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Michelle is the Digital Media Producer for The Telegraph and NH.com. She spends her workdays searching for things to do in New Hampshire and then putting them into the NH.com event calendar. Michelle is originally from St. Louis but has been in New Hampshire for over 15 years, "I love my home state, but New Hampshire has the mountains, the seacoast and perfect summer days!" She is the mother of 5 children varying in age from 20 to 8 and loves to find inexpensive things to do with her kids. Michelle enjoys New Hampshire's music scene and is always on the lookout for new bands and new places to enjoy them. She also enjoys her dogs, cats and, when possible, a day of nothing but movies and sleeping!

Things to do in NH this weekend

Friday, January 14, 2011

I am excited about several of the events this weekend in New Hampshire because some of them do not require I be cold to have fun. I understand that as a New Hampshirite I am supposed to be accustomed to cold weather, I am not. I prefer to be nice and warm.

For those of you, and there are many, who love the crisp winter air and the outdoor activities that abound in NH this time of year, visit NH.com/skiing to find out what is happening on our ski slopes . You can even enter to win free and discounted lift tickets! Also, be sure to check out Winterfest at the Balsams, Maplefest at Gunstock and Independence Weekend at Loon. If your not a skier and just like to get outdoors in the winter you might consider volunteering to help Manchester's wildlife by taking a wildlife monitoring class at the Amoskeag Fishways or attending the Old-Fashioned Winter days in Enfield.

I am considering staying warm this weekend by attending one of the many stage productions throughout the state including, The Hobbit and Rumors in Manchester, Amadeus and Streetcar Named Desire in Portsmouth, White Christmas in Lebanon or Honk in Rollinsford.

If theatre is not your thing how about either the Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off , in Concord, or the wine tastings held in Lee or New Castle.

In the sporting world the UNH Men's Ice Hockey game vs Dartmouth is a must see! I'm looking forward to the Motorcycles, Midgets and Mayhem Tour in Salem on Saturday and the Meet and Greet with Shawn Thornton in Manchester on Sunday.

Merrimack Valley

Friday, January 14, 2011
The Hobbit: (All weekend) It's unusual for a modern work to become a classic so quickly, but Tolkien's "ring" stories, which began with The Hobbit, clearly are in this very special category. Manchester
Rumors: (All weekend) A screamingly funny farce involving four couples who gather to celebrate their best friend's tenth wedding anniversary only to discover an attempted suicide... or is it? Manchester
Educating Rita: (All weekend) Frank, played by George Piehl is a tutor of English in his fifties whose disillusioned outlook on life drives him to drink and bury himself in his books. Enter Rita, a forthright 26 year-old hairdresser who is eager to learn. Manchester
Windham on Broadway, a Musical Revue: Windham On Broadway" features a musical review of hit Broadway and Disney pieces for all ages to enjoy. Windham

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off: Known as the quintessential comfort food, macaroni and cheese pleases the palate and warms you from the inside out. On January 15th, NH's dairy farmers will be hosting New Hampshire's first Macaroni & Cheese Bake-Off at the Holiday Inn in Concord.
SNHU Men's Hockey vs. SUNY: SNHU Men's Hockey vs. SUNY Pottsdam. Hooksett
UNH Men's Ice Hockey vs. Dartmouth: Catch the exciting action of NCAA hockey in the granite state as the UNH Men's Ice Hockey team battles Dartmouth's Big Green for the 2011 Riverstone Cup. Manchester
Motorcycles, Midgets and Mayhem Tour: Kev-Marv Productions year presents exciting motorcycle show in Salem. Featuring the Half Pint Brawlers and the Finnegan 10-in-One Circus Sideshow. Salem.
Suncook Valley Chorale Winter Concert: The Suncook Valley Choral brings "Joy to You and Me" by presenting their winter concert directed by Scott Lounsbury and accompanied by Connie LaRosa. The program will explore a variety of songs to musically express human joy. Concord
Volunteer to Help Manchester's Wildlife: The Amoskeag Fishways presents wildlife monitoring for adults. No experience is necessary, only a willingness to learn and walk outside in the snow for several hours.

Sunday, January 16, 2011
Manchester Freedom Women's Football Open Tryouts: The Manchester Freedom Women's Football Team is currently holding open tryouts for any female age 18+ who wants to play full-contact football.
A "Moment in Time" Tribute to Benny Goodman: The Capitol Center Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Poole, music director, and clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski, an alumni of the Benny Goodman Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, will salute a pivotal point in music history in a tribute to Goodman, the King of Swing.
New Hampshire Country Music Association - Jamboree: Throughout the year our talented performers Showcase at several Nhcma sponsored Jamboree's to hone their skills and help raise awareness of Country Music in New Hampshire. Epsom
Meet and Greet with Shawn Thornton of the Bruins: BRUINS FANS! Boston Bruins' Shawn Thornton will be helping support a great cause by doing a "PUBLIC" autograph signing/fundraiser on Sunday January 16th 2011 at J.W. Hill's Sports Bar and Grille. Manchester
Historical Tour of St. Joseph Cathedral: Built in 1869 the Cathedral houses the second largest collection of Tyolese Stained Glass windows in America. Constructed by mill workers whose names are engraved in the support beams, this sacred space is resplendent with artistic, architectural, and historical interest.

Seacoast Region

Friday, January 14, 2011
Flag Hill Winetasting: Uncork Some Love for the Animals: The tasting will feature signature-label Flag Hill wines created specifically for CVHS by Flag Hill Winery, including Fido Foch, a signature-label version of Flag Hill's popular Marechal Foch, and Whiskers White, a special-label version of the ever-popular Flag Hill Cayuga White. Lee
7th Annual Winter Wine Festival: The Winter Wine Festival offers 10 "Grand Vintner's Dinners featuring a different champagne each Sunday and special educational and tasting events every Wednesday.
Amadeus: (All weekend) Infused with Mozart's brilliant and heartbreaking music, the story of Court Composer Antonio Salieri's fierce jealousy of child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is theatre at its very best - a dramatic power struggle between two imperfect human creatures and their perfect Divine Muse. Portsmouth
Streetcar Named Desire: (All Weekend) A Streetcar Named Desire, the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tennessee Williams, is an American classic. Widely considered a landmark play, the action centers around the culture clash between traditional, "civilized" society represented by the beautiful but fading Southern Belle Blanche DuBois and her sister's husband, Stanley Kowalski, a primal, brutish force of nature. Portsmouth

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Sospiri: Sospiri with UNH faculty members, Margaret Herlehy, oboe; Janet Polk, bassoon; and Arlene Kies, piano. Durham
How Men Think (Or Do They?) Comedy Tour: Portsmouth, all male comedy show a hilarious peek inside the male mind the comedians share their points of view on wives, mothers, friends, kids, and careers, neighbors, growing older, love, lust, and internet dating. Portsmouth

Sunday, January 16, 2011
WERZ's 29th Annual Bridal Showcase: Come Join Us For WERZ's 29th Annual Bridal Showcase -New England's Premier Bridal Show! We will have over 115 vendors, free parking, free shuttle, bridal fashion show and fabulous prizes! Durham
Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday and His Legacy of Human Service: This will be a celebration of the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The focus of the concert is Dr. King's message of the importance of human service. In his 1963 writing entitled: "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," Dr. King stressed the responsibility that each citizen has for taking action by caring for others in need. Portsmouth
Dr. Mordechai Kedar to Speak at Temple Israel: Dr. Kedar has served for 25 years in IDF military intelligence specializing in Syria, Arab political discourse, Arab mass media, Islamic groups and Israeli Arabs. Portsmouth

Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region

Friday, January 14, 2011
Armitage Gone! Dance: (Friday-Saturday) The explosive dancers of Armitage Gone! bring to vibrant life three big ideas of theoretical physics in this new Hop co-commissioned work. Dubbed the "punk ballerina" by Vanity Fair, Karole Armitage "honors, challenges and defies the formalism and precision of classical ballet" (New York Press) with her signature athletic contemporary choreography. Hanover
Irving Berlin's White Christmas: (Friday-Saturday) Join the students of Lebanon High School for this musical adaption of the film of the same name.Lebanon

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Old-Fashioned Winter Days: Families are urged to bring their snowshoes, sleds, tubes and cross country skis! Then Enfield Shaker Museum has a beautiful hill offering breathtaking views of Lake Mascoma, and many trails to explore. Enfield
Tour: Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons: An introductory tour of "Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons." an exhibit at the Hood Museum of Art. Hanover

Monadnock Region

Friday, January 14, 2011
Vance Gilbert and Susan Werner: Over the course of her colorful career, singer songwriter Susan Werner has cultivated a reputation as a daring and innovative songwriter with a killer live show. Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 90's when buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking 'em dead at open mics. Peterborough
Second Friday Song Circle: Do you ever wish you could go back to the days where people sang songs together for the fun of it? On the second Friday of every month, you can join other singers, players of any acoustic instrument and music enthusiasts at the Second Friday Song Circle. Wilton
Film: Conviction: (All Weekend) A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders. Keene


Saturday, January 15, 2011
Yogathon: Performance Health and Fitness and Yoga Instructors are donating space and their time to many charities and non-profit organizations all over the world and you can be a part of it!

Sunday, January 16, 2011
33rd Annual Monadnock Bridal Show: This will be a fantastic day to meet many wedding professionals from the area! Join us for a fashion show, and lots of great prizes. We hope to see you there!! Keene
Pioneering Farmer to Talk About Regional Food and Energy Security: How can our region move to a more reliable food and energy economy--one that will use local resources and doesn't rely on imported oil? Peterborough
Derry Winter Farmers Market: Featuring fresh organic greenhouse grown produce, fudge, wines, meats, breads, eggs, milk, cheese, pies, soft pretzels, ice cream, pastries, artisians and more. Derry
The Park Theatre Celebrate the 99th Anniversary of Captain Scott Reaching the South Pole: The Park Theatre hosts a benefit honoring its supporters and donors on the 99th Anniversary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's (pictured) arrival at the South Pole. World-renowned Antarctic expert, Rob Stephenson, will emcee the showing of the 1948 film honoring Scott, "Scott of the Antarctic," with British star, John Mills, in the leading role. Jaffrey

Lakes Region

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Meredith Regional Energy Fair: The Meredith Energy Committee is hosting its first energy fair targeted to area residents and businesses. Our goal is to connect homeowners with helpful information about energy saving products, services, credits and rebates and financing. Meredith
Ellis Paul: The Folk Gallery of Wolfeboro presents Ellis Paul in the Winnipesaukee Ballroom of the Wolfeboro Inn at 1pm and 7pm. Wolfeboro
Russian Tea Party: Local artist and educator, Marina Forbes, will host a traditional Russian Tea Party at the New England Language Center in Rochester.
Honk: Based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, Honk! tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Rollinsford

Sunday, January 16, 2011
Big Band Concert/Dance: The Lakes Region Big Band is a full 20 piece Big Band based in Central NH. Started by a group of local musicians looking for an opportunity to play this great style, they have since been joined by past members of professional touring bands and other professional NH musicians who love the vibe that this group puts out. Wakefield
Richter Uzur Cello Guitar Duo Concert: International musicians Viktor Uzur and Brad Richter will perform classical, folk and rock original compositions for cello and guitar. Wolfeboro

White Mountains Region

January 14, 2011
North Country Chorus' 30th Annual Madrigal Dinner, A Comedy of Arrow: (All Weekend) Not many know it, but Shakespeare once tried to write a play about Robin Hood. It did not go well. Enjoy music, magic, merriment, and a scrumptious full-course meal as you follow the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune that befell the Bard. Monroe

January 15, 2011
Meet the Artist in Residence: Craig Pursley: Meet the Artist: During January, the public will have the opportunity to witness the creative process of nationally known artist Craig Pursley of Bath, who will be painting original oils from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the living room at Adair Country Inn & Restaurant in Bethlehem.
Curious George and The Wartime Escape - Picture Book Bohemia: The Reys of Greenwich Village: Marcus will explore the Rey's life in New York and their relationships with other giants in the children's literature field who lived there, including Make Way for Ducklings author Robert McCloskey and Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon. Waterville Valley
Winter Fireworks Show: A Saturday night special in Waterville Valley. Catch the Winter fireworks show this season in the Waterville Valley Town Square. Waterville Valley


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