Outdoor New England

Despite ice, river has first day events

City NewsMarty ParichandComment

Concord Monitor | December 31, 2016

For the first time in 36 years, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers have been forced to change their traditional New Year’s Day kayaking event on the Winnipesaukee River, due to ice conditions on the lower part of the river. Thanks to the efforts and expertise of Marty Parichand, owner of the Outdoor New England store in Franklin, and Ken Norton of the MVP, and the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, there will be a water release to increase river water flow. Because of their efforts, kayaking will be possible, especially on the upper portion of the river.

Franklin businesses are ready to welcome one and all for the day, and to celebrate the grand opening of Outdoor New England.

Other local businesses that will also be open include: Ralphs & Jo’s Café, with 50 percent off grab and go meals in The Pantry; Take Root Coworking, where people can warm up, get free chair massages, and play board games; Franklin Clothing Company, where everything is 50 percent off; Franklin Studio, serving the Marty Special; Central Sweets, with free ice cream and candy specials; Castaway Bait & Tackle, and more.

Choose Franklin has expanded its offering of events to ring in the New Year. Bring the family for activities for all ages. Children’s events will be happening at Marceau Park and in The Franklin Studio, sponsored by the Franklin Junior Youth Group. A family scavenger hunt will be distributed at Trestle View Park; prizes include $50 to The Franklin Studio and $25 to Franklin Clothing Company, sponsored by Franklin Savings Bank and Scott Stanley Electric.

For more information, visit franklinfirstday.com