Editorial: Where High Culture Meets White River Junction

Valley News
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
(Published in print: Wednesday, November 12, 2014)

We wonder what the French culture minister, Fleur Pellerin, would make of White River Junction. Bear with us here. In obvious ways, the Vermont village is the antithesis of Paris, where Pellerin spends most of her time. Still, there are some unlikely commonalities, including the fact that the historic railroad center aspires to become an artistic and cultural center par excellence. Pellerin might want to visit and take a look around. What better place to escape the mob of French intellectuals eager to banish her from the epicenter of haute culture.

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News Story: Making White River Junction Into a Major Arts Community

Hotel Coolidge Innkeeper David Briggs is part of this Valley News story about the ongoing revitalization of White River Junction, the place we’re proud to call home.

By Rob Wolfe
Valley News Staff Writer
Monday, November 3, 2014

White River Junction — If the Upper Valley were New York City, then White River Junction would be Greenwich Village.

That’s Hanover developer Bill Bittinger’s take on the historic rail town, which has become — like the famous New York neighborhood — a local hub for the arts.

“This little village is so central to the experience of living in the Upper Valley,” said Bittinger, who spoke Sunday night at the Briggs Opera House with fellow developers Matt Bucy and Eric Bunge.

Near the end of the talk, David Briggs stood up to say that the Briggs Opera House, having worked for the past six months on its plans for after Northern Stage’s departure, would soon engage the public on the matter.

In an interview afterward, Briggs said that the owners were considering using the space for any sector — cultural, commercial or residential — but that he knew that residents would likely expect a replacement in line with its current use.

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Nick Heyl Coming to Hotel Coolidge Friday, Nov. 7

Bi-monthly Coolidge Salon Series Taps More Great Local Talent

Hotel Coolidge
David Briggs, Innkeeper
39 S. Main Street
PO Box 515
White River Junction, VT 05001

Nick Heyl(White River Junction, VT)–Oct. 29, 2014–Singer-songwriter and humorist Nick Heyl will be performing at Hotel Coolidge on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:00 pm as part of the Coolidge Salon Series, an ongoing series of live performances that takes place on the first Friday of every other month. The Coolidge Salon Series also aligns with White River Junction’s First Fridays, a night each month when downtown businesses stay open late.

Using mostly original material with a few old favorites, an evening with Nick Heyl will evoke memories of the music of the Kingston Trio, folk groups of the early ’60s, as well as the comedy of the Smothers Brothers. Tickets are $10 at the door (children under 12 are free). Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Nick Heyl lives in Hanover, NH and has been performing since the mid-’60s either by himself or with the folk groups Rockcastle (short for Rockcastle River Company) and Cody. During that time he has worked in every state in the nation bringing his combination of original songs and comedy to the stage. He has worked with and recorded with The Kingston Trio, John Stewart, Jim Connor and the Greg Austin Band, among others. Recently he joined fellow Rockcastle members Greg Austin and Charlie Dawson in Lexington, KY to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the group’s founding. Additional performances are being considered.

The performance takes place in the hotel’s Vermont Room where seating in front of the great stone fireplace provides a very intimate setting. The show will last for approximately 50 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Complimentary munchies will be coupled with a cash wine/beer bar.

Background and Concept of the Coolidge Salon Series

The Coolidge Salon Series is the newest component of the hotel’s long-term commitment to the arts as part of White River Junction’s ongoing and growing arts community. The hotel’s Zollikofer Gallery displays and offers for sale art from local artists, with artist receptions held on the alternate first Friday of each month. Hotel Coolidge has also had long-term relationships with Northern Stage and the Center for Cartoon Studies.

The venue for the Coolidge Salon Series is either our Vermont Room or the larger Junction Room, one in which the audience can appreciate and relate to the work of the performer in a concert format.

The Coolidge Salon Series is brought forth with the intention of providing local performing artists an opportunity to perform in a setting that places the emphasis on their work for a short time before an attentive audience.

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Hopkins Center for the Arts; Ongoing Events

HOPLocated just 10 minutes away from Hotel Coolidge, the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth has a steady schedule of events.

From their website: “Each year the HOP sells over 125,000 tickets to 100 or more live performances in virtually all genres of music, theater and dance, plus well over 200 film screenings and other events. The HOP also houses classrooms, studios and other facilities, as well as the offices of the Departments of Music, Theater, Film & Media Studies, and Studio Art.”

When taking advantage of all the HOP has to offer, staying with us keeps the artistic mood alive during your stay!


Hopkins Center for the Arts
4 East Wheelock Street
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Zollikofer Gallery Presents: “Old Friends, New Work” with Deborah Frankel Reese & Judith Pettingell

“Old Friends, New Work”

Since 1998, the Hotel Coolidge lobby has also been the home of the August L. Zollikofer Gallery, showcasing local artists. The Zollikofer Gallery is currently exhibiting “Old Friends, New Work,” more than two dozen selected paintings from life-long friends Deborah Frankel Reese and Judith Pettingell. Their work will be available to view at anytime in our lobby September 26th through November 19th. There is also an artists’ reception that will be taking place on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5-7 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend and meet the artists at the reception!

Linked artist statements: Judith Pettingell, Deborah Frankel Reese.

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Zollikofer Gallery Presents: “Old Friends, New Work” with Deborah Frankel Reese & Judith Pettingell, Reception Fri. Oct. 3, 5-7 pm

Zollikofer Gallery

Gallery 3Gallery 4Since 1998, the Hotel Coolidge lobby has also been the home of the August L. Zollikofer Gallery, showcasing local artists. The Zollikofer Gallery is currently exhibiting “Old Friends, New Work,” more than two dozen selected paintings from life-long friends Deborah Frankel Reese and Judith Pettingell. An artists’ reception will take place on Friday, Oct. 3 from 5-7 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend and meet the artists!

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Zollikofer Gallery and Salon Series Presents: Jim Rooney and CCS Student Art Show

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For our gallery we will be featuring art work from some of the Center for cartoon Studies’ brightest students, and (in case you missed out on buying one of her colorful paintings before) in our second room we are extending Cecily Herzig’s “Lemurs Will Follow You Home.”

This gallery will be shown from March 21st to May 29th, 2014. The reception will be on first Friday, May 2nd, 2014 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. 

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Salon Series

Our Salon Series will feature folk/country singing from Jim Rooney, with music by Pat Alger. It’s going to be a blast, so be sure not to miss it!

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If you decide to make this a night on the town, and we are sure that you will, don’t forget to treat yourself by booking a room with us! Call (802) 295-3118 or use our direct booking engine.


Zollikofer Gallery Presents: Lemurs Will Follow you Home by Cecily Herzig

Lemur - Cecily HerzigIt’s First Friday and we’re really excited about the current exhibit in the Zollikofer Gallery here at the Hotel Coolidge!

“Lemurs Will Follow You Home” is a collection of fun and fanciful paintings by Cecily Herzig. Her small acrylic paintings depict lemurs, birds, and pottos simply with bold strokes. Meanwhile her large watercolor paintings are complex and full of characters and cryptic messages to discover and interpret.

Come by the Hotel Coolidge tonight between 5:00pm and 7:00pm for the Opening Reception and Gallery Talk with Cecily Herzig herself! This exhibit will be on display until January 15th, so come take a look!