, Derry, New Hampshire

January 30, 2014

Frost Festival offers full schedule of winter fun

Derry News

---- — DERRY — Nothing says winter in Derry than the annual Frost Festival schedule of events.

This year’s festival is set for Feb. 14-16 at various indoor and outdoor locations around town.

This is the 15th year for the festival.

The festival kicks off Friday, Feb. 14 with a free spaghetti supper for senior citizens hosted by the Derry Village Rotary Club. The meal begins at 5 p.m. at Gilbert H. Hood Middle School

On Feb. 15, the day features a free family showcase at Veterans Hall from noon to 2 p.m. featuring a puppet show and a “Winter Around the World” showcase of wild animals hosted by experts and educators from Wildlife Encounters.

For some outdoor fun, the Granite State FFA Association hosts a 5K snowshoe race at J & F Farms on Route 102 in Derry. Money raised through this benefit supports agricultural students across the state including those attending Pinkerton Academy. The races begin at 11 a.m. and mini races and open snowshoeing is held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In case there is minimal snow, the races will switch from snowshoes to cross-country races. Call 434-7086 to register and for information.

The Derry Farmers Market is also held Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Upper Village Hall in East Derry.

On Feb. 16, the day is filled with more outdoor winter activities to round out Frost Festival.

Activities include: Alexander-Carr Park, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for sledding; Ice Breakers ice sculptors demonstrate their icy talents under the pavilion at Alexander-Carr from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At noon, a bonfire is held at the park. Free arts and crafts are offered from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m., meet Miss Greater Derry and register to become Frost Festival king and queen.

Free activities at Hoodkroft Golf Course from noon to 4 p.m. include snowmobile rides sponsored by Derry Pathfinders Snowmobile Club; cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

At Gallien’s Town Beach free activities from noon to 3 p.m. include an ice fishing demonstration and chili contest hosted by Beaver Lake Association; open ice hockey and skating with the Pinkerton Academy hockey team. Participants must provide their own helmets and equipment.

Call 432-6136 for updates on weather conditions or check Channel 17 for Frost Festival schedule and any updates.