Thursday, May 21, 2015

Opera North's 2015 Season

Opera North has something for everyone in its 2015 line-up: song and dance, comedy and laughs, and starry-eyed, youthful romance from the great talents Leonard Bernstein, Wolfgang Motzart, and Aaron Copeland. Throw in a performance of American songs and arias sung by Opera North artists from the front porch of the most romantic of settings - The Fells Historic Garden and Estate, a summer concert at the must-see Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, and the Young Artist Showcase Concert at West Lebanon Congregational Church. Why not kick off the season at the Stars ON Stage Gala at Lebanon Opera House May 30th. Visit the Opera North website for details and information on ordering tickets. See you there!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Education in The Upper Valley

Those of us that live here already knew that the Upper Valley has great schools but recently two of them were singled out for their excellence. The Best rates Norwich, Vermont's Marion Cross School in the top 10 of the country's 50 best elementary schools...

 and rates New Hampshire's Hanover High School the best in the state.

Two more reasons to love life here.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Vermont Overland Grand Prix

If you are a cycling enthusiast in the Upper Valley, it's likely that decorated competitor and cycling coach Peter Vollers needs no introduction. If you want to know more about cycling opportunities in our area, you should get to know him. And if you are looking for a new challenge, now is a great time.

Vollers, the founding owner of Vermont Overland has added an exciting event to the company's adventure travel offerings. Debuting this summer is the ultimate overland bike race: The Vermont Overland Grand Prix, a 53-mile dirt road, bicycle race featuring 6800 feet of climbing and seven sections of what Vollers drolly refers to as “Vermont pavĂ©” (unmaintained ancient public roads.) The race will start and finish in the beautiful village of Woodstock, Vermont.

A past US Jr Worlds team member and Collegiate National Champion (also the founder of the cycling team at Killington Mountain School,) Vollers saw his lifelong passion for cycling as a natural extension of Vermont Overland's successful off-road touring trips. (The company's flagship overlanding event, the Vermont Overland Trophy sold out in the first day of its initial offering.)

Open to all cyclists, the Vermont Overland Grand Prix is guaranteed to be a fun event and the perfect way to explore Vermont's idyllic countryside. A post-race party in Woodstock will welcome riders back to town. For all the details and information on how to register, visit the website by clicking here.

Monday, February 3, 2014

17th Annual Occom Pond Party

The 17th Occom Pond Party outdoor fun and games are set for noon Saturday Feb 8, 2014. This skating, sliding, sleighing, eating, and parading event is co-sponsored by Hanover Parks and Recreation and Dartmouth's Winter Carnival crew.

The ice castle, slide and tube runs are dependable crowd pleasers. The Couch Potato and Banathalon races generate hilarious competition. It is all free; come join the fun. More information here.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

High Style and Modern Amenities in An Incomparable Location

Located just over two miles east of Woodstock, Vermont in a well established area of substantial country estate properties, this elegant, architect-designed home offers the conveniences of single-level living and succeeds in bringing the beauty of the Vermont countryside and all of its seasons indoors.

An expansive entry foyer leads to a great room that combines an open concept kitchen and two dining/living areas.

The open floor plan offers dramatic spaces in which to entertain or relax.

The family wing includes three bedrooms, two baths and an enormous walk in master closet. A separate guest suite provides privacy and separation.

The large loft area off the entry foyer with gorgeous lawn and pond views lends itself perfectly to an in home office, play room or informal living room.

There are radiantly heated tile and old-growth, center-cut wide plank Eastern White Pine floors, a whole house air purification system and dramatically high ceilings throughout. The total square footage measures approximately 4900+/.

Originally built in 1971, the home’s sweeping lines speak to the design aesthetic of a well known local architect. The house underwent a comprehensive and stylish transformation with an emphasis on green materials and techniques in 2010.

A private drive ascends through manicured lawns and overlooks the property’s two spring fed ponds and the barn. The property extends along the riverbank with over 1300 feet of frontage. An in ground pool is on the west lawn.

The home site, set high on an open promontory with views west towards Woodstock village and Mount Tom, takes in the astounding natural beauty of the Pomfret hills and the verdant river valley below.

Often referred to as “the prettiest small town in America" Woodstock is well known for its combination of New England charm and worldly sophistication. Hanover, New Hampshire and the prestigious Ivy League Dartmouth College as well as the amenities of Quechee, Vermont are a short drive away.

For more information contact Rick Higgerson and visit

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Hall Art Foundation - Reading, Vermont

Southern Vermont's Lexington Farm, built by Elisha W. Watkins in the early 1800’s and operated as a dairy farm until the 1980's, is now home to The Hall Art Foundation, having been sensitively converted into a gallery space that will showcase masterworks from a private collection. The Foundation's inaugural installation will feature solo presentations of work by Georg Baselitz, A. R. Penck, Neil Jenney and Edward Burtynsky.

The Hall Art Foundation is open seasonally, May through November, by appointment. Please contact with the date and time of your desired visit.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A New Season at Northern Stage

Northern Stage kicks off its 16th season next week, under new Executive Director Russell Maitland, with an exciting lineup of shows.

First up is Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday, a terrific election-year comedy telling the story of a not-so-honest businessman and a not-so-dumb blonde who take Washington, D.C. by storm. But when the businessman hires a journalist to teach her some manners, her 'education' takes an unexpected turn.

Included in the seven shows this season are spine-tingling mystery, Anthony Shaffer's Sleuth, side-splitting comedy, Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott's No Sex Please, We're British, and thought-provoking drama, David Mamet's Race.

Tickets are available now at the Northern Stage website, by calling the box office at 802-296-7000 or emailing