Calendar Pick of the Week:

Franconia Notch Festival
Honors Old Man of the Mountain
May 3, 2008 -- noon to 9 p.m.

Five years to the day after the Old
Man collapsed, there will be music
and dancing in Franconia Notch
as part of a festival tribute to the state icon.
The Wicked Smart Horn Band shares top billing with the Fifth Annual Profile
Awards and a lakeside tribute to the much-loved Old Man of the Mountain at
Cannon Mountain on Saturday, May 3 from noon to 9 pm. Governor John Lynch
has been invited to preside at a tribute to the Old Man at the Veterans
Memorial Park on the shore of Echo Lake starting at 2 pm.

The Old Man of the Mountain Legacy Fund was formed in 2003 to develop plans
to commemorate the Old Man. This year’s event at Franconia Notch State Park is
designed to showcase the Park’s scenic beauty and honor the Old Man. Local
Chambers of Commerce are co-sponsors of the Festival, and have organized
special music, student projects, family hikes and bike rides along the paved bike
path from Echo Lake to Profile Lake. Cannon Mountain is opening the aerial
tramway for rides to the summit of Cannon from 12 – 3:30, with a portion of the
proceeds to benefit the Old Man Legacy Fund. Cost is $11 for adults, $7 for
children ages 6-12, and children 5 and under free with adult. At the tram base
lodge, visitors can see the 17-foot-long model of the proposed monolithic
sculpture to the Old Man, and see a short film about the $4.8 million effort to
commission an original three-part outdoor monument. Old Man Bobbleheads
and books about the state’s most famous image will be for sale at the Old Man
Country Store. Dave and Deborah Nielsen, longtime caretakers of the Old Man,
will share their recollections with visitors at the Old Man of the Mountain
Museum near Profile Lake, which contains many exhibits about the Old Man.  
For more information visit:
www.franconianotch.org/old_man.html


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