FRIDAY AFTERNOON’S SHORT SNOW SQUALLS fittingly enough came just a few hours before the start of the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s 49th annual Ski Sale at the North Conway Community Center, which continues today at the center from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Roy “the Skiing DJ” Prescott of WMWV 93.5-FM said he dropped off some of his racing skis Thursday night for the sale as due to his chronic shoulder issues, he has had to give up his racing career but not his skiing passion. As they say, “Old racers don’t die — they just go downhill!

Hard to believe that the sale started by Connie Briggs and others 49 years ago is nearly a half-century old, but it is one of the cherished harbingers of the pending ski season here in the Mount Washington Valley (which was known as the Eastern Slope Region until the early 1960s).

We are one of the original ski centers of North America, and the annual ESSC ski sale proudly celebrates that legacy by raising funds for the ESSC’s Junior Program, which allows upwards of 1,000 local schoolchildren to be able to learn how to ski and enjoy why we all choose to live here in winter.

For more information, go to ESSC on Facebook or go to easternslopeskiclub.org.

In other local ski news, the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s annual Ski Swap and Yard Sale returns Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (The yard sale is a new twist on this year’s sale, according to the jacksonxc.org page). Note: The yard sale is for non-ski equipment.

For more information, call (603) 383-9355.

Wildcat Mountain first fired up its snowmaking guns for the season Nov. 2, when temperatures dropped for the first time this season.

Attitash/Wildcat Director of Marketing Jack Fagone tells us that snowmaking continues with a goal to get top-to-bottom skiing on the Lynx Trail as early as possible. For more, go to skiwildcat.com.

ON THE AQUATIC front, the MWV Habitat for Humanity chapter held its first-ever blue tie gala at the new Living Shores Squarium last Saturday, which then opened to the public Monday.

I reached out to Lauren Hawkins, Story Land and Living Shores’ marketing director (who also sits on the board of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter), and she said the reaction to the new year-round attraction has been strong with continued good attendance expected for this Veterans Day Weekend with many visitors coming to the valley (especially for Settlers’ Green’s 19th annual “Bring a Friend" shopping event, today through Veterans Day).

“The first week of Living Shores has been a success,” reported Lauren. “We have been pleased with our attendance numbers and look forward to a busy holiday weekend. Feedback from those who have been visiting is very positive and everyone is starting to get a feel for normal day to day operation.

“The Sea Your Way Home Gala went great — the turnout was fantastic, and everyone embraced the location and experience. Habitat raised money, guests wined and dined among the sea, and enjoyed interacting with our exhibits.

"Overall, for being our first gala, it was very successful both in terms of Living Shores Aquarium and Habitat for Humanity.”

Hours for the aquarium are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information, go to livingshores.com or call (603) 383-4186.

(Of course, not everyone is ecstatic about the new attraction — James Glover of Raymond wrote a letter to the editor published in Thursday’s Sun in which he said that a” protest against animal exploitation” is set to be held outside the new Glen attraction today from noon to 2 p.m. Stay tuned.)

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN: In other news, the North Conway Rotary Club is presenting its 64th Radio Auction on WMWV 93.5-FM Monday-Thursday, Nov. 11-14, from 6:05 to 8:35 p.m.

If you didn’t see the supplement in Friday’s paper, stop by the office of the Sun at 64 Seavey St. during business hours to pick one up.

Items will also be featured live on Rotary Club North Conway Facebook.

To get your bid number and to place bids, call (603) 356-0042.

All proceeds benefit local and international charities.

This year, they’ll be awarding prizes to the first overbidders (those whose winning bid is over the printed price as seen in the supplement).

Each night has a several specials and there are 10 “Super Specials” for which you can bid all week through Thursday night.

Winning bidders can claim their items at Conway Veterinary Hospital at 296 East Main St. in Conway through Dec. 6.

We salute all of the club members for their civic spirit of making this valley and world a better place. As Rotary’s motto puts it, “Service Above Self.”

CONGRATS TO VITO MARCELLO, of North Conway’s Vito Marcello’s Italian Bistro, who was named Restaurateur of the Year by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association at its 2019 Stars of the Industry Award Dinner this past Monday, held at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Delaney’s Hole-in-the-Wall got one of the five Good Neighbor awards.

AMC OLD HUTMAN REUNION: Regrettably, I was never a “croo” member for the Appalachian Mountain Club, but I have enjoyed telling many AMC stories over the years, so I was very honored to be invited to attend the annual Old Hutman Reunion last Saturday at the Highland Center in Crawford Notch by former resident Barbara Ricker.

It was great to see current and past employees, including Sheldon Perry of Tamworth, Peter Benson of Jackson and Kim Shroeder Steward of White Mountain Oil. It’s a strong tradition of service that is shared by them all.

LOFTY HEIGHTS: Both the VIP dinner and the general admission tickets sold out in rapid fashion for this past Friday night’s “Everest: ’91 to ’19” presentation by local climbers Rick Wilcox (leader of the 1991 New England Everest Expedition, which put four of eight climbers on the summit), Thom Pollard (who filmed 1924 Everest pioneer George Mallory’s body for a Nova expedition in 1999 and who climbed Everest in 2016) and New York Times best-selling author and esteemed climbing guide Mark Synnott at Theater in the Wood in Intervale as a benefit for the Mountain Rescue Service.

Nice to see the turnout and to hear the fascinating stories of the uncrowded Everest in ’91 versus the crowds of ’19.

IN HAPPY BIRTHDAYS THIS week, we salute one and all, including: Kathy Walsh Black (today); local cooperative weather observer Ed Bergeron, former Blend bassist Ken Holt and nurse Ben Miller (11-10), Nancy Grant Bartlett, Scot Henley, Dave Gregory and Chris Cavallo (11-11); Jen’s Friends’ Erik Chandler, Sunrise Shack’s Fred Nemeth and apres ski enthusiast Ginny Rogers (11-12); Diana Cataldo and Realtor Karl Seibel (11-13); Kristen McGonigle Snowdon (11-14); and New England Ski Museum downhill diva Vicki Johnson MacDougall and community volunteer Gordon Wood (11-15).

GO, KENNETT EAGLES! Best of luck to the Kennett High Eagles in the playoffs as they host Hollis-Brookline at home at 1 p.m. today at Millen Stadium. See you there!

BLUES SUNDAY: Don't miss Memphis Lightning at the Red Parka Pub's Blues Sunday Nov. 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. This ought to be wicked good!

HAPPY VETERANS DAY! Following the Post 95 parade Monday down North Conway's Main Street at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, see you in the park for the ceremonies, followed by a luncheon for the public and veterans at Legion Post 46 in Conway. We salute and thank all veterans for their service!

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