A Summer Bucket List for Graduate Students
1) Try out the woodworking studio in the Hopkins Center basement (stairs are across from the student mailboxes). Go to one of the two orientation sessions coming up July 2 or July 8 at 6:00 pm.
3, 4, & 5) Complete the Quechee, Vermont, tour in an afternoon. Visit VINS (the Vermont Institute of National Science) to see live raptor shows, then stop at the Quechee Gorge for pictures, and finish off the tour at Simon Pearce where artists make hand-blown glass items.
Tip: If you become a member of the Lebanon Public Library, you can check out two three-day passes to VINS for free!
6) Do the Vermont Brewery Challenge. Earn prizes like bottle openers and t-shirts for visiting at least 4 of the 18 local breweries. Print an official passport or pick it up at a local brewery. Closest brewery is at the Norwich Inn!
7) Don’t miss the Hanover Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3:00-6:00 pm on the Green, now until October 5.
8) Walk through the Path of Life Sculpture Garden in Windsor, Vermont. Eighteen sculptures symbolize the journey from birth to death and beyond. It’s right next door to the Harpoon Brewery, which has a $5 brewery tour every hour.
9) Paint your own mug at Tip Top Pottery in White River Junction, Vermont.
10) Go bowling at Upper Valley Lanes and Games.
11) Bring a big appetite to the Strawberry Festival hosted by Cedar Circle Farm on June 30.
12) Grab a lawn chair and enjoy the FREE summer concert series at Killington Resort.
13) Rent canoes or kayaks from Ledyard Canoe Club and row on the Connecticut River to a local island for a picnic.
14) Find your inner strength and test your flexibility at the Upper Valley Yoga studio in White River Junction, Vermont.
15) Visit Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. A few miles past Home Depot, this beautiful landscape is a hidden gem with sculptures, nature trails, summer concerts, and a gorgeous mountain view.
There are many other activities and events in the Upper Valley area; add your suggestions with a link in the comment box below!
photo by Joseph Mehling ’69