Double Reed Day is back on February 1, 2020!
The University of New Hampshire’s Double Reed Day (UNH DR DAY) is a day-long event held each January for double-reed players of all ages and skill levels. Over 100 participants come each year sometimes braving snow storms, ice storms, power outages and floods both outside AND inside. More often than not, however, the sun does shine on this day. Janet Polk, UNH bassoon instructor and Margaret Herlehy, UNH oboe instructor organize this event with the able assistance of the music service fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi.
According to Justin Miller, president of Miller Marketing and a long-time vendor at this event, UNH DR DAY is one of the largest and longest-running Bassoon Day/DR DAY in the United States.
UNH DR DAY began as Bassoon Day. In 1993, Alan Fox of Fox Products Corporation, suggested to Janet Polk she start a bassoon day at UNH. She decided to take on the challenge and asked Mr. Fox if he would be her first guest. So, in January 1994, the first annual Bassoon Day took place. In January 1999, the oboes joined in the fun and the event became known as Double Reed Day.
30 Academic Way Durham NH 03824
Take I-95 north from Boston to Exit 4 (N.H. Lakes and Mountain Region, Routes 4 and 16). Continue to Exit 6W and follow Route 4 West. Take 155A Exit. Make a left at the end of the ramp. Travel past Thompson Hall, the Memorial Union Building (MUB), and the bus stop and bear right onto Mill Road. Take your next right on Academic Way. Paul Creative Arts Center is next to the last building on the right.
To find the Bratton Recital Hall, enter the main door to the Paul Creative Arts Center that is located at 30 Academic Way. Head straight back, passing the University Museum of Art. Go as far as you can until you reach a staircase. Go down the stairs and the Bratton Recital Hall is on your right.
Follow either I-95 or Route 1 south to Portsmouth traffic circle. Take Route 4 west and take Concord-Durham Exit 6W. Directions are then the same as those indicated from the Boston area.
Take Route 101 East to Epping, Exit 7, Route 125. Take Route 125 north to the Lee Traffic Circle. Take Route 4 East to Durham and take the Exit 155A. Make a right at the end of the ramp. Directions are then the same as those indicated from the Boston area.
Take Route 4 East to Durham and take the Exit 155A. Make a right at the end of the ramp. Directions are then the same as those indicated from the Boston area.
The most convenient place to park is Lot B, on your left as you enter Academic Way. It is free on weekends. Several parking spaces designated for patrons with disabilities are available on Academic Way in front of the Johnson Theater, Just past the entrance to Paul Creative Arts Center. There are additional spaces in front of Parsons Hall, also on Academic Way, and on Arts Way, next to Kingsbury Hall.