Sign-ups open Wed, May 22, 8am
We have been invited to have tea at the Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline followed by a hike through Andres Sculpture Garden on SUNDAY, JUNE 2 beginning at 10am.
We will arrive at the Cozy Tea Cart at 10am for tea and a snack. We will spend about 30 minutes with Danielle Beaudette, and then we will head over to the Andres Sculpture Park to learn about the Andres Institute of Art and explore the trails and sculptures with Nancy Reinbold. You can view photos of the sculptures and review the map ahead of time at http://andresinstitute.org/
** The hike is not accessible and there will be some uphill, steps and uneven terrain. We will be out on the trail for about an hour, more if you want.
Wear your GSA uniform and appropriate walk/hike shoes.
20 GSAs can attend.
The Cozy Tea Cart
104 Route 13, Brookline NH 03033
Come meet Danielle Beaudette, proprietor of The Cozy Tea Cart, has been selling high quality teas and has researched the history of tea and tea wares for over a decade. She has a special interest in the history of tea and its ceremonies, and considers herself a student in her quest for knowledge on tea. She is continually doing research on tea in an effort to stay up to date with the current information and trends. Danielle is one of the first 15 individuals in the world to be certified in all levels as a Tea Specialist through the Specialty Tea Institute, NY and has completed over 60 tea seminars at the World Tea Expo.
The Cozy Tea Cart expanded several years ago from a small retail tea shop into a more spacious building in a central location in Brookline, NH, that now includes a new café. The focus of the shop is the sale of high quality teas and tea accoutrements as well as unique specialty gift items. The Café serves breakfast and lunch on a daily basis, Monday through Saturday. Chef Sabine Berke makes all of the menu items from scratch, sourcing fresh produce from local farms. Hailing from Switzerland, she was trained in a European culinary school for four years and is constantly bringing new and exciting food to the menu.
Andres Institute of Art
In 1996, engineer and innovator Paul Andres purchased Big Bear Mountain in Brookline, NH and moved into the house near the top of the mountain. Based on his lifelong love of nature and passion for art, Paul decided to purchase sculptures to place in the natural setting surrounding his new home.
Coincidentally, master sculptor John M. Weidman had been living in Brookline for many years. Not surprisingly, John’s skill as a sculptor became known to Paul and they began to work together to make plans for adding sculptures to the mountain. In 1998, they co-founded the Andres Institute of Art as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization.
Andres begins at 7:15 of the video.
The Institute is involved in many activities related to art, including the annual International Bridges and Connections sculpture symposium. The first symposium was held in 1999. Seven artists were invited to come to Brookline for two weeks to create sculptures which would be placed on permanent display on the mountain. Sculptors from Lithuania, Latvia, England, Czech Republic, Ukraine, New Hampshire and Vermont attended this first symposium and stayed with local volunteer families.
It appeared to be a quiet affair from below in Brookline village. Most of the public was unaware of the happenings on Big Bear Mountain. Atop the mountain it was anything but quiet. Sculptors were cutting, bending and welding steel. Others were splitting, shaping grinding and polishing stone. The work was carried out under the gentle guidance of John Weidman, who has served as the Artistic Director of Andres Institute since its founding.
Meanwhile, volunteers groomed and prepared sculpture sites. As the sculptures were completed, volunteers moved them from the studio to the sites using heavy equipment. When the sculptors headed home, seven new sculptures had been placed on the mountain. One of them, Phoenix, is to this day the largest work in the sculpture park; it is 15 feet tall and weighs about 11 tons.