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Oct 16, 2019








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Derry Frost Festival

When: Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: Various Derry locations
Cost: Free 
Visit: or Derry Frost Festival event page on Facebook
Cancellations: The outdoor activities on Sunday may be cancelled if there is inadequate snow and ice. Watch for updates online, or call the Recreation Office at 432-6136. 

Frosty Fun
Derry Frost Festival offers weekend of winter activities

By Angie Sykeny

 Snow sports, a chili contest and a puppet show are just a few of the things to do and see during the 17th annual Derry Frost Festival. From Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14, there will be free winter activities for all ages happening at various locations around town. 

“Sometimes the cost of things prohibits families from going out, so [the festival] has a lot of different activities they may not normally get to do without traveling or paying a fair amount of money,” event chair Linda Benson said. “No one has to pay. They can just show up and have fun.”
The festival kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. with a spaghetti supper at Hood Middle School (5 Hood Road). Free tickets are available through the Recreation Office.
Saturday activities begin with the 5K for FFA Snowshoe Race at J&F Farms (108 Chester Road). The 2.5K and 5K races start at 11 a.m. See for details. 
Stop by Veterans Hall (31 W. Broadway) at noon for a family show, where the library will debut its new puppet show based on William Steig’s picture book The Amazing Bone. Join in a game of Twister before Wildlife Encounters takes the stage with a program featuring live animals.
Kids’ games will be held inside Orange Leaf (55 Crystal Ave.) from 1 to 3 p.m., including a cornhole competition, board games, a coloring contest and a raffle to win a life-size R2-D2 cooler. 
For teens, there will be a teen night at the Church of the Transfiguration (1 Hood Road) from 4 to 6 p.m., with various activities, games, crafts, a dance and more. Pizza and snacks will be provided.
Spend an “inconceivable” evening at the Adams Memorial Opera House (29 W. Broadway), where This Is My Derry will present a special showing of The Princess Bride at 7:30 p.m. Quoting along and character/time period costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. (See for admission details.) 
On Sunday, there will be all kinds of outdoor activities at three locations. Alexander-Carr Playground (28 Pierce Ave.) will be open for sledding from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a bonfire starting at noon. Ice Breakers of Manchester will be doing a Star Wars-themed ice sculpture demonstration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids can warm up inside the lodge with crafts, face-painting and the Frost Festival King & Queen Contest from 1 to 3 p.m.
Grab your skates and head to Gallien’s Town Beach (39 Pond Road) from noon to 3 p.m., where there will be open hockey and skating, fun with the Pinkerton Academy Hockey Team, and an ice fishing demonstration at noon. Don’t forget to stop by the chili contest to sample and vote for your favorite chili.
HoodKroft Country Club (121 E. Broadway) is the place for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and snowmobiling from noon to 4 p.m. Instructors will be on hand to provide demonstrations, tutorials and safety guidelines. If you need a break from the snow sports, there will also be cookie-decorating with the Culinary Playground from 1 to 3 p.m.
“There’s something for everyone,” Benson said. “The little kids love to play with the Pinkerton hockey players, and other people like the snowmobiling and the chili contest and all that, so everyone, young and old, can get out and enjoy the winter.” 

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