The Hippo


May 30, 2020








Snowflake Social at Concord Food Co-op. Courtesy photo.

Gingerbread joy 

Love gingerbread? Check out these gingerbread house workshops, contests and exhibits.
• Frederick’s Pastries (109 Route 101A, Amherst) will host gingerbread house decorating classes for adults on Thursday, Dec. 1, and for kids on Wednesday, Dec. 7. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 882-7725 or visit 
• Get in the holiday spirit with family gingerbread house decorating workshops at the Goffstown Public Library (2 High St., Goffstown) Choose one of five sessions: Saturday, Nov. 26, at 11 a.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 1, at 3:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. There’s also an adults-only class on Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. Friends of the Goffstown Library will provide the houses and decoration goodies. Registration is required. Visit or call 497-2102.  
• The 26th annual gingerbread house contest exhibit is on view at the Discover Portsmouth Center (10 Middle St., Portsmouth) as part of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth from Friday, Dec. 2, to Friday, Dec. 23, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The display includes entries made by kids, families and local businesses Visit
• Kids age 5 and up can decorate their own pre-constructed gingerbread house during a holiday workshop at Bow Community Center (3 Bow Center Road, Bow) on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. There will be plenty of decorations supplied, but kids can also bring their own to make their houses unique. Kids age 5 through 9 must be accompanied by a parent. The cost is $40 for Bow residents, $45 for non-residents, and registration is required. Call 228-2222 or visit 
• Bring the family for a gingerbread house workshop on Saturday, Dec. 3, with time slots from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m., at Slusser Senior Center (164 Houston Drive, Hopkinton). Assemble and decorate houses together for $15 per house ($20 for non-residents). Space is limited. Registration is required by Monday, Nov. 28. Visit
• The Nashua Senior Activity Center (70 Temple St., Nashua) will have its annual gingerbread house contest on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local businesses, groups and individuals are invited to participate. Houses must be entirely edible, and awards will be given for Best in Show, Most Elegant, Most Charming, Most Scrumptious and People’s Choice. The cost to enter is $10. Call 816-2649 or visit 
• Parents and kids can work together at the gingerbread house decorating workshop put on by Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry) on Sundays, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. Use royal icing and a variety of festive sweets to design and create your own gingerbread house. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. The cost is $40 per pair and registration is required. Visit or call 339-1664.
• The Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Suite 105, Derry) will host a parent-child Christmas dinner date where teams will cook up a personal pizza dinner, then work together to decorate their own gingerbread house. Sessions are held Fridays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. This workshop is open to kids age 5 and up. The cost is $50 per pair and registration is required. Visit or call 339-1664.
• The Amherst Town Library (14 Main St., Amherst) will host a graham cracker gingerbread house parent-child workshop on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Bring a bag of candy to contribute to the potluck decoration supply; all other materials will be provided. This workshop is open to kids age 4 and up. Registration is required. Call 673-2288 or visit 
• The Concord Public Library (45 Green St., Concord) invites kids of all ages to drop in on Wednesday, Dec. 14, between 3 and 7 p.m. to build their own gingerbread tiny house. This activity takes place in the auditorium. Call 225-8670 or visit 
• Chandler’s Cake and Candy (7 Perley St., Concord) is offering a children’s gingerbread workshop on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, open to ages 7 through 10.  All materials will be supplied. The cost is $35, and registration is required. Call 223-0393 or visit

Tasty tidings
Get festive with holiday food and drink events

By Angie Sykeny

 Eat, drink and be merry this holiday season with special dinners, classes, tastings and more. From winemaking and cookie tours to gingerbread house contests and workshops for kids, there will be plenty of foodie fun for all. 

IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, will have a holiday open house shopping and tasting event on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. Guests can browse unique gifts from local artists and vendors while tasting house and limited-edition wines and ciders. Admission is free. Call 891-2477 or visit
• Enjoy an elegant evening of food and entertainment when Grace Ministries (263 Route 125, Brentwood) hosts its 20th annual Christmas Tea on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m., with doors at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25. Visit 
• The fourth annual Holiday Bazaar at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) takes place on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be bistro dining, wine tastings, a wreath-making workshop with Beaver Brook Association and handcrafted gifts by members of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. Call 672-9898 or visit  
• Learn to make tasty appetizers at The Winemaker’s Kitchen Cooking Series holiday appetizers workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst). The cost is $25. Call 672-9898 or visit 
• Brew your own seasonal holiday beer at the split a batch brewing event at IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua) on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. The traditional hearty amber Pilgrim’s Christmas Ale and the new Hoppy Holidaze, a full-bodied red IPA, will be featured. The cost is $30. Participants will return two weeks later for bottling. Call 891-2477 or visit 
• The Quill on the Southern New Hampshire University campus (2500 N. River Road, Manchester) will host a French Christmas dinner on Thursday, Dec. 8. The cost is $35. Visit or call 629-4608.
• The Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Derry) will have a cooking class on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon, as part of its Sweet Saturdays series. Kids ages 6 through 11 are invited to make their own chocolate crinkle cookies and reindeer food snack mix. The cost for the class is $38. Visit or call 339-1664.
• Exchange holiday treats at Goffstown Public Library’s (2 High St., Goffstown) cookie swap on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. Participating bakers must present homemade cookies with flour as the main ingredient. Bring five dozen cookies (no plain chocolate chip, cookie mixes, no-bakes, meringues or brownies) and be sure to share the recipe with the library before Dec. 8. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 497-2102 or visit 
• Let the cookies be your guide at the 12th annual Currier & Ives Cookie Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop at 19 shops in Fitzwilliam, Jaffrey, Rindge, Troy, Dublin, Peterborough and West Swanzey, where there will be homemade treats, refreshments and a recipe for participants. The self-guided tour can begin at any stop, with your ticket as the map. Make sure to bring a cookie tin to store your sweets from each location. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at The Inn at East Hill Farm, The Little River Bed and Breakfast, The Monadnock Inn, The Woodbound Inn and Swanzey Historical Society. Visit
• Celebrate the holidays with coworkers, friends or family at Brookstone Park’s (14 Route 11, Derry) More the Merrier Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Enjoy passed and display hors d’oeuvres, a buffet-style dinner and dessert, along with entertainment. The cost is $59 per person. Call 328-9255 or visit 
• Learn some tips for the holidays at Chez Boucher Cooking School’s (32 Depot Square, Hampton) “Holiday Hits” workshop on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 9 a.m. The menu includes maple roasted squash, crispy Brussels sprouts, creme fraiche mash potatoes, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, glazed ham, various deviled eggs and mushroom orzo. The cost is $99. Call 926-2202 or visit 
• Satisfy your sweet tooth at the 20th annual Inn to Inn Holiday Cookie and Candy Tour on Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this self-guided tour, visit inns in Albany, Bartlett, Eaton, Intervale, Jackson, North Conway, and nearby Fryeburg, Maine, where there will be cookies, candy, a holiday recipe cookbook and decorating ideas. Advance tickets are available by reserving a lodging package with one of the participating inns. Remaining tickets are available Dec. 1 through Dec. 7 for $30 by calling Old Red Inn at 800-338-1356 or 356-2642. Visit
• The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline) will host a holiday afternoon tea on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $34.95. Registration is required. Call 249-9111 or visit
• There’s an “Elegant and Easy Holiday Entertaining” gluten-free cooking demonstration taught by Chef Oonagh Williams, featured chef on WMUR's Cook’s Corner segment, on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the function hall in Wasserman Park (116 Naticook Road, Merrimack). The menu includes shrimp and roasted red pepper dip, sweet spicy salmon on apple slices, chicken sate and no-bake white chocolate raspberry cheesecake. The cost is $45 for Merrimack residents, $50 for non-residents. Call 882-1046 or visit
• Enjoy holiday treats and wine samples while making six bottles of wine to take home during the Holiday Wine Fest at IncrediBREW (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. The wine selection includes several award-winning varieties from the International Wine Competition. No winemaking experience is necessary to participate. Space is limited, and registration is required. Call 891-2477 or visit 
• The Concord Food Co-op (24 S. Main St., Concord) will host the Snowflake Social on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. Get inspiration for your holiday parties as you enjoy free seasonal food and drink samples throughout the store. Call 225-6840 or visit 
• The Quill on the Southern New Hampshire University Campus (2500 N. River Road, Manchester) will host an Italian Christmas dinner on Friday, Dec. 16. The cost is $35. Visit or call 629-4608. 
• Kids ages 3 through 6 are invited to a cooking class at the Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Derry) where they can make and decorate festive reindeer cookies and enjoy a craft or story time between cooking tasks. Sessions are held Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 17, at 1 p.m. The cost is $16. Visit or call 339-1664.
• Birch Wood Vineyards (199 Rockingham Road, Derry) will host its Jingle Ball Holiday Party on Friday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m. Enjoy a cocktail hour of assorted hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, followed by a four-course dinner and dancing until 11 p.m. The cost is $65, and reservations are required. Call 965-7359 or visit 
• If you’re looking for the perfect hostess gift to bring to a holiday party, Chez Boucher Cooking School (32 Depot Square, Hampton) is having a holiday quick breads workshop on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9 a.m. Learn to make delicious breads in an hour or less, including beer bread, popovers and Irish soda biscuits. The cost is $99. Call 926-2202 or visit 

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