LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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  • 09 Aug 2018 10:33 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Sue Geyer, Currier Museum of Art Class of 2010 & Social Committee Chair

    It was another fabulous lunch (and more) with lots of GSAs! We had 3 destinations and I’d be hard pressed to determine my favorite!

    We started the day in Plymouth with an amazing tour of the latest exhibit at the Museum of the White Mountains at the University in Plymouth. Their current exhibit is People's Forest: A Centennial Celebration of the White Mountain National Forest.

    Cynthia Robinson, the director, gave us an amazing 30-minute guided tour of the exhibit. Afterwards we all checked it out in detail. There was a wide collection of artwork along with a really informative timeline that outlined the complete history of the National Forest. She mentioned next summer’s exhibit of the Grand Hotels and folks immediately started to discuss where we should have lunch when we come see it.

    This is definitely a place to stop by occasionally as the exhibits keep changing. https://www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/

    Next stop was lunch at the Gypsy café in Lincoln. What a find this is! It’s a rather small restaurant with a very eclectic menu. The flavors were fabulous. A lot of us ordered different things and everyone was happy with their selections. . Since there were so many interesting selections, Sue 2 and I decided to several items. We enjoyed Mushroom Brie Soup, Grilled Brie Cheese Fondue, Egyptian Brussel Sprouts, and The Zuni Roll. The Zuni roll was a turkey wrap with diced bacon, scallions, basil aioli, and Havarti cheese served with raspberry chipotle sauce. All of it was yummy! It seemed like most people had something different and really enjoyed it. Our waitress, Anik, did an amazing job of taking care of all of us. Definitely a place to return to and recommend! Reservations for dinner are recommended. Checkout their menu at www.gypsycaferestaurant.com

    For our final stop, some of us went to Jean's Playhouse for a main stage production of Disney's Beauty & the Beast. The main parking for the Gypsy is directly across the road (south side). From there we drove out the back and over to Jean's. The performance was fantastic! From the singing, dancing and acting to the amazing sets and scene transitions, I was very impressed. I had an earworm for days after which included “Be our Guest”. I suppose for GSAs, it is appropriate. Jean’s Playhouse has a full schedule of performances and is definitely worth the trip! (And they generously give GSA’s a discount!) www.jeansplayhouse.com

    Here are some of the comments I received from other GSAs…

    “I loved the museum tour especially. The cartoon that the student did was amazing. It had 3 dimensions so that it was 2 different images depending whether you were viewing it from the left or the right.
    The time line that ran on the bottom part of the wall was so cleverly done.
    I spent most of my time watching the video about tunnel brook road. I have been there several times and have observed the destruction from the floods. I didn't realize the plan to slow down the water with downed trees instead of reconstructing the road. Very interesting.
    I have visited the museum before and I plan to do so again. It is a very special place. “
    ~GSA Roz lowen

    Cynthia’s enthusiasm, deep knowledge, and obvious love of the place is evident.
    A joy to visit.
    ~ GSA Jan B.


    “It was a wonderful day. I really liked the museum. Cynthia was so informative. She designed the exhibit, so I just loved it. The path idea is awesome. The restaurant was a great choice, clean, comfortable, and the food was excellent. The waitress was on the ball. I'd go back to both places.”
    ~GSA Linda D.

    "This was a great full day outing brought to us by the GSA Social Group. The current exhibit at the museum had been put together with much forethought and consideration. The director, Cynthia quite effortlessly held our rapt attention for the duration of her tour. My favorite part of the exhibit was the photographs of the White Mountains taken in the exact same spot, one hundred years apart. It is not often that mankind can take pride with the evidence of an environmental success. The amount of forest that exists now, compared to the hills stripped bare of any trees in the early part of the twentieth century, makes your heart sing!
    Gypsy Cafe was a real treat. Decorated in bright mosaics, it boasts an eclectic, global menu. I love trying new dishes so Sue 1 and I shared several items. The best way I can describe our selections? It was like a food tsunami in my mouth, with wave after wave of deliciousness! I only heard very positive comments about the many diverse menu items other GSAs chose.
    Lastly, we stopped at Jean's Playhouse for Beauty & the Beast. They put on a great show, and I was particularly pleased with how they choreographed the scene where the beast changes back into the Prince, always a tricky transformation. I also had the pleasure of speaking with the director, Joel Mercier, whom I remembered from his seven years with the New London Barn Playhouse."
    ~GSA Sue Greenbaum

    It was a full and very enjoyable day! Thanks to all who joined in.


  • 07 Aug 2018 8:05 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    RESCHEDULED - OPEN TO ALL

    WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST GSA CERTIFICATION
    Attend any TWO of these annual GSA Certification tours, and receive the special designation and pin. If you are earning your certification with this you - please let Kelly know in advance!

    Date: October 2nd, 2018
    Arrival Time: 9-9:15am
    Start Time: 9:30am
    Meeting Location: WMNF Gateway Center - This is within the White Mountain Attraction's Welcome Center off Exit 32.

    Please park in the lower lot and carpool during the tour. Many lots on our tour are small and we can't park 20 cars. We will begin and end at this location.

    Hours requirements: none - all GSAs are welcome to attend

    Uniforms: yes, full GSA uniform

    How many GSAs can attend: limited to 25 to reduce the # of vehicles. Car pooling is strongly encouraged.

    Gratuities: none

    Lunch: Pack a picnic lunch!

    GSA’s are invited to the annual tour of the White Mountain National Forest tour on Tuesday, OCTOBER 2nd! This is your chance to learn more about what the National Forest is and what it has to offer. Join us and hear from the staff who help to manage this public land.

    This year, we plan to explore the Androscoggin region.

    Whether you are staffing a welcome center along Rt. 93, the airport welcome center, or a chamber in downtown Manchester, everyone will learn something they didn’t know before. So sign up and look forward to a fun day on the White Mountain National Forest and get your White Mountain National Forest Certification!

    The tour will begin at White Mountain Attractions/White Mountain Visitor Center in Lincoln, NH (exit 32) with a brief overview, information about how the recreation pass funds are used, volunteer opportunities and a tour of the interpretive center.  We will then travel to the Androscoggin Ranger Station in Gorham (through Franconia Notch, Route 3, 115, 2). Next we will travel down to Dolly Copp Campground, Gorham for a picnic lunch where we will hear about their major renovations, ProSports, the camping concessionaire, timber sales, snow ranger...

    The tour will end at Dolly Copp about 3pm allowing you time to explore the forest on your own.

    Plan to pack a picnic lunch and wear comfortable walking shoes for the trip. Carpooling is encouraged!

    Whether you are staffing a welcome center along Rt. 93, the airport welcome center, or a chamber in downtown Manchester, everyone will learn something they didn’t know before. So sign up and look forward to a fun day on the White Mountain National Forest and get your White Mountain National Forest Certification!

    READ ABOUT LAST YEAR'S TRIP: http://nhgsa.com/Blog/5518698

  • 31 Jan 2018 12:55 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)


    Tour Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    Sign-ups open Monday, Feb 5 at 8am.

    Arrival Time: 8:45am - plan to park by 8:45.
    We will begin promptly at 9:00am

    End time: 11am.  You are invited to to have lunch in the dining hall. It's about $7 per person, all-you-can-eat.

    Difficulty level: We will be doing a lot of walking around the campus and through it's many buildings. There will be stairs. Elevators are available.

    Meeting location: Grappone Hall, Room 301

    Campus Address: 31 College Road, Concord
    Campus Map & Directions: https://www.nhti.edu/sites/default/files/content/documents/nhtimap.pdf

    Parking: Park in Parking lot ‘C’ near the Gymnasium building. Just take a right at the first stop sign on campus off 393 and keep following the road past the athletic fields. There is handicap parking in that lot near the doors to Sweeney Hall.

    We will learn about their English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Nursing, Business, Information Technology, and athletics programs, as well as their student organizations...

    Our intern Sindy, along with Cory Schofield from admissions and other staff members will give presentations and take us on a comprehensive tour of their impressive facilities which will include their academic and recreation buildings, and a residence hall.

    Uniform: full GSA uniform - dark green shirt (if you don't have a GSA logo'd shirt) and khaki pants. Name tag and comfortable shoes.  We will be going in and out of buildings - dress appropriately.

    This tour is open to all GSAs, no restrictions / no minimum hours. This tour will not count towards your annual 4.

    Our hosts:

    Cory Schofiled, NHTI Office of Admissions
    31 College Drive
    Concord NH 03301
    cjschofield@ccsnh.edu

    As part of her internship, Sindy Chown, made the arrangements for this tour. Thank you for your support of her efforts! Thank you notes can go to Kelly to be forwarded.

    ABOUT NHTI

    2-minute video about NHTI: https://www.nhti.edu/visit-nhti/2-minute-tour

    NHTI was opened in 1965 under the name New Hampshire Technical Institute with three engineering technology programs. In 2008, the name of the College was changed to NHTI, Concord's Community College. This name honors our past and reflects our growth to a comprehensive community college with 90 academic programs and a full campus life.

    With a 95 full-time faculty and over 300 adjunct faculty members, our typical class size is 15 to 25 students with an average age of 25. We have approximately 4,568 day, evening and weekend credit and noncredit students attending NHTI each year. 4.84 % of our students report ethnicity other than Caucasian (including African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander and Native American), and the general student body is made up of 45% men and 55% women.  https://www.nhti.edu/community-visitors/about-nhti

  • 28 Sep 2017 12:37 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups open Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 8am
    TOUR DATE: Monday, February 12th, 11am-12:30pm


    On Monday, February 12th, 11am-12:30pm, we have been invited to celebrate Valentines Day at  Moonlight Meadery in Londonderry to learn about their company, the history of mead, honeybees, and a walk through of how they make their meads and ciders. Following the tour, we will participate in a tasting of 7 meads & ciders in their recently expanded tasting room. You will also have the opportunity to upgrade to taste their premiere barrel aged Utopian ($125 per bottle) for $10/pp.

    There will be mead available for sale if you choose, and they offer a 15% case discount.

    How many can attend? up to 75 GSA volunteers & industry members

    GSA uniform: yes, full uniform

    Hours requirements:  All GSAs welcome, no restrictions.  12 hours in past 6 months. This tour will not count towards your annual 4 tours. You will receive 1 enlightenment credit for attending.

    Cost: none (gratuities appreciated).

    Address: 23 Londonderry Rd Unit 17, Londonderry, NH 03053

    Parking: free, onsite parking

    Website:  http://www.moonlightmeadery.com/

  • 21 Sep 2017 5:00 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups open Tuesday, September 26th at 7am.

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 (rain date October 13)

    Start time: 9am - End time: 2-3pm

    GSA’s are invited to the annual tour of the White Mountain National Forest tour on October 12th! In addition to being a great field trip this is your chance to learn more about what the National Forest is and what it has to offer. This year we’ve tried to put together a tour of a “less traveled” route. Whether you are staffing a welcome center along Rt. 93, the airport welcome center, or a chamber in downtown Manchester, everyone will learn something they didn’t know before. So sign up and look forward to a fun day on the White Mountain National Forest and get your White Mountain National Forest Certification! This year’s tour will begin at Forest Service headquarters in Campton (Exit 27) followed by a tour beginning with the Franconia Notch State Park area and then back onto the White Mountain National Forest. There will be several stops throughout the day and doing some walking/hiking. Please wear appropriate foot wear, and as always dress for the weather! Plan to pack a picnic lunch for the trip. Carpooling is encouraged.

    WHITE MOUNTAIN NATIONAL FOREST GSA CERTIFICATION

    Attend any TWO of these annual GSA Certification tours, and receive the special designation and pin.

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    Park: you can park in the third row of the WMNF employee lot (behind building)

    Pack a lunch - we will be picnicking.


    9:00 am WMNF HQ  -- leaving 9:15am

    -Franconia Notch quick stop of Old Bridle Path exit (Talk about alternatives for parking in Franconia)

    -Exit 35 Route 3 and Gale River and Haystack Road (dispersed tent sites and Trail Heads in area)

    -Lunch off Base Road at Upper Falls

    -Cog and Jewell and Ammonusuc Ravine Trail

    -Clinton Road

    -Crawford Path

    -Highland Center

    If time allows Cherry Mountain Road (Fabyan Cabin)

    Back to the Campton Forest Service Building to conclude tour


  • 23 Aug 2017 8:48 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    SEPTEMBER LEARNING OPPORTUNITY & PERK

    Ticket Requests are now closed. Below are the names I submitted.

    Friday:
    Jessica B; Sandra C; Bruce F; Kathleen GG; Leo & Rita G; Howard & Pauline G; Meaghan L; Burt & Sharon L; Maryellen Mc; Mary-Helen Mc; David M; Bob & Irene M; Claire & Doug M; Gregg P; Ron R; Rose S; Nancy S; Jean S; Ann V; Marty W; Maureen W; Roz W;

    Sunday: Mary Lou C; Sonya C; Lois D; Paul &n Vicki H; Karen  & Steven J; Kevin O; Judith S;  Liz W; Gretchen W;

    All GSAs are invited to experience the Highland Games on Friday, September 15th or Sunday, September 17. This invitation is a thank you for all you do for the tourism industry and to generate referrals. All who attend are asked to submit a paragraph about their experience, and what impressed you most. Photos are always encouraged!

    Event schedule and details: https://nhscot.org/festival/events-details
    Uniform: You do not have to wear your uniform, but wearing something GSA is appreciated (hat, shirt, jacket, tag...). It's important to build awareness of our organization.

    ***** You do NOT need to volunteer or be there at a certain time (the times listed on the calendar are the times the festival is open).

    TICKET SIGN-UPS WILL CLOSE ON AUGUST 30TH AT 9AM.

    If you would like a ticket, CLICK HERE to select the date of your choice using a form or sign up on our online calendars.
    Sign-ups are open. There is no limit as to how many GSAs can attend.

    Your ticket will be held at the Will Call booth with your name on it. The Will Call booth is at the bottom of the hill.  Exactly where the shuttle buses drop off. You can purchase additional tickets for not-yet GSAs when you arrive.



    The New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival (NHHG&F) is one of the largest and most diverse Highland Games held in North America and the largest cultural event. This celebration of Scottish heritage is held the third Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of September each year at Loon Mountain Resort in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

    Thank you notes can be sent to:

    Terri Wiltse, Executive Director
    NHSCOT

    25 Triangle Park Drive, Suite 4

    Concord, NH  03301
    twiltse@nhscot.org

  • 22 Jun 2017 1:36 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Ski Fanatic's Paddle the Pemi

    Wednesday, July 12 (new date)
    Sign-ups open Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30am.

    You must be there for 9:00am to be ready for the 9:30am shuttle.

    You can have your choice of a single kayak, double kayak (2 people), or canoe (2 people)

    All participants will have to fill out and bring this linked waiver.

    How many can come: 14 GSAs

    Eligibilty: 50+ volunteer service hours
    on July 5th, any GSA with at least 3 hours (1 shift) in the past 2 months can sign up.

    Uniform: none - dress for the activity. Bring a towel, water, snacks, and sunblock.

    Trip info: What to bring....

    This river run takes about 2-3 hours. There are lots of places to stop and swim, picnic along the way. The Pemigewasset is a very pretty, natural river with only a little buildings etc along it's banks. You can go at your own pace. The shuttle back comes every 15 minutes at our extraction point.

    Be aware of your physical limitations. Kayaking is easy to learn and first timers are welcome. Life jackets will be provided.

    GSA Staff on duty: Kelly Bryer kelly@nhgsa.com 603-960-0272 cell

    Our host:

    Katie Gallagher
    Ski Fanatics Owner
    23 Vintinner Rd.
    Campton, NH 03223
    (P) 603.726.4327
    katieskifanatics.com
    www.skifanatics.com

  • 26 May 2017 11:44 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    by GSA Marty Wagner, Comfort Inn Concord Class of 2011

    When the first pieces of the interstate highway system were built in the 1950s, no one could have imagined the number of vehicles that would take to the roads nor the number of people that would travel to New Hampshire by automobile.  On holiday weekends, and some summer weekends, as many as 600,000 of our closest friends cross our borders to enjoy all NH has to offer.  I feel like I’ve met at least half of them at the State Welcome Centers.  This article is intended to tell you more about being a volunteer at these Centers, and perhaps meeting some of these nice folk yourselves.

    I volunteer regularly at the Hooksett North and Canterbury Welcome Centers, and have also put in shifts at the Hooksett South and Seabrook Welcome Centers.  Whenever I’ve mentioned my volunteering history to other GSAs, there have always been questions about my experiences.  Below are some FAQs which I have been asked by other GSAs in my 6 years of volunteering at these Centers.

    What do GSAs do, and what does the staff do?

    In each of the Welcome Centers, the staff and I seem to have worked out a rhythm of who does what.  The GSA’s job is generally to cover the brochure racks or general area and approach people to see if they need help.  If they’re looking at brochures or looking around a bit aimlessly, it’s time to take the initiative and speak first.  Often when I ask visitors if they need help finding something, they first say ‘no’ and then immediately follow that up with questions.  At that point, the conversation has begun, and another fun experience as a GSA is underway.

    The staff generally operates from behind the desk.  At the centers where they have printers, it is the staff who researches things online based on a question they’ve received from a visitor or the GSA on duty.  They often print out that type of information as well as driving directions when asked for those.  Staff in Hooksett are also responsible for issuing various licenses, but GSAs are not involved in that task at all.

    Staff at other State Welcome Centers are responsible for maintaining the facility which sometimes means that the GSA is the one covering the front counter area alone for short periods of time during the shift.  However, if something comes up which requires their help, they are nearby and easily accessible.

    I’d like to think that the staff and I are backup for each other since we all bring various knowledge to the centers.  I’ve gotten to know some of the staff so we know each other’s specialties and interests, which only helps the visitors overall.  Many times visitors benefit from a discussion with two of us for ideas and recommendations.

    By the way, how each center keeps GSA records may vary slightly from place to place; it’s clicker counters in Hooksett and marking the tick sheets in Canterbury.  My rule is ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans.’  It’s their ‘house’; I’m the temporary visitor so I follow their rules.

    When is the best time to volunteer?

     I volunteer year-round at the State Centers, although I go less frequently during the quieter winter months and more often during NH’s high season from Memorial Day through the end of October, followed by the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Their shifts are generally Thursday through Saturday at northbound centers, and Sunday and Monday on southbound centers.  To pick a time that will suit you, just think about when the traffic jams occur on the highways.  The norms change with weather forecasts and holidays, of course, but generally, the busy times, particularly from Memorial Day through Labor Day and then during foliage season, are:

    Thursday afternoons when people get a head start on the weekend. (northbound)

    Fridays from noon until about 9 p.m. (northbound)

    Saturdays from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. (northbound)

    Sunday from early afternoon to 9 p.m. (southbound)

    Monday mornings when people travel to avoid Sunday travel (southbound)

    Is there a place for GSAs to sit?

    The short answer is that yes, there are places for GSAs to sit at the State Welcome Centers.  However, in order to maintain the integrity and confidentiality of their computer systems, the State prefers that only employees be behind the counter.  That does not preclude GSAs from finding a nearby bench or chair to sit on between helping visitors.  During busy times, I never have enough time to sit, but the option is always available to me if I need it no matter how many people are passing through the centers.

    What types of questions or interactions can you expect?

    I could write a book in answer to this question, as could any GSA about the places where they volunteer.  The short response is expect anything and everything from…… where are the bathrooms to…. the lakes really freeze enough here in winter so people can walk on them?  It was February, and when I told this particular man about bob houses, ice hockey tournaments and car racing on Winnipesaukee, he wanted directions to go there that very day.  He was from Egypt and had never seen a frozen pond or lake.  How cool is that?  I didn’t believe it two years later when I had a similar conversation with another visitor, this one from Brazil.

    At all four State Welcome Centers where I’ve worked, there are always people who are just planning for their next vacation to NH.  They’re looking for ideas and brochures to back up those ideas, whenever possible.  Another constant is lost people trying to find the way to their destination or the way back to where they started.  One of my favorite questions related to directions was:  “Can you tell me the difference between Hampton and New Hampton?  I’m supposed to be at one of them, but I’m not sure which one.”  He laughed heartily, as we stood in Hooksett, not particularly close to either place.  We asked a few questions and decided Hampton Beach was his destination.  Staff printed directions for him and he was gone.

    During our snowless winter of 2015-2016 when there was no skiing, many of the February vacationers still came to NH, but they were looking for recommendations to help keep themselves busy during their stays.  Being in snow country with no snow is a challenge, but we came up with some ideas.

    In May of this year, the Canterbury Welcome Center helped a busload of Romanian visitors.  Only one or two spoke English, but we offered them maps and brochures, and they were appreciative .  Then the guide himself, also from Romania, asked for ideas of where to stop in the White Mountains as they drove to Quebec.  We made a couple suggestions, he seemed happy with the options, and off they went.

    Beautiful Saturday afternoons in summer are likely to bring out people who have decided it’s a good day for a ride, and they now want to see as much as they can.  I once spoke with a woman who wanted to walk the Flume, drive across the Kanc, visit Diana’s Bath, and do some shopping in North Conway.  It was a great plan but it was also 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and she was headed back to Boston for the evening.  I estimated the travel time for her, and when she saw the difficulty, I helped with an alternative plan.

    In the Fall, questions are mostly about finding the red leaves, of course.  I’ve developed a couple routes people might take depending on the traffic and how adventuresome they are.  I loved it when one man came up to the counter one day and said, “I only want to go on back roads with my camera.”  He was a professional photographer, and we found him roads that were just grey lines on the map.  Another visitor, while not a professional, was every bit as serious about her photography craft.  “I’d like to take a foliage picture reflected in a lake.”  Staff and I put our heads together to give her some ideas which had an added challenge because it was about two weeks prior to the peak season.  As you all know, finding red trees is not an exact science.

    It was in late Fall when a woman and her husband appeared with all kinds of questions about what they might see and do in the White Mountains.  We had been discussing it for a while when she added that they wanted to take the Cog that day, too.  “That’s great,” I said as I looked at her flip-flops and her husband’s shorts.  “You might want warmer clothing though since it’s currently 23 degrees at the top and only 12 degrees with the wind chill factor.”  Unfortunately, they didn’t have any warm clothes with them, but there were still lots of other alternatives for them to pursue.

    I, of course, have also had some questions that stump me although I always provide the best answer I can.  At the top of that list was one asked on the Friday night of Columbus Day weekend:  “Why is there so much traffic tonight?”  Tough one.

    Do the State employees want us as the State Centers?

    I was reluctant to include this question, but since I’ve been asked this at least twice, I decided to just put it in black and white.  The State employees at the Centers have always welcomed me to their Centers, and treated me kindly.  We’ve gotten to know each other a bit and share stories like anyone you work with.  It’s neat, too, that almost all of them have been through GSA training now, so they really understand how our mission fits into theirs.  Pictured below are part of the Hooksett crew:  on the left is Meaghan, Hooksett North and South supervisor, standing with Andrew who works on the northbound side of the highway.

    More Questions?

    I hope this little bit of information about the State Welcome Centers gives you better insight about volunteering there.  Those of us that do it, really love it.  Choosing a time to volunteer is key, so keep in mind……traffic jam time usually means plenty of action, and lots of variety.  The other most important thing is to be ready to approach people in the Centers to offer your assistance.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or any of the Centers.  They’re waiting to meet you, as are some of those 600,00 closest friends arriving here by car!

  • 19 May 2017 7:37 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups open Friday, May 26, 8am


    On Tuesday, June 27th, 10am, a group of 30 GSA volunteers has been invited to visit and tour the Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park, Rye NH.

    Uniform: full GSA uniform - khaki shorts/skirts are allowed.

    Information and Enlightenment Credit (IEC): You will receive 1 IEC for attending this tour. You will not accumulate any volunteer service hours since this is an educational opportunity.

    Requirements: GSAs who have accumulated at least 50 hours, with 15 of them in the past 6 months can attend.  We ask that you only sign up for 4 tours a year at the official opening date/time. Once a tour has been open a week, any eligible GSA can sign up to attend regardless of how many tours they've been on.

    On June 9th, 6am, any GSA who has volunteered at least 15 hours in the past 6 months can sign up if there are openings.

    On June 15th, 6am, any GSA with at least 6 hours in past 2 months can sign up if there are openings.

    All GSAs attending will receive free admission into the state park. Please tell the folks at the gate that you are with NHGSA and here for a hosted tour.

    A representative from Odiorne Point State Park will also be joining us for a talk.

    Bring your lunch to picnic on the grounds. There is room inside and outside.

    You are invited to stay and explore the park and it's coastline. There is a Footprints in Time self-guided Audio Tour around the park that takes about an hour. Do the entire 3 miles or a portion.  http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/explore/odiorne-point-state-park/


    Our host:
    Karen Provazza, Director of Marketing
    Seacoast Science Center
    570 Ocean Blvd. Rye, NH 03870-2104
    603-436-8043
    k.provazza@sscnh.org www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

    Directions
    From 95 North or South Take exit 5 on I-95 North or South to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. Take Route 1 By-Pass South to Beaches/Hampton and continue south to Route 1. Turn left onto Elwyn Road. At the roundabout, go half way around and turn onto Route 1A South. Continue for 1.8 miles and look for our sign.


  • 05 May 2017 8:25 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign ups are open

    Tour Date: Thursday, June 8th 9am - early afternoon

    Join me for a day filled with history at two of my favorite museums in the Lakes Region, the Wright Museum of WWII and the NH Boat Museum.

    GSA staff: Kelly Bryer kelly@nhgsa.com
    How many can attend? 30 GSAs
    Hours requirements: You must have at least 50 volunteer service hours to attend, with 15 of them in past 6 months.

    We ask that you only sign up for 4 tours a year at the official opening date/time. Once a tour has been open a week (and it has!), any eligible GSA can sign-up to attend the tour regardless of how many tours they’ve been on.

    On Tuesday, May 30, 6am if there are openings, any hours restrictions are reduced to 15 in the past 6 months.

    On Friday, June 2, 6am, if there are openings, any GSA with at least 1 shift in the past month can sign up.

    Uniform: wear full GSA uniform

    Difficulty: easy -  We will be walking through the museums. There is an elevator in the Wright Museum and the Boat Museum is on one level. 


    9-11am Wright Museum. The Wright Museum is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans. Yes, the aircraft and tanks in the photo work! They are nationally known for its collection of over 14,000 WWII items and memorabilia representing both the home front and the battlefields. On our tour we will visit the 1939-45 Time Tunnel; tanks, weapons and uniforms; and WW II photos, quilts and paintings.



    11:15am-12:30pm NH Boat Museum. NH Boat Museum exhibits feature the boating history and heritage of NH’s lakes and rivers. They have many events, programs & hands-on activities as well as vintage Boat Rides on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the Millie B. Our NHGSA Board Member, Fred Clausen of Proctor's Lakehouse Cottages has a beautiful model toy boat collection which will be part of a featured exhibit, "Big Dreams, Little Boats Mid-Century Model Toy Boats". Fred will be joining us to personally share his collection.

    12:30pm -   have lunch and explore Wolfeboro on your own


    Wolfeboro is a wonderful town filled with wonderful restaurants and shops. We encourage you to take some time to explore the waterfront and Wolfeboro after our tour.



    Our Hosts:

    Michael Culver, Executive Director
    Wright Museum of World War II
    77 Center Street, Wolfeboro NH 03894
    http://wrightmuseum.org

    Lisa Simpson Lutts, Executive Director
    NH Boat Museum
    399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896
    http://www.nhbm.org/

    Wolfeboro Chamber http://www.wolfeborochamber.com/


    Fred's collection on display at the NH Boat Museum

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