TAMWORTH VILLAGE, NH, JANUARY 20, 2019:
On Saturday, February 16, 2019, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm in Tamworth Village celebrates winter with its 16th annual Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival. This signature event showcases New England agricultural life and the historical practices, crafts, trades, traditions and pastimes that have been passed down through generations.
Remick's Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival is a family-friendly event where visitors are invited to explore the centuries-old museum property as they participate in winter-time activities and historical demonstrations.
Traditional 19th-century ice harvesting equipment will be on display as ice cutting demonstrations take place on the museum pond. Attendees will be encouraged to try their hand at ice block cutting, piking it down the channel, and hoisting it onto the ramp where it will then be loaded on sleds and transported to the ice house.
Other participatory activities include antique snowmobile rides provided by the Model T Snowmobile Club of West Ossipee and getting a firsthand visit with Chinook dogs, New Hampshire's state dog.
In addition to these attractions, interactive displays include: a snowshoe showcase with outdoorsman Dave Evans; a traditional ice boat provided by the New Hampshire Boat Museum; ice block carving by Brian Stockman; outdoor cooking with hot-off-the-coals samples; winter camping with the Tamworth Outing Club; a scavenger hunt; snow games; and a snow sculpting area for visitors to create their own masterpiece.
A visit to Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival would be incomplete without the hardy Remick Farm animals, resplendent in their winter coats. They will "meet-and-greet" visitors who explore the museum barn and venture out to see them in their winter pasture.
When it is time to warm up, visitors can experience live music in the Museum Center’s Hearth Room and sway to the tunes of the Brier Hill Band. Not to be missed are exhibits about ice harvesting, the Remick Family, traditional and herbal medicine, as well as a winter-time children's craft.
Remick-made foods will be for sale in the museum's sugar house, available while supplies last. Lunch options include Beef Chili or Minestrone served with cornbread for $5. A la carte items include macaroni and cheese, sweet and savory treats, hot chocolate, and hot dog and s'more kits for “toast-you-own” enjoyment at the outdoor fire pit.
Admission to this event includes all activities and is $10 for ages 11 and up, $5 for ages 5-10, and free for ages 4 and under. Museum members receive $2 off the admission price. For additional information, call 603-323-7591 or visit the Remick website at
In the event of severe weather, the event will take place on Sunday, February 17th.
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Ice Harvest & Winter Carnival attendees try their hands at the historical practice of sawing ice blocks from the farm pond. Next steps include piking the block through the ice channel, pulling the block out of the water using a swing arm hoist, placing it on a ramp using ice tongs, and guiding it up the ramp to a waiting sled for transportation to the ice house.