Seacoast Naturalist Weaves Tales at the Corner House on Thurs. Dec. 4th

deb-ballouDebra Ballou, storyteller, writer, educator, and fellow traveler of the trails of life returns to the Corner House Inn’s Storytelling Dinner program on Thursday, Dec. 4th to share stories from various cultures. Debra’s wanderings lead her to fascinating places that provided life experiences in natural history and cultural history. Whether it’s from the peak of Mount Washington to the shores of Isle Madame off the coast of Cape Breton, from the glacier of Mount Marmalada in the Italian Alps to the canals of Venice, or from the fields, forests, lakes, and streams of New Hampshire to Mangrove Everglades of Florida, Debra always looks for tales to tell.  These adventures, among many others, lend fuel to the imagination of this Eco teller as she continuously looks for the story of nature and nature in story.

For over 15 years Debra has been telling stories to audiences of all ages incorporating folktales, fairy tales, Native American stories, original stories, personal adventures, and poems. She often uses musical instruments, singing, and/or audience participation to enhance the experience. She performs in the expected venues such as retirement communities, schools, libraries, nature centers, festivals, Elderhostel programs, children’s camps, etc. and the more unexpected places like a car dealership waiting room, the deck of a ship, and a workshop on small business finance. Her recent journeys have kept her closer to home performing a variety of stories for Read Across America programs for schools and libraries in New Hampshire, including excerpts from Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”.

Debra encourages others to explore the natural world and its influence on their cultural heritage by combining her background in biological science and environmental education with storytelling when she conducts workshops around the New England area.  A member of LANES (League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling), she has served on their Board of Trustees including stints as President and Treasurer. Currently she serves as the coordinator and facilitator for the Seacoast Storytellers Guild, which is one of five Story Guilds in New Hampshire. Debra was the 2012 recipient of the “Gateways Award” from the New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance because she “consistently promotes community, understanding, and appreciation through the oral tradition of story telling.” No matter where Debra Ballou travels she brings, from the mountains to the sea, Tales from the Heart.

Storytelling Dinners are held each Thursday evening at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich from late October through May. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and includes salad, entrée, dessert, coffee and glass of wine, along with great storytelling entertainment. The cost is $19.95 per person, plus tax & gratuity. For more information or reservations contact the Corner House Inn at 284-6219 or online at

Save The Date… Business Expo, December 4th


Thursday, December 4th

GOACC Business Expo Hosted by

 River’s Edge Grille & Tavern


Route 16B, Center Ossipee

Join the business community December 4th between 5:30 pm -7:30 pm for a fun and relaxing evening. Meet up with Chamber Members both new and old & enjoy some great food & beverages.

Raffle Prizes
Gift Certificates & More 


Our Sponsors For This Event:

Cornerstone Christian Academy
Silver Lake Massage Therapy
Aardvark Woodworking
The Laker Publications
Sweet Rides Snowmobiles
Ski Works
King Pine Ski Area

Corner House Inn Presents Haunting Ghost Stories Thursday October 30th

Haunting Ghost Stories
Kick off 27th Season of
Corner House Storytelling Dinners
On Thursday Oct. 30


The Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich kicks off its 27th consecutive season of Storytelling Dinners with a GHOST STORY GALA on Thursday, Oct. 30th. Six different storytellers will be on hand to tell their favorite spine-tingling stories!

Appearing will be: White Mtn. storytellers Ed Fayle and Joan Veilleux, central NH storytellers Lauretta Phillips and Peter Brodeur, and seacoast area storytellers Angela Klingler and Shelley Hersey.

Ed Fayle (whose interest in the spirit world has created a special connection with “Clarence” – the Corner House resident ghost) has been recognized as a favorite storyteller in Mount Washington Valley for over a decade.

Joan Veilleux, a naturalist and sometime mountain guide from Brownfield MEwill be sharing a tale about a sasquatch-like creature in the New England wilderness.

Lauretta Philips is the creator & host of “The Talking Stick”, a storytelling radio program at Colby-Sawyer College. A professional storyteller for the past two decades, her repertoire includes folk tales, legends, and some of her own very tall tales.

Peter Brodeur (aka Bearded Turtle) is best known to Corner House audiences as a teller of Native American stories. He started telling American Indian legends while working as a tour guide at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum.

Annually voted by fellow “trick or treaters” as having the best “witch’s cackle,” nationally recognized storyteller Angela Klingler’s love of telling “scary stories” and haunting legends began during her years at summer camp in New Mexico and she has been honing that childhood skill professionally since 1989.

Shelley Hersey has been telling tales for over thirty years and is a member of LANES – the League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers. She is one of the core founders of The Seacoast Storytellers Guild. Scary stories are among her favorites to tell.

Each Corner House storytelling season begins the Thursday before Halloween, and continues on Thursday evenings through the end of May. Storytelling Dinners begin at 6:30 pm. The cost is $19.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes salad, entrée, glass of wine, dessert, and coffee. For reservations and more information regarding the program contact Don Brown at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich, NH. The phone number is 284-6219 and the email address is

Bank of New Hampshire Launches 5th Annual Feeding NH Food Drive

The holiday season is growing near and local food pantry shelves are in need. Help feed your community to ensure that every family gets to enjoy the season of giving. Each of Bank of New Hampshire’s 21 Banking Offices will be accepting non-perishable food items as well as monetary donations from October 14th through November 14th and all donations will benefit local food pantries throughout the state.

“Being an outstanding corporate citizen is very important to Bank of New Hampshire,” stated Ann Nichols, SVP – Chief Retail Banking Officer for Bank of New Hampshire. “Repeating our annual food drive will help support food pantries across New Hampshire. Between our employee’s contributions and the community’s support, we hope to make a difference.”

Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 21 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit

In 2013, Bank of New Hampshire’s 21 Banking Offices collected nearly 5,100 non-perishable food items and over $600 in monetary donations. These donations were delivered to nineteen local food pantries throughout New Hampshire.

For More Information Contact:
Tiffany Benton
Public Relations Manager
(603) 527-3270