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Bromley, Cranmore, Jiminy Peak Summer Events Include Concerts, Children Entertainment, Knockerball

Summer at a ski resort is pretty sweet. Sure, you may not be able to ski or ride through fresh powder snow, but then again, it's a whole lot warmer. What's more, visitors can attend concerts, children entertainment, and Knockerball events, especially July through September at Bromley Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in New England.

Wait. Knockerball? Read on.

Bromley Offers Family Entertainment

The summer season at Bromley, in southern Vermont, includes Live Music with Gypsy Reel (July 15), music rooted in the Celtic tradition; The Roadies (July 22, Aug. 26), performers Mike Neal and Kevin Sprague; The Lustre Kings (July 29, Aug. 12), swinging good rock 'n' roll; and Live Music with Wyld Nightz (Aug. 5), another rock 'n roll group.

For fans of Mother Nature, "Raptor Encounters" with the VT Institute of Natural Science, flies in on Aug. 19 with live falcons, hawks and owls.

The summer season wraps on Labor Day Weekend with Don't Leave Band (Sept. 3), veteran Vermont rockers guaranteed to show you a good time.  

Admission is free and more details can be found at bromley.com

Get Knocked Around at Cranmore

At Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway, N.H., Arts Jubilee, a non-profit organization now in its 34th year, presents live outdoor concerts for five consecutive Thursday evenings: July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3 and August 10.   

Schedule:

July 13, The Beach Boys Tribute

July 20, Bob Halligan Jr. and Ceili Rain

July 27, Traditional Pops Concert and fireworks

August 3, Willie, Waylon & Johnny Cash as The Highwaymen: A Musical Tribute

August 10, Entrain

Admission: Adults: $12, Seniors: (65 and up) $10, Students: $5, Children: (12 and under), free. Performances start at 6 p.m. Picnic baskets and lawn chairs are welcome.

Arts Jubilee Ticket Special - Fridays through August 10, visitors that bring their wristband from the previous evening's Arts Jubilee Concert to the Cranmore ticket office will receive a free chairlift ride to the summit, featuring the Meister Hut, new Tuckerman Brewery Tasting Room, hiking and more.  

On August 19th, Cranmore welcomes the annual North Conway Firefighter's Association benefit concert. This year's event kicks off with food and beverages available on the deck beginning at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., The Ronald Reagans Big 80's Show kicks off - an 80's tribute act with a five-piece band with both female and male vocalists.

Admission is free. All proceeds from food sales benefit the NCFFA. 

Now about that Knockerball. Glad you asked.

Knockerball North Conway will be making its Cranmore debut this July on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. 

A Knockerball is an inflatable ball with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps, which is worn like a backpack. The ball is designed with multiple sheets of a higher grade durable plastic and tension cups and cords, which allows participants to knock each other around without feeling trauma from the blow. Knockerball or "bubble soccer" has been gaining traction in Europe, Australia, Japan and elsewhere.

Organized "KnockerSoccer" games will take place in an 80- by 40-ft. inflatable arena at the base of Cranmore's North Slope. Open to guests 48-in. and up, three rounds of four minute games are played with up to 30 players during each time slot. Games start every half hour starting at 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. A variety of organized games can be played based on the number, size and age of participants.

KnockerBall is available with the purchase of a $13 Cranmore single ride ticket, or a $65 six-pack of transferable tickets. A $10 upgrade can be purchased as an add-on to a Mountain Adventure Park, Aerial Adventure Park, Combo ticket or Summer Season Pass.

For complete details see Cranmore.com.

Now for something really scary: Cranmore's famed Ghoullog Halloween attraction opens on Sept. 23, over a month in advance of Halloween, along with a Haunted Playground. For details and tickets, visit TheGhoullog.com

Peak Entertainment at Jiminy Peak

Now through Sept. 9, Jiminy Peak, located just north of Pittsfield, Mass., will offer free music performances on the deck of Christiansen's Tavern from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday.

The Peak Music Series features popular local acts including Ronnie Morris (Aug. 19) who has toured much of the U.S. and parts of Europe. He has opened for Livingston Taylor, Greg Allman, Pure Prairie League, The Outlaws, The Grass Roots, Elvin Bishop, and the Pousette-Dart Band.  

Another talented performer is local singer-songwriter-producer Jack Waldheim (July 22, Aug. 26), who performs rock, folk, blues, country, funk, and pop.

For kids, check the schedule for free appearances by magicians, face painters and balloon artists a.k.a. "balloon twisters."

See the full schedule at JiminyPeak.com

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