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150 Years Later New Hampshire’s Civil War Connections

April 20th, 2011 by donnanandersen

New Hampshire Civil War Infantry

12th New Hampshire Infantry

This year, 2011, marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of the start of the Civil War.  In New Hampshire there are many events being held that will look at the state’s role during the Civil War.  To highlight just a few, we begin with a series of lectures and exhibits at The Fells in Newbury, NH, the summer residence of John Hay, President Lincoln’s Private Secretary.

June 27 – October 10, 2011, Main House Exhibit
Features the diaries and letters of John Hay and those of 9th NH Regiment Corporal Elmer Bragg
May 19, 2011, New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War
Thursday, 4pm Newbury Town Offices
Jere Daniell, Professor Emeritus of History at Dartmouth College
June 26, 2011, Main House, Lincoln’s Civil War White House through the Diary and Letters of John Hay
Sunday, 4pm Advance Reservations Required 603-763-4789 x3
Dr. Michael Burlingame, University of Illinois – Author of over a dozen books on the Lincoln presidency

It is quite an experience to read the poignant words of Corporal Bragg that chronicle his experiences from enlistment to battlefields and eventually to his final days.  All lectures are free and entrance to the Main House exhibit is included with the site admission.  Visiting  The Fells will also give you the chance to explore and learn from the natural lakeside setting and the chance to explore their fabulous gardens.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take a day trip to Newbury, NH and The Fells and go back in time to one of the most transforming periods in our history.

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.

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”.

13th Occum Pond Party – Dartmouth Winter Carnival

December 27th, 2010 by donnanandersen

Couch Potato Racing

Couch Potato Racing

Each February, during Dartmouth Winter Carnival, Occum Pond hosts a party.  This enormous effort brings together the town of Hanover, Dartmouth College and the Occum Pond neighborhood for the benefit of young and old alike.  Now in its 13th year, the Occum Pond Party is a free festival where all can participate in traditional winter activities such as sledding, skating and pond hockey as well as less traditional events such as penguin bowling and couch potato racing.  The miniature ice palace is both festive and a fun place for kids to explore.  Whether you desire to dash through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh or to slowly savor maple sugar on snow, this is one party you do not want to miss.  The 2011 Occum Pond Party is scheduled for February 12, 2011 from noon to 3pm.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy all the activities Dartmouth College Winter Carnival offers.

2,788 Black-capped Chickadees

December 27th, 2010 by donnanandersen

Black-capped Chickadee

In 2003 the Hanover/Norwich area had the top number of this diminutive bird according to the annual Hanover/Norwich Christmas Bird Count making it a “major center of abundance”.  Nationally and internationally, volunteer birders gather in small groups in the few weeks around Christmas to count the population of winter birds in their area.  The Hanover/Norwich count takes place on December 31 and dates back to 1960.  According to noted researcher/ornithologist Chris Rimmer, “The data generated over the years is useful to track population trends.  The counts provide an index of what is there.”   The meeting place for the Hanover/Norwich count is in front of the Hopkins Center, Hanover at 7:00 am on December 31, 2010.  Groups are formed and given assignments which cover a 15-mile diameter radius centered near the Hanover reservoirs reaching south to Lebanon, west to West Norwich, north to Thetford Center and east to Goose Pond.  This is an all volunteer project, so people are encouraged to participate.  The day concludes at Everything But Anchovies for the “countdown”.   Each group reports and there are always a couple of surprises at the end.  In 1990 the count included six Tundra Swans on the Connecticut River and in 2009 a Snowy Owl in Hartford.  For information contact Nancy Martin and Walter Ellison at  What a wonderful social gathering for birders getting them out to maintain a monitoring tool started over 100 years ago.

Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and see what birds you can count on our 23 acres on the banks of the Connecticut River.

New Hampshire’s Affordable Place To Ski

December 17th, 2010 by donnanandersen

Dartmouth Skiway

Dartmouth Skiway

Situated just north of Hanover in rural Lyme is one of New Hampshire’s hidden treasures – the Dartmouth Skiway, home to one of the nation’s elite collegiate ski programs.  With 104 skiable acres covering two mountains, 30 trails and ample terrain to satisfy every level, the Skiway has been referred to as “the essence of a family ski area” by the Boston Globe.  You will find the modern McLean Lodge the perfect place for warming up between runs, getting a bite to eat or just relaxing.  But the real draw for me – no long lift lines and adult lift tickets at half the price of the Skiway’s big named cousins – $40 per day weekends, $25 weekday.   Two and one half (2 1/2) hours from Boston, MA and Hartford, CT, the Skiway beckons.  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and get a $10 discount on adult weekend tickets.

50,000 Christmas Light Display – La Salette

December 11th, 2010 by donnanandersen

La Salette Light Display

La Salette Light Display December 2010

On a cold, crisp night with a gently falling light snow, we visited Enfield, NH to see the annual Christmas light display at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette.  Every year a local designer and a team of volunteers spend over a month constructing a magnificent light display of more than 50,000 lights on 20 acres of hillside.  Admission is free and hours are 5 to 9pm through the month of December.  So bring a thermos of hot cocoa or buy a cup in the cafeteria and spend some quiet reflective moments admiring the handiwork of many.

Revels North – Celebration of the Winter Solstice

December 7th, 2010 by donnanandersen

Revels North 2009, A Scottish Celebration of the Winter Solstice

The 60-member Revels North will present “One of the best Christmas Time Entertainments” on December 16-19 at the Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.  Through music, dance, song and stories, Revels North will celebrate the Winter Solstice with one of their most requested shows, the French Canadian “The Flying Canoe”.  Set deep in the winter woods in the settlement of Trois Rivieres, where villagers and travelers alike gather for the New Year, the show will feature narrator Debra Wise, step dancer, Pierre Chartrand, fiddler Eric Favreau, accordion master Stephane Landry and singer/guitarist Bernard Simard.  There is audience participation so bring your best voice to join in singing carols and rounds.  It is a wonderful evening full of energy and music – you will leave with a song in your heart.  If you are headed to the Upper Valley to attend this event, look us up at Breakfast on the Connecticut for a great place to stay.

Individual tickets  $30/$25/$20
December 16-19, 2010
Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center
Dartmouth College, Hanover NH