It may be winter, we've gotten past the post-holiday doldrums of January with unusual tepid temperatures, some snow, and spring skiing conditions.
February picked up the momentum of events with winter carnivals happening in New London, Newport (the oldest in the USA), and nearby towns - Concord, Keene, and Dartmouth College in Hanover. It gets everyone outside near fire pits to see ice carving, drink hot chocolate, be awed by fireworks reflected off the snow, and parades celebrating winter carnival queens.
Local businesses chime in to offer events. They're worth checking out - the date, time, and location is on KearsargeCalendar.com.
Winter means alpine skiing at local resorts, Mt. Sunapee, Pat's Peak, and Ragged Mountain. Nordic skiing is available at Pine Hill Ski Club, Eastman Cross Country ski area, and Newport Country Club. Ice Skating happens at New London's Bob Andrew's Memorial skate rink, Riverside park in Warner, the Sunapee Recreation field, and Newport's town common.
For those that don't like the cold, the Center for the Arts holds Tapestry Tuesdays, First Friday Art Shows, Jazz on a Sunday afternoon, and live music at coffee houses and local restaurants.
We got Great News! In May, Tomie dePaola will be honored by the USPS with a stamp.
If you look closely at the calendar, you will find a lot to do - winter BBQs, indoor winter farmer's markets, contra, and square dances.
Of course, the Kearsarge school district has winter activities for the kiddos for six weeks, ending just before their Winter/February vacation. Happy Winter!