Adult Learn-to-Play Hockey: A Beginner’s Perpective

Reading my interviews with longtime teammates, Ceci & Rick, you could get the (false) impression that the Campion Learn-to-Play Hockey program is packed with folks who’ve been skating already for years.

So, for a beginner’s perspective, meet one of our newest players, John Storck. A naturally athletic guy, John has coached sailing at Dartmouth since 2005, but only started playing ice hockey last winter:

Coach Dodds explains a drill to Learn-to-Play adults at Campion Rink, Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Coach Dodds explains a drill to Learn-to-Play adults at Campion Rink.

CCM: What do you love about playing hockey?

John: “Hockey combines so many aspects of other sports. It has fluidity in teamwork like soccer, lacrosse and basketball. It has physical play like football and rugby. And it provides the weightless gliding sensation found in sports like skiing and surfing. I guess I love everything about playing hockey….even back-checking!”

CCM: What do you love about the Campion Learn-to-Play program with Coach Dodds?

John: “The atmosphere. At any given session, there is a range in age of over twenty years. However, everyone is playing the game with the same attitude of a ten year old. Coach Dodds really nurtures that atmosphere well with his enthusiasm. It’s an amazing thing to be a part of.”

CCM: What would you say to someone considering starting hockey later in life?

John: “DO IT! Even if you don’t end up falling in love with the sport, there is even less of a chance that you’ll have a bad time.”

Playing hockey in my favorite red jersey from the Dick Dodds Hockey Academy for  Adults at Campion Rink , near Hanover, New Hampshire.

***The next Learn-to-Skate, Learn-to-Play and Intermediate Hockey sessions at Campion Rink run from January 3 to March 28, 2013. Find out more and sign up online!

Of Road Trips and Gift Certificates

Recently, my hat studio had the good fortune of being the final destination for a birthday party road trip taken by 4 friends from Milford, NH. This is their story, in their words:

Mary Albina, Shelly Ciccone, Liz Michaud & Janet Smithe try on hats in my Canaan studio... let the frenzy begin!

Mary, Shelley, Liz & Janet trying on hats in my Canaan studio… let the frenzy begin!

“Carrie’s hats are warm, beautiful and unique. We first fell in love with them for ourselves at the League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair at Mount Sunapee and then found they make wonderful gifts, especially when coupled with a journey to CCM’s warm and cozy hat studio in Canaan.”

Liz Michaud & I work on designing her custom embroidered hat in my studio in Canaan, New Hampshire

Liz Michaud & I work on designing her custom embroidered hat in my studio.

Viola! Liz Michaud's custom Leaf & Vine embroidered felt hat is finished.

Viola! Liz’s custom Leaf & Vine embroidered felt hat is completed.

“It’s well worth the visit to enjoy Carrie’s hospitality, while trying on a variety of beautiful hats and sifting through bins of colorful yarn and ribbon to customize your CCM original.”

After much searching, 4 hats found their perfect homes!

After much searching, 4 hats found their perfect homes!

Warning….Carrie’s hats can become an addiction and a hat intervention may be required :). All our best, the Rocking Hot Hat Mamas from Milford”

Milford friends on a road trip to hat heaven ends successfully with new hats for everyone.

Contact me if you’d like a gift certificate or to arrange a trip to my hat studio!

Rhubarb – North Country Harbinger of Spring

Early spring is ugly here in New England. My garden looks forlorn, lonely, bedraggled.

Dreary Garden in Early Spring

After a strange, non-winter, what little snow we had has melted, leaving Mud Season in it's place.

But, look closer and you see it: the 1st rhubarb stalks emerging from the cold, wet ground.

NH Rhubarb Patch in March

Amidst the mud & debris, it's easy to miss the small red & green of signs of Spring returning.

Rhubarb is a perennial vegetable that we treat like a fruit. It’s the exact opposite of tomato, an annual fruit we treat like a vegetable.

Rhubarb Bud Emerging

Emerging rhubarb signals the start of Spring in New Hampshire.

The beauty of perennials is that they return on their own, without much work on your part.

Rhubarb Budding Out

Rhubarb's giant green leaves burst forth from reddish buds.

Our old-growth rhubarb patch returns early each Spring with great zest & vigor.

Emerging Rhubarb Leaves

Rhubarb leaves burst forth with an infectious joy for living.

Another benefit of looking closely?

Volunteer Pansy

What I thought were weeds in my raised garden beds turned out to be volunteer pansies.

These cheerful annual pansies self-seeded & volunteered to brighten up my muddy garden, all on their own.

Despite the dreary mud, it’s hard not to feel hopeful & glad.

Happy, happy Spring, everyone!