Two Days of Penguin Plunging, Feb 1st & 2nd, 2014, Hampton Beach, NH

2014 Annual Penguin PlungeWhen: Sunday, February 2, 2014

Time: Noon

Theme: Zombies

Location: Hampton Beach

What is the Plunge?

The Plunge is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics New Hampshire.  Participants (Plungers) raise funds to run (Plunge) into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach.  On February 2nd, why not join the “Walking Wet” and Plunge? You only need to raise $350 (including your $50 non-refundable registration fee) to experience THE PLUNGE!

Why should I Plunge?

People with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.  With training and competitions in 14 Olympic-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder.  They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again.  From the local ball fields to the shining stage of the State Summer Games, from swimming to snowboarding, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is about sports…but ultimately, it’s about so much more.  For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and believe in themselves.  It is inspirational when you see a father’s pride in his son’s achievement…a mother’s relief when her daughter makes friends…siblings cheering for their brother or sister for the first time.

Your participation provides funding to support he 5,608 participants of Special Olympics New Hampshire!

For more information visit www.sonh.org.

This date Penguin Plunge is for High School Students. There is also a High School Penguin Plunge on February 1st, 2014 at Hampton Beach, NH. For more information on this event visit www.hamptonbeach.com.

Not interested in Plunging?? Become a

Pampered Penguin

We realize that taking the plunge isn’t for everyone. But, just because you don’t want to plunge doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the festivities and the FUN! You can register as a Pampered Penguin and receive the same benefits as a Plunger, without getting wet!

Day at the Beach

For people who prefer dry land only enjoy the day at the beach.

9 am – 11 am   Check-In

11:30 am         Costume Parade

Noon               Plunge!
12:30 pm         Post-Plunge Lunch & Celebration
1:30 pm           Awards

Award Categories

King Penguin: Plunger who raises the largest amount of money
King Flock: Flock (with a minimum of 5 members) that has the highest dollar average raised per Plunger
Little Penguin: 1st year Plunger who raises the largest amount of money
Adelie Penguin: 5th year Plungers
Galapagos Penguin: 10th year Plungers
Yellow-eyed Penguin: Plunger wearing the best costume
Yellow-eyed Flock: Flock with the best costumes
Macaroni Flock: Flock that raises the most money
Snares Flock: Flock that makes an exceptional contribution to the Plunge through their spirit, loyalty & fundraising

Chinstrap Penguin: Pampered Penguin who raises the largest amount of money

6th Annual High School Penguin Plunge

2014 High School Penguin PlungeThe High School Plunge is a fundraising event that benefits Special Olympics New Hampshire.  Participants (Plungers) raise funds to run (Plunge) into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean at Hampton Beach.  On February 1st, why not show your school spirit while supporting the athletes of SONH?  You only need to raise $175 (including your $50 non-refundable registration fee) to experience the HIGH SCHOOL PLUNGE!

People with intellectual disabilities can – and will – succeed when given the chance.  With training and competitions in 14 Olympics-style sports, our athletes push hard and play harder.  They strive to beat their personal bests, defying the odds again and again.  From the local ball fields to the shining stage of the State Summer Games, from swimming to snowboarding, our athletes showcase the talents and triumphs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics is about sports…but ultimately, it’s about so much more.  For people with intellectual disabilities, Special Olympics is often the only place where they have an opportunity to participate in their communities and believe in themselves.  It is inspirational when you see a father’s pride in his son’s achievement…a mother’s relief when her daughter makes friends…siblings cheering for their brother or sister for the first time.
Your participation provides funding to support the 5,608 participants of Special Olympics New Hampshire!
Special Olympics promotes  a culture of empowerment and inclusion for all young people, resulting in attitude change and confidence-building among millions of people with and without intellectual disabilities.  At Special Olympics, the formula for success is providing young people with opportunities to succeed, engage their communities, and form authentic relationships.  This formula has formed the foundation of Project UNIFY, a youth-led movement devoted to developing school communities where all young people are agents of change – fostering respect, dignity and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities.
At the core of New Hampshire’s Project UNIFY is NHIAA Unified Sports, a program that combines Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities on sports teams for training and competition.  The goal of the joint NHIAA & Special Olympics New Hampshire Sports project is to allow high school students with and without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to represent their high school by participating on a varsity level  High School Unified Sports team, providing the students with a quality experience of sports training and competition.
During the 2012-2013 school year, 37,446 high school students from across New Hampshire were exposed to Project UNIFY!
For more information visit www.sonh.org.
This date Penguin Plunge is for High School Students. There is also a Penguin Plunge on February 2nd, 2014 at Hampton Beach, NH. For more information on the full day schedule of events visit www.hamptonbeach.com.

Fireworks at Hampton Beach for New Year’s Eve

Bring the family to celebrate at the beach!
HAMPTON BEACH, NH – 12/26/2013 – Ring in the New Year with your family at the beach!
Don’t miss the fireworks over the sandy beach and the dark, vast Atlantic Ocean. Let the magnificent display take your breath away, and make this a new family tradition for the New Year! This event is free for everyone.

There will be a special New Year’s Eve fireworks display sponsored by the Hampton Beach Village District on the beach at the top of B-C Streets. This is a family-fun event so the fireworks will begin at 8 p.m. Also, the Blue Ocean Society will provide coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies before hand at the Blue Ocean office at the top of D Street. The fireworks will go off on time, weather permitting.

The fireworks are especially impressive at this time because the colder weather provides for a crisper, clearer view of the pyrotechnics display. The restrooms at the Seashell Stage will be open to the public for this event. Come down to the Atlantic Ocean and ring in 2014 in a special, memorable way!

In addition, the Division of Parks and Recreation will be hosting an open house from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Seashell Oceanfront Pavilion at HamptonBeachState Park.

Refreshments will be served and fireworks will begin at 8 p.m.

The event is in partnership with Exeter Events & Tents, MarshallRentalCenter, Seacoast Florist, Natural Images by Allie and Party Time DJ. If you would like more information regarding this event, please call 603-227-8717.

Kittery Community Farmer’s Market Every other Sunday through the winter

The Kittery Community Market consists of thirty vendors offering a wide variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and flowers, as well as handmade items from local artisans. Many of the local farmers participating in the market grow their produce organically or without pesticides. The market hosts a variety of food trucks and local restaurants that prepare delicious, ready-made food items. Additionally, each week, there is live entertainment provided by the area’s musicians and guest chefs.

The Market has moved indoors for the winter with more than 15 terrific vendors offering a great variety of supplies.

Find local meats, cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods, butter, candy, pickles, jams/jellies, crafts and much more.

We’ve moved indoors for the winter! Cooking DemonstrationsCheck out our new location in the Theatre of the Kittery Community Center. We have lots of returning vendors as well as some great new additions. You will find us here December 1st, 15th, 29th, January, 12th, 26th, February 9th, 23rd, March 9th and 3rd.

Cost: Free admission
Website: Click here

Make sure and visit www.ryebeachinfo.com often for current family activities in and around Hampton, NH

First Night Portsmouth NH – New Years Eve 2013

New Years Eve Portsmuth NHFirst Night revives the ancient traditions of marking the passage of time in a present day context. It was created by a group of civic-minded artists in Boston as a meaningful alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve revelry. Offered to the city as a finale to its Bicentennial events in 1976, First Night Boston also began a new tradition, bringing neighboring communities together through a joint celebration.

Each year thereafter, other communities began to ask the founding members of First Night Boston for assistance starting their own similar celebration on New Year’s Eve. In time the International Alliance of First Nights was born and in 1993 First Night International became a stand-alone non-profit entity. In 2008, the ‘trademark’ came home and First Night Boston once again authorizes and monitors the use of the First Night name, promoting community, creativity and cultural diversity through all of its activities and services under the banner of First Night USA

Portsmouth became a First Night® community in 1986 – we are one of two remaining towns in New Hampshire that celebrates First Night® with music, dance, fireworks and ice sculpture.

By purchasing the First Night® Button, you support Pro Portsmouth’s efforts to keep this tradition alive and thriving on the Seacoast!

Enjoy New Years Eve with all the festivities and celebrations that First Night Portsmouth offers!

Find out detailed information by visiting www.proportsmouth.org. Download a detailed schedule Here.

Family Gingerbread Workshop Sat. Dec. 14th

Decorating gingerbread houses, a holiday tradition that dates back to Germany in the 1800’s, is still treasured by children today.

The Children’s Museum of NH offers its annual decorating workshop in three sessions today to accommodate the number of families who want to participate.

The one-hour sessions are held at 9:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm, and pre-registration is required.

“The Family Gingerbread House Workshop is one of our most popular annual events,” explained Heidi Duncanson, Director of Marketing at the museum. “Kids love picking out all the decorations from our big table of candy, pretzels and other snacks, and adults love that this messy activity is takes place somewhere other than their own kitchen. We do all the set-up and all the clean-up so they can focus on having fun. Kids are so proud as they walk out carrying the one-of-a-kind house their family created together.”

At each workshop, the museum gives each family fresh-baked gingerbread house pieces and a container of royal icing. Once the family’s house is assembled, kids can choose from a wide variety of candy and edible decorations to bring their plain brown house to life. Holiday music plays as cider and cookies are served at the end of each session, adding to the festive experience.

If a family would like to have a second house to decorate, they can reserve one for an additional $20.

Event Type: Children & Families
Cost: $30 per family/$40 non-members
Phone: 742-2002
Website: Click here

34th Annual Candlelight Stroll in the Holiday Capital of North America

December 4-15 and 21-22, 2013. The event takes place from 5 to 9 pm on Saturdays and 4 to 8 pm on Sundays.

Stroll through life in a simpler time as 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations unfolds around you in New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhood.

  • Historic houses from four centuries with decorations hand-crafted from natural materials
  • Hundreds of wood and glass candle boxes lighting the lanes and landscape
  • Live music and holiday entertainment for all ages
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Holiday decoration demonstrations
  • Traditional barrel making demonstrations
  • 18th century holiday hearth cooking
  • Tinsmith demonstrations
  • …and so much more!

Showcasing 350 years of seasonal and holiday traditions against the backdrop of the Museum’s furnished historic houses. On these weekend evenings, the Museum grounds glow with hundreds of lighted candle lanterns, the houses are adorned with thousands of hand-made decorations crafted from live greens and dried flowers and herbs collected from the Museum gardens, and the air is filled with the sound of holiday music and scent of woodsmoke. Read More!

Vintage Christmas Trolley Portsmouth, NH

Experience an old-fashioned New England Christmas in Portsmouth this Holiday Season.

Hop aboard the Vintage Christmas Trolley running the first three weekends of December. Ride through the quaint, beautifully decorated streets, enjoy the Christmas tree, the lights, the stores! Hop off for dinner at one of the city’s terrific restaurants. Find amazing gifts for those on your Christmas list and top it all off with a hot chocolate and pastry at one of the many cafes and a show.

The trolley makes 15 minute loops through downtown. It stops at The Music Hall, Strawbery Banke and several other downtown locations.

Trolley begins at 1:30 PM and stops at 10:30 PM.

For more information visit www.vintagechristmasnh.org

New England Seacoast List of Holiday Festivities

New Hampshire

Hampton Christmas Parade – Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2013 1:00 PM

Seabrook Childrens Christmas Party – Saturday, Dec. 14th 4:30 PM

Hampton Tour of Lights – Tuesday, Dec. 17th & Wednesday Dec. 18th

Portsmouth Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting – Saturday, Dec. 7th, 2013 6:00 PM

Massachusetts

Newburyport

Christmas Fair – Saturday Dec. 7th, 2013 9:00 AM

Holiday Invitation Nights – Dec. 6th and 13th 2013 6:00 PM

Santa’s Workshop – Saturdays December 7th  14th and 21st from 10am-1pm
Sundays 8th, 15th and 22nd from 11am-2pm

Maine

York Festival of Lights Weekend & Parade – Dec. 6th, 7th & 8th

Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude – Dec. 5th through Dec. 15th, 2013

Ogunquit Christmas by the Sea – Dec 6th – 8th & Dec 13th – 15th, 2013

Wells Annual Christmas Parade – Sunday Dec. 15th, 2013 2 PM

Festival of Trees Saco, ME – Nov. 29th through Dec. 29th, 2013

Saco Spirit Holiday Festival & Parade of Lights – Dec. 7th, 2013

Biddeford Downtown Holiday Festival – Friday, Dec. 6th & 7th, 2013

For additional information on festivities, schedules of events, times and more visit the corresponding websites, by clicking the links above, provided by SeacoastBeachInfo.com

Christmas Parade 2013 Hampton NH

Hampton Xmas Parade“Vintage Hampton Christmas Parade”
2013 Hampton Christmas Parade
Saturday December 7, 2013, 1:00 P.M.

“Vintage Hampton Christmas Parade” is this year’s theme for the annual Christmas parade sponsored by Experience Hampton Inc. The parade will begin Saturday December 7 at 1:00pm at the North Hampton/Hampton town line and will travel down Rte. 1 through downtown Hampton ending in front of the Hampton Town Hall on Winnacunnet Rd.

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Parade Buttons

parade button Help us fund the Hampton Christmas Parade! For a $2 donation, you will receive a Parade button and the proceeds will help fund the Parade. It’s a great way to show support and help keep the Christmas Parade as an annual event.

Where to Buy Your Parade Buttons:
  • 401 Tavern**
  • All She Wears
  • Aqua Paradise Pool
  • Blue Lobster Brewery*
  • Cohen’s Jewelers*
  • Community Oven**
  • Drinkwater Florists*
  • Extra Mart (next to McDonalds)
  • Galley Hatch*
  • Hoaty’s*
  • Home Brews
  • Kat Dancing Studio**
  • Kennebunk Savings*
  • Marelli Market*
  • Margurites Beauty Shop*
  • Middleton Lumber
  • Mrs. Doolittle’s Bath House*
  • Present Perfect*
  • Purple Carrot*
  • Re Style Consignment*
  • Reese Hair Salon*
  • Ron Jillians**
  • Seacoast Barbershop*
  • Seacoast Florist*
  • Studio 471**
  • The Dog Spa LLC.*
  • The Old Salt*
  • The Sisters Consignment*
  • Top Shelf Brews*
  • Unique Gift Creations*
  • Walgreens
  • Woof!*

*OFFERING A DISCOUNT DECEMBER 1-7 WHEN YOU WEAR YOUR 2013 PARADE BUTTON
**VENUES OFFERING SOMETHING THE DAY OF THE PARADE