Saturday & Sunday
October 11 & 12, 2008
10 am to 5 pm
57 Artists / 50 Locations
Peterborough New Hampshire is surrounded by the Monadnock Mountains , and two rivers, the Contoocook and the Nubanusit , meet in the center of town. Stately 19th-century buildings make for an elegant streetscape lined with hip eateries, shops, and galleries.
So what makes this town in southwestern New Hampshire stand out from other postcard-pretty New England burgs? In a phrase, a world-class arts scene.
Yours truly, number 34, Karin Wells
Peterborough's artistic abundance flows from the MacDowell Colony , a century-old summer haven for composers, writers, visual artists, architects, and filmmakers. The list of past colonists -- now more than 5,500 names -- is a veritable who's who of American arts and letters.
Here Willa Cather and Thornton Wilder labored at their desks, Leonard Bernstein composed his "Mass," and DuBose and Dorothy Heyward penned "Porgy and Bess." Colonists still find their way into town, sometimes permanently.
Autumn brings the Annual Dublin Open Studio Art Tour (Oct. 7-8) to "Our Town," a spectacular self-guided drive through Dublin, Marlborough, Jaffrey, Peterborough, Sharon, Harrisville, and Hancock in peak foliage season.