What To Do In and Around Weathersfield, Vermont

Celebrate Chinese New Year in Ascutney beginning at 9:30 a.m.. The Weathersfield Proctor library is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration with crafts: 9:30-make your own chopsticks, 10-make your own dragon puppet and 11-practice writing Chinese characters. More info. call 802-674-5863.

The Chinese New Year of 2020 falls on January 25th (Saturday), and the festival will last to February 8th, about 15 days in total. 2020 is a Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac. As an official public holiday, Chinese people can get seven days' absence from work, from January 24th to 30th.

Get Out and About

Saturday, February 1

Winter Wildlife Tracking at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn how to identify the tracks and signs of the many critters that share your backyard and national parks. Begin with a 1 hour indoor presentation exploring tracks and animal movements, then head out into the park for several hours to explore. Participants may have the chance to trail exciting predators such as fisher, coyote, or bobcat. Dress warmly and bring lots of questions. Please pre-register as space is limited. To register or learn more call (802) 457-3368 x 226, or email us at leah_marshall@partner.nps.gov. Be sure to tell us how many are coming. More information can be found on our website: https://www.nps.gov/mabi/learn/nature/working-woodlands-workshops.htm

Tuesday, February 4

Take a plunge into the exciting life of oysters and how they are sustainably grown by tasting raw oysters from different harvest regions along with beer pairings. Get your hands dirty with a shucking lesson from an expert shucker, and take an inside look into sustainable aquaculture farming methods. You'll get to keep a professional grade oyster knife, learn pro tips on preparing and serving oysters at home, and learn new recipes and ways to enjoy oysters with confidence. Get tickets at https://beerandoysters101.splashthat.com/fb
Tickets are $65 and include:
- 8 oysters per person with lemons, mignonettes, hot sauce, etc
- 1 house made pretzel with 2 house made dipping sauces
- 1 professional oyster knife to take home
- 1 shucking lesson and oyster education
- 1 beer flight and beer education
- 1 welcome pint
- Take home recipe card
- Conversation with Oyster Shucker Corey Burleigh and Brewer Fred Wills

Friday, February 7

First Friday in White River Junction.  AS part of First Friday, Newberry Market will host vendors at their pop-up market space. They are located in the heart of downtown White River Junction between Piecemeal Pies & Tuckerbox Coffee Vermont from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Local businesses, crafters, artisans, and musical guests. Vendor space is still available, to sign up:

Montshire UNLEASHED. 7-9 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Adults: experience the joy of discovery with a trip to the Museum—at night! Create giant bubbles or get lost in our foam fountain. Challenge your brain with mind-boggling puzzles at the Solve It! exhibition. Release your inner scientist through guided experiments at the Science Discovery Lab. Or just kick back, relax, and enjoy the food, drinks, and music. Jasper Murdock Ale and wine from the Norwich Inn will be available for purchase, as well as food from the evening’s featured local vendor.

Saturday, February 8

Full Moon Fiesta Storrs Hill Lebanon NH-RESCHEDULED from Jan. 11 
Lebanon Recreation and Parks host their 14th Annual dinner. The whole family can travel by snowshoe, ski, or snowboard at Storrs Hill Ski Lodge. Local sponsoring restaurants will offer light food and hot beverages as you get out and enjoy the snow and some delicious food. All proceeds benefit Lebanon Recreation and Parks and Lebanon Outing Club. This is an eco-friendly event - please help reduce waste by bringing your own mug, spoon and bowl. Purchase your tickets online with Lebanon Recreation and Parks-this event usually sells out.

Sunday, February 9

12th Annual World Famous Chocolate Auction-UU Society of Hartland 

This live Chocolate Auction takes place on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day so prepare to purchase for your loved one ( or yourself) a heavenly gift of chocolate. This Live Chocolate Auction will feature homemade desserts of every kind as well as local establishments’ famous creations. Along with the auction a $100 gift certificate for the Skunk Hollow Tavern will be raffled.The viewing of the chocolate items begins at 11:00 am and the bidding will start promptly at 11:15 am. There will be at least 40-50 items put up to bid. We make sure all items auctioned contain chocolate - and lots of it! There will also be specific items for children to bid on.More info. www.hartlanduu.com 603-863-0066 for info. (all proceeds benefit UU Society of Hartland)

Mama Mia's Italian Bistro in Reading Reading Elementary School PTO is hosting their annual bistro 4-7 p.m. at the school-632 Route 106 in Reading.

Revolution's Annual Black Tie Oscar Party in White River Junction. 7-11 p.m.
Black Tie, Red Carpet, Velvet Rope, Paparazzi & Limousines. Revolution, Elixir, The Hotel Coolidge, The White River Independent Film Festival present the 92nd Academy Awards in WRJ
Black tie attire. Arrive at the Hotel Coolidge. Cruise to The Briggs Opera House in the chartered stretch limousine. Cross the red carpet & paparazzi line. Complete your ballot for the 2020 Junk Awards & enjoy the show. Admission is free & the cash bar is cheap.

 February 14

Valentine's Day Partner Yoga at Within Reach Yoga 5:30-7 p.m. in Weathersfield Bow. More info visit http://withinreachyoga.com/index.html

Saturday, February 22

Fondue Night at the Library. The Weathersfield Proctor Library is hosting their 2nd annual Fondue Night at 6:30 p.m. at the library in Ascutney. More info. call 802-674-5863.

Cold Comfort: Winter Wildlife Adaptations at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park 10 a.m.-noon. Vermont wildlife knows how to get creative when it comes to the winter months.  NPS Science Communication Specialist Ed Sharron will begin with an indoor discussion that explores how animals meet their basic winter needs for food, water, and shelter. Then, head outside for a snowshoe hike investigating different habitats. Event open to all ages. Please dress appropriately for outdoor activity, and bring a water bottle and snowshoes if possible. Adult and children’s snowshoes are available if needed. Event will continue snow or shine. Please pre-register as space is limited. To register or learn more call (802) 457-3368 x 226, or email us at leah_marshall@partner.nps.gov. Be sure to tell us how many are coming. More information can be found on our website: https://www.nps.gov/mabi/learn/nature/working-woodlands-workshops.htm

February 28, 29 and March 1

North Country Community Theater Teen's production of GREASE. Tickets are on sale now. Performances are Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and March 1 at 3 p.m.

Classes and Tastings at the Inn at Weathersfield

Hidden Kitchen Cooking Classes. Saturdays. Classes fill up fast. Feb. 8 Valentine's Dinner for Two (or one with leftovers) 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Feb. 29 Learn to Make Charcuterie 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; March 7 Irish Party 10:30 p.m.-1 p.m.; March 14 Short and Long Braises 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

"Toast" Wine Dinners  at 7 p.m.
Jan. 25 Paired dinner with Winebow-Italian Wines
Feb 22 Paired dinner with Selection Naturel James Hull
March 21 Tastings and Kitchen Nibbles 6 pm, wines from the Alsace region. Dinner 7-9 p.m.

More info and to make reservations call 802-263-9217

Music and Performances

JAGFEST 4.0 at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction Feb. 7-8, Feb. 9 at the HOP/Dartmouth College. Every February for the past four years, JAG Productions has invited African-American theatre artists to spend a week in White River Junction, Vermont to further the development of a new play or solo performance. Over the course of the one-week residency, three-five projects receive an intensive workshop, constructive feedback, and a staged reading for the public at Briggs Opera House.
More info: https://www.jagproductionsvt.com/

Adam Boyce and Merve Comes at the Thompson Senior Center in Woodstock Feb. 27 1-2 p.m. Fiddler Adam Boyce and guitarist Merve Comes play old-time tunes following the senior meal at Thompson Senior Center. 99 Senior Ln, Woodstock, Vermont 05091.

Crown Point Country Club in Springfield. Jan 30 Ali T 6 p.m. Feb 15 Day After Valentine's Day with HeartFire  7 p.m.; Feb. 16 Texas Hold'em 1 p.m.

Claremont Opera House in Claremont. Jan 25 Yee Haw and HA HAs 8 p.m.

Inn at Weathersfield Live Music Fridays in Perkinsville 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24 Ali T; Jan 31 Rowland Hazard; Feb 7 Steve Ellis; Feb. 14 Rowland Hazard Feb 21 Ali T; Feb 28 J. Michael Kelley.

The Engine Room in WRJ.  Jan. 31 Cornhole Tournament; Feb 2 JG3 Acoustic Trio 5 p.m.; March 14 Back to the 80s with DJ Davis 9 p.m.

Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. Shows at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Jan. 24 Recycled Percussion; Jan 25 recycled Percussion 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 28 Banff Centre Mountain FIlm Festival 7 p.m.; Jan 29 Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival 7 p.m.; Feb. 7 Johnny Gandelsman,7 p.m.; Feb 15 Mike McDonald's Comedy Extravaganza; March 15 Jason Lyle 4 p.m., March 28 A Bowie Celebration; April 5 Penguins 3 p.m.; April 6 Penguins; April 15 Kurt Vile w/ Cate Le Bon; May 8 Sewam American Indian Dance 10 a.m.

Neal's Restaurant and Bar in Proctorsville. Jan. 26 Bill Brink 5-8 p.m; Feb. 8 OldBoys 8:30 p.m.

Public House in Quechee. Feb. 1 Ethan Lawrence; Feb. 8 Live at Public House Pub 7 p.m.; Feb 14 Valentine's DInner with Kind Bud 7 p.m.; Feb 15 Rust and Ruin 7 p.m.; March 27 Bill Brink 7 p.m.

Remix in Claremont. Jan 24 Evelyn Cormier 7 p.m.

The Skinny Pancake Hanover Jan. 25 Green Mountain Roots 8 p.m.; Jan. 30-FREE CREPE DAY! Feb. 1 Love v. Hate Drag Party 9 p.m.; Feb 21 Western Terrestrials 8:30 p.m.

Taverne on the Square in Claremont NH. Jan 31 Senie Hunt 7 p.m.

Tuesday Acoustic Jams in White River Junction. Here In the Valley hosts Acoustic Jam Sessions every Tuesday night at 7 pm at The Filling Station Bar and Grill, 70 Gates St. WRJ. More info on FB Jam Sessions

Windsor Station in Windsor. Jan 23 Cold Chocolate-Hot Bluegrass; Jan. 25 Jester Jigs; Jan. 31 Western Terrestrials 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 4 JD Tolstoi 6 p.m.; Feb. 8 Dark Star Project 9:30 p.m.; Feb. 14 A Roaring Valentine's Party 8 p.m.; March 20 Cable Junction 9 p.m.; March 27 The Kentucky Dirt Band.

World Under Wonder in Ascutney. Feb. 17 Tanu Larp Quest Night 6-10 p.m., March 16 Tanu larp Quest Night 6-10 p.m.

Food Assistance

Ascutney Union Church Food Cupboard in Ascutney 5243 Route 5 Saturdays 9-10 a.m. call 802-674-2484. 

Weathersfield Food Shelf in Perkinsville. The 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 2-4 p.m. WFS is located in the 1879 Schoolhouse at 1862 Route 106 in Perkinsville. Donations of non-perishable food are always welcomed and may be dropped off at the facility during open hours or placed in the collection box at Martin Memorial Hall. For more information, call 802-263-5584 or email weathersfieldfoodshelf@gmail.com. 

Rachel’s Kitchen in Windsor. Free breakfast 7-10 a.m. Mon-Fri at the Rachel Harlow Church 165 Main Street Windsor.

Windsor Community Dinners in Windsor. Wednesdays 5-6 p.m. at the American Legion Hall 4 Court Street, Windsor.

Veggie Van Go in Windsor. Free fresh produce provided by the Vermont Food Bank. 2nd Tuesday of the month 10-11 a.m. Mt. Ascutney Hospital 289 County Road, Windsor.

Hartland Food shelf in Hartland. 4 Corners UU Church Fridays 8-10 a.m.

Reading-West Windsor Food Shelf in Reading. Mondays 2-4 p.m. and Thursday 4-6 p.m. Stone School 3456 Tyson Rd, Reading.

Other Ongoing Events

Senior Exercise Program in Ascutney: Free. Sponsored by RSVP. Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. in basement of Martin Memorial Hall, Route 5, Ascutney. Classes are led by Sandy Lemois. If interested call 674-5254 for more information.

Twin State Depression Support Group in Weathersfield. Free peer-led Depression Support Groups to all, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 5259 Route 5, Ascutney, VT (Martin Memorial Hall - downstairs) and the 4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30 pm, 7 Morgan Street, Springfield, VT (Turning Point) Both venues are accessible. TwinStateDepressionSupportGroup.org or on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TwinStateDSG/. More information call 802-795-0098

Nancy Nutile-McMenemy is an Upper Valley freelance photographer and writer who loves to attend concerts and local events in and around Weathersfield and the Upper Valley.

If you have an event you'd like listed please email it to: photosbynanci@comcast.com 

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