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Liberty Street Memories | Jud Hale's Sons Share Their Recollections

I remember that Dan and I would waterski after work with no spotter (against the law). In fact we waterskied so much that we became pretty darn good at it (never getting wet, starts and stops on the dock!), but the thing that nailed us was that we liked to spray, but it was really hard to see your own spray. So we went over to Rattlesnake Island and it had some rock cliffs, and we found we could spray those and see how high we could get those water marks up on the cliff. We were always competing, of course. Well, one day the Marine Patrol saw my brother Dan was spraying the rocks. I was the kid that never got into trouble so…I panicked a bit and headed right over to the officer when the blue lights began flashing from his boat. I was cited for not having a spotter. I was cited for bringing a skier within 150 feet of the shore (we were like 2 ft from the shore) AND I was cited for leaving my brother floating alone in the lake while I was talking to the officer!

I have so, so many other memories. I have a late July birthday, so all of my birthday parties have been at Liberty Street. From 12 to now 55 this July. That’s a lot of birthdays.

I particularly remember my 30th. I was about to cut the cake, surrounded by family and college friends, and I just happened to notice that the cake was made of sponge, like a kitchen sponge and then frosted to look like a nice cake. The gag would be that the knife would not cut into it. But since I noticed this before I cut, and with everyone around— and feeling good—I took my barefoot and slapped it down on top of the cake to “leverage” my cut. Well, that brought down the house, and the photo from that moment hung on the wall next to the kitchen—my foot on that cake and my red face bearing down on the knife.

My 40th was there with my kids and my wife Cindy. We all had to do games that involved the number 40—one involved a flotilla using all the collected crap from under the house. My 50th was recent and so fun. I can never, truly, ever remember a birthday there without the temperature being in the 80s, beautiful sun and no bugs—apparently they can’t breed on the island.

In recent years, my favorite things to do were to take the boat to Sandy Point in Alton Bay for summer dinner and the lobster special (twin BO for like $18), or take the kids waterskiing or tubing, or just reading, relaxing, and enjoying the sights and sounds on the lake on a warm summer day.

It is a very special place. Hardy and luxurious. Settling and very active. And you will always respect Mother Nature on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Updated Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

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