The 13th annual Milton Winter Festival has a bunch of activities for all ages this upcoming weekend, some being new and all being designed with pandemic safety in mind.
The 2021 Milton Winter Festival is made possible by Vermont Federal Credit Union, Husky, Milton Veterinary Hospital, Arrowhead Golf Course, Hannaford, the Milton Artists’ Guild, Sharp Park, Milton Conservation Commission, and Milton Public Library.
For more information, view the official Milton Winter Festival 2021 Brochure, visit miltonvt.gov/recregister, or contact Milton Recreation Director Jenna Tucker at 802-893-4922 or email@example.com.
Here’s what’s lined up for Feb. 12-14 throughout town.
Milton is holding an Ice Out contest. Guess when the ice will thaw enough for a cinder block to fall through at Arrowhead Mountain Lake. Tickets are just $1 apiece with the winner -- whoever guesses the closest date and time the block falls -- will receive 50% of ticket sales; the other 50% will go to funding Milton’s Independence Day celebration. They will be available at Bombardier Park West from 4-6 p.m. Friday, at Frey’s Family Deli & Convenience Store, at Raj Liquor & Beverage in Middle Road Market, and online at miltonvt.gov/recregister.
Pick up a foodie passport on Friday for local specials all weekend long. It can be used at Arrowhead Lodge, Bri's Fries, Frey’s Family Deli, the Milton Diner, Madeleine’s Bakery, and Lakelife Nutrition. Once you visit three or more locations, you will be recognized as a Locavore Hero in the Town Municipal Building. Passports will be available from 4-6 p.m. at Bombardier Park West, online at miltonvt.gov/recreation, or at any of the participating eateries.
Take part in a self-guided nature walk and scavenger hunt at Milton Town Forest. The Milton Conservation Commission has created a three-mile route that uses QR codes for the scavenger hunt, so make sure to bring your cell phone to learn some new facts while exploring nature.
Ice skating at Bombardier Park West, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at all parks and natural areas, will be an option for exercise -- weather permitting.
Friday, Feb. 12
Grand opening of the Art Walk at Bombardier Park West: 4 p.m.
Pick up a map of the Art Walk from 4-6 p.m. any day of the weekend and enjoy an outdoor walk in the snow filled with pieces of artwork from local Milton artists. You can also find maps at miltonvt.gov/recreation.
Spontaneous snowpeople kits available at Bombardier Park West: 4-6 p.m.
Do you part in filling Milton with snowpeople! Pick up a free spontaneous kit that’s filled with fun goodies to decorate your creation with, and use it to make a snowperson at home or in the park.
Saturday, Feb. 13
Winter Wag: 10 a.m. -- 12 p.m.
Bring your pup for the dog social and talent contest at the Milton Dog Park and earn some take-home treats. Sponsored by the Milton Veterinary Hospital, the contest is set to begin at 11 a.m. and has a trophy and prize up for grabs.
Afternoon at Arrowhead: 12-4 p.m.
Take advantage of free access to the trails at Arrowhead Golf Course and explore them with snowshoes, cross-country skis, hiking, walking, or fat tire biking. Pets are welcome, and hot cocoa, light refreshments, Arrowhead Trail passes, and Ice Out tickets will be available.
Virtual Trivia Night: 6 p.m.
Sponsored by Vermont Federal Credit Union, this fun, online event has a $100 gift card available for first place. No pre-registration is required, and participants will be sorted into randomized teams before the contest is started by a live host using state-of-the-art trivia software. Visit triviahub-io.zoom.us/j/84654558970 and use the meeting ID 84654558970.
Sunday, Feb. 14
Sled-O-Rama: 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m.
Free sledding and 2-for-1 tube rentals will be available at Sharp Park.
Cardboard Sled Competition: 12 p.m.
This free-entry contest at Sharp Park requires pre-registration at miltonvt.gov/recregistration. Design your own cardboard sled and race it to see if yours is the fastest. Trophies will not only be handed out for the quickest sleds but also for the best decorated.
Cozy Night In: 4-6 p.m.
Spend Valentine’s Day by finding your favorite book or checking one out of Milton Public Library. Then pick up a Cozy Night In take-out bag filled with hot cocoa, chocolates, and other goodies from behind the library while supplies last. Contact the library to reserve a book ahead of time.