Welcome to the third week of New England Precious Places! This is a 5 part series so check back on Thursdays. When this series ends, I'll start another.
So last weekend was a quiet one, didn't go anywhere or do anything exciting but sometimes that's ok right?
Here's a few more special little places to check out, right here in New England.
OUTSTANDING IN THE FIELD, BERKSHIRES, HANCOCK SHAKER VILLAGE MASSACHUSETTS
Sunday September 8, 2013 - GET IN ON THIS NOW WHILE THERE ARE STILL SEATS
HOST FARMER: Bill Mangiardi, Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
GUEST CHEF: Brian Alberg, The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge
$220.00 per person
Sunday, Sept. 8th, Guest Chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn will present a five-course, family style meal in the midst of the Hancock Shaker Village gardens. Tickets are still available!
Ingredients for each Outstanding In The Field meal are almost all local, sometimes sourced within inches of the guests’ seats at the table. After a tour of the site, guests settle in to share the long table, this time in the shadow of the Round Stone Barn.
The menu for Sunday, September 8th includes a selection of stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres including Berkshire Valley Beef Summer Sausage with Half Sour Pickles and Grain Mustard, Joshua’s Farm Deviled Eggs
and Howden Farm Sweet Corn Pancake with Rawson Brook Farm Monterey Chevre. Beer and cocktails will be provided by Big Elm Brewing Company and Berkshire Mountain Distillers. Dinner includes wonderful foods like an amuse bouche and first course of Chilled Smoked Farm Girl Farm Tomato Soup with Olive Oil-Poached Turnips, Taft Farms Sweet Corn and Berry Patch Tomato Salad with Equinox Farm Arugula and BBQ Berkshire Pork Belly served with Sparkling Rose Punch with fresh herbs and fruit.
The second course will include Wanabea Farm Rabbit Choucroute, Parsnips, Carrots and Smoked Caraway
served with Sangria of Finger Lakes Riesling with Fresh Peaches and Basil. The main course will feature wood-grilled Bela Farms Duck Breast with Foggy River Farms Kale Hash and Buttered Indian Line Farm Celery Root served with “Mulled” Lambrusco, Cherries and Blackberries. Dessert will highlight Dave’s Melons with Berle Farm Crowdie and Berkshire Wildflower Honey. How awesome does this sound? Check it out here: http://hancockshakervillage.org/ai1ec_event/outstanding-in-the-field-dinner/?instance_id=21127
BRIMFIELD FAIR, BRIMFIELD MASSACHUSETTS
Sept 3 - 8
I have gone to this show and it's great! If you are a browser or a buyer, there is a lot to see at the Brimfield Fair in Brimfield Massachusetts. It's the largest outdoor antique show in New England, with over 5000 dealers from all over the country. The shows are one week long each and happen three times a year, May, July, and September. The shows are all located within a one mile stretch on both sides of Route 20. There are 21 Fields each approximately 3 to 5 acres. It is by far the best antique show I have gone to. Check it out here: http://www.brimfield.com/index.htm
LA GONDOLA, PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND
What a great way to see Providence. If you happen to be there for the Water Fire show, (see blog post dated August 9) this is also something you can do there.
The gondola trips take you along the Woonasquatucket and Providence Rivers. What a great way to relax, celebrate a birthday, anniversary, engagement, or even your wedding!
La Gondola can accommodate up to six passengers on each of the three authentic gondolas. Also included, a complimentary basket with locally-made wine biscuits, ice bucket, and glasses are provided (feel free to bring your own beverage,) as well as Italian music. A little touch of Italy! Check it out here: http://www.gondolari.com/index.asp
CRUISE LAKE WINNIEPESAUKIE,
Mount Washington Cruises offer Scenic Daytime and Sunset Dinner Dance Cruises on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH from late May through October. The M/S Mount Washington visits 5 ports on Lake Winnipesaukee and takes on passengers in Wolfeboro, Meredith, Center Harbor and Alton Bay on alternating days of the week with daily cruises from Weirs Beach. Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruises from Weirs Beach and Alton Bay every Sunday. The US Mailboat, Sophie C. offers Island Cruises while delivering mail to the islands on Lake Winnipesaukee, the largest and most beautiful lake in New Hampshire.
Check it out here: http://www.cruisenh.com/day.php
Come back on Thursdays for more Precious Places.
Be sure to go to the links listed in the blog and 'like' their Facebook page if they have one. You can find a wealth of information on any of the state visit.com sites. By doing a little research, you can find all that New England has to offer.
It's me, just trying to get by.