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Festival-goers enjoy a dog sled ride at last year’s Fire and Ice Festival. Courtesy Photo.




Fire & Ice Festival

Where: Downtown Portsmouth 
When: Thursday, Feb. 12, through Monday, Feb. 16
Visit: portsmouthchamber.org




Playing with Fire & Ice
Portsmouth holds annual winter festival

02/12/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Can’t decide if you want to warm up by the fire or venture into the snow? At Portsmouth’s second annual Fire & Ice Festival, you can have the best of both worlds. 

The festival runs Thursday, Feb. 12, to Monday, Feb. 16, and is held at various locations around downtown Portsmouth. 
“The Fire & Ice Festival incorporates all the winter fun that is represented by ice, including our ice-carving demonstration, the dog sleds, ice skating and the Portsmouth Gas Light’s outdoor bar as well and the warmth and comfort of all of our indoor events including the bar crawl, theater and live music,” said Amanda Beaulieu, Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce events coordinator.
The fun begins with the Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at the Strawbery Banke Museum from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Warm up at the Blue Mermaid Island Grill for the Fire and Ice Kickoff Party from 5 to 7 p.m., complete with an ice bar and drink specials. 
Popular events from last year that are making a comeback include the Fire & Ice Bar Crawl and Cocktail Competition on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., and the Portsmouth Gas Light Ice Fest on Friday and Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at noon. 
For the family, Strawbery Museum has dog sled rides, which sold out last year and are now offered for two days, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 per sled and are available for purchase online at the Strawbery Banke Museum website. 
There are several shows happening throughout the week at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Players’ Ring, and the Music Hall. Shows include the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center Jazz Night, Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?, Mike MacDonald Comedy Xxtranvaganza, and Guys and Dolls, to name a few. 
Beaulieu says she is especially excited about the first ever ice carving demonstration, sponsored by Reliable Restoration and Recovery, which will showcase how an ice sculpture is made. This free event is on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the corner of Market and Hanover streets. 
In you’re looking to do some shopping, many stores are offering 15 to 25 percent off merchandise during the festival. 
“There is something for everyone at the Fire & Ice Festival,” said Beaulieu. “We have a little of everything happening downtown, so whether you want to see a show and then enjoy a dinner in one of our many restaurants, or you would like to enjoy the ice bars and hearth cooking, it’s there.”
For a complete list of events, times and locations, visit portsmouthchamber.org. 
“Our vision is to encourage community involvement and build awareness of Portsmouth as a winter destination for family fun, superb culinary experiences, shopping and evening entertainment,” said Beaulieu.  
 
As seen in the February 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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