It May be Cold, but Step Outside to Warm Up
by stacy milbouer and tom long
Fiddlehead Contributing Editors
Unless you love to ski or own a condo in Fort Meyers, winter is tough for even the most stalwart Granite Stater. Days are short and cold. Nights are long and colder.
The temptation is to wait out the winter by binge-watching entire seasons of “Outlander” while wistfully leafing through seed catalogs as a way of jumpstarting spring. Not terrible, but we’re here to say there’s so much more right in your own neighborhood. Just step outside.
Check out our article on trivia nights throughout the state (page 26), which provide not only the company of others, but a way to keep your IQ warmed up, even if you are suffering brain freeze from the weather.
There are also plenty of paint bars, karaoke venues and even places you can go and practice your knowledge of French by conversing with others.
On the last Sunday of each month, Nashua resident Rick Mangekian, who calls himself a “gamer, adventurer and bookkeeper,” brings large containers of board games – some familiar, some obscure — to the Riverwalk Café and Music Bar in Nashua. The games are available to anyone who visits from 2 to 6 p.m. There are plenty of similar board game events listed on the Meetup website.
And there’s no shortage of places for book readers and writers to share their passion at local libraries and bookstores like Bookery in Manchester, Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord and the Toadstool Bookshops in Milford, Peterborough and Keene, which not only host book clubs and writing groups, but also meet-the-author events.
Foodies, there’s lots out there for you, too – check out our story on page 24 about the annual Mack’s Apple pie contest held in February each year. For those who like a libation with their fare, take a tour of one of the many local wine and spirit venues like Flag Hill Distillery & Winery in Lee, which gives tours most Saturdays and Sundays at noon.
If alcohol is not your cup of tea, try a real cup of tea. Sit on a comfy couch and sip a hot cup of New Hampshire Evening tea at the loose-tea bar at Robie’s Country Store in Hooksett.
And don’t forget winter farmers markets (find a listing on our website at fiddleheadnh.com) for a fix of color, flavor and light.
And for those who love culture, art and history, there are art galleries like the Seacoast Artist Association in Exeter, small museums such as the Aviation Museum at Manchester Airport or exhibits at historical associations like the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, where you can view “White Mountains in the Parlor: The Art of Bringing Nature Indoors,” among other exhibits.
The point is there’s no need to spend winter just wishing it were spring in New Hampshire. Leave the house, if only for an hour or two, and check out all the local distractions we have to get us through the cold, dark and snowy days ahead.