October 4-8, 2015
Hanover, New Hampshire
Social Events
IMPORTANT CAUTION: This is north country and one of the principal causes of the changing colors of the leaves is the cold at night, so bring a heavy sweater for all of
the evening social events, because some of the best parts of them are outside. Some good walking shoes are also suggested because the social events on Sunday, Monday
and Tuesday nights have very enjoyable aspects that require some walking, including a few short but steep parts.

Sunday, October 4

The BioDose conference will get started with a welcome dinner and drinks at the quaint Dartmouth Outing Club House located on Occum Pond on the Dartmouth campus.   
The DOC House is a very pretty 0.8 mile walk from the Hanover Inn.  Entertainment will be by guitarist Josh Hall.


The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC), was founded in 1909 by Fred Harris ‘11, for students of Dartmouth College to use their free time and take advantage of the New
Hampshire winters through ski and snowshoe trips, rather than being cooped up in stuffy rooms playing cards. Enthusiastic support by students, faculty and alumni
caused DOC membership to grow steadily; and then, in February 1920, an article by Harris titled “Skiing over the New Hampshire Hills” published in National Geographic,
can be directly correlated to a spike in applications for admission to Dartmouth from 825 to 2625. The DOC House was built in 1929 primarily as a clubhouse for the
growing DOC membership and as a center for skiing and skating. The DOC House is situated on the northern end of Occom Pond, convenient for skating and the annual
Winter Carnival Polar Bear Swim; and near the Hanover Country Club’s golf course, perfect for cross-country skiing and sledding on Freshman Hill. Until the snow
arrives, an evening stroll around Occom Pond is as spellbinding as the smell of the pines along the way.

Take the time to walk “the long way” around Occom Pond from the Hanover Inn to enjoy the beauty. There are several spots just off the loop — under a pine, in the grass
— where one can find quiet and solitude throughout the day. In warm weather, the number of people who walk and jog this loop increases, but folks rarely seem to stop
to smell the pines, so to speak.

How to get there:
From the Hanover Inn, walk north on North Main Street toward Baker Library. At the first stop sign, one block past Baker Library, turn left onto Clement Road. This
road runs along the southern end of the pond and is the beginning of a fine one-mile loop around the pond

Click here for more information about DOC house

Monday, October 5

Monday night’s dinner will be held at the Montshire Museum of Science located in Norwich, Vermont. Bordered by the Connecticut River, the 110-acre museum provides a lovely backdrop for dinner and drinks. The active and participatory exhibits fascinate and entertain adults even more than children.  The Montshire is a short bus ride from the Hanover Inn and transportation will be provided.  Jim Hollis will provide live musical entertainment.


The Montshire Museum was founded in 1974 and its name is derived from the last syllables of Vermont and New Hampshire – giving reference to the communities it serves.
The museum moved to its current location in Norwich, Vermont in November 1989. "Montshire Museum's mission is to awaken and encourage a lifelong interest in science
through exhibits and programming dedicated to hands-on discovery and education for people of all ages. Unique to this mission is Montshire’s 100-acre New England
riverfront setting, which fosters deep and creative learning in both the physical and natural sciences."

The exploration shoud start outside in David Goudy Science Park, a revolutionary concept in the world of science museums: using the outdoors as a living laboratory for
visitors to experiment with science and appreciate the surrounding natural beauty. Science Park, which opened in 2002, features dozens of ingenious hands-on exhibits,
including the Water Rill, Mist Fountain, and other educational — and fun — water play. The Woodland Gardens is an outdoor exhibit showcasing native plants, trees, and
flowers in a wooded setting. The Montshire worked with New England Wildflower Society (NEWFS) to establish Woodland Garden in 2008 helps visitors identify and protect
native New England wildflowers and shrubs.

When you move inside the Montshire Museum, you enter an exciting world of science, nature, and technology. The spacious and light-filled building easily holds both
permanent exhibits and featured exhibitions (more than 140). Many of the exhibits feature active hands-on interactions, where adults as well as children enjoy the
movements within the exhibits as scientific principles are demonstrated. There also are numerous unusual opportunities to see living things from unusual perspectives.

Click here for more information about Montshire Museum


Tuesday, October 6

Buses will arrive at the Hanover Inn to transport conference participants to the Swartz/Flood home. Hosts, Harold Swartz and Ann Barry Flood have planned an evening of award winning BBQ, drinks, tethered balloon rides, fireworks, and music.


Festivities at the home of Hal Swartz and Ann Barry Flood are second to none. For BioDose2015, your hosts have planned a late afternoon/evening that begins with time
to stroll around the property to visit the 6 outside ponds and waterfalls and to enjoy the somewhat weird inside of the house, including 3 additional ponds with
waterfalls, a spiral staircase to Hal & Ann’s “tower office” with great views of the river and hills and mountains of the region, and a number of funky frogs, etc. You
are encouraged to freely wander around the inside of the house as well as the outside (but need to use the sanitary facilities outside, because the well has very low
capacity and gets overwhelmed if there is extra use of the toilets). The food will include an award winning BBQ that will set your taste-buds into overdrive. Along
with dinner and tasty libations, be sure to venture into the field for the tethered hot air balloon ride. Strolling through one of the gardens to simply listen to the
many songbirds, frogs, etc., is a magical opportunity at the Swartz/Flood home. A lively band will augment the sounds of nature. And, when darkness finally descends,
Hal will delight and enthrall party-goers with fireworks!


Wednesday, October 7

A free afternoon and evening to explore the beautiful New Hampshire/Vermont Upper Valley region.


Thursday, October 8

An evening of fine dining, drinks, and art will be on the agenda for the last night of the conference. Located in downtown Lebanon, New Hampshire, AVA Gallery offers several rooms of art for your viewing pleasure. A cello performer will be the evening’s entertainment.


The AVA (Alliance for the Visual Arts) Gallery and Art Center began in 1973 with a small group of Upper Valley artists who wanted a place to show their work. AVA's
first location was a rustic barn in Norwich, Vermont; and, after occupying three places in Hanover, New Hampshire, the Gallery moved in 1990 to its current location in
Lebanon, New Hampshire. AVA has grown significantly since its beginnings and now has primarily two types of programs: exhibitions and art classes. AVA's mission
statement: "AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Arts) is dedicated to promoting the visual arts through exhibitions and educational programs that
nurture, support and challenge New England artists, and to providing art classes for children, teens and adults of all levels and abilities. AVA’s programs—including
special events that foster interaction among artists, patrons of the arts and the community, and which emphasize sustainability—are dedicated to recognizing the ways
in which art enriches our lives."

Please take some time to look at the various exhibits that are presented!

Click here for more information about AVA Gallery





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