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19th Annual International Migratory Bird Day

May 9th, 2011 by donnanandersen

International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day, May 14 & 15, 2011

My husband spotted a Scarlet Tanager yesterday – the first of the season.  It is a brilliant red with black wings – a truly stunning bird.  That reminded me that on May 14 & 15, 2011 it is the 19th Annual International Migratory Bird Day, the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds.  VINS Nature Center in Quechee , VT has decided to celebrate on May 21st, 2011 with an entire day packed with interactive games, crafts and live animal ambassadors.  You can test your bird knowledge in a trivia style game, compare human physical capabilities to that of birds in an interactive Olympic meet test,and take a walk at 12:30 in the woods.  The day ends with a program presented by Dana Brener, a member of the Inter-Tribal Council of NH Penobscot, Micmac and Piqwacket descent, speaking about the connection between Native Americans and birds.  This series of events should inspire people of all ages to get outdoors, learn about birds and take part in their conservation.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, bring your binoculars and go for a walk – see what species you can identify!  In the words of the International Migratory Bird Day - Go Wild, Go Birding!

32nd Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival

May 9th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Quechee Balloon Festival

Quechee Ballon Festival

There is nothing more magical than to see a hot air balloon in the sky- if they land on your property they will break open the champagne and ask you to share it with them.  We were fortunate to have that happen at Breakfast on the Connecticut during breakfast – our guests were thrilled, mimosas all around!  You can watch 20 colorful balloons ascend over the Quechee valley and beyond during the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival on June 17 – 19, 2011.  This is the longest running Hot Air Balloon Festival in New England with flights scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 6:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, weather and wind permitting.  You can purchase a balloon ride on the website prior to the event and during the event.  Additionally you can enjoy the Balloon Glow on Friday evening; continuous bands, comedy acts, dance routines all weekend; and the kids’ zone with games, rides, a playground, face painting and much more.  There are more than 60 craft artisans in attendance displaying pottery to potpourri.  And of course there will be festival food, a beer and wine garden, and many more surprises.

Adults, $10; children 6-12, $5; children 5 and under are free.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut making a special weekend  – Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19  and on Sunday all dads accompanied by a child are half price!

9th Annual Strawberry Festival – Cedar Circle Farm

May 2nd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Cedar Circle Strawberry Festival

Cedar Circle Farm Strawberry Festival

I don’t think there is anything sweeter that a strawberry just picked off a plant at the height of strawberry season.  While those grown in the Upper Valley tend to be a little smaller than those found in cultivated fields of our southern neighbors, they are bursting with freshness, sweetness and that just picked taste.  You can have that experience by attending the 9th Annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 26, at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, VT.  The event is filled with family fun including numerous kids’ activities, a strawberry queen, horse-drawn wagon rides to the strawberry patch and live music.  Enjoy a freshly made strawberry shortcake – yum or buy a variety of items from their organic concession.  The cost is $5 if you come by car – free if you use the train (White River Flyer), a bicycle or on foot.  Breakfast on the Connecticut is 4.5 miles away – take out one of our hybrid bicycles, bike to Cedar Circle, have a dish of strawberry shortcake, participate in some of the other activities and bike home.  You will have burned off all the calories in that luscious dessert!  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

The Appalachian Trail Runs Right By Hanover Outdoors

May 1st, 2011 by donnanandersen

Hanover Outdoors, Hanover, NH

Hanover Outdoors, Hanover, NH

For those of you who embrace the outdoor life style, a must visit should be to Hanover Outdoors.  Located on 17 1/2 Lebanon Street in downtown Hanover, NH, they are the area’s premier outdoors and sporting goods retailer.  They pride themselves on being the authority on fishing in the Upper Valley offering a licensed guide service covering the Dartmouth/Sunapee Region of New Hampshire and Vermont.  You can arrange for a guide on the Mascoma and Sugar rivers in New Hampshire, the White, Ottauquechee, and Black rivers in Vermont as well as many small brook trout streams.  Their web site offers an ongoing area fishing conditions update or you can call the store.  They also hold fly fishing schools throughout the summer and fly tying schools during the winter.   Make sure you give them enough lead time if a guided fishing experience is in your vacation plans – they have 5 in house guides and they can usually accommodate most requests if advance reservations are made.  Don’t forget hiking – the Appalachian Trail runs right by their front door.  They are one of the few locations where through hikers can restock without deviating from the trail – all A.T hikers are welcome.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, make a visit to Hanover Outdoors and then take one of our canoes out on the Connecticut River especially in the morning when the river fog is starting to lift – life doesn’t get any better!

Area Eateries Participate in the 5th Annual Chefs of the Valley

April 22nd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Chefs of the Valley

Chefs of the Valley to Benefit The Upper Valley Haven

On Sunday, May 7, 2011 from 4 – 7 pm,  26 area eateries and food purveyors will come together at The Quechee Club in Quechee, VT to display their wares at the 5th Annual Chefs of the Valley. This event will benefit the Upper Valley Haven, a local non-profit organization which provides emergency shelter, food, clothing and educational programming for those in need.  Ticket price will include food, wine & beer, live music and more.  Live music is provided by the Kerry Rose Band and Gerry Grimo & The East Bay Jazz Ensemble.  There will also be a Silent Auction featuring golf foursomes, designer jewelry, theater tickets and fine artwork.  Some, but not all, of the featured eateries  include Stella’s, Tip Top Cafe, Umplebys, Canoe Club, Carpenter & Main, Elixir, Cobb Hill Cheese & The Norwich Inn.  Tickets are $70 per person and can be reserved by contacting Karina at The Haven by phone, 802-478-1804 or by email, kolson@uppervalleyhaven.org.  What a wonderful way to sample many of  the culinary treasures of the Upper Valley.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy an evening of food, wine and music followed by a terrific breakfast the next morning.  You may have to let out your belt a notch!

7 Charities Benefit From The New England “Living” Show House

April 17th, 2011 by donnanandersen

New England "Living" Show House - Juniper Hill Inn

New England "Living" Show House - Juniper Hill Inn

Held at the historic Juniper Hill Inn, in Windsor , VT, the New England “Living” Show House will open to the public from May 28, 2011 until mid-September.  A team of interior designers and landscape architects will transform the Juniper Hill Inn into a showplace where you can take the House Tour to see the incredible changes.  Tickets to the House Tour are $25 and starting on May 28, 2011 will run from 10am to 3pm for the next ten days.  After that, you can take the tour on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays through September 5, 2011 or be one of the first guests who will experience the new rooms first hand.  The goal is to raise $1 million to support 7 organizations – the Humane Society, the Mt. Ascutney Hospital & Health Center, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, the Norman Williams Public Library, the Preservation Education Institute of Historic Windsor, the Cornish Colony Museum and AHEAD.  Additionally you can shop downtown historic Windsor VT where works from designers, artisans, antique dealers, local food purveyors and many other retailers will be featured.  Your ticket purchase will include a shopping certificate for downtown Windsor.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take a day to tour the Show House, shop in historic Windsor, VT and support 7 special charities.

150 Meters To The Mystery Of The Stone Chamber

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Miller Arts Center

Miller Arts Center, Springfield, Vermont

In the charming town of Springfield, Vermont, high on a hill, sits the Miller Arts Center.  This mansion, once owned by Moses Whitcomb, today contains art exhibits by local artists and historical exhibits created by the MAC interns.  A less frequented part of the MAC’s displays is located a short 150 meter walk from the mansion.  It is an unidentified stone chamber that has left many wondering at its origin, builder and ultimately its purpose.  Many have thought that is was constructed as a tomb for the burial of the Whitcomb family but there is no record indicating that use.  In 2001, an archaeologist was hired to investigate and found that there could be a potential link to the Abenaki Indians or even the Vikings.  Despite its mystery, other similar stone chambers have been found throughout Vermont and around the world.  Many theories abound from a root cellar, to having supernatural powers even to to the claim that at sunrise on the Equinox the sun shines directly into the back of the chamber.  Who knows, and the best part of the chamber is that it remains a mystery and after seeing it you can develop your own story.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, explore the local area including the Miller Arts Center and The Stone Chamber.  For information and admission fees go to www.millerartcenter.com.

Fifty Years For The Five College Book Sale

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Five College Book Sale

Five College Book Sale

Started in 1961 by alumni from Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Simmons and Wellesley colleges, the 5CBS has become one of the most anticipated sales in the Upper Valley in April.  Last year, 2010, the 5CBS broke all its records and sold over 25 tons of reading material to individuals who come from as far away as Montreal and Philadelphia.  There are usually between 35,000 to 40,000 carefully sorted, gently used, and modestly priced books of all categories, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, books on tape, videos etc.  Over 200 + volunteers have spent weeks collecting, dusting, culling, sorting, displaying and selling to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Vermont and New Hampshire students at Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley colleges.  This is a two day sale and the first readers take their place well before 7 am on the first day.  When the doors open at 9 am, dealers will gallup through, empty boxes in hand, to both the specials table and the auction table next to it.  The traffic is constant and heavy at Lebanon High School on the first day until the doors close at 5 pm.  Day two, is half price day – lots of bargains.  One of the hallmarks of the 5CBS is that the books are culled because of its devotion to quality – you will not be faced with moldy texts, marked-up books, falling apart books, outdated atlases, travel books and software manuals.  At the end of the two day sale there are a lot of happy readers in the Upper Valley.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a trip to the 5CBS where you can pick up all your reading for those lazy days in summer or long hours traveling by train or plane.

Saturday, April 23, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 24, 12pm – 4:30 pm
Lebanon High School, 193 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH

12 Towns Celebrate 250 Years

February 6th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Lyme 250 Anniversary

Lyme 250 Anniversary Logo - Designed by Ceci Steyn

Twelve “Middle Grant” Upper Valley towns will be turning 250 in 2011.  Tuning up for their 250th Anniversary will be the communities of Canaan, Enfield, Fairlee, Hanover, Hartford, Hartland, Lebanon, Lyme, Norwich, Plainfield, Thetford and Windsor.  The  highlight of the 2011 celebration will occur over the July 4th weekend with parades, fireworks, lots of food and local concerts.  There will also be lots of opportunities in 2011 for lectures, dances, workshops and ,just in time for the warm weather, a series of new outdoor area exploration adventures created by Valley Quest, a program of Vital Communities.  The “SuperQuest” will include clues that lead to a spot in each of the twelve towns.  Those who complete the entire “Super Quest” will be rewarded with a special commemorative patch.  What a wonderful way to explore the Upper Valley and learn more about the towns and their history.  Visit the Valley News website for “Turning 250″ to learn the latest on the Upper Valley towns celebrating their 250th anniversaries this year.  Thousands will come into the Upper Valley to take part in the celebrations so make your plans early to stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy the festivities.

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.