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Valley Voice: Not so slow season anymore?

By Tom Eastman
REMEMBER WHEN APRIL USED TO BE A TIME when anyone who could afford it, headed south out of the valley?
Those who can, still do, as Florida is not hurting for vacationing visitors. But what's changed in recent years is that instead of heading south, more and more visitors from southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts have come north to the valley for April vacation week.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 05:45

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Great spring skiing — and great music

4-11-14-valley-voice-erik-rayOriginally from Montana, Erik Ray Gustafson (above) of Tamworth played at Wildcat Mountain's Blues and Brunch series Sunday morning, April 6. Ray placed eighth at the International Blues Festival in Memphis, Tenn., this past winter. He will play at the Chequers Villa April 11. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)IT WAS A WEEK OF great performances, both in terms of local music and fine spring skiing weather.

On the musical side of things, a treasured highlight of the past week was the splendid performance Saturday evening, April 5, at First Church of Christ, Congregational on Main Street in North Conway by 99-year-old classical pianist Dr. Frank Glazer, who performed before an audience of 100 on the church's beautifully restored Knabe grand piano.

Among the works performed were Sonata in E minor, Hob. XVI/34 by Haydn, Phantasie, Op. 77 by Beethoven, as well as works by Samuel Barber, and Franz Liszt.

“I'm so glad you came tonight,” classical music enthusiast Carl Lindblade said to me during the intermission. He said that Frank studied under someone, who studied under someone, who studied under … Beethoven! “So this really is a direct link back to Beethoven; we are hearing the music as he would have performed it!” enthused Carl.

Beethoven lived from 1770 to 1827. That struck me as incredibly cool to know that the great composer lived just three lifetimes ago, and here we were, listening to his music being superbly performed by the white-haired Glazer on the church's Knabe grand piano.

Born on Feb. 19, 1915 in the township of Chester, Wis., Glazer is an American pianist, composer, and professor of music. He served in the U. S. Army as an interpreter from 1943 to 1945 in Germany and France. After the war he embarked upon an effort to analyze the most efficient way to create sound. Glazer believes this study is why he has remained able to play successfully into his 90s, when hand problems have forced many younger pianists out of the profession.

He performed three encores Saturday night. For the first two, he sure-footedly made his way to the edge of the church, accompanied by First Church of Christ Congregational organist Floyd Corson. Acknowledging the audience and their applause, both times, he turned around upon reaching the wall and made the 12 steps or so back to to the piano. For the third encore, however, showing his wisdom and penchant for efficiency, he walked only three paces, turned around, and returned to the piano.

It just showed that when you're 99, you've got to pace yourself! Something for all of us to remember, should we ever be so lucky!

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24 HOURS: After that stimulating performance, I headed over to the White Mountain Hotel and Resort, where Mountain Top Music was presenting its fourth annual 24 Hours of Music Extravaganza (the second time it has been held at the White Mountain Hotel).

I ran into hotel proprietors Gary Sullivan, who was just back from tour guiding in Ireland, his wife Carol; Gino and Beth Funicella and many others were there when I stopped in. I caught Al Hospers' gig, and also checked out the silent auction.

Although final figures are not yet in, Judy Kennedy offered the following report: “It was a HUGE success and great fun. Some 50 performers — students, faculty, professionals — participated and it was music nonstop from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday.  We raised well north of $10,000 to support our students. Your readers can check it out on Valley Vision when they replay it in the weeks to come.”
Valley Vision was able to broadcast it live on Ch. 3 at that, thanks to the efforts of cameraman Frank Benesh.
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BLUES: On Sunday morning, it was time for more music, as bluesman Erik Ray Gustafson (formerly of Montana, and now of Tamworth)  performed at Wildcat Mountain's latest Blues and Brunch series.

An occasional Wildcat Tavern Hoot Night performer, Erik won last November's Granite State Blues Challenge, and placed in the Top 8 of the 30th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., this past winterHe competed against 101 entrants in the “solo/duo” category.

There at the Wildcat Pub Sunday morning, and attired in his trademark Montana cowboy hat, Erik played guitar and harmonica, while also accompanying himself on percussion. He had a very catchy blues set list and even did a nice version of Bob Dylan's classic and quite long 1975 song, “Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts.”
“It's 16 verses, but all I remembered were 14. I hope that was OK,” laughed Erik during a break.
If you'd like to hear that song (maybe with all 16 verses), be sure to check out Erik when he performs  Friday night, April 11, at Chequers Villa in Tamworth.
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BLUES, BRUNCH - AND SKIING: The blues brunch, by the way, was excellent, featuring bacon, an omelet station, and sausages. After that, it was off to the sunny spring ski slopes to take some runs down the sugary Polecat, Catapult, Bobcat and Cheetah Trails.
Then, just to say I did, I headed down to Cranmore Sunday afternoon to ski the mashed potatoes on the last day of the season for North Conway's in-town resort. There, a crowd on the deck cheered as young Merrick Iacozili one-skied his way down the sun-splashed North Slope, maintaining hi balance with style to finish the season at Cranmore on a high note.

All that followed taking some runs at Attitash last Friday, where conditions were also superb. Attitash and Cranmore both closed Sunday, April 6, but the ski season continues locally at Wildcat (“The King of Spring”), Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, and Bear Notch Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center.
Some locals — including the ever-tanned Becky Armstrong of the Mountain Mamas — headed north to Sugarloaf to take in the spring sun and snow.  Others, such as Ben Miller and Greg Tsoules of Jackson's Pigs on the Hill of old, headed up to ski Tuck's.

Friends of Tuckerman Ravine, by the way, are presenting the annual Tuckerman Inferno Pentathlon April 12 [see related story, or visit www.friendsoftuckerman.org). The U.S. Forest Service snow rangers on Thursday posted a rating of moderate and low avalanche danger — visit www.mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org for updates.
After the long and cold winter, it's all good, right?
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JAZZ: In other event news, the awesome Portland Jazz Orchestra is coming to Stone Mountain tonight Friday, April 11. The event is sponsored by White Horse Gear of East Conway.
“Afterall,” notes White Horse's Judy Kennedy, “when do we get the chance to see an 18-member Big Band playing all of the great jazz classics from the Ellington, Basie, era,  up close and personal in this dazzling venue?”
The group features Fryeburg Academy graduate and now faculty member Mike Sakash. Mike plays a mean saxaphone. The group is described as Maine's premier jazz ensemble, playing big band classics and original music featuring some of the finest players, composers, and arrangers in the state. Visit http://www.stonemountainartscenter.com or call  1-207-935-7292

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GETTING DOWN WITH LOUDON: Kudos to Kathy Bennett and Thom Perkins of the local duo Bennett and Perkins, as they are to open for Loudon Wainwright III (“Dead Sunk in the Middle of the Road” at Plymouth's Flying Monkey Friday, April 11.
They warmed up for the show by playing at Hoot Night at the Wildcat Tavern this past Tuesday night, a night that was also highlighted by the music of Ann and Phil Ostroski, who accompanied Pedro on mandolin and fiddle.
Visit www.flyingmonkeynh.com or call 536-2551 for further information about Friday night's show.

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EXCHANGE CONCERT: The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center is scheduled to host the annual Fryeburg Academy-Kennett High Exchange Concert April 16 at 7 p.m.
The choirs and symphonic bands of both programs will be featured under the direction of Mimi Rohlfing, Michael Sakash, Holly Fougere, and Dr. Therese Davison. A $5 suggested donation is requested. All proceeds will benefit the music programs of both schools. Call 356-4360 for more information...DINE TO DONATE: Also on the cultural scene, celebrate Tax Day April 15 by dining after 4 p.m. at the 99 Restaurant for the benefit of M&D Productions, notes marketing director Ashley Jean Iwans...DEFINITELY ROCKIN': The always rockin' Simon Crawford and his band packed 'em in at Almost There as usual Friday night. From 4 to 7 p.m., there's no almost about it: it's definitely THE place to be! Among those who got to be there was Dennis O'Neil of Dennis and Davey fame: he didn't have t play that night at May Kelly's as it was closed for the McArdle's Irish vacation...’80s BOOGIE NIGHT: The hot local band, Full Circle, will perform at the Salyards Center Friday, April 11, for White Mountain Waldorf School's annual '80s Boogie Nights auction and dance, beginning at 5:30 p.m...In other local entertainment news, JUG rocked at McGrath's Thursday night.

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS to one and all, including Peter Limmer (4-10) of Limmer Boots, MWV Chamber publicist Marti Mayne (4-11), and Winter Park-loving niece Emily Eastman (4-14).

END OF AN ERA: Did you hear Thursday's announcement that the always sharp and funny Stephen Colbert will be David Letterman's replacement on CBS-TV's “The Late Show” come 2015?

ICE OUT: Good luck to the local team, Ye Olde Devils, who will face-off against 16 other teams entered in this weekend's ninth annual, 17-team Old Man of the Mountains men's ice hockey tourney at the Ham Arena. Action was set to get under way at 6 a.m. Friday, and will continue all weekend, with the finals set for Sunday at approximately 1 p.m. for Division II and 2:15 p.m. for Division I. The tourney is organized by Greg Snow and Steve Blaser, and brings a lot of income to the valley at a slower time of the year.

As the ice comes out Sunday night, we'd also like to salute longtime arena executive director and good guy Darrell Umlah for his dedication to working with others to bring the Ham dream into a reality in 1998, and for his years  of service to the community in running the rink. Thanks, Darrell, and we wish you the best as you move onto new endeavors later this spring.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 05:50

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Spring skiing and 24 hours of MtnTop Music

4-4-14-valley-voice-arlebergKennett High senior Grant Meserve and family friend John Stacy got to ski in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria, former hometown of the late Hannes and Herbert Schneider of Cranmore, the last week in March. Grant, son of late Cranmore ski coach Ian Meserve and Holly Meserve of Conway Town Hall, returned home to celebrate his 18th birthday March 31. The best news is that he can keep on skiing a while yet back home here in the valley, thanks to this season's abundant snowfall. (COURTESY PHOTO)FINALLY APRIL, WHICH not only means it's at long last beginning to look a lot like spring here in this still mostly snow-covered valley, but it's beginning to feel like it, too.

The earth is thawing, and the snow has melted here and there, just as it should be about now. Soon, it will be getting mucky. As my late ski history mentor Dick May, of the now defunct Carter Notch Clarion newspaper of Jackson fame, once wrote in one of his local paper's weather forecasts, “Spring. Followed by muddy footprints.” Ayuh!

SPRING SKIING UPDATE: The spring skiing was fabulously sunny this week at Bretton Woods, Cannon, Attitash and Wildcat. After Friday night's mixed precipitation and rain in the morning Saturday, Accuweather is forecasting sun and some wind for Sunday and highs about 46 degrees, and Monday is also shaping up to be a great day for spring skiing. After more rain on Tuesday (voting day in Conway under SB 2), look for sunny skies, Wednesday through Sunday.

After closing for daily operations March 30, Cranmore is to reopen for one last weekend, April 5 and 6, with special rates — check cranmore.com for the latest.

The sister Peak Resorts of Attitash and Wildcat offered $9 rates on April Fool's Day.

“Wildcat — the ‘King of Spring’ — was definitely the busiest of the two, as they turned out in droves at Wildcat, but we had a great day at Attitash for midweek, too,” said Attitash and Wildcat marketing director Thomas Prindle Thursday, yet another fine day for spring skiing. “We're finally getting a taste of spring with the sunshine and corn snow.”

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 April 2014 07:14

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Cranmore Mountains Meisters wrap up season

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Another great crowd turned out for the awards party for the 2014 Cranmoe Mountain Meisters season at Zip's Pub and Grill at Cranmore Wednesday night — a cold night that felt more like January than March outside, but which was full of warmth, good cheer and camaraderie indoors as MC Danbo Doucet, David Clancy, Doug MacDonald, Eric Styffe and Phil Haynes kept the awards and schwag coming fast and furious for the 200 or so gathered for the end-of-season festivities.

The ghosts of past Meisters gathered there too, joining in with today's Meisters to celebrate the wrap-up on another year of community fun and recreational racing on the sunny slopes of North Conway's in-town resort.

As i watched the proceedings, I paused there at the Eating House to reflect, thinking back about the late Herbert Schneider and late Steve Sherlock, who together co-founded the Meisters program then known as Local Yokel back in 1972. Herbert always said they did it as a way to get the guy pumping gas on Main Street and bartenders and wait staff in the local restaurants to know what was going on up at Cranmore.

It later evolved into Mountain Meisters, and is said toe the largest weekly citizens' recreation race program in the country. It's a great community builder, too, no matter how fast — or slow — you go.

Hats off to The Eaton Boogers, who picked their way to the top (had to say it, sorry!)  with 1456 points, followed by Trail Map Express with 1404 and the Lobster Trap/Rafferty's with 1372.

Members of the Boogers all got new Hurricane Racing vests, the lining of which matched this year's nifty orange-hued Meisters caps which feature logos for PBR and Joe Jones Ski and Sports. They also got tons of other schwag, along with the coveted first-place trophy.

Members of the team include captain Caitlyn Flynn, sister Maggie Flynn, dad Kevin Flynn of the Snowvillage Inn; Ray Gilmore III, Terry MacGillivray of Northeast Snowmobile Rentals, Jess Dipietro, Roy “The Skiing DJ” Prescott of WMWV/Magic 104, Tim Simoneau, Stefan Karnopp (grandson of Eastern Slope Ski School founder Carroll P. Reed, who founded his Eastern Sloe Ski School in Jackson in 1936); Peter Moore of Stan and Dan's, spiritual leader Andy Drummond, Chris Weiss of Crest Chevrolet, King Pine's Andy Mahoney, Ben Frieden and Zach Quinn.

The food by Mike Rennie and his food and beverage staff was great: roast beef, turkey, pasta, and so was the music by Chasing Asia.

In other annual awards:
Jesse E. Lyman IV presented the Jesse E. Lyman III Memorial Downhill trophy to Kelli MacDonald and Hunter Haynes, noting that “Uncle Phil Haynes” had won the trophy a few times in the '80s;
• Jen's Friends Most Runs: Laurel Smith (10) and Tom O'Donnell (16);
• Steve Spofford Memorial Spirit Award: Best Team Attendance by race count/points not in Top 3: Leprechauns;
• Hospitality Award for non-sponsored team with most points not in Top 3 TGIF;
• Business Award for sponsored team with most points not in Top 3: Red Parka Sizzlers.

Division award winners were:
• top female skier: the newly-engaged Chrissy Guptill, Red Parka Pub Sizzlers, 1989 points;
• top male skier: Kevin Hamlin, Delaney's, 1979 points;
• top female snowboarder, Leslie Jones, Knuckledraggers/Intervale Lock and Ski, 4458 points;
• top male snowboarder: Chris Trecarten, Knuckledraggers/Intervale Lock and Ski, 4002 points;
• top female telemarker: Martha Leich, of the 2013 defending champion Mountain Mamas, 4642 points;
• top male snowboarder: Paul Robert, Knuckledraggers/Intervale Lock and Ski, 4359 points.

Master Meister awards by most division points were:
• ski: Doug Goodwin of the Lobster Trap/Rafferty's, 143 points;
• snowboard: Kina Twigg-Smith, Knuckledraggers/Intervale Lock and Ski, 126 points;
• Telemark: Dr. James Glazer, Memorial Hospital Scalpers, 108 points.

The always-spirited Theresa Sires of the Half Fast Racers received the female Racer Chaser Award as the most improved racer in her first year of running the gates, while Leslie Cavarlho of Amsco won for the men.

In the schwag giveaways, which were awarded based on the calling out of people's race pass numbers, Roy “The Skiing DJ” Prescott won the snowboard, but nicely gave it to Cara Rudio of the Mount Washington Observatory who had longed for it. The ever-tanned and lovely Becky Armstrong of the Mountain Mamas won the much-coveted ski chair, even though people were urging Danbo to auction it off. Yours truly, meanwhile, won a ski boot warmer, and Jim Savoie won a helmet, to name but a few of the prizes.

Several restaurant passes were also awarded, including by Rafferty's and by Peter and Michelle Jones of the new Abenaki (formerly the Up Country/Wolverine).

A great night on the old town — with everything wrapped up by 9 p.m. By that time, the wind was howling as I walked back to my car in the Cranmore back lot, listening to the sounds of the SnowCats doing their thing at this late part of the season on the darkened North Slope.

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SKI SEASON: Splash ponds will be held Saturday at Attitash, Black, Bretton Woods, Cranmore and King Pine. Hopefully, it will warm enough a tad for those brave enough to take the frigid plunge!
Black, Cranmore and King Pine are closing for the season March 30, with tons of snow still on the slopes — but Cranmore announced Wednesday that they will re-open for one last weekend Saturday, April 5. Meisters who show their ski passes will get to ski for free Sunday, April 6.
Attitash has Motor Booty Affair March 29 — fan Ginnie Rogers urges one and all get your disco wigs and bling out of the closet for this always outrageous ski entertainment Rite of Spring!
Attitash plans to go to April 6, but is contemplating closing for the following week and reopening for April 11, 12 and 13. Wildcat — The King of Spring — will be going for some time, says marketing director Thomas Prindle.
Bretton Woods is looking at April 21, Patriot's Day, as its final day — stay tuned.
Meanwhile, cross country skiing continues with the finest conditions of the season, but some areas are calling it a season Jackson Ski Touring will close March 30, but will offer selected groomed terrain. King Pine Purity Spring Reserve will close on the 30th, as will Great Glen Outdoors Center. Bretton Woods is looking at an April 6 closing for cross country, and Bear Notch's John Henry Garland says they will no doubt go well into April, perhaps to April vacation week.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAYS to one and all, including (belatedly) local fashion designer Leslie Kane (3-19) and happy happies to all others, including Kathy Bennett and Mary Jane Weigert (3-27), veteran Cranmore ski patroller and ski history recording photographer Drew Phillips (April Fool's Day, April 1)…SPRING THOUGHTS: Reminder: The On The Links Golf League Sign Up is March 31 at the Red Parka Pub or stop into The Center Ice To The Back 9 before the 31st Contact Julie Rivers at 986-1840…Good luck to the defending world-champion Boston Red Sox, who start their season in Baltimore March 31 and host their 114th home opener April 4…OBS TALK: Don't miss Ginger Zee's talk at the Portland Music Hall April 4 as a benefit for the Mount Washington Observatory. Call 356-2137 for the scoop — and think spring!

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 05:38

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Spring arrives — sort of

3-21-14-valley-voice-arnold-blethen-90th-birthdayNorth Conway Rotary member and Cranmore lift corral worker Arnold Blethen was surprised by friends and fellow club members at a 90th birthday party held St. Patrick's Day March 17 at the Stonehurst Manor in North Conway. (RANDY GUIDA PHOTO)By Tom Eastman

HAPPY SPRING, FELLOW VERNAL equinox lovers — heavy snowstorm or not!

It may not have looked like spring, after everyone awoke to the high snowbanks Thursday after Wednesday night's 14- to 15-inch snow storm, but it did warm up when the sun came out on the first day of spring Thursday afternoon.

The Old Village Bakery in North Conway celebrated the first day of spring March 20 by giving away free loaves of bread in a customer appreciation gesture. They ran out by 3:40 p.m. “It was steady all day long,” said proprietor Mark Ross-Parent. “We also did it two years ago. We do it to thank our customers — they come in and support us, day in and day out, so it being the last day of winter and first day of spring, we thought it would be nice to thank them.” He guessed that they went through something like 300 loaves, which is a lot of bread, man!

Meanwhile, back to the snow: Storm totals were 14 inches in Bartlett and Tamworth; 14 inches at Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch; 12 inches in Jackson, 13.5 inches in Madison, and 13 inches in Center Sandwich. Jackson Ski Touring's blog Thursday said we're not done yet, spring skiing lovers: more snow is forecast for Saturday and again on Tuesday.

Local weather observer Ed Bergeron said North Conway received 14 inches. He notes, that as of March 20, we had received 26 inches of snow for March, compared to the 31-year average of 18 inches. The snow total for the snow year to date is 95.8 inches, compared to the 31-year average of 86.

Because of the weather forecast for more snow Saturday, Black has rescheduled its pond skimming contest for March 29. They will still have a great band from Boston, High Attitude, there with a beer promo this Saturday, however.
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CHAMBER AFTER HOURS: We caught up with the just-back-from-skiing Alta and Snowbird powda Thomas Prindle, of Attitash, and girlfriend Jane at this month's MWV Chamber After Hours, held at the Grand Summit Hotel at Attitash Tuesday afternoon. Moat Mountain's Sarah Bates had four kinds of local beer on tap and for samples, and they were all great, especially the blueberry and the Matilda.

Tom and Jane had just skinned their way to the Gulf of Slides and had skied out in time for the well-attended meeting, which was highlighted by musical entertainment performed by Audley Williams and Nancy Ray. They even threw in an Irish tune or two, in honor of St. Patrick's, which was celebrated throughout the land the day before.

“We played at 302 West after the Fryeburg St. Patty's Day parade,” said Nancy during a break at the Grand Summit activities. How was the Fryeburg parade, she was asked? “Small — but cute. And everyone was into it!”
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ARNOLD'S 90TH: Friends/fellow Rotarians turned out in force for Sir Arnold Blethen's rescheduled surprise 90th birthday party, held on St. Patty's Monday night at the Stonehurst. It had been rescheduled from the previous Wednesday due to — you guessed it — that night's snowstorm. Yep, another one!

Arnold was definitely surprised, notes Rotary president Kelly Drew.

“People arrived full of enthusiasm knowing that Arnie had NO CLUE about what was in store for him … at least initially! Arriving early as usual, we tried to block his view from the door so he wouldn’t see his family and outside friends including former district governors, but true to form, Arnie needed to see and stayed by the bar entrance facing the main door of the Stonehurst. You could tell he didn’t want to miss a thing and when the number of people kept coming, you could tell he knew something was up. As a matter of fact, he took me aside and asked before we went to the dining area if it was more than just a meeting. I tried with my best poker face to dismiss his thoughts, but knew when he saw his family, the gig was up,” said Kelly about Arnold, who can be found most weekends, manning the lift line at the Skimobile Express quad chair at Cranmore, always with a smile on his face.

Many will recall that Arnold was selected as the guest conductor at Arts Jubilee's pops concert two summers ago — just a year after yours truly received the same honor. Definitely a once-in-a-lifetime deal to be treasured always!
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SPRING AT LAST? Regardless of all the snow, spring sports is scheduled to start Monday at Kennett High and Fryeburg Academy Monday. Guess that's what they build indoor gyms for, right? Meanwhile, somewhere to the south, people are playing golf … And baseball … outside!

BASEBALL: The Shannon Door's Tessie and Tommy Mulkern, for example, called this week from sunny Florida, to say they were going to go see Jeff “The Redstone Rocket” Locke Wednesday night in Fort Myers, as Jeff's Pirates were playing the BoSox. The Pirates won, 4-2. Jeff did not pitch but he and the Mulkerns got together…GOLF: On The Links Golf League Sign Up is March 31, notes Julie Rivers. Stop by the Red Parka Pub or The Center Ice To The Back 9 before the 31st. Cost is $195 per person. It's open to teams of five players; space is limited. The 10-week season is to begin in early May — or, as soon as the snow melts, which at this point, could be … July 4?!? Just kidding. Call Julie at 986-1840 for further information…Speaking of golf, our former golf columnist here at The Sun, Sean Fitzpatrick, is featured as one of the 16 golfers shown with beautiful swings in a Titleist ad that is in the current issues of golf magazines, proud dad John Fitzpatrick stopped by to tell us. Sean is now living on the Cape…EVEREST: Off to Everest is local climber and videographer Thom Pollard of Eyes Open Productions. “I leave for Nepal on Friday, March 21, to film a documentary with a remarkable man, Jim Geiger, 68 years old, from Sacramento, Calif. If you shake his hand and you won't be thinking it's the hand of a 68-year old. Jim is the real deal,” notes Thom, who was there with a Nova crew when they found pioneering climber George Mallory's body on Everest in 1999. “Should all things go according to plan, Jim and I will be contacting home this May with news that we've made the top. If Jim summits, he will become the first great grandfather to summit Everest, and along the way become the oldest American to climb the Seven Summits, the highest point on all of the seven continents.” Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPit-tp3Mos for more on Jim...Welcome home from Ireland to Bartlett's poet laureate and playwright, Dan Bianchino...Speaking of the arts, don't miss M&D's open house at Your Theatre from 5 to 7 p.m. March 25...Hoot Night was hot at the Wildcat Tuesday night, with tons of music by many performers, including recent Cold River Radio Show local performer Bobby Sheehan, of Junco...In the continuing series in WMWV's Song of the Year contest live performances, Prism Bomb of the Lakes Region is at Horsefeathers March 21. Visit www.wmwv.com fto vote on all four songs by this year's contenders.
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JEN'S FRIENDS AND MUSIC: The Abenaki will host a benefit for Jen's Friends March 22 from 8 to 11 p.m., featuring the music of Bruce Marshall and the Nor'Easters, with special guest Charlie Farren. Joining them will be local bassist Al Hospers and Craig Bryan Jr. on drums. There will be  $4 cover, with 100 percent going to JF. Sounds like some great music for a great cause!

MEISTERS AND JEN'S FRIENDS: Kudos to all Meisters who donated to Jen's Friends in Week 10 of Cranmore Mountain Meisters racing Wednesday — a total of $1,874 was donated by racers, according to Danbo Doucet. Ray Gilmore (Jr.) was there at the base, helping Dino the Ski Rep to set people up with demos of next year's Rossignol Hero series skis — we tried a slalom pair, and loved them! .Hope Mount Washington Radio Group president Gregg Frizzell has recovered from his nasty wipe-out at Meisters Wednesday!Remember, the end-of-season awards bash is March 26. You'll be able to get your new hats. Live music starts at 4 p.m.; the awards start at 6:30 p.m. Wear your pass.

ATTITASH LEAGUE WRAP: Corey Madden stopped by the studios per usual on Wednesday to give the final wrap on the 2014 Attitash Race League. The series, which held its awards party Tuesday night. He told Roy “The Skiing DJ” Prescott that the league continues to grow, and that a ton of schwag was given away. Kudos to all local racers for their participation in all local leagues at all local mountains.

Great Glen Trails Nordic Meisters, meanwhile, held their end-of-season party last Friday night.

CRANMORE SNOWSPORTS: It was a great turnout for this year's induction of five new members to the Cranmore Snowsports Hall of Fame March 14.

Stefi Reed Hastings saluted her late father Carroll P. Reed (1905-1995) for his pioneering role in local ski school history; and Hall of Fame member Eric Styffe yodeled a bit and praised his late friend Michael Jacobsen for founding the Golden Gliders. He was joined by former Eastern Slope Ski Club president Jim Tuttle in remembering Michael.

Candy Armstrong
welcomed her father, former Cranmore Ski School co-director and 10th Mountain Division veteran Bernie Peters; the late Arthur “Sonny” Lynch was inducted by his three children, Mike and Pat Lynch and Elizabeth Estey; and longtime Cranmore Race Team coach Curt Bartlett was welcomed by Cranmore Snowsports School director and 2013 inductee Karen Dolan.

SKI FOR KIDS: The next night, there was also a great turnout for the Shawn Smith Ski for Kids fund-raiser, featuring Stiff Kitty and Full Circle at the Red Jacket. That was followed by the ski race at Attitash Sunday — a very cold day, but great for skiing.

FIRST SEASON: Tin Mountain's First Season Spring Fest was the usual sellout last Saturday at Fryeburg Academy's Wadsworth Arena, with tons of great auction items and fantastic food. Kudos to Tin Mountain and F.A. staff for yet another hit!

That's all for this week. See you on the ski slopes and touring trails! And, THINK SPRING!

 

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