Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Learn to ice fish in Peterborough

New Hampshire already has lots snow, temperatures are at or below freezing, and lakes and ponds are frozen...tell-tale signs that Old Man Winter is here. Why not get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire winter by partaking in a Granite State tradition: ice fishing.


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, in partnership with other groups, is offering an ice fishing class here in Peterborough.  Here are the details: Peterborough Recreation Department – One-day workshop on Saturday, March 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Just $8 and includes a barbeque on the ice. contact us or call (603) 924-8080 for more information

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winter Hiking in the Monadnock Region of NH

This weekend, three sets of guests all included some winter hiking in their Valentine's Day weekend plans.  One couple went for serious vertical and climbed Mt. Monadnock, another hiked in Milford, and the third hiked at MacDowell Dam here in Peterborough.  Although we've typically done most of our hiking around here in the warmer weather, we were inspired to do some of our own research and do a little winter hiking ourselves.

After a quick trip up to the dam and a short walk on the East side of the lake, we decided to head over to the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock.  Although we are familiar with the Harris Center and many of the wonderful programs they offer, we hadn't had the chance to do any hiking there yet... until now.  We weren't equipped for hiking the Skatutakee or Thumb Mountain trails, so we picked the Dandelyon Trail which starts beyond the meadow, just behind the Harris Center building.  At about 0.5 miles long, this out-and-back trail was a really nice walk through the woods, ending at "huge glacial boulders".  There's also the Boulder Loop trail which intersects the Dandelyon Trail in two spots, so we added part of that trail onto our walk as well.  Since it is winter, the glacial boulders were the primary features on the trails, but we also saw lots and lots of signs of wildlife from animal tracks in the snow to bits of seeds and nut coatings that must have been part of some critter's lunch.  Here are a few photos...


Did you notice Rob in one of the photos?  (No, those are not his webbed feet.)

There is an interpretive trail guide that goes with the Dandelyon Trail, so next time we may try to do that... or maybe we can join in one of their guided hikes.  The Harris Center's Calendar of Events includes day and evening hikes and other special events throughout the region.  Some events require pre-registration, but most events are free.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Singing Valentines!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner and confident that you don't want us singing to you, our guests...we have found a quartet of serenaders.  Available here in Peterborough, this four part barbershop quartet will serenade you with love songs, a rose, and some sweets (plus a keepsake photo of the moment).

They may also be hired for other times of the year for birthdays, anniversarys, or other special events.  For more information, contact them at www.cheshiremen.org.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winter Festivals in the Monadnock Region

Keene may be best known for their Pumpkin Festival in the Fall, but this Saturday they are hosting their 9th Annual Ice and Snow Festival.  In addition to ice and snow carving competitions and a snowboarding rail jam, the event will feature entertainment with a preview of "Kiss Me Kate" in the Central Square gazebo and a strolling barbershop quartet.  New this year, the festival has added a snowball throwing clinic for all ages run by the organizers of the Keene Swamp Bats, the local summer college baseball team.  This sounds like a lot of fun and who knows, perhaps it could turn into an organized snowball fight!  :)

This Saturday also kicks off the first weekend of February Farm Days at Stonewall Farm in Keene.  Every Saturday this month, the farm will be offering good ol' fashioned sleigh rides with their Clydesdales, Prince and Magic.  If you're looking for exercise, you can borrow snowshoes (limited number available) and explore their 130 acres of conservation land.  When you're done, you can chase the chill away roasting marshmallows and sipping hot chocolate or cider by the campfire.

P.S.  With tomorrow being Groundhog Day, we'll be waiting to find out what Punxatawny Phil's weather prognostication will be for this year.  Although I am always happy for Spring to come, this Winter has been really nice.  We've had just enough snow, plenty of sunshine, not too many frigid days, and even a few warmer days thrown in for good measure!  I guess we'll just have to wait and see.