[caption id="attachment_2576" align="alignright" width="199"]Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones[/caption] Summer is finally upon us, and with several famous artists lined up to play at two of the premier stages in New Hampshire, concert season is shaping up to be a great one in the Lakes Region! The Flying Monkey and Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (formerly Meadowbrook) have booked some big names this year, and their summer concert schedules are solid!

Wine Festival 2015Meredith is gearing up for the event of the year—two fun nights of fabulous food, wine, and music on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee that will showcase wines from around the world, along with fabulous food from local restaurants—all while raising funds for the Veterans Count Program in New Hampshire.

http://millfallsmarketplace.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/MS-Mount-Washington-at-Church-LandingThe trees and lawns are finally green and lush, and the scent of lilacs is in the air! After this weekend, the danger of frost in New Hampshire will be past us. Summer is almost here! The change in weather coincides with a day set aside to honor our fallen heroes, and to mark the occasion, the Lakes Region will be alive with events and celebrations you wont want to miss…

Castle in the CloudsLocals and visitors to the Lakes Region of NH have long enjoyed an amazing treasure that sits high atop the Ossipee Mountain Range in Moultonborough. “Castle in the Clouds” overlooks Lake Winnipesaukee and features breathtaking views, stunning architecture, enchanting artwork, beautiful gardens, and unspoiled natural terrain. The estate has been open to the public during the spring, summer, and fall seasons each year since 1959, and this weekend the Castle is holding its annual opening day and Moultonborough Appreciation Day for its 101st year!

[caption id="attachment_1883" align="alignleft" width="300"]M/S Mount Washington M/S Mount Washington[/caption] Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Celebrate Mom in style this year by taking her to the Lakes Region for her special day. There are some wonderful options for brunch, dinner, cruises, and tours, and hopefully next week the weather will be sunny and warm! Mother’s Day is the often the ultimate spring day in New Hampshire, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of this unique area…

North Shore AcapellaReady to shake off the last remains of winter and welcome spring to the Lakes Region? The Winnipesaukee Playhouse will be doing just that when it starts off its season with a dynamic performance by nationally recognized North Shore Acappella, a top ten finalist out of hundreds of contestants on NBC’s The Sing Off, to benefit a local community mental health center.

[caption id="attachment_2542" align="alignright" width="300"]Meredith Bay on Thursday, April 16 Meredith Bay on Thursday, April 16[/caption] This winter has been an unusually long one, and folks everywhere are itching with Spring Fever. There are various dates, such as Vernal Equinox, Red Sox Opening Day, or the Boston Marathon, that mark the start of spring for some people, but here in New Hampshire, it’s Lake Winnipesaukee that determines the season, and residents in the Lakes Region are now placing bets on when “Ice-Out” will unofficially start spring here.

[caption id="attachment_2536" align="alignright" width="156"]A sampling from Lady of the Lake A sampling from Lady of the Lake[/caption] This little village on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee may be quaint, but it is not entirely old-fashioned! There are many chic shops in Meredith sporting trendy and stylish fashions for locals and visitors alike. Several of these shops will be joining creative forces to present an elegant evening by the Lake with a first-of-its-kind fashion show to benefit Meredith’s 250th Anniversary Celebration!

Great Gatsby PartyJay Gatsby, the fictional character from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby, threw extravagant parties that drew hundreds of people to his waterside mansion on Long Island in the 1920s. In the spirit of those decadent times, Preferred Vacation Rentals is throwing a party at Lake Winnipesaukee to raise funds to help promote the Lakes Region, a beautiful place for a party any time of year! The Great Gatsby Party at the Lake, presented by Preferred Vacation Rentals, will take place next Friday, April 10th, from 6:30 to 11 pm at Church Landing at Mill Falls in Meredith. This annual event, complete with speakeasy, live jazz, and flappers, is sure to bring guests back to the Roaring Twenties.