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January 27-29: CMTA Boat Show, Hartford, CT. The Connecticut Convention Center provides the venue for viewing all things boating – from personal watercraft and luxury cruisers to fishing craft and accessories. Speakers, Seminars, and service booths, too. ctconventions.com
. January 28-29: Cape & Islands Orchid Show, Hyannis, MA. Bring some color to your midwinter with a stroll through the Resort & Conference Center while the participants compete for best in show. (877) 250-1711; caios.org
. January 29: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, Lowell, MA. For the ultimate Beatles fans, Rain is direct from Broadway! Together longer than the Beatles themselves, Rain has mastered every song, gesture, and nuance of the legendary group, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. Admission fee. 7:30 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299; www.lowellauditorium.com
. February 3: How to Read Your Barn, Manchester, NH. The NH Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee is sponsoring this event at the 2012 NH Farm and Forest Expo presented by the UNH Cooperative Extension. Attendees will learn the history of barns by understanding how they were built and how they were used. Timber frame joinery and architectural features such as windows and doors will also be discussed. Attendees are invited to bring pictures of their own barns to use during the sessions. Free. 9 a.m. Frost/Hawthorne Rooms at the Radisson/Center of New Hampshire. (603) 231-1396; www.nhfarmandforestexpo.org
. February 3-5: New England Pond Hockey Festival, Rangeley, ME. It’s said to be the way the game was meant to be played. Cheer on these hardy competitors as they square off on the ice at Haley Pond in celebration of this time- honored New England tradition. (207) 491-6566; newenglandpondhockey.com
. February 4: Quinzee Building Workshop, Hollis, NH. Build a huge pile of snow. Take a break. Hollow it out. Enjoy the warmth and peace inside. Whether you need a snow-fort or snow- shelter, building a quinzee is an amazing way to experience the wonders of winter. A quinzee (pronounced /kwinzi/) is a shelter made by hollowing out a pile of settled snow, similar, yet different to an igloo, which uses blocks of hard snow.
It’s a silent, insulated winter hideaway perfect for an overnight or an hour of play. Join
us for this fun and useful event. Learn the basic steps of quinzee building, including taking a play or lunch break while the snow sets. Be prepared to play in the snow. Dress in warm, waterproof layers, and bring a lunch, shovel, and friend. Perhaps, bring a shovel for a friend. Registration
required. Admission fee. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Beaver Brook Association, Maple Hill Farm, 117 Ridge Road. (603) 465-7787; www.beaverbrook.org
. February 4: Mid-Winter Chocolate fest, Portland, CT. ‘Tis the season for indulging in chocolate. In addition to delicious desserts, you’ll find backed goods, a candy corner, and a craft area for the kids. First Congregational Church. (860) 342- 3244; firstchurchportlandct.org
. February 4: Snowshoe Festival, Waterbury, VT. Don’t miss guided trips, free snowshoeing demonstrations, live music, a raffle, good food, and family entertainment at the Green Mountain Club Visitor Center. (802) 244-7037; greenmountainclub.org
. February 7: New Hampshire Towns and the Civil War, Exeter, NH. This lecture focuses on the home front, not the fighting. Professor Daniell will describe both formal town actions and non- governmental community responses. Specific topics include rewarding men who enlisted; helping citizens avoid military service; ostracizing war opponents; organizing aid societies; celebrating military victories; and post war memorialization. Whenever possible Professor Daniell will illustrate his general observations with examples drawn from the history of the town in which he’s speaking. 7:30 p.m. Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front St. (603) 778-2335. February 9-11: Winterfest, Lowell, MA. With live entertainment, kids’ activities, competitions, and more, the whole family can find a way to rejoice in the wonders of the season at the city’s 12th annual and ever-expanding celebration. (978) 459-6150; Lowell.org
. February 11: Chocolate Fest, Newcastle, ME. Get dressed up for this great charity event featuring champagne hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music, and, of course, lots of wonderful chocolate treats. Proceeds benefit the Healthy Kids program. Lincoln Home. (207) 563-1818; healthykidsmaine.com
. February 12: A House on the Bay: Life on 17th-Century New Hampshire’s Coastal Frontier, Nottingham, NH. One of Great Bay’s most prominent families during the latter part of the 17th century was the Wiggin family. Recently a team of archaeologists discovered the home of Thomas Wiggin, Jr. This illustrated talk demonstrates how bay residents on the periphery of Anglo-American settlement were far less isolated and bereft of the comforts of the more “civilized” world than traditionally portrayed. Presented by Neill Depaoli. 2 p.m. Blaisdell Memorial Library, 129 Stage Road. (603) 679- 8484. February 14: Big Hearts Comedy Show, Lowell, MA. Looking for the
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. February 14: Sprightly Steps - New Hampshire’s Contra & Square Dancing Traditions, Plymouth, NH. Nearly every New Hampshire town has a dance history: from fancy balls or cotillions to kitchen junkets or “tunks.” People of all ages, backgrounds, and financial standings fell victim to the strains of the fiddle. Changes in musical styles and culture over the years have threatened old-time fiddling and dancing, but some faithful practitioners are keeping the old styles alive. Live fiddling by presenter Adam Boyce accompanies this lecture. 7 p.m. Pease Public Library, 1 Russell St. (603) 536-2616. February 17-26: Winter Festival, Newport, RI. A unique seasonal experience at various community locations, with more than 150 individual events combining food, music, and entertainment. With a concert series, children’s fair, ice- and sand- sculpting competitions, a chili cook-off, and more, the City by the Sea has something for everyone. (401) 847-7666; newportwinterfestival.com
. February 17-26: Winter Carnival, Brattleboro, VT. Fun for all ages at locations all across town: kids’ activities, life music, sporting competitions, comedy, pancakes and other comfort foods, skating, skiing, sleigh rides, and more. (802) 348- 1956; brattleborowintercarnival.org
. February 18: Newport Bridal Show, Newport, RI. The City by the Sea’s Rosecliff and Oceancliff mansions provide an elegant backdrop for this celebration of all things matrimonial. Florists, caterers, bakers, designers, and other vendors are brimming with inspiration for making that once- or twice-) in-a-lifetime day uniquely your own. Sample treats and signature cocktails, view fashion shows, and meet more than80 professionals in the bridal biz, all ready to lend their expertise to planning your big event. (401) 841-0200; newportweddingexpo.com
. February 18-19: Southern New England Golf Expo, Providence, RI. At the Rhode Island Convention Center you’ll find more than 80 exhibitors, interactive displays, seminars, and golf- related attractions for all levels of enthusiast. (401) 458-6000; riconvention.com
. February 19: Winter Carnival, Chester Village Center, CT. You’ll find street performers, an ice- sculpting competition, a tractor parade, and the “Chilly Chili Cook-Off.” Along Main Street. visit- chester.com
. February 21: A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, Merrimack, NH. Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program with a recounting of his early life and ends with a reading of the “Gettysburg Address.” Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War. In doing so, he challenges the audience to reexamine their knowledge of Lincoln’s views on slavery and abolition. 7 p.m., Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway. (603) 424-5084. February 21: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle, Hollis, NH. The writers in this series explore what it means to be Irish in the late 20th and early 21st centuries - in essays, fiction, poetry, and memoir - and to come from and grow up in a place that has been known for debilitating hardship, a courage born of undying hope and, most recently, an astonishing economic renaissance. Discussion lead by Don Sieker. 7 p.m. Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square. (603) 465-2411. February 23: A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, New Hampton, NH. You won’t have read about Betsy Phelps in history books. She’s no one important, just a mother of a Civil War soldier who takes letters from the battlefield and memories from the home front to weave a dramatic story of life in the 1860s. Presented by Sharon Wood. 7 p.m. Gordon Nash Library, 69 Main St. (603) 744-9798. February 23: Covered Bridges of New Hampshire, Epping, NH. Covered wooden bridges have been a vital part of the NH transportation network, dating back to the early 1800s. Given NH’s myriad streams,
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account for the fact that a number of nationally noted covered bridge truss designers were NH natives. We will discuss covered bridge design and technology, learn about their designers, builders, and associated folklore. Highlighted by images of NH bridges, past and present, we will witness their ultimate transition from commonly used structures to historic icons. Presented by Glenn A. Knoblock. 7 p.m. Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library, 151 Main St. (603) 679-5944. February 25: Winterfest, Kennebunk, ME. Cold days are just right for a soup-tasting contest and a snowman scavenger hunt, plus a craft show at Town Hall and additional events throughout the downtown area. (201) 985-2102; kennebunkfestivals.com
. February 25: Fly-Tying Workshop, Nashua, NH. The Merrimack River Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor an introduction to fly- tying workshop. Students will be introduced to the tools, materials, threads, and hooks required for fly-tying. Then, in a hands-on session, they will learn to tie nymph, wet, streamer, and dry flies. Tools and materials will be provided, but participants may bring their own if they have them. The workshop is part of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let's Go Fishing program. It will be taught by trained volunteer instructors with a wealth of experience and knowledge to help the beginning angler get started. The class is for adults and children over 12 if accompanied by an adult. Enrollment is limited. To register, go to www.tinyurl.com/npllectures
and scroll down to this event. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nashua Public Library. (603) 589-4610. February 26: Crosscut: A Spoken Documentary, Lempster, NH. Using oral histories, Rebecca Rule recreates the voices of North Country people and uses new and vintage photos to tell the story of logging, the Berlin Mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley from the beginnings of the logging industry in the 1800s through the boom years and on to the demolition of the stacks in 2007, marking the end of an era. Through the stories of individuals, a picture of a rich culture emerges. Audience members will be invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches. 2 p.m. Lempster History Hall, 4 Second NH Turnpike. (603) 863-5023. February 26: Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition, Nashua, NH. Traditional Russian icon painting is truly one of the great artistic movements in the history of the world and has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years. This illustrated presentation deals with the spiritual and secular significance of Russian religious art from the 10th century to the present day. Icon making involves the painting of specifically stylized religious images on wood using materials and techniques which are determined by longstanding conventions which serve to shape the art form. Using a slide show and numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work, the presenter will examine the history of icon painting in Russia and will discuss the unique multiple nature of the icon as a sacred object, a product of an artistic tradition, and a work of art with its own intrinsic aesthetic value. Anyone who has personal icons may bring them for examination and comment. Presented by Marina Forbes. 2 p.m. Infant Jesus School Cafeteria, 3 Crown St. (603) 882-2462. March 1: Come Fly Away, Lowell, MA. This musical follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Sinatra with a live onstage 19-piece big band and 15 dancers, the show features a hit parade of Sinatra classics, including “Fly Me to the Moon,” “My Way” and “That’s Life.” Experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excitement of a first dance, and the bittersweet moments of a first goodbye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty. Admission fee. 8 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299; www. lowellauditorium.com
. March 23: Real Oldies Live, Lowell, MA. Join us for a classic night of Doo-Wop for Real Oldies Live! Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the fun- loving, toe-tapping tunes of artists Gary US Bonds, The Cleftones, The Orlons, Johnny Tillotson, and The Vees. Admission fee. 8 p.m. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299; www. lowellauditorium.com
. March 28: Monty Python’s Spamalot, Lowell, MA. Lovingly “ripped-off” from the internationally famous comedy team’s most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail featuring a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. Admission fee. 8 p.m. April 13: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group, Lowell, MA. Following the enormous success of ABC’s Whose Line Is It Anyway? Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, two stars of the Emmy nominated series, have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Mochrie and Sherwood take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Admission fee. Lowell Memorial Auditorium. (978) 454-2299; www.lowellauditorium.com
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