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A Quilt Retreat – A Modern Day Sweatshop?

February 16th, 2014 by donnanandersen

1890 Sweatshop in New York

1890 Sweatshop in New York

Quilt Retreat, January 23, 24 & 25, 2014 sponsored by Barnyard Quilting at Breakfast on the Connecticut

Quilt Retreat, January 23, 24 & 25, 2014 sponsored by Barnyard Quilting at Breakfast on the Connecticut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In another century, sweatshops were common in the United States.  Hours were long, working conditions were poor and dangerous and pay was low.   Well, a quilt retreat with 20 women may resemble a sweatshop only in the area of quantity of tools and machinery but that is where the comparison ends.  There are no quotas to be met only those that are self imposed; you can find women working at midnight but that is by choice; the working conditions are light filled and spacious with three terrific meals and snacks all day; and the pay/reward is any number of beautiful creations that will be kept or given away to family and friends.  And you can always take some time off, cross the Connecticut River to Fairlee, Vermont and visit Barnyard Quilting to feed your passion.  I am a quilter and I found the conversation, the quilters, the sharing of techniques and ideas motivational.  I have started to finish those projects that sit by my sewing machine.  It is great way to unwind from my daily routine at Breakfast on the Connecticut.

 

Free Lakefront Property – Seasonal

January 20th, 2014 by donnanandersen

Bob-House - What's on Hand Construction

Bob-House – What’s on Hand Construction

A Very High End Bob-House - All The Comforts of Home

A Very High End Bob-House – All The Comforts of Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you have always wanted a place on the lake but money, or the lack of it,  has been the sticking point.  Well I have the answer – A BOB-HOUSE!  Those are the small sheds you see on the ice built for the ultimate fishing enthusiast, an ice fisherman.  Most bob-houses are anything but beautiful but on the ice they seem as if they belong.  Their roughness seems to match the below-zero winds and temperatures that move across a lake during winter.  On the bigger lakes in New Hampshire, such as Winnipesaukee, it seems as if entire villages spring up.  Years ago, there were so many on Winnipesaukee’s ice that they even had their own post office box with mail being delivered right to the bob-house. We have them right here in Lyme on Post Pond!  Free lakefront – no one inspects them- no one will tell you to build them to code.  But you will need to add to the outside some reflectors so that a snowmobile will avoid it at night.  And of course you must remove them usually by April Fool’s Day or before the thaw!

Moving On Frozen Water – Ice Skating

January 14th, 2014 by donnanandersen

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Currier and Ives – Skating on the Pond

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Skating on the new rink on the Lyme Green

Growing up in Canada, winter was a busy time.  We would come home from school, grab our skates and off we would go to the rink – every school maintained a skating rink.  We would skate or play hockey until dusk, oblivious to the cold.  One hundred and fifty years ago, Currier and Ives romanticized the iconic scene with the lithograph, Skating on the Pond and last week a local, Peter Tenney, photographed the skating activity on the Lyme Green.   The clothing has changed but the enjoyment has not. For those skating and hockey aficionados you can venture over to Lake Morey and take a turn or two on their maintained 5000 meter skating track - it is better to rent a pair of Nordic skates.  Or if hockey is in your blood then the Lake Morey Pond Hockey Tournament, February 7 & 8, 2014 may be your cup of hot chocolate.  Breakfast on the Connecticut is only minutes away from Lake Morey and the skating activities.  You know, water is not only for drinking and swimming – when frozen, so many avenues of enjoyment open up.

Where Were You On February 22, 1980?

January 5th, 2014 by donnanandersen

1980 US Hockey Team Beats The Soviets At Lake Placid Olympics

1980 US Hockey Team Beats The Soviets At Lake Placid Olympics

We were in a car traveling on the Interstate in Connecticut and listening to a radio broadcast of the US Hockey Team play Russia at the Lake Placid Olympics.  The Soviet hockey team was heavily favored to win its fifth straight Olympic gold medal.  The US tied the score 2-2 at the end of the first period.  The Soviets scored the only goal in the second period.  The US tied the game in the third and then Mike Erusione  scored halfway in the third period to go ahead 4-3.  It was then up to goalkeeper, Jim Craig, to hold off the Soviet assault.  With 5 seconds left in the game the US cleared the puck and we had what has been termed the “Miracle on Ice”.  At that point on the Interstate lights on the cars started to flash and there was a cacophony of sound from car horns.  I guess we were not alone in listening to the game!  It was a magical moment!  From February 7-23, 2014, the Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia.  Dartmouth will be well represented by Hannah Kearney ’15, Andrew Weibrecht ’09 and Gillian Apps ’06.  There are 19 other Dartmouth College athletes – alums and undergrads- that readied for the trials that would determine whether or not they will travel to Russia for the Games.   These student-athletes work hard both in and out of the classroom and it will be a true pleasure to watch them as they compete on the world stage.  E.M. Smith once stated in Sports Illustrated about the 1980 US hockey team’s win over the Soviets “It was an Olympic moment, the kind the creators of the Games must have had in mind, one that said: Here is something that is bigger than any of you.”  Maybe at the 2014 Sochi Games we will have another miracle, one that makes us stand and applaud and say “Well done!”

Hanover, NH – Lucky Number 13 In America’s Best Small Towns

April 1st, 2013 by donnanandersen

South Main Street - Hanover, NH

South Main Street – Hanover, NH

The Smithsonian Magazine has compiled a list of the 20 Best Towns To Visit in 2013 and Hanover, NH ranks as LUCKY 13.  Towns in the running had to have a population of less than 15,000 and a significant concentration of music, the arts, historic sites and other cultural attractions.  And it didn’t hurt to have an institution of higher learning nearby.  So why Hanover, NH?  Let’s start with Dartmouth College, founded in 1769 to train Native Americans as missionaries.  It has become one of the most prestigious current Ivy League educational institutions.  There is music, theater, museums, art galleries – some associated with the college and others in the surrounding communities.  The Orozco murals, located in Baker Library, has just received the National Landmark designation and last year the Dartmouth Aires came in second on NBC’s The Sing-Off.  You can shop at quaint bookstores, eat at restaurants that pride themselves on their farm to table offerings, canoe or kayak on the Connecticut River, ski on the hills of NH & VT and,if you are so inclined, hike a segment of the Appalachian Trail.  We feel the air is cleaner, the grass is greener and the water is purer.  And if that is not enough, then how about the Enfield Shaker Museum, the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum or the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site?  So set your sights on a visit to the Upper Connecticut River Valley, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy the ambiance of a stay in one of America’s best small towns.

Orozco Murals Now A National Historic Landmark

March 27th, 2013 by donnanandersen

Jose Clemente Orozco's The Epic of American Civilization

Jose Clemente Orozco’s The Epic of American Civilization

On March 11, 2013 the Secretary of the Interior designated the Orozco Murals one of 13 new National Historic Landmarks.  National historic landmarks are nationally significant historic places that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.  Jose Clemente Orozco was an srtist in-residence at Dartmouth between 1932 and 1934.  It was during this time he created The Epic of American Civilization, comprised of 24 individual panels or “scenes” that span approximately 3200 square feet.  The Orozco mural is housed in the former reserve corridor of Baker Library now called the Orozco Room.   This is a can’t miss treasure when visiting Dartmouth College.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, visit the Orozco exhibit and in your travels don’t forget the Hood Museum.

NH Maple Weekend 2013, March 23 & 24

February 23rd, 2013 by donnanandersen

Currier and Ives Maple Sugaring

Currier and Ives Maple Sugaring

Celebrate the sweetest season of the year in New Hampshire on March 23 & 24, 2013 when New Hampshire’s working sugarhouses will open their doors to the public.  Even if you know how maple syrup is made – from tapping the sugar maples to boiling sap in an evaporator over a roaring hot fire – it is still a treat to visit a working sugarhouse and learn more about the process and meet the families who carry on this spring tradition every year.  More than 100 sugarhouses, across the state, will open their doors so that you can watch and sample their incredible products.  From different grades of syrup to melt-in-your-mouth maple candy, you will find the best and purest NH maple products at all these establishments.  We are lucky to have at least two working sugarhouses no more than 15 minutes away – Sunday Mountain Maple Farm and Mt. Cube Farm.  Most of the area’s eateries will have at least one menu item that will feature NH maple syrup and Breakfast on the Connecticut will join in as we feature Apple Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding with warm maple syrup.  So come and enjoy Maple Weekend in NH, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, visit a sugarhouse and sample the first harbinger of spring.

Let It Snow – Storm Nemo 2013

February 13th, 2013 by donnanandersen

Snow Roller Used to Pack Snow to Make Roads Passable by Sleigh

Snow Roller Used to Pack Snow to Make Roads Passable by Sleigh  1850 – 1920

The entire northeast was just hit by Storm Nemo, a “Noreaster” that in some parts of Connecticut left 40 inches of new snow on the ground.  Travel became impossible and people stayed put in their homes waiting for the clean-up.  The pubic works departments were on the roads and within 24 hours after the storm, traffic, at least on the Interstates, could move again.  But if it is the late 1800s what do you do to make travel possible after snow has fallen?  You use a horse-drawn snow roller.  They were not standardize in size – they were as big or as small as their builder decided to make them. Some are four feet in diameter and have one drum, others are six feet (or more) in diameter and have two drums that are side-by-side. Some have an implement seat on a post for the driver, while others have a buckboard-type seat and/or a full-width platform on top. Some have a rear-mounted scraper that dresses the freshly-rolled snow. In short, a snow roller was as unique as the individual who constructed it.  They were pulled by teams of horses and used to pack down the snow so that people could travel by sleigh.  Their heyday was between 1850 – 1920 until gasoline powered trucks came into common use.  But I bet they were used in some remote places until the 1940s.   Lots of snow fell with Storm Nemo – enough to make a snow roller pretty ineffective!  But the snow did make all the ski areas, both downhill and cross-country, very happy.  Come north to New Hampshire, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, and play in the snow!

The Holidays and Keeping Your Pets Safe

December 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen

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Wolf, Our Dog, In An Earlier Time – She is 19!

The holidays are a time of joy for families and included in your preparations you should eliminate the risk to beloved members of your family, your pets.  In our case, that would be our dogs, Wolf, Pola & Sparky and our cat, Rosie.   Holiday decorations can be a nightmare for your pets especially garland and wrapping ribbon.   Both can get stuck in a pet’s intestines necessitating surgical removal.  If cats gnaw on ribbon it can literally stitch the feline’s intestines together.  How about what your pet eats?  Turkey and ham are usually part of the holiday meal but the bones can be lodged in the intestines.  And rich foods, gravies can cause severe illness.  Many pets can get violently ill from drinking water from the Christmas tree stand – keep your beloved friends from the sap-filled water and heavy, rich treats.  Lastly, poinsettias are toxic to most household pets if they are chewed or swallowed in large enough quantities.  Instead of doing the math on that equation, chose other types of floral arrangements that are safe.  The best holiday gift you can give your pets is a safe and hazard-free environment so they can enjoy all the festivities with you.

If you are traveling with a pet, consider a stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut.  We have two pet-friendly rooms, Room 14 & 15.  We also have 23 acres – plenty of space to walk your dog for exercise.

The Christmas Revels 2012 – An Irish Celebration of the Winter Solstice December 13 – 16

December 4th, 2012 by donnanandersen

The Christmas Revels 2012

So, what is the solstice?  Well , in technical terms, it occurs when the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon.  In the Northern Hemisphere it occurs somewhere between December 20 – 21.  Interpretation of this event varies among cultures but here in the Upper Valley, we celebrate it with The Christmas Revels.  This year, 2012, it will be an Irish celebration, complete with music, dancing, singing and stories.

The setting is 1907, when immigration from Europe to the United States is at its peak.  The Irish are a major part of this relocation and with them they bring their unique culture complete with poetry, dance, music and their strong sense of survival and yearning for a new life in this land of opportunity.  The Christmas Revels put you on the deck of the Glenna Roy as the emigres create a memorable Christmas celebration at sea.  There is Irish dancing, fiddler Laura Fisk, a terrific ceilidh band and, of course, an Irish story or two.

For more information please visit The Christmas Revels.  See the performance, spend a night at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a wonderful breakfast the next morning.  Make some time to do some holiday shopping in the area and remember there is no sales tax!