News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 23, 2014
Winterfest called “a success” - VIDEO
Winterfest called “a success”

Fireworks in Stonington for Winterfest

Fireworks over the Stonington ballfield.

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by Jessica Brophy

Despite the fact that snow didn’t cover the ground until midway through the three-day Winterfest event, Healthy Island Project member and co-organizer Barrett Gray said the event was a success.

“The snow arrived a few hours too late, but we had a bigger attendance this year than in years past,” he said.

Friday evening’s event, which included a soup supper at the elementary school and a performance by Brent McCoy at the Reach Performing Arts Center, had double the people of last year’s event. “He was phenomenal,” said Gray of McCoy. “We had 80 people come.”


On Saturday, January 18 the annual Winterfest fireworks were held at the Stonington ball field. Video by Jessica Brophy

On Saturday, the daytime events at the elementary school were also well-attended. While the lack of snow meant no sleigh-rides or igloo-building, everything else went very well, said Gray. Bobby Turner Jr. won the annual cribbage tournament. In the pet photo contest, Su Oliver won with her cat, Julie Moringello with her dog and Leslie McDonald-Rice for a photo of her pet pig and “other pets.”

Though Gray doesn’t know how many people came through on Saturday during the day, he said that the Island Culinary and Ecological Center served an estimated 165 meals at lunch.

Saturday evening’s events included the Parade of Lights, sponsored by Penobscot East Resource Center, which this year featured only one boat, Kevin Clough’s F/V Deuces Wild. “Even though it was only one boat, you wouldn’t have guessed it by the way the crowd was honking and cheering,” said Gray. “The boat looked great.”

A good crowd enjoyed hot chocolate, hot dogs and marshmallows around a bonfire during light snow at a Saturday evening event at the former Stonington elementary school. The event, sponsored by the Island Recreation Board, preceded the fireworks.

“What’s great about this company is that they give us a bit of a different show every year,” said Gray, who said he’s heard positive reviews of the fireworks. The evening was capped off with a family dance with live music at the Opera House.

On Sunday, the 4x4 basketball tournament at the Island Community Center was won by a team that, perhaps unsurprisingly, had three Ciomei brothers on it, said Gray.

“Overall, it was a great success,” Gray concluded.

Parade of Lights watched by children at Winterfest

Children line up on Hagan Dock to check out the Parade of Lights.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Fireworks in Stonington for Winterfest

Fireworks over the Stonington ballfield.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
Fireworks in Stonington for Winterfest

Fireworks over the Stonington ballfield.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
 Birdsacre owls at Winterfest in Deer Isle

Live owls from Birdsacre were a hoot at the Reach Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 18, as part of Winterfest.

Photo by Jessica Brophy
 A bonfire at Winterfest in Stonington

People gather around bonfire pits to warm themselves (and maybe a hotdog or marshmallow) on Saturday, January 18 as part of Winterfest.

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 Cathy Boyce and granddaughter at Winterfest

Cathy Boyce enjoys a three-course meal sponsored by Island Culinary and Ecological Center with her granddaughter Ellie Larrabee as part of Winterfest on Saturday, January 18.

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 Claudette Kydd and Tinker Crouch at Deer Isle’s Winterfest

Claudette Kydd, left, and Tinker Crouch man a Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society display at Winterfest on Saturday.

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 Emily West at Winterfest in Deer Isle

Six-year-old Emily West checks out a fox fur at Winterfest.

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Jo Jo Grego shakes hands with Frosty

Two-and-a-half-year-old Jo Jo Grego shakes hands with Winterfest’s mascot, Frosty the Snowman, while others look on.

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Dave Taylor and friends at Winterfest

Dave Taylor and friends perform at Island Community Center.

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Kayleigh Pettis hula hoops at Winterfest

Five year old Kayleigh Pettis hula-hoops at the Winterfest events on Saturday, January 18.

Photo by Jessica Brophy