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‘Castle In The Clouds’, N.H., Spring 2021 Volunteer Day — May 15.

by Anura Guruge


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Lynne Walsh, “The Castle’s” exemplary Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator, who makes this all possible & work — along with Al Sochard, Director of Buildings & Grounds


It was BOTH fun & productive. So glad we went & pitched in. I think this was our 5th time. We ‘specialize’ in cleaning the three trolleys — inside & out. Today, I even started scraping off some peeling varnish from one of the trolleys. My plan is to go back & give it a new coat of good marine varnish.


According to the ‘Thank You’ e-mail from Lynne this is what we all got done today. I am glad.

We got a huge amount done and I think this makes us that much closer for opening May 29th.  Here’s what we accomplished today!

  • Much raking around the main parking lot, walkway to the Carriage House, and large picnic area in front of the gift shop.  This makes it look cleaner and welcoming to guests – with our first guests coming tonight to our first wedding of the season.
  • All trolleys were cleaned from top to bottom, outside and in!  This too really enhances the appeal to the wedding guests tonight!
  • Additional garden clean up and primping by some of the gardeners at gardens by the Carriage House and Gift shop.  Beautiful flowers and plants blooming!
  • Planted the window box at Maple Lodge by another gardener – thanks Gretchen!
  • Painted the lower guard rail in the main parking lot (volunteers had painted  the upper guard rail the year before so this really looks nice now!)
  • Painted the benches on the sun porch up at Lucknow Mansion to welcome all tour guests.

The weather could not have been more perfect. WOW. First really warm day of 2021. We lucked out. Well, I try not to wait just for the Volunteer Days. I went in a few extra days last year. Hopefully I can do the same this year as well.

SUPPORT ‘The Castle’. It is a New Hampshire TREASURE. Wonderful place to be around. Volunteer. Nice bunch of folks — bar I. But you can avoid me. SMILE.

Hiking The ‘Shannon Brook Trail’ At ‘Castle In The Clouds’, Moultonboro, N.H.

by Anura Guruge


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It was the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend. It was a picture perfect day in terms of New Hampshire weather. We wanted to do something ‘outside’ and the ‘Castle‘ came to mind. That we were going to dinner at Giuseppe’s in Meredith in the evening made it a ‘no brainer’. We could just do a loop of the Lake. And that is what we did.

Though we had free tickets for the ‘Castle‘ from ‘Volunteer Day‘ none of us wanted to tour the ‘Castle’ again. We have all visited it at least six times. So, we just wanted to enjoy the grounds. Found this hike. Nice and easy as hikes go and you can still visit the waterfall. So, great value. I enjoyed it. I had already walked/run 3 miles in the morning. So, I wasn’t too concerned that it was not overly long. Still ended up doing 20,000 steps for the day. I am cool with that.

This trail, as you can see from the maps, parallels the ‘paid entrance’ auto road for much of the way. You are not allowed to walk on the auto road — autos only. So, for folks like us who want to hike this is the way to do it. You can see the road from many places on the trail. You could cut across if you wanted. SMILE.


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‘Castle In The Clouds’ (Moultonborough, NH), Fall Clean Up Day Is Saturday, November 10, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access their page for this ‘Clean Up Day’.


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This is a worthwhile, fun & rewarding experience. We took part in the May 2018 ‘Spring Clean Up Day‘ and it was a blast. Since all three of us did the full 4-hour shift we got six free tickets which we have yet to use.

Being around the spectacular Castle is always fun and the staff is ultra nice. In May we also got a very nice, free lunch. Hope the weather is good in November.

You should sign up. You will enjoy it. It is good to support the Castle.


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‘Trillium Erectum’ Flowers, a.k.a. ‘Stinking Benjamin’, At ‘Castle In The Clouds’, May 5, 2018.

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That is the first time I have ever seen them and I have lived in New Hampshire, in the woods, on dirt roads, for 33-years. I have seen plenty of ‘Lady Slippers‘ BUT this was new to I.

Yes, I was looking for Lady Slippers, though I knew that I was probably a few weeks too early.

This was in a swampy area, off the road, by the 1st entrance to the ‘Castle in the Clouds‘. Yes, this was when we were doing our Volunteer Day activity. Cleaned the two trolleys before lunch. Then we were sent down to try and tidy up the first entrance — by the signs. There was a fair amount of branches on the ground and I was trying to lug these into the woods, away from sight.

That is when I saw them. There were 4 flowers in a clump.

Did NOT know what they were called.

Had to download and use “Picture This — Plant Identification” to make sure what it was. However, to be fair, I did try the built-in “Google Lens” and it did get it right! But I wanted to make sure.

Belying its scientific name, none of the flowers were erect. They were all drooping. I had to prop them up to get my pictures!

I think the Erectum part has to do with the white ‘things‘ sticking up. Not sure whether they are the stigmas or the ovaries.

The Trillium part is easy. Three petals and three sepals. Trillium is a reference to the ‘three’ petals.

I did not detect a smell. So, can’t vouch for the ‘stinking Benjamin‘.

The other common names are: red trilliumwake-robinpurple trillium, and Beth root.


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‘Castle In The Clouds’ (Moultonborough, NH), Spring Clean Up Day: Cleaning The Trolleys.

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We like the “Castle In The Clouds“. We visited for the first time last July, became members right away, and ended up going three more times last year — including Christmas.

We are still members and plan to renew our membership this year because it is a worthy and noble cause.

I got an e-mail about today’s Volunteer Day and thought it would be a worthwhile and possibly even fun thing to do. So, I responded that 3 of us will volunteer for the full 4-hours, 10am to 2pm.

As luck would have it it was a PERFECT day to be outside working.

I had seen that they needed the two trolleys cleaned and when we got there nobody else had shown and interest in doing that. So, I said that we will do it.

It worked out well. I did the outside. Deanna did the inside and Teischan kind of flitted about helping here and there.

It was not trivial, but we did it.

They gave us a GOOD lunch and we got to sit outside, in the Sun, and enjoy the incomparable views. See pictures here.

So, that was the better part of the day.

Met some nice people. Some that knew me. Getting scary. Met three people in total who knew me.

We got 6 free tickets to boot. Not that we need them, but as they pointed out we can give them to friends and family.


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