Active After the Leaves Fall

Staying Active Nibble KitchenFrom Hygge to Quinoa, You Have Options When Winter Closes In. Photo courtesy of Nibble Kitchen.

Let’s face it: There’s something to be said for staying in when the snow starts piling up and the air takes on a deep-freeze quality. You can be warm and snug, and also do things that you enjoy.

The trick is, you don’t have to stay in at home. 

Getting Cozy crafting series at the Library
Hygge Happiness 

“This is our third year offering our Getting Cozy series, which is a hygga-inspired program,” says Lilly Sundell-Thomas, the library’s deputy director. “We offer hot cider and usually some light snacks, and every month we have a different crafting opportunity.”

Hygge is a philosophy originating in Denmark and Norway that emphasizes coziness, which sounds like just the ticket for a winter day. Sundell-Thomas says they see anywhere from 20 to 40 people coming together for these programs.

“You don’t have to register—just drop in and do a craft with your neighbors,” she says. 

Board Games at Knight Moves
Game Night Out

Indeed, good company is a sovereign remedy to cabin fever. And if you like yours with a side of recreational competition, Knight Moves Café on Broadway has you covered with a library of a thousand board games.

“Plus we have the people who can help you choose one and teach you how to play it,” says owner Devon Trevelyan. “Being somewhere cozy with a warm drink that’s not your home is a luxury people really like—you don’t have to fix anything and you don’t have to clean up.”

Nibble Kitchen
Cook Something Up

If board games aren’t your cup of tea, you can enjoy one while learning to cook multicultural foods in the Somerville Arts Council’s Nibble Kitchen in Bow Market. Rachel Strutt, the council’s cultural director, says they’re thrilled to finally have a brick-and-mortar home for their cooking classes, which will start up again early next year.

“It’s an opportunity for the public to take Mexican, Peruvian, Indian, Venezuelan, Ethiopian classes,” she says. “The thing we’re trying to do here is invite people from different cultures and start them talking.”

The classes, which will run about $50 per person, include not only the teaching of techniques but a sit-down meal afterward where students will get to know each other. Strutt says the council plans to tie the lessons in with their international market tours of Union Square, and they’re definitely going to tailor their menus to the weather. For instance, Chef Sandra Suarez from Bolivia will be adding warm quinoa bowls in the cold months, along with the aforementioned hot tea.

Just Two Minutes

As for the folks for whom winter may just be the hardest on—recreational runners, or people who just want to put in a few miles for the sake of their health—there might be a way to trick yourself into stepping out on even the coldest of mornings.

“What I would suggest for the people who really struggle with the motivation to get out is to just tell yourself that you’re going for a two-minute run,” says Dave Spandorfer, a cofounder of Somerville-based running clothes company Janji. “You’re going to suffer through those two minutes and, after that, you know you’re going to keep running!”

Keeping the kids busy 
Run, Jump, Climb, Swing

Have the kids got cabin fever? Rather than turning them loose inside the house, turn them over to the folks at Parkour Generations.

While they won’t have your kids jumping across gaps between buildings, Evitt says they will teach them how to climb, jump, and run safely.

“We teach ‘parkour vision’—you’re learning to see the world and navigate around the world.”

You can start your kids as young as ages 4 to 6, and Parkour Generations offers drop-in classes, season passes to a specific class, or monthly memberships to all classes. Plus, there are outdoor classes at city parks year-round, regardless of weather.

This story appears in the Nov/Dec print issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Somerville (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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