Summer at Dartmouth



Events and activities to make the most out of the season

Summer at Dartmouth means there is always plenty to do—indoors and out. The Class of 2012 is on campus for the Sophomore Summer academic term, young athletes attending camps flock to playing fields, and conference attendees fill lecture halls. Dartmouth Now highlights some events and activities for visitors and residents alike.

General information

See the "Summer at Dartmouth" webpage for general information. Also stop by the information booth on the Green for maps and details about campus events. The booth is open and staffed seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., through September 14.

The great outdoors


Canoeing down the Connecticut River. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Paddle down the Connecticut River with equipment rentals from the Ledyard Canoe Club (call 603-643-6709). Or, retreat for a night or more at a cabin. The Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) and the Outdoor Programs Office maintain a number of cabins, each with different locations and features. Dartmouth’s Moosilauke Ravine Lodge in Warren, N.H., offers great hiking, some modern amenities (hot showers!), and family-style meals (call 603-764-5858). For suggestions on local hikes, see the DOC Hiking page.

Fine art

The Hood Museum of Art is open all summer with free admission, as always. Events include gallery talks, films, lectures, workshops, tours, and a musical performance. Two new exhibitions are opening for the summer: “Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation” (July 10 through September 12) and “Follow the Money: Andy Warhol's American Dream” (July 17 through September 19).


Elizabeth Taylor, 1948, by Clarence Sinclair Bull. (courtesy of the John Kobal Foundation)

“Made in Hollywood” showcases original vintage images of the greatest stars working during the golden age of the American film industry (1920–1960), drawn from the archive of the John Kobal Foundation in London. On Thursday, July 15, at 5:30 p.m., the Hood collaborates with Opera North for “An Evening of Music ‘Made in Hollywood!’” The exhibition’s opening lecture by Robert Dance ’77 is on Friday, July 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Loew Auditorium.

“Follow the Money” juxtaposes Andy Warhol's renderings of coins and dollar signs with images of people both famous and unknown. Art historian Trevor Fairbrother guest curates this exhibition in honor of the Andy Warhol Foundation's recent gift of 153 Warhol photos to the museum. The show includes a rarely seen Warhol portrait of Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30, former New York state governor and U.S. vice-president. Contact: (603) 646-2808

Get moving

Stay active with Dartmouth Athletics' recreational offerings.

Set sail at the Dartmouth Sailing Facility, located in Enfield N.H. The facility, which offers lessons, rentals, and a sandy beach, is open to the public through September 1. Contact:

The College's Fitness and Lifestyle Improvement Program (FLIP) has a full summer schedule, with many styles of fitness and wellness classes. Contact: or (603) 646-3903.

The Hanover Country Club, home of Dartmouth's golf course, welcomes the College community and the general public.

The Dartmouth Riding Center at Morton Farm, home of Dartmouth's equestrian programs, has public summer programs, including lessons, youth camps, and a horse show series.

Great performances


Pittsburgh's Rusted Root performs at the Hopkins Center Thursday, July 29. (photo by Duane Rider)

Highlights from the Hopkins Center for the Arts's summer season include HD films of Metropolitan Opera performances; the New York Theater Workshop; music by Rusted Root; student work in the Eleanor Frost & Ruth and
Loring Dodd Play Festival; an advance screening of filmmaker Ken Burns’s new documentary Baseball: The Tenth Inning; and residency events with the dance company Pilobolus, which performed a world premiere at the Hop in June.

On Friday, August 5, tour the Hop and get a sneak preview of the upcoming season. The free public event will be held at noon and 5:30 p.m. in the Moore Theater.

The Hopkins Center film series is also in full swing. The Dartmouth Film Society series, "Leading Ladies" takes a look at women in cinema. Three films are programmed in conjunction with the Hood exhibition "Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation.” The Loew Shows “Coming of Age” series returns for its ninth summer.

Dartmouth employees receive a 10 percent discount on up to two Hop tickets per event, excluding films and the Met Opera. Contact: (603) 646-2422

Continuing education


Rassias Method founder Professor John Rassias uses practical—and some surprising—methods to teach language. (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Have you always wanted to learn a foreign language? Get a jump start at the Rassias Foundation’s summer Accelerated Language Programs (ALPs). The program combines immersion with the Rassias Method® of instruction for quick results. Sessions in June and July include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Modern Greek, Russian, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and English as a Second Language.

This year, the Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth (ILEAD) annual summer lecture series addresses "Perilous Triangle: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran." Lectures are held Wednesdays, July 7 to August 18, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Hopkins Center, Spaulding Auditorium.


Alex Kotlowitz (photo by Kathy Richland)

A series ticket is $110 for the general public and $85 for current ILEAD members; individual lectures are $20 at the door. Dartmouth faculty, staff, and students are admitted free of charge with a College ID.

Each term, the Montgomery Endowment brings distinguished visitors to Dartmouth to teach, present lectures, and participate in campus life. This summer’s fellow is writer and literary journalist Alex Kotlowitz. His free, public lecture, "The House of Secrets: Storytelling and Human Rights," will take place on Thursday, July 22, at 4:30 p.m. in Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium.

Fresh from the farm


Vendors sell local products on the Green at the Hanover Area Farmer's Market every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. (photo by Corinne Arndt Girouard)

Summer is a time to enjoy the bounty of the Upper Valley’s gardens and farms. The Hanover Area Farmer's Market is held every Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. on the Dartmouth Green. It offers a variety of locally grown produce, flowers, crafts, and baked goods, as well as musical entertainment. Contact or (603) 643-3115.

Around town

Events in Hanover include the 18th Annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration and the Hanover StreetFest, on Saturday, July 17.

The Hanover Parks and Recreation Department's Independence Day celebration starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, with a parade through town that ends on the Dartmouth Green.

Come to the StreetFest ready for fun, food, and great deals, all day from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Downtown merchants bring their wares—and bargains—into the street, live music plays from the bandstand, and local restaurants stock the food court. The event is sponsored by the Downtown Marketing Alliance. Contact: (603) 795-2788

Take the challenge


These sophomores were among 350 Dartmouth students who participated in the 2009 Prouty Bike Ride & Challenge Walk (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

The 29th Annual Prouty Bike Ride & Challenge Walk and the Third Annual Prouty Ultimate Back-to-Back Century Ride take place Friday and Saturday, July 9 and 10. Last year’s Prouty drew more than 4,600 participants and raised over $2 million to benefit Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Participation options range from a 5k walk in Hanover to the ultimate challenge of a two-day, 200-mile bike ride from Manchester, N.H.

Lift your voice


The Handel Society (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

The Handel Society of Dartmouth College hosts its annual Summer Sing on Wednesday, July 7, in the Hopkins Center, Faulkner Recital Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an open rehearsal performance for anyone from the campus and Upper Valley communities interested in singing with the group this coming season. Contact or (603) 646-2530.

After Hours

Sponsored by the Human Resources Departments of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), the After Hours program provides College and DHMC employees with social, recreational, and cultural activities.

Events are open to all employees, partners, and families. Activities include "First Thursday" social gatherings, hiking, cooking, and crafting. The kick-off summer event is First Thursday at Margarita's Restaurant in Lebanon, N.H., on July 8. Stop by for complimentary appetizers, salsa music, and dancing!

Greek revival

The Classical Association of New England (C.A.N.E.) convenes at Dartmouth July 12 through 17 for its annual summer institute, "Not Athens But the World: Why America Is Still Listening to Ancient Voices." The week-long event includes classes and lectures delivered by top scholars, many of which are open to the public. This year’s theme examines the practical and aesthetic value of teaching and learning the lessons of antiquity today. Compiled by Nancy Fontaine and Sarah Memmi

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