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
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
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
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
If as much
snow falls as locals hope, a winter scene like this — taken last year on an
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.