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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!