Easter Seals Ride-in to Feature Governor Hassan and Torch Light Parade

by Edith Tucker
The Berlin Reporter
February 5, 2014

SHELBURNE-GORHAM — Gov. Maggie Hassan will take a snowmobile ride with the Easter Seal kids, beginning around 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 8, leaving from the parking lot at the Town & Country Motor Inn and heading up to Jericho State Park in Berlin.

At 4 p.m. that afternoon, it’ll be time to line up at the Town & County’s rear parking lot for the Torch Light parade into downtown Gorham, with the lead snowmobiles starting off at 4:30. For the first time, $150 cash prizes will be awarded for the Best Decorated Sled & Best Costumed Rider. Town Manager Robin Frost will serve as one of the judges.

These are just two of the highlights of many planned activities that will take place in the Androscoggin Valley and across the southern tier of Coös County on this fun-filled fundraising weekend — Feb. 7 to Feb. 9 — to benefit the Easter Seal’s Camp Sno-Mo on the 42nd Annual Ride-In, sponsored by the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA).

On Saturday, the Lancaster Snow Drifters Annual Sausage Roast will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

at their clubhouse on Corridor 5 where in crosses Route 3 in Lancaster, north of Mt. Prospect and Weeks State Park. During those same hours, Crane’s Snowmobile Museum, featuring vintage machines, will be open at 172 Main Street in downtown Lancaster.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, the White Mountain Ridge Runners Annual Steak and Hamburg Feed will be held at their clubhouse on Corridor 19, across from Jericho Motosports in Berlin.

Registration and Welcome tables will be set up at the Town & Country from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, and on Saturday, Feb. 8. Tickets for scenic rides can also be purchased at these tables. The T & C serves as the headquarters for the Easter Seals Ride-In, and NHSA has just signed a three-year contract to continue this tradition. “The Town of Gorham and the Town and Country Motor Inn are extremely hosptable and accommodating, and we’re pleased that we’re signed a three-year contract,” said NHSA executive director Gail Hanson in a Jan. 28 telephone interview.

On Friday night, the Snowmobilers Spaghetti Dinner runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Town & Country’s Main Dining Room.

Comedy Night will follow in the Shelburne Room, with tickets at $5 each and a cash bar. Entertainment will also be available on Saturday night. The Awards and Closing Ceremonies will take place at 10 a.m. on Sunday in the T & C’s Shelburne Room.

The Easter Seals NH and the Daniel Webster Council of the Boy Scouts of America work together at Camp Sno-Mo, a nationally recognized, residential camp program sponsored by the NHSA to create life-changing experiences for campers. The Easter Seals Ride-In is the sole fundraiser for this special camp.

Located in Gilmanton Iron Works, children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, ages 11-21, can inclusively participate alongside Boy Scouts in a wide variety of activities: water sports, team sports, hiking, archery, a ropes course and crafts. Campers gain courage experiencing new adventures, develop confidence discovering new abilities, make connections building friendships and create treasured memories to last a lifetime.

The yearly proceeds from the Ride-In allow over 100 children to attend Camp Sno-Mo every year.

If as much snow falls as locals hope, a winter scene like this — taken last year on an Umbagog
Snowmobile Association trail — will be replicated in the Berlin-Gorham area and southern tier of Coös
County during the 42nd Annual Easter Seals Ride-In weekend, which includes a visit from Gov. Maggie
Hassan and the Torch Light Parade into downtown Gorham.


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