Entertaining the Lakes Region
The Great Waters Community

At Great Waters we believe now more than ever that it is important to share the power of music and the performing arts.

Great Waters Community Efforts

Street Piano Project

The brightly painted pianos of the Street Piano Project are a visible and hands-on way to engage our community in the joy of music. As part of our core mission, we have partnered with Ashton & Company to share the message that “Music Heals” throughout the Wolfeboro area.

Street Piano Project

Usually, our small but mighty fleet of pianos are deployed throughout the Wolfeboro area, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Each brightly painted piano sits proudly outside numerous Wolfeboro businesses waiting for you to stop and play a few notes or a whole piece!

While we are at home right now, we’d like to ask you to join us for some fun! Grab your friends or a family member to record a quick video playing your favorite piece on the piano. You might be featured on our website!

Here’s how:

  1. Upload the video to your social media account
  2. Tag us @GreatWatersNH and #StreetPianosAtHome

OR

  1. Upload directly to Great Waters by clicking the link below. 

* By submitting your video you are giving Great Waters permission to share your video via our social media channels, website, email, and more. We will list your name with each video for credit.

Special Thanks to our Sponsor: Ashton & Company

Education Outreach

Encouraging Local Youth + Scholarships

The Great Waters Education Mission

To encourage local youth to pursue careers related to performing arts by providing scholarships for college students, working with booster clubs to raise awareness for their programs, and collaborating with other arts organizations to support and elevate educational opportunities.

Education Outreach

Encouraging local youth
In 2019, Great Waters was able to enrich the lives of our musical youth by sponsoring the New Hampshire Master Chorale’s Children’s Chorus Festival. Great Waters is proud to partner with the Kingswood Boosters, giving the students the opportunity to run a 50/50 raffle at each concert to help support their arts initiatives.

Scholarship Program

Since its inception, the Great Waters Scholarship Program has contributed financial assistance to music students in the Lakes Region, helping them on the journey to connect their gifts with the needs of the music world.

Great Waters Scholarship applications are accepted beginning in January each year from New Hampshire Lakes Region residents.  High school, college, or graduate students with interest in pursuing a career in some facet of music education or performance qualify to apply for financial assistance.  Financial assistance scholarship recipients are announced typically in May and honored at one of the Great Waters concerts.

The scholarship program is funded in part through the generosity of donors, including the Nancy P. Marriott Foundation.

In 2020, Great Waters awarded scholarships to three Lakes Region students.

Congratulations to:
Olivia graduated in the spring of 2020 from Kingswood Regional High School and is attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, majoring in music therapy. Olivia has been “fascinated by music ever since she can remember.” She plays piano, guitar, clarinet, and sings, and is currently in a worship band at her church. She won the Battle of the Bands in 2018, attended the Lakes Regional Music Festival, and this past year performed in the Jazz Band, Band, and Chorus.

Janis also graduated from Kingswood Regional High School in Wolfeboro, NH, and is planning on attending Dean College in Franklin, MA. in the fall, majoring in dance. Since she was five looking through a “magical dance studio window,” Janis has wanted to dance, and “after years of pain, determination, and perseverance, she has become a graceful and strong dancer.” Her favorite number tome is “Winter” by Tori Amos.

Brianna is a second-year Great Waters scholarship winner. Her love of music started when she was six and received a guitar for Christmas. Her major instrument is the flute, and she is studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, where her recent flute recital featured “Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise” by Doppler. In 2020, Brianna was a sophomore at Simmons College in Boston, MA, where she majored in neurobiology and applied music therapy. She has volunteered at both Memorial and Brigham Hospitals using music to increase patients’ quality of life.

Olivia Hart

Wolfeboro, NH

Janis Walker

Wolfeboro, NH

Brianna Desharnais

Freedom, NH
Scholarship Award Program

Apply for the Scholarship!

To apply, please download the application and submit it either by mail or email.
Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due: April 30th, 2021

More information about the Great Waters Scholarship Award Program is available either by calling or emailing us. 

Partnership with Castle in The Clouds
Concerts,in the Clouds Series.

This summer, we are connecting the Lakes Region with a new partnership at Castle in The Clouds.
Join us as we bring a new cultural set of events to the historic estate and provide a spacious outdoor venue for stunning Great Waters concerts. 

Castle Behind the Scenes Tour

The Castle is known for its 1914 Arts and Crafts mansion, eating lunch on the terrace, or enjoying a walk on its many trails with beautiful vistas and waterfalls. Right now, Castle in the Clouds is offering virtual tours of the castle until they can reopen.
Make sure you stay up to date with events via their Facebook Page.

Long-term Partnership

Spectacular outdoor venue

Great Waters, the preeminent provider of entertainment for the New Hampshire Lakes Region, and the Castle Preservation Society have formed an exciting long-term partnership to bring live concerts to the meadow at Castle in the Clouds. This partnership will feature some amazing Great Waters events to be held at this spectacular outdoor venue during the 2021 season and beyond.

Castle Preservation Society

Focused on providing enriching experiences to the community and visitors from all over the world, Castle in the Clouds is operated by the Castle Preservation Society whose mission is to preserve, interpret, and share the buildings and landscape of Castle in the Clouds as a cultural resource for the benefit of the public. The historic estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with national significance. More information can be found at www.castleintheclouds.org.

This one of a kind collaboration offers an exciting and new venue for Great Waters audiences, unique to anything available in the New Hampshire Lakes Region, and we look forward to expanding our relationship in the years to come.

Barbara Olcott
The Partnership
This partnership will serve as a way to bring new cultural activity to the historic estate, provide a spacious outdoor venue for Great Waters, and introduce new audiences to both organizations. The 2021 “Concerts in the Clouds” series will be held under a tent overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee and the surrounding Ossipee Mountains.

This partnership is an exciting opportunity to offer visitors the chance to experience amazing musical performances in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the Lakes Region. Bringing new cultural experiences to the Castle is one of our strategic goals and we’ve found a wonderful partner in Great Waters to do just that.

Charles Clark, Executive Director of Castle in the Clouds

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Upcoming Events

Limited Hiker Parking

Hikers, skiers, and snowshoers are welcome to visit the grounds and access the LRCT hiking trails, which are open daily from dawn until dusk. However, please note that public hiker parking will be limited this winter to the designated hiker parking lot at the top of Ossipee Park Road, across from the CG Roxanne water bottling plant. Parking in non-designated areas is not allowed and may lead to your vehicle being towed. Additionally, the historic entry road to the Castle Estate will remain open for winter hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. We do ask that anyone enjoying winter recreation on the estate grounds please respect the No Trespassing area surrounding the Carriage House and Castle. This area is closed to the public at this time.

Virtual Christmas

Just because Christmas at the Castle is not taking place this year doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate together! Stay tuned to our Virtual Library to check out new holiday-themed offerings online that you can enjoy watching, reading, and doing throughout the month of December. Learn how to make holiday cookies, how to create your own Christmas countdown calendar or garland, read about Christmas traditions, and more!