June 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen
The King and I, Opera North
August 3, 8, 11, 16 & 17, 2012
The Summer of 2012 will see Opera North celebrating its 30th year filled with magnificent voices, great music and lively theater. The season is all about three charming operas and one classic American musical.
The Elixir of Love, Donizetti
Nemorino is head over heels in love with Adina. He will try anything to make her return his affection, including spending his last dollar on a love potion. The comedy will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
The King and I, Rogers and Hammerstein
Anna Leonowens, an English schoolteacher sent to Siam to teach the children in the royal palace, clashes with their father, the King. Together they find themselves bound by a love that neither is able to express.
The Impresario, Mozart
This is a hilarious opera about the classic conflict between singers and the theater manager who must cast them.
The Cunning Little Vixen, Janacek
This is a touching tale of the cycle of life in a European forest with characters as varied as the forest itself.
Tickets are on sale now at www.operanorth.org or by calling the Lebanon Opera House at 603-448-0400. Make it a date night out with a dinner, a show and a stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut serving a wonderful breakfast the next morning.
June 13th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Canoeing on the Connecticut River, "The Nile of New England"
Quinatucquet is a Native American word meaning “at the long estuary” and given to a body of water known as “the Nile of New England”. Breakfast on the Connecticut sits on the banks of this river also the longest river in New England. Yes, it is the Connecticut River flowing over 360 miles from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound. Once described by the New York Times as ” the Nation’s best landscaped sewer”, the Connecticut River, through the passage of the Clean Water Act and the investment of millions of dollars from government and the private sector, has been reclaimed for our nation to explore and, better still, play in. Along its banks there are large archeological sites, including one in Claremont NH settled by Native Americans around 800 AD. There are ten bridges that traverse the Connecticut that are registered with the National Register of Historic Places including the Cornish-Windsor Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the United States. About 20 miles after the Cornish-Windsor covered bridge you can glide by the Fort at #4 in Charlestown, NH where on an August morning in 1754 a band of Indians broke into the home of Captain James Johnson and took captive the Captain, his 24-year old pregnant wife and their three children, ages 6, 4 & 2 and set off on a trek to Canada. The reclaimed Connecticut has once again become the life-line for commerce, agriculture, industry as well as energy production, irrigation, manufacturing and multiple recreational uses. Ninety-nine cities, towns & villages border its length. Thirty-five colleges and universities on its banks provide an unprecedented representation of higher learning. Agriculture is still at work on 11% of the Connecticut’s land providing a ready source of locally grown foods. You can swim – cross the Connecticut from bank to bank in many places and you have swum from NH to VT – fish and boat, best done by canoe, kayak or pontoon. The Connecticut River and the Valley is one of the last water places that is still underdeveloped and wildly beautiful. So come spend some time at Breakfast on the Connecticut, take a canoe out in the morning fog and experience the “mighty Connecticut, the first of America’s great rivers and in many ways the last.”
May 26th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Breakfast on the Connecticut Earns The 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award
Breakfast on the Connecticut has earned the prestigious TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. The award is given to those properties that consistently are commended by travelers with the highest praise earning a 4.5 rating. This is the second consecutive year Breakfast on the Connecticut has received the award. “Great place to relax!”, “First B&B experience, absolutely wonderful.”, and “Lovely Inn for a relaxing weekend.” are just a few of the remarks by our guests. Come and spend some time at the only B&B located right on the Connecticut River, America’s first river to be named a US “Blueway”.
May 25th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Black Bear Cubs Rescued And Now In The Care Of Bear Rehabilitation Expert, Ben Kilham Of Lyme, NH
Policemen aren’t the only mammals that like doughnuts! NH Fish and Game Officer, Chris Rines, was able to lure two orphaned bear cubs into a safe trap by using doughnuts soaked in half and half. The bear cubs were rescued after their mother was struck and killed by a car on Route 25. The cubs are about 5 months old and each weigh about 8-10 pounds. They are now in the care of bear rehabilitation expert, Ben Kilham, an independent wildlife biologist of Lyme, NH. Ben is a nationally recognized bear expert and author of “Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild”. They are being held in a separate enclosure until they get their sea legs and then will join the other 10 cubs in an eight acre enclosed forest. This has been an extraordinary year for orphaned cubs – some coming from their mothers being killed in car accidents others from mothers being shot by NH residents. In a normal year, there would only be about 5-6 orphaned bear cubs. The cubs will spend a year in the enclosed forest, socializing with the other bears before being released back to the wild in northern New Hampshire. It costs about $1500 per year to rehabilitate a cub so if you would like to help monetarily you may send a donation Ben Kilham at PO Box 37, Lyme, NH 03768. If you are a NH resident, New Hampshire Wildlife Services provides free electric fencing to protect property from bear intrusion. Two years ago, we were saddened to find at the end of our driveway, a young bear cub killed by a motorist. So as you travel NH’s rural roads and especially at night, drive slowly and safely being on the lookout for mother bear and her cubs as well as other wildlife.
May 11th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Blake Memorial Library Secret Garden Tour, Corinth VT
Are you a garden enthusiast? With the advent of the GPS, can you still read a map? If the answer to both is in the affirmative then the 6th Annual Secret Gardens of Corinth and Topsham was designed for you. It is billed by the organizers as “down-to-earth ” because it will take you along the back roads of east central Vermont. The Tour is sponsored by the Blake Memorial Library of Corinth. The organizers maintain that the secret gardens may be unassuming but each will take your breath away because of design, gardening style and landscaping techniques. First though, you have to find the gardens, and that is, in and of itself, the challenge. Tickets for the Tour are $20 on the day of the event, Saturday, June 30, 2012 or $15 in advance. The ticket will provide a map and a description of each of the five gardens you’ll be visiting. Give yourself three to four hours to enjoy the tour, which starts at 12 and ends at 5 p.m. Stay overnight at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a wonderful breakfast and spend the afternoon enjoying the discovery of Mother Nature’s beauty, albeit helped along by mere mortals.
May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Greensboro Ridge Vernal Pool
A special Upper Valley treat can be found at the Hanover Conservancy’s Greensboro Ridge Natural Area. This is a 113 – acre protected property home to numerous wildflowers not to mention barred owls, broad-winged hawks, ruffed grouse as well as warblers, vireos and numerous other small birds. The ledges and stone ridges are also home to bear, mink, fisher, raccoon, deer and fox. Keep your eyes peeled for the tracks as you walk along the trail. Harder to find are the natural area’s nine vernal pools which are necessary breeding grounds for salamanders and frogs. To reach Greensboro Ridge, take Route 10 to Route 120. Turn left onto Greensboro Road and left to Velvet Rocks Drive and park at the trailhead at the top of the drive. Find a trail map at Greensboro Ridge. This is a well kept Upper Valley secret and May & June are a great time to explore it.
May 8th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Lyme Center Adademy Building - Home of the Historical Society
About 7 miles from Breakfast on the Connecticut is the distinctive village of Lyme Center and their historic district.
Start with the Dimick House on Dorchester Road which was mail ordered from Sears in 1924 at a cost of $2,473. It is a two-story frame and clapboard structure and one of the last houses to use sawn lumber from Sanborn Mill. Just a note – this is a private home and not open for touring.
Other interesting buildings include the Lyme Center Baptist Church (1830), the Lyme Center Store (1876) and the Lyme Center Academy (1839) that houses the local historical society known as the Lyme Historians. The museum is open on Tuesday from 9 – noon. A tour booklet is available for a modest charge from the Lyme Historians.
The Beal House, also on Dorchester Road, has two granite steps with bootscrapers, built into the steps, at the entrance.
Interested in decorative moldings? Houses on Dorchester Road have cyma recta (double curvature), ovolo (convex hollow round) and cavetto (hollow rounds with an Egyptian influence) all under projecting eaves.
Please take notice of the black locust and sugar maples. They provide shade for Lyme Center and help to unify this small village.
Stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and explore Lyme Center while on your way to the Dartmouth Skiway, either for hiking, in spring, summer or fall or skiing in the winter.
May 5th, 2012 by donnanandersen
Kayaking on Storrs Pond
It’s a glorious summer day, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s the weekend. You want to get out and have some fun. It’s the perfect type of day to be outside, commune with nature, paddle a kayak around a lake – but you don’t know how. You are in luck because LL Bean’s Kayak Discovery Series allows you to walk into the West Lebanon, NH store and sign-up for an hour-and-a-half kayak instruction for $20 on Storrs Pond in Hanover, NH. LL Bean will supply the kayak, the paddle, the PFD, and take care of all your personal valuables. Class size ranges from 1 to 14 people and there are typically two instructors per class. The class consists of 20 – 30 minutes of dry land instruction, including determining who goes into which boat, what paddle size is needed, securing PFDs (personal flotation device), as well as instruction on how to hold the paddle and paddling techniques. Students will then hit the water in their kayaks for an hour of paddling around on Storrs Pond. LL Bean’s Discovery Series runs through Saturdays from May 26 to September 22 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and on Sundays from July 1 through August 26 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. What do you have to lose? Be prepared to get a little wet.
February 27th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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.
February 18th, 2012 by donnanandersen
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.