The Hippo


Jun 4, 2020








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Schedule of events

Ice Sculpture demonstrations: Friday, Feb. 10, noon; Adams Memorial Opera House, 29 W. Broadway
Family Spaghetti Supper: Friday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m.; Senior Cafeteria at Pinkerton Academy, 5 Pinkerton St.
The Lion King movie screening: Friday, Feb. 10, 6:30 p.m.; Adams Memorial Opera House, 29 W. Broadway
Family puppet show: Saturday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Veterans Hall, 31 W. Broadway
Kids’ activities at Orange Leaf Yogurt: Saturday, Feb. 11, 1 to 3 p.m.; 55 Crystal Ave., No. 23
Frost Ball: Saturday, Feb. 11, 6 p.m.; Birch Wood Vineyards, 199 Rockingham Road
Snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing and fat bike rides: Sunday, Feb. 12, noon to 4 p.m.; Hoodkroft Country Club, 121 E. Broadway
Cookie decorating workshop: Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 to 3 p.m.; Hoodkroft Country Club, 121 E. Broadway
Open sledding: Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Alexander-Carr Playground, 28 Pierce Ave.
Derry Fire Department-sponsored bonfire: Sunday, Feb. 12, noon; Alexander-Carr Playground, 28 Pierce Ave.
Open hockey and ice skating: Sunday, Feb. 12, noon to 3 p.m.; Gallien’s Town Beach, 39 Pond Road
Ice fishing demonstration: Sunday, Feb. 12, noon; Gallien’s Town Beach, 39 Pond Road
Chili contest: Sunday, Feb. 12, noon to 3 p.m.; Gallien’s Town Beach, 39 Pond Road
18th annual Derry Frost Festival
When: Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 12
Where: Various locations across Derry
Cost: Most activities are free; Frost Ball is $50 admission per person

Deep freeze
Derry Frost Festival returns

By Matt Ingersoll

 Give snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or fat biking a try, or stay warm inside with arts and crafts, face painting and cookie decorating — it’s all part of the Derry Frost Festival, and almost everything’s free.

The 18th annual event will be held from Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 12, at several locations across Derry and includes outdoor activities like sledding and ice skating and indoor fun, like the Frost Ball, which Frost Festival Committee Chair Linda Benson said is back by popular demand.
It starts Friday with sculptures and a movie.
“We’ve moved the ice sculpture demonstrations to Friday evening in front of the Adams Memorial Opera House,” Benson said. “This Is My Derry will be screening The Lion King then as well, so we’re going to be kind of combining those two efforts.”
Tickets to the screening are available at and free popcorn will also be served.
Friday’s events also include the annual spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Derry Village Rotary Club, at Pinkerton Academy’s cafeteria at 5 p.m., with a game of Bingo beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets are $1 and are available for purchase through the Derry Parks & Recreation office, but free tickets are available if you bring a nonperishable can of food for donation.
On Saturday, the Derry Public Library will host a family puppet show with two shows, titled “Little Owl Lost” and “Lil Rabbit Who Likes to Moo,” beginning at 11 a.m. During the intermission, enjoy a game of Twister and a free animal demonstration from Wildlife Encounters.
Stop by Orange Leaf Yogurt inside Derry’s Hood Commons, which will be hosting a coloring contest, a balloon artist, face painting, giveaways and prizes, crafts and more from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Frost Ball will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Birch Wood Vineyards. Tickets are $50 per person and include dancing, a cash bar, and meal choices like prime rib and chicken piccata.
Most of Sunday’s festivities will take place at Hoodkroft Country Club, Alexander-Carr Playground or Gallien’s Town Beach.
The Derry Pathfinders Snowmobile Club will be offering free snowmobile rides, complete with demonstrations and safety information, at the Hoodkroft golf course from noon to 4 p.m.
Also at Hoodkroft will be opportunities to try out cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat bikes, courtesy of Benson’s Ski & Sport. The Culinary Playground will be offering a free cookie decorating workshop indoors from 1 to 3 p.m. at the club.
At Alexander-Carr, enjoy sledding from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the annual bonfire coordinated by the Derry Fire Department at noon.
Grab your skates for open skating on Beaver Lake with Pinkerton Academy’s hockey team. A special ice fishing demonstration will take place at noon. And from noon to 3 p.m., there will be a chili contest; bring a food donation and vote on your favorite chili prepared by Beaver Lake Association members.
Benson said events at Gallien’s Beach and Hoodkroft might be cancelled for weather reasons, but Alexander-Carr events will likely happen no matter the weather. For event updates, visit

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