King Pine & Purity Springs Resort Sponsor Cynthia’s Challenge for Sammy


King Pine Ski Area at Purity Spring Resort is sponsoring the second
Cynthia’s Challenge 24 Hour Ski-A-Thon.

The Ski-A-Thon will take place from 9pm Friday, January 9th through Saturday, January 10th benefitting one of King Pine’s own, Sammy Gillard. We need all the help we can get to raise $45,000 – the cost of a wheelchair accessible vehicle for Sammy. With this vehicle, Sammy’s family will be able to continue to travel with her and provide a much happier and fuller life.

Seven year old Samantha “Sammy” is the daughter of Jenny and Geoff Gillard of Newton, MA. Sammy’s grandfather “Tex” Gillard is a long time ski patroller at King Pine Ski Area and the family have grown up skiing in East Madison. Sammy was diagnosed with Rett syndrome when she was 9 months old. Rett syndrome is a unique developmental disorder caused by mutations on the X chromosome on a gene called MECP2. A rare disease, the incidence of Rett syndrome is about 1 in 10,000 females. The course of Rett syndrome, including the age of onset and severity, varies from child to child. As the syndrome progresses, most children lose purposeful use of their hands and the ability to speak. Other symptoms may include loss of motor skills, breathing and cardiac irregularities, seizures, digestive problems, scoliosis, and tremors.

We are reaching out to the community and area businesses.  We are asking for your help by either registering a team, donating items to help with a raffle or by making a monetary contribution.

Registration is $99 per person and includes dinner, breakfast and lunch, a 24-hr lift ticket, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event, as well as a customized t-shirt, games and memories to last a lifetime.  Register a team of four and the 5th is free!  Ages 8 and under are also free; we ask that kids get friends and family to sponsor them per ski run. We will provide a form to keep track of sponsors for you.  A slopeside lodging package at King Pine is available through Purity Spring Resort or come prepared with your sleeping bag for the Lodge!

Your participation would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions please email

Event Flyer

Event Pledge & Registration Forms

Donate online today!

or donations can be made out to “Cynthia’s Challenge” and mailed to:
King Pine Ski Area
Attn: Marketing
1251 Eaton Road
East Madison, NH 03849

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

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