NH to Host the 2018 IMSI / NAMSC Conference

by Barbara Mills Lassonde

The New Hampshire Maple Producers Association is excited to host the IMSI, NAMSC conference in Concord, NH, from October 26-29, 2018. Besides the business meetings, this conference will update you on the latest inventions, research and news. It will also include a variety of outstanding technical educational sessions conducted by experts who will give you loads of ideas on how you can improve your maple operation. Register today!

There will be competitions in maple syrup, cream, candy and dry sugar, as well as a photography contest, so be sure to bring your best product or photo to enter into these contests.

We will tour a nearby sugar house and other fascinating points of interest. What is there to see in New Hampshire? A lot! Did you know that the oldest continually-run maple operation in the country is right here in New Hampshire? See the enormous 300-year-old sugar maples that were tapped when George Washington was President, and are still being tapped!

Just a short ride north of Concord, you’ll be in the heart of our towering White Mountains, once called the “Switzerland of America.” You may ride the unique Cog Railway to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern U.S. See where our much-loved Old Man of the Mountains perched for centuries and visit the Flume, Table Rock or Arethusa Falls. Visit Shelburne’s White Birch Forest and take a drive along the wild and scenic Kancamagus Highway, where you may even see moose, deer or bear.

If you prefer a lower altitude, you can dip your toes into the Atlantic Ocean at one of our beautiful state beaches and tour the historic Strawberry Banke portion of Portsmouth, where homes dating back to the 1600s are preserved.

Concord, the Capitol city, is steeped in history and has much to offer: Tour the State House, learn all about New Hampshire and see the original chambers where the largest state legislature in the country still meets. Across the street stands the NH Historical Society where you can enjoy our state’s historical artifacts. Check out one of the famous Concord Coaches and learn how some carried up to 14 passengers. Over 3,700 of these stage coaches were built here and shipped around the world! Visit the Pierce Manse, once home to New Hampshire’s only President, Franklin Pierce.

Nearby in Canterbury, you may tour the historic Shaker Village, where this entrepreneurial religious sect raised hundreds of orphaned children and contributed numerous inventions to society. In Warner, you may visit the NH Telephone Museum where you’ll see the great advancements in communication over the past century. You’ll probably even see a phone like what you used as a child! The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum offers fascinating displays of artifacts and information about many Native American tribes, and the adjacent Nature Discovery Center is the perfect place to learn things about nature you never imagined.

Visit our largest city of Manchester and the Amoskeag Mill, which was once the largest textile mill in the world. A little further south is the Stoneyfield Yogurt plant and the Anheuser-Busch brewery, which offer tours. See the beautiful Clydesdale horses.

Some of these places will be included in our tours, others you can visit on your own. Details of the programs and tours are still being worked out, but we’re planning to make this one of the best conventions yet. Save the dates, you won’t want to miss it!

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Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations must be made on your own – separate from reservation form.

Room reservations must be made by October 5, 2018 with:

Courtyard Marriot
70 Constitution Avenue
Concord, NH 03301
Toll Free: (800) 321-2211
Telephone: (603) 225-0303
Fax: (603) 225-0606

The room rate is $139.00 per night + tax (double occupancy)