Hanover and the Upper Valley are a mecca for the performing and visual arts. In addition to myriad offerings at Dartmouth College and its renowned Hopkins Center for the Arts, the area offers a wealth of entertainment options, including shows at the Lebanon Opera House and performances by Opera North and the Northern Stage theatrical company, which has staged more than 75 productions since taking up residency in White River Junction in 1997.
Check the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce website, www.hanoverchamber.org, or local newspaper listings and chances are you’ll find a contra dance at a local church, a noted speaker or author or an open mic night at a local establishment. Have a drink and listen to soft acoustic music at a local club or take a 10-minute drive to a nightclub in White River Junction.
The area is rich with galleries, museums and local visual and performing artists, including Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Nearby Lebanon features the AVA (Alliance for the Visual Arts) Gallery and Art Center, which shows the works of more than 150 area artists. If Hanover’s Nugget Theater or the Loew Auditorium at the Hopkins Center for Performing Arts isn’t showing a movie to your taste, a short drive will bring you to other options.
If sports are your thing, catch the action on the Dartmouth campus where opponents like Harvard, Princeton and Yale are regular visitors, and Boston College, Notre Dame and Stanford occasionally dot the schedule.
AVA Gallery and Art Center