Ice Sculpture, Snowman, & Human Dog Sled competitions, Maple Syrup Tapping, Owls, Campfires
02/03/10 by Johnny Monsarrat
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The Week in Weird
|Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival||2/5 – 2/7||North Shore|
|Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we can’t have some festivals! Here are a few. This one’s in Salem and they’ll have ice sculpting.
Salem, MA. more
|Acton, Winter Carnival at NARA Park||2/6||Metro West|
|This one’s in Acton, with a cardboard sled race, dog sledding and a human sled race, fire spinners, curling demonstrations, snowball toss competition, and a lot more. 2009: 4-7:30pm.
NARA Park, 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton, MA. more
|Lowell’s WinterFest Celebration||2/5 – 2/6||North Shore|
|This one looks even better! Fireworks, hot soup competition, and a “human dog sled championship”.
Lowell, MA.(978) 459-6150. more
|Chelmsford Winterfest||2/5 – 2/7||Northern Mass|
|The winter festivals don’t just stop, though. Chelmsford is hosting nighttime snowshoeing, nature walks, sledding & skiing, and a pancake breakfast.
Chelmsford, MA. more
|Annual Greenfield Winter Carnival||2/5 – 2/7||Western Mass|
|Out along Route 2 in Western Massachusetts, Greenfield has a festival, too. Make a cardboard sled and race. Snowshoeing, ice skating, snow volleyball, a tug o’ war, and a snowman competition with an entire snow village.
Greenfield, MA. more
|Annual Keene Ice & Snow Festival||2/6||New Hampshire|
|Now heading north, on your way to go skiing perhaps, this free festival includes ice carving and snow sculpting. 10am-4pm.
Keene, NH. more
|Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival||2/5 – 2/7||New Hampshire|
|If you dare, you can climb a waterfall of ice, and take on other adventures that all sound insane.
International Mountain Climbing School, North Conway, NH. more
|Grace Chapel’s Annual WinterBlast||2/6||Metro West|
|I’m not too big on church events, but you had me at “mechanical bull”. They’ll have a moonbounce and martial arts demonstrations too. That’s pretty weird!
Community Life Center, 59 Worthen Road, Lexington, MA. more
|Maple Syrup Tapping (Yum!)||2/6 – 3/13||North Shore|
|Or go maple sugar tapping! I really want to go! There are a ton of different dates.
Various state parks, Ispwich area.978-887-9264. more
|Winter Campfires at Mass State Parks||2/5 – 2/19||Boston Metro|
|Even cooler are campfires on the beach. I really want to see this!! Hear campfire stories, roast marshmallows, and go for a beach walk. Constitution Beach 2/5, 6-8pm. Revere Beach 2/19, 6-8pm.
Constitution Beach, Boston, MA. more
|Owl Festival||2/6||Metro West|
|Parks are great places in the winter to find interesting outdoorsy interactive events. Here’s a guided tour at another state park where you can spot owls in the wild and see them up close, too. 2:30-5:30pm.
Broadmoor, 280 Eliot Street, Natick, MA.508-655-2296. more
|Ippi’s SuperBowl Ice Derby on Sluice + The Seelley Memorial||2/7||North Shore|
|What is ice fishing? You cut a hole in the ice and wait. Is that fun? Well, it would be fun to see it, I’m sure, if not to do it!
Lynn, MA. more
|This is Spinal Tap||2/5 – 2/6||Boston Metro|
|We got pretty far down the list before resorting to indoorsy events! I’ve never enjoyed Spinal Tap, but this viewing at the Coolidge comes with live music beforehand. Should be fun.
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA. more
|Chinatown Main Street Annual Chinese New Year Gala||2/6||Boston Metro|
|Authentic Chinese dinner with folk dancing & martial arts performance.
Chinatown, Boston, MA. more
|Salem State College Darwin Festival||2/8 – 2/12||Boston Metro|
|Also Salem State College will host a series of lectures and films. It’s definitely a festival, but looks very academic rather than social.
Salem State College, Salem, MA. more
|Boston Society of Film Critics Awards||2/6||Boston Metro|
|Our local awards group will be giving out film awards. They’ve tried really hard to get celebrities to attend and have mostly failed.
Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA. more
|Love Letters by the Fire||2/6||Boston Metro|
|This local restaurant will do a reading of the love letters between former US president and Massachusetts boy John Adams and his wife. (Guys, you’re a week early. Valentine’s Day is next week.).
The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA. more
|The Supreme Court and Race||2/10||Boston Metro|
|Did you know that February is Black History Month? Unfortunately, nobody seems to care. Even Boston’s Museum of African American History is only holding one event in February. Please email if you know what’s up elsewhere. Register in advance.
American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 136 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|Commerford Zoo||2/6 – 2/7||Worcester|
|There are plenty of zoos in New England that stay open through the winter, Franklin Park being my favorite, but here’s a traveling zoo that may interest you. It’ll be indoors though.
DCU Center, Worcester, MA. more
|Harvard Square Winter Carnival Chili Cook-Off & Volleyball||2/6||Boston Metro|
|Harvard Square is holding a chili competition. Details are few but hit up Harvard Square from 1-3pm and look around for it. And they’ll have live music.
In front of Crema Café on Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA. more
|Boston Media Makers Meeting||2/7||Boston Metro|
|I don’t normally write about club meetings, but maybe I should when they’re weird enough. Here’s an entire group of people who think they’re newsworthy, that meet to socialize and trade tips on changing the world.
Doyle’s Café, 3484 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. more
|Ludwig and Hilda’s Oktoberfest in February||2/6||Worcester|
|Although this is really a performance, they say that they’ll have ethnic contests like yodeling or chocolate cake eating. 9:30pm.
Nick’s, 124 Millbury Street, Worcester, MA. more
|Showshoe Hike||2/7||Western Mass|
|I really want to go snowshoeing! I’ve never tried it.
Notchview Park, Windsor, MA. more
|Forbes House Museum Annual Lincoln Celebration||2/7||South Shore|
|There will be yet another lecture at the Forbes, with a birthday theme. Not sure how big it’ll be. 1-4pm.
Forbes House Museum, 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA. more
|Snowflake Sunday re: Paper Capers: Adventures in Paper Art – Opening Party||2/7||North Shore|
|As part of an exhibition that’s opening, the Wenham will teach you to fold origami. They’ll have displays like a giant paper origami giraffe. After the kids event making snowflakes out of paper there will be some kind of adult party I believe. I called in about this one but now I forget. Well, call ’em yourself if you’re curious.
Wenham Museum, Rt 1A, Wenham, MA.978-468-2377. more
|Cranapalooza||1/30 – 3/6||New Hampshire|
|Every Saturday through mid-March they’ll have events and fireworks. They have a Fun Zone indoor amusement park, too. And snow tubing.
Cranmore Mountain, North Conway, NH. more
|Magners Comedy Festival||2/4 – 2/6||Boston Metro|
|A comedy festival is coming to town. Information is lacking but they’re going to have some kind of opening party on Friday I believe.
Various, Boston, MA. more
|The Barber of Seville||2/5 – 2/7||Boston Metro|
|Everyone loves the Barber of Seville! It’s an opera that’s safe for you to try. If you’re ever going to see an opera, this is the one.
Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA.800-233-3123. more
|International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella – Quarterfinals||2/6 – 3/20||Metro West|
|If you love a capella music like I do, check this out. And there’s a separate concert at Brown University in Providence RI on Feb 20 and one coming up at MIT on March 20.
BU, Brown, MIT, Various. more