Memorial Day weekend signals the start of the summer season in Waterville Valley, with the annual youth fishing derby, outdoor concert, and 24th Annual Chowderfest & Brews.
On Saturday, May 25 the annual Casting for Kirby Youth Fishing Derby will have scores of kids trying to catch the elusive Kirby in Corcoran Pond. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with fishing starting at 8 a.m. The first 100 entrants get a t-shirt and prizes will be awarded across age groups. In addition, there will be pond ecology programs, a casting contest, and other activities for kids’ enjoyment. The event is sponsored by the Waterville Valley Recreation and Public Safety Departments.
The Town Square in Waterville Valley will host the 24th Annual Chowderfest & Brews on Sunday, May 26 from 12 to 2 p.m. Sample a variety of New England chowders made by local area restaurants. With a $7.50 admission ($5 for ages 12 and under) chowder-lovers will receive sample-sized tastes of each chowder and a ballot to vote for their favorite batch. It will be a throw down Iron Chef style for the ultimate prize, the “Golden Clam” Award.
The Lantern Restaurant will host a brew tent in the center of Town Square from 12 to 4 p.m. with seasonal ales from New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewery on tap. Smuttynose was founded in 1994 by the folks who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries.
Chowder and beer will pair well with a free concert performed in the Town Square gazebo. ‘Tore Down House,’ with band members Mark Huzar (guitar), John Michaud (drums), and Dave Guilmette (bass), is based out of Manchester, NH. The band plays classic rock and blues favorites as well as original songs and delivers a no holds barred onstage performance that is sure to please everyone.
For more information, call 800-468-2553 or go online to www.visitwatervillevalley.com.