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Oct 15, 2019









If you think the J. Geils Band got it right, head to The Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, with others who think love stinks for the pub’s annual Anti-Valentine’s Day party on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 5 p.m. Wear black and enjoy 1980s anti-love rock ballads in the front room and the Rap-Night Manchester crew in the back.

Fun with friends
Spend Valentine’s Day with someone — anyone — you love

By Allie Ginwala

Looking for something to do with your best friend, your sister or by yourself? Valentine’s Day fun isn’t just for couples. Here are some activities that anyone can enjoy on the day (and weekend) of love.

Head outdoors
Portsmouth Fire & Ice Festival
When: Wednesday, Feb. 10, to Monday, Feb. 15
Where: Various locations in Portsmouth
Tickets: Varies based on event
Weekend activities include Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Duck Pond ($5 to $15), street party and ice sculpting demonstration with fire dances at PortWalk Place (free), dog sled rides ($35) and more.
Ice Castles
When: Open Friday, 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. (depending on weather)
Where: 64 Railroad St., Lincoln
Tickets: Varies based on age and purchase time
Wander through a structure made entirely of snow and ice. Stop by Saturday or Sunday between 1 and 5 p.m. to see the Ice Princesses. Dress for the cold temps and be sure to wear good boots.
Valentine’s Snowshoe Hike & Campfire
When: Saturday, Feb. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Beaver Brook Association, 117 Ridge Road, Hollis
Tickets: $50 for two people
Take a peaceful hike along a candlelit trail on the way to a bonfire with homemade refreshments, hot mulled wine and mulled cider.
See a show
Nunsense A-Men
When: Friday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester
Tickets: Range from $25 to $45
It’s the second-longest-running musical in off-Broadway’s history. Support the Order of the Little Sisters of Hoboken, made up of former circus performers, ballerinas and puppeteers, as they put on a variety show to earn funds for their parish. The show includes singing, dancing, an audience quiz and comedy.
Rhapsody in Black
When: Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m.
Where: Capitol Center for the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord
Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for students
Rhapsody in Black is a one-man show that explores LeLand Gantt’s personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. Written and performed by LeLand Gantt and developed at NYC’s Actors Studio by Estelle Parsons. 
Blizzard of Orchids
When: Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Courtyard Marriott, 2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua
Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+, free for children under 12. $15 for a three-day daytime pass
New Hampshire Orchid Society hosts its 25th annual orchid show and sale. Includes guest speakers, free guided tours, exhibits, plants, supplies, jewelry, artwork and more.
Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio — A Valentine’s Day Celebration
When: Sunday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
Where: The Music Hall Loft, 131 Congress St., Portsmouth
Tickets: $27.50
When: Sunday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.
Where: Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester
Tickets: $20 to $75
Presented by Opera New Hampshire, fully staged grand opera with 37 orchestra members, cast and chorus. Plot is a love-in-wartime story.
Coast-It Notes
When: Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.
Where: Dover Public Library, 73 Locust St., Dover
Tickets: Free
A cappella group of young, area professionals will perform a set of love songs.
Hearts and arts
Muse Paintbar
When: Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: Muse Paintbar, 42 Hanover St., Manchester
Tickets: Prices vary per painting
On Friday, paint two trees and one heart (as a single or couple); on Saturday, paint swinging birds or a fluttering heart, and on Sunday paint snow love birds or an umbrella embrace.
Cork & Canvas
When: Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: Cork & Canvas Paint and Sip, 84 N. Main St., Concord
Tickets: $35 per painting
Choose from three paintings throughout the afternoon, each with a love theme.
Graffiti Paintbar
When: Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14
Where: Graffiti Paintbar, 2 Celli Drive, Nashua
Tickets: Prices vary per painting
Paint a wintry scene with polar bears in love Friday night; love birds or a message in the sand (for couples or solo) on Saturday; a snow couple, the “key to my heart” or a heart tree with birds (for couples or solo) on Sunday.
Fun with food
Sweet Remedies: Chocolate & Cordial Making Class
When: Thursday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Summit Holistic Medicine, Sparrow Holistic Health Center, 92 Portsmouth Ave., Suite 10, Exeter
Tickets: $35
Learn to make herb-infused chocolates, hot chocolate and Damiana cordial love elixir, then take home what you make.
Cookin’ with Coffee
When: Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Chez Boucher Cooking School, 32 Depot Square, Hampton
Tickets: $99
Hands-on class all about cooking with coffee. Menu includes pork tenderloin roulade stuffed with blue cheese and dates, boneless chicken drumsticks with mushroom duxelle and maple coffee glaze, jalapeno cheeseburgers with coffee barbecue sauce, coffee flan and Jamaican coffee brownies.
Wine & Chocolate Tasting
When: Sunday, Feb. 14, from noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Jewell Towne Vineyards, 183 Whitehall Road, South Hampton
Annual event featuring Lindt chocolate. 
Get sporty
Massabesic Audubon Raven’s Race 5k
When: Sunday, Feb. 14. Registration starts at 6:45 a.m., race begins at 10 a.m.
Where: 26 Audubon Way, Auburn, fields and woods at center to Battery Point
Tickets: $30 entry fee
Snowshoeing race to support the animals and nature education. Come with a partner for the couples division or race individually. Warm up after with hot chili. Snowshoe rentals available on a first come, first served basis.
Manchester Monarchs vs. Wheeling Nailers
When: Sunday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m.
Where: Verizon Wireless Arena, 555 Elm St., Manchester
Tickets: Range from $5 to $30
UNH hockey
Wildcats vs. UVM Catamounts (Men’s team)
When: Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, at 5 p.m.
Where: Whittemore Center Arena, 128 Main St., Durham
Tickets: $18 to $24
Wildcats vs. BU Terriers (Women’s team)
When: Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.
Where: Whittemore Center Arena, 128 Main St., Durham
Tickets: $7 for adults, $5 for youth

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