Photo by Ruth McWilliams - A barn quilt featuring a loon design raffled during the town of Colton’s Winterfest Weekend was won by Sandee Mayville of Massena.  It was designed by the town’s Tourism & Beautification and painted with the help of art club students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School in grades 4-12. Proceeds went to the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville.

Photo by Ruth McWilliams – A barn quilt featuring a loon design raffled during the town of Colton’s Winterfest Weekend was won by Sandee Mayville of Massena. It was designed by the town’s Tourism & Beautification and painted with the help of art club students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School in grades 4-12. Proceeds went to the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville.

Organizers of the 2018 Winterfest Weekend in the town of Colton have wrapped up festival activities for another year by giving back to the community. On April 11, just before the monthly Town Board meeting, a check for $500 was presented to Sandra Huckle, the new director of the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville.

Deputy Town Supervisor Grace Hawley, who presented the check as chair of the Winterfest Committee, explains: “Giving to the Neighborhood Center is a focus of Winterfest every year. As we develop the schedule we create specific opportunities, such as raffles and silent auctions, for people to contribute in a variety of ways. And organizers of festival events, like AmVets Post 262 and High Falls Masonic Lodge, also contribute a portion of their proceeds.”

Ms. Huckle, who has been in the job for about a month, said the donation would be used for food and indicated the needs are great. She said food is distributed through food pantries as well as programs like the BackPack Program which provides food to children in schools who qualify for free and reduced meals.

The Winterfest Planning Committee thanks the many organizers and other sponsors of festival events for creating opportunities for residents and visitors alike to get out and enjoy what the town has to offer. This year, the committee is especially grateful to assistance provided by Krystal Hewer and her art club students at Colton-Pierrepont Central School for painting a barn quilt featuring a loon design which was raffled and raised nearly $300, all of which went towards the contribution made to the Neighborhood Center.

Next September the town’s Winterfest Committee will begin planning the 2019 festival. Anyone wishing to help can review the 2018 schedule still available on the town website (http://www.townofcolton.com/winterfest.html) along with a composite of photos from recent festivals. And in the meantime individuals and organizations wanting to be involved can contact Grace Hawley by calling 315-262-2439.