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October 10, 2013

Parade of Homes

Two new construction homes in Waterville Valley will be featured stops on the Lakes Region Parade of Homes tour over Columbus Day weekend.  Take a walk-through of award-winning ABODE’s Green Peak attached mountain homes located on Devereaux Way and the Snows Mountain House on Boulder Path Road on Saturday, Sunday or Monday, Oct. 12-14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Learn more at

Book Sale

Waterville Valley’s Osceola Library is hosting its annual fundraiser book sale on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 12-3 p.m.  Buy a roomy library tote bag and fill it up with books. Donations of gently used books (fiction and non-fiction, no textbooks, please) are welcomed.  Drop off your donations at the library between now and the morning of the sale. Osceola Library is located on the corner of West Branch and Boulder Path Roads.

Community Yard Sale

On Saturday, Oct. 12, Waterville Valley Recreation Department will host a Community Yard Sale in the Rec. Dept. parking lot from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.  Clean out your closets, attic & basement and set-up a table at the yard sale for just $10.  The Rec. Dept. has a limited number of tables available to loan.  236-4695.

Ski & Snowboard Swap

WVBBTS Snowsports Club is hosting the annual Ski & Snowboard Swap, an equipment and apparel sale, in the Town Square on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 12 & 13, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  This is your chance to sell your used equipment and ski wear or buy gently used and new gear for the 2013/14 snowsports season.  Learn more at

Guided Hike

Waterville Valley’s outdoors club, WVAIA, is leading a guided hike to Norway Rapids and the Cascades on Saturday, Oct. 12.  Meet at the Town Square gazebo at 9 a.m.

Fall Foliage 5k Race

Waterville Valley Recreation Department hosts the annual Fall Foliage 5k Foot Race and 1.6k Family Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 13.  Race registration opens at 9 a.m. in the Town Square (1.6k fee is $10, 5k fee is $25).  Five dollars from each 5k registration will be donated to the Campton Area Resource Center.  The 1.6k starts at 10:30 a.m. and the 5k at 11 a.m.  Start, finish and awards will be in Town Square.  Walkers, strollers and leashed dogs are welcomed.  The first 100 registrants will receive race day t-shirts.  All 1.6k registrants will receive a mini pumpkin for participating.  236-4695.

Fall Foliage Festival

Waterville Valley celebrates the changing colors with the annual Fall Foliage Festival that kicks off on Friday, Oct. 11 and runs through Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 14.  Friday opens with the Sport Thoma tent sale from 12-6 p.m. and Open Mic in the Town Square courtyard from 4-6 p.m.  The Rey Center presents a lecture, “Journey Along the Appalachian Trail,” from 8-9 p.m.  On Saturday, Oct. 12, there’s a ski & snowboard swap and Sport Thoma tent sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., magic show from 12-1 p.m., bounce house from 1-3 p.m., live music in the courtyard from 1-4 p.m., and kids night out from 7-9 p.m. at the Recreation Department.  On Sunday, Oct. 13, the ski & snowboard swap and tent sales resume at 9 a.m.  The Fall Foliage 5k and 1.6k Family Fun Run begins at 10:30 a.m. followed by awards and a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be a petting zoo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., live music with the Rory Scott Band from 12-3 p.m., a brew tent with corn hole tournament from 12-5 p.m., face painting from 1-3 p.m., kids crafts and a visit by Bruce the Moose from 2-4 p.m.  On Monday, Oct. 14, the Sport Thoma tent sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Squam Lakes Science Center presents a live animal show from 10-11 a.m.  236-8175.

Bike,  Boat Rentals

Corcoran Pond waterfront will be open Columbus Day weekend for canoe, kayak, pedal and stand-up paddle board rentals.  The Adventure Center in Town Square will be open for mountain bike rentals and offers guided bike tours at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. over Columbus Day weekend.

Wilderness First Aid Course

WVAIA is hosting a 2-day Wilderness Aid First Aid Course at the Waterville Valley Academy on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3.  Tuition for the weekend course is $135 and includes a 2-year WFA certification.  Wilderness First Responders may also recertify with this course.  An optional CPR class will be offered on Saturday evening for an additional fee.  The course will be taught by instructors from SOLO Schools of Conway, NH.  Email or call 254-8933 to sign-up.

Spellbound Soiree

A packed night of entertainment awaits at The Lantern in Town Square on Saturday, Oct. 26. The band, Back on the Train, kicks off the night from 6-9 p.m. with soulful singer/songwriter Adam Ward, funky bassist John Dinger, and dynamic drummer Eben Hearn.  Doors open at 5 p.m. with free appetizers served from 7-8 p.m.  The R-rated hypnotist and comedian, Frank Santos Jr., takes the stage at 9 p.m.  Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers from across the room become stars of the show, as Santos makes them believe they are singers, dancers and more.  Tickets are $20 and advance purchase is recommended as space is limited.  Buy online at   VIP tickets are available for $100 per table of four and include a  bottle of wine.  1-800-468-2553.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget.

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