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From The Blog Weekend Fun: Moonlit snowshoeing, fireside fun, celebrating winter wildlife, bellydancing, & more

From family-friendly storytelling and apres-ski activities to slalom races and belly dancing, there's a wide range of activities sure to appeal to everyone. Read on...



January 18-19: Want to be one of the few to see a play as it first hits the stage? Check out New Works Now, a FREE annual festival of new play workshops coming to Northern Stage in White River Junction.

January 18-19: Quilters, get your sewing machines ready! It’s time for the Winter Quilter's Retreat hosted by Lebanon Recreation & Parks at the First Congregational Church of Lebanon.

January 18-20: Culinary arts more your style? Then head to the Co-op Food Stores also in Lebanon, NH for cooking classes that bring the family together!

January 18-21: Or sit back and enjoy a magical ride during a showing of the film, Mary Poppins Returns, playing at Pentangle Arts’ Town Hall Theatre.

January 18-21: Join professional driving instructors as they tear through street drives and a timed autocross course during the BMW Winter XDrive Experience at Killington.

January 19-21: Get the glimpse of a farmstead winter during January Weekends at Billings Farm & Museum – where you’ll get up close and personal with cow, sheep, oxen, horses, and chickens, tour the historic farmhouse, and hitch a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh!

The cast of Mary Poppins Returns
Photo by Jay Maidment - © 2017 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
The cast of Mary Poppins Returns


1 – 3 PM: Join a band of friends or tackle a slalom race solo during the Bud Light Race World Series at Pico Mountain! Then, after you cross the finish line, join the after party at the Last Run Lounge from from 4 – 6 PM for light faire, prizes and drink specials. See website for registration and pricing.

5:30 – 6:30 PM: Hear from mixed media artist Luciana Frigerio as she shares the stories behind her exhibition, Paperworks, during her Artist Talk at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH.


11 AM – 12 PM: Read aloud together with family and friends at Winter Storytime: Tales for the Season at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science! Here, you’ll share the joy of two wintertide favorites, Stranger in the Woods by Carl Sams, and Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, followed by a craft and live animal encounter.

3:30 – 5 PM: Skate, socialize, then warm up fireside on the Norwich Green during Marion Cross PTO’s annual Family Skating Party!

5:45 PM: Follow the stars through the woods to an exquisite buffet at Cloudland Farm with their Moonlight Snowshoe Dinner! See link for pricing and registration.

6 PM: Mobilize your friends and test your knowledge at Friday Night Trivia at the Quechee Club!


Beginning at 6:30 PM, pick from two events where mingling and making meet:


9 AM – 12 PM: Kids, get excited for a morning of arts and crafts, outdoor games, and non-stop fun during a session of Mini Crew at the Quechee Club. See website for pricing and registration.

10 AM – 4 PM: Discover the wonders of nature in this chilly clime during the Winter Wildlife Celebration at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee! Here, you’ll explore exhibits and trails with the help of a guide, then take the fun indoors with games, crafts, and winter adaptation challenges for all ages! This action-packed day ends with a cozy campfire and refreshing drinks to keep you warm.

11:30 AM – 2 PM: Hit the snowy trail for a Saturday Soup Kettle Lunch at the Mt. Tom Cabin! Strap on your snowshoes and hike your way to a rustic paradise with a hot meal with your name on it from the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

1:30 – 4:30 PM: In a wild game of Mobile Laser Tag, the woods and fields are your course and friends are your targets! Anyone ages 8 and up are encouraged to meet at Murphy Farm for round after round of fun followed by hot cocoa. See link for details.

2 – 3 PM: Unravel the appeal of the corset and get the low-down on petticoats with a free presentation of Fashion and the Evolution of the 19th-Century Silhouette by historian Samuel Neuberg at the Woodstock History Center! (Was previously scheduled for Sunday, moved to Saturday in anticipation of heavy snow).

2 – 3 PM: Tradition meets tango at the Classical Violin Performance, presented by Upper Valley Music Center Suzuki Violinists on the Miller Stage at The Village in WRJ.

3:30 - 5 PM: Follow up a day on the slopes with Saturday Après Ski at Suicide Six – complete with live music by Repeat Offenders, local brews by Perley's Pourhouse, fabulous food, and a roaring fire!

Suicide Six Ski Area
Skye Reno

4 – 7 PM: Although the lifts have closed for the day, the slope-side fun has just begun! Check out live music by Mark and Deb Bond and a screening of Inside Out during this Apres Ski at the Quechee Club.

5 – 8 PM: Make DIY delicious with a Hands-on Hand-made Pasta Lesson in Bridgewater Corners! You’ll learn to make tortellini, fettuccini, and ravioli plus three different fillings and three accompanying sauces at this BYOB experience. See website for pricing and registration.

6 – 8 PM: Travel over the snow by snowshoe, ski, or snowboard to the 13th Annual Full Moon Fiesta with the Lebanon Outing Club at Storrs Hill. At the cozy lodge, you’ll be welcomed with hot food and drinks and family-friendly fun!

6 – 9 PM: Or, keep it local with a presentation of ancient tales and traditions of Seven Ancient Mystery Schools at Woodstock’s own Little Theater! See link for pricing and details.

Also from 6 – 9 PM: Don’t get the kids ready for bed just yet! Twilight Sledding and a tasty pizza dinner await children ages 6 to 12 at the Quechee Club. See link for pricing.

7 – 9:30 PM: Ready to try something new in 2019? Join in on Belly Dance Nights at the Main Street Museum in WRJ – where all ages can take a spot on the stage! See link for more details. RESCHEDULED TO 1/26 DUE TO INCOMING SNOW.

VINS Nature Center


9 AM – 12 PM: Mini Crew is back for round two at the Quechee Club! Kids will find arts and crafts, as well as exhilarating outdoor games!

11:30 AM: Kick your brunch game up a notch with The Soufflé Also Rises--A Light & Hearty Brunch Lesson in Bridgewater Corners! You’ll learn to make not just a soufflé, but also a Vermont apple tart – all handcrafted by you with fresh, local ingredients. See link for pricing.

Beginning at 3:30 PM, choose from:

12 – 2 PM: Don’t let the snow stop you from enjoying nature on two wheels! Join the Quechee Club for a 1-hour Fat Bike Tour followed by a tasty lunch at Harpoon Brewery. Follow link to learn how to reserve your spot!

5:30 – 7:30 PM: Dive into a night of fun at Flick n’ Float at the Quechee Club – where all ages are welcome to catch a free showing of the film, Frozen, while bobbing on the surface of the club’s indoor pool!


Is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Take time from your day to remember the man who became a pioneer in the civil rights movement.

7 – 8:30 PM: Traverse a snowy wooded path by the light of the supermoon during the spectacular event, Supermoon Snowshoe, happening at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.


For music in the area this weekend, check out Yellow House Media.