Saturday, July 20
PADDLE SPORTS DEMO DAY
New Durham Town Beach 10 a.m.-2 PM
Come try out and enjoy a variety of paddle powered craft including canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards .
These environmentally friendly, active, non motorized options are a great way to explore the incredible variety of water bodies in our area.
A fun and free Saturday event!
Saturday, July 20
BIRDWATCHING FOR BEGINNERS AND OTHERS
Birch Ridge Community Forest- 8-11 AM
Moose Mountain Regional Greenways will offer a birdwatching outing at Birch Ridge Community Forest. Although this event will be aimed at beginners, birdwatchers of all levels are welcome to attend. There will also be a brief update on vision, goals and the planning process for the Community Forest, which was permanently conserved last month.
Virginia Long (MMRG staff member and trip leader) says, “It’s always exciting to search for birds in a new place and I enjoy introducing beginning birders to new birds, so I’m looking forward to this event! We’ll explore part of the new Birch Ridge Community Forest and its birdlife. Recent and previous timber cuts on the property mean that we may see some less common bird species that rely on early successional habitat, which has been disappearing from NH as forests have re-grown. Join us as we explore!”
The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is required. For directions and to register, call MMRG Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125 or email email@example.com. Please bring binoculars; a bird guide would also be helpful, and please leave pets at home.
Tuesday, July 30
SEPTIC SENSE-Everything You Need to Know About Your Septic System (And Stormwater Runoff)
Alton Gilman Library- 6:30 PM
Watershed planners believe Merrymeeting Lake is one of the treasures in the State, and find that two factors may be responsible for degrading water quality in the future: storm water runoff and failed septic systems. The CMSC is sponsoring this lecture, and in conjunction with the Lake Winnipesaukee Association is sponsoring two interns from Americorp who will come out at the request of owners to discuss how to address storm water issues on private property. This is a free service for lake residents, and all results are confidential. If you are interested, please contact Fred Quimby at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-859-4280 and leave your name, address and phone number. Interns will be in touch to arrange an appointment at a time convenient to the homeowner.
Saturday, August 3
ICE CREAM SOCIAL
Cove Cottages Meetinghouse 2-4 PM
Come cool off with a refreshing ice cream, compliments of Johnson’s Restaurant.
A nice way to enjoy a free and tasty treat and get acquainted with other families from around the lake.
At the Cove Cottages Meetinghouse, corner of Merrymeeting Road and Powder Mill road.
Sunday, August 11
HISTORY OF NEW DURHAM AND MERRYMEETING LAKE
Cove Cottages Meetinghouse, 10-11 AM
New Durham Town Historian, Cathy Orlowicz, will host an informative and interesting presentation on the history of the town with an emphasis on activities around Merrymeeting Lake.
Did you know there was a gunpowder mill on the lake during the Civil War era? Learn about several dams that were built that increased the size of the lake.
Cathy will address the old controversy on how many lakes originally existed before the dams were built.
Sunday, September 8
HIKING OPPORTUNITIES AROUND THE LAKE
Cove Cottages Meetinghouse 10-11 AM
Learn about summer and winter hiking opportunities in the undeveloped lands in and around the Merrymeeting Lake watershed.
New Durham Residents and local hiking aficionados, Matt Murphy and Jeff Allard, will present on hiking opportunities, wildlife in the watershed, and how to be prepared for hiking in the relatively remote sections of our area.
This topic is of particular interest now that the 2000-acre Birch Ridge Community Forest is now open for public access.