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First Night Wolfeboro 2011

First Night Wolfeboro 2011

First Night Wolfeboro 2011

Wolfeboro is the only First Night left in New Hampshire from the original three towns and city that had participated in First Night activities starting in 1999. On Friday, December 31st, First Night Wolfeboro will start at 5:15 with the Mardi Gras-style parade in downtown Wolfeboro, and will end at midnight with fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee.

First Night Wolfeboro 2011

As a lifelong lover of music and also as a resident of Tuftonboro, I have been to these First Night activities the past decade and I can attest to the wonderful quality of the performances presented. Because of my love of playing the guitar and mandolin, I am drawn to the exceptional music of my former string teacher, Seth Austen and his partner Beverly Woods. Their expertise in evoking sounds from a variety of musical styles range from Celtic, Appalachian, to Old Time Music is never to be missed. In the same venue as Austen and Woods, the First Congregational Church on North Main Street, is the amazing husband and wife team of Burke and Surette.  The first time I heard Susie Burkes voice and David Surettes playing of the guitar, mandolin and octave mandolin I was stunned at their musicality as a duo. Susies voice and Davids accompanying of songs which often speak to the heart or are playful and fun will, I believe, make them favorites of yours too. For only ten dollars for a button you get to visit all the performance venues, not only hearing amazing artists perform their music, but can see Wolfeboros Village Players perform, ice sculptures being made, face painting and mask making, an Olde Tyme Magik Show, marionettes, a Celtic Odyssey Contra Dance, and many many more wonderful activities.  Buttons can be purchased at the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce on Railroad Avenue or at all select site locations the evening of December 31st. Dont miss your chance to ring out the old year and ring in the new with an extraordinary event, and have a Happy New Year from Carol and me at Maxfield Real Estate! Just one more reason why living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is so special.

Merry Christmas Music in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

As a music teacher in the Lakes Region, I can appreciate many different perspectives on holiday music. As a Christmas shopper, on the other hand, my sense of aesthetics rankles as much as the next guy over the canned holiday music retailers foist upon us to inspire greater holiday purchasing and boost the holiday spirit. "I Have a Little Dreidel" and "O Hannukah" have had their air time and we've moved solidly into"Santa Claus is coming to Town" and "O Christmas Tree". "Sleigh Ride," by the way, has a great non-denominational appeal. But Tuba Christmas is another animal entirely. In fact, I would wager that tubas were present in the original manger. These magnificent brass wonders have only been excluded from modern crèches because of their size, expense and susceptibility to weather. The lofty subject matter of Christmas carols and holiday melodies paired with the basso profundo of the tuba is a not-to-be-missed combination. The low notes of the all-tuba orchestra have an uncanny way of moving the body and soul. There is something incredibly uplifting about experiencing sacred and secular holiday tunes on such a visceral level, it is not unlike the effect of baroque cathedrals designed specifically to inspire the fear of God through acoustic engineering. Tuba Christmas is a gathering of tuba and euphonium players for the free public performance of holiday music. Tuba Christmas takes place in every state in the US and in some European countries. Though there is another Tuba Christmas concert in New Hampshire in Colebrook this Satrtuday, Tuba Christmas has already graced the Lakes Region.The big brass band played on December 11 at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Wolfeboro, put it in your calendar for next year! I do encourage you to embrace the season by supporting local music throughout the Lakes Region. You'll find it in your schools, concert halls, night clubs, and on the streets. And here: December 17, 2010 Lakes Region Singers' Annual Christmas Concert The 18th annual Lakes Region Singers' Christmas Concert -- 7:30pm at the Gilford Methodist Church on Route 11A.  It is free to the public with complimentary refreshments. December 18, 2010 Classical Christmas Concert & Traditional Carol Sing-along Featuring celebrated musicians; violinist Jeffery Kazukiewicz, flutist Bridget Kazukiewicz & cellist Beth Pearson; and vocalists Rev. Gina Finocchiaro and Marcia Schneider. And the theFirst Congregational Church of Wolfeboro Choir will lead a sing-along of our favorite Christmas Carols -- 7PM on Saturday, Dec. 18th at the First Congregational Church of Wolfeboro! December 19, 2010 Gilford Community Band Concert 50 fine musicians performing a selection of Christmas songs -- 3:00pm at the Gilford High School Auditorium. Merry Christmas!

Thanksgiving in the Lakes Region: Gather Round the dining table and the billiard table

Thanksgiving in the New Hampshire Lakes Region: There's no place like home for the holidays. CNN tells us that 36 million of us will travel 50 or more miles from home during next week's Thanksgiving holiday. Family members drive from all over the country to return home to the Lakes Region. If you lived here, you'd be here by now... Of course the center piece of the holiday is dinner (and football, for some). From baked sweet potatoes with marshmallows to organic free-range turkeys, from parades to wish-bone wishes, traditions and tastes run the gamut. But the gathering place remains pretty consistent in the Lakes Region: the dining room is where the main event is staged. Here are two of my favorite dining rooms among my property listings:

  This Moultonborough dining room is the most heavily trafficked room in the quintessential lake house...the ideal location for Thanksgiving dinner. The house has westerly views which include the Loon Sanctuary.    This Wolfeboro dining room is lovely, and a bit more formal than  the Moultonborough dining room. The home is another terrific lake house. This time on South Wolfeboro Bay, with excellent southern exposure and gorgeous views.

For those of us who love to cook, the fun is preparing the Thanksgiving meal and the worry of hosting friends and family starts after dinner: what to do with a house full of guests in potentially inclement weather. This is where billiards comes into play. Billiards finds its origins in croquet; croquet finds its origins in the games Attila the Hun played with the severed heads of his conquered enemies. In light of the family-oriented character of Thanksgiving and the sometimes delicate nature of family reunions, lets stick with billiards. The dining rooms listed above come with wonderful billiard rooms, hence their presence in this post. Here are the billiard rooms:

   This billiard room is part of the Moutonbourough lake house listed above.  

 

 

 

 

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In Wolfeboro New Hampshire Fences Make Good Neighbors: then and now

The stone wall surrounding this historic Wolfeboro cape on Warren Sands Road may have preceded the 1780 construction of this wonderful home.

In 1780 when this incredible Wolfeboro cape was built, the stone walls surrounding the property served three important roles: keeping the livestock in (and some out); defining property borders; storing the stone harvested from the fields to facilitate the working of the land (why carry a stone any further than you have to?). When Europeans first settled New Hampshire, it was mostly forested, but between mid 1800s and early 1900s the Granite State was nearly clear-cut. Agriculture, wood products, and wood heat ate up acres of timber. The original wide-pine floors and exposed beams in the Warren Sands Road cape shown here are a testament to those forests. Stone became the natural fencing material alternative...and then it became Robert Frost's favorite neighbor. The stone wall Frost refers to in his poem Mending Wall is on the property of his home in Derry, New Hampshire. Similar stone walls can be found all over New Hampshire. Deposited by glaciers and heaved up from the subsoil by centuries of winter frosts, the stones that made up these walls were easy to come by. As most early homes in New Hampshire involved some kind of agricultural activity and many fields had to be cleared, the prevalence of stone walls in this part of the country is not surprising. "That ancient rock was made of minerals that were made from elements that were made from universal mater, that was captured by our solar system during formation of planet Earth. Hence, the story of stone walls begins with the beginning of everything, and ends with the present moment." (from The Stone Wall Initiative) Elements of the Warren Sands cape will connect you with a slightly more recent past: built-in corner cabinets, wainscoting, spiral stairs, two original fireplaces, a three-carriage barn, and 47 acres of fields and woodlands. When the house was built, it was just off a major road connecting Wolfeboro to the seacoast area. The road was abandoned a number of years ago, although Google maps still show it as passable. Legend has it that Carol's great, great, great grandmother was an Abenaki Indian who married a white man named Warren, descended from Gen. Warren of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Late fall is an excellent time to view antique homes in the Lakes Region, especially those with stone walls, as there are no leaves to impair the views. For more on the stone walls of New Hampshire, check out the sources listed below, or contact me and we'll look at them together. The Pictorial History of New England's Stone Walls The Granite Kiss Stone By Stone Mending Wall image credit: Wikipedia
 
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    In Wolfeboro New Hampshire Fences Make Good Neighbors: then and now

    The stone wall surrounding this historic Wolfeboro cape on Warren Sands Road may have preceded the 1780 construction of this wonderful home.

    In 1780 when this incredible Wolfeboro cape was built, the stone walls surrounding the property served three important roles: keeping the livestock in (and some out); defining property borders; storing the stone harvested from the fields to facilitate the working of the land (why carry a stone any further than you have to?). When Europeans first settled New Hampshire, it was mostly forested, but between mid 1800s and early 1900s the Granite State was nearly clear-cut. Agriculture, wood products, and wood heat ate up acres of timber. The original wide-pine floors and exposed beams in the Warren Sands Road cape shown here are a testament to those forests. Stone became the natural fencing material alternative...and then it became Robert Frost's favorite neighbor. The stone wall Frost refers to in his poem Mending Wall is on the property of his home in Derry, New Hampshire. Similar stone walls can be found all over New Hampshire. Deposited by glaciers and heaved up from the subsoil by centuries of winter frosts, the stones that made up these walls were easy to come by. As most early homes in New Hampshire involved some kind of agricultural activity and many fields had to be cleared, the prevalence of stone walls in this part of the country is not surprising. "That ancient rock was made of minerals that were made from elements that were made from universal mater, that was captured by our solar system during formation of planet Earth. Hence, the story of stone walls begins with the beginning of everything, and ends with the present moment." (from The Stone Wall Initiative) Elements of the Warren Sands cape will connect you with a slightly more recent past: built-in corner cabinets, wainscoting, spiral stairs, two original fireplaces, a three-carriage barn, and 47 acres of fields and woodlands. When the house was built, it was just off a major road connecting Wolfeboro to the seacoast area. The road was abandoned a number of years ago, although Google maps still show it as passable. Legend has it that Carol's great, great, great grandmother was an Abenaki Indian who married a white man named Warren, descended from Gen. Warren of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Late fall is an excellent time to view antique homes in the Lakes Region, especially those with stone walls, as there are no leaves to impair the views. For more on the stone walls of New Hampshire, check out the sources listed below, or contact me and we'll look at them together. The Pictorial History of New England's Stone Walls The Granite Kiss Stone By Stone Mending Wall image credit: Wikipedia

    Saving the best for last: Late Season Apples in the Lakes Region

    So many visitors to the Lakes Region love the revered Macintosh apple. A child of hybrid science, the Mac was introduced in the 1870's. A mid-season winner, the Mac is easy to love: a sweet soft flesh, and full of juice. But it's mid-October, late in the apple season, and any self respecting Mac is in the middle of a pie or sauce. Now the sun shines on a new crunchy wonder. empire appleThat miracle is the Empire apple. The Empire ripens to a deep purple color. Orchardists refer to the Empire as "snappy". To me, it is the perfect apple: hard, crunchy, and tart. The Empire is the result of a cross between the Mac and the Red Delicious, but is somehow greater than the sum of its parts. The Empire is known for excellent flavor and "keepability," but they never last long in my house. Another grandson of the Mac is the Macoun. Aromatic and juicy, the Macoun has a great taste. The flesh is firm and many consider it a delicacy. The last of the Macouns are gone by now but the Northern Spy and Crispin are both picking in Mid-October. The Crispin is green, tart, and snappy like the Empire. Its skin develops a blush if left on the tree. The Spy is an old-timer that is becoming somewhat rare. It takes six years for the tree to bear fruit, and after that produces only every other year. Center Harbor MLS 4020617Despite the variety, nothing beats fresh fruit right off the tree. Here are two Lakes Region listings that will bear fruit (though the New Hampshire MLS does not specify apple variety). Apple Tree in Center Harbor, MLS 4020617The family who built this Center Harbor property settled in this area before the Revolutionary War. The 4100 sq ft home and post and beam barn have been restored to many original features. The property includes 17 landscaped acres and a two-hundred-year-old stonewall (the fences that in Frosts poetry, make good neighbors). The property includes fields, apple trees (probably heirloom varieties), peach trees, berries, and an asparagus bed. This historic agricultural property in Meredith was called Sherene Orchard! The property includes 75 acres, suitable for all types of agricultural endeavors. The renovated 39'x33' English barn has 2 hay lofts and over-sized stalls (that could easily be divided) & an attached run-in. The home here at Sherene Orchard is an Antique Cape with 3 bedrooms and many original features including wide pine floors, tin ceilings, & exposed beams.

    I Love Going Back in Time in Melvin Village New Hampshire and You Will Too!

    Driving through Melvin Village in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire on Saturday August 14th, I was thrilled to see the large number of antique and collectable cars and two antique trucks being displayed at the Melvin Garage and the Village Old Car Shop. It was the Tuftonboro Historical Society's annual arts and crafts fair.

    Beautifully Restored Antique Autos Lined Up in Melvin Village

    Melvin Village Satruday August 14th 2010

    Beautifully Restored Antique Autos Lined Up in Melvin Village

    Now I've always loved Melvin Village! The history of this part of Tuftonboro is rich with lore of an old hotel and steamships docking to let off and take on summer folk, as well as the quiet charm of a small New England village on Lake Winnipesaukee. On this absolutely beautiful summer day, I was transported back in time while viewing the restored 1929 Ford Model A Doctors Coup, Model T, Texaco truck, the Checker taxi, Pontiac convertible,66 Thunderbird convertible, and Ford Econoline to name just a few of the many on public view or for sale. Boy do I wish I could buy one!
    Melvin Village Garage

    Beautifully Restored Antique Autos Lined Up in Melvin Village

    Set in between the antique car dealers is one of the best antique shops in the area, Geez Louise. Mindy Jones, the proprietor, is always upbeat and fun to talk with about antiques or anything else that may be of interest. I wandered in to look at the new old items. Mindy was saying how she loves her location. I cant blame her for I love going back in time in Melvin Village New Hampshire and you will too.

    Beautifully Restored Antique Autos Lined Up in Melvin Village

    For real estate information on Melvin Village or anywhere in the Lakes Region, please contact us.

    Beautifully Restored Antique Autos Lined Up in Melvin Village

    The Inns and Outs of Historic Moultonborough Neck and Long Island Estates.

    There are so many reasons why living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is inimitable when compared to many other areas of the country, and why visiting or if so fortunate living here will bring you memories to cherish for a lifetime. An example of one such experience is the recent lecture, lunch, and tour of Moultonborough Neck and Long Island historic inns and estates in Moultonborough, New Hampshire.

    1893 adapted map of Winnipesaukee

    Image from Calvert's Map of the Lakes Region, 1893 (adapted by Eliza Tappe)

    Carol and I were proud to be co-sponsors of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission Community Landmarks Tour on Saturday, August 8th, 2010. The Moultonborough Heritage Commission collaborated with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and setup a 5 property tour on what turned out to be a spectacularly beautiful Lakes Region summer day. More than 275 people participated in the tour and heard a lecture by noted Moultonborough historian, Cristina Ashjian. Ms. Ashjans eloquent speaking style and her deep understanding of the history of this area was appreciated by all that morning. The inns and estates that we toured were the 1874 Long Island Inn, the 1891 Windermere (Lands End) Estate, the 1907 Winnipesaukee Inn (formerly the Roxmont Poultry Farm) on the grounds of Geneva Point Center, the 1900 Kona Farm (Kona Mansion Inn) and the Swallow Boathouse which served the Kona Farm. During the later part of the 19th century and into the early 20th century all these inns and estates were accessed by steamers that traveled Lake Winnipesaukee delivering not only people but cargo, livestock, and the mail.

    Long Island Landing

    Image from Calvert's Map of the Lakes Region, 1893 (adapted by Eliza Tappe)

    As Realtors, who were born and raised in New Hampshire, we take great pride in the history and preservation of all things unique and irreplaceable within our State and particularly in the communities of the Lakes Region where we live and work.  We also know that what is so cherished by us is also what attracts so many to our beautiful area of New Hampshire. If you are looking to visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire or are looking to relocate to this area, please contact us and let us help you find that special property or just share more of why we love living here.

    Image from Calvert's Map of the Lakes Region, 1893 (adapted by Eliza Tappe)

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        First Wolfeboro Trip of Many - New England Vintage Boat Show

        Ms. Lookout here, I am new to the area but not new to traveling the world so Ill be exploring the coolest spots around the Big Lake, be it by land or by sea for you. So join me for my first stop  - this past Saturdays 10th Annual New England Vintage Boat Auction in support of Wolfeboros NH Boat Museum. Saturday morning began stifling hot so at the last minute my best friend and I decided to go by car, instead of by my mint 1967 Starcraft Holiday. (as of yet unnamed) This gave me a chance to feel out Wolfeboro by foot and its public docks for future trips. Once on its Main Street it was difficult not to stop and join the bustling summer crowds, peer into its intriguing stores and the savor its seafood, and other tasty treats, but it was getting late so we just headed straight to the New Hampshire Hampshire Boat Museum.

        New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

        The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

        It turned out that the New Hampshire Boat Museum is two miles down on Center Street from Wolfeboros Public Docks. The ride was distractingly pretty, so just as you think you might have gone down the wrong road the most beautiful hand painted arching façade rises up on the right to greet you. As I parked my vintage 1982 Mercedes I could not but help feel that it barely fit in among these classic boats by Gar Wood, Chris-Craft, Century, Penn Yan, Lyman and Hacker that surrounded us. But this auction wasnt just about boats.
        Gotta Go to the New Hampshire Boat Museum

        The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

        The New Englands Boat Auction is also the Museums largest annual fundraiser. In 1992, antique and boat enthusiasts came together with the goal of preserving the heritage that is unique to New Hampshires Lakes. We were able to take a look around at the nautical items, collectibles and boats provided by donors just before the bidding began. Aside from the luxurious antique boats, there was everything an enthusiast could desire from handmade cast iron mermaids, duck decoys, paintings, port holes, boat hardware, antique nautical books and charts, an array of gorgeous lighthouse and brass anchor lamps and my favorite a Witchery Print and china set.
        Marine Memorabilia

        The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

        The Auctions Master of Ceremonies, Peter Coccolo looked cool throughout the pressure of the mounting bids in his crisp white shirt and khaki pants while the rest of us melted under the large tent. My favorite part of the day was when a beautiful 1928 22 Chris-Craft Cadet named Morning Star from Long Island came up for the bidding. 
        New Hampshire Boat Museum

        The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

         Couldnt you just imagine yourself riding in it with the wind blowing against your cheeks on the Big Lake? I sure did. After the show, I caught up with Peter Coccolo and one of the auctions organizers. Mr. Coccolo said the auctions attendance was great and was an overall success throughout the day despite the heat. Bruce MacLlellan, one of the organizers said the auction is just one of the many amazing things about Wolfeboro. When I asked him, why someone new like me should keep coming back he said, Diversification Wolfeboro has the Craft Fair, our New England Vintage Auction, and so much more.
        Members of the committee for the boat museum

        The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

        The day was still young and humid so we headed back towards Main Street. The various delicious smells were calling my name but we headed towards the public docks first. A sign reminds us of Wolfeboros place in history as a summer resort. The boat traffic was busy but consistently moving and if you dont have a boat no worries. Theres the Millie B and the Winnipesaukee Belle at your service to take you around the Big Lake. The great day ended with a delicious raspberry smoothie and a strawberry crepe from Oh, La, La Crepes! and a resolution to come back by boat.  The blog and photos are by Maria Diaz of Ashland, New Hampshire
        Wolfeboro Bay

        The entrance to the New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro

        How sweet is this life? Youre a 6-year-old boy. You live in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. And its summer.

        Lets look at your assets. Youve made it through the highs and lows of Kindergarten at Tuftonboro Central School: the thrilling daily rides on the big bus, the snack time surprises from Grandma (homemade cookies!) and disasters from Mom (carrots??), the forgotten library books, the moment you shined with pride because your teacher let you play Martin Luther King in the class playBeing in school has changed you and helped you grow in so many great ways. But the really great thing about being a Big Kid now is you truly, truly appreciate SUMMER VACATION! Living in Tuftonboro, of course, the most important place in the summer is Nineteen Mile Bay. Sure, you went there lots of times when you were younger. The kids were always nice and it was always pretty fun. But now now that you are a Big Kid, its a whole new ball game.

        swimming lessons at 19 Mile Bay

        Swimming lessons at 19 Mile Bay in Tuftonboro include kicking hard and keeping your head above water

        First of all, there are swimming lessons. Mom finally signed you up this year. You didnt really want her to because going under the water is on your Top 10 List of Things Not to Ever EVER Do. But when she told you that you could never be a camper at William Lawrence Camp (where Dad works) if you didnt know how to swim at least a little you said okay. And boy, are you glad you did! Eric, hes the teacher, is so cool. Hes probably even taller than your dad even though hes like a hundred years younger. He knows all about Star Wars and lets you talk to him about it before lessons if theres time. Eric understands that youre kind of anxious about the water and always does a Pinky Swear that he wont let you go under when you are practicing floating on your back or jumping off the dock. Hes also full of high fives when you try something new, even if you arent exactly perfect at it right away. It took about 4 lessons but you figured out that it was safe and easier to hold the kickboard away from your body and suddenly you were swimming like crazy! The other 2 kids in your swimming class also go to Tuftonboro School but they are going into 2nd grade. Its fun to get to know them, even though they are girls. You suppose they cant really help that about themselves. You dont like to talk about it but both of them are better at swimming than you are so sometimes you watch what they are doing to get an idea of what youre supposed to be doing. Mom loves these swimming lessons, too, because even your 4-year-old brother is signed up. Hes getting better and better every day, but not as good as you. The lessons are for the whole month of July, 4 days a week and it only cost Mom $30 per kid. To you that could buy a lot of Star Wars Legos but she still talks about what an amazing bargain it is.

        Swimming lessons at 19 Mile Bay in Tuftonboro include kicking hard and keeping your head above water

        When lessons are over, you get to play with your friends. And, man, are there a lot of friends to play with! It seems like the whole Kindergarten class is here on some days! Actually, for one afternoon birthday party youre pretty sure the whole class WAS there! Since the water is shallow and pretty warm, all of you have lots of room to play safely in the water and on the sand. Sometimes you and your buddies will just dig a hole and see how deep you can get. Sometimes you will make a canal or a moat surrounding a castle. In the water you can borrow each others noodles or goggles or tubes. (Mom always makes you to ask and use your manners but you know its okay because everybody does it all the time!) The docks that are out deeper are way above your head but not above Moms. Thats really cool because she can take you out there and you can jump off to her and get her really soaked. The bigger kids do most of their swimming lessons way out there in the lanes and the Tuftonboro Torpedoes swim team even holds races there. Sometimes you see adults swimming laps for exercise there, too, but you cant figure out why anyone would want to do that when there is splashing and jumping to be done. Your buddies may have brought a Frisbee or a wiffle ball to play with. The grassy area next to the pavilion is a great place for that. With any luck, Coles dad will be there to pitch because try as she might, Mom is not very good at finding anybodys strike zone. Even when its super hot and sticky outside, its always a bit cooler and theres always a good breeze at Nineteen Mile Bay. This doesnt stop Mom, of course, from insisting that you take a break from the sun and water under the pavilion sometimes. Lots of times Mary Ann shes the lady in charge, you guess - is training new lifeguards there. You sit at one of the picnic tables and drink your water and tolerate another layer of sunscreen being applied but soon, youre ready to play again.
        The beach and the rafts are empty at 19 Mile Bay, Tuftonboror

        Swimming lessons at 19 Mile Bay in Tuftonboro include kicking hard and keeping your head above water

        Eventually, though, Mom gives you the 5-minute warning and its almost time to go. You gather up your stuff and start to dry off. Its such a short ride back to the house you dont worry about getting changed or even putting on your shoes. Even Mom is relaxed about these details. Some kids would be grumpy at this point, being dragged away from the fun. Not you though. You know that youll be back again probably tomorrow to relive these great times that you can only truly appreciate when Youre a 6-year-old boy. You live in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. And its summer. = Post written by Phoebe VanScoy-Giessler [pheebzmail@roadrunner.com]

        Jefferson Airplane can help you find yourself in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

        Sunset on Lake Winnipesaukee

        A beautiful sunset looking across Lake Winnipesaukee from Tuftonboro Neck

        When I look out through the windows of my house in Tuftonboro I can see the stone walls used during the 19th century to keep in pasture sheep and which were constructed with rocks left by the retreating Laurentide ice sheet 22,000 years ago, large shag bark hickory trees, views of the Broads the widest part of Lake Winnipesaukee, Rattlesnake and Diamond Islands in Alton, and the Belknap Mountains from Mount Major to Gunstock in Gilford.
        Our cat traveling our many stone walls on Tuftonboro Neck

        A beautiful sunset looking across Lake Winnipesaukee from Tuftonboro Neck

        It is a view that I never take for granted as I have been blessed to live in two amazing places as an adult, Jamestown Rhode Island, and Tuftonboro in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Having spent a significant amount of my life in music, I almost always have some style of music playing in the background. As a quick aside, last night I had the opportunity to hear Keb Mo at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownsfield, Maine. The arts center is less than 1 hour from Lake Winnipesaukee. It was a tremendous concert as are all the shows Ive seen at Stone Mountain. Today as I write this blog and as I look out my window to the west, I have been playing Jefferson Airplanes Surrealistic Pillow.
        Jefferson Airplaine's 2nd Album

        A beautiful sunset looking across Lake Winnipesaukee from Tuftonboro Neck

        I have the original album that I bought in 1967 when it was issued. This, their second album is rich with incredible songs, but the song whose lyrics have most often affected me when hearing them is Comin Back to Me.  As one who loves being outdoors and I admit is a bit of a romantic, two of the stanzas, Strolling the hills overlooking the shore, I realize I've been here before, along with the haunting recorder solo intertwined with the voice of vocalist Marty Balin makes me think of the many miles that I have wandered Tuftonboro Neck and though the topography never changes there are always changes in the seasons and what accompanies those seasons in light, temperature, and how all living things adapt and change as the seasons dictate. Other lyrics of this song can bring images that do intertwine with my feelings about where I live as well as with who I live with. The summer had inhaled and held its breath too long. The winter looked the same, as if it never had gone, and One begins to read between the pages of a book, The shape of sleepy music, and suddenly you're hooked, Through the rain upon the trees, that kisses on the run. If you also have a song or songs that has enriched or impacts your life in some way when you hear it played, please consider sharing the title(s) and the story behind the song. If you are intrigued with life here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire than contact us today