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Super Quest – Solve the 12-Town 250th History Mystery

July 5th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Vital Communities

Vital Communities - Super Quest

If you have never done a Valley Quest before, this summer may be the time to try your hand.  Two hundred and fifty years ago, in 1761, Governor Benning Wentworth chartered the 12 “Middle Grant” towns.  “Super Quest” honors the 250th anniversary of the 12 Middle Grant towns: Canaan, Enfield, Fairlee, Hanover, Hartford, Hartland, Lebanon, Lyme, Norwich, Plainfield, Thetford and Windsor.  There are 12 clues, each leading to a different town.  Using maps, MapQuest or other tools, travel to your destination in search of the hidden word(s).  Visit all 12 towns and like magic – a secret word will be revealed.  Once you have solved the mystery, claim your commemorative patch and be entered to win the grand prize, a family Get-A-WAy to Lake Morey Resort.  First, visit VitalCommunities.org to register.  While registration is not required, it will enable you to get hints if you need them and ensure that Vital Communities has enough patches.  There is no rush!  You have until November 1 to finish the Quest.   Super Quest is a word puzzle and when the puzzle is complete a “magic word” will emerge.  For this historical quest, most of the towns chose their own answers, which include dates, numbers and names.  The Quest really tells a great story of the Upper Valley.  So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and spend your weekend questing!

12 Towns Celebrate 250 Years

February 6th, 2011 by donnanandersen

Lyme 250 Anniversary

Lyme 250 Anniversary Logo - Designed by Ceci Steyn

Twelve “Middle Grant” Upper Valley towns will be turning 250 in 2011.  Tuning up for their 250th Anniversary will be the communities of Canaan, Enfield, Fairlee, Hanover, Hartford, Hartland, Lebanon, Lyme, Norwich, Plainfield, Thetford and Windsor.  The  highlight of the 2011 celebration will occur over the July 4th weekend with parades, fireworks, lots of food and local concerts.  There will also be lots of opportunities in 2011 for lectures, dances, workshops and ,just in time for the warm weather, a series of new outdoor area exploration adventures created by Valley Quest, a program of Vital Communities.  The “SuperQuest” will include clues that lead to a spot in each of the twelve towns.  Those who complete the entire “Super Quest” will be rewarded with a special commemorative patch.  What a wonderful way to explore the Upper Valley and learn more about the towns and their history.  Visit the Valley News website for “Turning 250″ to learn the latest on the Upper Valley towns celebrating their 250th anniversaries this year.  Thousands will come into the Upper Valley to take part in the celebrations so make your plans early to stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy the festivities.