Posts Tagged ‘NH’

Snatam Kaur: Lebanon Opera House

08/09/2010

Snatam Kaur performed in Lebanon NH. The evening was a Mountain Spirit Institute fundraiser concert. Here’s a bit of footage from that night. The band stayed in the small town of Sunapee, NH and prepped for their fall tour while at Lake Sunapee.

Snatam Kaur on Tour

07/09/2010

Snatam Kaur’s music touches the soul. Seeing her live in concert can be a transforming experience. You can follow her on Facebook or check out her tour schedule on Spirit Voyage’s website.
Thanks to all of Snatam’s group for coming to New Hampshire.

Companies Doing Good

18/06/2010

Ragged Mountain Equipment Leads the Way in Giving for the Environment

Donating for the Environment

Ragged Mountain Equipment in Intervale, NH is doing good work. When I was climbing in the North Conway area, Rob Nadler and Cort Hansen were just starting the store in a small space behind the Intervale post office. They made their own chalk bags, ice axe leashes and a few polypro pullovers. Since then, they’ve grown the business to one of the best outdoor and retail outlets in the nation. They might not be the biggest, but in my opinion, one of the best. There’s always a good feeling when you go into their store.

In line with their values, there now contributing .50 cents from every sale of a Ragged Mountain made product over $25.00 retail cost  to the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust (USVLT).

USVLT’s mission is to protect the cultural and scenic values of the Upper Saco River Valley by preserving land for farming, forestry, recreation and education.  Founded in 2000, USVLT has helped preserve nearly 4,000 acres of open space here in the area.  The same program is being used by some of the restaurants and B&B’s in the valley.

Says Cort, “I think we are the only retail/manufacturer doing this at this time.  I think it is a great program to raise the awareness of local land conservation issues. ”  He adds, “The customer has the choice at the register to opt out and save $.50.  Very few have done so.”

Every garment has a hang tag explaining their mission.  Says Cort, “We are in the process of expanding hang tags to all our existing inventory which is a major task I can inform you.  New styles come through with the tags already on them.”

They’re up to more good. Adds Cort, “We also enrolled the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring Foundation in the program as well.  All ski trail passes sold here at the Touring Center include a $.50 contribution the USVLT.  We are the only XC ski touring center participating in this program currently.  I think this is vital to making all nordic skiers aware that almost 100% of the valley XC trails use private land which is not protected from development or alternative uses.”
Climber Henry Barber approached Ragged Mountain late last fall about their participating in this this program.

If you’d like to donate and help owners Rob and Cort with this worthwhile project, contact Cort at cort(at)raggedmountain.com

Chimu Inka Yuks It Up

09/04/2010

Capt. Guillermo

During their last tour in the U.S., Chimu Inka had some time to check out New England, kick their feet up and have some fun. Here are some images of light moments during their stay with us in Sunapee, NH.

We stopped at a novelty shop in Portsmouth, NH. Guillermo Seminario had time to try on some of of the various headpieces that the U.S. has to offer.

Wachi Taype, stylin'

Wachi Taype also saw some sunglasses that seemed to fit him quite well. At least that’s what we thought.

When we visited the Statue or Liberty, Mario Montalvo was jumping for joy over his opportunity to visit the Big Apple.  When we last saw the group in Cuzco, Wachi reflected on his U.S. experience – “Randy, our visit to the U.S. seems like dream”, adding, “Did it really happen?”

Mario, enthusiastic in NYC

I assured him it had, and with providence, it will happen again! We can’t wait to have these bright souls back in the U.S.A., and of course for a tour to New Zealand when we’re there.

Sustainability and the American Mind

07/04/2010

Another Tear-Down

Seminario, performing in Keene, NH

Guillermo Seminario, the director of Chimu Inka, the Peruvian band came to the U.S under invitation from Mountain Spirit Institute to run a program to perform and teach about Peruvian folklore music in 2008.  In one Vermont town, we were being housed in a very nice old residence in one of the more ritzy parts of town. At one point during the evening, Guillermo turned to me, shaking his head, saying, “In Peru, there are children without food, and a place to sleep.” He queried, “It confusing me, seeing such wealth in your country when Peru is so poor in many parts of my country.”

Our Peruvian Guests on the Coast, NH

We  have thought and discussed this much since that day. Tearing down a perfectly good house just doesn’t seem right.

It’s more than, “Finish your broccoli, there are people starving in other countries,” but it stems from the same disconnect. It’s true the U.S and other 1st world country’s inhabitants are happily oblivious to our role in contributing to The Empire’s excesses. It’s time to think small, and stop the waste. I have a gut feeling this level of living will not continue, mostly due to peak oil. It’s actually quite obvious.

Raw Milk as Food Rights Catalyst

17/03/2010

By: D.R. Richards

"Where's the Food?"*

We just attended a talk, sponsored by the Weston A. Price Foundation, given by author David Gumpert, who wrote The Raw Milk Revolution. The main point we took away from this informative talk was that raw milk is at the center of an issue about Americans loosing their right to choose what they eat and drink.
Says Gumpert, “The framers of the U.S. Constitution did not include the right to eat and drink what you wished. It wasn’t placed along the right to bear arms or to assemble  becuase growing your own food or purchasing it from your neighbors was a given”.  Gumpert also stated that international agencies such as the World Bank and others were trumping national laws via agreements and treaties that were eliminating U.S. sovereignty on such issues. This seems a bit hard to believe but true, at least on the food front.  To learn more or purchase The Raw Milk Revolution, see the publisher’s website. The book comes highly recommended from audience members who had read it. * Title of another interesting book written years ago on the subject of food supply rights.

This Just In Department

27/02/2010

Art Exhibition at Art 3

“Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.”
Buddha

Thanks to Tom Pirozzoli for sending this quote on one of his emails. Tom also happens to be a participant at Artist’s Reception and Art Exhibit on  Thursday March 4th  11 am-2 pm  in Art 3 Manchester, NH, USA

Local Screening of Movie “Fresh”, 106 Attend

22/11/2009

The Movie Fresh attracts 106 people in small town
Good food, an idea whose time has come
By Randall Richards

Joel Salatin, Organic Farmer, Visionary

The small town of  New London, New Hampshire, saw one-hundred and six people turn out  for the screening of the new movie Fresh, an uplifting documentary about the local organic food movement in the U.S.  The event was co-sponsored by the New London chapter of the Weston A Price Foundation, and  Mountain Spirit Institute on Saturday November 21st.  In addition to the showing,  local vendors and food producers were invited to display, who had tables with samples and brochures, where the audience could browse and learn about the good and local food available in their community.  A brief “Q&A” discussion followed the film,  (more…)

International Day of Climate Action

07/11/2009

The 350 and 2030 Challenges
*By Harry Seidel, Owner
Alae Design

350org

Going Places: 350.org

Last Saturday, Oct. 24th was the International Day of Climate Action, the single most widespread day of political action about any issue, our planet has ever seen. To attract global attention to the “350 Challenge” over 4,000 events took place simultaneously in more than 175 nations. Rather than describe the multitude of events here I would encourage you to visit www.350.org and see for yourself how very big this event was. Most of the events were digitally recorded and collected electronically into a massive compilation. So, what’s the fuss all about? What is the 350 Challenge? And why should we care?

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MSI Co-sponsors “Fresh-The Movie”

03/11/2009

Film-Series-Fresh-Poster

"Fresh" Screening, in NH, USA

Mountain Spirit Institute is co-sponsoring the screening of the movie Fresh in New London, NH on Saturday November 21, at 7PM at the Whipple Auditorium on Main Street.

Says MSI director Randall Richards, “We saw the oportunity to get involved and help with the screening of this movie. We’re providing some desktop layout skills, and equipment for the showing.

Marketing and Development director Amanda Richards,  had heard about the movie Food.Inc, and having just arrived from New Zealand, had been concerned about what she was seeing in the U.S. food supply. When she heard that Linda Howes, CN, HHP, CBE was preparing to show the  movie Fresh, she decided to get involved. Howes is the local chapter representative of the Weston A Price Foundation and owner of Nourishing Wellness, in New London, NH. (more…)