Organizers of Colton’s annual winter festival are embracing winter and getting ready for the town’s 2019 Winterfest being held in January. The festival – with the theme Rockin’ in the Great South Woods – will include events spread out over three consecutive weekends in January, not just during the last weekend of the month as done in the past.
Winterfest posters displayed around town and in nearby places, highlighting the new three weekend approach, include a QR code for smartphone users to directly link to the schedule online. And the complete schedule is posted on the town’s website (www.townofcolton.com) and hard copies are available in the Colton Town Hall on Main Street.
The festival starts on Friday, January 11 and ends on Sunday, January 27. Each of the three weekends emphasizes different things to do inside and outside around the town of Colton.
The first weekend, focusing on Celebration & History, kicks off on January 11 with the Citizen of the Year Award during the Spaghetti Dinner in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) cafeteria followed by the music of Nick Rycroft in the auditorium. Other activities include the annual Quilt Show in three venues—Colton Hepburn Library, St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center, and Catamount Lodge. Also there will be a Story Hour for kids at the Library, Vintage Snowmobile Show at Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill, new Ski / Snowshoe at Catamount Mountain event organized by the Adirondack Mountain Club, and the first of three Wine/Spirit Tasting events at Higley Hooch. The weekend ends with a history presentation by Spencer Thew in the CPCS cafeteria organized by the Colton Historical Society about Dog Sledding in South Colton and Competing in the Iditarod.
The second weekend, focusing on Adventure & Sports, includes three events at Higley Flow State Park (HFSP)—Trivia Night at Trails Lodge, the Rod Thomas Memorial Higley Hustle Ski Races, and Family Day at the Park. At CPCS there will be a Baked Potato Dinner, an International Breakfast followed by a Foul Shooting Contest and Indoor Soccer Tournament for students, and an all-day Mini Barn Quilt Workshop. At AmVets the annual Frying Pan Toss will be followed by a Chicken Barbecue. And new this year, at Racquette Valley Fish & Game Club, there will be Sleigh Rides and Cardboard Sled Races.
The third weekend, focusing on Nature & Nurture, features a number of activities at CPCS including an educational presentation by Adirondack Raptors. During the weekend at school there also will be the annual Health and Craft Fairs, a Free Clothing Giveaway, and the NYS Snowmobile Safety Course. The annual 10-Mile Foot Race will start and end at the school this year. And a Pancake Breakfast will be held at the Masonic Lodge and more food and sales will be available at the Colton Methodist Church. Plus a new STEAM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) event at CPCS provides more opportunities to learn and create and a new Fondue and Night Skiing event at HFSP gives people another reason to get outside and stay active in winter.
During the festival there also will be events at Raquette River Pub, including a Tap Takeover on Saturday, January 26. Live music on Saturday nights at the pub will complement other music events at the school.
The schedule also includes contacts for events requiring participants to pre-register—Ski / Snowshoe at Catamount Mountain event on January 12, Mini Barn Quilt Workshop on January 20, and Fondue and Night Skiing at HFSP event on January 25. Also vendors and crafters wishing to participate in the Craft Show on January 26 should contact Grace Hawley, the Winterfest Planning Committee chair, in advance by calling 315-262-2439.
As always the festival supports the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville. And once again fund raising will include a Silent Auction of Gift Baskets which kicks off at the Spaghetti Dinner on January 11 and ends at the Craft Fair on January 26. And the raffle of an Owl Barn Quilt painted with the help of CPCS students begins January 11 and ends when the winning ticket is drawn during the Adirondack Raptors event on January 27.
For more information about the complete schedule please check the town’s website and Facebook page; or contact Grace Hawley and/or event organizers listed on the schedule.