Meredith Storyteller Rusty Locke Appears at Corner House Inn on Jan. 7th.

Rusty-LockeGeorge “Rusty” Locke, an entertainment fixture in the Lakes Region for over twenty years, appears at the Corner House Inn’s Storytelling Dinner Program on Thursday, Jan. 7th. Rusty plays several stringed instruments, including banjo, guitar and auto-harp and uses them to weave a spell over his audience as he spins yarns as varied as “Anansi” folk tales from west Africa to his own life experiences.

Rusty has a rich baritone voice which he uses to coax audiences to sing with him and he has a wry sense of humor that keeps them smiling. He has appeared in venues as diverse as his talents, from schoolrooms to stadiums. He is a gifted storyteller, a musician, an actor and writer, with many of his stories appearing in such national magazines as “Good Old Days” and “Grit” and with a book available on Amazon containing his own tales of Sherlock Holmes entitled “A Holmes Duet”. He is a busy blogger on several web sites including his own,, a place dedicated to popular music from the 40’s through the 1970’s. Rusty will capture your heart with his own songs as well as his version of many popular songs from folk to jazz and everything in between.

He was born and raised in New Hampshire (with a short stop in Vermont), graduated high-school in 1960 and joined the Army where began playing guitar while serving in Korea as a photographer and correspondent with “The Cavalier” and “Stars and Stripes” (Pacific Edition). He was assigned later to a  position as broadcast specialist at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico where he wrote, produced and announced for “White Sands Report” a program heard throughout the southwest.

After his tour of duty was over, Rusty returned to New England where he went to school briefly in Boston, and began a decade long career as a radio personality, disc-jockey, copy writer, reporter and color commentator for several local radio stations. He hosted an interview program on radio where he spoke with such entertainers as William Shatner, Tom Rush, Richard Nixon, Eugene McCarthy George Gobel and Gerry Mulligan.

Rusty has appeared in several local theater productions including as a member of the cast of “Play Ball”, a show dedicated to our national pastime, written and directed by his brother Gary and performed in Portsmouth’s famous “Players Ring” where his daughter Elizabeth has also appeared many times. Talent runs in this family for his son Joshua and grandson Hayden appeared recently in the Players Ring rendition of “A Christmas Carol”.

Speaking of children, Rusty has nine and his grandchildren number five.  He is retired and lives with his wife Rose in Meredith NH.

Join Rusty Locke this Thursday, Jan.7th when his stories and songs will capture your ear for an evening. Storytelling Dinners are held each Thursday evening at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich, NH from late October through May. Dinner begins at 6:30 pm and the cost is $21.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or more information contact the Corner House at 603-284-6219 or online at

Join us opening day for early season skiing and riding!


Winter Solstice made it’s debut this week and temperatures have dropped enough over this past weekend for our incredible snowmakers to cover the trails for skiing and riding!

King Pine will open for the season December 26th from 8:30am to 4pm with early season ticket pricing of $35 adults and $25 juniors. Ages 5 and under ski or ride for free (lift ticket required).

Join us at the Trail’s End Tavern for apres ski Saturday (12/26) with a live music performance from 3-6pm.  As trail counts and conditions can change daily, please check the King Pine snow conditions report for the latest trail count, conditions and lift ticket pricing.

The Hoyt Family

Christmas Dinner Buffet 

Join us at Traditions Restaurant & Pub for a delicious Christmas Dinner, from 4-8pm on Friday, December 25.

Dinner will be a Christmas buffet, featuring slow-roasted prime rib, stuffed filet of sole with a seafood stuffing, chicken cordon bleu and more! Check out the full menu (PDF).

Reservations are required, and seating is limited, so please call 603-367-8896 to make your reservations.  Adults 13 & up $25 and juniors 4-12 are $15. Little ones age 3 and under eat for free!

Chalmers Insurance Group

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Visit any of our nine offices in Maine and New Hampshire. We are social and mobile so please do not hesitate to connect with us the way you want to! To reach your local Chalmers office call 800-360-3000. To learn about commercial insurance, personal insurance and benefit services visit

King Pine Ski Area Opens Friday, December 18th


Start your winter season with King Pine Ski Area opening on Friday, December 18th. Ski and ride from Noon to 7pm for $20. Plus, donate non-perishable food items on opening day and receive $1 off for each item received ($5 discount per person max). Donations will be given to the local food pantries for the holiday season.

Did you know that King Pine and Purity Spring Resort have a variety of  lodging options, all less than one mile from the ski area.  Ski & Stay Getaway packages start as low as $74 per person, per night, including lift tickets.  {Special Insider’s Tip} Stay midweek, it includes SO much more! Your Adventure Starts here.

Not finished Christmas Shopping? Treat yourself while checking off those final items on your list. Check out the Countdown to Christmas package.

New Year’s Eve
Celebrate the New Year in a safe, fun, and family-friendly environment!

A family of four can stay at Purity Spring Resort NYE starting at – Two night minimum, $291.00 per night for 2 adults and 2 children ages (6-12)

Additional Adults: $39.00 per night
Juniors (ages 6-12): $34.50 per night
5 & under are free!
Does not include tax & gratuities. Limited availability.

*Discounted lift tickets for King Pine Ski Area available for in-house guests!

To Book
or for more information please call our Reservations Office at (800) 373-3754!

Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project

TAMWORTH (NH) – THURSDAY, December 17: Please join Arts Council of Tamworth and mural artist David Fichter on Thursday, December 17, 6:30 PM at Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth for the kickoff event for the Tamworth’s 250th Mosaic Mural Project, an opportunity to learn more about the project and begin the communal work of designing it. Fichter will show images of similar projects and explain the process, and then participants will have an opportunity to brainstorm design elements. Please bring old photos, other images, and ideas. More info: