Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cross Country Skiing in Southern NH

OK, so we are not cross country skiers ourselves but our full house of guests this past weekend were and they came back with some positive reviews of the local places.

If you are looking for a x-country ski area with groomed trails and all the perks, look no further than the highly regarded Windblown Ski Area in New Ipswich about fifteen minutes away.  They have a base lodge, they rent gear, they groom 25 miles of trails, and from what we have heard the snacks and sandwiches they sell are all fresh and locally made.

If you are simply looking for some trails nearby the B&B where you can bring your own skis for a run, MacDowell Lake up the road from us has a nice trail on the East side that guests gave two thumbs up to and then the next day they hit Sargent Camp which they said had 'great trails...definitely recommend'.

Snow conditions were great in the area until the past two days but we have no doubt the season is not over yet and expect some new powder and colder temps within the next few days.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Peterborough theater performances nominated for awards

The nominees for the 8th Annual New Hampshire Theatre Awards have been announced and it is no surprise that some of our local performances were among the best!  Between the Peterborough Players and Actors' Circle Theatre's, a total of 27 nominations were received.

For the Peterborough Players, the two noted performances were "Heartbreak House" with 11 nominations and "Little Shop of Horrors" with 8.  Although we missed "Heartbreak House", we did get to see "Little Shop of Horrors"... and it was great!  (I have the song "Little shop, little shop of horrors, little shop..." running through my head as I write this.)  Actually, the Players received nominations in every professional theatre category except "Best Original Playwright".

Among community groups, the Actors' Circle Theatre summer production of "Taming of the Shrew" received a total of 8 nominations.  We were thrilled to have been able to see this performance as well.  It was their 2nd Annual "Shakespeare in the Park" production performed free to the public in Depot Square and it was a real treat!  The weather was perfect, we picked up snacks at Roy's Market (though had we planned ahead we probably would have taken advantage of the special Picnic Dinner that was being offered by Aesop's Table cafe), and we got to enjoy live Shakespeare in our own community!

We are looking forward to seeing how the local groups fare at the awards night on February 5th at the Palace Theatre in Manchester... and we can't wait to find out what the 2010 seasons will bring!  (The Peterborough Players will be announcing their 2010 schedule at their Annual Meeting on February 13th.)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Contra-Dancing and Ken Sheldon's Frost Heaves

The third weekend in January (January 22-23) in Peterborough gives you the opportunity to get out and dance and laugh.

Saturday, January 23rd is the 17th annual Snow Ball Contra-Dance.  If you don't know what contra-dancing is, it's a bit like square dancing with a caller and bands.  The dance starts at noon and goes all the way to midnight and you can drop in before noon for a beginner class we believe.  Here's a link to a video from the 2007 Fall Ball.

Also happening that weekend on Friday and Saturday is Ken Sheldon's Frost Heaves.   It's has been named the best variety show in the Granite State by New Hampshire Magazine.  Here's a link to a snippet from one of his previous shows as Fred shows off his Blueberry.  We have never made it to one of his shows but we hope to go that weekend so we can report back.  All the videos we have watched online have made me laugh out loud or chuckle so it looks pretty good!

Harlow's Pub also has music both nights...a Southern Swing band called Christabel and the Jons on Friday night and The Two Man Gentleman Band (hot jazz, R&B, and country mix).

Monday, January 4, 2010

Do you remember The Folkway?

If so, the Peterborough Historical Society wants to hear from you!  Throughout 2010, the Historical Society will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Peterborough coffeehouse and folk music venue known as The Folkway.  "The Folkway Remembered" project will feature an exhibit of artifacts, audio samplings, and memorabilia (open to the public March 3), as well as a concert series which will kick-off on January 22 with a performance by Claudia Schmidt.  (The concerts, held at the Historical Society's Bass Hall, will have seating limited to 120, so advance ticket purchases are recommended).  For a full list of the concerts, please visit the Peterborough Historical Society's website.

Do you have something to add?  The project committee is still collecting oral histories, remembrances, photos, and other objects that relate to and record the history of this Peterborough landmark!