37 Pleasant Street | New London, NH | 603.526.6368

If you are an ORFS participant and would like the monthly ORFS schedule emailed to you, please contact COA at 526-6368.

PLEASE NOTE: New ORFS routine. If the night before [the Tuesday outing] is extra rainy and might wash out the hiking trails or other venue, then the ORFS team leader will notify participants of the postponement until Wednesday of that same week.

Get your copy of Outdoor Play “Fun 4 Seniors" by ORFS member Stephen Priest. Copies available at OutdoorSteve.com, Morgan Hill Bookstore and Amazon. Lots of terrific information about ORFS!


The Outdoor Recreation for Seniors (ORFS) group meets every Tuesday year-round at 10 am. In the summer we kayak/canoe, swim and hike. In the fall we hike, and in the winter we snowshoe and cross-country ski. Our trips are from 1-1/2 to 2 hours, followed by lunch.

Directions and locations are available for our Tuesday 10 am outings via email. To learn more and join ORFS, please contact the Chapin Senior Center at 526-6368.

ORFS is a very informal group and participation is for all outdoor enthusiasts wanting guaranteed good exercise with a friendly fun group.

Bring portable chairs, lunch, Sun screen, bug repellent and a big smile. Join in on the fun.


July 2019 ORFS Schedule

Tuesday, July 2nd: Hike or kayak the Ompompanoosuc River and the Connecticut River in Norwich, Vt. Gene Stamphill is leading the group.

Tuesday, July 9th: Contoocook River. Take 202/9 south toward Concord. Take the right after Dunkin Donuts, just before Stump-Field bridge, on to Stump Field Road. When you see a big Cabin cruiser boat on your left, go right. A little ways further, you will see the launch site on your right. Lots of parking.

Tuesday, July 16th: Paddle or hike Little Lake Sunapee. From New London take the Newport Rd. toward Newport. Just before I-89, see the yellow sign for Little Lake Sunapee. Take that right on to Otterville Road to Little Lake Sunapee Rd. The put in is on the right

Tuesday, July 23rd: Grafton Pond. Take I -89 North to exit 12 to Rt. 114 to Springfield, N.H. Turn right on to George’s Mills Rd, to 114 Springfield. About 1.5 miles, turn right on to Main Street. 1.7 miles turn right on to Bowman,1 mile turn left at 4 Corners Road.1 mile up, turn left on to Rt. 4 A. 5 miles, take a sharp right on to Grafton Pond Rd.

Tuesday, July 30th: Webster Lake. Out of New London, to Rt 11, and the Flying Goose. Go left keeping the Flying Goose on your right. Follow Rt. 11 until it becomes Rt. 11 & 4 toward Andover. Find the Franklin Highway on your left. Take that left and follow that until you see Webster Lake on your Left. Lunch at the beach or eat at Asian Delights restaurant in Franklin.


August 2019 ORFS Schedule

REMINDER: We meet Tuesdays at 10 a.m. for hiking or paddling. Always a good idea to bring your name tag, walking poles, water, sun cover, and even some bug spray.

Aug 6th ---PIRATE PARTY at Coombs' after HIKE or PADDLE around LAKE KOLELEMOOK in SPRINGFIELD, NH----leader/hosts, Bill & Kathy, 763-2307.

Heave ho, me hearties! Yarr all invited to join Cap'n Will aboard the "Plundered Bounty" for a most jolly bash celebratin' his birthday along with all ORFS mateys who have turned eighty! But BEWARE! ye may be ordered to "walk the plank" to uncover a treasure!

Kerchiefs and eye patches aready for the motley crew! Bring somethin' tasty to add to the Bounty-full Buccaneer Buffet. Wench Kate, is busy fixin' ye: sea gull legs, cannon balls (risotto), "catch of the day" and rum cakes with lotsa grog to wash it down!

First, you can shiver your timbers by steppin' lively or floatin' your own vessel around Lake Kolelemook before ye set sail at noon!

(ATTENTION: let Kate know soon who is 80 for special tribute)

Directions: Take Rt I-89 from New London; turn right off ramp at Exit 12-A on George Mill Rd. Go to intersection of Rt. 114/Main St. Turn left for 2 miles when you see the lake. Continue to town beach parking across from Luna-see Lodge, 2643 Main St. Coombs are right across from the town beach. Park where directed.

August 13th - GOOSE POND, CANAAN, NH
Paddle Leaders: John and Judy Reisch, 603-443-3780. Walkers and kayakers will meet at boat launch.

Hiking Leader: Joe Kubit, 526-6678. Hikers will meet at boat launch put-in.

DIRECTIONS: Take I-89 to exit 17, turn right off the ramp on Rt. 4 East toward Canaan. Continue 7 miles on Rte. 4 East, pass Mascoma High School and just past Pleasant Valley Store take a left onto Goose Pond Rd. Follow Goose Pond Rd for 5.2 miles to the boat launch put-in on the left. Note that Goose Pond Rd has a sharp turn in the road past the dam. Turn left at the fork (Talbert Hill Road bears right). Bring lunch to eat at the Reisch’s house, which will be followed with Judy’s delicious homemade ice cream for dessert! Bring bathing suits and towels if you want to hang out and swim after lunch.

Directions to Reisch’s house (876 Goose Pond Road) Turn right out of the boat launch and continue about a mile. Most parking is available along the left side of the road before the house. There are also a few spaces in the driveway and two spaces in a pullout in front of the house.

August 20th Burkehaven Hill, POOL PARTY & COOK OUT at GODDARD’S, SUNAPEE, NH
Leader/hosts: Walt and Ellie Goddard. 763-4386. Original ORFS and their annual invitation to enjoy their lovely location around heated pool.

Kayakers can meet at Burkehaven Marina put in and park along the road where there is room. Then come back to Goddard’s for lunch and pool party. Walkers have a few options from the house.

DIRECTIONS: Turn right past the gazebo at Sunapee Harbor onto Burkehaven Rd. Look for remaining stone chimney on the left and watch for recessed sign, "Heritage Drive" on your right. Turn in and park near their home on the left. Please bring a dish to accompany the provided hamburgers and hot dogs. Bring a chair and bathing suit. Lawn games will also be available or just relax and enjoy the view!

August 27th – August 29. Pilgrim Pines 220 West Shore Road Swanzey, NH 03446
At NOON on Aug. 27th------Leader is Joe Kubit, 526-6678. Please join us at Pilgrim Pines Convention Center, 220 West Shore Rd, Swansey, NH for a fun afternoon! Swim off the docks, paddle or hike around the lovely lake, play golf or just relax and enjoy the view! Bring your lunch to eat at the picnic tables in front of the main office. Call Joe for complete directions. There is still rooms available if you would like to stay all 3 days!


Slower Spokes for Older Folks

Slower Spokes for Older Folks will be operating again this year, on Wednesdays. It is the easier biking group for those who want time “to smell the roses” as well as get some exercise. Somewhat shorter rides, somewhat easier routes, and a definitely more leisurely pace characterize this group. If you might be interested, send an email to Mary Eysenbach: eysen@tds.net. Starting date will depend on the weather. Suggestions for routes always welcome.


2019 COA Thursday Bike Schedule

4/25/19 - Elkins,Kesar Lake, Hominy Pot
5/2/19 - Quechee Woodstock Return, 16 miles, easy route
5/9/19 - KEARSARGE VALLEY LOOP Shaker, 16 miles
5/16/19 - Elkins, Cilleyville, Andover – c. 20 miles, easy route
5/23/19 - Contoocook, Penacook 20 miles, easy route
5/30/19 - Plesant Lake-Wilmot, 13 miles, easy toute
6/6/19 - Mascoma Lake – 23 miles (2 miles dirt, several miles rail-trail), easy route
6/13/19 - Warner, Contoocook, Blackwater Dam, 21 miles, easy route
6/20/19 - Enfield, Canaan Street – about 20 miles, easy except for three hills -.20 miles
7/4/19 - Ride cancelled for holiday
7/18/19 - SPRINGFIELD BOG LOOP, 13 miles
7/25/19 - New London 4 Lakes, 27 miles, moderate route
8/1/19 - Hanover, Etna, Lyme –moderate plus, c.900’ gain, 28 miles
8/29/19 - Andover, Franklin – 23 miles; more challenging
9/5/19 - Arround Lake Morrey, 20 miles, moderate
9/12/19 - Warner, Blackwater and Ice Cream, 30 miles
9/19/19 - Stratham, Rye,Greenland, 30 miles
10/3/19 - Newfound Lake 23 miles of moderate biking, 23 miles
10/10/19 - E Concord, Canterbury Shaker Village
10/17/19 - Rain date