Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Here comes Fall (Part I)…

What a nice time to be living in southern New Hampshire! The leaves have started changing colors, making every drive, even if it is just to the grocery store or the Recycling Center, a scenic drive. And there is also so much going on all the time! As relative newcomers to the area, we are always on the lookout for what's happening in the region...so here's just a short list of some of the events and other happenings in Peterborough and nearby towns. (Please note, we've included a few events that have already passed for this year, but since they are annual events, they are something to think about for next year!)

Hawk Migration - September through October
As it turns out, southern NH is in the main path for hawk migration and mid-September seems to be the height of the season. The NH Audubon Society has set up a staffed Hawk Watch at the top of Miller State Park, just a short walk north of the summit parking lot. An improved trail leads from the parking lot to a stable outdoor viewing platform with rock benches. The best days for seeing the migration are when the weather is warm and sunny, with winds from the northwest, especially when a storm front is clearing (the hawks don't seem to fly much in the rain). This past Saturday, (September 22) two rehabilitated hawks were released from the observatory. A recent article in the local paper indicated that rehabilitated hawks are often reintroduced to the wild during the migratory season when the instinct to migrate is stronger than territorial instincts. For more details about the hawk migration through this area, the NH Audubon Society has a website at www.nhaudubon.org.

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!
There's the world-famous Pumpkin Festival on October 20, 2007 in Keene, but you don't have to wait until the late October to get your fill of pumpkins. The pumpkins are flying at the Yankee Farmer in Greenfield...literally! On Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm (late September through late October, weather permitting), the Yankee Farmer demonstrates a trebuchet, similar to a catapult, by launching pumpkins through the air. Find out more information at their website, www.yankeesiege.com. Not into flying pumpkins? There are plenty of other opportunities to pick your own pumpkins from the field (or the farmstand), enjoy hayrides and find your way through corn mazes at farms throughout the region.

Here comes Fall (Part II)…

Leaf Peeping

While it is nearly impossible to predict the best time to see the fall colors, the foliage report at www.visitnh.gov provides an approximation of the peak season (based on last year's conditions) with local updates on current conditions.

Art Tours and Studio Open Houses

Although we missed this year's annual Hillsborough Artisans Open Studio Tour (www.hillsboroughartisans.com) on September 15 & 16, 2007, it is now on our list of things to watch for next year! Lucky for us, there are more Art Tours to come. Monadnock Art/Friends of the Dublin Art Colony are presenting "Art Tour 12" on October 6 and 7, 2007. This is their 12th Annual Open Studio Tour featuring 57 artists at 49 locations. There is even a preview exhibition from September 28 through October 8 at the Redmond Bennett Gallery in Dublin. For more information, visit www.monadnockart.org.

"Barns of Distinction Tour" - Hancock, September 29, 2007

The Hancock Woman's Club is presenting a self-guided tour of eight Hancock barns including a reconstructed early 19th century Hancock barn and a four-story livestock barn with a "cow's room". The tour takes place from 10 am to 3 pm and starts at the Vestry in Hancock where there will be refreshments and a unique art sale. Ticket are available locally for $10.

Food and Fun - 5th Annual Schnitzelfest - Hillsborough, September 29, 2007

Enjoy German food and music at this free event in downtown Hillsborough at Butler Park from 10 am to 6 pm. (Hillsborough is about a half-hour away, but the drive north on 202 is really quite pretty right now.)

Peterboro Baskets Fall Tent Sale - September 28, 29, and 30, 2007

According to the Peterboro Basket website, this is their last tent sale of the year. A great time to get some really good deals!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We “clowned around” this past weekend…

Well...actually we had a clown around this weekend!

But first, a little bit of background...

When we were designing the breakfast area of our B&B, we had to decide whether to go with one large table where guests sit together or several smaller ones where each group has their own private area. Considering our own stays at B&Bs, the most memorable experiences we have had were at B&Bs with one large table where we had an opportunity to meet and talk with other guests. So that is the way we went with our design... with one large farmhouse table... hoping that our guests would also favor this arrangement.

And now, even though we have been open only for a relatively short time, we have met some very interesting and wonderful people who have stayed at the B&B. Many mornings, the conversation at the breakfast table is quite lively and this past weekend was no exception. One of our guests suggested we could talk about "interesting conversations at breakfast" in our blog. It was such a great idea, that we decided to start right away!

On this past Sunday morning, the conversation turned to careers. One of the guests, a professional clown with the Big Apple Circus, mentioned that the part he loves most about his job is the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, where clowns dress as doctors and visit children in hospitals. Twice a week, he becomes Dr. Trikki, and brings smiles and much needed silliness to an otherwise very serious place. He was recently featured on the Today Show where he had Dr. Ditzy (aka Meredith Vieira) accompany him on bedside rounds. It is a very heartwarming story! Now celebrating 20 years of pediatric clowning, the Clown Care Unit of the Big Apple Circus operates 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, and are in 18 hospitals nationwide. Dr. Trikki (aka Richard "Dikki" Ellis) is happy to share his website, www.dikkiellis.com, where he has a link to a video on the Today Show story. Thank you Dikki for sharing with us, and thank you Robin for the great idea!

You never know who you might meet when you come down for breakfast.