Emerging from a long winter hibernation can be disorienting. You hole up so long inside the house you nearly forget what the rest of the world beyond your doorstep has to offer. What are these things called sunshine and warmth? Where should I go? What should I do?
photo credit: New England Youth Theatre
Let us help! The Monadnock area offers a wealth of ongoing community activities that can ease the transition from your winter freeze to your spring and summer thaw. We’ve selected five possibilities. Be sure to check out dozens of other options through the Keene Sentinel calendar.
- Tango Tuesdays. It takes two to tango, but it also takes a Tuesday and a trip to Brattleboro, Vermont, where Brattleboro Tango offers classes, practices, milongas, and more, to dancers of all shapes, sizes, abilities, genders, or role preferences. You don’t need to bring a partner, but you will want to wear a pair of soft-soled shoes. Tango lovers will be on the floor from 7 to 10 p.m. each Tuesday, at 118 Elliot Street. You can’t miss it. It’s a blue, one-story building with the numbers “118” in big black letters on white paneling.
- Monadnock Trivia Monday. Every Monday night, from 7 to 9 p.m., you and a team of six likeminded friends can gather at Cooper’s Hill Public House in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and hone your trivia skills in a social setting that’s 100 times better than sitting in front of the television or even being on television. It’s free to play, and prizes are awarded to first and second place teams.
- Tibetan Tea & Community Acupuncture. We know—getting stuck with needles is not for everyone. But throw in a nice cup of tea and the company of a supportive group of people, and you might find there’s something going on each Friday at Chrysalis Community Health Center in Peterborough, New Hampshire, worth checking out. The group acupuncture session lasts for 30 minutes, and you get to relax and replenish with a soothing cup of herbal tea. Reservations are required. The cost is $20.
- Radical Reads. Are you edgy in a literary sort of way? If you are, and you are 18 years or older, you might want to hook up with the Radical Reads adult book club at the Jaffrey Public Library in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. The reading material and topics for this book club are chosen for their tendency to push adults out of their comfort zones. So if you are ready to discomfort yourself, register for this club and pick up a book at the main desk at the library. The next two meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, April 11 and June 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bean Room at the library.
- New England Youth Theatre. There are more live theatre opportunities in our neck of the woods than you can shake a stick at, but if you were to shake a stick at just one of them, you might settle on New England Youth Theatre in Brattleboro, Vermont. This spring and summer, April through August, the kids will be offering everything from musicals to dramas to children’s fairytales. And the price of admission is outrageously affordable—from free to just $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Shows take place at 100 Flat Street, in Brattleboro, Vermont, just a hop and a skip away from Canal Street off of I-91.