Thursday, August 22, 2013

Apple-picking season is upon us once again

Rob in the orchard farm stand
Don't get me wrong, I love strawberries, blueberries and peaches but my favorite time of year is September and October.  AKA: "apple season".  The daytime temps are still great for getting outside and enjoying the sunshine while the nights are cooling off and the apples are dangling from their branches begging to be picked (unlike the mean apple trees in "The Wizard of Oz")
Paula Reds on the tree
This week, Norway Hill Orchard in Hancock has started picking Paula Red apples...and it doesn't get any better than biting into a crisp juicy apple picked right off the tree.  In addition to the apples, Norway Hill offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.
View from Norway Hill Orchard
The only question now is how to eat them: fresh or in a pie/cake/crisp.  Answer is: "Yes" :)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Peterborough Players: Three more plays left

The kids might be getting ready to go back to school and football is in the air but the summer isn't over for the Peterborough Players.  This has been a fantastic lineup of shows this season for "The Players" and there are three more exciting titles on the schedule.

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August 21st - September 1st: Absurd Person Singular is an "hysterical farce by acclaimed playwright Sir Alan Ayckbourn, three couples navigate the social ladder — climbing and falling — over the course of three ridiculously catastrophic Christmas parties."

September 4th - 15th: Talley's Folly is a winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Drama Critics Circle Award as the best play of the season.  Talley's Folly is one of the best-loved romances of the American theatre. Two wonderful people who don't quite fit in their own worlds come together in this charming, tender waltz of a love story that led off the Players' 1981 season.

September 18th - 22nd: Tea For Three humanizes the political scene with a story both whimsical and deeply moving – a behind-the-scenes look at Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Share the journey of each as she deals with the fishbowl of First Ladydom.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

MacDowell Medal Day 2013

MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Colony Hall, Medal Day - August 11, 2013
 It comes only once a year, and this year was a very special one!  The MacDowell Colony's annual Medal Day took place today under a perfect New Hampshire blue sky with puffy clouds and a gentle breeze.  Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim was awarded the 54th Edward MacDowell Medal to honor his outstanding contribution to the arts.  As the MacDowell Medalist, Sondheim joins an impressive list of past recipients including Thornton Wilder, Robert Frost, Georgia O'Keefe, and Leonard Bernstein, but has the distinction of being the first Medalist to be selected from the field of musical theater.

Savage Library with new addition
 In addition to the presentation of the award itself, Medal Day festivities include the opportunity to have lunch on the Colony grounds (bring your own, or by order a basket lunch from the Colony) and tour open studios.  This year, 32 studios were open, hosted by artists-in-residence including visual artists, writers, theater artists, film/video artists, interdisciplinary artists, and composers.  Other open sites included Colony Hall, The Eaves, the Savage Library (including the brand new addition), the Pageant Outdoor Amphitheater, Edward MacDowell's Log Cabin Studio, the Music Room at Hillcrest (with live piano performance featuring the works of Edward MacDowell), and the grave site of Edward and Marian MacDowell.

Log Cabin Studio

Inside Log Cabin Studio

For my part, I was not able to take part in all of the festivities, but I did take a tour of the wonderful new Library and visited a few of the artist studios.  One artist whose work particularly made me smile was Michael Scoggins.  When you entered Cheney Studio where he was working, the first thing you noticed was giant paper airplanes suspended from the ceiling!  Fun!  A visit to the Edward MacDowell's Log
Cabin Studio was like a step back in time.  And music at the Music Room at Hillcrest included Edward MacDowell's well-known "To a Wild Rose".  All this under about as beautiful sky anyone could ask for!

Pageant Outdoor Amphitheater
Pageant Outdoor Amphitheater with pink pom-poms
Mount Monadnock from the Amphitheater
For more information on Stephen Sondheim's work, here are are some links to articles on and  And we have good reason to believe that this year's Medal Day, with interviews with Stephen Sondheim and others, will be featured on the new "PBS NewsHour Weekend" after it launches in September.