Lace up your skates, get out your snowshoes, your skis and even your dancing shoes: It’s Greater Saint John’s third annual Winterfest, and organizers want to get you to have a ‘moving’ experience.
“The goal of Winterfest is to promote fitness and recreation during the winter, says co-chair Lori Jensen. Winterfest will showcase our beautiful parks and recreational facilities and remind residents that there are plenty of activities, inside and out, that can keep us fit and active during the winter months.”
Weekend activities begin at Rockwood Park on Friday night with tickets selling quickly for family and adult editions of a Sugar Shack Shindig. Kids will be entertained by outdoor games, a sleigh ride and maple taffy-making, while the adult version features a moonlit snow shoe. Then it’s back to the Pavilion Boathouse for a meal served out of a canoe. “It’s about enjoying the good ‘ole outdoors and creating lasting memories for families. Too many of us are tied to our electronics and gaming devices instead of being active and spending quality time with our family,” adds Jensen.
Saturday activities begin at 8am with an $8 Winter Warm-up Breakfast at the Pavilion, hosted by the regional mayors, and the Saint John Millrats, followed by a free family Zumba dance at 11:00 a.m. with special appearances by Kids CBC star, Bo on the Go.
In the afternoon, Saint John’s Most Fashionable Pet of 2011 will be named at the Pets in the Park Fashion Show. Registered pets will walk the green carpet for a chance to win a $100 pet store gift certificate. A registration fee of $5 per pet goes to the SPCA Animal Rescue.
Saturday’s love of animals theme continues into the night at the Safari Casino in support of the Cherry Brook Zoo. For $50, casino-goers will enjoy an evening of games, fancy hors d’oeuvres, an art auction, and a chance to take home a nice piece of ice: a diamond ring valued at over $2000 from W. Smith and Co.
Free activities on Sunday include a Stonehammer hike and snowshoe and ski rentals all afternoon.
This year’s Winterfest is sponsored by the City of Saint John, inMotion, the Lily Lake Pavilion and CBC Radio, 91.3 FM .
A complete schedule of events for Saint John can be found at www.saintjohn.ca/winterfest
A complete schedule of events for Grand Bay-Westfield can be found at www.town.grandbay-westfield.nb.ca
A complete schedule of events for Rothesay can be found at www.rothesay.ca
A complete schedule of events for Quispamsis can be found at www.quispamsis.ca