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What To Do In NH: First 2014 Weekend, Snow Fun, Dancing, & More

Friday, January 3, 2014

Welcome to the first weekend in 2014! It should be a good one! With our substantial snow storm on day-two this year, there is plenty cause to get out and enjoy the winter weather this weekend!

If you're looking for family snow fun this weekend, check out our Snow-Fun page! We have a sledding hill map with user-submitted reviews! Check out some of the hills in your area, and send us your feedback to add to our map!

Our snow fun page also includes an ice skating and sleigh ride map, plus delicious winter recipes to warm your soul!

This weekend's event line up includes many opportunities to get out and dance! Check out the Zumbathon fundraiser in Jaffrey, or the Contra Dance party in Peterborough on Saturday.

Whatever your plans for this first 2014 weekend, I wish you fun and warmth!

Merrimack Region
Community

Playspace in the Children's Room at the Concord Public Library
Concord, NH
Daily

The PlaySpace is a hands-on area offering activities for young children and their caregivers to develop the skills children need to get ready to read. Based on a program developed by the American Library Association, Every Child Ready to Read, the PlaySpace pinpoints five types of activities to build those skills: talking, singing, reading, writing and playing. Some of the elements of the PlaySpace include a writing/drawing area, wooden blocks, a puppet stage, a magnet board with letters and words, and a dramatic play area that will feature different themes on a rotating basis.

Winter Farmers' Market at Cole Gardens
Concord, NH
Saturdays Through April 12

Shop NH-made goods. Over thirty vendors will offer local meats and seafood; breads and pastries; fresh winter vegetables and greens; soups, chutneys, and sauces; fudge; gourmet coffee, popcorn and dog treats; eggs and cheeses; natural soaps and lotions; apples; and honey and maple products. Producers come to Cole Gardens from as nearby as Concord to as far away as Milford; but all are based in New Hampshire and have unique and quality products to sell.

Gift of Lights
Loudon, NH
Daily Through January 5

Spanning over two miles, the Gift of Lights is one of the largest displays of holiday lights in New England. It includes several themed displays, such as the 12 Days of Christmas, a jungle scene and a Nativity depiction. The course winds around the outside of the track's grandstands and includes a portion of the NHMS Road Course.

Belly Dancing
Nashua, NH
Saturdays Through January 22

The fine art of Belly Dancing will be taught at the beginner level. The techniques will slowly move body parts in circles and teach the flow involved. It will warm up your body and make you smile.

The Slakas at the Haluwa!
Nashua, NH
Fri-Sat, January 3-4

The Holidays are over and it is time for you to get out with your friends and have some fun! Music from 9pm till 1am! There is NO cover charge!

Monadnock Region
Community

2013 Antrim Festival of Trees
Antrim, NH
Daily Through January 4

James A. Tuttle Library will come alive all through December with more than 100 holiday trees, wreaths and displays. Local businesses, groups and individuals craft these beautiful displays to make an old-fashioned free holiday event. A Boston Red-Sox tree and 2 dollhouse raffles will be featured.

Zumba Dance Party
Jaffrey, NH
Saturday January 4

Jaffrey-Rindge Destination Imagination is holding a Zumbathon fundraiser. Zumba wear, snacks and water will be available for sale at the event. Proceeds will benefit Jaffrey-Rindge Destination Imagination.

Contra Dance with Brendan Carey Block
Peterborough, NH
Saturday, January 4

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with fiddler Brendan Carey Block. Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve's clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

White Mountains Region
Community

Transworld TransAm
Waterville Valley, NH
Saturday, January 4

Back for more...Transworld Snowboarding TransAm rolls into Waterville Valley Resort with a bigger circus than many have seen. If you have been to the previous years, than you know that this is a unique amateur slopestyle contest with a focus on fun. Come destroy the custom mini slopestyle set-up. The Park Crew is getting pretty creative, coming up with a set up that it sure to blow your mind!


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