Blizzard Charlotte sure did a number on us, dumping almost 3 feet of snow in our laps and keeping us cooped up in the house for way too long. If cabin fever has you in its clutches right now and you need to escape, then Lyman Orchards has just the thing for the whole family!
This weekend, February 23rd and 24th, Lyman Orchards will present their 41st annual Winterfest event, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. From the start of the Apple Barrel Breakfast at 9am Saturday to the close of the festival at 4pm on Sunday, there is sure to be something to put a smile on the face of every member of the family. Some of the weekend events include:
- Snowboarding and snow tubing fun on both days from 10am – 4pm on snow provided by the snow making guns of Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort;
- Dog sled races and mushing lessons courtesy of Northern Exposure Outfitters (Cost: $5 per person), both days from 10am – 4pm.
- Meet champion dog sled racer Barry Vitello who, at age 15, has already competed in Alaska’s Junior Iditarod and has won races from New England to the Midwest;
- Visit with the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club both days from 10am – 3pm;
- Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride, courtesy of Foxglove Farm, both days from 11am – 3pm, and sleigh rides will be available if there is sufficient snow cover (I doubt if that will be a concern!);
- Learn how to prune your own fruit trees at the tree pruning demonstration held both days from 10am – 12noon. Please call 860.349.6043 to sign up for this free demonstration;
- Enjoy breakfast both days at the Apple Barrel Market from 9am – 11am, and lunch at the Outdoor Grill from 11:30am – 4pm. Plus, enjoy free food samples throughout the day in the Apple Barrel Market.
As you can see, there’s no shortage of things to do and see at Winterfest, but the highlight of the weekend is always the Ice Carving demonstration and competition. Watch New England’s most talented ice carvers transform thousands of pounds of ice into shimmering works of ice art, meet the carvers and listen to them talk about their passion for ice carving and share the secrets and stories of their craft. And then, after the last ice chip has fallen in the Ice Carving Tent, join the other festival attendees as they choose the People’s Choice winner from among the amazing ice sculptures that have been created!
All in all, this should prove to be another fantastic program put on by Lyman Orchards, in conjunction with Big Y Supermarkets and other event sponsors. The fun begins both Saturday and Sunday at 9 AM, and more information on the scheduled events can be found at the Lyman Orchards Winterfest web site. Lyman Orchard is located at the intersection of Routes 147 and 157 in Middlefield.