Annually the town of Colton celebrates winter in January through its winter festival. The theme this year, Rockin’ in the Great South Woods, encourages people of all ages to stay active and participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. And this year, for the first time, Winterfest activities are spread out over three consecutive weekends with a general focus for events each weekend.
The festival kicks off on Friday, January 11. The first weekend—emphasizing ‘Celebration and History’—begins with the ever-popular All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner from 4-7pm on Friday in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) cafeteria with diners being served by the Class of 2020. At 5:30pm there will be a break in dining for the presentation of the town’s Citizen of the Year award. Right after the dinner Nick Rycroft will perform in the school auditorium.
This year James Cayey is being recognized as Citizen of the Year. The award is given to individuals who freely share their time and talents to help friends and neighbors. Jim is well known for his service through the Colton Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and Board of Fire Commissioners as well as his service to others through disaster assistance at multiple levels.
The weekend also includes the annual Quilt Show at three locations on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. The featured quilter this year is Barbara Watson of Colton who has been creating quilts for around 40 years. A sampling of her quilts will be displayed at Catamount Lodge, located south of the hamlet of South Colton, along with vintage and heirloom quilts being displayed for the first time by the owners of Catamount as well as others. At St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center on State Highway 56 in Colton near the school there will be a selection of painted barn quilts available to purchase inspired by fabric quilts embodying the festival theme which will be on display. In addition Phyllis Dumas, owner of The Fabric Corner in Canton, will have quilt fabric, notions, and books as well as quilts available to purchase at the Parish Center. And at the Colton Hepburn Library on Main Street art quilts created by the Fiberistas will be showcased, including a new group quilt titled “The Elements of Nature.”
During the weekend there also will be a Story Hour at the Library for kids as well as Recreational Snowshoeing and Cross-country Skiing at Catamount, weather permitting, including an outing being organized by the Adirondack Mountain Club on Saturday for which participants must pre-register by calling Marianne Hebert (315-2650756). Also the owners of Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill encourage vintage snowmobile owners to participate in a show on Saturday. And the owners of Higley Hooch across State Highway 56 in the hamlet of South Colton will feature products of the Thousands Islands Winery during a Wine Tasting event on Saturday afternoon. Afterward there will be more music by Man Fights Grizzly Band at CPCS followed by the live music of Atom Ghost at the Raquette River Pub in the hamlet of Colton.
On Sunday, January 13 the first weekend of activities will conclude with a History Presentation about Dog Sledding by Spencer Thew, talking about his business in South Colton and competing in the Iditarod in Alaska. The presentation, organized by the Colton Historical Society, will take place in the CPCS cafeteria from 2-4pm.
In addition to being a fun-filled weekend of activities the festival benefits the Neighborhood Center serving Colton, Pierrepont, and Parishville. Two fundraisers, a Silent Auction of Gift Baskets and the Raffle of an Owl Barn Quilt, will kick off at the school during the Spaghetti Dinner.
The complete schedule is available on the town’s website (www.townofcolton.com) and hard copies can be picked up in the Colton Town Hall on Main Street. The schedule includes the names and numbers of people organizing events with deadlines for events requiring pre-registration. Posters are displayed around the town of Colton and in nearby communities with updates posted on the Town of Colton page on Facebook. And Grace Hawley (315-262-2439), as chair of the planning committee, can be called for more information.