Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our latest post at talks about a Native American sports mascot at a Lakes Region School. Read about it here.   

Addendum 4.18 - A new study indicates that professional teams that use Native American nicknames and mascots are losing money. Check it out here.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mariano Rivera Jr. Will Play For Laconia Muskrats This Summer

Rivera Jr. now pitches for Iona College, NY

The son of the Yankee superstar will be tossing for our local Lakes Region college baseball team this year. Read about it on the New Hampshire Public Radio website here.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014


It was about a week ago that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown could be seen leaving the Tilt'n Diner with a "to-go" cup of coffee in his hands. 

Not long afterwards, he declared that he was running for New Hampshire senate seat held by Jeanne Shaheen.

A single meal at the popular Lakes Region eatery has caused dramatic changes in many of us in the past, but this one may be the most drastic yet.

Then there's the news from the Ellacoya Country Store in Gilford. Two weeks ago, news media around the world carried the story about some "paranormal activity" there - a large glass cake cover unexpectedly smashed to the ground. There was video of this mysterious act.

Last week, there was a "Help Wanted" ad from the store in the Laconia Daily Sun.

Coincidence? We think not.

from Breakwind Farm's website

And a few weeks before that, an advertisement for the Tilton Winter Farmers Market featured one particular vendor: Breakwind Farm, which is famous for its "Fartooting Organic Baked Beans," according to the company's website. 

Not long afterwards, the winter venue closed for the season.


We'll let you decide.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

"I Don't Eat No FIsh Not Caught At The Fishing Derby, And Then Cooked."

But I'm kind of a stuffed shirt when it comes to stuff like that.

 from WMUR-TV's website

Plenty of reasonable folks love sushi.

And while it may not be as accessible as a good cheeseburger in the Lakes Region, you can still find some very good stuff here, according to WMUR-TV viewers.

In an unscientific poll, they picked our own Green Ginger Restaurant in Tilton as one of the Top Five places to get the Japanese raw fish dish in New Hampshire.

And that was up against stiff competition from places called things like The Surf Sushi (Portsmouth) and The Youshimama Japanese Fusion and Sushi Bar (Nashua).

We're not totally surprised. Several friends call Green Ginger one of the best oriental food restaurants ever and it gets consistently high marks on foodie websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part

The image of kids jumping off the Bear Island dock by Mary Villaume
 is a perfect picture of a Lakes Region summer. The photo is from our book, 
"The Lakes Region of New Hampshire: Four Seasons, Countless Memories." 

It’s the waiting season.

It comes every Spring to the Lakes Region.

It’s not really Spring but it’s something that reminds you – something with longer days, and clean blue skies. It reminisces with you about wonderful days on the water.

But, again, it’s not really Spring, although the calendar begs to differ.

Because it’s still cold, it’s still Winter.

It’s still Not Spring.

What it is – and nearly everyone in the Lakes Region knows, whether they admit it or now – is a ruse.

It’s a sham, it’s a joke, it’s a sting, in the parlance of the 1970s movie. Its nature’s cruel joke, saying: “Oh, you’re in New England... Well, gotcha!”

People in other places may be celebrating warmth. The cherry blossoms blooming in Washington. A heat wave in the Midwest.

But you’re in New England. You’re in the Lakes Region.

You wait.

It has been – especially this year – a long rough winter road.

It’s cold, very cold.

And when it’s not cold, it’s snowing – almost always on a weekend, when travel is hard and when school and work are already closed.

(Unless, it’s both snowing and cold.)

So you can think about opening up the family’s summer place. You can try on a swimsuit in a crowded department store. You can count the number of days to Memorial Day…

It’s just another kind of waiting.

Nature and the calendar are not really wrecking things. It’s officially Spring, but our internal clocks are unwound – or overly wound-up. (Maybe it’s daylight savings time?)

Whatever it is, we wait.

We sit by the glow of our TV-fires and we wish. For warmer days and clearer nights.

Or for Mud Season – for black flies, for a few less frost heaves on Rollercoaster Road – anything – ANY sign that will douse this interminable winter.

So you can drive by Winnipesaukee wistfully.

But you can’t do much more.

That’s the nature of waiting.

“The trouble with waiting,” says a friend, “is that it take so long.”

When will ice-out be here? When will the summer theater open for the season? When will I be able to swim?

Waiting is extra-longer when you’ve had a summer in the Lakes Region. Hiking. Fishing. Swimming. A rainy day at Funspot. Dining in Wolfeboro village. Standing on the Meredith Bay docks and watching the boats. Driving past Newfound Lake on a warm night. Listening to music outside…

There’s nothing like it.

And it’ll happen.

But you’ll have to wait.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Get Your Wally On!

The three most recent Red Sox World Series trophies - 2004, 2007 and 2013 - will be on display in the Lakes Region tomorrow. Read about it here.