Leaving the Bubble: The Upper Valley's wintry offerings

By Malika Khurana | 1/14/12 4:37pm

Just over a week has passed since we all got back from break, and we’re (inevitably) getting sucked back into the Dartmouth bubble. But we can slow down the inevitable, or at least take a break from it. Get away from the repetitive Dartmouth schedule of classes, library study sessions and meetings and try something different —whether it’s in Hanover itself (I can’t blame you for not wanting to venture out further in this weather) or anywhere in the Upper Valley.

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Sleigh Ride Weekend at Billings Farm (Woodstock, Vt.) On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Jan. 14-16), from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Billings Farm will be open for tours of the farm, sleigh rides and jack jumper sledding (which involves sitting on a seat attached to what is essentially a single ski, and looks ridiculously fun and dangerous).

Admission: $12

Directions: Advanced Transit doesn’t run to Woodstock, but it’s only a 20-30 minute drive down US-4 W.


Winter Farmers Market (Norwich, Vt.) On select Saturdays in the winter (this Saturday, Jan. 14 being one of them!), the Norwich Winter Farmers Market will be held (indoors, thank goodness!). The market has crafts, jewelry, winter vegetables — think squash, kale and other good hearty vegetables — and ready-to-eat food.

Admission: Free

Directions: Take the AT Brown Line and request a stop at the corner of Main St. & Church St. The market is in Tracy Hall, 300 Main St.


Lebanon Farmers Market (Lebanon, N.H.) Every third Saturday of the month (this month’s market falls on Jan. 21), the Lebanon Farmers Market is held indoors, with plenty of winter vegetables and read-to-eat food on sale. Many of the vendors that used to come to the Hanover Farmers Market also sell at the Lebanon and Norwich markets.

Admission: Free

Directions: Take the AT Blue Line and request a stop at School St. (near the Lebanon Public Library) in Lebanon. The market is in the Lebanon United Methodist Church, on School St.


EMC Lebanon 6 (Lebanon, NH) While the Nugget is a great gem to have in town, it doesn’t always play the newest movies. This week at EMC Lebanon, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011), "Mission Impossible" (2011), "The Muppets" (2011) and "New Year’s Eve" (2011) are playing.

Admission: Matinee $6, Regular $8.50

Directions: Take the AT Orange Line to West Leb, transfer to the Red Line, and get off at Miracle Mile Plaza. The cinema is to the left of Price Chopper.


Nugget Theatre Schedule:

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Friday: 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00

Saturday and Sunday: 1:30 | 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00

Monday - Thursday: 6:30 | 9:00

[R] (Running Time 2:11)

War Horse

Friday: 5:00 | 8:00

Saturday and Sunday: 2:00 | 5:00 | 8:00

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 Only!

[PG-13] (Running Time 2:30)

Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

Friday: 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00

Saturday and Sunday: 1:30 | 4:00 | 6:30 | 9:00

Monday - Thursday: 6:30 | 9:00

[PG-13] (Running Time 2:13)

Adventures Of TinTin 3D

Shown in Digital 3D!

Friday: 4:10 | 6:40 | 9:10

Saturday and Sunday: 1:40 | 4:10 | 6:40 | 9:10

Monday - Thursday: 6:40 | 9:10

[PG] (Running Time 1:49)

Astronomical Observing (Hanover, N.H.) Every Friday throughout the winter (Jan. 6-March 9), Shattuck Observatory will open up for the public to view the Moon, planets, and stars through its astronomical telescopes. Viewing times are from 8 to 10 p.m., as long as skies are clear (call 603- 646-9100 to confirm that viewing is open).

Admission: Free

Directions: Shattuck Observatory is located on Observatory Road. It is on the edge of the BEMA, behind Wilder.

Malika Khurana