I’m Molly and for the past week I’ve been interning with the AMC Naturalists Guides at the Pinkham Notch Vistor Center; so far life as a Naturalist in the Notch has been wonderful! In addition to office work I’ve been able to get outside a fair amount and join Kassie (Naturalist Guide) on her snowshoe walks and weekend ski tours. I’ve learned about animal tracking, identifying trees, and the local history.
Aside from those activities I’ve also had the chance to attend the first two dinners in the AMC International Dinner Series. This year is the 20th anniversary of the International Dinners, and we’re off to a great start! So what exactly is the International Dinner Series; well, every Wednesday at the Pinkham Notch Visitors Center there is a dinner, served family style, followed by a speaker. The menu is planned and prepared by our own chefs and is carefully crafted to reflect food from the country of the night. The delicious four course meal is followed by a speaker who shares his or her experiences about the country. These presentations will spark your interest in travel and adventure and are a nice compliment to the dinner.
Last week’s International Dinner, which also happened to be the start date of my internship, featured Australian food followed by a presentation from the AMC’s own Bryan Wentzel who recently toured Australia’s East Coast. This weeek’s dinner and talk highlighted Tanzania. The food was great and included coconut bean soup and Zanzabari chicken. Jane Gibbons gave a very informative presentation where she walked us though her recent climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro and safari throughout Tanzania.
If you’re interested in attending one of these events the upcoming schedule is as follows:
January 27- Travels through Jordan, cuisine of Jordan
February 3- Hiking and other adventures on the Isle of Arran, cuisine of Scotland
February 10- Trekking in the high Japanese Alps, cuisine of Japan
February 24- A storyteller’s journey among the Kurds, cuisine of Turkey
March 3- Waterways of Russia, cuisine of Russia
March 10- Two weeks among the Incas in Peru, cuisine of Peru
March 17- Ireland: the countryside as seen from the saddle of a bicycle, cuisine of Ireland
March 24- A trek across the Anti-Atlas mountains, cuisine of Morocco
March 31- 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, cuisine of Czech Republic
Reservations are recommended since these events are quite popular. The AMC members price is $21 and $23 for non-AMC members, with children’s rates available. For more information visit AMC website at: http://www.outdoors.org/lodging/lodges/pnvc/intl-dinners.cfm or call 603-466-2727.
As extra incentive to join us for this series we have a mid-week special going on at the Joe Dodge Lodge. The special ($57 for members, $62 non-members) includes a day ski pass at Great Glen Trails, the four course International Dinner, after dinner presentation, a great night’s sleep in the lodge, and breakfast.
If that’s not enough we also have a free raffle at every International Dinner where we give away the latest edition of the White Mountain Guide and a one-year AMC membership.
We look forward to seeing you in the future!