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CONTENTS KID STUFF

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JIM BLOCK

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CLAIRE FALCONE

One of my favorite things is finding the perfect gift. Here are a few items we found locally. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

24 Art Smart: Black Out Poetry By Laura Jean Whitcomb 28 Parenting: The First Tooth By Brianna Marino

30 Read: Grantham, N.H.'s Historical Places By Hayley Durfor 30 Education: Thinking Outside the Box By Kristen Downey, Upper Valley Educators Institute

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33 Winter Calendar Family fun activities and events for all ages! Compiled by Amy Cranage

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Winter Adventures The arrival of winter is an opportunity for the whole family to try snowshoeing, cross country skiing and skating. By Brianna Marino

DEPARTMENTS 22 Business: The J LIST By Kim J. Gifford

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The First Annual Kid Stuff photo contest The judges have decided! Check out the results of Kid Stuff’s first annual photo contest.


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It’s winter! I know, everyone HATES winter. It’s too cold. You have to shovel. Driving can be a challenge. But, despite all that, I don’t mind the winter. There are chunky knit sweaters, colorful mittens, the smell of wood stove smoke, that first snow, and the holidays: Thanksgiving, my December birthday, Christmas and Hanukkah, and I’ll even throw in Valentine’s Day because there is usually still snow on the ground. This issue has a few holiday articles to get you in the winter

mood, but what I’m excited about is the first annual Kid Stuff photo contest. We didn’t get many entries, but what we got were really, really good. Turn to page 17 to see the results. We’ll try again next year; start taking photos now and we’ll start asking for them next spring!

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Congratulations to our fall winner, Liam of White River Junction, Vt., who likes looking at Kid Stuff for the Find the Flower contest (and prize) and learning about family friendly events in the Upper Valley. Hope you had a great Halloween, Liam!

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BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUCY THOMPSON

One of my favorite things is finding the perfect gift. You’re walking through an art show, and you see a painting that your friend would love. Or you find an ornament to tie on a gift bag — and will later adorn a family member’s tree every holiday season. It can be difficult to get that “ah-ha” feeling in a box store, but it can easily happen at a locally owned shop or seasonal craft fair in the Upper Valley. Here are a few items Kid Stuff magazine found in the Upper Valley.

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Nara Pots Brick peeks out between slats of old weathered barn board, the reddish-brown tint of the clay adding hints of color underneath a darker brown. Each board has its own personality — knotholes, swirls, lines and nail holes — and they sit atop a solid concrete-colored foundation with bricks of its own. Am I describing the architecture of an historical building? Nope. I’m looking at a beautiful ceramic mug, made by Nara Burgess, owner of Nara Pots in Bradford, Vt. “I wanted to bring attention to the hidden beauty that I see in abandoned buildings. They have such history and culture,” she says. Add her detailed drawings to a mug and you have “a daily reminder to appreciate the beauty in things that are broken and aging, instead of just tossing it aside.” Burgess has been making pottery since the fall of 2013, her freshman year at Maine College of Art. “That was the first place I touched clay. I had originally gone to college for photography but changed my major to ceramics pretty fast,” she says. After graduating, Burgess interned with Tennessee studio potter Eric Botbyl at Botbyl Pottery and Companion Gallery. “It was an amazing opportunity that taught me a lot about owning a gallery,” she says.

Now a Vermont resident, Burgess enjoys working in ceramics “because of the endless possibilities the material holds,” she says. “It could be a statue to watch over someone’s garden or a mug that gets used daily. I love how little details can bring a small amount of joy to the user every morning. Ceramics is more than just making a mug or bowl. There’s a certain level of heart that goes into everything that gets made.” You can find Nara Pots at Chapman’s in Fairlee, Vt., and various shows. For dates, go to narapots.com

Minkbrook Studio Anna Hranovska Vincelette has a one-woman ceramic studio in White River Junction, Vt. She makes incredibly detailed sculptures out of clay, ceramics and stone. You might find an intricate dragon box or a shelf-size statue of Medusa with hissing snake curls. This delicate heart, with lace-like patterns in red, was found at the Long River Gallery. It’s a great gift any time; a holiday stocking stuffer or a Valentine. Find her work at Long River Gallery in White River Junction and online at Etsy as Minkbrook Studio. ›››››

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Crafts by Pat Masone Pat Masone of Grantham, N.H., has been crafting a long time, and her creations just keep getting cuter and cuter! She offers a variety of snowmen and Santas for the holiday season, but this little lady — with chicks and eggs — caught our eye. Why not have one of her ornaments for every holiday: Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter…. Find her work at Artisan’s of New London (N.H.) or at local craft fairs.

Caramel fans are in luck. Vermont confectioners have concocted some amazing soft treats. Big Picture Farm (bigpicturefarm.com) in Townsend, Vt., makes raspberry rhubarb caramels using Vermont cow cream and Vermont rhubarb wine and cider honey caramels with cow cream, apple wine, cider jelly and honey — all from Vermont. Bristol, Vt., based Farmhouse Chocolates (farmhousechocolate.com), uses 70 percent organic/fair trade chocolate — along with Vermont heavy cream and salted butter — in its chocolate covered caramels. Red Kite Candies (redkitecandy.com), out of Bradford, Vt., makes a traditional maple caramel “out of fresh local milk from cows we know” that is divine. You can find all these treats at the Woodstock Farmers’ Market in Woodstock, Vt., or online.

Wee Pine Manor Crafts Fay Youells and Sandy Dickau of Wee Pine Manor Crafts in Lebanon, N.H., use their painting skills to decorate many things: slate signs, wooden boxes, woven baskets and ceramic ornaments, to name a few. “As tole painters, also known as decorative painters, we enjoy painting on many surfaces with acrylic paint,” says Youells. “The fun is to be creative and ‘see’ what could be put on any object.” These adorable tin houses are one of their favorite objects to paint. It starts with two coats of acrylic paint, a spray matte finish, then “the snow is applied with a snow-tex material that gives the house that 3-D reminder of snow in New England winters,” says Dickau. This little village can easily decorate a tree, table or mantle. You’ll find their work at the annual Lebanon Arts & Crafts Association Christmas Show & Sale in West Lebanon, N.H.

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Homemade Caramel


Who doesn’t want a stocking stuffed with artisan bath and body products? Farmer’s Body lotions, soaps and more are handmade in Hartland, Vt., using ingredients grown by local farmers. The gentle citrus hand and body soap, for example, contains olive oil infused with calendula flowers. “I utilize locally grown farm products like tallow, honey, milk, flowers and herbs, fruits and veggies in every product,” says Farmer’s Body co-founder Meggan Wehmeyer. “I am picky about ingredients and consider each ingredient and its source carefully — putting each through the ‘what does this bring to the product and do I want this on my kids’ skin’ test before including it in my formulations.” The result is a win for everyone — the farmers gain an additional market; Farmer’s Body uses the freshest possible ingredients and customers benefit

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from an amazing product. “My favorite part about Farmer’s Body is hearing from a customer that using these products brightens their day,” says Wehmeyer. You can find Farmer’s Body products at Spring Ledge Farm in New London, N.H., or online at farmersbody.com

Sewn in Vermont

LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB

Sharon Gouveia Comeau creates whimsical, eco-friendly stuffed animals, containers and bags from her home in White River Junction, Vt. These super cute pencil bags — or cosmetic bags or whatever-youwant-to-put-in-them bags — are made of organic cotton canvas. The liner is wipe clean. But it’s Comeau’s eye for fabrics, sometimes upcycled and sometimes new, will compel you to buy one of each. Find them at Post in White River Junction or online at sewninvermont.com Laura Jean Whitcomb is the publisher and editor of Kid Stuff magazine. Halloween is her favorite holiday, but Christmas is a close runner up.

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The arrival of winter is an opportunity for the whole family to try snowshoeing, cross country skiing and skating. BY BRIANNA MARINO PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM BLOCK

From crisp autumns to soft snowy days, the changing of seasons is one of the more striking advantages of living in the Upper Valley. Winter transforms the landscape into a snowshoeing and cross-country skiing wonderland. Between ungroomed backwoods trails, ski resorts, frozen ponds and indoor arenas, there’s a winter adventure to fit anyone’s criteria. So, layer up and make the most of winter’s wonders — and enjoy some great exercise along the way!

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Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing Webb’s Forest, Sunapee, N.H. Accessed via Harding Hill Road (off Route 11) in Sunapee, Webb’s Forest is actively managed conservation land free and open to the public. Some snowmobile trails run through the property, which can make trekking/skiing easier, connecting with ungroomed snowshoeing and backcountry skiing trails (approximately 6 miles in all). Wildlife (especially deer) is abundant in the area and a view of Mount Sunapee can be had for those who hike into the overlook. A trail map (not all trails are marked) can be found at town.sunapee.nh.us Dexter’s Inn/Norsk, Sunapee, N.H. Directly adjacent, some trails from Norsk intersect with Webb’s Forest trails. Groomed for parallel track skiing, they cover 25 km, traverse a variety of conditions and are open to snowshoers as well as cross country skiers. With a starting elevation of 1,350 feet, the woods experience is starkly different from that of golf course skiing. Parts of trails suited 12

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to all abilities. Lessons, rentals and rate information for trail use is available at dextersnh.com Town of New London Trail System, New London, N.H. Originating behind the Old Kearsarge Middle School on Main Street in New London, Morris Trail is approximately 2 groomed miles and open to the public. It circumnavigates Spring Ledge Farm and terminates at Morgan Hill Road. A snowshoe-only loop spurs off a portion of the groomed cross-country ski trail. A map can be found at nl-nh.com Pine Hill Ski Club, New London, N.H. Groomed and maintained by volunteers, the Pine Hill Ski Club is a nonprofit organization with a trailhead located on Mountain Road in New London. Approximately 20 km of trails (one open to dogs) are available for snowshoeing and crosscountry skiing. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk, and the warming hut is open weekends. For trail conditions, rates, maps and more information, visit pinehillskiclub.com


Eastman Cross Country Center, Grantham, N.H. With more than 36 km of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails, a pro shop with rentals and lessons, Eastman in Grantham is a mecca for winter recreation. Trails (a portion of which are dog friendly) traverse the golf course, woods and lake. “We have terrain for all abilities, ski and snowshoe rentals, ski instruction and a sledding hill and skating rink,” says Leslie Moses. “My advice would to be to just get outside. It doesn’t need to be an epic adventure or a two-hour long ski. Go out for half hour or for ½ mile.” See eastmannh.org/ski for hours and rental information.

Hill. Trails are groomed for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. For hours, rates and lesson information, visit outdoors.dartmouth.edu Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historic Park, Woodstock, Vt. The park offers 20 miles of trails and 10 miles of carriage roads which are open year round. These connect to an additional 30 miles of Woodstock trails. Ungroomed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are available. For more information, including maps, go to nps.gov

Hanover Conservancy Trails, Hanover, N.H. Hanover Conservancy Trails manages a variety of properties available for hiking, cross-0country skiing and snowshoeing. For property lists, maps and more information, go to hanoverconservancy. org/lands. One property, Pine Park (pinepark.org) is a 93-acre preserve in Hanover free and open to the public year around. Trustee President Linda Fowler says, “The park is beautiful in all seasons, but particularly in the winter. The big old trees along the Connecticut River trail are some of the tallest in New Hampshire.” Dogs are allowed on all conservancy properties. Dartmouth Cross Country Trails, Hanover, N.H. The Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center has 25 km of trails on Oak Hill and Garipay Field in Hanover with two facilities located at Occom Pond (rentals and lessons available) and another at Oak

Check Out Snowmobile Trails, Too New Hampshire and Vermont have an extensive network of snowmobile trails. Maps are available from the numerous area clubs that maintain them and through the State Bureau of Trails. They offer hundreds of miles of well maintained trails over varied terrain, perfect for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing – all free of cost – to those comfortable sharing the path with snowmobilers (whose efforts make the trails possible).

Ice Skating Sunapee An open air rink with lights and a sledding hill is located on Route 11 next to Bar Harbor Bank. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a warming hut available. Follow Sunapee Recreation on Facebook. New London An open air rink with lights is located adjacent to New London Inn on Main Street. A warming hut is open and skates are available at Whipple Hall. Hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Follow New London Recreation on Facebook. ›››››

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Newport A large open air rink with a warming hut is located on the Newport Town Common.

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A few notes on safety for winter adventuring: · Always check trail conditions (if available) to avoid any unwanted surprised (such as closed trails). Be sure to dress in layers and bring a map and a phone. · Check your equipment before heading out. A broken ski binding or snowshoe strap will curtail the best of adventures. · It’s best to carry emergency supplies (space blanket, matches, compass, water, etc.) in a daypack if you’re venturing into the woods. And always let someone know where you’re going. · If this is the first outing for your kids, plan something close by and short to gauge their skill and enjoyment. It’s better to have 15 minutes of winter fun than an hour of cold frustration. As their skills and confidence grow, go further afield.

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Grantham Eastman Cross Country Center maintains a skating pond behind the clubhouse. Sledding is also onsite. West Lebanon/Lebanon Champion Rink is located at 394 North Main Street and provides open hours of for public skating, stick/puck as well as rentals and sharpening. See championrink.org for schedule, rate and information. Pat Walsh Park has two open air rinks. Located on Bank Street Extension, there is lighting, benches, portable toilets and a warming hut. You can even receive ice rink status notifications via mobile phone. For more information, visit lebanonnh.gov White River Junction Part of Hartford Parks and Recreation, the Wendall A. Barwood Arena is located at 171 Bridge Street. There’s indoor public skating, stick/puck as well as seasonal events (such as skate with Santa). According to employee Karen McNall, “Skate hours depend on school schedules. We try to have it open on vacation days to give kids something active to do.”


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It was a last-minute decision to hold a photo contest, and a deadline that coincided with the back-to-school season didn’t help. But Kid Stuff received some wonderful photos from kids age 10 to 21. We’re really proud of the entries, and you should be, too. Here are the winners of the first annual Kid Stuff Photo Contest.

Meet the Judges Jared Beerman is an amateur photographer, focusing on wildlife, landscapes and action figures. He is a five-time award winner in the Elden Murray photo contest in Hanover, N.H. His work can be viewed at beermanphotography.com or on Instagram @beermanphotography

Todd Matte is the digital arts teacher at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, N.H. He is interested in helping young people turn from purely consumers of digital media to producers of digital media. He has a master’s in digital media, and is a working artist. His photographs, videos and multimedia paintings can be seen at toddmatte.com ›››››

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Architecture

Chess in the Big Wide Open Malynn Paige, 14, Lebanon, N.H. Judge Jared Beerman: The black and white of the games are a great contrast to the blue and green of nature. I enjoy how the chess set is ready for a game to start while the checkers game is in progress. Judge Todd Matte: This photo displays an interesting diversity of shapes from the oversized, organic chess pieces to the geometric pattern of the boards. This is repeated with the geometry of the wall contrasted with the organic treeline and sky.

Wentworth Building at Dusk Guillem Elizalde, 10, Hanover, N.H. Judge Todd Matte: I enjoyed how the trees create a natural frame in the photograph and help lead my eyes to the beautiful building and the orange sky.

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Miscellaneous

Runaway Balloon Brent Paige, 10, Lebanon, N.H. Judge Todd Matte: The photographer was able to capture how the dark silhouette of the balloon stands apart from the dramatic, textured sky. The contrast of these two elements, paired with the difficulty of photographing subjects that are far away, make this a great shot. Judge Jared Beerman: The dark shadow of the hot air balloon against unique clouds make a great combination. This photo really conveys a sense of adventure.

Too Good to be True Tori Wooten, 12, Herndon, Virginia Judge Todd Matte: This photo pops in a great way. The luxurious color and texture on the strawberries pair with the fabulous shallow depth of field that draws your eyes to the great details in the photo. › › › › ›

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Nature

Zebra Affection Kyle Grohbrugge, 21, Grantham, N.H. Judge Jared Beerman: A fantastic photo of two zebras embracing. Being able to see both faces make this photo a once in a lifetime capture!

Quiet River Guillem Elizalde, 10, Hanover, N.H. Judge Todd Matte: I love how the river pulls my eye through the landscape. The rippling reflection of the sky is beautiful.

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Portrait

Bramble Claire Falcone, 14, Plainfield, N.H. Judge Jared Beerman: An excellent black and white photo. The ram is crystal clear with amazing detail in the wool. Judge Todd Matte: The choice to photograph this image in black and white creates a harmony and allows you to see details that might be obscured or overlooked in color.

Cooper Faye Hastings, 10, Grantham, N.H. Judge Todd Matte: The sharp and crisp lines in this photograph capture a sweetness and curiosity in Cooper. The natural light coming in highlights Cooper perfectly.

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Business

The J List With clothing made by women-owned or USA-based companies, shopping at The J List in Hanover, N.H., will make you feel good inside and out.

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he J List — a clothing boutique in Hanover, N.H., featuring unique gifts and baby items — bustles with activity. Owner Jill Butler, dressed impeccably in an off-the-shoulder black and white polka dot dress, helps long-time customer Jenny Williams of Norwich, Vt., try on and model some of the shop’s latest brand names while teenagers Bella Hunt and Ada Gallaway, both 13 of Hanover, peruse a selection of trinkets. Downstairs in the baby section, 4-year-old Molly Donegan of Hanover and her grandmother Anne Marie Dellney of Barnard, Vt., play jungle tic tac toe with gorillas and zebras that come gathered in tiny pouches for sale at the shop. Shop dog, black pug Tiny Bob, weaves in and out between customers’ legs, hoping for a treat. It is hard to imagine that this conclave of activity began in Butler’s dining room 15 years ago. At that time, Butler was a pediatric cancer social worker, working at the hospital part-time. “It was a hard job to do part-time,” she says. Fortunately, she had a friend

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Jill Butler, owner of The J List, and Tiny Bob, the shop dog.

who suggested that she think about what she needed from work. Butler knew she wanted to be flexible, but also liked to see things through “from beginning to end.” She also noted that she liked to travel to New York because she used to live there. “Things just sort of evolved,” she says.

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THE BEGINNING Butler started with pajamas and bath and body items, adding anything that seemed “sort of like a gift.” She did this for a year, expecting people to stop by her house even though she lived a half mile down a dirt road 3 miles out of Norwich. Later she moved to down-


town Norwich to “a subterranean space below the post office.” The J List remained there for two years, moving to a ground floor space when it opened. The shop expanded to include baby items because “people are having babies all the time. It’s a regular need,” she says. At the time, there was also little competition in the area. “We always had customers because aunts and grandmas, etc., would come in and we had this really cute baby stuff and that’s something you can’t resist,” she says. When the stock market crash of 2008 brought economic change, Butler decided to change her business model as well. Although she had carried little in women’s’ clothing up until then, she decided that it was a staple that women would always need. “I just jumped in and it perpetuated itself,” she says.

NEW HOME Butler eventually moved the store to its current location in Hanover, where she has been for the last nine years. Part of The J List’s success can no doubt be contributed to Butler’s bubbly personality, but she also credits great customer service. “That’s what a little store should do,” she explains. “We should be able to help people. In big stores you can be on your own, but little stores should hopefully be able to say to someone ‘take these three things in the dressing room and I know they will fit you.’” Butler sees this as more than customer service, but as a way to truly give back to people. “When people look in the mirror they shouldn’t be looking at that one

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thing they feel is wrong, but instead should feel pretty. We want to plant those seeds,” she says. “Also, in a small community, it’s a lovely way to interact with people.”

TRENDS AND MORE Butler keeps on top of latest trends with shopping trips to New York, Paris, and even Rome, while keeping pulse on what is popular here in the Upper Valley. “I feel like it’s my job to kind of interpret what’s out in the market for what people will realistically wear here.” Butler also has to balance the needs of a variety of clientele from infants to college students to adults of all ages. Butler works hard to find clothing that is not only organic and sustainable and manufactured in the USA, but also made by womenowned companies and companies that give back in some way. The children’s store features not only popular pink and blue items, but gender neutral clothing as well.

Many pieces are made from bamboo or organic cotton. Among the clothing lines she supports is Milk Barn, a California company that not only has the advantage in Butler’s eyes of being woman-owned, but also give to an orphanage in the Congo. The J List also supports Smile Train, which pays for cleft palate surgeries for kids around the world. “These are the kinds of things that we support that make me really happy,” says Butler. “This has been my dream come true, but I didn’t even know this was my dream. I discovered it all because I was willing to step out and try something.” 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 pugandpics.com

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Art Smart

Black Out Poetry Circle, cross out, scribble and doodle to create a visual piece of poetry. BY LAURA JEAN WHITCOMB

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love to doodle (and Zentangle) and draw cartoons. Pinterest knows this. So as I was scrolling through my Pinterest feed one day, photos of book pages with art on them kept popping up. It was a combination of doodling, Zentangling, drawing and poetry, and I was hooked. This technique is called Black Out Poetry, and was invented by author Austin Kleon in 2010. It was his way of combating writer’s block, but it soon became a way for everyone to transform someone else’s words into their own. Think about it: you can take a book page, and make it into a poem. You can take a nonfiction magazine article, and make it into a work of fiction. What I like about this art form is you don’t need to be an artist. You don’t need to be a writer. But Black Out Poetry will make you both! The results can be stunning, hysterical, sad, happy, thought provoking, shocking. Every time you look at a book page, your mind will come up with a different combination of words. The black marker does the rest, making the remaining readable text into a visual piece of poetry. And, if you feel bad about tearing up a book, use one that has seen some good years and was bound for recycling anyway. Now you’re giving it a new life!

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WHAT YOU NEED • Old books • Sharpies (or colored pencils or crayons) • Optional: old magazines, stickers, scrapbooking supplies

step Find an old book. It could be from a library sale, yard sale or one you don’t read any more.

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Carefully tear out a page. (It’s easier if you don’t read the pages to find words that you might like to use. Just pick any page.)

Now, you may want to make sentences. Circle words that will help you make a coherent narrative: and, is, of, the.

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Circle (or put a square around) the words that speak to you. It could be a verb, an adjective or a noun. (Sharpies tend to run on book pages, so make the circle or square a wide one to start.)

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Do this for one paragraph.

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Move onto the next paragraph. When you get comfortable with the process, you can look at the whole page at once. I usually start with one word, and stare at the rest of the page for words that speak to me (checking to see if there is a way to make them into a sentence). Then I circle the words I want all at once.


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Black out (or color over or doodle over) all the words you DON’T want. There is no right or wrong here. If you’ve circled some words you decided you don’t want to use, now is the time to doodle over them. You don’t have to be an artist. Black lines are striking on their own. Doodle with colors, making “rainbow” black out lines. Draw an image that matches the words you have chosen, then color in the lines from there. The possibilities are endless!

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Parenting

The First Tooth For some babies, teething is a breeze. For others, not so much.

BY BRIANNA MARINO

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abies are cute. They are adorable. It is awe inspiring how such a little human being can be so captivating and, yet, so dependent on the loving and attentive care of an adult. This becomes especially apparent between 4 and 7 months, when most babies get their first tooth. For some babies, teething is a breeze. One day there are empty gums; the next, there’s a tooth. For other babies, teething will incite drooling, crying, sleepless nights and mild fevers. Luckily, there are some new and old tricks to employ as well as new recommendations and warnings from your doctors.

IS IT A TOOTH? Before you can console a fussy baby, it’s helpful to determine the reason for distress. Although teething is a common cause, hunger, earaches, gassy tummies, tiredness, boredom and other things can be at the root of your baby’s tears. “Parents think that their children are teething because they drool a lot around 4 months, but that’s just something they do,” says Jen Turner, a registered nurse at New London Pediatrics in New London, N.H. Always check with

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your pediatrician if you need help identifying the source of your infant’s or toddler’s tears. If your little one is acting unhappy, first offer something to eat (bottle or food depending on your child’s age). Also, allow for a nap (if they’ll take one). Often hunger and tiredness are the biggest culprits in an irritable child. Food and sleep will also make them better equipped to deal with any teething discomfort.

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But how do you know if they are teething? Some signs that your child is teething may include: • Crankiness • Drooling • Wanting to chew hard things • A minor fever (call your pediatrician if a fever is over 101 degrees) • Puffy or red gums, especially in the front of the mouth where teeth come in first


Finally, an over-the-counter medication (such as Tylenol) may help ease the pain for your baby. Be sure to check with your doctor as dosing instructions have recently changed for children under 2. In 2014, the American Dental Association recommended against the use of teething gels or liquids as a pain relief option due to the potentially dangerous side effects of benzocaine. According to Turner, “pediatricians also don’t like it.”

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TRIED AND TRUE If your little one is teething, there are some tried and true ways you can help ease their discomfort. Play can be a wonderful distraction from teething pain. A new toy (or one they haven’t seen for a while) can take a child’s mind off what they feel in their mouths. Providing safe objects to chew on can ease discomfort by giving a little gum pressure. Such objects might include your finger, a wet washcloth or special teething toys. Some toys, such as a teething ring, can be frozen and given to baby to chew on. The cold can numb the

pain, but make sure whatever you give them isn’t too hard so they don’t hurt their gums in the process. “A baby may not always want to hold something cold, so a washcloth is good because you only have to freeze part of it,” says Turner. Cold foods, such as chilled yogurt or fruit, can be helpful if your child is of the appropriate age. You can combine the cold food with a warm handle to hold by using a mesh teething feeder (Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder is a common brand). Place frozen blueberries or strawberries in the mesh area and allow baby to gum the chilled treat.

How long can you expect your child to be teething? Although many children get their first teeth between 4 and 7 months, some may not appear until after their first birthday. Most toddlers will have all 20 teeth by age 3. “One- to twoyear molars are kind of tough and incisors are tough,” says Turner, “but, it all depends on the kid.” According to the American Dental Association, when those first chompers do appear, begin brushing twice a day (unless directed otherwise by your dentist) using a small soft-bristled toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no larger than a grain of rice. Make your baby’s first dental appointment by their first birthday. Although watching our little ones in discomfort isn’t easy, teething is a natural part of babyhood and will pass. Until that time, stock up on drool bibs (some bandana bib styles are quite fashionable), teething toys — and make sure everyone gets as much rest as possible! Brianna Marino lives with her husband, three children, cat and various livestock on a small homestead. For more DIY, recipes and homesteading adventures with kids, follow her blog at mountsunapeehomestead.com

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Read

Granthamʼs Historical Places Take a tour through the past with Grantham, N.H.'s living history.

BY HAYLEY DURFOR

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rantham’s Historical Places — a book by the Grantham Historical Society, Missy Walla and Sue Anne Bottomley — is a significant first step for anyone interested in learning more about the history of Grantham, N.H. Each historical location is portrayed in its own two-page section, with illustrations and old photographs on the left and a description of its history on the right.

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While it is not a comprehensive look at the town’s history, each section serves as its own small window into Grantham’s past. For instance, in the section on the building that currently houses the Grantham Historical Society, the reader learns that it was once known as the Grantham Village School and is taught a brief lesson on the history of public education in Grantham. Another section, on Boulderdale Farm, describes the


adaptation of a traditional farm to the incursion of the modern highway system after World War II. Missy Walla, the book designer and editor, is a volunteer with the Grantham Historical Society. She has lived in Grantham for almost 30 years, and she became a volunteer when she realized how little she knew about its history. She wanted to “learn more about the people and historic places.” When Walla decided to create Grantham’s Historical Places, she was inspired by a previous book, Colorful Journey: An Artist’s Adventure Drawing Every Town in New Hampshire. That book — by New London, N.H., author and illustrator Sue Anne Bottomley — contains illustrations of all 234 towns in New Hampshire. Walla “loved how she depicted each town…in a beautiful and whimsical watercolor image.” Walla and Bottomley collaborated on Grantham’s Historical Places, and Walla felt that “Sue Anne went above and beyond just illustrating the buildings.” She added in details like “farm equipment, benches and flowerpots, which brought so much more richness to the overall feel of the book.” Bottomley creates her illustrations in person. “I stand outside in the weather and use pencil and pen on my sketchbook page. It is a kind of freedom to me to forego photography, and use my eyes as an intuitive lens, carefully choosing the focal points,” she describes. “I move things around a little to improve the composition. Watercolor and colored pencils are added in the studio…finding the essence of a subject is my goal. Then I try to make the image tug at your heart with telling details.” The last page of Grantham’s Historical Places does not highlight manmade structures, but instead describes two much older, geographical features: Eastman Pond and a large boulder, known as a glacial erratic, on Split Rock Road. Both were created by the presence of the Laurentide Glacier 20,000 years ago. “It was Sue Anne’s idea to include the glacial erratic,” Walla says. Bottomley describes the erratic

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as “…a big, impressive reminder of the natural history of the land. I call it wonderful, meaning the rock makes me wonder about glaciers and want to learn more.” There is also a pullout map on the inside of the back cover, which allows inspired readers to locate and visit each of the historical locations that the book describes. Grantham’s Historical Places is available for sale at the Grantham Historical Society, and the Grantham branch of Bar Harbor Bank. It is available for check out at Dunbar Free Library, which is also one of the locations featured in the book. Interested individuals can learn more about the history of Grantham by visiting the Grantham Historical Society. It is open on Fridays from 1 to 4 p.m. Hayley Durfor is from New Hampshire. When she is not writing, she can usually be found holed up with a book or a sketchpad.

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Education

Deeper Learning The journey of schooling requires deeper learning, a teaching method more complex than textbooks or lectures.

BY KRISTEN DOWNEY, UPPER VALLEY EDUCATORS INSTITUTE School is back in session, and teachers and students are in the midst of their journey in formal schooling. Most students and teachers return feeling refreshed, with renewed anticipation and energy, perhaps with an idealistic notion of the possibilities of the upcoming year. Unfortunately, many students, especially in middle and high school, will quickly realize or remember that they find the journey of school largely boring. Let me explain. Too many students will be sitting passively in class, disengaged from the content being taught, moving very little during their day, and engaging in surface-level learning. Even students who are good at the game of school tend to focus on checking boxes rather than engage in deep and meaningful learning. This can be partially attributed to the status-quo of schooling: an emphasis on grades, scores and points; standardized testing; subject-centered learning; and siloed classes. A 2015 Gallup poll found that while 75 percent of surveyed fifth graders are engaged with school, only 33 percent of high school juniors report that they are engaged.

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USE YOUR MIND The book Horace’s Compromise by educational reformer Theodore Sizer (introduced to me in my first year as an educator by my mentor) questions the status quo of schooling. Sizer launched the Coalition of Essential Schools to address the questions he had raised in his book. Under Sizer’s leadership, the coalition established 10 principles for effective schools starting with the essential principle that the purpose of schools is to help young people learn to use their minds well.

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One of the joys of my work with new and experienced educators is helping them see the exciting possibilities student learning can present, and how they can be the fulcrum for helping students use their minds well. positive energy can continue all year long, but only if the type of learning we hope for students in school — deeper learning — is practiced. I’ve been engaged in a yearlong study on deeper learning in schools, so the subject is especially relevant to me. Deeper learning describes approaches that seek to


develop students’ critical thinking, habits of mind, real world content knowledge, self-awareness about their own learning, positive mindsets, collaboration skills and communication skills. This form of teaching is considerably more complex than teachers’ direct transmission of knowledge to students via textbooks or lectures (statusquo schooling).

AN EXAMPLE One of our master’s degree candidates, Michelle Goldsmith, teaches in a student-centered learning program within South Burlington High School called Big Picture. A great example of deeper learning is their annual Service Learning Term. Every year for the month of May, students work in groups to investigate an issue or need in the community and develop a project to help address that need. The students generate the topics, and then work with Big Picture staff to design the term.

During the initial investigation period of the term which involved a site visit at the Chittenden Solid Waste District, students learned that plastic bottle caps were not being recycled because they were too small to sort properly in the industrial recycling process and winding up in landfills. The group decided to find a way to recycle plastic bottle caps within the school to address a big issue at a local level. The Precious Plastics Project was born. Big Picture students are in year three of this complex and collaborative project. This is the stuff of powerful learning experiences. I believe that learning is the most important journey of students’ lives, and it’s painful to see their engagement fade with each passing grade. The good news is that teachers in Vermont and New Hampshire have a lot of autonomy; despite systemic status quo schooling, there’s nothing stopping teachers from planning more complex and applied projects and engaging

their students in creative and critical thinking. Even parents can fill the gaps when schools don’t. They can ask good questions, engage their children in real world learning, and spark curiosity. If we provide students with the skills they need to navigate difficult crossings, work cooperatively with their fellow travelers, and understand the greater world with which they interact, they’ll be best prepared for the journey after formal schooling ends: to be thoughtful and responsible citizens of their community. My hope — for students, teachers and parents — is that this will be the year to escape boredom, shrug off status-quo schooling, and spark excitement for learning. Kristen Downey, MEd, is the Associate Director for Teacher Education at the Upper Valley Educators Institute where she is program faculty in the teaching and school leadership programs. Prior to her work at UVEI, she was a middle school language arts teacher in the Upper Valley for 11 years. Learn more at uvei.org

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CALENDAR

Dec. 5

Dec. 1 to 15

Thu/7 to 9 p.m.

Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

FaLaLa Holiday Revue This year’s revue includes performances by Dancers’ Corner, Valley Chords, Raq-On Dance Studio, and Valley Improv as well as two short films by Vermont filmmakers George Woodard and Horseless Headsman. Proceeds benefit Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity. >> Briggs Opera House, 5 South Main Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> $15, children 12 and under free >> tututix.com/uppervalleyhabitat

Dec. 6

Fri/5 to 7 p.m.

Celebrate the Season Bundle up and join this magical, dazzling, family-oriented holiday night presented by the Hanover Improvement Society and hosted by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce in concert with Hanover and Norwich businesses. >> Main Street, Hanover, N.H. and Norwich, Vt. >> Free >> hanoverchamber.org

Festival of Trees Admire more than 40 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. >> Great Stone Dwelling, Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, N.H. >> Free >> shakermuseum.org

Dec. 6

Fri/6 to 8 p.m.

43rd Annual Children’s Christmas Party Visit with Santa and his helpers. There’s a gift for every child, holiday music, refreshments and fun for all! Sponsored by the Enfield Outing Club. >> Enfield Community Building, 308 Route 4, Enfield, N.H. >> Free >> eoc378info.wixsite.com Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter for our full calendar including updated events and activities! ›››››

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CALENDAR

Dec. 7

Dec. 7

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

Sat/9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

7th Annual White River School Holiday Craft Fair Along with high quality items offered by many vendors, there will be face painting, picture opportunities with Santa, a raffle and bake sale. >> White River School, 102 Pine Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >> wrsvt.com

Dec. 7

Dec. 7

‘Tis the Season Holiday Celebration

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. Each 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. >> $2 >> hartfordrec.com

Dec. 7

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

Enfield Hometown Holidays The Enfield Village Association hosts a day of holiday activities for families including story time, kids’ crafts, wreath making, cookie decorating horse and wagon rides, live entertainment, holiday marketplace and farmers’ market. >> Enfield Village Association, 3 Shaker Hill Road, Enfield, N.H. >> Free >> enfieldmainstreet.org

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Don’t miss this fun-filled, family-friendly event offering more than 80 gingerbread houses, a silent auction, sale of handcrafts and gift items, a gingerbread house making demonstration, cookie decorating and activities. >> Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Adults $5, family $10 >> familyplacevt.org

Sat/2 to 5 p.m.

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

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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

Dec. 13 Fri/5 to 8 p.m.

Christmas in Canaan Celebrate the season with crafts, carols and holiday cheer. Check out the decorations and stop in at local businesses to make a holiday craft or grab a refreshment. Activities include a gingerbread house contest, photos with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and a chili cook-off. >> Downtown Canaan, N.H. >> Free >> canaannh.org


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Dec. 13 to 15

Fri, Sat and Sun/Various times

Wassail Weekend Filled with twinkling lights, historic decorated homes, breakfast with Santa, and so much more, the town of Woodstock transforms into the holiday wonderland of your dreams, complete with sleigh bells during the Wassail Parade and holiday decorations at Billings Farm that harken back to historic 19th century. >> Throughout the town of Woodstock, Vt. >> woodstockvt.com

Dec. 14 and 15

Dec. 15 Sun/3 p.m.

The Grinch (2018) The Grinch tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit. Funny, heartwarming, and visually stunning, it’s a universal story about the spirit of Christmas. >> The Grange Theater, 65 Stage Road, South Pomfret, Vt. >> $7 >> artistreevt.org

Sat and Sun/Various times

The Polar Express Train Ride Enjoy the story of The Polar Express and holiday songs while sipping hot cocoa and nibbling on a homemade cookie. Santa will greet each child and hand out the first gift of the season — The Polar Express Bell. Get a photo with Santa, enjoy lunch, and browse the gift shop. >> White River Junction Station, 100 Railroad Row, White River Junction, Vt. >> $25 per person age 3 and older >> hartfordvtpolarexpress.com

Dec. 19 Thu/7 p.m.

Norwich Christmas Pageant Everyone is invited to Tracy Hall for this reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey. Local high school seniors play the roles of Mary, Joseph, the angels, shepherds and three Wise Men. Afterwards, walk across the street to the Norwich Inn for cocoa, cookies and caroling. >> Tracy Hall, 300 South Main Street, Norwich, Vt. >> The Norwich Inn, 325 Main Street, Norwich, Vt. >> Free admission; donations to The Upper Valley Haven will be collected

Dec. 20 and Jan. 24 Fri/7 to 9 p.m.

Splash Night!

Dec. 14

Sat/4:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Skate with Santa Annual skating event features holiday music and a special treat from Santa. Skate rental is available. After skating, a flashlight candy cane hunt takes place outside the arena. >> Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt. >> $5 >> hartfordrec.com

Fourth through 8th graders are invited to have a blast swimming with friends! Enjoy music, food, games and fun in the pool. A collaborative initiative of the Upper Valley Aquatic Center and Hartford Parks & Recreation Department. >> Upper Valley Aquatic Center, 100 Arboretum Lane, White River Junction, Vt. >> $5 >> uvacswim.org ›››››

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CALENDAR

Dec. 21 to 23 Sat and Sun/2 and 7 p.m. Mon/2 p.m.

The Christmas Revels: An English Celebration of the Winter Solstice In a small town in northern England at the height of the Industrial Revolution, it’s business as usual at the textile mill on Christmas Day. Despite the factory owner’s controlling presence, the hopeful and resilient workers celebrate the season, thanks to a little help from Fate. >> Lebanon Opera House, 51 North Park Street Lebanon, N.H. >> $8 to 47 >> revelsnorth.org

Dec. 22

Dec. 31

Sun/4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Tues/1 to 3 p.m.

Chanukah Celebration

New Year’s Eve on Ice

Join Congregation Shir Shalom for an evening of shared food, best latke contest, dreidel games and candle lighting. Bring your menorah, candles will be provided. Bring a potluck dish for 10 to 16 people. Interesting and new latke recipes encouraged! >> Woodstock Area Jewish Community, 493 Woodstock Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> Free >> shirshalomvt.org

Ring in the New Year on Ice! Enjoy prizes, concessions, music, New Year’s swag and the company of other winter-loving skaters. A great way for the entire family to have fun! Skate rental is available. >> Wendell A. Barwood Arena, 45 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt. >> $5 >> hartfordrec.com

Dec. 25 Wed/12:30 p.m.

LISTEN Christmas Dinner Funded by LISTEN Community Services with tremendous community support and the help of volunteers. Dinner is free and available to anyone in the surrounding communities who would like to share a delicious meal and fellowship, regardless of need. >> Sacred Heart Church, 2 Hough Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >> listencs.org

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Jan. 4, 18 and 25 Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

January Weekends Visit the Jersey herd, draft horses, oxen, chickens and sheep — inside for the winter — and tour the restored and furnished 1890 Farm Manager’s House. A Place in the Land, an Academy Award®-nominee film, is shown every hour in the theater. >> Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, Vt. >> Adults 16 to 61 $16, seniors $14, students 16+ $9, children 5 to 15 $8, children 3 to 4 $4 >> billingsfarm.org


CALENDAR

Jan. 5 to Mar. 8 Sun/9 to 10 a.m.

Jan. 18

Sat/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Toddler Open Gym

Winter Wildlife Celebration

Bring your toddler every Sunday to play with scooters, beanbags, hoops, jump ropes, mats, balls and more! This is a great, unstructured environment to gather and socialize. Parents or caregivers must remain with children and supervise play. >> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> Drop-in $2/visit or $10 Season Pass >> hartfordrec.com

Celebrate the wildlife of winter with a fun-filled day of family activities. In the morning, explore the exhibits and trails with interactive guided tours and talks. In the afternoon, enjoy outdoor and indoor games, crafts, and activities that challenge your winter adaptation skills. A warm campfire and yummy refreshments wrap up the festivities. >> Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vt. >> Adults $16.50, seniors (62+) $15.50, college students $15.50, youth (4 to 17) $14.50, children 3 and under free >> vinsweb.org

Jan. 11

Sat/6 to 8 p.m.

Full Moon Fiesta Local sponsoring restaurants offer light food and hot beverages as you get outside and enjoy the snow. Travel by snowshoe, ski or snowboard. Proceeds benefit Lebanon Recreation and Parks Assistance Program and the Lebanon Outing Club. Bring your own mug, spoon and bowl. Preregister online. >> Storrs Hill Ski Lodge, 60 Spring Street, Lebanon, N.H. >> Adults $10, children ages 6 to 12 $5, 5 and under free; maximum $30/family >> lebanonnh.gov

Jan. 12

Jan. 19

Sun/9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

World Snow Day Join the worldwide celebration of snow! Free hot chocolate for kids, family friendly activities, raffles, and prizes for best costumes in multiple categories. >> Whaleback Mountain, 160 Whaleback Mountain Road, Enfield, N.H. >> Arrowhead Recreation Area, 18 Robert Easter Way, Claremont, N.H. >> world-snow-day.com

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

Upper Valley Trails Alliance Skate-a-thon Join the Upper Valley Trails Alliance and winter sports enthusiasts as they skate laps around the Lake Morey Skating Trail — also known as the longest groomed skating trail in the United States. Enjoy a day full of New England pond skating and delicious food! >> Lake Morey Inn and Resort, 1 Clubhouse Road, Fairlee, Vt. >> Adults $20 to $25; kids $10 to $15 >> uvtrails.org

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Jan. 19

Sun/12 to 2 p.m.

Teddy Bear Picnic Bring your teddy bear, smile, dancing feet and a picnic blanket. Hosts will provide a picnic lunch, snacks, beverages and bear-themed fun. Allergy friendly options will be available; please note your needs when you RSVP. Special for adults: chair massages! Space limited. >> Community Lutheran Church, 96 Main Street, Enfield, N.H. >> Free; email office@clcenfield.org or call (603) 632-5812 to RSVP >> clcenfield.org ›››››

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Jan. 24

Jan. 30, 31 and Feb. 1

Fri/6 to 8 p.m.

Thu to Sat/7 p.m.

S’more Ice Skating Party

The Diary of Anne Frank

Join the Friends of Lebanon Recreation and Parks to celebrate winter fun with family entertainment at the outdoor ice skating rinks. >> Pat Walsh Park, Bank Street Extension, Lebanon, N.H. >> Free >> lebanonnh.gov

Performed by the Hanover High School Footlighters. Based on the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. Directed by Mary Gaetz. >> Hanover High School Auditorium, 41 Lebanon Street, Hanover, N.H. >> $5 to $8 >> hanoverhigh.org

Feb. 1

Sat/7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; clinic begins at 8:30 a.m.

19th Annual Youth Ice Fishing Derby and Clinic Youth anglers will be placed in age appropriate divisions based on the number of registered participants. Prizes 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. >> Free >> hartfordrec.com

Jan. 25

Sat/10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Astronomy Day While winters in New England mean shorter days, they also mean longer periods of time for star-gazing. Learn about the heavenly bodies visible in the night sky — and even the rarely-seen wonders. Enjoy a full day of activities for learners of all ages. >> Montshire Museum, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> Adults $16, children $13, under 2 free >> montshire.org

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Feb. 1

Feb. 2

Sat/2 to 6 p.m.

Sun/9:30 a.m. registration, race begins at 10:30 a.m.

Winterlude Inspired by the traditional Gaelic festival that falls between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, Winterlude is a celebration of winter’s wonderland, including roasted chestnuts, sleigh rides with Lily Pond Farm’s beautiful Belgian Draft horses, handmade art, and comfort food. >> Court Street Arts, 75 Court Street, Haverhill N.H. >> $10 >> alumnihall.org

Feb. 1

7th Annual Ledyard RedZone 5k Run/Walk Kick off Superbowl Sunday with a family friendly, stroller friendly, dog on a leash friendly, fun run or walk. Proceeds benefit Hartford Parks & Recreation program scholarships. Wear your favorite football team attire. Awards for best dressed as well as age group winners. >> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, Hartford, Vt. >> Preregister adults $10, age 14 and under $8; day of race $20 >> runreg.com/redzone5k

Feb. 7

Sat/5 to 8 p.m.

Fri/6 to 8 p.m.

Tiki Torch Trek Ski, snowshoe or walk on the 1.5 km trail lit by torches and lanterns (bring your headlamp if you have one.) There will be delicious food made by volunteers and local restaurants and a bonfire for roasting marshmallows. Please leave dogs at home. Benefits Hartland Winter Trails. >> Recreation Center, 19 Route 12, Hartland, Vt. >> Adults 13 and older $10, children 12 and under free, family $25 >> hartlandwintertrails.org

Valentine’s Dance for Daughters Fathers, grandfathers and uncles are invited to bring their girl to dance. DJ music, snacks and a flower provided along with unlimited photos at the photo booth! >> Dothan Brook School, 2300 Christian Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> $18 per couple, $10 per additional daughter >> hartfordrec.com

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Feb. 7 to 9 and 14 to 16 Fri/5 p.m. Sat/11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun/2 p.m.

Feb. 15

Sat/10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Igloo Build and the Science of Winter

Metamorphoses King Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, and more of Ovid’s timeless myths come to life. This play weaves together unforgettable tales to reveal the beauty and urgency of myth-making in a rapidly changing world. Performed by the Youth Ensemble Studio members age 12 to 18. >> Barrette Center for the Arts, 74 Gates Street, White River Junction, Vt. >> $17.75 >> northernstage.org

From tracking animals in the snow to experimenting with ice, enjoy a day filled with hands-on winter activities. Learn how to build an insulated, sturdy house strong enough to support the weight of a polar bear. Also: animal tracking, snowshoeing, ice experiments. >> Montshire Museum of Science, One Montshire Road, Norwich, Vt. >> Included with Museum admission >> montshire.org

Feb. 15

Daily/10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Great Backyard Bird Count Enjoy watching birds at your feeders? Want to learn more about helping the birds in your community? Enjoy activities for all ages and learn ways to improve your birding skills. >> Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 149 Natures Way, Quechee, Vt. >> Adults $16.50, seniors (62+) $15.50, college students $15.50, youth (4 to 17) $14.50, children 3 and under free >> vinsweb.org

Feb. 21 Fri/2 to 3 p.m.

Steve Corning: The Human Variety Show Dubbed “The Human Variety Show,” Showtime Steve is a one-of-a-kind variety performer, harnessing his signature off-the-cuff comedy and show-stopping stunts to create a high-energy show unlike any other. An unforgettable experience for the whole family! >> Hartford Memorial Middle School Gymnasium, 245 Highland Avenue, White River Junction, Vt. >> Free >> hartfordrec.com

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Happy holidays from the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont! This issue includes outdoor winter fun, shopping locally, art, busin...

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Happy holidays from the Upper Valley area of New Hampshire and Vermont! This issue includes outdoor winter fun, shopping locally, art, busin...

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