We’re full of turkey, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce, and there’s plenty of long weekends to enjoy as the holiday season begins.
Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond opens at Strawbery Banke in Portsmouth on Friday
Run away on your turkey and leftovers this weekend. The Strawbery Banke Museum outdoor ice rink in Portsmouth will open for the season on Friday 25th November at 9am weather permitting. New this year are online tickets available in advance. Online tickets are available prior to opening and will be announced on Page, Facebook.com/PuddleDockPondAtStrawberyBanke
Once the rink is open for the season, online ticket sales will begin at 5pm each Sunday when the weekly ice schedule is released. Tickets can be purchased both online and in person on a weekly, first come, first served basis. Telephone reservations are not currently accepted.
There will be daily public skating on the rink in timed sessions. Free public ice skating takes place once a week on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Rentals, skating lessons, and sharpening services are available.
Ticket prices have remained the same for the 2022/23 season. Admission is $12 for children ages 5 and up. Skate rental is $6 and skate sharpening is $7. Strawbery Banke members and active duty military receive 50% off ice skating tickets. The weekly schedule will be posted on strawberybanke.org/skate.cfm and on Facebook.
For information on schedules, classes and event rentals, contact Kayley Vavra at 603.422.0600 or [email protected]
Donald Hall’s “Christmas Snow” makes its debut in Pontine
Portsmouth’s Pontine Theater will premiere its original production of Donald Hall’s Christmas Snow this weekend. The play pays tribute to beloved New Hampshire poet Donald Hall with an original two-actor staging of his story “Christmas Snow,” first published in The New Yorker in December 1964.
Hall writes of his 1938 vacation trip to Eagle Pond Farm, his grandparents’ home in Wilmot, NH, when he was 10 years old. This story combines reminiscences, anecdotes and vignettes that capture the spirit of a New England Christmas amidst the quiet joys of rural life. Pontine received special permission from the Donald Hall Estate to direct this story for New England audiences. Co-artistic directors Greg Gathers and Marguerite Mathews are joined on stage by violinist Ellen Carlson.
Performances will be held November 25 through December 4 at Pontine’s 1845 Plains Schoolhouse Theater, located at 1 Plains Ave., Portsmouth. Shows are at 7pm on Fridays, 3pm on Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets are available at pontine.org. This production is guaranteed by the Piscataqua Savings Bank. Following the Portsmouth performance, Pontine’s “Christmas Snow” production will tour 18 communities in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Tickets are $29, general admission; $26 for seniors and students.
“The Adventures of Sleepyhead” at The Player’s Ring
Portsmouth’s Players’ Ring Theater has long been known as a hub for new work and a hub for artists exploring innovative forms of storytelling. This weekend, November 25-27, award-winning clown and local storyteller Gemma Soldieri brings her one-woman family comedy The Adventures of Sleepyhead to the Players’ Ring stage, perfect for dreamers of all ages.
“The Adventures of the Sleepyhead” takes the audience on a journey to find out where dreams come from and where they are going. The interactive show of puppetry, comedy and clowning comes to the Players’ Ring stage following successful performances at the Capitol Center for the Arts/Bank of NH Stage in Concord and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “What inspired me to write this particular story and adventure for Sleepyhead was the cultural phenomenon of telling children to follow their dreams, but then telling adults or ourselves that our dreams don’t matter.” , said author and performer Gemma Soldieri. “I wanted to highlight this shift in thinking from childhood to adulthood and explore what happens to our dreams as we grow up.”
The Adventures of the Sleepyhead airs Friday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, November 27 at 10:00 a.m and 2:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $27, student and senior tickets are $22, and child tickets are $17. Visit playerring.org for more information and tickets.
Dance Addendum for Presentation of ‘The Nutcracker’
The Dance Annex production of The Nutcracker returns to the Star Theater in Kittery, Maine for two weekends, November 25-27 and December 3-4, featuring some of the Seacoast’s finest dancers, special ones guest artists and students.
Visit thedanceannexstudio.com for more information. The Star Theater is located in the Kittery Community Center at 120 Rogers Road in Kittery. Tickets cost $25 to $33 and are available at portsmouthnhtickets.com.
Truffle’s Turkey Jam at Stone Church
Seacoast band Truffle will play their annual Turkey Jam show at Stone Church in Newmarket on Friday 25th November at 8pm. Tickets cost $15 and are available at stonechurchrocks.com.
The Dover Holiday Parade starts on Sunday
Organized by Cochecho Friends, a volunteer group and 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and city guides, the Dover Holiday Parade makes its grand comeback on Sunday, November 27, three days after the Thanksgiving holiday, following the old tradition. The parade starts at 3:00 p.m. Visit cochechofriends.com for more information.