Granite State Ambassador Volunteer
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  • 16 May 2018 2:15 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Thank you to new GSAs Randy A & Sarah V for coordinating this incredible opportunity for us!!

    On Thursday, June 7th the Cog Railway has invited up to 65 GSA volunteers to experience the Cog RR to the summit of Mount Washington!


    This trip is open to ALL active GSAs who have volunteered at least 3 shifts (9 hours)  in the last 6 months.

    Plan to arrive by 10:30am to use the restrooms etc and we will be meeting our host shortly after in the museum for a tour before our trip. The Cog RR will be leaving the station at 11:30am for a 3 hour round-trip. We should be back at the base station at 2:30pm.

    1 hour up, 1 hour on top, 1 hour back.

    You can grab a snack before we go in the base station or buy lunch on top.

    Plan to give a $5-10 gratuity to your brakeman / guide.

    This trip is rain or shine - please make the commitment to participate regardless of the weather.

    This is a GSA uniformed event - please wear your GSA shirt, khaki pants or shorts, name badge and appropriate footwear.  You may bring a small pack or small wallet style purse -- please no giant purses!! I've been a bit lax on enforcing  this rule as of late -- but need to tighten back up. Thanks for understanding.

    You can find out more about The Cog, directions, and frequently asked questions at https://www.thecog.com/

    Our host:

    Rebecca Metcalf
    Marketing Director
    Mount Washington Cog Railway
    3168 Base Station Road

    Mount Washington, NH 03589
    603.278.2255
    becky@thecog.com

     Directions: https://www.thecog.com/directions/

  • 16 May 2018 7:51 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Email Kelly at kelly@nhgsa.com to sign up if you are eligible.

    We would like to invite eligible GSA volunteers for a free tour of New Hampshire's most popular tourism region – on the 2018 White Mountains Educational Tour!

    Eligibility: Must not have done this tour in past 2 years. This is a 4 day/night commitment.

    Any active GSA (35 hours in past year) with over 500 hours can sign-up to attend.
    If there are open spaces the requirements change to:

    On May 23rd at 8am, any active GSA with over 250 hours can sign-up to attend.

    On May 31st at 8am, any active GSA with over 100 hours can sign-up to attend.

    This free, fully-escorted tour is designed for information specialists who work directly with the public at Welcome Centers, Chambers of Commerce, regional associations AAA Offices and other selected venues. The 2018 tour will be Monday - Thursday, June 18-21, 2018. 

    You will learn first-hand about the 17 White Mountains Attractions and the region that is so popular with our visitors.

    This White Mountains Educational Tour is sponsored by the White Mountains Attractions Association, and is designed to help you learn about, and experience for yourself, the natural and man-made attractions in the region. 

    A detailed itinerary and other information concerning the trip will be sent to participants later in May.

    As in the past, the WMAA will cover the cost of admissions, receptions, meals, transportation and lodging during the tour. You will be responsible for gratuities (an estimate will be provided).

    We look forward to having you with us on this fun and educational opportunity!

    Sincerely,

    Mikey Duprey

    Public Relations
    White Mountain Attractions Association

    OTHER:

    # GSAs attending: 6 (may open up more seats)

    You must wear your GSA uniform the first day and your GSA tag there-after.

    You must be physically able to do a lot of walking, and be active from breakfast through dinner, for 4 days. This busy tour is not for the faint of heart. You will be traveling by bus.

  • 04 May 2018 11:41 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    GSA Veronica Molloy, Southern NH University Class of 2014

    STATE HOUSE SING-A-LONG:   The NH State House Visitor’s Center hosted approximately 250 students, school staff and parents on four Tours Thursday, April 12, 2018 between 9AM and noon.  Following the close of the legislative session, students from Lincoln Street School in Exeter sang “The Ballad of the Old Man in the Mountain” accompanied on guitar by music teacher Ms. Susan Noseworthy and an unidentified student. The class sang for Senator, Bill Gannon, District 23 in the NH  Senate Chamber.

    There are several unique “Old Man of the Mountain” songs to be found on YouTube.  This Ballad is a collaboration of lyrics written by Mr. John Bentley, an 85 year old blind man, and Ms. Noseworthy, his cousin, who composed the music. GSAs….whether you can sing along, or not, there is much, much more for you to enjoy doing at the State House Visitor’s Center.  Check the “Calendar” for State House volunteer openings! 


    Four NHGSA volunteers joined Legislators, Townies and Tourists for UNH Day Complimentary Cuisine on the State House Lawn on Thursday, May 3, 2018.  Free Salad, Sandwiches, Cookies and all the University of NH academic, business partner, and community connections any one GSA cared to consume! 

  • 27 Apr 2018 7:06 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)
    by GSA Sue Geyer, Currier Museum of Art Class of 2010

    What a wonderful time a group of GSAs had at the Inn at East Hill Farm this month. It was two days of relaxation and being pampered, It is such a fabulous facility with lots of places to explore, baby animals to “Aww” over, eggs to gather, great food to eat and walks to take. And while some of us did that, others were playing cribbage, or reading in a quiet comfortable spot. The homey atmosphere and friendly faces, not to mention the reflexology a couple of us had, made for a little slice of paradise.

    In addition to everything the Inn has to offer, they also did a cheese demonstration for us after dinner. Olivia walked us through making mozzarella cheese and it turned out delicious and a lot of fun.


    To give an example of the attention we got, when we gathered for our Happy Hour before dinner, a very friendly and helpful young lady brought us all the items we would need including glasses, plates and knives. And a very nice gentleman started the fire in the fireplace for us after he got off work. When I went later to clean up the rest of our stuff, it was done. They were amazing.

    We have said it before, since this was our third trip there, the Inn at East Hill Farm is an amazing family resort. For more information, check out their website, https://east-hill-farm.com.


  • 23 Apr 2018 3:55 PM | Naomi Halter (Administrator)

    By Emily Goulet, HMS Host/Manchester Boston Regional Airport Class of 2018

    Volunteering at the Made in NH Expo was my very first experience at the Expo, and what an experience it was! As I arrived for my shift, I was shocked by the length of the ticket line. The event had barely started, and there were already so many people excitedly awaiting their entrance. I was shocked a second time when the line moved so quickly with such a high volume of people. It was evident that the event was expertly run, and the expo workers, as well the GSA volunteers, had it down to a science.

    My first task was to understand how the event worked and where all of the GSA volunteers were located in their positions. I accompanied Naomi through the entrance, past the set of GSA volunteers checking people in, and into a complete sea of people.  Each aisle was almost at a standstill. Our first stop was the NH Tourism Booth for the Division of Travel and Tourism Development.  As I watched for only a couple minutes, the brochures flew off the racks, and the GSA volunteers answered many questions. 

    I thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures of everyone enjoying themselves. I found a happy customer at the Coke machine, where you could hug the machine and a Coke came out. The mascot for St. Mary’s Bank was also very photogenic, both with kids and adults alike. Traveling from Live and Let Live Farm, the animals were a hit, and they did not mind a picture or two. The goat posed for a picture with me, and then I found the chickens. On my tour of the expo, I passed by many delicious free samples, including salad, chocolate, pizza, and much more. The sheer amount of local businesses all in the same location was incredible, and the number of people who wanted to experience the local NH businesses throughout the weekend was phenomenal. Already looking forward to next year!

    Click here to see more of our photos from the Made In NH Expo

     

  • 19 Apr 2018 4:37 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups are open

    TOUR DATE: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
    Arrival time: 10:30am
    Start time: 10:45am
    End time: 1:30pm

    20 GSAs can attend

    Eligibility: Any GSA with at least 50 volunteer service hours - 3 within the past 6 months.  If there are seats available 2 weeks prior to the tour date, any GSA, can sign up - no restrictions.

    Gratuities: none

    Meeting place: Mill Falls Marketplace
    312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith
    # stops: 4
    Difficulty rating: 3  Lots of walking / stairs
    Parking: plenty of free parking at Mill Falls Marketplace

    Directions: Take I-93 to Exit 23. Follow 104 East until it intersects with Route 3 (about eight miles); turn left onto Route 3 North at the light. Mill Falls is a half mile down. The Marketplace is on the left next to the light at the intersection of route 3 and 25.

    We'll begin with an introduction from a member of our Sales Team on arrival at the Mill Falls Marketplace who will be with you for the entire tour (10:45am-11:30am).

    We'll see all of the wonderful shops in the Mill Falls Marketplace followed by a short wine tasting tour at Hermit Woods Winery on Main Street in Meredith. Hermit Woods is part of "Do the Loop", which incorporates the many businesses on the Main Street area in Meredith (11:30am-12:30pm).

    We will then head over to EKAL Activity Center, which provides paddle boards, kayaks and canoes for rental. In addition, they have a dedicated pontoon boat and Chris Craft Boat for touring the Meredith Bay area for those visiting our area. (1230pm-1245pm) Then, it's on to Church Landing with a quick visit to the Cascade Spa (1245pm-100pm) to see the wonderful treatments and spaces they offer in their state of the art spa and a look at our fantastic guestrooms and event space at Church Landing. (1pm-1:30pm).

    You will receive a bag with a small snack and water when you arrive.  Note that lunch on your own in Meredith is on the later side when we are done at 1:30pm. Plan accordingly.

    Host Company: Mill Falls at the Lake
    Contact Name: Bob Strang
    Phone: 603-677-8772
    Email: bob@millfalls.com
    Website: www.millfalls.com


  • 07 Apr 2018 5:56 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups are open

    TOUR DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2018 10am-noonish

    25 GSAs can attend

    Location: Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center
    928 White Oaks Road, Laconia NH

    GPS: N 43° 35’50.60″  W 71°26’53.94″

    They are just off Route 11B from  Weirs Beach.

    9:45am arrival - there are restrooms in the Samuel P Pardoe Education Center. There is also a place to fill water bottles.

    10am-11:30am - Welcome to Prescott Farm & Big Tree Tour

    11:30am-12:30pm - Things to do at Prescott Farm: Overview of their programs and property.

    12:30pm - lunch on your own or picnic on the property. There are picnic tables around the property and under the milk barn.
    You are invited to stay the afternoon and hike some of their trails -- the property is open to the public daily sunrise to sunset. Feel free and explore!

    Tour description:  We will start with a brief walking tour highlighting the centers programs and land, including their nature based preschool, natural playscape, barn area & beautiful gardens.

    Then we will take their Big Tree tour which will involve a light hike - We will talk about reading the forested landscape - looking at older trees and what they tell us about the property. The terrain is somewhat hilly but not mountainous with some uneven ground. Sneakers or hiking boots are recommended.

    Find out more about this dynamic educational center at http://prescottfarm.org.

    Our hosts:

    Jude Hamel, Executive Director  jhamel@prescottfarm.org
    Sarah Dunham-Miliotis, Activities Director sdunham@prescottfarm.org
    928 White Oaks Road
    Laconia NH 03246
    603-366-5695


  • 30 Mar 2018 12:52 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Moe Demers, Comfort Inn Concord Class of 2011

    GSA’s need to be aware of a big event coming to Manchester in June.
    Manchester welcomes the third annual NH PoutineFest this June 23th, 2018, back to the Northeast Delta Dental Stadium!

    This festival is New England’s original celebration of the French-Canadian classic, poutine. Restaurants from all over New England will entice you with their spin on this Québécois treasure.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to sample poutine (a healthy portion) from our participating restaurants and enjoy a great day at the ballpark. Attendees and judges will pick the “Best Poutine Of The Fest” for 2018 and only one restaurant will get to raise the Ceinture de Championnat/Championship
    Belt as the 2018 Champ.

    Following NH PoutineFest, all ticket holders are invited to join us for Franco-American Heritage Night atthe ballpark, as our guests.

    NH PoutineFest 2018 will take place rain or shine. There will be no refunds or exchanges of tickets. If thebaseball game following NH PoutineFest 2018 is rained out, you may exchange your complimentary ticket at the stadium box office.

    NH PoutineFest is a celebration of the French-Canadian classic, poutine! Restaurants from all over New England will entice you with their spin on this Québécois treasure.

    Restaurants will also be competing against each other for the “Best Poutine Of The Fest” and only one will get to raise the Ceinture de Championnat/Championship Belt.

    This year’s event will take place on June 23th, 2018, at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. What betterway to bring all things Canadian and American together!
    This event is hosted by the Franco-American (www.facnh.com). All proceeds help support Centre’s mission of preserving French language, culture, and heritage in New Hampshire and beyond.

    More info and a video at https://www.nhpoutinefest.com/

    Moe Demers is president of the Franco-American Center and is a NH Poutine Fest committee member.

  • 30 Mar 2018 12:41 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Margaret Minnon, Comfort Inn Concord Class of 2011

    What a wonderful opportunity  to  be a part of of the NH Camping Show 2018 as a NHGSA  volunteer for the NH Division of Travel and Tourism booth.  The Camping and RV show is a 3 day event showcasing RV's, ATVs, sporting goods and with over 50 campground/resort owners from NH and neighboring New England States.  All organized by the NH Campground Association.

    The Saturday 9:30 - 1 shift was a busy time; engaging in conversation with young and old regarding the goodness that this State offers in attractions, camping, boating, sightseeing, sports, State Parks, etc.

    A highlight at the NH Fish and Game booth was Conservation Officer Glen Lucas one of the stars of Cable TV's Animal Planet.  He was there for pictures and autographs.  Just the nicest person.  Also  Mark Beauchesne, Advertising & Promotions Coordinator who participates at the NHGSA Certification Programs, was informative on Rules & Regs and licensing fees of the New Hampshire Fish and Game.


  • 24 Mar 2018 11:42 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups are open

    Getting to Know the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains
    This tour series will be part of a special AMC / GSA Certification. If you attend two tours that cover both topics AMC summer & AMC winter, you will receive a special certification pin. There will be one tour held annually, alternating between summer and winter topics.

    GSA Eligibility: This tour is open to all active GSAs with  at least 100 volunteer service hours. 12 of those hours must have been volunteered in or scheduled for 2018.  On April 11 at 9:30am, if there are any seats on this tour available, it is open to any GSA with at least 3 hours volunteered or scheduled. We do have seats set aside for GSAs that are working in the industry. Email Kelly at kelly@nhgsa.com

    Date / Time: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Arrival Time 9:30am
    Start Time: 9:45am
    Estimated End Time: 3:15pm

    Is this tour weather dependent? No
    # of stops: 2: 1. Pinkham Notch 2. Crawford Notch

    First Meeting Location: Pinkham Notch Visitor Center (Joe Dodge Lodge)

    ** This tour will include a complimentary buffet lunch at Highland Center.

    Tour begins at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s (AMC’s) Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountain National Forest, on N.H. Route 16 between Jackson and Gorham, N.H. Staff will provide an overview of AMC’s mission, programs, activities, and guest services in the region. Tour the Trading Post/Visitor Center, Joe Dodge Lodge guest rooms, and Woodchuck Lodge meeting rooms. View new bridge and boardwalk at Lost Pond Trailhead (a segment of the Appalachian Trail).

    Tour then continues at AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch on U.S. Route 302 in Carroll/Bretton Woods, between Harts Location and Twin Mountain. Tour Highland Lodge, built with environmentally friendly features; view High Mountain Playscape; tour Shapleigh Bunkhouse; view Crawford’s Depot/Macomber Family Information Center; tour Thayer Hall and view Bradford Washburn photo exhibit. Staff will give a presentation on hike preparation and safety.

    Meeting locations:
    https://www.outdoors.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Joe-Dodge-Lodge-Driving-Directions-4.pdf
    AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountain National Forest, on N.H. Route 16 between Jackson and Gorham and the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch on U.S. Route 302 in Carroll/Bretton Woods, between Harts Location and Twin Mountain

    Difficulty Rating: [ ] 1 [ x ] 2 [ ] 3
    1 = Easy/One location, accessible
    2 = Average/Some Walking & Maybe Stairs
    3 = Difficult/Lots of Walking &/or Lots of Stairs

    Host Company: Appalachian Mountain Club
    Contact Name: Rob Burbank
    Phone: (603) 466-8155
    Email: rburbank@outdoors.org
    Website: outdoors.org

    Parking: Parking lots at both locations

    There will be some walking between buildings, so please wear sturdy footwear and dress for the weather.

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