Winter Festivals to Celebrate the Season

Winter in New England has a long history and many fun traditions, some of which have slipped away with the passage of time. However, a couple local organizations have preserved or revived some old-time winter activities and are hosting winter festivals to share the fun with everyone. To enjoy winter at its finest, bundle up and head to the Lakes Region of NH!

Next weekend, on Saturday, February 4th, the Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth, NH will be holding their annual Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival. This signature event is an experience rich in the historic New England traditions of celebrating winter with outdoor fun, along with the unique trade of harvesting ice from the farm’s pond. Visitors will experience living history as they learn how to score, grid, cut, and stack ice properly. Warm winter favorites will be available in the Farmhouse Kitchen, and guests can enjoy winter carnival games & crafts. There will also be live music, antique snowmobiles, an ice boat, bob house, Chinook dogs and farm animals, and so much more! To learn more about all of the activities planned for the Carnival, please visit the Museum’s website at www.remickmuseum.org or call 800-686-6117.

On Saturday, February 18th, Squam Lakes Association will be holding its own Annual Winterfest in Holderness, NH. Join the SLA on Piper Cove and in the SLA Resource Center from noon – 3pm for a day of winter fun! Outdoors there will be ice-skating, sledding, cross-country skiing, Nordic skating demos, ice hockey, winter mini-golf, and more! There will be a bonfire to warm up by, marshmallows to roast, and hot cocoa to sip. As usual, the SLA is also holding its annual chili contest during the event, so when you need a break from playing outdoors, come indoors to sample several recipes from local restaurants and vote for your favorite. The outdoor Winterfest activities are free! Come celebrate the best of what the season has to offer! This event also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the SLA and all the conservation work that goes into protecting the Squam watershed. For more information, visit the SLA’s website at www.squamlakes.org or call 603-968-7336.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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