Winter Carnival Activities this Weekend

by Christian Mower on January 23, 2015

Winter Carnival, Celebrating Conway’s Legacy!

 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2015

Snow Sculptures at the local Schools
Students will make snow sculptures, be sure to drive by the schools to see them!

Skating & Snowman Building in Schouler Park
Enjoy skating the old fashioned way, under the clear blue sky by day and star light by night. The Skating Rink in Schouler Park has been a fixture for over a century!

January Church Supper at the Conway Village Congregational Church: from 5-7p.m.
Church Suppers are a New England Tradition featuring hearty meals and delicious desserts, all homemade! The Brown Church January Suppers are also a bit like the Ski Train Tradition, the locals and the tourists meet to share a meal, much as they did on Friday nights of days gone by when the Ski Train pulled into town, and the streets were filled with skiers walking to restaurants and inns. Please call 447-3851 for more information.

Wooden Stick Hockey Game at HAM Arena:
A throwback game to the days of Old Time Hockey!  On January 23rd, 2015 from 7:10-9:10p.m. The “Ham Arena Wooden Stick Hockey Game” will feature area hockey players using only wooden “old School” hockey sticks to celebrate the Conway 250th Anniversary Celebration.  Players will be required to raise at least $50.00 dollars each, which in turn will be donated to the local charity, “End 68 Hours of Hunger “.  A great turnout is expected as we play not only to honor Conway’s Heritage, but to support our own local causes. Spectators are invited to bring nonperishable food items.

“Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz at the M&D Home Town Theater
Show time at 7:30p.m., doors open at 7:00p.m. at our Culture Cafe, we have beer, wine, soda, coffee and tea, plus goodies for sale,   which can be taken into the theater.  Tickets are available by calling the box office at (603) 733-5275 or going on line at www.yourtheatre.com  Ticket cost per person is $25.00 at the door or $20.00 if done on line.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2015

Skating & Snowman Building in Schouler Park
Enjoy skating the old fashioned way, under the clear blue sky by day and star light by night. The Skating Rink in Schouler Park has been a fixture for over a century! Or perhaps your family would like to build a snowman…carrots and top hats optional!

Ice Climbing at IME & Cathedral Ledge:
Celebrate Conway’s 250th learning about the history of Ice Climbing with International Mountain Equipment and the International Mountain Climbing School. We will meet upstairs at IME (2733 Main Street North Conway NH 03860) at 10a.m. Saturday January 24th. Everest Summiteer and IME owner Rick Wilcox will give a talk on the evolution of ice climbing in North Conway and on Mt Washington and have vintage gear to look at and compare to the modern tools of today. After the talk people will drive to Cathedral Ledge (site of the old Conway ski jump) and give a demonstration of modern Ice Climbing and have an interactive session where guests will get to place ice screws and swing modern ice hammers into the ice with IMCS owner Brad White. We will wrap up by 12 noon at the latest. We look forward to seeing you there.

Vintage Costume Skate at HAM Arena:
On January 24th during the 12:30-2:30p.m. public skate session, The Ham Arena will be host to a “Vintage Costume Skate” in honor of the town’s 250th Celebration.  Any participant wearing a Vintage, or period Costume will receive a $1.00 dollar off discount on their Public Skate fee and be eligible to win a 5 visit Skate Card!

Sled Dogs! at Salyards Museum
Few people realize that Huskies are not the only sled dog. As a matter of fact, the Chinnook dog was bred in nearby Tamworth to accompany American Explorers on expeditions to both the North and South Pole. Meet the Chinook dogs, learn a bit about their history, and you may even be able to go for a short ride. This will also be the annual meeting for the Chinook of New England club, so come and meet people and dogs from all over New England.

Trees of Whittaker Woods at Whittaker Woods 10a.m.
Tin Mountain Conservation Center will offer monthly trips to Conway locations celebrating Conway’s beauty and   heritage. The January trip will be a Winter Tree Identification, snowshoe with Executive Director , Dr. Michael Cline which will be held in Whittaker Woods, Saturday, January 23, at 10:00 PM-Noon. Bring your own snow shoes, or borrow ours by calling 447-6991. The suggested donation for Tin Mountain events is $3 per person, or $5 for the family.

 Family Ski & Snow Shoe at Whittaker Woods
Join us for daytime family introduction to xc skiing and snow shoeing free for the Winter Carnival Weekend (bring or rent equipment)

 Sleigh Rides at The Farm by the River
Sleigh Rides are offered from 10a.m.- 4p.m.. Please call 356-2694 to make reservations.

Cranapalooza! at Mount Cranmore:

Live music in Zip’s Pub and Grill from 3-6p.m. with the Blue James Band S’mores in Schneider Square and tubing hill ($) from 3-5p.m. Birthday Cake and giveaways in Schneider Square (while supplies last) from 3-5p.m. Face painting- Third floor of Skimobile Station from 3-5p.m. Bobo- T- Clown- third floor of Skimobile Station from 3-4p.m. Resort Wide Social Media Scavenger Hunt- Make sure to like us on Facebook and Twitter and look for clues leading up to this week’s Cranapalooza.

Contra Dance at Salyards at7 p.m.
Join the Mountain Top String Band for an evening of family fun reminiscent of the years of the Snow Train. You don’t need to know how to dance, most contra dances are called through before the individual dances start. All are welcome to this free event.

Headlamp Snow Shoe and XC Ski at Whittaker Woods
Bring your own gear. Join a group for a unique experience in the woods at night.

“Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz at the M&D Home Town Theater
See information listed under same program on Friday, January 23rd.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015

Skating & Snowman Building in Schouler Park
Enjoy skating the old fashioned way, under the clear blue sky by day and star light by night. The Skating Rink in Schouler Park has been a fixture for over a century! Or perhaps your family would like to build a snowman…carrots and top hats optional!

Curling Demonstration at the HAM Arena 9:30-11a.m.
We will have club members playing a demonstration game for people to watch, with other members available to explain the rules and strategy of curling to spectators.  Spectators will be invited to come onto the ice to watch the demonstration game if they care to, and to also get some basic instruction in how to throw a curling stone.  Each person will get the opportunity to throw several curling stones, including a chance to throw a stone the entire length of the rink to the opposite house.  Participants should wear warm, loose clothing and clean, soft-soled shoes if they plan to venture out onto the ice.

Great Penguin Race Sunday, at Mount Cranmore:
The Great Penguin Race is an annual event that supports a selected non-profit. The event is from 9a.m. – 1:30p.m.. Penguins will be available for purchase at registration for $5 beginning at 8:30-11:30a.m. on the third floor of the Main Base Lodge. Penguins are “raced” by releasing them down an ice covered path at the base of the North Slope for ultimate speed! 100% of the profits from the Great Penguin Race support the local non-profit. That means every penguin sold is an important piece of this fundraiser.

Local’s lift tickets, Sunday, at Mount Cranmore: Noon to 4p.m.
Residents of Carroll, Coos and Oxford counties ski for only $25 after noon with proof of local residency.

Family Ski & Snow Shoe at Whittaker Woods
Join us for daytime family introduction to xc skiing and snow shoeing free for the Winter Carnival Weekend (bring or rent equipment)

Figure Skating Demonstration in Schouler Park at 1p.m.
Join the Mount Washington Valley Skate Club for a short program featuring members of the club. (Weather permitting, may move to HAM Arena if the ice is not good for skating.)