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Winter things to do in NH!

Winter Farmers’ Markets

February

‘Love, Lust & Desire X’ Opening Reception

Friday, Feb. 2, 5-7 p.m. (Feb. 9 snow date)
McGowan Fine Art
2 Phenix Ave., Concord

Free annual community show, “Love, Lust & Desire” features the works of 50-70 different artists at affordable prices, $300 and under. Once something is sold, another goes up. revolving grab bag style is fun for everyone and allows people to take home their goodies that night, while also continuously changing the show for viewers. mcgowanfineart.com, Julie Hamel at gallery@mcgowanfineart.com or 225-2515

New London Winter Carnival

Feb 2-3
Various New London locations

Ice skating, ice hockey tournament, magic show, wagon rides, scavenger hunt, kids’ activities, snowshoeing, community s’mores party Feb. 3 at 5 p.m., fireworks Feb. 3 at 6 p.m., dinner with Jack Frost Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m., outdoors at Colby-Sawyer College. nl-nh.com

New Hampshire’s Farms & Forests Expo: A Solid Past and Expanding Future

Friday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Radisson Hotel
700 Elm St., Manchester

At “New Hampshire’s greatest winter fair” there is something for everyone, industry trade show with 100 exhibitors, free educational workshops, NH-made products, KidZone for the kids, demos, fuzzy and furry animals, networking. Admission is $7/person, age 16 and under free. New for 2018, come Friday, Feb. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. and pay just $5 admission! nhfarmandforestexpo.org

New England Pond Hockey Classic

Feb. 2-4
Meredith, Lake Winnipesaukee

The first puck dropped for the New England Pond Hockey Classic in February 2010. Since then the NEPHC has quickly become one of the most sough- after pond hockey tourneys in the country, with teams flying in to compete from all over North America. pondhockeyclassic.com/newengland

Frost Festival 2018

Feb. 9-11
Various Derry locations

Free fun family event features ice sculptures, sledding, Wildlife Encounters presentation, ice skating, a chili contest and snowmobile exhibit. Find schedule of events at Frost Festival, Derry NH Facebook page.

LaBelle Winery’s 5th Anniversary Black Tie Red Carpet Gala and Fundraiser

Saturday, Feb. 10, 6-10 p.m.
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Percentage of proceeds from this special event benefit Empowering Angels, founded by Amy LaBelle in 2017; Girl’s Inc.; and The New Hampshire Foundation’s, New Hampshire Tomorrow Fund, gala event includes valet parking, a red carpet, live music, formal photos, 4-course surf & turf dinner, award-winning wine and dancing, no stringent dress code, seating is limited, $125 plus 21% tax and gratuity.
Tickets: bit.ly/labellegala or 672-9898, ext. 2.

Cabin Fever Reliever Tour 

Feb. 10-11  
Canterbury

Got the winter blues? Shops, workshops and studios in Canterbury, Boscawen and Loudon will be open with artist demos, live music, local foods, hiking trails, fine art, craft making, farm animals and more. Free for whole family. Participants include Canterbury Shaker Village, Kathie Fife Photography, Cold Garden Spirits, Canterbury Aleworks, Twiggs Gallery, Miles Smith Farm, Old Ways Traditions, & Riverland B&B. Info: cabinfevernh.com

The Winemaker’s Kitchen: “Around the World” Cooking Class Featuring NY Steakhouse Recipes

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

A Valentine’s Day event for everyone to cook salt-crusted baked potatoes, Béarnaise sauce, wine reduction sauce and pan-seared steak, wine is paired and/or prepared with each item by Amy LaBelle, founder and winemaker and a LaBelle chef, space is limited, $25 plus 9% tax and gratuity. labellewineryevents.com

Alton Bay Winter Carnival

Sunday, Feb. 18, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Alton Bay, Lake Winnipesaukee

Organized by the Alton Business Association, the carnival is attended by hundreds of locals as well as those who fly into the celebration on the only certified ice runway in the continental United States, pancake breakfast, ice fishing, snowmobile racing, hockey puck shoot, sleigh rides, bobhouse decorating contest, helicopter rides, chowder festival, crazy hat contest, skating, food, campfires, Great Alton Bay Bed Race. altonnhbusinesses.com, Alton Businesses Facebook Page

Learn to Play the Ukulele with Robert Allwarden - Novice Lesson

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6-8 p.m.
LaBelle Winery & Event Center
345 Route 101, Amherst

Have you ever wanted to learn to play an instrument? Join Robert Allwarden to learn some ukulele songs and enjoy a wine tasting and artisan cheese. This class is designed for little or no experience. If you have a ukulele bring it along, limited number of ukuleles to borrow for the night. $45. Register at labellewineryevents.com

Third Annual Fire & Ice Festival

Feb. 23 and 24, 5-10 p.m.
Wolfeboro Inn
90 N Main St, Wolfeboro

Don’t miss our third annual Fire & Ice Festival featuring ice bars, music, fire dancing and fantastic giveaways. Music by Town Meeting and Chris Gray Music. Sponsored by Grey Goose and Harpoon. $5 cover, family friendly. wolfeboroinn.com

Sunday Art Talk at LaBelle Winery with New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Karen Mayeu

Sunday, Feb. 25, 3-5 p.m.

The New Hampshire Institute of Art and LaBelle Winery are partnering to present talk, “Behind the Curtain of Graphic Design” with Karen Mayeu, brief exploration of the history of design where art, consumerism, technology intertwine, savor artisan cheeses and wine, complimentary for NHIA alumni or members, $5 general admission. Information, Sara Ceaser, NHIA, saraceaser@nhia.edu, 836-2143. Register: labellewineryevents.com

25th Annual Winter Carnival at Wasserman Park

Saturday, Feb. 24, noon-3 p.m.
Wasserman Park, Merrimack

25th anniversary of Wasserman Park Winter Carnival, fun-filled free day filled with snowman building, snow art, ice fishing derby, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor fun. merrimackparksandrec.org

Wolfeboro

Winter Carnival

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 
Various Wolfeboro locations

Events are held throughout Wolfeboro including Abenaki Ski Area and Pop Whalen Ice Arena and usually include a triathlon, ice skating, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, pancake breakfast as well as ski and snowboard races. wolfeboronh.us


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