Skating tunes

A new, free music series is wafting over the rink at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Duck Pond in Portsmouth.

PORTSMOUTH — Strawbery Banke Museum is livening up its ice skating nights with a free, six-week series of live music on Thursdays through Feb. 20.

An outgrowth of the popular Tuesdays on the Terrace summer music series, Thursdays in the Café invites a new roster of musicians to perform in Figtree Kitchen Café in the TYCO Visitors Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Food and beverages, including beer and wine are available for purchase from Figtree Kitchen Café in the visitor center.

The Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond is open until 9 p.m., and skate rentals are available for $6.

The schedule for the Thursdays in the Café Music Series is: Castlebay Jan 16; Ben Baldwin and Kent Allyn on Jan. 23; Bob Halperin on Jan 30; Young Frontier Band on Feb. 6; CJ Duo on Feb 13; and Penhallow on Feb. 20. For details, visit