Winterfest organizers want to
thank everyonefor coming out and enjoying winter in Waterbury over
this past week. It’s been great to see so many outside despite the cold and
indoors enjoying good company.
Today's Events are a go, despite the cold. Dress appropriately and use your best judgement about coming out
A FUN RUN and MUTT STRUT taking off from the Rec Center near Anderson Field.
Registration at 9:30. Race start at 10. This is a short course in the Butler
Street neighborhood. All ages welcome.
the outdoor ice rink near the Rec Center Noon to 4.
Rec Building will be open for warming.
Wollensack was hoping for a 3-plus hour BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR at
Little River State Park along the Stevenson Brook trails. New snow has made
conditions perfect. Meeting and parking spot is the Waterbury Dam at 10. Skis
with skins are recommended. Pack a lunch.
the Winterfest committee plans a CLOSING CEREMONY at
4 at the Rec Center.
Event leaders may alter plans for weather
conditions at individual events. Again, check online for any changes and be
sure to bundle up before heading outdoors.
Watch the whirling excitement of the Disc Golf Tournament,
the Ice Bucket VIII at Hope Davey this morning before taking off on the
much-anticipated historic Snow Show Tour of the old CCC Camp in Little River
State Park. Take advantage of the rare
opportunity to explore the grounds of the Country Club of Vermont during a
Cross Country Ski Tour or in a Telemark Figure 8 Competition or head indoors to
the Tiny Acorn’s Puppet Show, a production of the Mitten at 11am.
Also conditions are looking really good for the Backcountry Ski Sunday morning through Little River State Park. Meet at the dam at 10am.
End the night at our Winterfest Soiree. VERY LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN
It’s the start of Winterfest’s second weekend and the event schedule is
There’s a midday GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOUR on Blush Hill led by Reed
McCracken from CCOutdoor Store. Meeting spot is the Best Western Parking Lot at
1 p.m. The tour returns before 3. If you need gear, CCOutdoor on Rt. 2 has
loaner snowshoes to try.
Tonight’s BIG EVENT is a rare HIGH SCHOOL and MIDDLE SCHOOL NORDIC SKI
RACE right in DOWNTOWN WATERBURY. HARWOOD UNION HOSTS several area schools
under the lights at Dac Rowe. The mighty Harwood DRUM LINE will get the action
started at 4:30. Come watch some of the best local young winter athletes in
After the races, pick a spot downtown to grab a bite to eat. For a
unique Waterbury experience, the new CRAFT BEER CELLAR on Elm Street is hosting
a beer tasting from 5 to 8 featuring HEADER TOPPER provided by Winterfest title
sponsor The Alchemist.
Those who want to hit the snow themselves can head to the Country Club
of Vermont for a NIGHT LIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY SKI outing from 6:30 to 8:30. Bundle
up and don’t forget your headlamp. Park at Tanglewoods - the fire at Tanglewoods will be burning for
après ski food and drink.
For those who rather stay indoors, Across Roads Center for the Arts
presents “American Favorites” - an eclectic theatrical production featuring
scenes from well-loved and well-known American plays. That’s at the Congregational
Church from 6:30 to 9.
There’s lots more in store for the weekend – sledding, back-country
skiing, broomball, a fun run and a DANCE Saturday night at the Country Club of
Vermont. Just a few tickets are left.
Winterfest Dance & Silent Auction at the Country Club of Vermont! Doors open at 7:30 pm. Featuring Waterbury's own 'Still Kickin' band, complimentary appetizers, cash bar, and many, many wonderful Silent Auction items from our generous local sponsors. ALMOST SOLD OUT. Limited tickets available and all proceeds to benefit Waterbury Recreation. $20 per person or $30 per couple. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We will form a wait list when tickets run out.
Last night's Trivia Contest at Arvads was a roaring good time. The Winterfest team took third place! Their high score was really even better than that because they missed the first round that was worth 40 questions and dominated the following rounds of 23 questions each to make up the difference.
Tonight's outdoor adventure is a snowshoe through sparkly starlit snow of the Country Club of Vermont. Bring your headlamp and snowshoes for a fun, evening romp. Meet in the back of the Tanglewoods parking lot
at 6:30 pm for this 90 minute tour that will
wind its way back to Tanglewoods for a hot toddy and other warm spirits.
Tonight's indoor adventure is Wassailing. Come hear and partake in the merriment as several Wassailing groups sing their way through the Legion, Cork, Blackback, Arvads and the bar area of the Reservoir. The singing begins at 6pm. After the rounds all are welcome to Cork for more singing, the most-just awards, hot soup, libations and good cheer.
It’s DAY 5 of Winterfest! It’s a cold
one today. Winterfest had one outside event this morning and tonight’s event is
TONIGHT, THE FUN IS INSIDE AT
BRIDGESIDE BOOKS with a 6:30 POETRY READING. This is an “Open Mic” style
gathering for people of all ages. Works of all kinds are welcome – bring your
own poems, your favorite verse, song, rap or love letter. Or get up and
improvise. Sign ups start at 6:30. Reading begins at 7. Two young local poets will host.
Despite near zero temperatures, this morning's GUIDED SNOWSHOE
EXCURSION in Little River State Park was enjoyed by a few intrepid souls. It was a gorgeous outing with bluebird skies and 3 inches of new snow like the day at Little River captured by John Fisher in this photo:
Each evening this week has a
Winterfest event. Details and any last-minute schedule changes are on
the Winterfest website: www.wtrbry-winterfest.orgBe sure to check there before heading
out to an event! Follow Waterbury Winterfest on Facebook too!
Those Winterfest bracelets are good through the weekend for discounts and
specials at local businesses. They’re $5 at Bridgeside Books, KC’s Bagels,
Stowe Street Emporium and BGB Salon. Those spots also have tickets for
SATURDAY’s WINTERFEST DANCE & SILENT AUCTION at the Country Club of
Winterfest couldn’t happen without its
weekend! Ice carvings galore, a brisk 5K run with 33 runners, broomball, a
giant bonfire, lots of action at the Ice Center and hot soup in handmade bowls
to help out the Food Shelf!
Thanks to everyone who joined the fun. And
a big thank you to Mother Nature for adding some fresh powder on Sunday and again last night.
Today’s schedule offers a bit of a
break to mark MLK DAY with community service projects this morning organized by
AmeriCorps members of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.
Volunteers will meet at 9 at the
Waterbury Senior Center on Stowe Street. If you would like to take part but
have not signed up yet, simply show up to ask for an assignment.
The Senior Center will treat volunteers
to lunch at noon. A short program honoring Dr. King will conclude the morning.
Winterfest continues all week! Each
evening weeknight has activities – a community poetry reading, night biking,
night snowshoeing and a wassailing competition. Several daytime snowshoe
opportunities are on the calendar too.
What’s wassailing? Think caroling meets
Halloween. Curious? Then visit www.wtrbry-winterfest.org
to find out about wassailing and any other Winterfest event. Listings are
Winterfest also is on Facebook and Waterbury Recreation is posting updates on
It’s Day 3 of Winterfest - 10 days celebrating winter recreation in
The first full day of Winterfest kept everyone busy, with activities ranging from hiking Perry Hill to cheering on the Waterbury Fire Department as they lit up the Christmas Tree Bonfire.
With the return of SNOW(!!), mark your itineraries--
Here’s what is happening TODAY:
Early risers should head to Thatcher
Brook School for the WINTERFEST 5-K FUN RUN starting at 9am. Get there by 8:30 to register if
you didn’t sign up online.
10am BROOMBALL will be underway at the outdoor skating rink near the Rec
Building. Teams are registered but anyone can show up to join the fun until 4pm. Look
for bagels, coffee, hot dogs and chili at the refreshment stand.
to get outside, but would rather do something lower-key than broomball? With Mother Nature fully on board, A COMMUNITY SNOWSHOE
starts at Dac Rowe at 1pm. This promises to be an easy hour-long explore along
the Winooski River. CCOutdoor store has
snowshoes to loan free if you stop by before 12:30pm to borrow a pair.
5:30pm SOUP’S ON at the Congregational Church. The Empty Bowls soup dinner doubles
as a fundraiser for the Waterbury Food Shelf. $20 gets you a meal and a
handmade bowl. Kids eat free. Local restaurants are making the soup.
MAIN EVENT is a free program showcasing an array of ICE SPORTS at the ICE
CENTER. Little hockey players start the show featuring figure and speed
skaters, curling, and more. Public skate time at the end. Exhibitions begin at 5:15pm and an awards ceremony will take place at 7:30pm.
ONE CANCELLATION and ONE POSTPONEMENT:
- The SNOW MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT for
today is OFF. Conditions won’t work and it cannot be easily re-booked.
- The BACK COUNTRY SKI OUTING has been
moved to NEXT SUNDAY, January 26, instead of today.
You can find up-to-the-minute schedule adjustments for Waterbury Winterfest here, on Facebook, and on Twitter @WaterburyRec. Be sure to check before heading out to an event!
A $5 Winterfest bracelet gets
you DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL OFFERS at many local businesses during Winterfest. Bridgeside
Books, KC’s Bagels, Stowe Street Emporium and BGB Salon have them along with tickets
for NEXT SATURDAY’s WINTERFEST DANCE & SILENT AUCTION at the Country Club
Winter has returned to Waterbury! And just in time for Winterfest 2014! Most activities will go forward as planned, including our opening ceremonies at 5pm on Friday with an ice sculpture demonstration, an art opening at Axel’s Frame Shop and free beer tasting at the new Craft Beer Cellar – all in Waterbury Village on Friday night!
It’s been a wild ride with our January weather so far but plans are moving full-steam ahead in Waterbury for the second annual Winterfest celebration starting this FRIDAY, JAN. 17 and running through SUNDAY, JAN 26.
Organizers have made a few changes to the schedule due to weather and conditions. With a weeklong schedule, there is room to juggle!
1. Friday’s Harwood Nordic ski races at Dac Rowe Park in downtown Waterbury have been postponed one week to NEXT Friday, Jan. 24, same location.
2. Saturday’s Vt. National Guard rappelling and other demonstrations at the Waterbury Ice Center have been moved to NEXT Saturday, Jan. 25, same location.
3. The BKL Nordic races slated for Saturday have been CANCELLED.
All other events are still in place. Organizers will gauge conditions daily and update the Winterfest website with any changes each morning.
Most of the 40+ events are free. Competitive events have nominal registration fees. There is a great mix of outdoor activities and indoor events. Many local businesses are taking part with special promotions, discounts, specials through the entire week of Winterfest.
The fun begins FRIDAY evening on Stowe Street with a live ice sculpture demonstration and an art opening ... just around the corner on Elm Street the new Craft Beer Cellar hosts a special beer tasting. Winterfest gets into full swing on SATURDAY with a variety of activities and events around town. See the schedule for times and details. (The weekend includes the annual Christmas tree bonfire, high school girls and boys hockey at the ice center, snowshoe demos, snow mountain biking, broomball, a fun run, a empty bowl soup fundraiser for the food shelf, lots of cool demonstrations at the ice center. More events every day next week as well.)
snow on the Worcesters must
mean that Waterbury Winterfest is just around the corner. Mark your
calendars now for the second annual celebration of winter sports in
the heart of downtown Waterbury over MLK weekend, Jan. 17-18-19. A
group of returning and new volunteers has begun planning to recreate
the excitement from last year’s Winterfest and find ways to make
Winterfest 2014 even better.
Already booked are the
Harwood Nordic ski teams to return and open the games Friday evening
with the varsity Nordic Ski
Competition featuring high school racers flying around a freshly
groomed track under the lights at Dac Rowe Park.
Afterward, Waterbury’s traditional outdoor skating party and
Christmas tree bonfire at the rec center will
warm hearts, heat the heavens, and
light up the night sky.
Saturday will feature the
Bill Koch League youth Nordic
ski races in
the morning, and a
double-header of Harwood Varsity boys and girls
hockey at the Ice Center Saturday
The rest of the
schedule is a work in progress: there
will be co-ed family broomball, a
snowshoe festival with
the National Guard obstacle race, cross
country and back country
telemark ski tours,
a down town fun run, a
mountain bike race on snow, and exhibitions of
figure skating, sled hockey and speed skating at the Ice Center.
not all set in stone yet. Winterfest aims to bring
the community out to spectate and participate,
and then pump some post
holiday winter excitement toward our downtown merchants and
restaurants. We welcome any
of the above to join in the planning. We meet
most Tuesdays at 7pm at the Rec. Center. Call me
at 802-345-5728 or email email@example.com.
Like us on facebook. Check us
out on line at the town website or check back here for updates.
WINTERFEST IS A GO! for January 17,18,19. A robust turn-out at our first meeting with new volunteers joining and a Nordic Events team that is already off and running means Winterfest is on the map again this year. Organizers of many other events - Snowshoe festival, XC ski tour, Broom ball tournament, Ice Center exhibition, Snow Mountain Bike Race are seeking volunteers and participants. Don't miss your chance to help plan the fun. Next meeting: Tuesday October 29. WINTERFEST NEEDS YOU! Contact Bill Minter 802-345-5728 email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
First meeting Tuesday October 15, 2013 7pm at the Congregational Church
If you are one of the many members of the Waterbury community who enjoyed spectating or participating in any of the numerous outstanding events held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the MLK weekend right here in Waterbury last Winter, or if you missed it but heard how great it was and want to be sure to catch it this year, then we welcome you to come to our organizational meetings beginning this Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm at the Congregational Church in Waterbury. Winterfest is in jeopardy We have seen too much turnover to meet our needs with our current volunteers. WINTERFEST NEEDS YOU!