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Black Friday in North Conway NH

It's Official! Black Friday in North Conway, NH has begun... North Conway NH Black FridayI thought I would strike out and take advantage of all the great North Conway outlet shop "early bird sales" but apparently 6:00 AM was not early enough! The stores were packed and traffic was as heavy as any mid-day weekend traffic. Some people arrived as early as 4:30 to "camp out" in front of the store before the opened! I know the media keeps telling us that retail shopping is expected to be down this year but it sure has not seemed like that in our area. Perhaps it is is the tax free shopping or the quintessential New England experience of North Conway Village but shoppers continue to flock to the area. If you are planning to visit the North Conway area this weekend you will find plenty of activities and shopping discounts to enjoy! Below is the calendar of events for this weekend-Nov 28th thru the 30th.LL Bean North Conway NH, Settlers Crossing Friday, November 28 Holiday Express. Santas Holiday Express trains department from Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway depart beginning at 11:30 a.m. (one hour and 45 minutes roundtrip to Bartlett). There also will be departures at 1:30 p.m. to Conway (one hour roundtrip). For more information on Santas Holiday Express call the Conway Scenic Railroad at 356-5251 or visit www.conwayscenic.com. Christmas Spirit Open House. The annual Christmas spirit open house takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. in Wolfeboro. The event is hosted by numerous Wolfeboro businesses and shops to benefit L.I.F.E. Ministries Food Pantry. Many of the participating shops and businesses will have special offers or discounts when you donate food items or make a monetary contribution to the food pantry during the open house. Performing throughout the downtown will be The Dickens Singers of the Lakes Region Opera Company. For more information visit www.wolfeborochamber.com or call 569-2200. Alumni Hockey Game. Kingswood Regional High School is presenting the second annual alumni hockey game at 7 p.m. at the Pop Whalen Arena in Wolfeboro. There will be a 50/50 raffle. Art Exhibition. Artists Peter and Joyce Blue are opening The BluezArtz Studio at 187 Brownfield Road in Snowville (Eaton) to the public for an exhibition Thanksgiving weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The Blues present an eclectic and entertaining show of painting, sculpture, miniatures and restored dollhouses. This year will also include Joyce Blue's new book "Summers on Foss: Journals of Nella Braddy Henney." For more information call 447-8472. Saturday, November 29 Holiday Craft Fair. The Josiah Bartlett Elementary School gym is hosting a holiday craft fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be crafters, a children's shopping area and a luncheon. For more information call the Bartlett Recreation Department at 374-1952. 'Children of Winter' Film Screening. Mount Washington Resort is presenting "Jeep Presents Warren Millers Children of Winter" from 7 to 9 p.m. at Slopeside Pub in Bretton Woods. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. For each ticket purchased, you receive five raffle tickets for prizes to be awarded during the screening. Ten additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5. Purchase tickets at the door or online at www.mountwashingtonresort.com. Holiday Music Concert. The talented Olzerowicz family and the First Christian Church of Freedom choir will entertain with music and songs of the holiday season at 7 p.m. at the Freedom Town Hall. Carolyn Olzerowicz (musical director and producer) with her husband Paul, two daughters, Laura and Sarah, and two sons, Greg and Stephen, have considerable musical experience and talent. Coffee, homemade apple pie and ice cream will follow the concert. Free will donation to benefit the First Christian Church of Freedom. Holiday Craft Fair. Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro is presenting a holiday craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kingswood will open its doors to the public with over 150 crafters from New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. There will also be a cookie walk, chili and cream of broccoli soup, day-care service along with face painting and Santa. All proceeds will benefit the Career and Technical Association and the National Honor Society. Contra Dance. Thanksgiving weekend contra dance is at the Tamworth Town House on Main Street in Tamworth Village next to the Tamworth Inn from 8 to 11 p.m. The caller is Eric Rollnick The sponsor is Tamworth Outing Club. Beginners and families welcome. Wear non-marking shoes. The event benefits ski and baseball programs for Tamworth children. For more information call 323-8023. Holiday Express. Santa Claus is giving the all aboard for Holiday Express trains at Conway Scenic Railroad. Trains depart from the North Conway station beginning at 11:30 a.m. (one hour and 45 minutes roundtrip to Bartlett). There also will be departures at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to Conway (one hour roundtrip). For more information, call 356-5251 or visit www.conwayscenic.com for schedules, fares, and online reservations Great Glen Craft Fair. Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch is hosting the seventh annual Great Glen Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Space is still available for local artisans to displays their wares. Last years event sold out, so vendors should reserve space now. There will be a raffle to benefit the Androscoggin Valley Bill Koch Youth Ski League. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each. Admission to the craft fair is free. The Glen View Caf at the Great Glen Trails will be open for lunch. For more information about the Great Glen Craft Fair contact Mary Power at mary@greatglentrails.com or (603) 466-2333. Art Exhibition. Artists Peter and Joyce Blue are opening The BluezArtz Studio at 187 Brownfield Road in Snowville (Eaton) to the public for an exhibition from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Blues present an eclectic and entertaining show of painting, sculpture, miniatures and restored dollhouses. This year will also include Joyce Blue's new book "Summers on Foss: Journals of Nella Braddy Henney." For more information call 447-8472. Sunday, November 30 Holiday Express. Santa Claus is giving the all aboard for Holiday Express trains at Conway Scenic Railroad. Trains depart from the North Conway station beginning at 11:30 a.m. (one hour and 45 minutes roundtrip to Bartlett). There also will be departures at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to Conway (one hour roundtrip). For more information, call 356-5251 or visit www.conwayscenic.com for schedules, fares, and online reservations. Benefit Concert. The Bridgton Community Center at 15 Depot Street in Bridgton, Maine is holding Jazz You Love, a benefit concert for the Terry Projects Fund at 3 p.m. Favorite standards will be performed by an uncommon group of musicians: Brad Terry, clarinet and whistler; Dan Moore, piano; William Galison, guitar and harmonica; Linda Cooper, vocals. Space is limited, tickets on sale at the Bridgton Community Center. Cost is $25 per person, which includes refreshments. For more information call 647-3116. Christmas Fair

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