Friday, April 29, 2011

Inn at Valley Farms Awarded Keene’s Green Business of the Year Award

My family and I were incredibly honored to have our New Hampshire bed and breakfast and farm awarded the 2010 Keene Green Business of the Year Award at last week’s Monadnock Earth Festival held at the Ashuelot River Park in Keene, NH. Keene’s Green Business of the Year award is given annually to recognize socially responsible businesses that have developed innovative and committed practices or programs resulting in environmental improvements, cost savings, energy conservation, environmental stewardship, greenhouse gas reductions, or resource use efficiency.

Our business was chosen to receive this year’s prestigious award due to our commitment and dedication across the board to green efforts and sustainability. Green practices we’ve adopted include among others, comprehensive recycling and composting (including vermicomposting), extensive use of locally grown food, use of green cleaning products, use of recycled content paper products, energy efficient appliances and lighting throughout the Inn. Our pasture-based farm was also praised for its commitment to sustainable farming practices including no-till gardening, intensive rotational grazing, continually reviewing operations, purchasing, and farming practices for improvement and our commitment to education of our guests and customers through agritourism events, public tours, and an on-site interpretive center created in partnership with Antioch New England Graduate School students.

The Works Bakery and Café and Yankee Lanes were two other Keene business nominations recognized for their green efforts at the event. Last year’s award winner was Keene based Filtrine Manufacturing. The honor was awarded by the Keene Cities for Climate Protection Committee in partnership with the Hannah Grimes Center, the Monadnock Sustainability Network and the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce.


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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Walpole's Own Anthony Princiotti to Conduct Beethoven Evening

The Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra led by Walpole’s own Anthony Princiotti will present a program of music by Beethoven on Friday, April 29th at 7:30pm at Walpole's historic Town Hall. The concert will include Beethoven's Second Symphony and his Violin Concerto, performed by young violin virtuoso Emily Hyun. The performance is expected to conclude shortly after 9pm. Burdick's Café will be extending its regular Friday evening closing time and audience members are invited to stroll over afterwards for drinks and dessert. 

Tickets for this special event are $15 and are available at Burdick's Café in Walpole, Galloway Real Estate, and at the door on concert night. For more information, visit www.dartmouth.edu/~dso, or call (603) 646-3420.  

Our New Hampshire bed and breakfast is just 3 miles from downtown Walpole, come stay for the weekend and see all of what Walpole and southern New Hampshire has to offer. 

Anthony Princiotti is the Music Director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra, the Conductor of the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Associate Conductor of the Vermont Symphony.  He received his Doctor of Music degree from the Yale School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School. He was awarded a conducting fellowship at Tanglewood, where he studied with Leonard Bernstein, Gustav Meier and Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Princiotti has been a recipient of the Marshall Bartholomew Scholarship, the Charles Ives Scholarship and the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize. Between 1981 and 1987, he was first violinist with the Apple Hill Chamber Players and has appeared as a guest conductor with the Calgary Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony, the New England String Ensemble, the Hartford Symphony, the San Paolo State Symphony, the Yale Philharmonic, the Norfolk Festival Orchestra, the Pioneer Valley Symphony and the Young Artists Philharmonic. As a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College since 1992, he holds the rank of Senior Lecturer in Music.  His recording of Telemann's Twelve Fantasias for Unaccompanied Violin was recently released.  He is the author of more than eighty articles about orchestral music, and is also the creator and producer of The Glass Bead Game, a radio program that combines music from widely different genres within the context of a chosen idea or theme. 

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