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Hands On Pianos – Hopkins Center 50th Anniversary

February 27th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Hands On Pianos

Hands On Pianos - Hop's 50th Anniversary Season

So you only know how to play chopsticks or maybe after years of piano lessons you can play a mean Chopin.  Well this summer, in July to be specific, you can be a maestro in the Upper Valley thanks to Hand On Pianos.  Colorfully decorated pianos will be turning up at bus stops, parks, sidewalk plazas, farm stands, general stores and other unexpected places throughout the region for the month of July available for people of all ages to engage in music making.  This “street piano” project will kick off the Hop’s 50th Anniversary Season with the pianos being transformed into eye candy by local artists.  There are four ways to get involved:

You can offer a piano for donation.
You can offer a partner piano.
You can decorate a piano.
Volunteer as a piano “angel”.  Helps assure the pianos stay healthy while outdoors by signing up to check on one (or two) daily.

This is a chance for the individual to try their hand at all 50 pianos and for all the donated pianos to have their proud finale before they hit that “Great Steinway Store in the Sky”.  At the end of the project, the donated pianos will be mined for usable and recyclable parts.  You can stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, practice getting your fingers moving on our 1895 Hazelton parlor grand.  What a great summer weekend project – visit as many spots that harbor a piano in a weekend.  And how about a picture or video of you tickling the ivories.

 

The Howel Classic

February 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Howe Library

Howe Library, The Howel Classic

Howe Library, Hanover NH invites you to The Howel Classic, a mini-golf extravaganza.  Do you enjoy mini-golf, good food and mingling? Then you will find all three at the 2012 Howel Classic on Saturday, March 24 from 7 – 10 p.m.  That’s right, a miniature golf course set up and ready to play in the Howe Library.  The 18-hole course will be open with tasty appetizers, wine and beer being served.  Chloe Brisson & Absolute Jazz will provide the entertainment.  Because alcohol will be served, all participants must be at least 21 years old.  All attendees will be entered for a chance to win a round for two at Montcalm Golf Club or a pair of round-trip tickets on Cape Air.  Cost is $50 per person and you must RSVP by March 16.

But don’t forget the little ones because on Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Library is open to all!  You can try the 18-hole course while enjoying pizza, beverages and treats.  This is a chance for adults and children to get a little loud in the Library.  All attendees will be entered for a chance to win movie tickets, passes to Storrs Pond or an iPod.  Tickets are only $5 per person.

What a weekend – stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and then spend a fun and most unusual time supporting the Hanover, NH’s local library, where all services are open to the public and free.

 

New Hampshire Maple Weekend

February 10th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Who can resist the smell of boiling sap?  Take the afternoon off and breathe deeply at one of the 60 sugar houses across New Hampshire that will be open during Maple Weekend, March 24 – 25, 2012.  Bring the kids and learn how maple syrup is made, enjoy free samples and pick up a gallon to savor during pancake breakfasts or baked bean suppers.  There are two maple producers close by in Orford, NH – Sunday Mountain Maple Farm & Mt. Cube Sugar House.  Each has a full array of maple products from maple candy to various sizes of maple syrup.  And if there is snow on the ground a real treat is hot maple syrup on snow!  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a full country breakfast complete with New Hampshire’s amber gold.

CHaD’s Winter Carnival – A Night Under The Lights

February 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Snowbox Derby

Snowbox Derby - CHaD Winter Carnival

Grab your friends and family and sign up for an evening of fun at CHaD’s Annual Winter Carnival, Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 4 to 8 pm at Storrs Hill in Lebanon.  This year’s Carnival will be better than ever.  For a change of pace, it will take place at Storrs Hill in Lebanon with skiing and boarding under the lights just for Carnival participants.  It will be more action-packed with the return of the Snowbox Derby, ski jumping demonstrations, a running race to the top and a torchlight parade.  It will be star-studded with Olympian Hannah Kearney on hand helping out for the CHaD kids.  In addition dinner is included not to mention throwing snowballs at targets and snowshoeing through the woods.  All monies raised by children will be matched by the Couch Family Foundation.  The top kid fundraiser can win a Wii!  For more information please go to www.chad wintercarnival.org to register.  Make a family weekend of it and stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut – enjoy a wonderful country breakfast in the morning after a fun filled night.

Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

January 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Chocolate Dessert

Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012

This chocolate lover’s event consists of local chocolatiers and chocolate artisans including restaurants, bakeries, patisseries and catering companies.  All participants will vie for a People’s Choice Award for the “Best Chocolate Dessert in the Upper Valley – 2012″.  At the end of the tastings you can cast your vote for your favorite entry.  In addition to tasting chocolate delights, festival guests will have the opportunity to purchase items from many of the vendors.  Admission entitles each guest to one Competitive Sample from each vendor.  This year’s sweet details:

When: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Tracy Hall, Norwich Vermont
Admission: $10 per person (at the door)

So if it you want a break from life’s hubbub, stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut before Valentine’s Day and stock up for your favorite sweetheart (wife, husband, parents, siblings or, in my case, grandchildren)  on dark chocolate at the Upper Valley Chocolate Festival 2012.  Remember 1.6 ounces daily of dark chocolate is heart healthy!

Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival Ranked 6th

January 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Dr. Seuss Winter Carnival Sculpture

100 Anniversary Dartmouth Winter Carnival Sculpture - The Cat In The Hat, Dr. Seuss

From February 9 – 11, 2012 Dartmouth will host its Winter Carnival.  Held since 1911, this winter fun time was ranked 6th in the world by National Geographic Traveler.  You can support Dartmouth’s ski teams at both the Dartmouth Skiway and the Oak Hill Ski Touring Center on February 10 & 11.  You can take a tour of the Baker Hill Library Bell Tower on February 11 & 12.  You can combine those activities with concerts, great food from local eateries, a tour at the Hood Museum and a visit to the Green where an enormous snow and ice sculpture awaits.  And then there is the Occum Pond Party on Saturday, February 11 from 12 noon to 3 pm.  Don’t miss this part of the winter bash with games, food, music and sleigh rides for all ages – the only prerequisite is to be young at heart!  Only 7 miles from the Dartmouth Skiway, Breakfast on the Connecticut is right in the thick of some of the best competitive collegiate skiing.   Come back in the late afternoon for hot chocolate and goodies while you get ready for the evening’s fun.  To enjoy winter you must find a way to play in it – here is your chance at Dartmouth’s Winter Carnival, 2012!

Winter At The Fells

January 6th, 2012 by donnanandersen

The Walking Trails At The Fells in Summer

Although The Fells Main House is closed for the season, there is another world to explore during the winter.  The ground is frozen, many of the bushes wrapped to ward off the nibbling deer and the fountains are drained.  But if you stand quietly amid the frozen gardens you will be aware of new sights and sounds.  Be dazzled by the many colors of the winter Heather Bed, listen to the music of the rustling foliage & observe the winter birds including cardinals.  The trails are easily accessible and the grounds are open for self-touring, dawn to dusk every day.  You can hike, snowshoe or Nordic ski – conditions permitting.  Or attend one of the following activities:

January 14, 2012 Saturday 1-2:30 pm
Trail Walk: Snowshoeing (or Winter Hiking) and Winter Tree Identification
Join veteran trail walk leaders Dave and Fay Barden for a snowshoeing or hiking trek along the trails at The Fells.  Eduvcation Director, Michael Caduto, will point out tips for identifying trees in the winter.  Free,

February, 26 2012 Sunday 1 – 2:00 pm
Family Snowshoe Walk: Animals In Winter
Bring your snowshoes and join Kathleen Stowell, Education Director of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, as she leads a winter walk on the grounds of The Fells.  Members free, nonmembers $5 per family.

There is another world to explore when you embrace winter and find a away to play in it!  Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and we will show you how!

 

 

 

Nothern Stage’s “Annie” – Local but not Yokel!

January 6th, 2012 by donnanandersen

Northern Stage

Northern Stage 2011 - 2012 Season

I have had the privilege of attending many shows in NYC’s Broadway and Hartford’s, Bushnell but last night I had the opportunity to view a real local treat.  Northern Stage brought the musical “Annie” to real life on its stage at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction.  We are all familiar with the setting; 1933; the music, “It’s the Hard Knock Life”,  “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” and of course, “Tomorrow”; and the story of Little Orphan Annie & Daddy Warbucks.  What was so special is the intimacy of the theater – there is not a bad seat in the house and what’s more you feel you are part of what is happening on stage.  Add to that the quality of the equity performers from NYC and, in this case, the local talent and you have a recipe for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.  Lyme can even boast a rising star in Margaret Finley, a fifth grader, who played Annie.  The run for Annie will end on January 8, 2012 but never fear Northern Stage has an incredible line-up during its season:

Les Liasons Dangereuses
January 18 – February 5, 2012

M. Butterfly
February 15 – March 4, 2012

Red
March 14 – April 1, 2012

Chicago
April 11 – May 6, 2012

What a wonderful night out – eat at the Tip Top Cafe, attend a Northern Stage production, stay the night at Breakfast on the Connecticut and have a wonderful breakfast the next morning.

 

 

Long River Studios – Filled With Treasures

November 8th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Long River Studio Celebrates 20 Years

Long River Studios Celebrates 20 Years

Located on Main Street in Lyme, NH, Long River Studios sits filled with the creative offerings of local artists & crafters.  A volunteer-run cooperative, Long River was formed in 1991 to try to connect local artists & crafters with the local community and help them make a living.  Currently, Long River represents 75 artists and crafts people from a wide sampling of medium.  Within its walls, you will find sculpture, photography, jewelry, needlework, painting and basketry just to highlight a few.  Long River Studios is open year round and hosts three annual exhibits.  Long River Studios is one of the focal points for the village of Lyme and once though its doors you get a feel for the New Hampshire region known as the Upper Valley.  If you stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut stop by Long River and pick up that one of a kind holiday gift.

The Dartmouth Aires Shine on NBC’s The Sing Off

November 5th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Dartmouth Aires At The Sing Off on NBC

Dartmouth College’s oldest a cappella group, the Dartmouth Aires were founded in 1946 as an offshoot of the Glee Club.  In the 1970s they broke away from the Glee Club and became an established independent college landmark.  They usually have 16 members but that may vary from term to term.  They arrange their own music and their membership pick their own songs based on the group’s tastes.  They were chosen as one of the 16 a capella groups to compete in 2011 NBC’s The Sing Off.  To date, they are a member of the final 6 remaining teams and I can see why.  They bring an energy to the competition that is amazing and a choice of music that is brilliant.  To date, they have performed tunes such as Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder and Pinball Wizard from the rock opera Tommy.  But last week’s performance of a Dartmouth Aires Sing A Queen Medley was truly electrifying!  So tune in on Monday night for The Sing Off on NBC at 8 pm – you will not be disappointed!