Rey Center Hosts Art, Science and Nature Programs for the Whole Family

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Margret and H.A. Rey Center in Waterville Valley has just released its winter programming schedule with lots of art, science and nature activities for the whole family.

This winter's nature programs include Nordic Night Adventures and Nordic Kids with Curious George Story Time and Craft. Both programs are held every Saturday from Dec. 28 through March 15. Nordic Night Adventures is for families with youths ages 7 and up who want to explore the Waterville Valley Nordic trail system at night guided by one of the Rey Center naturalists. Participants will listen and look for winter nocturnal wildlife, learn about the constellations and more and hot cocoa will await them at the end of the journey.

Nordic Kids with Curious George Story Time and Craft is for kids ages 5 and older who want to play games and activities on skis and snowshoes en route to the Curious George Cottage (the Reys former summer residence). At the cottage participants will be able to create Curious George themed crafts that can be taken home and then there will be a race back to Town Square.

Other kids winter activities include Curious George Story Time and Popcorn every Wednesday from Jan. 8 through March 12, Curious Crafts every Friday, Dark Sky Stargazing and many more special events during holiday weeks.

For the adults this winter there are art workshops, lectures, art exhibits and the annual winter fundraising gala and auction. This winter's art workshops are all about watercolor. On Feb. 3-5, join artist Shirley FitzGerald for Watercolors for Beginner to Intermediate. Then again on March 10 and 11, Shirley will be back with her Watercolor Techniques class.

The Rey Center winter lecture series entitled ''Infatuated with Snow'' includes Passion for Snow movie on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. Jan. 17 brings us Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine by director of NE Ski Museum, Jeff Leich followed by Getting to Know Snow on Feb. 21 by UNH assistant professor, Mary Stampone. Lastly on March 14, NH Fish and Game biologist, Kristine Rines shares her knowledge of Moose on the Edge.

Feb. 15 marks the date of this year's annual fundraising Gala and Auction. The most anticipated event of the year includes Live and Silent Auctions, Cocktail Hour, Dinner, Dessert and Dancing to Live Music by Boston band, the Marsels. The public's support will help raise $20,000 to support the art and science education programs at the Rey Center. For details on this other Rey Center programs contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center.

The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, located on the second floor of Town Square is a non-profit educational organization with programming modeled after the interests of Margret and Hans Rey, the authors of the Curious George characters, and former summer residents of Waterville Valley.

Margret and H.A. Rey were artists and adventurers, historians and naturalists, gardeners and stewards. Today their spirit lives on in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the Reys' legacy through art, science, and adventure programs for all ages. For more information contact the Margret and H.A. Rey Center at 603-236-3308 or visit or visit the center on the second floor of Town Square in Waterville Valley.