Friday, April 25, 2014

Local Favorites in Yankee Magazine's "Best Of" Edition

It was a nice treat to look through the May/June 2014 edition of Yankee Magazine and find some of our local favorites listed in the "Best of New England" feature for New Hampshire.

Bowerbird and Friends
Bowerbird and Friends, in Depot Square, Peterborough was listed as Best Home & Garden Shop. This sweet little space, right along the Nubanusit River, is filled with antiques, gifts, and re-purposed items as well as live plants and garden items.

The title of Best Chamber Music went to Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in Nelson. The mission of Apple Hill is to teach, create, and perform chamber music with musicians from around the world through their workshops and concerts. Some concerts are held in Peterborough at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, but most of their summer concerts are held in Nelson on Tuesday nights, with some Open Coaching and Open Rehearsals on Sunday nights that are free to the public.

With its serene setting and spectacular views of Mount Monadnock, Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge was highlighted as the Best Natural Sanctuary. With their open-air cathedral and meeting space on 236 acres, the Cathedral of the Pines welcomes visitors from all over the world to participate in events, explore their grounds, meditate in outdoor chapels and gardens, and visit historic monuments that honor the service of American men and women—both military and civilian.

Monadnock from Cathedral of the Pines
In the "Outdoors" category, the honors of Best Blueberry Picking went to Pitcher Mountain on Route 123 in Stoddard. While this is a little bit of a drive from Peterborough, it is Paula's go-to place to pick wild blueberries! This is not a farm stand though... you've got to go prepared with your own containers and small bills to pay the $1.25/quart fee which is often on the honor system... not to mention water, sunscreen and a hat! And keep in mind, the season for blueberries varies, but is typically mid-to-late July and into August (depending on the weather).

In addition to the "Best Of" entries, the magazine also included two other local favorites. One was the monthly "First Light/Only in New England" feature on "New England Cuisine" by Ken Sheldon. Ken is a local who also brings his humor to life through his popular "Frost Heaves" shows presented at various time throughout the year. The second was a nice article on the Hilltop Cafe in Wilton, located at the Temple-Wilton Community Farm, one of the oldest CSAs in the country.

Friday, April 18, 2014

What's Happening in May 2014

May is when things really start to warm up around the Monadnock Region and the area starts buzzing with activity.  There are lots of great reasons to visit to the area in addition to all the fabulous outdoor activities.  Below are just a few of the more interesting ones.

May 3rd is the 7th Annual Greenerborough Festival, New England's Green Living Expo and Festival.  Walk through the exhibit hall learning about green products and cutting edge green technology, enjoy fantastic fresh made food from local organic farms utilizing green friendly processes and explore the rest of downtown Peterborough.

May 10th there will be a symposium called "Why Quilts Matter".  With keynote speaker Pam Weeks (click the link for her bio), the curator for the New England Quilt Museum, take a journey exploring both antique and contemporary quilts and their impact on American life.  There will also be an expansive display of quilts to view and enjoy.  Advanced registration is required.
May 17th is the 21st Annual Children and the Arts Festival.  Although children love this festival, it is definitely fun for all ages.  This year's theme for the "Parade of Giant Puppets" (a can't miss parade) is Fairies, Dragons and Other Mythical Creatures.  There will be other events all over town throughout the morning and afternoon.