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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.

 

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.

The “Robot Zoo” At the Montshire Museum of Science

June 15th, 2011 by donnanandersen

The Robot Zoo - Chameleon

The Robot Zoo at The Montshire Museum of Science - Chameleon

The “Robot Zoo” , a nationally touring exhibition, reveals the magic of nature as a master engineer.  Visit the Montshire Museum and explore the bio-mechanics of complex animal robots to discover how real animals work.  The robot animals and hands-on activities illustrate fascinating real-life characteristics of animals, such as how a chameleon changes colors and how a fly walks on the ceiling.  After exploring the robots you can go outside to the Science Park and float balls down The Rill, immerse yourself in the Water Dance exhibit and make amazing shapes with water at Water Bells.  The new Hughes Pavilion overlooking the Science Park offer visitors a respite from sun or showers and is the perfect place to have lunch.  Bring a picnic or purchase lunch from the King Arthur Flour bakers.  No longer do you need to leave the museum for lunch – King Arthur Flour’s offerings will include sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, chips, ice cream, cookies and cold beverages.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and take one day to explore the wonders of the Montshire – but don’t forget the towels (we will supply those), swimsuits and sunscreen!

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!

9th Annual Strawberry Festival – Cedar Circle Farm

May 2nd, 2011 by donnanandersen

Cedar Circle Strawberry Festival

Cedar Circle Farm Strawberry Festival

I don’t think there is anything sweeter that a strawberry just picked off a plant at the height of strawberry season.  While those grown in the Upper Valley tend to be a little smaller than those found in cultivated fields of our southern neighbors, they are bursting with freshness, sweetness and that just picked taste.  You can have that experience by attending the 9th Annual Strawberry Festival on Sunday, June 26, at Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, VT.  The event is filled with family fun including numerous kids’ activities, a strawberry queen, horse-drawn wagon rides to the strawberry patch and live music.  Enjoy a freshly made strawberry shortcake – yum or buy a variety of items from their organic concession.  The cost is $5 if you come by car – free if you use the train (White River Flyer), a bicycle or on foot.  Breakfast on the Connecticut is 4.5 miles away – take out one of our hybrid bicycles, bike to Cedar Circle, have a dish of strawberry shortcake, participate in some of the other activities and bike home.  You will have burned off all the calories in that luscious dessert!  The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine.

Fifty Years For The Five College Book Sale

March 26th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Five College Book Sale

Five College Book Sale

Started in 1961 by alumni from Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Simmons and Wellesley colleges, the 5CBS has become one of the most anticipated sales in the Upper Valley in April.  Last year, 2010, the 5CBS broke all its records and sold over 25 tons of reading material to individuals who come from as far away as Montreal and Philadelphia.  There are usually between 35,000 to 40,000 carefully sorted, gently used, and modestly priced books of all categories, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, books on tape, videos etc.  Over 200 + volunteers have spent weeks collecting, dusting, culling, sorting, displaying and selling to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Vermont and New Hampshire students at Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley colleges.  This is a two day sale and the first readers take their place well before 7 am on the first day.  When the doors open at 9 am, dealers will gallup through, empty boxes in hand, to both the specials table and the auction table next to it.  The traffic is constant and heavy at Lebanon High School on the first day until the doors close at 5 pm.  Day two, is half price day – lots of bargains.  One of the hallmarks of the 5CBS is that the books are culled because of its devotion to quality – you will not be faced with moldy texts, marked-up books, falling apart books, outdated atlases, travel books and software manuals.  At the end of the two day sale there are a lot of happy readers in the Upper Valley.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a trip to the 5CBS where you can pick up all your reading for those lazy days in summer or long hours traveling by train or plane.

Saturday, April 23, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 24, 12pm – 4:30 pm
Lebanon High School, 193 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH

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.

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

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