Main Street, Putnam, CT, on February 9
Enjoy an afternoon and evening strolling this pretty Connecticut town and watching skilled ice carvers and fire dancers, lit by festive luminaria. This family festival offers something new every year. Except sales, store-based events, food and drinks. Noon-9 p.m.
Camden Snow Bowl, Camden, ME, on February 8-10
Amateurs and pro team compete on Camden’s classic toboggan run for the fastest time. Sledders don crazy costumes for the wild ride on traditional toboggans down the icy track for the title of Champion. Camden Snow Bowl offer skiing and snowboarding plus sledding, tubing and ice skating all winter, but this is its biggest event.
Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI, on Saturdays through March 16
It’s 1890 and you’re invited to the engagement party for John Jacob “Jack” Astor IV, heir to the Astor family fortune. It’s all fun and games until Jack’s bride-to-be is revealed, when the gloves come off and a murderer takes the ring… Search the galleries for clues, question the suspects, and help solve the crime before the evening ends. 7 p.m.
Charmingfare Farm, Candia, NH
Fridays through February 22
Sit next to a cozy bonfire, have a chili-and-cornbread dinner and listen to live acoustic performers by the campfire. Coupled with a horse-drawn ride out to the campfire, this is all part of the Sleigh Ride Cabaret at Charmingfare Farm. Performers: Nicole Knox Murphy on February 8; Lynda Nelson on February 22. 4-6 p.m. or 5-7 p.m.
Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury, MA, on February 9
Featuring Sugar Ray & The Bluetones with Little Charlie Baty, The Brothers Moss, Rick Estrin, Sonya Rae Taylor & Jason Ricci. Sugar Ray & the Bluetones have been playing their unique style of blues the world over for almost forty years. Chicago Blues and much more. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show at 8 p.m.
Miles Band Dance Party and Concert
Next Stage, Putney, VT, on February 9
Next Stage rolls back its portable front row risers to double as a dance hall and concert venue, with a spacious dance floor between the stage and raked theater seating, for this special evening of funk, soul, rock & roll, reggae, and contemporary hits. Next Stage will provide a beer and wine cash bar. 7:30 p.m.