spring craft fair 2014Looking to get out and be inspired with the colors of spring and possibly find new treasures for your garden and home? This weekend’s Spring Craft Fair is a great way to start the new season with fresh, creative ideas, and is the precursor to a fun year of arts events ahead in the Lakes Region! The Lakes Region Spring Craft Fair takes place this Saturday, March 29th, 10 – 4, and Sunday March 30th, 10 – 3, at Opechee Conference Center in Laconia, NH. This is a juried arts and crafts fair hosting a variety of exhibits, including spring floral arrangements, bird houses, garden decor, glass art, fine jewelry, wooden crafts, wood turned pens, 3-D glass globes, quilts and other fabric items, wearable art, soft sculpture, soy candles, personalized crafts, photography, folk art, country decorations, paintings, gourmet foods, and much more!

Wedding danceSpring is here! It’s time to come out of hibernation and dust off your dancing shoes to celebrate! Wedding season is also right around the corner, and for those who wish to learn some new moves or brush up on their dance skills, Sacred Waters Yoga at Mill Falls is offering three new series of classes that will shake off the cold of winter and warm you up from inside! Starting this coming Wednesday, March 26th, seasoned dance instructor Juli Pruden will be at Sacred Waters Yoga to lead beginner classes in Latin Dance, Ballroom Dance, and Blues Dance…

[caption id="attachment_1727" align="alignleft" width="300"]Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm Snowshoeing at Prescott Farm[/caption] After a very snowy February and a fresh dusting this week, conditions are perfect for winter sports all across New England. In addition to Alpine skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, sledding, and tubing, the Lakes Region of New Hampshire has some great spots for the quieter pursuits of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Just off the beaten path, these trails offer a great way to get some exercise while enjoying spectacular views of pristine lakes and forests!

Got cabin fever? The Greater Meredith Program has your passport to get out and about during the month of March with amazing discounts, special offers, and fun-filled events offered by Lakes Region businesses and organizations, as well as a chance to win a prize-filled sap bucket that’s specially hand-painted by a local artist. The Meredith Cabin Fever Promotion will run from March 1st through the 29th and will be celebrated by retail shops, restaurants, and other locally owned businesses all around Meredith Village. The Greater Meredith Program has printed up a Passport Game Card and Events Guide that can be found at participating businesses throughout the Village. Folks who visit any of the participating businesses during the month of March can get their passports stamped or initialed for each location, and with ten valid endorsements can then enter to win the “Cabin Fever” Grand Prize Drawing—a hand-painted traditional maple sap bucket filled with prizes from local businesses. Stamped passports should be dropped into the entry box at Mame’s Restaurant by 5 pm on Saturday, March 29th to be entered in the 5:30 pm drawing. Players do not need to be present to win.

[caption id="attachment_1766" align="alignleft" width="300"]Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center! Visitors might see a mountain lion at Squam Lakes Natural Science Center![/caption] Kids from Maine and Massachusetts are on vacation this week, and next week will be New Hampshire’s turn. To celebrate, several local organizations have some great activities planned. Whether you like sporty activities, quiet outdoor adventures, or creative indoor pursuits, there is something for everyone going on in the Lakes Region!

[caption id="attachment_2180" align="alignright" width="312"]Winter Fest sleigh Sleigh ride at Prescott Farm[/caption] We’ve got fresh snow and it’s time to get out and play! In celebration of winter in New England and its many fun traditions, a few local organizations are hosting some great parties, and everyone is invited—so get out your boots and mittens and head to the Lakes Region this weekend and next! Here’s what’s happening…

fishing derbyNext weekend, the frozen surface of Lake Winnipesaukee will be transformed into a bustling metropolis of ice-fishing bob houses and folks gathered from all over the country to participate in one of the Lakes Region’s biggest winter events. The Great Rotary Fishing Derby has been drawing crowds to Lake Winnipesaukee for 35 years, with anglers hoping to snag the heaviest eligible fish for a chance to win the grand prize.

Recycled PercussionWarm up this weekend in Plymouth, NH, with a spectacular high-energy performance that will get your feet and spirit moving! The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center will be hosting a world-class percussion group that is returning to New Hampshire after a successful run in Las Vegas, and you won’t want to miss this show! "Recycled Percussion" will be at the Flying Monkey on Saturday, January 11th for their 4th annual performance, with two shows this year due to popular demand. Tickets sold out far in advance the past three years, so they’ve added a matinee performance this year. The matinee starts at 2:30pm and the evening show starts at 7:30pm. This historic, renovated 1920s theater also offers snacks and meals before and during performances. For the matinee, sandwiches, healthy snacks, and concessions will be available, and the evening performance will have an optional 6pm dinner service with a children's menu. The Flying Monkey’s unique seating layout allows guests to enjoy performances in ways no other venues in New Hampshire offer. There is a lounge with comfy couches and chairs in the balcony section, the orchestra seating is as close to the stage as most venues’ gold seating sections, the riser and balcony sections have reserved table seating with food and beverage service, and a full-service bar sits at the back of reserved seating, allowing guests to enjoy beverages within the main hall during performances.