and cold – so we made due with seeing it from our warm car. We found many areas of interest, such as a spot owned by an Ossipee man named Jacob Brown, who once ran a grist and saw mill on the Poland Brook in the late 1700s near Poland Bridge. I could imagine the scene so long ago with townspeople making use of the mills and the comings and goings of local industry. (A store was operated nearby, probably to serve the mill customers, but it burned in the early 1800s.) Over time, fire took out many buildings. It is a great shame to think
December/January 2015/2016 what was lost, such as the Carroll House, a very impressive inn that at one time could house about 75 guests. The inn burned in the early 1900s and was not rebuilt. As we looped through Center Ossipee village, we came upon a former railroad station. Although the railroad ceased operation long ago, the station is a reminder of the days when the village welcomed railroad commerce and travel and trade. We stopped the car so I could get a better look at the old station. The beautiful original gingerbread trim is still a part of the structure near the roofline. According to A New Hampshire Village Through Two Centuries: A Walking Tour of Ossipee Corner by Ted Cook, the Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad was constructed as far as Union village in the 1850s. After that, the railroad company debated if it was worthwhile to extend the line further. The villagers in Ossipee must have wanted the line to run to their town because they raised nearly $20,000 (a huge sum in 1870), and used the money as a loan to the railroad to ensure the rail line would reach Ossipee Corner and Center Ossipee. The railroad brought the outside world to Ossipee and with it allowed locals to travel with greater ease to Boston and other far away places they might not have otherwise ever visited. It also brought more goods to the village area until the advent of automobiles and highways meant the end of the railroad in Ossipee in the early 1960s. Out of all the spots we visited on the tour of Center Ossipee, the railroad station area was my favorite place. It does not take much imagination to recall the railroad days and the busy commerce and life in the 1800s in Center Ossipee. Our tour ended as we regained Rt. 28 and took a left onto Rt. 16 near the Hannaford shopping area in Ossipee. It was a short drive from this point to the auction, where our evening’s entertainment was waiting. As always, the Gary Wallace auction did not disappoint. The hall was full of wonderful antiques, from old tintypes to paintings and prints and rugs and furniture and much more. We came away with a nice little (old) painting and enjoyed some great entertainment watching the auction items being bid upon and purchased. I like to think some of those old items once belonged to Center Ossipee area residents. Perhaps my little painting hung in a stately structure, such as the Carroll House in the village or on the wall of a prosperous merchant’s home. That is the beauty of day trips such as the tour of Center Ossipee. It allows me to daydream about what once was and what the people must have been like who lived in the area. And surely this is the best day trip one can experience. (To learn more about the Ossipee Historical Society, visit www. ossipeehistoricalsociety.org; for a list of upcoming Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers auctions, visit www. wallaceauctions.com.)