Summers are full of fun at the Rey Center with the Curious George Cottage open seven days a week. The Cottage is the former summer home of Curious George authors, Margret and Hans Rey. It’s located on Noon Peak Road, on the Waterville Valley Elementary School campus.
August at the Cottage
Watch for the Rey Center’s new Mobile Learning Center out and about the Valley and surrounding communities. The MLC will offer a variety of programs including story times, in-school art and science classes and after school programs. This month the MLC will be visiting Old Home Days, fairs and festivals around the region.
Kids at the Cottage
Friday and Saturday kids are invited to stop by the Cottage for story times and a S.T.E.A.M. (think S.T.E.M. + Art) activity that will have them exploring the environment in fun and artistic ways with summer themes including the forever-favorite: Forest Homes where they will build dwellings for toads, gnomes, bugs and fairies!
Midweek family activities include story times, crafts, scavenger hunts and discovery hikes for all ages.
The final Gardener’s Workshop of the season will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. Participants will get ideas, tasks, and the monthly “To-Do” list for your vegetable and flower gardens. If you can’t make the workshop, checklists are available online in the “Gardener’s Corner” and at the Cottage. Although this is the last workshop in the summer series, the Rey Center will likely offer a “Putting Your Garden to Bed” workshop in the fall.
Blair Woods Nature Nights continues on Tuesday nights, August 7 & 14. This is a family-friendly nature walk in Campton at the Blair Woodlands preserve.
WVAIA president Dan Newton will offer a seasonal Walk Talk on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1-4 p.m. This is always an adventure and learning experience. Don’t pass up the opportunity to explore our local flora and fauna.
At the end of August, the Rey Center will offer an Owl Walk in conjunction with Ian Cullison of NH Audubon. Meet at the Cottage on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m. for Ian’s guided tour of the canopy in search of these elusive evening birds.
On Wednesday afternoons for the balance of August, join local artist Ashley Rouillard in the Community Gardens from 2-4 p.m. for Garden Art. Ashley will welcome you for sketching or painting. This program is for artists and non-artists alike. Although intended for adults, children who have an interest in focusing on art in nature are welcome!
Summer Speaker Series
Every Friday evening through the end of the summer the Cottage hosts an evening presentation at 6 p.m. After Labor Day, the Cottage will go back to once-a-month Friday presentations. Once ski season is underway, the weekly presentations will start up again. These presentations are entertaining, enlightening and educational – and an opportunity to share a little food and drink and visit with neighbors and visitors alike.
The first Friday of the month, Aug. 3, there will be a Staged Reading of “Love Letters.” Come watch some familiar faces.
On Aug. 11, there will be a showing of the documentary “Monkey Business” at the Cottage. If you missed the premiere last year, this is your chance to watch a wonderful film that tells the story of Hans and Margret Rey’s escape from the advancing Nazis and how their iconic character Curious George was born. The film includes historical footage, fantastic animation and interviews with some familiar Waterville Valley faces.
Ken Gardener, a writer, teacher, tradesman, and stone wall builder, will present “Discovering Stone Walls” at the Cottage on Aug. 18. Ken has been building stone walls for forty years and is the author of The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls, as well as poetry, songs, and essays. Ken has presented at the Rey Center in the past, but we can’t wait to have him back again to share the fascinating history of our stone walls.
The final summer presenter is artist Andy Rosen on Aug. 24. He will also be on the Curious Nature Trail and in the Community Gardens creating an installation that will stay with us. Andy’s art encompasses nature and mixed media sculpture and painting. On Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, join Andy for an all-ages art experience in the garden. He will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Travelogue Tuesdays with Tina
Every Tuesday in August, stop by the Cottage for a photographic slide show from one of the Koppel’s trips around the world. Tina’s photos are worth seeing!
Visit the Rey Center online at thereycenter.org for details on each presentation; or, check the Resort Insider at visitwatervillevalley.com/insider. You won’t want to miss any of these fun and educational programs.