CONWAY — The first of two February school vacation weeks is upon us, with lots to do on and off the slopes.
From sleigh rides and snow train rides, to tubing, fireworks, ice fishing derbies and the opening of a new exhibit at the Mount Washington Observatory, there’s a lot going on, both on and off the slopes,
For this week’s on-snow activities, highlighted by a torchlight parade at Wildcat Mountain at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks at 6:30 p.m. at Attitash tonight, and fireworks at Cranmore at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, see the Snow Report elsewhere in this edition.
Off-slope activities include public skating and stick practice at Ham Ice Arena in Conway; the rink in Schouler Park in North Conway (rentals at Sun & Ski Sports); at King Pine Ski Area/Purity Spring Resort (kingpine.com) and at Emerald Lake (nestlenookfarmsleighrides.com) in Jackson.
Or try snow tubing, which is available at Bretton Woods Nordic Center, Cranmore Mountain Resort, King Pine and Great Glen Trails.
Sleigh and carriage rides (conditions permitting) at the Omni Mount Washington Resort at Bretton Woods (brettonwoods.com); Farm by the River/Alpine Moose Cottage with Stables (farmbytheriver.com); and the Nestlenook Farm and Resort (nestlenookfarmsleighrides.com).
The Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway (kahunalaguna.com) offers online booking for its Kahuna Laguna Indoor Water Park.
Not to be missed is the new Living Shores Aquarium, located next to Story Land in Glen, offering 32,000 square feet of hands-on fun and exploration. For more information,go to livingshores.com.
Other great places to take the kids is the New England Ski Museum’s Eastern Slope Branch (skimuseum.org) and the MWV Children’s Museum in North Conway (mwvchildrensmuseum.org), both in North Conway.
The Mount Washington Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center in the heart of the village, located across from the Eastern Slope Inn (mountwashington.com), is open daily.
The Weather Discovery Center invites the public to a ribbon-cutting and talk Monday, Feb. 17, on its new exhibit, “Discovering Life on the Alpine Tundra.” The open house is a free event taking place from 5-7 p.m. It will feature a special presentation from Weather Observer and Education Specialist Ian Bailey discussing Mount Washington’s Alpine Zone prior to the Ribbon Cutting and viewing of the exhibit.
Here is a roundup of local off-slope offerings.
SATURDAY. FEB. 15
• 6th annual Ice Fishing Derby: White Mountain Moose 2705 presents its ice fishing derby, sponsored by Ricker Auto Salvage at Big Pea Porridge Pond at the Boat Ramp Road in Madison today. Registration starts as early as 6:30 a.m. $20 entry fee 16 and older; under 15, free.
• Freezing for a Reason: Harvest Hills Animal Shelter presents its annual fundraiser at Long Lake in Bridgton, Maine, today, in conjunction with the Greater Bridgton Lakes Reguon Winter Carnival (wagon rides, jugglers, scavenger hunt, kids’ fishing derby, food and music). Plunge time is 1 p.m. For nformation, call (207) 935-4358 or (207) 647-3472 or go to mainelakeswintercarnival.com.
• Snow Trains: The Conway Scenic Railroad presents its new snow train excursions Feb. 15-29 with trains running from 9:30 a.m., making a 90-minute round-trip from North Conway to Attitash with the last departure from North Conway at 4:30 p.m., returning from Attitash at approximately 6 p.m. Call 603) 356-5251 or go to conwayscenic.com.
• “The Odd Couple,” the hilarious Neil Simon comedy, plays Feb. 15-March 1 at M&D at the Historic Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse. For tickets, go to mdplayhouse.com or call (603) 733-5275.
• Valentine Dinner, Conway Village Congregational Church, 5-7 p.m. Entrees: Steak tips and chicken. Includes soup, salad, potatoes, rolls and dessert. Info: (603) 447-3851.
• Sip & Paint with the one you love at Tuckerman Brewing: Combine two things you love — a painting class and a beer-tasting room – with the one you love. Enjoy Paint and Sip Night with Doodlin’ Di — in the Tasting Room at Tuckerman Brewing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It’s $50 per person including supplies, prizes and raffles. Beer tastings in addition. Proceeds go to Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park. For more info and other Tuckerman Tasting Room events, call (603) 447-5400 or go to tuckermanbrewing.com.
• Juston McKinney comedy show at Theater in the Wood; doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. For more, call (603) 356-9980 or go to believeinbooks.org.
• “Evening with the Arts,” Loynd Auditorium, Kennett High, Conway: Join the KHS Dance Team and Choirs as they perform songs celebrating love, friendship and life this Valentine’s Weekend. Proceeds will benefit their spring festival trip to Boston. 7-8 p.m. Call (603) 356-4343 for information.
SUNDAY, FEB. 16
• 10th annual Cupcake Battle: The 10th annual Cupcake Battle, a fundraising event for Mount Washington Valley Promotions, will take place at the North Conway Community Center from 1-3:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from the bakers or from Lisa DuFault by calling (603) 374-6241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• American Legion Meat Bingo, 1-4:30 p.m. American Legion Post 46 on Tasker Hill Road in Conway presents this event to benefit the Conway Area Humane Society and the rebuilding of American Legion Post 67 of Bridgton, Maine. For more information, call Richard Breton at (603) 455-8067.
• Ghost of Paul Revere at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield, Maine, at 8 p.m. on Feb. 16 and 28: Folk and bluegrass trio from Portland. For information, call (207) 935-7292 or go to stonemountainartscenter.com.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, FEB. 21-22
• Evening of Ice and Dancing: Everyone loves an ice bar, and this one is presented by Believe in Books Literacy Foundation. Dress warmly and be prepared to snuggle outside in the 100-Acre Wood as you enjoy the Ice Bar by Ice Breakers Ice Carving. Note: This event is for 21-plus only; tickets $25. It’s part of the Believe in Books Winter Entertainment Series. Info: believeinbooks.org or call (603) 356-9980.
SUNDAY, FEB. 23
• 31st annual Chocolate Fest: You’ll find love on the trails of the Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation during the annual Mt. Washington Valley Chocolate Festival. Burn those chocolate calories as you ski, snowshoe, walk or drive between stops along the trail, enjoying a wide variety of chocolate treats along the way. You’ll sample chocolate candy, hot chocolate, chocolate cakes and cookies, plus more. If you love to cross-country ski or snowshoe and love chocolate, grab the one you love and enjoy both. For information, call (603) 356-9920 or go to mwvskitouring.org.
For more, see the events calendar in The Conway Daily Sun (conwaydailysun.com).