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Snowshoers at last year’s fest. Courtesy of Beaver Brook Association.




Winter Family Fun Fest

Where: LaBelle Winery, 35 Route 101, Amherst
When: Saturday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call: 672-9898
Visit: labellewinerynh.com




Winter at the winery
Labelle Winery hosts Winter Family Fun Fest

02/26/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



When you’re looking for activities to do with the kids, heading to a winery probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but on Saturday, Feb. 28, you can bring the whole family to LaBelle Winery in Amherst for its second annual Winter Family Fun Fest, a day of free activities for all ages. 

“Last year it was a smashing success. Hundreds of people of all ages attended and enjoyed the various activities,” said Michelle Thornton, director of sales, programs and business development. 
For wine enthusiasts, there will be an opportunity to take a guided tour, either walking or snowshoeing, through the vineyards and learn about how the vines are reacting to the winter weather. The tour will be led by the LaBelle vineyard manager and guides from the Beaver Brook Association of Hollis, who will be renting out snowshoes. Tours launch at 11:15 a.m., 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. If you’re looking to take a wine home, there will be wine specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Beaver Brook will also be hosting a kids’ winter birding program. From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. there will be a winter bird talk, bird-spotting walk (children’s snowshoes also available) and a make-your-own bird snack feeder to take home. Between 11:15 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. kids will have the chance to do a bird silhouette craft, which they can stick on their windows to help prevent bird window strikes, and play a game of “bird bingo.” Beaver Brook will also be guiding sledding and snowshoeing activities throughout the day.
“We are always looking for ways to get people outside and connected with their  environment,” said Celeste Barr, Beaver Brook education and community affairs director. “Especially in the winter, it’s difficult to encourage people to get outside, but once you’re properly dressed and moving around, it’s enjoyable.”
Art buffs can stop at the winery’s art gallery for the newest exhibit arranged by McGowan Fine Art of Concord. The exhibit, “Vineyards of Europe,” features the paintings of Thomas Glover, a New Hampshire artist whose work was inspired by his recent trip to Italy. For the kids, students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art will be offering face painting from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If you get hungry during all the activities, the bistro will be holding specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy a variety of soups, freshly baked cookies and hot chocolate, or try a traditional maple sugar snow cone courtesy of Fuller’s Sugarhouse of Lancaster from noon to 3 p.m.
“When guests visit the winery, it is important to us that each individual has a complete experience here,” said Thornton. “We are really pleased with the snowfall from a recreation point of view [and] it’s really fun to watch people enjoying the various activities through the day.” 
 
As seen in the February 26, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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