Mark your calendar for Easthampton's FIRST Winterfest which will take place the weekend of February 7th - 8th, 2014. The event is the result of a collaboration between the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee and Easthampton City Arts, + and is a celebration of our city's winter beauty, cultural diversity, and Nashawannuck Pond's rich ice industry heritage. The event is being funded, in part, through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
With special help from Easthampton Community Access Television (ECAT), the Easthampton Public Schools, participating businesses, vendors, service organizations and volunteers, proceeds from Winterfest events will help fund future Nashawannuck Pond restoration projects to benefit the entire community. Here is a sample of some of the many family-friendly activities that we have planned for Winterfest. Most are free, or through a small donation.
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 7 p.m. - WINTERFEST KICKOFF:
Opening ceremony with Master of Ceremonies, Dave Madsen, News Anchor, Channel 40, featuring the World Premier movie, "The Story of Nashawannuck Pond". We are very excited to showcase this long-awaited movie produced by ECAT. A limited number of VIP seats will be available to WinterFest sponsors, along with general seating in the brand new Easthampton High School Auditorium. This event is free, with donations accepted at the door. Following the movie, a small reception and student art exhibit will held in the lobby.
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 9 - 11 p.m. Nashawannuck Pond Fundraiser - Dance Performances, $25. (entrance to all venues) or $5. per venue at the door.
- 9 - 10 p.m. Indian Dance Performance, Glory of India, 29 Union St., Classical and Bollywood style dancing by Mahi's Dance School
- 9 - 11 p.m. Live Music, Luthier's Coop, 108 Cottage St. Bluegrass Jam.
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 - THE MAIN EVENT:
(please check here for updates as this schedule may change as events are added or venues changed)
10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. Discover Arcadia! Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd. The area will be open to ALL for snowshoeing, hiking, wildlife watching. Peak Expeditions, a leader in outdoor adventure, will offer FREE snowshoes for anyone wanting to try out this popular winter sport. Hot chocolate will be served and bathrooms available. Free.
10 a.m. Saturday Morning Music Party, Flywheel, 43 Main St. Enjoy tasty pancakes, juice, and fruit followed by live performances by Shiprock and Anchordog and Local Polka Legends The Eddie Forman Orchestra. $12 per family, $6 per individual.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rock Climbing, 50 Payson Ave. Municipal Lot. Peak Expeditions, a leader in outdoor adventure bring us "Take It For Granite", a 26 ft. climbing wall, providing fun and challenge for all ages and ability. Free
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Winter Film Festival, Easthampton High School Auditorium, 70 Williston Ave. Ongoing showings of The Story of Nashawannuck Pond, historical ice harvesting film footage, and student art display. Free.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chili Cook-Off, Easthampton High School Cafeteria, 70 Williston Ave. A benefit for projects by the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee, a "people's choice" vote for your favorite chili and you might win a gift certificate for your next meal out on the town! $5.00 per ballot.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Easthampton High School Parking Lot, 70 Williston Ave., and Municipal Lot, 50 Payson Ave. Blue Star Equiculture, a working horse rescue and sanctuary committed to helping horses, humans and Mother Earth, offers horse drawn wagon rides. Free.
12 - 3 p.m.
Historical Ice Harvest, Nashawannuck Pond/ Municipal Lot, 50 Payson Ave. From the late 19th century to the early part of the 20th century, Easthampton was well-known for its commercial harvesting of ice from its mill ponds. Historian Dennis Picard, shares the fascinating story of Easthampton's ice enterprise with an exhibition of antique tools and ice harvesting demonstrations. Free.
4 - 6 p.m.
Pondside Ice Carving with Chef Andy Diehl, the deck at Popcorn Noir, 30 - 32 Cottage St. Free.
4 - 6 p.m. Community Bonfire at the Nashawannuck Pond! Kick-off the Fire and Ice Art Walk with a fire spinning performance, toasted marshmallows, tasty hot chocolate (courtesy of Silver Spoon), music by the Woman Songwriter Collective, building projections, and storytelling all around the community bonfire! Free.
5:30 p.m. WinterFest Sweetheart Lasagna Dinner, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2 Clark Street. One Seating, $10 pp. (10% of proceeds donated to Nashawannuck Pond).
5 - 8 p.m. Additional events throughout the Fire and Ice Art Walk will include poetry readings, storytelling, performances, and countless exhibitions throughout the city. Find maps at participating WinterFest and Art Walk venues and explore the City.