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August 11, 2020
AMBIEs AWARDS - September 22 at CATHEDRAL OF THE PINES
You are invited to join us at our annual AMBIEs Awards Ceremony so that we can properly thank you for all of your dedicated and passionate service. You are not only very important friends to Granite State Ambassadors, the tourism industry is very thankful for all you are doing to learn even more about their businesses and the entire state during our mandated down-time.

We are excited to announce that we were able to reschedule our annual AMBIEs Awards Luncheon to an incredibly beautiful and spacious outdoor venue, Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge NH. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 10am at the Cathedral of the Pine's Altar of the Nation which has a panoramic view of Grand Monadnock and the Cathedral's charming gardens.

Please view our AMBIES information page for more information: https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/ambies-awards-luncheon-2020. SIGN UPS ARE OPEN!


AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN UNTIL AUGUST 21st: https://surveyhero.com/c/ambies2020

In addition to our earned hours awards, we have several peer awards. These peer awards are NOT determined by the GSA staff - recipients are chosen from nominations made from our GSA volunteers, partners, friends and industry members. Your thoughtful nominations are reviewed by all the past 'GSAs of the Year,' and after careful consideration of each and every one, they make their decisions. It's always so hard to choose a select few and as you can imagine, this meeting sometimes goes on for hours!

With that said, please take a moment to nominate at least one fellow GSA or center manager. It means so much and really makes our event special. We've listed the peer awards and have included a listing of past recipients on the AMBIEs webpage https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/ambies-awards-luncheon-2020. You will receive 1 administrative hour for each complete nomination you submit.


Need a replacement badge?
If you have already received your permanent badge and need a replacement, you can place your order via our online store now. Badge orders MUST be received by August 21. You can make payment by check, cash or card (debit is preferred over credit - lower fees for us). New earned badges will be ordered automatically.
Yearbook Photos
We are working on the yearbook and are in need of a cover photo. If you have a favorite you would like to share or would like to submit a recent photo of GSAs volunteering, please send to kelly@nhgsa.com.
Mandatory GSA Waiver to Volunteer: https://surveyhero.com/c/covid-waiver

Please see our website for specific reopening information about each center: https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/covid-summer-2020-volunteer-shift-and-center-re-openings

Please click here for information specific to MHT reopening: https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/gsa/mht-shift-re-opening

We hope to have more information on the upcoming MHT Customer Service Day "Aviation Day" August 19 shortly.


We will be compiling information about reopening from our centers and will share this information with you as we have it on our For Current GSA page.

Bedrock Gardens:
Bedrock Gardens is looking for volunteers to greet visitors on their Open House weekends.  Sign up here.
Check out this year's volunteer activities and sign up for shifts that fit in with your schedule. If you have ANY questions about volunteering, please reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Deb Nugent, at ddteag1@comcast.net or call at (603)978-2445.Thanks again for your dedication and we'll see you at the gardens!

Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 12:00-4:00 | Fridays: 11:00-3:00.  One person per shift.

Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce
Sunday through Saturday: 10:00-12:00; 12:00-3:00. One person per shift.

Millyard Museum
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00-1:00 and 1:00-4:00. One person per shift.

State Visitor Centers (one GSA per shift):
Canterbury State Welcome Center
Thursday 12:00-3:00 | Friday 9:00-12:00 and 12:00-3:00
Saturday 9:00-12:00 and 12:00-3:00 | Sunday 9:00-12:00

Canterbury, Colebrook, Intervale, Lebanon, Littleton, Sanbornton, Springfield, Sutton State Welcome Centers
Thursday through Monday: 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00, 3:00-5:00

Hooksett Northbound and Southbound:
Sunday through Saturday: 9:00-12:00, 12:00-3:00, 3:00-5:00

Salem & Seabrook State Welcome Centers
Salem:                8:00-10:00 Daily
Seabrook:           8:00-9:00 Daily

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is looking for volunteers.
Volunteer Open House Monday August 17th


GSA has approached the museum about becoming an official GSA member center. If you think that you would be interested in volunteering at this location now or in the future, please let Kelly know asap to help them make their decision. Regardless, you are invited to attend their open house.

Want to join a community of people who enjoy aviation? Would you like to make a difference, help a good cause and have fun doing it? Then you're invited to attend the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire's upcoming volunteer open house on Monday, Aug. 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

You'll meet several of our current volunteers, and learn about the many ways volunteers help the Aviation Museum carry out our mission. The open house will be held at the museum, 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry. Face coverings will be required; the facility is compliant with all local and CDC Covid-19 guidelines.

Volunteers perform a wide range of functions:

• For the museum's main exhibit floor, volunteers greet guests at the front desk, lead tours, and help staff our gift shop.

• For our historical archive, they help evaluate donations, catalog items, and help researchers.

• For our education outreach program, they help inspire young people of all ages about the physics of flight and the wonders of aviation.

• For administration, volunteers help with memberships, fundraising, communications, and building maintenance.

• Technically-minded volunteers help with the museum's IT systems; those with aviation experience manage the museum's Elite Flight Simulator, although anyone can be trained to operate it.

• Those with mechanical or engineering experience may be interested in helping the Aviation Museum's innovative student plane-build partnership with the Manchester School of Technology.

Attendance is limited to 15 people. Call in advance for more info or to reserve space: (603) 669-4820.

The Aviation Museum of N.H., located at 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H., is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Bedrock Gardens Tour - in-person August 18th
On August 18, 10-11:30 am, we will be visiting Bedrock Gardens for a guided tour, given by John Forti, Executive Director.  Masks will be required, and we will cap the tour at 15 people.  We have also set a minimum hour requirement of 150 hours.  If on August 11th there is still space, please feel free to sign up if you do not meet the hour requirement.
Please see the info. page for more logistics and details.


Hours Submission: If you helped out with any sort of meeting or project for administrative hours, please submit your hours through our submission link here. Thank you!

Upcoming projects: relocation information; military locations; FAQs for each center; need photos of places listed in our Regional Referral Guides, operations survey... If you would like to help - email Kelly for details.

LOOKING FOR YOUR NEW HAMPSHIRE PHOTOS
Need a reason to get out and drive around? We would love to add photos to our Regional Referral Guides and Information Pages. Please visit our regional referral guide for your region or one you would like to explore and submit your corresponding photos to Kelly@nhgsa.com (we will need your permission to publish your images as well). We would also love a paragraph or two about your experience at any of the sites to include on our page as well.
 

NEW EXPLORE NEW HAMPSHIRE ONLINE GUIDE

Take a look at the beginnings of our new public section of our website. These information and referral guides are here to help you and our guests.
https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/explorenh
 

Want to research What's New in NH?
The Division of Travel & Tourism is seeking news related to hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related companies in New Hampshire. This could include major renovations, new menus, special events, promotions/packages etc. Select answers will be pitched to national, regional and in-state journalists for ongoing media opportunities.

Information Needed:

  • Business/website
  • Location
  • Brief description
  • Pricing (if applicable)
  • Horizontal, high-resolution images with photo credit (if applicable)

Deadline is Friday, August 14, 2020 at 12:00pm.  Send information to Kris.Neilsen@livefree.nh.gov with "What's New" in your subject line.


TAKE A PEEK AT OUR NEW EXPANDED NH RAIL TRAILS & BIKE PATHS PAGE!
https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/gsa/regional-resource-guides/nh-rail-trails-and-bike-paths
We would love to add photos to this page as well.

CONCORD TV

If you participate in this virtual experience, you can earn an hour credit for doing so! To receive hours, use our online response form: https://surveyhero.com/c/sunnygazette

We have compiled all of the Virtual Experiences we have featured so far along with your feedback on our website. Click here to catch up or experience it again!

About:
Concord TV is a non profit organization, incorporated in 1998, to manage Concord New Hampshire’s community television center and its three channels:

Channel 6 – Education
Channel 17 – Government
Channel 22 – Public Access Channel

Concord TV provides:
Social Committee: The Social Committee will be hosting a Lunch in the Park in Concord!
When: Monday August 24th (rain date is Tuesday Aug 25th)
Time: Noon
Where: Rollins Park 116 Broadway St Concord, NH 03301
https://www.concordnh.gov/facilities/facility/details/Rollins-Park-17
Parking: Bow St. or Broadway St.
Uniform: Up to you
Sign up: GSA calendar
Lunch: Tuckers is less than a mile north of the park. From there, you can just go south on Broadway. If you are coming from a distance, it also gives you a restroom stop before the park. You probably will want to call in your order ahead of time. 
https://tuckersnh.com
Details: Bring your lunch, drinks and a chair (or blanket). We will pick a shady spot and spread out so we can chat but keep our social distancing. Feel free to bring an outdoor game if you would like.  There are Port O Potties at Rollins.

Contact Sue at socialcommittee@nhgsa.com with any other questions.


Need to get out and play?
In September, Kelly will be inviting any GSA (as a friend) to join her for hikes, bikes, and paddles around central NH during her time off. Watch the newsletter for planned exploration dates and activities. These will be purely social and will be limited in numbers to stay safe.

Updated Dates:

For Centers that are Open: Welcome Center shift calendars are open through November 2020. December 2020 ‘center’ calendars open September 1, at 7am. Note: All center calendar openings will happen at 7am now regardless of day they fall on. ** Events, meetings, tours, and activities have their own designated sign-up dates/times.

Available Shifts - See center reopening updates for dates

Aviation Day / Customer Appreciation Day at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport - August 19th
Apparel Show Event - rescheduled to October 18-21
AMBIEs Awards Luncheon - September 22
Bed & Breakfast Tour - rescheduled to first week of November
Market Days (Intown Concord event) - August - Market Month (instead of specific days)

Cancelled:

The Big E
NH Camping & RV Show
Chuckster's Mini Golf Outing
Ribfest


Masks: We’ve had several inquiries about GSA logo’d masks. Because of liability concerns and knowing that a GSA, if given the choice, will generally choose the GSA logo’d mask to feel ‘in uniform,’ I am not putting forth an official mask option. I want you to wear the mask that YOU have chosen - that you feel safest and most comfortable in - that fits you properly… if someone got sick and felt that our mask (perceived as required or not) was to blame, our organization couldn’t take the hit right now.

That being said, DF Custom Embroidery has made some GSA logo’d masks at the request of a GSA. They can be made with or without a filter pocket and start at $15 ea. Again, these are not official GSA uniform and just another option for you. We also have GSAs who are sewing masks and you can reach out to Kelly to get one (no cost). Both options are NOT medical grade and are considered dust masks. Hannaford has multi-packs of disposable masks as well and I’m starting to see these in many other stores.

I’ve seen face shields at Staples and Ocean State Job Lots for $5 ea. 


Missed a Sunny Gazette? Read previous issues here!




https://nhgranitestateambassadors.org/nh-business-operation-updates
 

Article in North Country Notebook about Mike Bruno: You Just Have to Slow Down, Pull Over, and Read the Sign

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Tanger Outlet Center - Tilton
Back to school essentials at prices that will make you smile! Whether the kiddos are logging in or heading back to the classroom, save an extra 20% OFF on the best fall finds at Tanger Outlets Tilton! Get your coupons now: https://tngr.life/TSBTS3 


NHBR Issue: July 31-August 13

NH Magazine:
The History, Legends, and Progress of Manchester's Urban Ponds
A Visit to Dartmouth's Tomb Room
Know Your Farmer, Trust Your Food


Society for the Protection of NH Forests:
Read Forest Notes here

Summer Events
Mindfulness in Nature: Meditation with Liz Korabek — Monday evenings at 5 PM
Creek Farm Reservation, Portsmouth

Mindfulness teacher Liz Korabek-Emerson, MFA, will lead an outdoor, socially-distanced sitting and walking meditation practice by Sagamore Creek on Monday evenings through August 24: July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17, and Aug. 24 Donations suggested. Learn more.

Department of Travel & Tourism:
Fall Adventure Planning
NH Wildlife
Kayak with a View


Monadnock Area:
Feel the Rhythm
African Drums & Dance
August Sundays, 10 - 11:15 am
Add a new tempo to your summer Sundays in August - now is your chance to learn the rhythms of African drumming and dance! Starting this Sunday, Sága presents a traditional African drum and dance class workshop series with Theo Martey of the Akwaaba Ensemble. This series runs four Sunday mornings (8/2, 8/9, 8/16 & 8/23)  in Putnam Park in downtown Peterborough.
Each class workshop will feature 35 minutes of drumming (drums available to borrow), then 40 minutes of dance –– so fun! Kids are very welcome, too, as long as parents either take the class with them or remain on site and responsible for them at all times. Registration for the series is required. Sign up today!
More Information

Take a Storywalk
Follow Swirl by Swirl   August 3 - 27
Take a walk along the path behind the Hancock Meeting House, where pages from Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature will be laid out for you to read as you go. Find out how elephant tusks, snails, and fiddlehead ferns all have something in common: spirals! Author Joyce Sidman’s lyrical writing and Peterborough illustrator Beth Krommes’ vivid scratchboard artwork will inspire you to look for spirals in your own backyard, and beyond. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center for Conservation Education and the Hancock Town Library.

Small Town - Big Sounds
Thursdays 6:00pm
Kickstart your weekend with this summer concert-on-the-town-green series that will run into September. Pack up a picnic or look for local food vendors, all mindful of pandemic protocols. Winchester Music in the Park will feature Life on Venus, 8/13. This duo just won the first regional talent contest organized by Reality Check and the Keene Sentinel. 
Check out the Concerts
Follow Life On Venus

Online Class - Create a Wooly Loon
August 8, 2 - 3:30 pm
Join this online class for felting with Jennifer McCarthy and use the beautiful wool fleece of Harrisville Designs to learn the art of needle felting. In this beginner friendly workshop, you will learn the basics of needle felting in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and how to make your own needle felted loon from start to finish. No experience is necessary. All materials for two loons sent to you by UPS or if you are local you may arrange materials pickup.  Register soon to allow time for the mail!

 


Historical Society of Cheshire County

2020 marks the anniversary of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution, women gaining the right to vote. Join us to as we celebrate this milestone.
 
 
 

NH PoutineFest

Poutiniacs, join us on a summer roadshow visiting poutine loving restaurants around our region. Share your roadshow photos on our event page and all over your social media. Let's show these restaurants some real support.

How does it work?  You purchase your ticket - 2 levels available.

$29.99 - Passport and Official Road Show T-Shirt

$14.99 - Passport without a sweet shirt

Between July 11th and August 31st, 2020 visit or get take-out from any of our participating restaurants and get 25% off a regular size order of poutine. The discount is not valid with delivery apps.

What restaurants are participating? Check back on our page throughout the week for announcements!
Tickets

 


Squam Lakes Association
NH's 52 With a View

Join us on Wednesday, August 19th from 7:00-8:00 pm for a virtual Squam Speaker Series! This month’s speaker is Ken MacGray, the author of New Hampshire’s 52 With a View – A Hiker’s Guide and The Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide for the Appalachian Mountain Club.
Wednesday’s discussion will focus on the increasingly-popular 52 With A View hiking list, which was created to be a complement to the New Hampshire 4,000 Footers. We will explore the origins of the list and how it was created by the Over The Hill Hikers from Sandwich, NH, the appeal of the hikes on the list to experienced and beginner hikers alike, and a new comprehensive guidebook that contains everything you need to explore these peaks.
Register here


Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth - Summer inspiration for all
Cruise Scenic Route 1A, 1B or both!
Visit the beaches 
Smell the roses at Fuller Gardens, a botanical garden nestled off of 1A
Take a guided Historic Walking Tour with Discover Portsmouth Center
or a Food Walking Tour with Portsmouth Eats 
Grab a sweet treat and stroll through Prescott Park
Bring a picnic to Peirce Island or Four Tree Island 
Bike the paths at Odiorne Point State Park

Ding Dong Delivers


Spend $100, pay $80! Valid at DingDongDeliver.com. Not valid at T-BONES, CJ's, Cactus Jack's, and Copper Door. This is the $20 Off $100 DDD Offer Promotion. Must use code DDD20 at checkout. Limit one per customer / per order. No cash value. Expires 9/30/2020.
Ding Dong Delivers



Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa

September Exclusive
SAVE UP TO 30% IN LATE AUGUST AND THROUGHOUT SEPTEMBER!
Late August through September is one of the most desirable times to visit the White Mountains. The activities are plentiful, the weather is beautiful, the crowds are sparse, and the mountain views are breathtaking. For a limited time, save up to 30% on selected room types from August 16th through October 1st. This particular special also incorporates a daily breakfast credit for each guest and is restricted to midweek dates. To make reservations, or if you have questions regarding our COVID-19 response, please contact our team directly at 844.707.7853.
 

Concord Coach Lines Buses to Resume Runs Aug. 16, with COVID-related Limits

July Best Practices


C & J Buses Will Be Back on the Road within Weeks

Visitors to Mount Washington Valley Asked to Mind Their Manners
This one goes out to all the airport volunteers. Thanks Tim A for submitting :)
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