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Archive for January, 2011

12 Eateries Plus 5000 Meters Equals 2nd Annual Taste Of The Lake

January 30th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Skating on the Lake Morey Skate Trail

Skating on the Lake Morey Skate Trail

Grab your skates or rent them at Lake Morey and join the Culinary Tour on the 5000 meter Lake Morey Skate Trail.  The 2nd Annual “Taste of the Lake” brings together 12 restaurants in a friendly competition along the trail – skate and stop to taste the offerings of local eateries such as Stella’s, Colatina Exit, Peyton Place Restaurant, The Local Buzz and Holy Mackerel just to name a few.  Tickets are $10 per person, under 5 free and can be purchased at the Lake Morey Resort or you can call 1-800-423-1211 for reservations.  All this happens on February 12, 2011 from 11am – 1pm at Lake Morey, Fairlee, VT.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, only minutes from Lake Morey, and enjoy lunch on the ice.  There are not many eating experiences where you can burn off the calories immediately after you consume them.

Opera, Folk And Country All Performed At The Lebanon Opera House

January 22nd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon New Hampshire

The Lebanon Opera House is an historic 800 seat facility with superb acoustics.  Located in the Upper Connecticut River Valley, the Opera House, since its 1924 dedication, has served as a venue for vaudeville, traveling theatricals and community events.  Currently, the Lebanon Opera House serves an estimated 30,00 people annually who either attend or participate in the presentation series, community productions, educational workshops and all other types of performances.  The Inspired Performance Series will feature three outstanding events.  All these performances are exceptional so make a date with that special person in your life – have dinner, attend the performance and spend the night at Breakfast on the Connecticut.

Acoustic Africa
with Habib Koite, Oliver Mtukudzi, Afel Bocoum
March 3, 2011   7:30 P.M.
This exhilarating musical journey will focus on the richness of the African guitar tradition.

Kathy Mattea
March 26, 2011  7:30 P.M.
Kathy Mattea’s music explores our most basic human essence.  A blend of bluegrass and folk, she has created timeless narratives and melodies.  Mattea has sold over 7 million records, recorded 18 top ten songs, and has won 2 Grammys and 4 Country Music Awards.

The Kingston Trio
May 20, 2011  7:30 P.M.
This folk group holds a special place in my heart as they were the first concert I ever attended.  That was many, many years ago but I still have all their albums stored away and remember the lyrics to Tom Dooley, Riding The MTA and Scotch and Soda. They emerged from the San Francisco North Beach Club scene to take the country by storm and bring the rich tradition of folk music into the mainstream for the first time.  The faces have changed but the songs remain timeless.

Information concerning the Lebanon Opera House summer opera series will be forthcoming.

Seven Wonderful Performances Each Year – Northern Stage

January 21st, 2011 by donnanandersen

Northern Stage

Northern Stage at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, VT

Northern Stage is a regional non-profit professional theater located in White River Junction, Vermont.  They stage seven plays per year, from October to May, at the historic Briggs Opera House.  Since 1997 they have held over 100 full productions using New York professional actors and outstanding young artists from the Upper Valley.  I have been privileged to see many top Broadway shows in New York City but Northern Stage is able to bring national and area talent together on an intimate stage that gives you the feeling that the performance is occurring in your living room.

Catherine Doherty in The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life In The Universe
January 19 – February 6, 2011
Trudy the bag lady escorts her extraterrestrial friends through life on Earth via a collection of fascinating and funny characters – all portrayed by one actress!

The Real Thing
February 16 – March 6, 2011
When is love “the real thing?”  In this love story, a playwright’s world is turned upside down when the witty lines he writes can’t help him outside the theater.  Art and real life mix and mingle in this fascinating and very funny look at the relationship between men and women in the modern day.

Over 30,000 tickets are sold each year – amazing!  Make it a special evening – see a performance at Northern Stage, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut in one of our deluxe rooms and enjoy a fabulous breakfast in the AM.  Call the box office for more information – 802-296-7000.

Peyton Place – Better Than The Book

January 16th, 2011 by donnanandersen

korean dumplings

Korean Dumplings - Peyton Place Restaurant

In 1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious hit the book stores.  The fictional story was set in a composite of several real New Hampshire towns.  Today, we have our own Peyton Place located in Orford, NH in the middle of the Upper Valley.  Historically the Mann Tavern, Peyton Place Restaurant is a 40 seat country casual establishment owned and operated by Chef Jim and Heidi Peyton.  Featuring European and Asian Inspired cuisine, the Peytons take special care to handcraft the menu from organic meats and seasonally grown vegetables.  The menu is complemented by a carefully selected wine list and full bar.  Some of my menu favorites are the Vietnamese Bouillabaisse, the Lobster Feta Salad, the Pistachio Crusted Scrod and the Apple Puff Pastry with Chef Jim’s fabulous cinnamon ice cream.  Noted author and Hanover, NH resident Jodi Picoult, once stated, in an interview for a New England travel publication, that her perfect day would end by consuming the entire Peyton Place menu.  For a true dining experience, travel the 3.5 miles from Breakfast on the Connecticut to Peyton Place – it is so much better than the book.

Dinner from 5:30 – 10:30 P.M.
Nov – March  Wed – Sat
April – Oct  Wed – Sun
Reservations Accepted  603-353-9100

Three Reasons To Visit “The Hood” In Winter

January 16th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Hood Museum of Art

The Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

The Hood Museum of Art is a teaching museum located on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire.  This dynamic educational and cultural facility holds one of the oldest and largest college collections with more than 65,000 objects secured since 1772.  As part of their winter schedule there are three special exhibitions featured at “The Hood”:

Frank Stella : Irregular Polygons
Through March 13, 2011
Based on simple geometrics, each of 11 canvases comprise one of the most complex artistic statements of Mr. Stella’s career.

Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond
January 15 through March 13, 2011
This exhibition features contemporary Tibetan artists who are trying to make a name for themselves while keeping within Tibet’s rich artistic legacy.

Egyptian Antiquities at Dartmouth: Highlights
Opens February 12
This exhibition will highlight Dartmouth’s collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.  It will include items ranging from everyday artifacts to funerary sculptures.

The Museum and Shop Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday: 10 A.M. – 5 P.M.
Sunday: 12 noon – 5 P.M.
Wednesday evening to 9 P.M.

Best of all the Hood Museum is FREE AND OPEN TO ALL! There are free guided tours by appointment (by very knowledgeable Docents) for any group of five or more.

Spend a night at Breakfast on the Connecticut, eat a full country breakfast the next morning and then go into Hanover, NH and enjoy some time at “The Hood”.

Orchids Bloom in Winter in Hanover, NH

January 3rd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Dracula Orchid

Dracula Orchid

It is cold, gray and Hanover & Dartmouth College rise from a blanket of snow.  Residents long for spring – robins hunting for food and those wonderful bulbs that start to push upward from the thawing ground.  However, even in the dead of winter there are flowers blooming around us if you know where to look.  In Hanover, look on the fifth floor of the Gilman Life Sciences Laboratory and discover the Mabel and Charles Murdough Greenhouses and the Brout Orchid Collection.  Inside the temperature is a balmy 70-something degrees and after shedding your coat you are greeted by Red, the greeter dog.  Lisa Palmer has been the curator and manager  of the greenhouses for over 25 years and is a wealth of knowledge.  Locals often eat brown-bag lunches here and students draw or work on laptops.  Visitors are welcome weekdays from 9 A.M. – 4 P.M..  And the best part – admission is free.  Once you enter the greenhouses, winter becomes a distant memory.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, explore Hanover & the Dartmouth College campus and include The Murdough Greenhouses and Brout Orchid Collection – see if you can identify the Dracula orchid first.  The Greenhouses are located on the corner of College and Maynard streets, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.