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Based in Hanover, N.H., and boasting former Olympians as coaches, the Ford Sayre Nordic Ski Jumping Program is open to skiers as young as 7 or 8 who are ready and eager to take flight. By Emma Wunsch Photos by Jim Block

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DEPARTMENTS 19 Calendar: Out and About Compiled by Amy Cranage 32 Parenting: Get Gritty By Andi Diehn

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editor’s note Winter in northern New England is an acquired taste. It took me about 20 years to acclimate and, eventually, learn to love it. Yes, you can, too! First and foremost, one must dress appropriately. Layering is key — long underwear, hand and toe warmers, sock liners (the perfect place for toe warmers: between the sock liner and the sock) and avoid cotton in favor of Polarfleece and wool. They even make handy-dandy mittens with little compartments for hard warmers to keep them out of direct contact with the skin.



Once you’re dressed for success, get outside! Sometimes you have to force yourself to do it. My personal favorite winter activity is snowshoeing. Cross country skiing is arguably the best exercise on the planet and is guaranteed to warm you right up. The Upper Valley boasts wonderful family-oriented ski areas where anyone from age 2 to 92 can learn to downhill ski or snowboard. Whether you’re at home with a little one or plying your trade at work, try to get outside for at least a half hour when the sun is at its peak. Soaking up some vitamin D and sunshine midday will make getting through long, dark evenings a lot easier. When the kids have a snow day, get out and play with them! Make snow angels, build a snow fort, go sledding, and marvel at the peaceful silence of snow as it falls. And when it gets to be late winter and you just can’t take it anymore, remember that this, too, will pass, like everything else. Amy Cranage Associate Editor








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Ford Sayre’s Alpine Ski Jumping Program BY EMMA WUNSCH PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM BLOCK Did you know that New Hampshire is the only state in the country that still offers high school ski jumping? Does your little ripper want to literally soar to new heights? if you have a child in kindergarten through 12th grade, consider checking out Ford Sayre’s Ski Jumping Program. Program Director Heidi Nichols says future jumpers should be strong Nordic skiers and the usual age to begin jumping is seven or eight. Typically, 10 to 20 kids participate each ski jumping season although new participants are welcomed to join during the season. Nichols began ski jumping because she wanted to keep up with her older brother who was so good he tried out for the Olympics. While Nichols was never Olympic material, she loved her Hanover High jumping experience. She’s been running Ford Sayre’s ski jumping program for four years and describes it as a really fun and low-key winter team activity. Olympians Joe and Mike Holland, two brothers (out of three) who grew up in Norwich, Vt. have been Ford Sayre’s ski jumping coaches for the past seven years.




Joe and Mike competed in the Olympics in the 1980s and 1990s. In 1985, Mike held the world record (186 meters) for 27 minutes before a Finnish jumper beat him. Ford Sayre has three levels of jumps for students. Beginning athletes practice on the Landing Hill until they get to the 10m jump. After the 10 meter, students make their way, gradually, to the 20 meter and, eventually, the 32 meter. Coaches Joe and Mike are rigorous about safety (helmets are a must) and many jumpers don’t make it to the 32 meter jump until their second or third season. Kate Harrison, the parent of a12-yearold jumper, says one benefit of ski jumping is that since “it’s a technical sport, there’s instant feedback. Joe and Mike, who are dedicated and positive, always give jumpers something to work on right after each jump.” Ski jumping season, like all New England winter sports, is totally weather dependent. The season usually starts in January and runs until the snow isn’t safe to jump on, which is typically mid-March. Ford Sayre practices Monday and Wednesday evenings in

Top to bottom: Going up the ski hill, Coach Mike Holland, the thrill of the jump

Hanover at the jumps at Oak Hill with regular weekend competitions in Hanover, Lebanon, Andover and Lake Placid (NY). Harrison says no matter where the ski jumping competitions are held, they all have a fun, community vibe with all families getting involved and helping out. Nichols and Harrison agree that one of the best parts of Ford Sayre’s ski jumping program is the tight-knit, laid back community. Practices often have fires and marshmallow roasting and, “unlike many other sports,” Nichols says, “ski jumping is a sport where everyone is really encouraging.” Right before a jumper’s turn, team members will tell him or her to “have one” which, in the ski jumping lingo means have a good jump. Nichols says that in other competitive sports, there can be a lack of support or encouragement, which is not the case for ski jumping. Nichols thinks this is partly because ski jumping is an individual sport; rather than playing another team, jumpers compete against everyone, but mostly themselves. Everyone ends up knowing and befriending everyone else. Nichols says she probably knows every ski UPPERVALLEYKIDSTUFF.COM



jumper in New England – not just those in the Ford Sayre program. Harrison says that an added bonus of the friendly community is that Ford Sayre has a great inventory of equipment that’s shared by all the growing kids. Ski jumping is also a great way for kids to boost their confidence. Because jumping isn’t something a lot of kids do, those who participate find that their friends (and family members) are really impressed. Nichols adds that as jumpers get older and better, they start to travel, which can foster a sense of independence. Through ski jumping competitions both of her children (now in their teens) have learned to fly across the country by Below: Teddy Ruth's jump




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themselves. “Ski jumping can provide a lot of opportunities that typically other sports don’t offer at such a young age.” She reiterates that the small-community of ski jumpers means that other coaches in other parts of the country are always welcoming and supportive to those traveling without coaches. Harrison says that while ski jumping is progressive in the sense that jumpers start at the very beginning, with the coaches’ guidance and approval they can work their way up and progress pretty quickly, which can boost confidence. While the image of your child sailing through the frigid air from 20 meters up might seem too dangerous to even consider, Nichols says parents shouldn’t base their idea of ski jumping only from what it looks like. “While ski jumping can look dangerous, the rate of injury is actually less than alpine skiing and hockey. Of course, you can get hurt, but it’s actually no more dangerous than a lot of other winter sports.” Nichols says parent involvement is another reason why Ford Sayre’s ski jumping program such a fun, community sport. Harrison says while parents are encouraged to shovel and pack jumps, Ford Sayre ski jumpers always carry their own equipment. She says they “never complain about it. They get awesome exercise and stay warm on cold winter evenings!” Jim Block is a professional photographer. He teaches digital photography in his home studio in Etna, N.H. See more of his work at jimblockphoto.com



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A Bighearted Valley Are you eager to find ways to celebrate the holidays that focus more on giving than receiving? Our 31 Days of Giving calendar offers an idea for every day of the month while Upper Valley organizations such as LISTEN and The Haven make it fun and easy to give to others — or receive assistance.

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No matter how stressful the holidays can be, it helps to remember that people care about you. And thanks to LISTEN’s Holiday Basket Program, families in need are reminded that the Upper Valley cares about them. The program is straightforward: LISTEN Holiday Baskets provide five new items of clothing and a grocery store gift card to purchase fixings for a holiday meal. “Because the Toys for Tots program in our area is so robust, we focus on providing warm, new clothing and grocery cards for the families to buy the fixings for a great holiday meal,” says Lisa Saturley, LISTEN Community Services child and family counselor and volunteer coordinator. Holiday Baskets are provided to qualifying households with children age 0 to 17 or seniors 65 and older. “The families are diverse — some with just

one senior citizen (about 20), some families with one child all the way up to some with six or seven children. Most of our families are currently receiving other services from LISTEN, but they don’t need to be a current client for a Holiday Basket. Eligibility is based on income and we use the current USDA Commodity eligibility as a guideline,” says Saturley. “The other requirement is that the family resides in our New Hampshire service area. At LISTEN we serve New Hampshire and Vermont, but there is a similar program in Norwich/Hartford, so for holiday baskets we serve the towns of Orford, Lyme, Dorchester, Canaan, Enfield, Lebanon, Grafton,

Orange, Hanover, Grantham, Plainfield and Meriden.” Recipient families write up their wish list of warm clothing, including sizes and color preferences. LISTEN matches families with sponsors — local families, businesses and other groups — and they donate their time and resources to sponsor a household. It could be purchasing items for a family that needs warm, new clothing or volunteering with LISTEN to check the lists and package up the items. “Our volunteers are a mix of regular LISTEN volunteers, high school groups — in 2016 Lebanon Youth In Action and Mascoma Honor Society volunteered,” says Saturley, who volunteered as a Lebanon High School student in 1992. “The gifts are checked and bagged with wrapping paper and other supplies (tape, bows, etc.) for the family to wrap the children’s gifts. The sponsors have the option of wrapping the senior gifts or having our volunteers wrap them before they are delivered.” Last year, sponsors provided 168 baskets to families in need. “Our sponsors are what makes it happen! Many sponsors go way above and beyond for the families, following up on the child’s preferences in clothing and adding toys, extra gift cards and other fun holiday items,” says Saturley. “Single families sponsor a family or senior; businesses sponsor a family or multiple families; and DHMC typically will sponsor around 40 families for holiday baskets. Sacred Heart Church is another great supporter; we use their space for two weeks of the holiday season and their congregation sponsors several families each year.” Last year was Saturley’s first holiday basket season. She’s working on improvements, like a sponsor form on the website, to help expand the number of baskets LISTEN can provide. If you’re a family in need, applications are accepted beginning Oct. 1. The deadline for sponsors to sign up is Nov. 17. Basket items are typically due the second week in December, allowing sponsors time to shop once they are matched with a family.

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A Bighearted Valley Do one (or many) of these local good deeds and spread the holiday cheer. BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB 1. Donate your time as an admissions volunteer at the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction, Vt. 2. Help the Upper Valley Land Trust in Hanover, N.H., save and protect the places we love, uvlt.org 3. Help a homeowner save their home by supporting COVER Home Repair, coverhomerepair.org 4. Love animals? Upper Valley Humane Society in Enfield, N.H., could use help caring for pets, uvhs.org 5. Participate in a workday with the Mascoma River Greenway to maintain the rail trail, mascomagreenway.com 6. The Spark Community Center in Lebanon, N.H., needs art and craft supplies for its programs for kids with disabilities, sparkcommunitycenter.com 7. WISE in Lebanon, N.H., provides a training program for those interested in helping families dealing with domestic violence, wiseuv.org 8. Donate to the Vermont Foodbank. Every $1 helps create three meals. vtfoodbank.org 9. Volunteer with a school’s parent/teacher organization. Find out the needs of the students and teachers in your community 10. Silent Warriors in Enfield, N.H., provides sleeping bags, tents and warm clothing to the homeless, silentwarriorsnhvt.org




11. Green Mountain Horse Association in South Woodstock, Vt., offers youth scholarships, gmhainc.org 12. Help with the Disaster Relief Quilting program at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Hanover, N.H. No experience necessary. oslchanover.org 13. The Family Place in Norwich, Vt., provides community based support services to families. Donate dollars or browse the wish list, thefamilyplacevt.org 14. Sponsor a horse at the High Horses Therapeutic Riding Program in Sharon, Vt., so children and adults with special needs will be able to ride, highhorses.org 15. Ottauquechee Community Partnership needs mentors to work with local middle or high school students, ocpvt.org

25. LISTEN Community Services has a holiday basket program providing warm clothes to families in need, see page 12 26. A donation to Vital Communities in White River Junction, Vt., will support the Valley Quest education program and local energy programs, vitalcommunities.org

16. Adopt a raptor at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vt., and support avian wildlife, vinsrise.org 17. Windsor County Partners needs senior partners to participate in positive, one-on-one intergenerational partnerships, windsorcountypartners.org 18. Support your local historical society. Donate a historical item, volunteer your time, and participate in fundraising efforts 19. Send a kid to camp; check out The Aloha Foundation in Fairlee, Vt., alohafoundation.org 20. Donate to Northern Stage, a nonprofit professional theater with amazing productions and expansive educational programs, northernstage.org

27. Become a member of the Upper Valley Food Coop, a natural foods market that promotes the local economy and enriches lives through education, uppervalleyfood.coop 28. Snuggle a baby. Volunteer with Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley and help a family adjust to life with a newborn, gbuv.org 29. Buy items needed in the shelter on the Turning Points Network wish list, turningpointsnetwork.org 30. Out shopping and notice an expired parking meter? Save a stranger a ticket with a few coins from your pocket change. 31. Offer to shovel snow for an elderly neighbor.

21. Advance Transit provides public transportation to everyone who needs it. Donations reduce traffic by 240,000 auto trips per year, advancetransit.com 22. Take a look through your kitchen cabinets and pull out items (not expired) to donate to the local food pantry 23. Personal care items (deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products) are always needed at the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Vt., uppervalleyhaven.org 24. Raise funds for West Central Behavioral Health, a Lebanon, N.H.-based agency that provides mental health support services to 3,200 clients of all ages annually, wcbh.org




A Bighearted Valley Kids First at Bev’s House In addition to a safe place, the Upper Valley Haven provides children’s educational activities and programs.

BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB The house is quiet — until 3 p.m. Then the kids arrive from Hartford, Bradford, Lebanon, Enfield, Canaan and Claremont. Soon Bev’s House is bustling with activity and the After School Program at the Upper Valley Haven in White River Junction, Vt., is in full swing. Every day, about 30 kids, between the ages of 5 and 13, benefit from the homework help and healthy snacks at Bev’s House. The program started in 1991 as a homework club for kids living in the shelter. By 2009, the program had grown to include current and former shelter guests. “We encourage them to continue,” says Laura Gillespie, director of development & communications. “The kids have all experienced trauma;




they’ve all been homeless at some point. When they lived at the Haven, they felt like it was a safe place. With the After School Program, we can still offer that to them a couple hours a day.” Kids say hello to Erin Wetherell, children’s services coordinator, as they help themselves to a healthy snack — yogurt, fruit, vegetables and dip. Then there’s a variety of things they can do: get help with homework, play a game inside, play a game outside, or participate in a craft. Community volunteers or volunteers from

the Tucker Foundation at Dartmouth College are on hand to help kids with their needs, share an interest, or teach a skill. Wednesdays might have a mindfulness session, and Fridays might offer a healthy eating program where the kids create something, much like the television program “Chopped.” Every activity is crafted to increase confidence, reduce stress, and provide a chance for creative exploration — but all the kids see is simple, happy fun. When it’s time to go home, Wetherell or one of her three staff members might use one of the

Haven’s vans to provide transportation. “There are always kids who want to be brought home last,” she says. “It speaks to our program. We try to meet their needs as much as we can.” But the program is more than just after school assistance Monday through Friday; it’s a thoughtfulness that continues 24/7, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Haven After School Program collects school supplies and winter clothing for kids who need it, attends parent/teacher meetings to advocate for kids with individualized education programs, and celebrates birthdays with a card and a treat. “It’s about relationship building. You have to be authentic with kids,” says Wetherell, who joined the program in 2015. “One supportive adult outside of household can make a difference in their lives.” Laura Jean Whitcomb is the publisher of Kid Stuff and Kearsarge Magazine. She has taught two craft classes at the Haven’s After School Program and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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December 1 through January 7

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15th Annual Gingerbread Festival

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This family friendly event to benefit The Family Place includes a display of more than 80 gingerbread houses, a silent auction, handcrafts and gifts for sale, a gingerbread house making demonstration, cookie decorating and children’s activities. Lunch available for purchase. >> Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Adults $5, family $10 >> familyplacevt.org

The Little Mermaid Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, this Disney classic will delight all ages. Mermaid Ariel is fascinated by the world and lives of people on dry land and longs to someday join them though her father, King Triton, forbids it. This beautiful story will capture your heart with its irresistible songs. >> The Barrette Center for the Arts, Northern Stage, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Youth $15, adults $34 to $69 >> northernstage.org

December 2 Sat/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enfield Hometown Holidays The Enfield Village Association hosts a day of holiday activities for families. Activities include wreath decorating, caroling, cookie decorating, crafts, holiday shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, music, lunch, a visit with Santa and story time. >> Enfield Community Building, Route 4, Huse Park, Enfield, N.H. >> Free admission >> enfieldmainstreet.org

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December 2 Sat/2 to 5 p.m.

Lebanon Holiday Celebration Come explore downtown Lebanon and celebrate winter and the holiday season with carriage rides, musical entertainment, crafts, refreshments, a tree lighting ceremony, visits with Olaf and Santa Claus! >> Colburn Park, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >> lebanonnh.gov





December 2 to 16 Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Festival of Trees A display of more than 50 beautifully decorated holiday table top trees designed and donated by local artists, businesses and individuals. Vote for your favorite trees with raffle tickets to win or donate to local Meals on Wheels recipients. Holiday cookies will be available to purchase. >> Great Stone Dwelling, Shaker Museum, 447 N.H. Route 4A, Enfield, N.H. >> Free admission > shakermuseum.org

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December 2, 3, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 26 to January 1 Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas at the Farm Find out how Christmas was celebrated in late 19th century Woodstock in the farmhouse and linger as treats are baked in the kitchen woodstove. Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides will be offered, weather permitting. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> Adults 16 to 61 $15, seniors $14, students 16+ $9, children 5 to 15 $8, children 3 to 4 $4 >> billingsfarm.org

December 3

Sun/11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Open House Take a step back in time and enjoy the pleasures of a small town holiday on the grounds of the New London Historical Society. A silent auction offers one-of-a-kind gifts. >> New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, N.H. >> Adults $5; children 12 and under free >> newlondonhistoricalsociety.org


December 7, 9 and 10 Thurs/7 p.m. Sat/1 and 4 p.m. Sun/3 p.m.

Clara’s Dream — A Nutcracker Story With ever-changing backdrops and costumes that shimmer with winter’s crystalline beauty, you will find your heart dancing with the City Center Ballet performers as Clara and the Nutcracker Prince overcome obstacles on their way to the Land of Sweets. >> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $19 to $38, students $9 to $19 (additional $5 on day of performance) >> citycenterballet.org

December 9 and 10 Sat/11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sun/1:30 p.m.

Clara’s Tea Enjoy delicious treats and beverages at this special tea preceding the Saturday and Sunday performances of Clara’s Dream. Dancers, dressed for the ballet, make special pre-performance appearances before making their way to the Lebanon Opera House, located within walking distance of the school. >> Lebanon Ballet School, 22 Hanover Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> $15 >> citycenterballet.org

December 9 Sat/10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Elves Workshop Bring your 4- to 10-year-old child for a few hours of arts and crafts and other fun while you finish your holiday shopping. Your child will be matched with a Hanover Youth-In-Action volunteer. A snack will be provided. >> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >> hartford-vt.org

December 9 Sat/1 to 3 p.m.

Family Crafty Card Making

December 8 to 12 Fri, Sat, Sun/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

33rd Annual Wassail Weekend Enjoy a fun weekend filled with twinkling lights, historic decorated homes, and breakfast with Santa. Billings Farm is decorated in 19th century holiday spirit. There is something for all ages. >> Woodstock, Vt. >> woodstockvt.com

Create wonderful holiday cards for family and friends! All materials provided. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> $8 per child >> claremontnh.com ›››››

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December 9 and 10 Sat and Sun/Various times

The Polar Express Children of all ages enjoy the story of The Polar Express and holiday sing-alongs while sipping hot cocoa with a yummy homemade cookie. Have your photo taken with Santa, enjoy lunch, and browse the gift shop. Enter to win an original Lionel Polar Express Train Set. >> Polar Express, 100 Railroad Row, White River Junction, Vt. >> $25 per person age 3 and older >> hartfordvtpolarexpress.com

December 14 Thurs/7 p.m.

56th Annual Norwich Nativity Christmas Pageant Everyone is welcome to this traditional carol-singing reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey to the manger. Local high school seniors play the roles of Mary, Joseph, the Angels, Shepherds and three Wise Men. Gifts of non-perishable food and clothing for The Haven will be collected. >> Tracy Hall, 300 South Main Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Free

December 14 to 17 Thurs/6 p.m. Fri/7 p.m. Sat/1 and 5 p.m. Sun/1 and 5 p.m.

The Christmas Revels: A Nordic Celebration of the Winter Solstice

December 10 Sun/4 and 5 p.m.

Christmas Mystery High school students and local men lend their voices to a choral enactment of the nativity. Audience is invited to bring wrapped gifts to donate to the Upper Valley Haven; gifts should be marked with age and gender of intended recipient. >> Rollins Chapel, College Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Free and open to the public

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As the winter solstice brings long nights of frosty breath and nose-nipping cold, gather before a warming hearth for a tale of adventure, enchantment, and selfdiscovery. The Upper Valley’s most enduring holiday tradition promises a once-in-a-lifetime performance every year. >> Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H. >> $7.50 to $48 >> hop.dartmouth.edu

December 16 Sat/4 to 5:30 p.m.

Skate with Santa Annual skating event features holiday music and a special treat from Santa. Rentals available. >> Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt. >> $5 >> hartfordrec.com


December 16 Weds/5 to 8:30 p.m.

Christmas in Canaan Celebrate the holiday season with an evening of crafts, carols and holiday cheer. Walk through downtown Canaan, check out the decorations, and stop in at the local businesses to make a holiday craft or grab refreshments. Activities include pictures with Santa, horse and wagon rides, dog sledding demonstration and a chili cook-off. >> Downtown Canaan, N.H. >> Free >> canaannh.org

December 22

December 31 Sun/6 p.m.

Claremont New Year’s Eve Celebration Bid 2017 a fond farewell at this event sponsored by the Claremont Sugar River Rotary. Festivities include fireworks at 10 p.m. at Arrowhead Recreation Area. >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> Maple Lanes Bowling Alley, 125 Maple Avenue, Claremont, N.H. >> Free >> claremontnh.com

Fri/7 to 9 p.m.

Community Youth Night Join Claremont Parks and Recreation hosts a fun night of dodgeball for children in kindergarten through 8th grade. Register online. >> Claremont Savings Bank Community Center, 152 South Street, Claremont, N.H. >> $5 >> claremontnh.com

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Sleigh Ride Weekend

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Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides and explore the dairy farm and restored farmhouse. In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, the documentary, A Time for Justice, will be shown hourly. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> $4 to $14 >> billingsfarm.org

Gather the family, bundle up and share a New England tradition! Ice cutting by gas powered saw and finished by hand will be demonstrated by volunteers. Ryder Corner School House will be warm and welcoming with hot beverages, homemade baked goods and hot soups available to purchase. >> Muster Field Farm Museum, Harvey Road, North Sutton, N.H. >> Free admission >> musterfieldfarm.com

January 13 Sat/11 a.m.

January 21

The Dragon King The Dragon King is based on a Chinese folktale about an intrepid grandmother who journeys to the bottom of the sea in search of the elusive Dragon King and his answers to why he has not let it rain on the land above. Meet the puppets and puppeteers after the show. >> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, 4 East Wheelock Street, Hanover, N.H. >> Free >> hop.dartmouth.edu

January 20

Sun/11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Introduction to Belly Dancing Try something really different and fun — explore the ancient and mysterious art of belly dance in this workshop designed for anyone over age 7. No experience required. Register online. >> Gymnasium, Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >> hartfordrec.com

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Sat/6 to 8 p.m.


January 21

Sun/10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Full Moon Fiesta

Upper Valley Trails Alliance Skate-a-thon

Travel by snowshoe, ski, or snowboard to sample light food and hot beverages offered by local restaurants. All proceeds benefit Recreation and Parks Assistance Program and the Lebanon Outing Club. Bring your own mug, spoon & bowl. Preregister online. >> Storrs Hill Ski Lodge, 60 Spring Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> $10/per person, children ages 6 to 12 $5, 5 and under free, $30 max per family >> lebanonnh.gov

Enjoy spectacular scenery along the 4.5 mile groomed skating trail during this noncompetitive day of ice skating. Pre-register for free skate rentals (while supplies last), hot chocolate, soup and a raffle ticket. Earn an extra raffle ticket for every lap around the lake. Proceeds support the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and maintenance of the ice skating trail. >> Lake Morey Inn and Resort, 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, Vt. >> Adults, $20 to $25; kids, $10 to $15 >> uvtrails.org




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February 2 Fri/5:30 to 7 p.m.

ArtsPower: Nugget & Fang

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This colorful musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. Can Fang save the day and prove he’s a true friend? >> Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 31 The Green, Woodstock, Vt. >> $6 >> pentaglearts.org

A taste of New London and beyond! This outdoor dinner takes place on the town green with area restaurants offering different courses to a meal. Tiki torches and campfires will keep us warm. Fun for the whole family! >> New London Green, 375 Main Street, New London, N.H. >> Adult $14, couple $26, family of 4 $50, children 9 and under $5 >> nl-nh.com

January 27 Sat/7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

17th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby Youth Anglers will be placed in age appropriate divisions based on the number of registered participants. Trophies will be awarded. Food and refreshments, fishing holes, bait and limited equipment will be available. Preregister at the Hartford Recreation Office or online. >> Dewey’s Pond, Hartford, Vt. >> $5 >> hartfordrec.com

January 31 Weds/10 a.m.

The 13-Story Treehouse Who wouldn’t want to live in a treehouse? The deluxe model Andy and Terry call home is equipped with a bowling alley, secret underground laboratory and self-making beds. In this play adapted from a book, the forgetful friends are set to stage their own first-ever play but…they need to write the script! Recommended for grades 1 to 7. >> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> $4 to $10 >> lebanonoperahouse.org

February 3 Sat/11 a.m.

Middle Eastern Dance Club and Soyeya African Dance Troupe The Middle Eastern Dance Club shares dances of the Arab world and the Middle East while Soyeya shares dances from Zimbabwe, Ghana and other African nations. The audience will get a chance to learn about these dances and learn some moves as well. >> Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, 4 East Wheelock Street, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H. >> Free, no tickets required >> hop.dartmouth.edu

February 4 Sun/9 a.m.

Ledyard RedZone 5k Run/Walk A family friendly, stroller friendly, dog-on-a-leash friendly, fun run and walk takes participants along the Wilder Pedestrian Path and the back roads of the Wilder Village. Proceeds benefit Hartford Parks and Recreation program scholarships. >> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> $15 if preregistered, $20 same-day registration >> hartfordrec.com

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Let’s Go Ice Fishing For ages 10 to adult, N.H. Fish and Game provides two days of classroom instruction on the basics of ice fishing. The third meeting is an exciting field trip where you put your new skills to the test! Register with Lebanon Recreation and N.H. Fish and Game. >> City Council Chambers, 51 North Park Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >> lebanonnh.gov

February 8 to 11 Tues to Sun/Times vary daily

102nd Newport Winter Carnival For several days, the small town of Newport, N.H., is transformed into a winter wonderland landscape of activities: midnight skating, pancake breakfasts, horsedrawn wagon rides, fireworks, games, food and music. >> Newport, N.H. >> newportwintercarnival.org




February 17 Sat/10:30 a.m.

Igloo Build Help an igloo-building expert build an insulated, sturdy house, strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear, using nothing but water and a handsaw. The Igloo Build is fun for the whole family. >> Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> Included with museum admission >> Montshire.org

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TEXT AND PHOTOS BY KIM J. GIFFORD A group of teenagers stands in the darkness of the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction, Vt., illuminated only by the light on the movie screen behind them. They are gathered at the Freedom & Unity Youth Film Contest, a showcase of films by Vermont’s young voices. Just now, their films have been screened and the young filmmakers are ready to answer questions and discuss their productions. These four young women are first place winners in their chosen contest categories: Sevi Burget-Foster of Charlotte, Vt., with “Tension in the Air,” a powerful film against wind power (Vermont History and Contemporary Issues); Leah Kaliski, 17, of Thetford, Vt., whose “Cervena Trojkoka” is based on a story told by her Jewish Hungarian grandmother (Vermont Art and Culture); and Hanover High students Lyla Stettenheim, 17, of Norwich, Vt., and Daphnie Friedman, 17, of Hanover, N.H., who recount their travels to Zambia as part of a youth circus in “A Tale of Two Travelers” (Personal Narratives).

Friedman says, “I’m humbled, everyone’s films are so good, so deep, and personal, I felt happy and protective of everyone else.” Each young filmmaker is enthused, poised and passionate about her subjects and speaks with a consideration and authority well beyond her years. When one witnesses the diversity of subjects these young people have pursued and watches them huddled on stage enthusiastically congratulating each other, the freedom and unity in this festival are apparent.

CONTEST’S ORIGINS The Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest, named for the Vermont state motto, originated in 2014 following filmmaker Nora Jacobson’s six-part series on the history of Vermont. “I felt strongly that we didn’t have enough young people’s voices in the film. We were all pretty seasoned filmmakers at the time, so after it was done we were trying to think how we could keep the idea of this film about Vermont and bring in young people. We came up with the idea of creating a contest




the natural world, politics and more. Contest organizers have considered expanding and opening up categories beyond their Vermont focus, but somehow having a Vermont-centric contest has created a type of film that might not otherwise be made.


that would encourage young Vermonters to make their own films and tell their stories,” Jacobson says. The contest invites Vermont middle and high school students as well as young adults up to age 30 to submit original films for cash prizes. New Hampshire residents in the cross-border Dresden and Rivendell school districts are also eligible. The categories have changed slightly since the contest’s origins, but all tend to revolve around personal stories and Vermont arts, culture and history. Films are expected to be less than 15 minutes long, but 2017 saw a few exceptions to this rule.

PERSONAL AND POWERFUL TOPICS Personal narratives have been particularly strong, notes Jacobson. “This was surprising to me originally….The personal stories interested me, so many kids are thrilled about them. I am thrilled to see so many young filmmakers wanting to tell personal stories about their lives. In many ways those are the most powerful and emotional because it is about them,” she says. While the contest began as a means of capturing young people’s perspectives on Vermont, the issues these kids and young adults address in these films are far more contemporary than many living in this rural state might have thought, including gender identity and asexuality, our relationship with




Stettenheim and Friedman originally designed “A Tale of Two Travelers” to explore Chibolya, Zambia, where the two participated in a circus as a way to offer promise, hope and diversion from the Zambian children’s bleak everyday circumstances. It is a commentary on the hope and hopelessness of people in a specific area of the world. But they created a film that became quite personal as well, showcasing the girls as they expanded their horizons beyond their rural hometowns, addressing their own experiences, and causing them to consider how they, from their small corner of the world, can contribute to the greater society. Norwich resident Signe Taylor, one of the 2017 contest organizers, acknowledges that such films might emerge differently from outside of Vermont. “I would suspect there might be really different personal stories. I would guess we might have more religious stories in some parts of the country, stress different contemporary issues or address certain issues in specific ways,” she says “I think Vermont and the northeast, for example, might find a level of acceptance when

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looking at issues such as transgender, non-binary and asexuality that you might not find everywhere else.”

ALTERING PERSPECTIVES One cannot view films such as the gripping “Looking Back at Me” without considering the powerful way film can start a dialogue and consider new perspectives and opportunities for change. The 25-minute film, submitted by Alex Escaja, 18, of South Burlington, Vt., explores 19-year-old Sade Bolger, also of South Burlington, who identifies as transmasculine non-binary. Biologically born female, the film explores Bolger’s journey into self-acceptance and the effort of the filmmaker to show through Bolger’s personal story that however we classify ourselves we are all just human. One touching moment in the film showcases Bolger’s conversation with a 7-year-old named Poppy who develops an on-screen crush on Bolger, resulting in a precious and honest conversation about gender. At one point after Poppy declares Bolger “a boy,” the musician asks, “Would you still like me even if I was a girl,” Poppy says “yes,” then Bolger follows with “Would you still like me if I was just a person?” And Poppy, perhaps proving the point of the film, says, “Yes.”

Stettenheim, too, says she grew from her filmmaking experience. Her comment illustrates how creating art can play a powerful role in the creators’ lives. She explains, “I think the biggest reward for me was how the film helped me process what had happened [on our trip].” In other words, by telling her story on the screen, she came to understand more about herself.

I find it very moving when these young people come together at the screening to see how committed they are, how passionate they are, and how sensitive they are about their work. It makes it very clear to me that they really care and that makes it all worthwhile.


Noah Detzer, 26, is a teacher at Hartford High School in Hartford, Vt. where he advises a film club. He submitted “4 Days in Philly,” a film about being a Democratic delegate during the last presidential election. To explain the importance of festivals such as the Freedom and Unity Youth Film Contest, Detzer says, “The whole ‘picture is worth a thousand words’ thing is cliché, but seeing something in an environment like this, having this larger than life appearance, really elevates these issues and gives them a broader context for broader understanding. People come into it and hopefully come away with a better understanding of… if not things in general, then at least some specific stories.” For some, the rewards of the festival are not the issues involved or the lessons learned, it is the interaction of seeing the filmmakers bloom. The biggest reward for her, Taylor says, “was knowing we helped the filmmakers.” Jacobson agrees. “I find it very moving when these young people come together at the screening to see how committed they are, how passionate they are, and how sensitive they are about their work. It makes it very clear to me that they really care and that makes it all worthwhile,” she says.

– Vermont filmmaker Nora Jacobson

UNEXPECTED REWARDS Escaja loves moments like this. In speaking about Bolger and the interlude above, she comments, “We learned from each other and ran into incredible yet unplanned circumstances — such as Sade’s conversation with Poppy. What we’d expected to be a performance at a sugarhouse turned into an amazing and adorable on-camera conversation with Poppy, a 7-year-old who implored Sade to play her a song. I had to be able to improvise. This kind of filmmaking experience is very specific to documentaries, and I’m so glad I decided to pursue this style of film. I learned and grew so much from it.”

Kim J. Gifford is a writer, photographer/artist, avid dog lover and blogger. Her Bethel, Vt., home is always filled with nieces and nephews and her three pugs: Alfie, Waffles and Amore. Find her at pugsandpics.com




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Get Gritty The words "grit" and "failure" have been getting a lot of attention the past few years. How do we teach kids that it's okay to fail? BY ANDI DIEHN When kids show grit, it means they’re sticking with something. They’re not quitting. They’re not letting themselves be defeated by an extra hard math problem or by a long-form essay. They’re rising to the occasion and working as hard as they can to succeed. And if they don’t succeed? Well, for a kid who’s got grit, failure isn’t the end stage. Think back on all the times you’ve failed. For most people, those moments are pretty easy to remember. These moments aren’t usually the feel-good moments, but they’re the ones that stick to our subconscious like chewed-up



In our culture, we’re pretty impressed by winners. We like it when the underdog surges ahead against all expectation. But still need to keep in mind that failure is the stuff that teaches us the most.


gummy worms because we learned something. We changed. We grew a new wrinkle in our brains. Let me tell you a story. I was pretty stressed the year my middle child was in kindergarten. I had a 7-year-old, a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old, and I was trying hard to make it as a freelance writer. Plus there was a husband, dogs, cats and horses. It was a busy life. One day, I picked my older boys up at school and one met me with the words, “Mommy, I didn’t see you in the audience. I looked for you, but I didn’t see you.” Ugh. I’d forgotten all about his holiday singalong. My heart broke a little bit as I apologized, gave him a hug, and

asked him to give one more performance, just for me. He was happy enough to comply, and he was an adorable little showman, but the reason I remember this day so clearly is because that was a day of failure, the day I realized that some stuff just had to give. My mom superpowers were tapped out. In our culture, we’re pretty impressed by winners. We love a good rags-to-riches story. We like it when the underdog surges ahead against all expectation. But we need to keep in mind that failure is the stuff that teaches us the most. How can adults teach kids the value of failure in a world that insists winning is everything? Celebrate failures. When you do great on a test or kick the winning goal, you get lots of pats on the back and maybe even a special

cake. How about providing that same positive reinforcement for those moments when kids fall down hard? Have a special round of applause when a child gets the wrong answer or makes a mistake and watch the mantle of shame disappear from their shoulders. Share stories of your own failures and what you learned from them. Big failures and small failures are all points that we can learn from. Sometimes, for a kid to hear an adult admit they were wrong is all it takes for a long, thoughtful conversation to start. Encourage kids to treat themselves as they would a younger sibling or cousin. Sometimes, kids can be pretty hard on themselves when they make mistakes. Ask them if they’d be this hard on someone they love

when that person messed up. Turning self- criticism into empathy can be a useful way for kids to gain perspective on their own mess-ups. Leave them alone. Kids get more anxious when someone hovers over them. Let them practice some self-guided learning, including going down wrong paths, barking up wrong trees, and finding new ideas they never realized they needed to know. Join the fight that’s changing the way we view failure from something to be avoided into something to be cherished as a learning tool. Help your kids get gritty! Andi Diehn is a writer, editor and book critic. She has published dozens of articles, stories and essays and spent many hours volunteering in her sons’ classrooms. She lives in Enfield, N.H., with her family.

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YA APPEAL For older kids, Scratch offers bi-monthly classes such as Sewing 101 where kids age 8 to 13 learn basic sewing machine skills and make their own drawstring bag. There are monthly needle felting classes for children age 8 and up as well as weaving classes for all ages. Depending on their level of dexterity, kids are welcome in adult classes. For the bookish tween or teen, Scratch offers monthly middle and high school writing and book clubs.



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A JOLLY JUMBLE Zook says one of the best features of Scratch is that it encourages kids to explore process-centered (rather than results-centered) projects in a space that their parents are not responsible for keeping clean. Since Scratch’s makerspace area was once a beauty salon, it can be hosed down if kids have made “a really exemplary mess,” she says. Even if it’s not for a class, kids are always welcome at Scratch —

there’s a kid space at the front of the store where they can draw and play with blocks and pipe cleaners while you shop for crafts and if you want to find a group of knitters to hang with or learn how to felt, check out all that Scratch has to offer to the entire Upper Valley community. Emma Wunsch lives with her husband, two daughters, and large dog in Lebanon, N.H. Her young adult novel The Movie Version was published last fall.

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Winter Goals Send the winter doldrums packing by taking up a snow sport. BY NORA BARRÉ Do you dread winter? Don’t be miserable, embrace it! Commit to becoming a snow-loving family. Learn one of the many fun winter snow sports such as downhill skiing or snowboarding. Introducing children to any outdoor winter sport plants the seed for a healthy future while grown-ups find out first-hand what fun they’ve been missing. If you’re new to the Upper

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• Be on the lookout for First Time on Snow and youngster packages. Whaleback offers a $45 unlimited season pass for all 3rd graders and a $145 unlimited season pass for honor roll students. SkiNH offers a Snow Sports Passport for 4th and 5th graders that includes discounts to numerous downhill and cross country ski areas. • When it’s time to head home, your family will beg you for one more run before the mountain closes! Rack up those vertical feet and go for another run. After all, they grow up way too fast!







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Call 603-526-5363 for an appointment at New London Hospital. Appointments available on weekdays and Saturdays. To learn more about our services, visit www.newlondonhospital.org.


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Announcing Kid Stuff delivery! Kid Stuff magazine flies off counters faster than we can restock. It gets borrowed from waiting room offices, and goes straight home in student backpacks. Are you missing your hard copy magazine? Well, now you can have it delivered to your home four times a year!

Please send a check or money order for $19.99 to Kid Stuff, PO Box 500, Grantham, NH 03753. We’ll add you to our mailing list. Your first issue will be spring 2018. Learn more at uppervalleykidstuff.com


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Kid Stuff winter 2017-2018  

The go-to guide for families in the Upper Valley area of NH and VT. Articles include ski jumping, youth film festival, why failure is a good...

Kid Stuff winter 2017-2018  

The go-to guide for families in the Upper Valley area of NH and VT. Articles include ski jumping, youth film festival, why failure is a good...

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