News Feature

Deer Isle
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 9, 2014
Deer Isle’s Winterfest to feature Frosty the Snowman mascot, igloos, fireworks and more

by Jessica Brophy

For the first time in a few years, a cold and snowy early winter will precede the Healthy Island Project’s annual Winterfest.

Winterfest will be held January 17-19, and will kick off with a free public supper at the elementary school cafeteria at 5:30 p.m., before Brent McCoy’s “The Real McCoy” show. The show is sponsored by Island Education Foundation, and a second show during the school day is also sponsored by IEF. The show and public dinner on Friday night are new this year, said organizer Barrett Gray.

Back this year will be a winter walk, held at 9:30 a.m. at the elementary school, right before the Saturday event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which includes live music from The Stone Family, Sarah Ehrlich, Dave Taylor and Friends and the New Trad Trio. Activities will include a hands-on igloo building workshop with Bert Yankielun and sleigh rides with Carol Collins and her miniature horses (weather permitting), face painting, kids crafts and a visit with live owls from Birdsacre bird sanctuary in Ellsworth. Conjuring Carroll will be back with a magic show and strolling balloon art. Knot tying, “gardens in a cup,” snowshoeing and hoop dancing will also be part of the event.

A cribbage tournament will be held at 10 a.m., also at the elementary school. Karen Galella was last year’s cribbage champion. A free, three-course lunch sponsored by Island Culinary & Ecological Center will be offered on Saturday as well.

“Everything is free,” said Gray. “I hope parents will bring children.”

Saturday, from 6 to 9 a.m. at Island Family Medicine, a “Boat Overhaul” free health assessment for Island men will be offered. No appointment is necessary.

Saturday night, the Winterfest activities continue with the second annual Parade of Lights in Stonington Harbor at 6 p.m. This event, sponsored by Penobscot East Resource Center, will feature fishing boats decorated in lights. Best viewing is from the pier.

Then, at 7 p.m., is a pit fire with hot dogs, marshmallows and hot cocoa in the Island Community Center parking lot, sponsored by the Island Recreation Board. Fireworks will be held at the Stonington Ball Field at 7:45, followed by the Winterfest Family Dance at the Opera House, sponsored by Opera House Arts and featuring music by the Loose Cannon Jug Band and the bands funanimal and Merther.

On Sunday, the annual 4 on 4 Double-Elimination Basketball Tourney, sponsored by Billings Diesel and Marine, will be held at the Island Community Center starting at 1 p.m.

For more information, contact HIP at 367-6332.