Remember: Winter can't last forever
The Beech Street playground is burried under snow after the midweek snowstorm in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
But it may cheer you to know that there are plenty of folks already working hard on the summer activities that make New Hampshire a popular playground for residents and visitors alike.
Winter is actually one of the busiest times for the 8,000-seat concert venue, Harding said, as they book and market shows for the summer season. "Once the shows are booked and put to bed, the actual day of the show is pretty much easy for us," she said.
"We definitely are going to have some rockin' summer nights here."
Freligh said there's a lot to promote: "We've got 18 miles of coastline. ... There's the boardwalk, there's fried dough, concerts, fireworks, strolling along the beach when there's sand and no snow ... .
Summer, Freligh said, is the most popular season for tourism here, with 40 percent of visits and spending.
It's the 25th anniversary of the festival, and McNamara is busy lining up entertainment on the beach and two stages, including a Bon Jovi tribute band, and a hula-hoop contest.
She's yearning for spring so she can enjoy her new Mustang convertible. "I'm dying to put my top down," she said.
There's perhaps no surer sign that spring is coming than word that farmers who sell their produce at farmers' markets across New Hampshire all summer are gearing up for the season.
Reid owns Stone Wall Farm in Nottingham; he also farms tracts in Madbury and Barrington. "Most farmers now are ordering their seeds from the seed companies, and pretty soon, next month, they will start to crank up the heat in their greenhouses and they'll start their onions and leeks."
But Kane said you don't have to wait until summer to have fun at Hampton Beach. "If it's a nice, sunny day, come down and enjoy the beach when no one else is here. It's peaceful - and you can walk your dog off season on a leash."
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