New Years Eve at the New London Barn Playhouse

Join the New London Barn Playhouse at The Fleming Center for an evening of food, performances, and more counting down the hours to the new year! With entertainment by Alec Michael Ryan, Hannah Hunt, and Cara Rose DiPietro. 

Schedule for the evening:
6-7pm: Drinks and Appetizers
7-8:30pm: Salad and Main Course
7:30-8:30pm: Performances
8:30-9pm: Dessert and Champagne Toast
9:30pm-Midnight: After-party: Live band Karaoke and Piano Bar led by Robbie Cowan & other musicians

88 Main Street, New London NH

For more information and to buy tickets, visit: New London Barn Playhouse

Source: New London Barn Playhouse Website

Shop Local Month

This past Saturday was Small Business Saturday and the first day of Shop Local Month for the Sugar River Region! 

Lake Sunapee Region Chamber, Newport Area Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce have created the Sugar River Region Holiday Shop Local Program. They worked together to make shop local guides so everyone can easily support the local shops! You'll be able to win prizes and participate in cool giveaways! This event is free for current members and $50 for non-members. The online guide will be available on the websites listed below. 

Shop local this Holiday Season!

For more information visit: Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce
For more information visit: Newport Area Chamber of Commerce
For more information visit: Greater Claremont Chamber of Commerce

Sources: The Intertown Record, Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page
Photo Credits: Country Bookshelf

Do More Families Equal Higher Taxes?

Photo Credit: Emma Bauso


Do More Families Equal Higher Taxes?

By: Donna Forest, Broker Associate

The lack of overall housing in our state is keeping prices higher and buyers on the sidelines, or even worse, leaving our state. We are seeing a significant housing crisis. Unfortunately, new construction is still playing catch up from the years of under building and many towns are reluctant to help address this major economic issue. Why? One of the reasons is a fear that housing for additional families will mean a higher property tax rate is needed to pay for public schools. Is this true? The answer is emphatically “NO”. Adding children to a school district does not equate to higher property taxes. This was proven in a 2019 study by Univ. of NH Professor Emeritus of Economics Robert England “Will More Kids in Town Raise the Local Tax Rate?” This report analyzed enrollment data from all 167 school districts from 2007 to 2017 and then compared the data to property tax figures during the same period. The results showed that changes in tax rates are not related to changes in public school enrollment and shouldn’t be used as a way to oppose new housing. Please bear this in mind as you consider how to keep your community viable and economically sound.

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New Hampshire Women Rock!

To Celebrate 2023 Women's History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8th), The Milestone Team honors the following amazing Granite State natives. Here's a partial list of accomplished and influential New Hampshire women:

Christa McAuliffe:  NASA selected Concord native, Christa McAuliffe, was to be the first teacher in space! As you know, Christa was one of the victims of the Challenger tragedy. To honor her, in Concord we have The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

Jeanne Shaheen: New Hampshire’s senior US Senator was the state’s first female senator – and New Hampshire’s first female governor! 

Valerie Cunningham: Civil rights activist Valerie Cunningham is a writer, researcher, teacher, and founder of the Black Heritage Trail in Portsmouth. She served as the NAACP secretary and marched in Boston with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


Actors: Multi-talented, Mandy Moore & comic, Sarah Silverman

Authors and Journalists: Hanover resident, Jodi Picoult, NPR’s Heather King, and Miss New Hampshire 1994 Trish Regan

Artists: Missing Person’s Dale Bozzio 

Athletes: Paralympic Swimmer, Victoria Arien  & Olympic Medalist in Hockey, Kathryn King-Crowley 

The all-women Milestone Team supports the missions of International Women’s Day: empowering women and building workplaces where women thrive

Back to Nature in New Hampshire

Photo Credit: Mount Washington Observatory

Saturday, February 4th, New Hampshire’s Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeast, set the bar for the coldest windchill every recorded: -108 degrees Fahrenheit. While the actual temperature was a balmy -47 degrees Fahrenheit, the 127 mph winds created the record-breaking frigid experience. Miles away in our own New London, Saturday’s temperature was a chilly 5 degrees Fahrenheit. (Which still may chill the bones of those who prefer warmer climates!) But like any person or place, we can’t label based on one moment or incident. From the end of May through mid-September, New London and its neighbors enjoy the gorgeous average temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit - and the humidity is only muggy or uncomfortable 5.6 days out of the year! Take that, Florida! Sure, in our part of the hemisphere, it gets chilly – but only January during the “deep winter” with temperatures averaging 11 degrees Fahrenheit.  Since it’s not humid, the colder months are never bitter, so jeans and a sweater keep even the most sensitive of us comfy! When you are ready to relocate to our paradise, contact The Milestone Team. We’d love to show you around – and take you to Mount Washington!

In the meanwhile, enjoy this video of that chilly Sunday morning atop the White Mountains of Our New Hampshire.

"A Bowl Of Merry"

December 9th

Bough of Holly 



Join three celebrated musicians as they fill your holiday bowl with instrumentals and songs, both original and traditional. Their festive trio, duo, and solo arrangements are sure to delight listeners' ears and warm the hearts of all.

Performer pic

STEVE SCHUCH- Night Heron Music

Steve Schuch - A Grammy-nominated composer, singer, guitarist, and violinist. He has performed and recorded with Windham Hill guitarist Will Ackerman, folk legend Pete Seeger, and his own Celtic ensemble, The Night Heron Consort.

Performer pic


Kathy Lowe - Singer, song writer, recording artist, guitarist and dulcimer player. Her Seasonal Holiday CD of original carols, “Wishing You Peace,” has become a family favorite for 20 years. Raised in a Vaudeville /Circus family, one never knows what she's going to do next. Visit her intriguing world of "Petreflection Photography" and comedic "Qathy Quarantina" videos.

Performer pic

Kent Allyn


Kent Allyn - He's the best side guy player in NH. On bass, guitar and piano, Kent has played with Ben Baldwin and the Big Note (since 1976), Susie Burke, Cosy Sheridan, Cormac McCarthy, Kathy Lowe, Steve Schuch, The Renovators, and The Rushmores. He's taught private music lessons at Berwick Academy in Maine since 1989. A claim to fame: Steve Tyler's grandmother gave him piano lessons. She would say to him, “Kent, I didn't come here to hear you practice."

SOURCE: Sunapee CoffeeHouse

A Look Back at 2021

 After a strange and fast-paced year in real estate, it’s sometimes helpful to look back and see what the market did in 2021. Below are some interesting statistics.

In NH, when comparing single family home sales in 2021 to 2020 - the median sales price was up 17.9% to $395,000, the number of days a house was on the market was 26 days, the number of listings was down 6.3%, the number of homes sold was down 5.5%, and houses typically sold at 102.5% of the asking price.

Comparing the combined 8 area towns (Kearsarge School District plus Sunapee) – the median sales price was up 17.5% to $417,000, the number of days a house was on the market was 9 days, the number of homes sold was down 22% (463 sales in 2020 vs. 361 sales in 2021), and houses typically sold at 100% of the asking price.

In short, sale prices reached new highs, inventory remained low and homes sold in record time and usually above asking price. The expectation for 2022 is a bit more of the same, albeit at a more moderate pace. If you are thinking of buying or selling, contact me to find out how the market impacts you.

Data taken from NH Assoc. of Realtors and NEREN MLS, 1/1/20 to 12/31/20 and 1/1/21 to 12/31/21. 

Contact Donna Forest: 603-526-4116;

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