At the Merrimack Public Library, we focus on providing our patrons with two things: Information and Connections. So maybe it’s not surprising that I really appreciate when I leave a Board meeting or Chamber event with more information and more personal and business connections than I had when I arrived. Some of these connections are intentional, while some are serendipitous. Here’s a recent example: I have a new phone, but I’ve been dissatisfied with the built-in GPS and have been meaning to install a new GPS app when I get a chance to research it. After a recent Chamber event, a few of us were chatting and one happened to mention their new GPS app, and the second person concurred, agreeing that they knew about it and also used it. Wow, I was thrilled - a recommendation and a testimonial on a product that I was looking for, all in a matter of minutes.
But the information doesn’t end there. Like you, I’ve had to continue my professional development on the fly to be able to meet the new demands of my job, and this could be learning better meeting dynamics, fine-turning my “elevator pitch,” or asking how a fellow professional working at their non-profit manages Board relations. Attending Chamber events have been a great venue for aiding me in sharpening up these soft skills because the business professionals who attend demonstrate professional traits and if you’re paying attention, it’s an opportunity to learn from each other, either in a formal or informal mentor relationship.
And then there’s always a new connection – meeting that business owner looking to partner with us, or that company that could use help with training their staff with our library databases, or hoping to find that “someone who knows someone” with a skill or product that we’re looking for. You might know that the Library will be holding our 7th Annual Turkey Shoot: Night of Raffles Fundraising on Nov. 18th at 6:30 at the Wasserman Park Function Hall, and this year we’d like to try hiring a bartender to serve wine and beer. Since this is really out of my bailiwick, naturally, my first thought was to reach out to Carl Soderberg, a fellow Board member, and engineer/brewer/co-founder of Able Ebenezer Brewing Company located right down the street in Merrimack. I’ve gotten to know him a bit over the past few months, and have observed that Carl, like many of my colleagues in the Chamber, is a reasonable person who’s also an expert in his field, and sure enough, he was able to put me in touch with someone in his business circle to help with the event. I’m off and running with minimal effort and my fundraising event is shaping up to be even better than last year’s. –Check out the library’s website at www.merrimacklibrary.org for more details on the Turkey Shoot raffle and how you might win all or part of your Thanksgiving dinner!
Stop by an upcoming Chamber event and see how far your “six degrees of separation” will take you – I may see you there! - Yvette Couser, Director, Merrimack Public Library. Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Chair of the Chamber Ambassador Committee.
New Hampshire offers some of the most stunning views and breathtaking parks and beaches in the country, making it the perfect destination for a family trip or a romantic getaway for two. No matter what time of year you go, you’re sure to find something everyone will love, from sandcastle competitions to boardwalks full of fun attractions. Some visitors fall in love so completely, they make the decision to move to New Hampshire and call it their home state.
One of the best things about this state is that it offers so many different options for families, including affordable attractions with something for all ages as well as the chance to get outside and enjoy nature a bit. While many attractions have a sense of adventure to them, others give off a relaxed atmosphere that will allow you to soak up the history and beauty of the state. Here are some of the best of both worlds.
Morningside Flight Park
If you don’t have a problem with heights and want a bit of adventure, check out this park, which allows you to go hang gliding or zip-lining over a gorgeous forest area. You can even stay and camp out if you’re up to it, and there’s laser tag and kayaking for the kiddos.
Taking a trip in the winter? Head to Ice Castles in Lincoln, New Hampshire. This man-made wonder is created every year by an artist who makes a frozen land of icicles and caves, frozen waterfalls, and glaciers for visitors to trek through. There’s even an ice slide and spelunking!
Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train
On a romantic trip with your significant other? Make a date on the Cafe Lafayette Dinner Train and take a leisurely 20-mile round trip through scenic woods while you dine on fine locally-sourced foods and beverages.
If you’re headed to New Hampshire in the wintertime, make sure you take the kids to Santa’s Village, where they can see where Santa and his reindeer live. This amusement park offers rides and attractions, too, making it a great place to spend a sunny, winter afternoon with the family.
If you’re looking for a place to hit the slopes, look no further than Jackson, New Hampshire. Voted one of the top 10 Best Winter Towns in New England by Yankee Magazine, Jackson offers beautiful ski conditions under a non-profit organization, meaning anyone can get lessons on the slopes.
Although all of New Hampshire’s beaches are gorgeous at any time of year, Hampton is best in the summer, when the boardwalk is filled with activity and the beach itself offers sandcastle building competitions and beautiful waves. History buffs will particularly enjoy the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, which was built in 1899.
Written by Megan Smith
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