Member Spotlight: Thayers Inn

In the early 1840’s Henry L. Thayer was a successful Littleton merchant in the early 1840s. He had always dreamed of building a modern hotel with character. Despite warnings of failure, the dream started taking shape in 1843 when he purchased the lot just east of his store. Although the exact year construction began is unknown, sources indicate January 14, 1850 as opening day for “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel.” Thayer’s found success not long after when the railroad came to Littleton in 1852.

Additionally, stagecoaches were owned and operated by Thayer to transport guests between the hotel and the train depot as well as on tours of Franconia and Crawford Notches.

Henry L. “Dad” Thayer and his son Frank operated the hotel into the late 1800’s. In 1984, “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel” became simply “Thayers Inn.”

With its Greek revival architecture and commanding position on Main Street Littleton, the hotel maintains a long history of hosting Presidents, leading politicians, celebrities and other notable dignitaries. Slanted doors and crooked floors add character to the building and is testament to its heritage and post and beam construction. Today the hotel comprises of 35 bedrooms and suites, Grill One Eleven restaurant – serving lunch and dinner, and space for private and corporate events.

Member Spotlight: Kerri Harrington, LAc

Kerri Harrington, LAc is an acupuncturist based in Littleton. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you start your business?
I’ve been nationally licensed since 2001 and have had my NH licensure for 8 years and my business for four. Previously I was licensed in Vermont. My business first opened on Cottage Street and I moved to 32 Main Street about a year ago, just above The Coffee Pot.

Originally I was pre-med in undergrad at Hamilton College, focused on neurobiology and totally geared towards becoming a doctor. Then I joined the Peace Corps and served on the Chinese border ofKazakhstan from 1994 to 96. While there I was introduced to a lot of different ways of healing because they treat things differently. They deal with a lot of chronic conditions at home and use natural healing methods.

 

When I came back and was thinking about med school, something switched and I began looking at other options. I decided to go to California to study acupuncture.

What services do you offer?
I’m an acupuncturist with a larger scope of practice. I offer acupressure, massages, cupping (deep tissue), and moxibustion (fire and herbs).

I see a lot of people as part of their circle of healing. They have their MD, they may see a therapist, and they see me. A lot of things come together to help the situation. It’s truly holistic medicine.

People come to me for pain the most, but I do work with mental health. Asthma, chronic conditions, insomnia.

I can accept insurance.

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem. My husband teaches math at the White Mountain School and I’m the mom to a 12 and 14 year-old.

What do you love about the Littleton area?
Just about everything! I love the community. There’s so much to do, especially in the arts and the music. I’ve been an assistant at the Loading Dock since the beginning. I’m also the guitarist in Not Your Mother and play in a ukulele band called the Mother Pluckers. “Acupuncture by day rock star at night.”

Member Spotlight: State Farm – Lynne Warren

Lynne Warren is a State Farm agent based in Lincoln. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you open your State Farm Agency?

After continuously traveling for nine years for my job, I decided it was time to do something that would allow me to stay closer to home. I had always been an entrepreneur and wanted to do something where I was contributing and participating in the community.

I have friends who have been State Farm agents for years and they love it. And it hits all the marks for me – be in the community, participate in the community, and entrepreneurship. After a year of preparation, my State Farm agency opened September 1, 2017.

State Farm is one of the financially strongest companies (not just insurance companies) in the country. We were #33 on the Fortune 500  for 2017. When you are purchasing insurance – you are buying a promise. I would want to buy that promise from a strong company – so I can rest assured they will be there to deliver on that promise.

What type of insurance do you offer?
-Auto
-Home
-Life
-Short/Long-term disability
-Hospital income
-Liability
-Personal articles
-Business
-A variety of financial services. Visit www.insuredbywarren.com to learn more.

State Farm has been the #1 auto insurer in the U.S. since the 1940’s, the #1 home insurer since the 1960’s, and is the #1 life insurer as well.

Which town do you live in?
Sugar Hill – We absolutely loved the culture, which was hugely different from the small town we came from in Florida.

What do you love about living in the Littleton area?
We love the cohesive community feel that the North Country in general has and Main Street communities like Littleton with a walkable downtown. The change of seasons rather than hot and hotter have also been wonderful.

Tell me about the signpost painting that you are pictured with.
I had a vision of the old hand-painted signpost painting for my office.

With the help of friends, Maxine and Brenda Aldrich, I was able to connect with New Hampshire artist Giselle Thompson. Giselle took my idea and ran with it – to create this beautiful piece you can see hanging in my office. I selected the places for the sign, and she added the local scenery and wildflowers.

Meet Our New Intern: Skylar Carr

Skylar grew up in Lancaster and is a 2017 graduate of White Mountains Regional High School. She is attending Endicott College for Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event Management and a minor in Dance. Continue reading to learn more about Skylar.


Why did you decide to intern at LACC?

While searching for a internship, I realized that a lot of larger hotels and event companies aren’t near me. I had to do a lot of searching and I thought that I was going to end up staying downstate to complete my internship. However, one of my friends at Endicott mentioned that she had done an internship at the Chamber of Commerce in her town and she loved it! She told me that it is a great start for an internship in the Hospitality field, because the Chamber plans events all over the area. As an aspiring event planner, I thought this would be the perfect start to my future as an event planner!


What is your post college dream job?

My dream job after college is to be a wedding planner, but I wouldn’t mind planning other events as well. However, if I decided that event planning wasn’t working out, I would LOVE to work in a luxury hotel!


How do you think your experience with LACC will help you in your career?

I think that my experience at LACC will help me with my career, because I am learning a lot of different aspects of the hospitality industry. From planning events, to marketing, to social media aspects, etc. I feel as though I am learning a lot of great skills sets that are going to be a asset to my future of work. I also believe that being a part of a Chamber, means meeting all the members of the local businesses and networking. This is huge in this industry, because you have to be great with people and willing to put yourself out there.


What do you love about the Littleton Area?

I have lived in Lancaster, NH my whole life, but I frequently come to Littleton! Whether it is to shop, eat, or to visit the river district. I love walking along main street as well and seeing all the local businesses, they are some of my favorite places to shop. Plus, there are endless places to eat here and they are all delicious! The town is just so friendly and there are a lot of places to go and things to see in just one small town. Even with the temperatures lately, you can’t complain about living in the mountains!


What are your favorite hobbies and activities?

Dance is my all time favorite activity. I danced for 11 years at Dance Images and now I am going into my 12th year of dance at Endicott College. I am apart of the Repertory Dance Ensemble at Endicott College. I am excited that I have the opportunity to continuing dancing in college. Aside from dancing, I love to plan events, work with kids, shop, spend time with family and friends, and listen to music.

Dawn D. Bugbee Elected to Board of Directors of Union Bank

 

Morrisville, VT – David S. Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank announced today that, on August 19, 2015 the Board of Directors of Union Bankshares, Inc. appointed Dawn D. Bugbee of South Hero, Vermont to the Board of Directors of Union Bank.“We are excited and honored to have Dawn Bugbee on Union Bank’s Board, stated Silverman.

Dawn’s financial expertise at the corporate level and keen understanding of customer service will be of great value to Union Bank’s board and management team. We look forward to her contributions as Union Bank continues to grow.”

 

Bugbee, a CPA, is currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Green Mountain Power Corporation. Previous positions held include CFO of Northwestern Medical Center of St. Albans, Vermont and serving as Senior Audit Manager for a regional accounting firm. Dawn served on the board of Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Finance Agency for the past ten years. She serves on the Goodwill of Northern New England board. Dawn is married to attorney Jesse Bugbee of Kissane Associates in St. Albans and has four grown children.

 

Pippin and Man of La Mancha Opening at Jean’s Playhouse!

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Heir to the throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness, fulfillment and his own “Corner of the Sky.” He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the un-extraordinary moments that happen every day. Pippin opens on Thursday, July 16 at 7:30 pm at Jean’s Playhouse and will alternate performance dates with Man of La Mancha through August 29. Matinee performances at  2:00 pm will be held on August 5 and 19.

Man of La Mancha is the beloved musical about mad knight Don Quixote’s search for “The Impossible Dream.” Miguel de Cervantes, an author imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition, reenacts the moving story of Don Quixote to win back a package of papers that had been taken from him.  His inspiring and passionate story follows a man on the edge of madness and tells of love and adventures. Man of La Mancha opens on Thursday, July 23 at 7:30 pm at Jean’s Playhouse and will alternate performance dates with Pippin through August 29. Matinee performances at 2:00 pm will be held on July 29, August 12 and August 26.

Jean’s Playhouse is proud to announce a special deal for New Hampshire residents only! Enjoy great Summer Theatre on Fridays this July and August at Jean’s Playhouse and save big if you are a New Hampshire resident simply by showing your New Hampshire driver’s license; that’s right: just show your driver’s license and you can purchase tickets for any FRIDAY EVENING performance of Pippin or Man of La Mancha– for only FIFTEEN DOLLARS! Summer just got a whole lot better… and what better way to spend time with family and friends this summer than enjoying some great theatre in the White Mountains!

Join us for the remainder of our 29th Mainstage season from the award-winning Papermill Theatre Company: Pippin (July 16-Aug 29), Man of La Mancha (July 23-Aug 26), Dames at Sea (Sep 3-Oct 3) and Same Time, Next Year (Oct 8-17). Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $16 for children and students. Jean’s Playhouse is located at 34 Papermill Drive in Lincoln, adjacent to ongoing construction of the Riverwalk at Loon Mountain site off I-93 Exit 32. Visit JeansPlayhouse.com or call 603-745-2141 for more information.

Want to take the family to Jean’s Playhouse?  Join us this summer for hilarious and engaging performances of such beloved stories asArabian Nights, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Pinocchio! IMPACT Children’s Theatre will be at Jean’s Playhouse every Wednesday and Saturday morning until Saturday, August 15. IMPACT Children’s Theatre plays at 10:00 am everyWednesday and Saturday morning on the big stage in Lincoln. Admission is $7.50 for kids and $5.00 for parents. Call 603-745-2141 or visit www.jeansplayhouse.com to purchase tickets!

Door-Slamming Hilarity at Jean’s Playhouse with Lend Me a Tenor

In September 1934 at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, arrives late to appear for his one-night-only performance as Otello.  When he becomes unexpectedly incapacitated, the staff scrambles to find a convincing enough replacement to fool the audience.  When the real Il Stupendo is ready and able to assume his role, events begin to unfold disastrously and hilariously.

Now announcing a special deal for New Hampshire residents only! Enjoy great Summer Theatre this July and August at Jean’s Playhouse and save big if you are a New Hampshire resident simply by showing your New Hampshire driver’s license; that’s right: just show your driver’s license and you can purchase tickets for any performance of Lend Me a Tenor, Pippin or Man of La Mancha– for only FIFTEEN DOLLARS! Summer just got a whole lot better… and what better way to spend time with family and friends this summer than enjoying some great theatre in the White Mountains!

The 29th Mainstage season from the award-winning Papermill Theatre Company is Lend Me a Tenor (July 2-11), Pippin (July 16-Aug 29),Man of La Mancha (July 23-Aug 26), Dames at Sea (Sep 3-Oct 3) and Same Time, Next Year (Oct 8-17). Jean’s Playhouse is located at 34 Papermill Drive in Lincoln, adjacent to ongoing construction of the Riverwalk at Loon Mountain site off I-93 Exit 32. Visit JeansPlayhouse.com or call 603-745-2141 for more information.

Want to take the family to Jean’s Playhouse?  Join us this summer for hilarious and engaging performances of such beloved stories asGoldilocks and the Three Bears, Arabian Nights, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Pinocchio! IMPACT Children’s Theatre debuts at Jean’s Playhouse on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 am and will continue every Wednesday andSaturday morning until Saturday, August 15. IMPACT Children’s Theatre plays at 10:00 am every Wednesday and Saturday morning on the big stage in Lincoln. Admission is $7.50 for kids and $5.00 for parents. Call 603-745-2141 or visit www.jeansplayhouse.com to purchase tickets!

 

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IMPACT Children’s Theatre tour comes home to Lincoln !

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Lincoln, New Hampshire – June 17, 2015 – IMPACT Children’s Theatre tour comes home to Lincoln on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Audiences around the state have fallen in love with the IMPACT Children’s Theatre Company from Jean’s Playhouse!  IMPACT stands for Imagination and Music! Professional Artistry in Children’s Theatre and is the White Mountain’s touring Children’s Theatre company.

IMPACT tours to multiple venues around New Hampshire for eight weeks every summer. At each venue, the company performs a new 40-minute musical every week. These shows, while based around well-known fairy tales, are original works written and choreographed by IMPACT’s talented and aspiring writers and composers. After each performance, the company greets their young audiences for another half-hour, autographing programs and speaking with those who have questions.

Audiences delight in the creative and entertaining music, characters, costumes and sets. As one mother from Concord told us,

“As a parent I can’t say enough wonderful things about the actors your organization chose.  The cast you put together was made up of intelligent and dazzling personalities whom all made this summer so much fun for my son. They have made such a positive impact on his life and created such warm memories. The scripts were a fun twist that kept him on his toes each week and made him read every possible version of the stories to prepare what your organization would have up your sleeve. This was also fun for the adults in the audience.”

Join us this summer for hilarious and engaging performances of such beloved stories as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Arabian Nights, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Pinocchio! IMPACT Children’s Theatre debuts at Jean’s Playhouse on Wednesday, June 24 at 10:00 am and will continue every Wednesday and Saturday morning until Saturday, August 15.IMPACT

Want to take the family to Jean’s Playhouse?  IMPACT Children’s Theatre plays at 10:00 am every Wednesday and Saturday morning on the big stage in Lincoln. Admission is $7.50 for kids and $5.00 for parents. Call 603-745-2141 or visit www.jeansplayhouse.com to purchase tickets!

The Littleton Food Co-op Partners with Littleton Main Street Inc. for the Month of June

lmsfarmersmarketThe Littleton Food Co-op is pleased to name Littleton Main Street, Inc. as their Partner of the Month for the month of June.

Littleton Main Street would not look the way it does today if it wasn’t for Littleton Main Street, Inc. By encouraging business and property owners to pay attention to the physical appearance of their businesses, fostering good customer service, and providing Main Street business with the tools to improve their marketing, Littleton Main Street has helped create a climate of hope and success.

In addition to the collection jars at each cash register, Littleton Main Street, Inc. will receive $1 from every pizza sold on Friday evenings throughout the month of June. You will also have the opportunity to meet and talk to them on Friday June 12th at the Co-op from 4-7pm.

“At the Co-op, and especially through our Partner of the Month program, we endeavor to work together with other area non-profits and build a stronger community,” said Co-op General Manager Ed King. “This year in particular, we are very excited about sponsoring the Littleton Farmers’ Market and running the new EBT, credit, and debit machine every Sunday at the Market.”

Littleton Main Street, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that is managed by a 13-member volunteer board of directors, four committees and one paid staff member.

The four committees include the organization committee which is responsible for overseeing the administration part of the organization, the promotion committee which seeks out new ways to market downtown Littleton, the design committee which pays attention to physical appearances and cares about preserving downtown Littleton and the business development committee whose goal is to help local business thrive and prosper. If you are interested in volunteering on one of these committees, e-mail LMSI@ncia.net for more information about how you can get involved.

The Littleton Food Co-op will be one of the main sponsors for the Littleton Farmers’ Market which is managed by Littleton Main Street, Inc. This summer, customers will be able to use their debit, credit or EBT card to shop at the Farmers’ Market. The Littleton Farmers’ Market starts on Sunday June 7th and will run through Sunday October 11th from 10am-1pm.

Member-owned Littleton Consumer Cooperative Society, Inc. strives to serve the North Country of New Hampshire and Northeast Kingdom of Vermont by providing a broad range of high quality food products, a variety of local and natural items, offered at a fair price, with outstanding service.

Save the date for Food for Change, a film about the history of cooperatives, at the Colonial Theatre on Thursday June 18th. Enjoy free samples at 6:30pm on the porch before the film at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased today at the Co-op for $5.00.

Located at the intersection of Cottage Street and Route 302 (exit 41 off I-93), the Littleton Food Co-op is open daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. All are welcome to shop the Co-op, member or not.

For more information or to become a member, please visit www.littletoncoop.org.

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The Pine Hill Singers’ Spring Benefit Concerts, “March of the Women!”

The Pine Hill Singers will present their annual spring concerts, “March of the Women!”  on June 5th, 7th and 12th. This concert celebrates the many facets of strong women throughout history, and about the audacity and boldness of women speaking out loud.  It’s about formidable women coming of age and dealing with old age; marching as suffragettes; and singing out against slavery, war and famine. It’s also about good (and not so good) ordinary women — housewives, lovers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers standing up for themselves, each other, and their families.

From Madrigals to pop tunes, these concerts include a moving collection of songs rejoicing in the feminine spirit.  The varied program includes Sojourner Truth’s And Ain’t I a Woman, Dame Smyth’s The March of the Women, and Holly Near’s 1000 Grandmothers, – all inspirational songs from women’s rights leaders from the civil war to the 1970’s.  You’ll hear songs about women surviving wars and starvation, and celebrating sisterhood; along with the humorous Sisters by Irving Berlin and the sultry Broadway songs You Don’t Own Me and Whatever Lola Wants.

March of the Women!” will be presented on Friday, June 5th, at 7:00 pm at the Alumni Hall in Haverhill, NH and on Sunday, June 7th, at3:00 pm at the Littleton Opera House, Littleton, NH and on Friday, June 12th, at 7:00 pm at the Sugar Hill Meeting House in Sugar Hill, NH. The Pine Hill Singers are under the musical direction of Judy Abbott and Anita Bonnevie is their pianist.  Admission for all concerts is by donation.

For more than 17 years, the Pine Hill Singers have brought outstanding performances to the local area. Their concerts include a large repertoire from classical to jazz, Broadway to patriotic, and serious to silly. The close knit choral singers from NH and VT meet weekly, and from this weekly sharing of music, they know the personal healing as well as the community outreach in the joy of music. Just after 9/11 the singers began to insert a quote on all their programs attributed to Leonard Bernstein – “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.”    Thus the Pine Hill Singers have established a fund for future musicians. They will be selecting their seventh award recipient in June 2015.

Come celebrate the many faces of the feminine spirit at our spring concert, “March of the Women!”