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Pick your way through the Upper Valley

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It’s no secret that berries are in season — take a quick stroll through the Hanover farmers’ market and you’ll notice there is no shortage of blueberries for sale. While you don’t need to go any farther than the Green on Wednesday afternoons to get fresh, local fruit, a more rewarding (and fun!) experience lies in picking your own berries. The Upper Valley is home to countless pick-your-own farms, and a sunny afternoon spent picking berries is a well-deserved treat with finals quickly approaching. Check out these farms and stock up on tasty fruit before 13X (and berry season) come to a close. Cedar Circle Farm Only a 20-minute ride from campus, Cedar Circle Farm in Thetford, VT feels worlds away with its quintessential pick-your-own berry fields. Stroll the rows of blueberry bushes and load up as many cartons as you can carry. Drive a little farther down the road to the farm stand, where an impressive array of fresh vegetables waits. Behind the farm stand are sprawling produce fields and greenhouses full of bright flowers. If you’re feeling fatigued from all that blueberry picking, pop into the “Hello Café” coffeehouse for some caffeine (and a homemade baked good, of… Read more »

Get creative with pre-formal summer dates

BY ZACH KUSTER, THE DARTMOUTH STAFF

There’s only one thing scarier than the fact that 13X is nearing its final weeks: formal season is almost upon us. While there is still a solid amount of time before desperation kicks into gear, consider making some moves now so you’re not stuck asking your lab partner’s housemate’s trippee — that’s an awkward blitz. To impress that special someone, you’ll have to go beyond the simple Foco dinner date. Before we get too bogged down with finals to care about our love lives, use one of these date ideas for inspiration. The outdoorsy date: If the Classics cutie is the crunchy type, opt for a date in the beautiful outdoors that he or she is sure to enjoy. Rent a canoe and paddle your little hearts out on the Connecticut River. Physical activity is the best way to build a bond, and when your biceps strain against the current you’re bound to feel a spark. Pack a picnic dinner to enjoy post-canoeing. For the best views, cross the bridge to Vermont and settle into the Adirondack chairs overlooking the river to enjoy your meal. If the conversation is really flowing, kick back and watch the sun set. The crafty… Read more »

Festivals, football and Ferris wheels: August’s Upper Valley guide

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We’ve hit August and you still haven’t ventured outside of Hanover? Don’t fret — there are still plenty of fun New England summertime activities in the Upper Valley left to distract you from ever-approaching finals and the unfortunate reality of fall term.

The Upper Valley is known for its “Old Home Days,” events during which visitors celebrate New England with old car cruises and horseshoe tournaments. During the Canaan event, on August 2, 3 and 4, you can sample lobster and chicken barbeques, buy knickknacks at old-time craft fairs and watch soapbox derbies.

If the torrential summer rain comes back, rewind to the 1950s and head over to the Fairlee Drive-in for cheap, fun double features. Make sure to bring a big car with seats that lay down in the back, plenty of pillows and blankets and even a picnic basket filled with farmer’s market goodies. On August 2, 3 and 4, head over to watch “The Smurfs 2″ (2013) and “The Wolverine” (2013), and check out what’s playing for features later this month.

Craving a sporting event more exciting than intramural soccer? Hanover is providing just the remedy with the Maple Sugar Bowl, a football game with the best graduating seniors of area high schools… Read more »

Over 5,000 participate in the Prouty

BLAZE JOEL/ THE DARTMOUTH STAFF

Over 5,500 participants rowed, biked, ran, walked and golfed Saturday morning in the 32nd annual Prouty, a fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. This year’s event raised over $2.6 million. Tyler Stotland, a volunteer from Norwich, said that the variety of opportunities available helps create a supportive community around the event. “Lots of people, whether they’re helping a friend, going through treatment or just finished a treatment, can all participate,” she said. Individual participants, families and teams raised money for the cause. Teams ranged from College Greek organizations to groups of Upper Valley residents. Some teams honored cancer patients and survivors through their team names and by wearing shirts commemorating friends lost to the disease. “I had no idea it was such a big community,” Courtney Kelly ’15 said. “It’s really special that so many people come out to support such a great cause.” Event director Jean Brown said that participation from the College distinguishes the Prouty from other area events. ‘This is truly where the whole community comes together to fight cancer,” she said. Approximately 1,200 volunteers were posted at Richmond Middle School and along the different routes. Raphael Harriman of Lebanon, who was stationed behind… Read more »

Popping the Bubble

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Editor’s Note: If you’ve been at Dartmouth for any amount of time, you’ve probably heard the phrase the “Dartmouth bubble.” We may exist in a world where it seems like we’re the only people living in the middle of the wilderness Hanover, but we’re not. This new weekly Dartbeat feature is an attempt to put Dartmouth students more in touch with the faces of Hanover that surround us every day as we eat at Molly’s, wait in line at Dirt Cowboy and shop at Bella. Name: Jake What brings you to Hanover? I live in Hartland, VT but I’ve worked at Molly’s since I was 16. I started bussing tables my sophomore year and worked here all through high school. I’m now a senior at UVM and I come back for breaks to work. My dad works at the Co-op, so Hanover has kind of always been in the cards for me. Favorite winter activity in Hanover? When I’m not working at Molly’s, I love to go to Dartmouth hockey games. I grew up going to the games with my family. Name: Dot What brings you to Hanover? I live in Norwich and work at the Hanover CVS. I’ve been working… Read more »

Go to Town On: Poverty Lane Orchards

Autumn is finally here! Or is it? I honestly cannot tell with these Katy Perry “Hot N Cold” temperature fluctuations that we have been having lately. Maybe it’s here, maybe it isn’t. In any case, this time of the school year is always exciting for me because it brings with it the anticipation of forthcoming autumnal events like touching the fire (hey ‘16s!), scarf-wearing, apple cider-sipping, and making lots and lots of pie. What makes fall perfect for pie making is that apples and pumpkins are now in season! And how lucky we Dartmouth students are to have access to an apple orchard a mere twenty-minute drive away!… Read more »