Recreation to host 3rd annual Winter Festival

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Visitors to the Milton Community Winter Festival can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride.

All this snow isn’t getting Recreation coordinator Kym Duchesneau down. Instead, she’s getting hyped up for her department’s third annual Community Winter Festival this weekend, Friday, Feb. 11 to Sunday, Feb. 13.

“I think it will get people more excited to come out,” she said.

The three-day event invites Milton residents to Bombardier Park and beyond for wintery, family fun.

Day One is usually the biggest draw, with a bonfire, hot chocolate, pizza and fireworks to cap Friday night.

A moon-and-candle-lit path will be set up for nighttime snowshoers. The Arrowhead Mountain Snowmobile Club will mark the trail ahead of time, and the snow footgear will be available on site, Duchesneau said.

Saturday brings a whole new day of programming, starting with a community breakfast at Apollo Diner on Route 7. The restaurant’s conference room is booked for face-painting, and a Recreation information table will be there for guests seeking more information.

“[The Apollo] seems it’s a very popular place to go,” Duchesneau said. “They serve a great breakfast, and they’re really accommodating.”

Sunday features $2 sleigh rides, which proved very popular last year.

“It was just one right after another after another,” Duchesneau said, adding that the horse-drawn sleigh operator stayed an extra 45 minutes last year. “That’s really successful, and I think if we still have all this snow, it will be even more so.”

New this year are Lake Champlain Access Television’s mobile video lab, which will show participants how videos are made, and Arrowhead Golf Course’s “snow golf” game, in which players chip golf balls into hula hoop targets in the snow.

Children can also enjoy the guided storywalk with children’s librarian Kathy Dulac. Using the same ¼-mile path for snowshoeing, she’ll lead readers through the pages of “Callie Cat, Ice Skater,” posted on signs in the snow.

“That will be really fun for young families,” said assistant Recreation coordinator Betsy Hoffmeister said. “A lot of times there’s not a lot of things for the kids to do, but we’re going to have small snowshoes. They can go out, too.”

Duchesneau encouraged residents to come outside.

“The winter – everyone’s inside and just kind of holed up in their house, so it’s nice to get out and do something in that fresh air and just enjoy that you’re in Vermont,” she said.

The Milton Community Winter Festival begins Friday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in Bombardier Park.

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