There will be an escape game presentation at the Whitney Community Center in Jackson on Friday, July 21, at 7 p.m. Escape games (also know as escape rooms) are becoming more popular every day. What are escape games? Basically, a fun outing where families and friends find clues, solve puzzles, and explore their inner genius. Keith Force, owner of Hourglass Adventures, will guide an interactive presentation about escape games and the escape room industry. The presentation is free and open to the public.
As part of the Jackson Public Library's summer reading program, don't miss its mid-season extravaganza with Squam Lakes Natural Science Center as they present "Animal Architects" on Wednesday, July 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson Library. This one-hour program features three live wild animal architects and is led by an expert naturalist. While designed with elementary-school aged children in mind, this family-friendly presentation is ideal for audiences of all ages. The program is also free and open to the public.
Come join hundreds of cyclists at Tin Mountain Conservation Center's 16th annual Mount Washington Century Ride on Saturday, July 29, and for the 46th Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb, the biggest annual fundraiser for the Tin Mountain, on Saturday,Aug. 19, (weather date is Aug. 20).
The Mount Washington Century is known as the most challenging, and best supported Century in New England; and, the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb is known as the toughest hillclimb in the world, bragging inclines of 21 percent grades.
Hundreds of cyclists are already preregistered for each event, yet there is still an event bib waiting for both charity bike events. The Hillclimb tops at 625 riders, and the Century remains open for registration including the morning of the event. Tin Mountain Conservation Center has been presenting the Mount Washington Century for the past 16 years with the average number of riders hovering at 250.
Each year, more than 25-30 volunteer members of Tin Mountain staff five aid stations, ride support vehicles, prepare and serve meals, and check-in riders. The 109-mile route traverses four notches, fragrant spruce-fir and majestic northern hardwood forests, across pastoral farm fields, and beside sparkling streams.
The Century Plus route leaves the Albany/Conway area on the Kancamagus Highway, climbs over Bear Notch Road to Bartlett, follows Route 302 through Crawford Notch to Rt 115 in Twin Mountain, along Route 115 to Route 2 past Jefferson Notch and into Gorham before heading south on Rt 16 past the Mt. Washington Auto Road and over Pinkham Notch. From Pinkham Notch the route drops into Glen and back to the Conway area via Route 16 and the scenic West Side Road. The abbreviated, 44- and 88-mile routes also provide scenic rides.
All Century riders are benefitted by aid stations, ham operators, and a bike repair vehicle. Five manned, aid stations are provided for the 109 mile course, three for the 88-mile, and two for the 44-mile. Ham radio operators patrol all routes, as well as a bike repair support vehicle.
The first 325 registered cyclists receive an event T-shirt. A fabulous meal awaits all returning riders at the Tin Mountain Nature Learning Center, where riders can relax and stroll on the 138-acre sanctuary, or tour the beautiful "green" solar, photovoltaic facility. A therapeutic sport massage will be on site.
In the hillclimb, up to 635 elite professional and amateur cyclists will have the chance to cycle their personal best. For those that can break an overall record $5,000 will be the grand prize; and thanks to Cadence Wealth Management, the fastest female and male rider to the 1 mile mark will receive $750. Over 100 volunteers including Ham radio operators and EMTs help make this event possible.
For the privilege of pedaling up the unrelenting grades, cyclists in both the Century Ride and the Hillclimb pay an entry fee and have the opportunity to raise pledges, which in turn supports Tin Mountain's great work promoting an appreciation for the natural world while instilling the bedrock principles of sound stewardship and sustainable lifestyles.
If riders are daring enough to sign up for the Mountain Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb and the Century+, there will be a 50 percent discount coupon that can be applied towards the registration of the Mount Washington Century+.
For more information, and to register, The Tin Mountain homepage provides detailed information about routes, registration, pledge sheets, and other useful information: visit www.tinmountain.org and click under events: Mount Washington Century or Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb. If you are interested in volunteering for both or either events call (603) 447-6991.
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