Wednesday, October 31, 2007

November notes… art, music, and theater!

Happy Halloween!

Well, it turns out that keeping up with our blog lately has been harder than we had expected. We had hoped to post some notes and pictures from Keene Pumpkin Festival weekend and some pictures of the fall foliage, but now that seems to be "old news". So instead, we'll relay some information about upcoming events.

Veterans' Day weekend (November 9, 10, & 11) brings the League of NH Craftsmen Open Studio Tour throughout New Hampshire and within 10 miles of the NH border in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The self-guided tour includes several artists in this area (in Peterborough, Harrisville, Keene, Antrim, Francestown and others). More information, including tour details and map, is available at www.nhcrafts.org.

November 10th is also the next date in the Peterborough Folk Music Society's 2007-2008 Concert Series. Cheryl Wheeler, with special guest Antje Duvekot, will be performing. The concert series features additional shows monthly from October through April (with 2 concerts in January). For their full schedule and more information, please go to http://pfmsconcerts.org.

One more thing... Peterborough Players is having their annual gala auction this coming weekend (November 3). For those of us who are unable to attend the live auction, the fun and bidding will continue through next week with their online auction (November 4-10) at www.peterboroughplayers.org. If you do browse their online auction, look for a Little River B&B Gift Certificate among the offerings.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

You never do know…

... what will happen around here. This week has been full of interesting moments and pleasant surprises!

We started off on Monday morning with a "Pajama Breakfast". A group of guests who had been staying with us for the weekend asked if they could have a "later" breakfast (at 9:00 AM) and if they could come down in their pajamas. We were happy to oblige... and in fact we came down in our PJs too (after showering and putting on clean pajamas, of course). It was a casual and fun change to the normal routine!

On Tuesday, we had an impromptu mini B&B convention as two of the couples who checked-in with us were also B&B owners. It was all quite coincidental!

And now, it is just Thursday morning and we've already had guests from California (Southern CA and the Bay Area), Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Prince Edward Island - Canada, Maine, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Holland!

Add to that weather that has been exceptionally pleasant and fall color that continues to amaze and we can definitely say it has been a great week so far!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fore…watch out for flying pumpkins!!!

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We had heard quite a bit about the trebuchet in Greenfield just fifteen minutes away but had never been. What is a trebuchet you ask, it is similar to a catapult but instead of hurling rocks or cannon balls, it hurls pumpkins. That's right, eight to ten pounders (of the white variety because they are denser than orange ones) and this particular trebuchet is one of the best throwing pumpkins almost 2000 feet!

We were not exactly sure what to expect when arriving but the builders of this competition winning trebuchet set it up in a large field (shown above), and built a castle 600 feet in the distance to play up the medieval feel. From the oxen pulling carts filled with kids to the walk up to the castle with drawbridge, the trebuchet owners who have opened their "Pumkin' Chunkin'" practices to the public have made it quite festive. They even let kids from the viewing audience pull the rope that launches the pumpkins.

What fun!

Trebuchet practice is open to the viewing public throughout the month of October on weekends before they break it down and transport it to Delaware for the competition.

Friday, October 5, 2007

More things going on this Fall…

Just when we thought we had mentioned all of the upcoming events this weekend, we heard about a couple more!

One is the Peterborough Historical Society's Holiday House 2007, a home decorated for the holidays by the region's top designers. This year's Holiday House is Hillcrest at The MacDowell Colony. The house is open today, October 4 through Sunday, October 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. Ticket proceeds benefit the Peterborough Historical Society ($15 for adults, $8 for Youth, ages 12-18, Children under 12 are free). Directions and additional information can be found at the Historical Society's website: www.peterboroughhistory.org/holiday_house_2007.htm.

The second event is a New Hampshire Green Buildings Open House on Saturday, October 6 from 10 am to 4 pm. The tour includes houses and buildings in Sharon, Dublin, Peterborough, and Hancock among others. In Peterborough, the Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm is one of the properties being featured.

This cohousing community, with 1-4 bedroom homes in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood setting, woodland trails, and an organic farm, is just a very short walk from our B&B! For more information and maps, go to: www.nhsea.org.

Did I say "a couple"? Well, here's one more... This Saturday the New Hampshire Audubon is celebrating an expansion of Willard Pond Wildlife

Sanctuary located in Hancock and Antrim. The expansion includes a new trail to access land above the lake. The celebration begins at 10:00 am with a ceremony to honor those involved with the project followed by an inaugural hike on the new trail up Bald Mountain.

Happy Fall!