WATERVILLE VALLEY, New Hampshire ??вЂќ Waterville Valley’s Town Square will be saying farewell to summer with a weekend full of events for the whole family. Throughout the weekend, visitors can enjoy complimentary concerts, the annual end-of-season bash featuring family fun and games and a barbecue, plus a rubber ducky race for charity and a spectacular fireworks display over Corcoran’s Pond.
“It’s been a great summer season here,” says Town Square manager April Smith. “What better way to celebrate than with an end-of summer party for everyone to enjoy?”
The festivities begin on Saturday, September 3, with a free concert in Town Square. From 6 to 9 p.m., the Jim Devlin Band will take to the Gazebo stage and perform classic rock, easy listening and original compositions.
On Sunday, September 4, Town Square’s annual End-of-Season Bash gets underway with a Best Pet Trick contest. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the competition starts at 10 a.m. Plymouth Pet and Aquarium will present this year’s first place prize. At 11:30 a.m., the family fun will continue with a potato sack race, face painting, a water balloon toss and an outdoor barbecue featuring traditional favorites, provided by Town Square’s own Legends 1291 Sports Bar and Grill. From 1 to 4 p.m., Jim Hollis will perform in the Town Square Gazebo. This one-man act is renowned locally for his classic rock covers and original music. From 6 to 9 p.m., music by the band Plus Johnny will feature classic rock hits and original tunes. The concerts and family events are complimentary and open to the public. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of each event.
It will be like a bath time bonanza starting at 4 p.m., when hundreds of little yellow rubber duckies take to the waters of Snow’s Brook for Waterville Valley’s annual Charity Duck Race. Numbered ducks will be dropped into the river at the Corcoran Pond dam and the “owners” of the first three ducks to make it into the giant net downriver, will win cash prizes – $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Pemi Baker Hospice. All ages are welcome to participate and spectators will be able to cheer on the ducks from the pedestrian bridge, or along the river bank. Duck “owners” need not be present to win! Ducks are on sale now, for $3 each, and may be purchased at the Town Square Condo office or at select Town Square Businesses.
At 9 p.m., Town Square says so long to summer with a bang. A spectacular fireworks display over Corcoran’s Pond will officially mark the end of the season and offer a salute of thanks to all who made the summer of 2005 one to remember.
In addition to all of the scheduled events and activities at Town Square, visitors can enjoy the amenities of Waterville Valley throughout the weekend, or anytime. Outdoor enthusiasts may visit the Adventure Center to rent mountain bikes, take a chair lift ride up Snow’s Mountain, rent a canoe or kayak on Corcoran’s pond. Waterville’s Recreation Department offers activities for adults and kids too. There’s also hiking, fishing, golf, a skateboard park, an athletic club, and shopping and dining at the shops and fine eateries of Town Square.
For more information about Waterville Valley’s Town Square, or to learn about special lodging packages, please call 603-236-8175, or visit www.waterville.com.