A&E Weekend Top 10

Weekend 'Top 10' Planner: February 24-26, 2017

Winter break for New Hampshire students begins this weekend so there will be plenty of family-centered activities at the ski areas, local libraries, and attractions throughout the state. Take some time off and spend it with your family. Don't miss out - you'll make great memories that your kids will appreciate later in life. We've highlighted the best events and created a list of the Top 10 Things to Do in New Hampshire this weekend.

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28th Annual Chocolate Festival

Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The 28th Annual Chocolate Festival kicks off Sunday at the Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Foundation in Intervale. This burn-more-calories-than-you-take-in day is - as they call it - the "Sweetest Day on the Trails." People come from great distances to cross country ski, snowshoe or drive from inn-to-inn along the trails of our 45 km network to enjoy the spectacular scenery, warm hospitality, and great chocolate treats at stops throughout the network, most located along the trails. This may be the only day of the year when chocolate indulgence is totally guilt-free because - hopefully - you'll be burning more calories than you take in. Chocoholics cross country ski or snowshoe the trails to enjoy chocolate prepared every way imaginable. Many return year after year to enjoy the Chocolate Festival, often returning with a larger group of friends each time. It's truly a sweet celebration. Chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate fountains and fondue, brownie sundaes, and chocolate cookies of all kinds are just some of the treats you'll enjoy at the trailside stops. Every participant will have a Festival map and brochure for each trailside business to validate to confirm your stop. Also, you may present your Festival pass on the day of the event to other North Conway area businesses for more special offers. A Festival Pass is $30 in advance and can be purchased online. They jump to $35 on the day of the event. Happy trails!

Best of Boston Comedy

Friday, 8 p.m.
The winter doldrums can take a toll on our sense of humor, but once again here's an opportunity to get out and laugh. The Best of Boston Comedy features headliners Brad Mastrangelo and Paul Nardizi with Steve Guilmette and Drew Dunn at the Capitol Center for the Arts this weekend. Brad was first pushed to the stage by a dare in 1991, he's been in constant demand from Boston to Las Vegas. The ultimate story teller, Brad's unique routine never fails to hit home with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Paul Nardizzi began his comedy career in 1990 and quickly became a Boston area favorite and a national headliner within four years. He has made numerous appearances on Conan O'Brien, Comedy Central, won the Boston Comedy Festival Competition and is one of the most requested acts on XM Satellite Radio. He's known nationally for his rapid-fire comedy style. Tickets are $19-$23.


Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This weekend Waterville Valley has many activities on the schedule, but this one is all the rage lately. Have you ever heard of a fat bike? We hadn't either - until this year - and Waterville Valley will give you a chance to try one out and have some fat winter fun. FattyFest, presented by Polartec, offers experienced fatty-riders and newcomers alike the opportunity to shake off the cold, embrace the season and spend time with friends on bikes. There will be demo bikes, a demo area, recreational tour routes and races in Expert and Sport classes. There will be no Series this season. We want to focus on presenting one spectacular day of fat biking. The festival has something for everybody – bike demos, tours, races, vendors, swag, a party and, based out of Waterville Valley's Town Square, a terrific venue. So, c'mon out and get your fat on at a day-long celebration of fatties. You must register if you want to race: http://fatbikenh.com/register/ or call 603-682-9954 for more information.

Boogie Wonder Band

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
The Boogie Wonder Band takes the stage at the Palace Theatre in Manchester this weekend. Known worldwide getting any party started and getting crowds on their feet, The Boogie Wonder Band, is coming to Manchester!
This incredible funky band has traveled the planet, drawing huge crowds wherever they go. From their flashy, eye-popping costumes, each member of The Boogie Wonder Band brings a unique persona as they take you on the greatest voyage since "the Mothership." This band puts on a phenomenal show second to no other. We doubt you'll be able to stop yourself from getting up to boogie. It's DANCE fever, not cabin fever, anymore. Tickets are $25.50-$35.50.

USASA Boarder/Skier Cross

Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Meanwhile back at Waterville Valley, the USASA Boarder/Skier Cross competition takes over the resort with USASA Members racing their way through their custom BX/SX course at Waterville Parks. This is the way it works. Each competitor will run the course alone for a time trial. Competitors will be seeded and bracketed based upon the time trial results and the number of competitors within each group. They will run the largest heats of the day first. Heats of less than four can take a 2nd "Fun Run" if they choose and time allows, but the results of the first race will represent the official results. Conciliation runs are given. In the case that a group's size is not a factor of four, the athletes with the slowest time trials will race in a Last Chance Qualifier bracket for an opportunity to advance. Just come watch all the excitement. Call 1-800-468-2553 for additional details.


Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.,
Sunday, 2 p.m.

See a performance of Urinetown by the Dartmouth Theater Department at the Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hanover this weekend. This Tony-winning musical is a whip-smart look at a future in which water is worth its weight in gold. Reminiscent of the scathing social musicals of Brecht and Weil, this three-time Tony winner is a “hilariously funny and touchingly honest” (The New York Times) send-up of greed, love and musicals (!) in a future in which water is worth its weight in gold. Urinetown is “flush” with smart, high-energy numbers that temper its depiction of a drought-crazed dystopia in which a single malevolent company profits from one of humanity's most basic needs. Tickets are $10-$15.

Cardboard Box Sled Derby

Saturday, 1 p.m.
There will be a Cardboard Box Sled Derby this weekend at the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough. There are a few reasons to be a part of this: fun, family, friends, fresh air and sled flair. Work with your families and friends to create your very own sled out of cardboard and try it out on the snow at Castle in the Clouds. Cardboard Box Sleds and riders will be judged on creativity, design, and theme. Ribbons will be awarded in multiple categories. After the derby, guests are invited to stay and continue the sledding fun. Warm up by the fire pit and enjoy hot cocoa and goodies, compliments of Castle in the Clouds and the Moultonborough Rec Department. This is a free event that is open to the public. Donations are appreciated to help provide additional prgrams and events like this in the future. If you didn't have a chance to build a cardboard sled, come with your family, cheer on the riders and their silly and sleek designs, and plan for next year.

Classic 70's Retrospective

Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a Classic 70's Retrospective with Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat and singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards. They will bring us an evening unforgettable music. Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends - such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night - songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age. Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett first played together on the album ”Dixie Chicken" some thirty-five years ago and have been working together ever since. They have rocked the Flying Monkey multiple times and always have the whole house singing along. Don't miss these classic 70's musicians on one stage at the Flying Monkey Performance Center in Plymouth. Tickets are $35+.

Juston McKinney

Saturday, 6 p.m.
The Waterville Valley Resort welcomes Juston McKinney to the resort's Conference and Event Center this weekend. The New Hampshire native appears often on our "Top 10" because no two shows are exactly the same, and because we like the idea of supporting one of own. McKinney has two Comedy Central Specials including his own one-hour special and multiple appearances on the Tonight Show and on Conan O'Brien but there's no place like home. McKinney nails the lifestyle of New Hampshire, perhaps because he lives it. If you can't make it, he performs here a lot, so you can expect to see him on our list again soon. Tickets are $20.

Comic Hypnotist Frank Santos, Jr.

Friday, 8 p.m.
R-Rated Comic Hypnotist Frank Santos, Jr. will take the stage at the Rochester Opera House this weekend. Santos has been mesmerizing audiences for over twenty years with his spectacular display of mind bending antics that can turn any skeptic into a fan. No two shows are ever the same as the audience becomes the stars. Under his hypnotic spell, audience members are more than willing to follow every command, from awkward to outrageous in the unpredictable, hilarious, laugh until your sides hurt! There is no better cure for Cabin Fever. Laughter really is the best medicine. Tickets are $24-$26.

7th Annual Oscar Party

Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
M&D Playhouse will present its 7th Annual Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Beef and Ski in North Conway. Alec Kerr, film and theater critic for the Conway Daily Sun, will be providing trivia throughout the night, with the opportunity to win prizes for the most correct answers. Guests are suggested to don evening wear or come as a favorite actor or character, but be prepared for the paparazzi. There will be a prize for the best dressed. Food will be provided by Taste of Thai, Via Roma, Bavarian Chocolate Haus and Beef and Ski. Visit oscar.go.com/nominees to see the nominees and begin preparing for the event. As always, the person with the most accurate guesses of who will win at the Oscars receives the grand prize package. Prizes have generously been donated by Mount Valley Mall Cinema 7, Mystery NH and NH Sports & Gaming Outlet. This is a fundraiser for M&D. There is a suggested donation of $12.

Just Over the Border: Lowell Winterfest

Friday, 5 p.m.,
Saturday, 11 a.m.

If you feel like taking a short ride for some family-filled fun, look no further than Lowell and their Winterfest Celebration. This major event takes place in downtown Lowell and features live music, outdoor amusement rides, free ice-skating, an all-you-can-eat chocolate festival, a Craft Beer Showcase and competition, the North Bowl Soup Competition, a winter Farmers' Market games and activities in the Family Fun Zone. There will also be a laser light show, music, and fireworks. That about covers it! We're on our way....save some soup, a craft beer and some chocolate for us. Admission is free, but there are fees for some activities. It's also Kidsweek in Lowell. Check out their schedule of events. Some activities may require registration.

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