Welcome to the Neighborhood: 5 Great Gifts for Neighbors

Moving to a new neighborhood is never easy. Why not show a warm welcome by giving a welcome basket to your new neighbors? As an established ambassador of your block, now’s your opportunity to bring over a few little gifts for neighbors to make them more comfortable in their new home.

Fruits, vegetables and flowers

If you’re a gardener, consider sharing the bounty. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a big hit. They may even inspire some fun, future garden rivalry. Feeling inspired? Pack your treasures into a box with a few seed packets that easily grow outdoors, a tool for weeding and a nice pair of gardening gloves. 

Snacks and a drink

Who doesn’t love treats? Although it used to be the tradition to bring by a bottle of wine for new neighbors, be cognizant of the fact that some may prefer not to drink alcoholic beverages. Instead, bring over a bottle of sparkling water and fruit juice to make a spritzer. To accompany the refreshers, pack a small fruit basket and chocolates.

If you really want to impress your new neighbors, bring them baked goods straight out of the oven. Make sure to provide a full list of ingredients in case your neighbors have allergies. You may want to make options that are free of nut, dairy and eggs.

A gift card to a great local restaurant

Your new neighbors may not feel up to preparing a meal. After all, their kitchen may still be filled with boxes! Offering a gift card to your favorite local restaurant is a nice gesture that will also prevent your neighbors’ stomachs from rumbling. Fortunately, gift cards can be purchased in a wide range of amounts to avoid worrying about overspending. A typical amount for new neighbors is anywhere between $20 to $50. Try to choose a restaurant with a lovely view and a wide variety of menu items to suit all dietary needs.

Host a small gathering

Plan a meet and greet as a gift for neighbors. It’ll give you an excuse to have a party and will help your new friends acclimate to the neighborhood. You don’t need to plan anything fancy. A small backyard BBQ is always fun. You can move the party indoors during the cooler months. Have plenty of snacks on hand, including an assortment of finger foods. This is also an opportunity to ask everyone in the neighborhood to contribute. Rather than prepare all of the food yourself, plan a potluck and have people bring their favorite dishes.

A touch of green

Even neighbors who don’t have green thumbs will appreciate a nice plant. Stick with a plant that doesn’t require a lot of care. Spider plants, devil’s ivy, philodendrons and calla lilies are safe bets. Instead of a houseplant, put together a small herb garden as a gift for neighbors. Mint, basil and thyme come in starter sizes. Get creative with the containers you choose. Whether you give your neighbors a houseplant or a selection of herbs, just make sure to provide instructions on how to care for their new plant.

After giving your neighbors a small gift, ask if there are any ways you can help them get settled in and just generally make yourself useful.

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Music at the Sunapee Coffeehouse

Don't miss tonight's performances with Local Talent Night at the Sunapee Coffeehouse.  

Come see Lindsey Schust & The Ragged Mountain Band - Lindsey Schust is a New Hampshire based singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and drummer.  Her group, founded in 2011, plays a blend of Country, Folk, Bluegrass, and some Afro-Cuban styled songs.  The repertoire includes original songs like "Hippie Hill" and "Country Way".  The band is made up of family and friends, with Grace Schust (drums and vocals), Jim Schust (acoustic guitar), Paul Currier (Mandolin, Dobro, Fiddle & vocals), Jim Connell (bass & vocals), Robert Grasmere (harmonica), and Jesse Schust (percussion).  Expect a lively evening of songs, stories, and fun! 

Also performing tonight is Will Hatch - Will Hatch is a singer-songwriter from Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Illustrating a nuanced take on classic American themes, Hatch’s songs feature honest lyrics about heartbreak and loss, reality and desire. Despite his melancholic introspection, there is a silver lining. Spinning spider webs on guitar and banjo, his songs meld poetry with detailed finger picking. Fans of Townes Van Zandt and Leonard Cohen, or guitar greats Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson, will appreciate Hatch’s style. Hatch tours New England as a solo act when not playing with his band Will Hatch & Co.

Next week, 3/8/19, is open mic night.

The Coffeehouse is located downstairs in the Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main St., Sunapee, NH.  Admission is free; a hat is passed for performers.  Coffee, tea and snacks are available.  Performances begin at 7 p.m.  Come on down for a night of music and fun!

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Gobble, Gobble!

Don't let all that food on Thanksgiving widen your waist!  Sign up for the Sunapee 5K Turkey Trot in Sunapee Harbor Thanksgiving day.  Register on Wednesday, November 22, 5-8pm at the Harbor House Livery.  Bibs and pins can be picked up on race day, 7-8am or at pre-registration.  Race starts at 9am.  The 1K Chicken Run for kids begins at 8:15am.  For more information, visit www.sunapeeturkeytrot.com

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Need New/Used Ski Equipment?

Don't miss Mt. Sunapee's annual ski swap held in the Sunapee Lodge November 18 from 9-noon.  New and used skis, boots, snowboards, poles, skates, cross country, clothing and more!  Local shops will also have equipment at great prices as well.  This is the largest ski swap in the region and is organized and run by the Mt. Sunapee Area Ski Club.

If you have an item you would like to sell, you can drop them off in the Spruce Lodge at the mountain on Friday, November 17 between 12pm-7pm. They will accept equipment in good condition, skis with approved bindings, skates, snowboards, clean winter clothing, etc. No straight skis.

If you would like to expedite your drop-off of equipment to be sold, you can download, print, and fill-out the Sale Item Sheet beforehand and bring it with you when you drop off your items.

If your item is sold, you will receive 75% of the sale.  The other 25% of the sale is donated to the Mount Sunapee Area Ski Club's Junior Programs.  You can pick-up your unsold equipment and any sale money between 2:00pm - 3:00pm the Saturday of the swap.  Any unclaimed money or equipment will be donated to local programs.  www.mtsunapee.com

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Want to Get Your Irish On?

Stop by the Sunapee Coffeehouse Friday, 2/3/2017 to hear Matt & Shannon Heaton. 

With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Boston-based Matt & Shannon Heaton offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. Steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the acoustic music scenes of  Chicago & Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrumentals and sweet husband-and-wife harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition.

The Heatons also gently incorporate the Thai music Shannon learned in school as a kid and rootsy Americana sounds that surrounded them during their three years in bluegrass-haven Boulder, Colorado.

Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston’s vibrant trad music scene. 

Matt and Shannon are poised, passionate American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal. They are comfortable onstage and have a warm connection with their audiences. They move listeners with their love of traditional music (and each other), and their sense of adventure and fun in exploring new directions and possibilities.

Performance begins at 7pm at the Sunapee Methodist Church, corner of Route 11 and Lower Main Street (9 Lower Main Street), Sunapee, NH in the downstairs room.  Admission is free; a hat is passed for donations to the musicians.  

For other upcoming shows go to www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org.  Enjoy!

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Burn Those Calories Before Your Thanksgiving Day Turkey at the Sunapee Turkey Trot!

The 10th Annual 5K Sunapee Turkey Trot will be held in Sunapee Harbor this November 24th at 9:00am.  Online registration is now open at http://sunapeeturkeytrot.com/. Bibs and pins can be picked up at Pre-Registration on Wednesday, November 23 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Lake Sunapee Protective Association. They can also be picked up on race day (November 24 from 7:00-8:00 am; however, due to a large number of people registering on race day, we urge racers to pick up their bibs and pins at the pre-registration. Race day registration is from 7-8am and the 1K Chicken Run begins at 8:15am for the children.

The Sunapee Parent Teacher Organization will hold a pie sale during the Pre-Registration as well as on race day. Pies will be $10 each, and it is a great way to support the SPTO as well as get out of having to bake!

In an effort to reduce waste, Prospect Hill Antiques will be setting up water stations at the start and finish lines. Please bring your own reusable bottle, and fill up whenever you’re thirsty. Thank you Prospect Hill Antiques!

Gather the family and make this your morning Thanksgiving tradition!  No dogs please!

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Like to Perform?

GuitaristHead over to the Sunapee Coffeehouse next Friday night (3/11) for Open Mic night at 7pm.  The Coffeehouse is held downstairs at the Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH.

Tonight Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform Americana, old country, and harmony singing, commanding crafted melodies and poignant, introspective lyrics, backing them with delicate arrangements on ukulele, clarinet, guitar and banjo.

Check out the upcoming performances at www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org

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Happenings at Mt. Sunapee

Mt. Sunapee logo2You have until this Sunday, 8/9, to visit Mt. Sunapee Resort and view the annual League of NH Craftsmen's Fair.  The Fair showcases the work of more than 350 craftspeople's items made by hand. It's the place to see an incredible variety of beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative, and built to last.

And don't forget the Adventure Park at South Peak!  You'll find disc golf, mini-golf, guided canopy tours, an aerial challenge course and more!

Visit their web site and come enjoy the local fun, www.mtsunapee.com

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Like Some Good Music?

Sunapee Coffee HouseCome on down to the Sunapee Community Coffeehouse this Friday, May 15, at 7pm.  The Coffeehouse is located in the downstairs of the Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH.  www.sunapeecoffeehouse.org

This week's guest will be Rattye McGee,  a duo of mountain loving, New Hampshire song writers. Their mission is to create music that satisfies the hungry soul. Rick Poulin is Rattye McGee's guitarist and co-song writer whose original, distinctive guitar sound is rich with harmonic rhythms and solos, all at once! On piano and vocals is Theresa Ramirez, blending her soulful vocals with her unique piano style. Together, they create original songs that are poetic, intelligent, emotional and real. Hope you dig the tunes!  www.reverbnation.com/rattyemcgee.

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Love Stone Walls?

Stone walls2Come to Kevin Gardner's program, "Discovering New England Stone Walls" on Monday, April 27 at 1pm at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street, Sunapee, NH

Kevin is a New Hampshire native and builder and restorer of traditional New England stone walls.  He will also construct a miniature stone wall during his talk.