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What To Do In NH This Weekend: Maple Sugar Season Fun Begins, Plus Kids', & Snow Events

Friday, March 7, 2014

The shortest month is behind us, and spring is just a few weeks away! As much as I dread losing an hour of sleep, the start of Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, is a sure sign that we are "springing forward" into springtime!

Maple Sugar Season is just around the corner! If you're a syrup fan, or an experimental-pancake fan, you'll love maple sugar season in The Granite State! Take a guided maple sugar tour and sample sweets along the way at the Nature's Sweet Secret Sugar House Tours in Goffstown on Saturday! Find a sugar house near you on our Maple Sugar Map at NH.com/Maple-Sugar!

Enjoy the outdoors this weekend, and if you're in the Stewartstown area, don't miss the 22nd Annual Swift Diamond Riders Club's NH SnoDeo, with time trial snocross, helicopter rides by C-R Helicopters, antique snowmobile display & parade, food & end of season deals on everything snowmobile related.

If you missed Portsmouth Beer Week, have no fear, The Granite State has many breweries and wineries, many of which encourage tours and tastings! Check out the new, NH.com/Wine page, sponsored by LaBelle Winery, and find a brewery or winery near you!

This weekend has many kid-friendly events! Pair up with your kiddo in the Mini Iron Chef Challenge, in Dover on Sunday, and create a new, delicious pizza recipe to share and taste-test with a panel of judges. Enter your crawling babies into one of this Saturday’s Diaper Derby events in Manchester, Salem, and Newington! All three winners will receive a trophy! Find more great kids’ activities and attractions on our new, NH.com/Kids page, sponsored by Children’s Museum of New Hampshire!

Have a lovely weekend; spring is in the air!

Merrimack Region

Nature's Sweet Secret Sugar House Tours
Goffstown, NH
Sat-Sun Through April 5

Bring your family and friends. Tour our Sugarhouse and learn how sap turns into syrup. Sample our maple products. Self guided tours of the sugarbush are welcomed. Great learning opportunity for all age groups.

Third Annual Chili Cook-Off
Nashua, NH
Saturday, March 8

Enter your favorite chili in First Baptist Church of Nashua's Chili Cook-Off, and you may just win a prize! Mild or sizzling: there's a category for all. Cost is $10 to enter. Not interested in cooking, but want to taste some of the finest chili around? Eat one bowlful for $3, three different samples for $5, or all-you-can-eat for $10, including salad, cornbread, and beverage.

2nd Annual Diaper Derby
Manchester, NH
Saturday, March 8

Participants must be CRAWLERS under the age of 12 months and must NOT be walking to race against each other in this fun competition. Event will also include other activities before, during and after the races which include a Mommy and Me Lounge and Prize Giveaways. All three winners will receive a trophy.

3rd Annual Diaper Derby
Salem, NH
Saturday, March 8

Participants must be CRAWLERS under the age of 12 months and must NOT be walking to race against each other in this fun competition. Event will also include other activities before, during and after the races which include a Mommy and Me Lounge and Prize Giveaways. All three winners will receive a trophy.

YMCA Reach Out for Youth Fundraiser at The Canvas Roadshow
Bedford, NH
Sunday, March 9

Paint and sip with The Canvas Roadshow in Bedford. Today's class is a special fundraiser for the YMCA's Reach Out for Youth Program. This program helps local children to be able to attend classes and camps at the YMCA in NH that they might now be able to do. At The Canvas Roadshow, we offer art as entertainment and social painting time. Beginners are encouraged to try out this new form of fun! Our artist will lead you step by step through the painting process from blank canvas to masterpiece in only 2 hours.

Summer Camp Expo
Manchester, NH
Saturday, March 8

Sponsored by Parenting New Hampshire Magazine. This free and interactive event allows parents and their children the one-on-one opportunity to speak directly with representatives about their summer camps and programs.

Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at St. Raphael Parish
Manchester, NH
Saturday, March 8

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Incredible raffle prizes including baskets of cheer, gift certificates, theatre tickets, gift baskets Lots of good food, friends, family and fun.

Tracking for the Naturalist
Hollis, NH
Saturday, March 8

This special winter class focuses on expanding awareness to notice more in the woods! We’ll share skills and tricks for seeing more in any environment and wander the landscape looking for tracks to uncover the stories they are trying to tell us. This is a great class for any skill level!

Seacoast Region
Community

Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers' Market
Exeter, NH
Saturday, March 8

Farmers, fishermen and food producers will be indoors selling their vegetables, meats, cheeses, milk, eggs, fish and shrimp, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, take-home meals, and more!

Mini Iron Chef Pizza Competition
Dover, NH
Sunday, March 9

This year's Mini Iron Chef challenge centers around making the tastiest pizza, and kids are invited to pair up with a parent or adult friend to register for one of two competition rounds. Children ages 4-7 will compete from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, and children ages 8-12 will be cooking from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. At each session, adult-child teams are provided with a variety of pizza bases and toppings, as well as cooking utensils and equipment. Each team is challenged to create a new and delicious pizza recipe to share and taste-test with a panel of judges.

2nd Annual Indoor Yard Sale for Cocheco Valley Humane Society
Somersworth, NH
Saturday, March 8

Last year's yard sale raised $3,000 and we're hoping to raise even more this year. Donations of gently used items can be brought to the shelter any day of the week between 11am and 4pm - no large furniture, appliances, or electronics, please!

Calling All Local Babies For The 2rd Annual Diaper Derby!
Newington, NH
Saturday, March 8

Participants must be CRAWLERS under the age of 12 months and must NOT be walking to race against each other in this fun competition! All three winners will receive a trophy. Event will also include other activities before, during and after the races, which include Tiny Tots Fashion Show, Prize Giveaways and goodie bags.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Social
Hampstead, NH
Saturdays

Our free weekly wine and cheese socials generally attract from 40-80 wine lovers from the local area and northern Massachusetts. At each event, sommelier and shop owner Svetlana Yanushkevich will sample from 6-8 different wines that are paired with artisan cheeses. Our events are casual and friendly and attract a wide range of people from wine novices to wine connoisseurs.

Every Saturday Wine and Cheese Tasting Social
Hampstead, NH
Saturdays

Each Saturday is a different wine lineup and our knowledgeable staff will be able to tell you the story behind each wine. There is no cost for this event and it's a great way to sample new wines, see what you do and do not like when it comes to wines, and meet other wine enthusiasts from your local community.

Dartmouth / Lake Sunapee Region
Community

Twin State Sports Card and Coin Show
Lebanon, NH
Sunday, March 9

Do not miss the next Twin State Sports Card and Coin Show on Sunday, March 9th, from 9-2 at the Fireside Inn and Suites in West Lebanon, NH. Over 60 tables of vendors from all over New England ready to buy, sell, and trade sports cards and vintage coins. Do not miss the largest sports card and coin sow in New Hampshire.

Monadnock Region
Community

Fundraiser to Benefit New Day Camp at Touchstone Farm
Temple, NH
Saturday, March 8

Day Camp at Touchstone Farm is a farm-based camp with activities that enable campers ages 6 to 106 and of every level of ability to join in the daily adventures of farm. The evening will provide information about the day camp. It will also feature demonstrations by Nabia Fortier, a local representative of Arbonne, a high-quality line of skincare products, cosmetics, and supplements. Light appetizers and drinks will be available. Proceeds from Arbonne sales plus donations that evening will go toward a scholarship fund that offers partial or full scholarships to campers who cannot afford camp tuition.

Great North Woods Region
Community
Swift Diamond Riders Snowmobile Club's 22nd Annual NH SnoDeo
Stewartstown, NH
Fri-Sat, March 7-8

The 22nd annual NH SnoDeo is March 7 & 8! The #1 snowmobiling magazine in the US, SnowGoer magazine has called the SnoDeo, "one of the top 10 must experience snowmobile events." Test ride the new & current model year snowmobiles from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski Doo & now Phantom snowmobiles for youths! Rave X Performance Freestyle Snowmobile show, Saturday morning at 11. North Country Ford Vintage snowmobile tent, end of season snowmobile & accessories bargains, NH National Guard display, Camoplast radar runs, helicopter riders from C-R Helicopters, Plum Creek Mall Tent & more! Vendor & sponsorship opportunities.

Lancaster Vendor Fairs
Lancaster, NH
Saturday, March 8

Any and all types of vendors may attend. The only things that cannot be sold are such as guns, fireworks, drugs, animals, and oh yes, children. Craft sales, flea market, garage sale, new items, and others are accepted.


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