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The Best Iced Tea Recipes for Refreshing Summer Drinks

Iced teas are some of summer’s most refreshing beverages, but don’t limit yourself to plain black or green iced teas—there are plenty of options that combine traditional Camellia sinesis with different herbs, fruits, and syrups to enhance your summer enjoyment. Read on for an assortment of iced tea recipes you’ll want to try before Labor Day!

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Attract Prospective Home Buyers By Improving Your Curb Appeal

Prospective buyers often make the decision to view a home based on exterior photographs on a Realtor’s website or a quick drive-by. A welcoming homescape makes a powerful, appealing first impression. Enhancing key landscape elements such as walkways and entrance ways adds enormous appeal as does cleaning up your backyard which is often an important outdoor living space for families to relax, play ball, and barbecue. So before putting your home on the market, review your landscape for these curb appeal detractors and improvers.

4 Exotic Summer Vacation Ideas

4 Exotic Summer Vacation Ideas

Summer is here, and with it usually comes an itch to travel. If you’re eager to embrace your wanderlust but unsure where to go, we can help. We’ve compiled a list of four exotic travel locations to curb your travel hunger. Start packing—we’ve got you covered.

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Top Golf Gadgets: Are You Ready for the Season?

Top Golf Gadgets: Are You Ready for the Season?

Are you an avid golfer, or maybe just getting started? Either way, you’re probably looking to improve your game this season. There are a lot of new gadgets on the market designed to help! Check out several of them below.

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Home Alone: Preparing Your House for Sitters

While people are travelling for summer vacations, a lot of homes are left empty. That’s more opportunities for break-ins, property damage and theft. Hiring a housesitter helps keep your home fires burning and the burglars at bay. However, you’ll want to address these items first before handing over the keys to your personal kingdom.

A Right to Shoes

A Right to Shoes

Every young girl loves the tale of Cinderella. Who wouldn’t want to meet a handsome, charming prince to sweep her off her glass-slippered feet? Once this early bit of fairytale fetishizing is taken on board, the message is clear get the right pair of shoes, and everything you could ever possibly want is yours.

Going Greener

Going Greener

Most Americans get about two servings of vegetables per day. That pales in comparison to the five-to-seven servings per day that are recommended. Think about when you eat vegetables—as a side with dinner? Maybe a salad for lunch? Vegetables have many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients the body needs, as well as fiber for a happy, healthy digestive tract. Dark, leafy greens are particularly good for you and contain substances called phytonutrients that research has shown to have properties that may protect you from heart disease, diabetes, and possibly even cancer. They are also good sources of iron, folate, and vitamins A and C. In addition, managing weight is easier when you consume more vegetables because you can eat more of them to satisfy hunger without adding a lot of fat and calories. So how can you incorporate more greens in your diet? Read on for some tips.

When You Can't Have a Pet: How Animal Lovers Can Still Spend Time With Furry Friends

When You Can’t Have a Pet: How Animal Lovers Can Still Spend Time With Furry Friends

Numerous studies have shown that having a pet improves your health. You gain both physical and emotional benefits, including exercise, increased allergen tolerance and lowered stress levels plus, everybody knows that animals just put us in a better mood. They don’t care that you left the house 12 hours ago, didn’t make that important deadline at work or forgot to return a phone call. All they care about is that you are here, now, in this moment.

Make a Plate (and Eat From It, Too!) A Trip to Tip Top

Make a Plate (and Eat From It, Too!) A Trip to Tip Top

Artfully designed and at the top of its class, Tip Top Pottery and Tip Top Café are a dynamic combo. The first is a studio to satisfy all your artistic whims. From kids’ ceramic-painting parties to Ladies Night Out, Tip Top Pottery plays host. Right next-door is the chic Tip Top Café, serving up gourmet dishes in a sleek yet organic manner. Come visit this corner of the newly vibrant and artistic White River Junction for your next outing.

4 Midwest Adventures for Mental Rejuvenation & Natural Healing

4 Midwest Adventures for Mental Rejuvenation & Natural Healing

Lounging under a canopy of trees with the sunshine streaming through or adventuring down a Wisconsin river on a thrilling whitewater rafting trip can be just what you need to unwind and recharge. Sharing the company of Mother Nature is one of the best ways to find respite and replenish a depleted self. Here are four destinations in the beautiful Midwest to flee reality and restoring mind, body and soul.

Review: Heart Rate Monitor Watches

Review: Heart Rate Monitor Watches

Monitoring your heart rate ensures that your exercise reaches your target heart rate without exceeding it. The purpose of heart rate monitors is to make sure the change in your heart rate is sufficient for you to stay healthy. A heart rate monitor watch is ideal because it is easy to remember as part of a schedule and has multiple purposes. These watches can accurately take your pulse as you go, something that is less reliable on a smartphone or other mobile device.

A Trip Around the World for Nachos

A Trip Around the World for Nachos

When you think of nachos, you probably think of the standard bar fare¬—a plate of tortilla chips piled high with avocado, beans, cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapenos, and maybe your choice of meat—all very tasty, but kind of boring. Everyone has eaten those nachos, and most people love them. However, you can easily step it up and serve easy-to-prepare, unconventional nachos at your next get-together or for a quick and easy dinner.

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Jan25

SPECIAL TOUR

In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth
Michael Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art.
When: Sat January 25 - Sun January 25 2015
Where: The Hood
Jul21

Adventure Camp at Green Mountain Rock Climbing Centers

Young Adventure Campers will experience indoor and outdoor rock-climbing, rappelling, caving, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, team building activities and many other adventures and games! Young Adventure Camps are co-ed ages 7-9.
When: Mon July 21 - Fri July 25
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Jul24

2014 Norwich Fair

July 24-27 On the Green in Norwich. Silent Auction, Pig Roast, Fireworks, Pie contest, Live Music and so much more! Pre-Sales Tickets $25 for 10 Rides On sale in front of Dan & Whit's.
When: Thu July 24
Jul25

The Sixth Annual Bookstock Literary Festival comes to Woodstock, Vermont

A Three Day Event--July 25th, 26th, & 27th! Featuring novelist ANITA DIAMANT, poet CHARLES SIMIC, and special guest poet BILLY COLLINS. Plus a Giant book sale rare, vintage and used. Live Music, Food, Literary marketplace. Activities for children as well.
When: Fri July 25
Jul25

Max Creek

Rock, jazz, reggae, folk, bluegrass-- it's all there in a special blend that entices listeners to go back again, and again. Max Creek inspires loyalty, and anyone can get hooked-- quickly.
When: Fri July 25
Aug01

The Quechee Summer Music Series! Part Two

The emotional performance will present an audio visual masterpiece featuring Walt Cunningham and his team of esteemed performers, followed by fireworks. Perfect place to lay out a blanket, pop a cork and relax. 7:00pm-9:00.
When: Fri August 1
Aug09

Woodstock Summer Fest Formally known as the Taste of Woodstock

When: Sat August 9
Aug11

Kids Cooking Camp: Around the World in 5 Days!

August 11-15, 9:30 a.m. to Noon
Instructor: Eli Morse:Cost: $175 Non-Member/week, $160 Member/weekn 25% discount for additional sibling(s) or friend(s) signing-up at the same time
Kids, age 12 - 15! Join our Co-op chef for a fun week making food from countries around the world! We’ll travel to the Middle East, Thailand, Vietnam, Italy, and grill some local American specialties. Interest and enthusiasm are a must, but no experience needed!
When: Mon August 11
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Aug15

Cornish Fair

65th Annual Cornish Fair August 15,16, & 17. Time TBD.
When: Fri August 15
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Sep04

Annual Raffel & Summer Fun Raiser at Clearmont Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

Annual Raffle! If you did not receive tickets in mail please all 603.5433290. Drawing will be on Thursday Sept. 4th at 5:00pmAt the Soup Kitchen.
When: Thu September 4
Sep05

Fundraiser

A fun family event featuring music and the arts benefiting The Haven, VINS, and Second Growth.
When: Fri September 5
Sep13

22nd Glory days festival

Glory Days Festival celebrates its 22nd year as a family oriented, fun-filled, day long festival of the railroading and transportation modes of the past, present & future. Free Admission. The Amtrak Exhibit Train is coming to Glory Days Festival. Climb aboard and tour a free exhibit to learn about Amtrak’s history and catch a glimpse into the company’s future.
When: Sat September 13
Sep14

Vermont Mac & Cheese Challenge

Come sample 30 competing Mac & Cheese dishes of top chefs and restaurants from around the region. Just $12 ($15 if purchased at the door) for the event where you can sample every recipe and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award!
When: Sun September 14
Nov02

Upper Valley Signature Chefs Auction for March of Dimes

The 4th Annual Upper Valley Signature Chefs Auction will be held at the elegant Hanover Inn. Discerning guests will sample the specialties of acclaimed regional chefs, and enjoy live and silent auctions where one can bid on items such as dining, travel, sporting and musical entertainment packages - all to benefit the New Hampshire March of Dimes.
When: Sun November 2
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