Dinner Theater on the Cape and South Shore

Even though the holiday season is over there are still plenty of fun activities to take us through the winter into the spring. If if live on or are visiting the South Shore or Cape Cod you may want to check out the Dinner Theater offerings of the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis or the John Carver Inn and Spa in Plymouth. Both have a full line up of dinner theater offerings from now into April. On tap…

At the Cape Codder

  • January 24, 2015: Psychic Mindblowing Comedy Show
  • February 7, 2015: MobFellas
  • February 28, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • March 7, 2015: The Raging Parent
  • March 14, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 21, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • April 11, 2015: Dueling Piano Show
  • April 25, 2015: World Gone Crazy Band

Learn more here.

At the John Carver

  • January 17, 2015: So I Got Fired from That Job
  • January 31, 2015: MobFellas
  • February 7, 2015: Jon Stetson, Psychic Comedy
  • March 7, 2015: Murder Most Medieval
  • March 14, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 21, 2015: Finnegan’s Wake
  • March 28, 2015: Comedy on the Road
  • April 4, 2015: Jon Stetson, Psychic Comedy

Learn more here.

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Old Sturbridge Village Half Price for Adults in January and February

Cutting ice 1830s-styleProving that winter can indeed be wonderful, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) is offering their Winter Wonderful Savings coupon that allows 50% off of regular adult admission during the months of January and February. See what life was like during the winter in a 19th century New England Village. Some of the events on tap for this winter include:

Be sure to download and print your Winter Wonderful Savings coupon (PDF) and enjoy the fun at OSV.

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2014 / 2015 Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge Ski Races in New England

We have been remiss and are late publishing the schedule for the Mountain View Vertical Challenge. Five events have already taken place in December and the first week of January. Following are the remaining events in New England for the Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge for the 2014/2015 winter season:

January, 2015

  • January 10, 2015: King Pine, NH
  • January 11, 2015: Cranmore, NH
  • January 24, 2015: Jay Peak, VT
  • January 25, 2015: Burke Mountain, VT
  • January 30, 2015: Cannon Mountain, NH
  • January 31, 2015: Shawnee Peak, ME

February, 2015

  • February 1, 2015: Pats Peak, NH
  • February 7, 2015: Catamount, MA
  • February 8, 2015: Jiminy Peak, MA
  • February 14, 2015: Mt. Southington, CT
  • February 15, 2015: Nashoba Valley, MA
  • February 17, 2015: Mount Sunapee, NH
  • February 28: Bolton Valley, VT

March, 2015

  • March 1, 2015: Sugarbush Resort, VT
  • March 7, 2015: Killington Resort, VT
  • March 8, 2015: Pico Mountain, VT
  • March 15, 2015: Bromley Mountain, VT
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No Holiday for Ski Resorts

Christmas 2014 in New England may be remembered as the Christmas where you could go out and get a tan. Unseasonably warm temperatures (and rain) did not make for a traditional New England Christmas. Old man winter was no where to be found. Great if you are a fan of mild temperatures – not so great if you run a ski resort.

While there is still some good skiing to be found, last week’s warm temperatures did put a damper on things. At most ski resorts the number of open trails declined significantly last week and most ski reports contained the word granular in them as our latest ski report will attest.

But fret not, even though it does not appear that Mother Nature will be throwing any of the natural stuff our way in the next bunch of days, temperatures are heading back into more seasonable ranges which will allow the ski resorts to make plenty of new snow. Our prediction for next weekend, the skiing should be back to great.

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Stowe Winter Carnival

Now that winter is officially here, it’s time to start thinking about winter festivals and carnivals. From time to time we will spotlight some of these upcoming events that celebrate the cold weather. First up is the Stowe Winter Carnival.

This year’s Stowe Winter Carnival, the 41st annual, will run from January 17 to January 25, 2015 and will feature major activities for both adults and children. Events include:

  • Ice Carving Competitions
  • Kids Carnival Kaos
  • Movies
  • Snowgolf
  • Snow volleyball tournaments
  • . . . and more . . .

See here for a complete Stowe Winter Carnival schedule.

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Free Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing with Winter Trails

The Winter Trails event series offers individuals (children and adults) the chance to try cross-country skiing (Nordic skiing) and snowshoeing for free. Events are nation-wide and will be held this winter on Saturday, January 10, 2014. New England is well represented with numerous participating centers, including:

In Maine

In Massachusetts

In New Hampshire

In Vermont

These participating sites are current as of December 18, 2014. Check the Winter Trails Find a Site page for the latest information.

These events are a great, economical, way to get introduced to some great outdoor winter activities.

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Still Time to See A Christmas Celtic Sojourn

You have not waited too long (yet…). There are still six more performances of WGBH’s A Christmas Celtic Sojourn. Upcoming performances include:

  • December 17, 2014 at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester
  • December 19, 20 (2 performances), 21 (2 performances), 2014 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College in Boston

This is the 12th season of A Christmas Celtic Sojourn which features music, song and dance from Ireland. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition.

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Winter 2015 Programs at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center

Picture of a Family Snowshoe HikeKeeping with our theme of embracing the winter season and getting out and enjoying it, you may want to check out these winter programs at the Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center in Laconia, NH. In January they have a series of great programs to get you outdoors enjoying winter. Check these out:

  • Moonlit Snowshoe Walks – Full moon snowshoe walks will be held on Tuesday, January 6 and Tuesday February 3, 2015 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
  • Sledding – Grab the kids and your sleds for sledding parties on January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, and 21 2014. Sledding is free – just bring your own sled.
  • Snowshoe Adventure Hikes – Snowshoe Adventure Hikes are great for all ages and will be held on January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7 and 21, 2015. There are two hike options – a one hour hike and a two hour hike.

There are fees for the snowshoe walks. Reservations are required for all programs.

There you have it. No excuses. Get out there and enjoy winter at Prescott Farm.

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Smith Appleby House Decked Out for Christmas

Take in the Smith Appleby House in Smithfield, RI on Saturday, December 20, 2014. On that day they are hosting their annual “Decorated for Christmas” Open House. The 318 year old house is festively decorated from top to bottom for Christmas and Colonial Era costumed volunteers from the Historical Society of Smithfield will be offering tours of the house from 1 PM to 4 PM.

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Some Great Winter Sporting Events for Winter 2014 / 2015

Just because it’s cold outside does not mean that great sporting events end. Here is a round-up of some wonderful events around the region for the winter of 2014 / 2015:

New England 2015 Ice Fishing Derbies

New England 2015 Dog Sled Races

New England 2015 Pond Hockey Tournaments

Snowmobiling

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