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Talk of the Towns

September 26, 2013

Every week I write a “Talk of the Towns” column about Waterville Valley for our local newspaper, The Record Enterprise.  Local correspondents from the greater Plymouth region share their towns’ news, activities and events in the paper which is published every Thursday.

Waterville Valley Talk of the Towns

I’m a big believer in the importance of local newspapers and the complex role they play in the civic life of our communities.  I encourage you to pick-up a copy of The Record Enterprise every Thursday, or – better yet – subscribe to either the print or online publication.

In the event you’re unable to buy or subscribe to The Record Enterprise, I’ve decided to start sharing my weekly “Talk of the Towns” column right here on my blog every Thursday morning.  Some of the news tidbits may duplicate other blog posts I write, but “Talk of the Towns” offers a concise compilation of what’s happening in Waterville Valley…and, hopefully, you’ll find it helpful!

Here’s the Sept. 26th column…

Bus Ride to see David Wilcox

Waterville Valley Recreation Department is offering a bus ride to see singer and songwriter David Wilcox at Plymouth State University on Friday, Sept. 27.  The bus will depart for the show from the Rec. Dept. at 7 p.m.  Call 535-2787 to purchase tickets to the performance. The bus ride costs just $5 and is payable at the Rec. Dept.  Call 236-4695 to sign-up for the bus ride.

Trails Day

Join WVAIA, Waterville Valley’s outdoors club, for its final Trails Day of the 2013 season this Saturday, Sept. 28.   WVAIA volunteers will work on various segments of the Welch-Dickey Loop and can use help doing everything from light trimming to heavier tasks.  If you can hike and do backyard work, you can contribute to trail maintenance.   Meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the gazebo in Town Square to carpool to the trailhead (or meet at the trailhead).  Plan on working until lunch time, then hike out and enjoy lunch on the trail. Bring lots of water, snacks, and lunch.

Storytelling Festival

The White Mountain Storytelling Festival returns to Town Square this weekend, Sept. 27-29.  The festival features more than a dozen experienced storytellers sharing stories for all ages.   International storyteller, Motoko, is the featured teller and headlines the festival on Saturday evening, Sept. 28, with a show from 7:30-9 p.m.  The festival closes with Sacred Stories on Sunday morning. Learn more online and purchase tickets at

Finale in the Valley

Seventeen area high school cross country athletes will participate in the Finale in the Valley race in Waterville Valley on Friday, Sept. 27 starting at 4 p.m. on Packard Field and finishing in the heart of Town Square.  Shops will be open and vendors will be in the courtyard to serve up tasty specials during the event.  Course walk through will begin at 3 p.m. with the boys race starting at 4 p.m. followed by the girls at 4:45.  Awards will be presented after the girl’s race in Town Square.

Chili Challenge & Brew Fest

Waterville Valley area restaurants will compete for the title of the best chili champion at the 15th annual Chili Challenge and Brew Fest on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Town Square. All are invited to sample the chili for a fee of $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under; then vote for your favorite chili.  Enjoy a free live concert with the Uncle Steve Band in the Town Square courtyard from 12-3 p.m. and a brew tent featuring fall beers from area breweries.

Weekly Yoga Classes

Join lifelong educator Belinda Phillips for weekly yoga classes at the Rey Center beginning Friday, Sept. 27 at 9:30 a.m.  The class is being offered free of charge to Waterville Valley residents, $5 per property owner, and $10 per guest.  A minimum of two participants are required for each class, so please pre-register by contacting the Waterville Valley Recreation Department at 236-4695.

Fryeburg Fair

Join the Recreation Department for their annual trip to the Fryeburg Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 1 (which is also Senior Day at the Fair; ages 65+ are admitted to the fair free of charge!).  The bus will depart from the Rec. Dept. at 7:30 a.m. and costs just $10 for the roundtrip.  Sign-up at the Rec. Dept. or call 236-4695.

T’ai Chi

Instructor Darcy Cushing is offering weekly T’ai Chi Ch’uan sessions at the Recreation Department on Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 1.  Learn more by calling 236-4695.

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 to sign-up or for more information.

After School Antics

Children in kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to participate in After School Antics at the Recreation Department on Mondays through Fridays from 2:45-5 p.m.  Special classes and clinics, such as printmaking, mystery CSI, wilderness survivor and archery are offered on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and require pre-registration.  Contact the Rec. Dept. to learn more at 236-4695.

Ski & Snowboard Swap

Mark your calendar for the annual WVBBTS Snowsports Club Ski & Snowboard Swap on Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 12 & 13 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  This is your chance to sell your used equipment or buy gently used/new gear for the 2013/14 season.

Teeter TOTers

The Recreation Department hosts a weekly parent/child playgroup, Teeter TOTers, for ages 5 and under on Thursday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  The weekly schedule and price varies.  Enjoy Tumbling Tots on Oct. 3 with mats, balance beam, cargo net, rope swing and more.  Bring water, snacks and appropriate clothes for the activities.

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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