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Hate Mail

When I think of the White Mountains, I often envision slopes dotted with colorful skiers, snow dappled villages nestled in between towering mountains, and mugs of hot chocolate taken by the fire in the lodge. What I do not imagine is theater. But theater the White Mountains has.

On stage at the Jean’s Playhouse, the newest year-round venue of the Papermill Theatre Company, in Lincoln Saturday, February 16 at 7:30pm, Hate Mail is a story of a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in an angst-filled artist. It all starts when the boy sends a complaint letter that gets the girl fired from her job, and the intensity grows with the correspondence that passes between them. You can purchase tickets online or call the box office at 603-745-2141.

The Papermill Theatre Company is a part of the North Country Center for the Arts, a non-profit arts organization started in 1986 by a group of local business leaders. Raising $2.6 million in a capital campaign, the NCCA built Jean’s Playhouse in order to serve the community year-round not only through theater productions but also by providing needed facilities to schools and non-profits and strengthening the region through increased employment opportunities. So after the last run of the night, skip the hot cocoa by the fire and head over to Jean’s Playhouse to support a great community organization.

Very, Very Valentine’s Dance

We know you all secretly yearn to be picked for Dancing with the Stars. So what better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than spending the night with your family at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover learning to ballroom dance from the dancers at Portsmouth Ballroom.  

On Saturday, February 16, from 6 -8:30pm, enjoy an evening of family fun that includes not only dancing but also sweetheart keepsake photos, sweet snacks and more. Tickets are $10 per person for museum members, and $15 for non-members. Children one and under are free. Call 603-742-2002 to make a reservation or purchase tickets online.

Dig out your dancing shoes and spend a night under the glittering disco ball!

Neil Simon’s California Suite

This is something that is on my personal bucket list: dinner theater.

Grab a table at the Chateau Restaurant in Manchester and enjoy Stage One Productions’ presentation of Neil Simon’s California Suite. A humorous production that chronicles the comings and goings of a series of hotel guests, this show will keep you laughing while also making you feel better about yourself.

With shows on February 15, 16 and 17, call the box at 603-669-5511 for ticket prices. Doors open at 7pm with the buffet serving at 7:30pm. Curtain call is at 8:45pm, so get there early to nab the best food and the best seat in the house.

Check It Out

You will want to be in Claremont on Saturday from noon until 3pm, and make sure to bring your recycling. That’s right. It’s the 6th Annual Cardboard Sled Race at the Arrowhead Recreation Area. Sleds must be constructed of only tape and cardboard. Spectators are free to come watch, but if you want to sled, make sure to register online.

And remember, if you have an event you want me to write about, send me an email at fun@stayworkplay.org.