he summer scene returns to Wolfeboro each year with robust momentum – lakeside cottages dormant through winter are now open as families return to town for the season. Beach gear and lawn chairs dot the yard and cooking on the grill is a nightly event. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and boats retrieved from storage, sit lakeside. Beach-goers bask in the sun and enjoy majestic beauty along our crystal clear lakes. In town, like clockwork, lines begin to form at the Bubble as they serve cones of ice cream and sundaes to their summer patrons. It is a Wolfeboro tradition. Often barefooted, in swimsuits, campers waiting for their sweet snack are anxious to get back to the water. Shoppers align the sidewalks, strolling by storefronts hoping to find that special Wolfeboro memento to bring home.

On Saturday nights there is a flurry of activity as locals and visitors gather at Cate Park. Seated in their lawn chairs and on blankets the crowd listens to tunes of yesteryear. As the sky begins to dim, the bandstand illuminates – with boats rocking gently at the docks and the sun setting over Wolfeboro Bay.

Busy streets wane in the early morning. Before sunrise a group of locals congregate at the Corner Store. It is a year-round event. Coffee in hand, they begin each day chatting about the old days and current events. Hunter’s Shop n Save has been busy since 3 a.m. as produce trucks arrive and boxes are wheeled into the store to get ready for the summer crowd. Bundles of weekly and daily newspapers delivered curbside are now stacked on shelves at Black’s and Chris Patten is busy greeting his regulars as they pick up their morning paper. Katie’s, Seven Suns, Lydia’s, Downtown Grille and The Bridge Diner are open for breakfast. Loyal patrons returning home after a long winter have a place to catch up on the day-to-day Wolfeboro happenings. Parked at the town docks, folks reading the morning paper enjoy the view of Wolfeboro Bay and sunrise as it hits Sewall Point. Just steps away, at the bridge, anglers cast their line over the placid water. A Great Blue Heron sits perched on the shoreline, scanning the open water ready to join in for an early morning catch. On the opposite side of the bridge, more waterfowl have returned and squadrons of newborn ducklings investigate their new home on Back Bay. At Saw Mill Marina the rumble of a classic Chris Craft engine can be heard. It is heading to one of the Winnipesaukee islands for the day. The train station is lively with walkers, runners and bikers heading onto the path to begin their morning routine. The Russell C. Chase Bridge-Falls Path is the gateway to the Cotton Valley Rail-Trail that leads on a 12-mile journey into Wakefield station. It is one of Wolfeboro’s greatest treasures. Summer visitors, who once reached our town by rail, traveled the very path to vacation in our lakeside resort. Explore the summer scene in Wolfeboro – our heritage, our quaint town, and our natural beauty.

Donna Di Casparro