Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thanks to all for making this such a wonderful time to live and work in Waterbury!  

Winterfest 2015 Planning is already underway!
If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring this anticipated event, email us,

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Day 10, Sat. Jan 26th
It’s THE FINAL DAY of Winterfest!

Winterfest organizers want to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying winter in Waterbury over this past week. It’s been great to see so many outside despite the cold and indoors enjoying good company.

Today's Events are a go, despite the cold.  Dress appropriately and use your best judgement about coming out  

A FUN RUN and MUTT STRUT taking off from the Rec Center near Anderson Field. Registration at 9:30. Race start at 10. This is a short course in the Butler Street neighborhood. All ages welcome.

FAMILY BROOMBALL at the outdoor ice rink near the Rec Center Noon to 4.

The Rec Building will be open for warming.

Rich Wollensack was hoping for a 3-plus hour BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOUR at Little River State Park along the Stevenson Brook trails. New snow has made conditions perfect. Meeting and parking spot is the Waterbury Dam at 10. Skis with skins are recommended. Pack a lunch.

Finally, the Winterfest committee plans a CLOSING CEREMONY at 4 at the Rec Center.

Event leaders may alter plans for weather conditions at individual events. Again, check online for any changes and be sure to bundle up before heading outdoors. 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Winterfest Day 9 – January 26

     Watch the whirling excitement of the Disc Golf Tournament, the Ice Bucket VIII at Hope Davey this morning before taking off on the much-anticipated historic Snow Show Tour of the old CCC Camp in Little River State Park.  Take advantage of the rare opportunity to explore the grounds of the Country Club of Vermont during a Cross Country Ski Tour or in a Telemark Figure 8 Competition or head indoors to the Tiny Acorn’s Puppet Show, a production of the Mitten at 11am.
    Also conditions are looking really good for the Backcountry Ski Sunday morning through Little River State Park. Meet at the dam at 10am.
                     End the night at our Winterfest Soiree.  VERY LIMITED TICKETS REMAIN

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day 8, Friday, January 24

It’s the start of Winterfest’s second weekend and the event schedule is PACKED.

There’s a midday GUIDED SNOWSHOE TOUR on Blush Hill led by Reed McCracken from CCOutdoor Store. Meeting spot is the Best Western Parking Lot at 1 p.m. The tour returns before 3. If you need gear, CCOutdoor on Rt. 2 has loaner snowshoes to try.

Tonight’s BIG EVENT is a rare HIGH SCHOOL and MIDDLE SCHOOL NORDIC SKI RACE right in DOWNTOWN WATERBURY. HARWOOD UNION HOSTS several area schools under the lights at Dac Rowe. The mighty Harwood DRUM LINE will get the action started at 4:30. Come watch some of the best local young winter athletes in action!

After the races, pick a spot downtown to grab a bite to eat. For a unique Waterbury experience, the new CRAFT BEER CELLAR on Elm Street is hosting a beer tasting from 5 to 8 featuring HEADER TOPPER provided by Winterfest title sponsor The Alchemist.

Those who want to hit the snow themselves can head to the Country Club of Vermont for a NIGHT LIGHT CROSS-COUNTRY SKI outing from 6:30 to 8:30. Bundle up and don’t forget your headlamp. Park at Tanglewoods - the fire at Tanglewoods will be burning for apr├Ęs ski food and drink.

For those who rather stay indoors, Across Roads Center for the Arts presents “American Favorites” - an eclectic theatrical production featuring scenes from well-loved and well-known American plays. That’s at the Congregational Church from 6:30 to 9.

There’s lots more in store for the weekend – sledding, back-country skiing, broomball, a fun run and a DANCE Saturday night at the Country Club of Vermont. Just a few tickets are left.

Last night's Wassailing was a blast!
The Brookies rock the Legion
The Loomisaries in full regalia

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Winterfest Dance & Silent Auction
Saturday, JANUARY 25, 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM
 Winterfest Dance & Silent Auction at the Country Club of Vermont!  Doors open at 7:30 pm.  Featuring Waterbury's own 'Still Kickin' band, complimentary appetizers, cash bar, and many, many wonderful Silent Auction items from our generous local sponsors.  ALMOST SOLD OUT.  Limited tickets available and all proceeds to benefit Waterbury Recreation.  $20 per person or $30 per couple.  Please contact  We will form a wait list when tickets run out.

Last night's Trivia Contest at Arvads was a roaring good time. The Winterfest team took third place!  Their high score was really even better than that because they missed the first round that was worth 40 questions and dominated the following rounds of 23 questions each to make up the difference.

Tonight's outdoor adventure is a snowshoe through sparkly starlit snow of the Country Club of Vermont. Bring your headlamp and snowshoes for a fun, evening romp. Meet in the back of the Tanglewoods parking lot at 6:30 pm for this 90 minute tour that will wind its way back to Tanglewoods for a hot toddy and other warm spirits.

Tonight's indoor adventure is Wassailing. Come hear and partake in the merriment as several Wassailing groups sing their way through the Legion, Cork, Blackback, Arvads and the bar area of the Reservoir. The singing begins at 6pm. After the rounds all are welcome to Cork for more singing, the most-just awards, hot soup, libations and good cheer.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Last night's Poetry Slam was a highlighting of the talent abounding in this community.  Thanks to the Bridgeside Book Store for hosting the intellectual side of Winterfest!  

Winterfest, Wednesday, Jan. 22

It's only DAY 6 of 10 days celebrating winter and recreation in Waterbury!

It’s the middle of the work week. Everyone is busy. Today’s Winterfest events happen this evening:

·       The hardy and adventuresome NIGHT BIKE RIDE has been CANCELLED for fear of frost-bite. Playing trivia at Arvad's is much more sane.

·       If you’d rather stick inside tonight, the Harwood Boys Hockey Team is at the Ice Center. The puck drops at 6 against Middlebury.

·       To stay super warm and toasty, check out the special WINTERFEST TRIVIA NIGHT at Arvad’s Grill and Pub on Main Street starting at 7. We’re told there will be drink specials and prizes. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday Day 5

It’s DAY 5 of Winterfest! It’s a cold one today. Winterfest had one outside event this morning and tonight’s event is indoors.

TONIGHT, THE FUN IS INSIDE AT BRIDGESIDE BOOKS with a 6:30  POETRY READING. This is an “Open Mic” style gathering for people of all ages. Works of all kinds are welcome – bring your own poems, your favorite verse, song, rap or love letter. Or get up and improvise. Sign ups start at 6:30. Reading begins at 7.  Two young local poets will host.

Despite near zero temperatures, this morning's GUIDED SNOWSHOE EXCURSION in Little River State Park was enjoyed by a few intrepid souls.   It was a gorgeous outing with bluebird skies and 3 inches of new snow like the day at Little River captured by John Fisher in this photo:  

Each evening this week has a Winterfest event. Details and any last-minute schedule changes are on the Winterfest website:  Be sure to check there before heading out to an event!  Follow Waterbury Winterfest on Facebook too!

Those Winterfest bracelets are good through the weekend for discounts and specials at local businesses. They’re $5 at Bridgeside Books, KC’s Bagels, Stowe Street Emporium and BGB Salon. Those spots also have tickets for SATURDAY’s WINTERFEST DANCE & SILENT AUCTION at the Country Club of Vermont.

Winterfest couldn’t happen without its many sponsors. 
THE ALCHEMIST is Winterfest’s title sponsor. 
This year’s Gold Sponsors are: The Waterbury Pharmacy,  The Blue Stone,
the Town of Waterbury, and the Country Club of Vermont.

Monday, January 20, 2014

It’s DAY 4 of Winterfest 
What a weekend! Ice carvings galore, a brisk 5K run with 33 runners, broomball, a giant bonfire, lots of action at the Ice Center and hot soup in handmade bowls to help out the Food Shelf!

Thanks to everyone who joined the fun. And a big thank you to Mother Nature for adding some fresh powder on Sunday and again last night. 

Today’s schedule offers a bit of a break to mark MLK DAY with community service projects this morning organized by AmeriCorps members of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.

Volunteers will meet at 9 at the Waterbury Senior Center on Stowe Street. If you would like to take part but have not signed up yet, simply show up to ask for an assignment.

The Senior Center will treat volunteers to lunch at noon. A short program honoring Dr. King will conclude the morning.

Winterfest continues all week! Each evening weeknight has activities – a community poetry reading, night biking, night snowshoeing and a wassailing competition. Several daytime snowshoe opportunities are on the calendar too.

What’s wassailing? Think caroling meets Halloween. Curious? Then visit to find out about wassailing and any other Winterfest event. Listings are updated daily. 

Waterbury Winterfest also is on Facebook and Waterbury Recreation is posting updates on Twitter.  

Saturday, January 18, 2014

It’s Day 3 of Winterfest - 10 days celebrating winter recreation in Waterbury!

The first full day of Winterfest kept everyone busy, with activities ranging from hiking Perry Hill to cheering on the Waterbury Fire Department as they lit up the Christmas Tree Bonfire.

With the return of SNOW(!!), mark your itineraries--
Here’s what is happening TODAY:

Early risers should head to Thatcher Brook School for the WINTERFEST 5-K FUN RUN starting at 9am. Get there by 8:30 to register if you didn’t sign up online. 

By 10am BROOMBALL will be underway at the outdoor skating rink near the Rec Building. Teams are registered but anyone can show up to join the fun until 4pm. Look for bagels, coffee, hot dogs and chili at the refreshment stand.

Looking to get outside, but would rather do something lower-key than broomball?  With Mother Nature fully on board, A COMMUNITY SNOWSHOE starts at Dac Rowe at 1pm. This promises to be an easy hour-long explore along the Winooski River.  CCOutdoor store has snowshoes to loan free if you stop by before 12:30pm to borrow a pair.  

At 5:30pm SOUP’S ON at the Congregational Church. The Empty Bowls soup dinner doubles as a fundraiser for the Waterbury Food Shelf. $20 gets you a meal and a handmade bowl. Kids eat free. Local restaurants are making the soup.

Tonight’s MAIN EVENT is a free program showcasing an array of ICE SPORTS at the ICE CENTER. Little hockey players start the show featuring figure and speed skaters, curling, and more. Public skate time at the end. Exhibitions begin at 5:15pm and an awards ceremony will take place at 7:30pm.


- The SNOW MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT for today is OFF. Conditions won’t work and it cannot be easily re-booked.

- The BACK COUNTRY SKI OUTING has been moved to NEXT SUNDAY, January 26, instead of today. 


You can find up-to-the-minute schedule adjustments for Waterbury Winterfest here, on Facebook, and on Twitter @WaterburyRec. Be sure to check before heading out to an event!

A $5 Winterfest bracelet gets you DISCOUNTS AND SPECIAL OFFERS at many local businesses during Winterfest. Bridgeside Books, KC’s Bagels, Stowe Street Emporium and BGB Salon have them along with tickets for NEXT SATURDAY’s WINTERFEST DANCE & SILENT AUCTION at the Country Club of Vermont.

Thursday, January 16, 2014


     Winter has returned to Waterbury! And just in time for Winterfest 2014!  Most activities will go forward as planned, including our opening ceremonies at 5pm on Friday with an ice sculpture demonstration, an art opening at Axel’s Frame Shop and free beer tasting at the new Craft Beer Cellar – all in Waterbury Village on Friday night!  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wild Weather Ride!

It’s been a wild ride with our January weather so far but plans are moving full-steam ahead in Waterbury for the second annual Winterfest celebration starting this FRIDAY, JAN. 17 and running through SUNDAY, JAN 26.

Organizers have made a few changes to the schedule due to weather and conditions. With a weeklong schedule, there is room to juggle!

1. Friday’s Harwood Nordic ski races at Dac Rowe Park in downtown Waterbury have been postponed one week to NEXT Friday, Jan. 24, same location.

2. Saturday’s Vt. National Guard rappelling and other demonstrations at the Waterbury Ice Center have been moved to NEXT Saturday, Jan. 25, same location.

3. The BKL Nordic races slated for Saturday have been CANCELLED.

All other events are still in place. Organizers will gauge conditions daily and update the Winterfest website with any changes each morning.

Most of the 40+ events are free. Competitive events have nominal registration fees. There is a great mix of outdoor activities and indoor events. Many local businesses are taking part with special promotions, discounts, specials through the entire week of Winterfest. 

The fun begins FRIDAY evening on Stowe Street with a live ice sculpture demonstration and an art opening ... just around the corner on Elm Street the new Craft Beer Cellar hosts a special beer tasting. Winterfest gets into full swing on SATURDAY with a variety of activities and events around town. See the schedule for times and details.  (The weekend includes the annual Christmas tree bonfire, high school girls and boys hockey at the ice center, snowshoe demos, snow mountain biking, broomball, a fun run, a empty bowl soup fundraiser for the food shelf, lots of cool demonstrations at the ice center. More events every day next week as well.)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Many events have been updated on the Schedule. Events are being held at locations throughout Waterbury see the Event Location page for more details.

A list of events appropriate for families with kids has also been assembled:

Many events are weather dependent. Please continue checking the website for minor event changes as the crazy weather variations may impact event locations.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Waterbury Winterfest 2014 has grown!

Now, extended to include 10 very full days of fun events and activities!

Click on the "Schedule" tab to see the latest plans!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Minter psyched for 2nd Annual Waterbury Winterfest

The new snow on the Worcesters must mean that Waterbury Winterfest is just around the corner. Mark your calendars now for the second annual celebration of winter sports in the heart of downtown Waterbury over MLK weekend, Jan. 17-18-19. A group of returning and new volunteers has begun planning to recreate the excitement from last year’s Winterfest and find ways to make Winterfest 2014 even better.

Already booked are the Harwood Nordic ski teams to return and open the games Friday evening with the varsity Nordic Ski Competition featuring high school racers flying around a freshly groomed track under the lights at Dac Rowe Park. Afterward, Waterbury’s traditional outdoor skating party and Christmas tree bonfire at the rec center will warm hearts, heat the heavens, and light up the night sky. Saturday will feature the Bill Koch League youth Nordic ski races in the morning, and a double-header of Harwood Varsity boys and girls hockey at the Ice Center Saturday night.

The rest of the schedule is a work in progress: there will be co-ed family broomball, a snowshoe festival with the National Guard obstacle race, cross country and back country telemark ski tours, a down town fun run, a mountain bike race on snow, and exhibitions of figure skating, sled hockey and speed skating at the Ice Center.

But it's not all set in stone yet. Winterfest aims to bring the community out to spectate and participate, and then pump some post holiday winter excitement toward our downtown merchants and restaurants. We welcome any of the above to join in the planning. We meet most Tuesdays at 7pm at the Rec. Center. Call me at 802-345-5728 or email Like us on facebook. Check us out on line at the town website or check back here for updates.

Think snow!
Bill Minter,
Waterbury Winterfest

Monday, October 21, 2013

Winterfest is a GO for 2014, January 17,18,19

WINTERFEST IS A GO! for January 17,18,19.  A robust turn-out at our first meeting with new volunteers joining and a Nordic Events team that is already off and running means Winterfest is on the map again this year.  Organizers of many other events - Snowshoe festival, XC ski tour, Broom ball tournament, Ice Center exhibition, Snow Mountain Bike Race are seeking volunteers and participants.  Don't miss your chance to help plan the fun.  Next meeting: Tuesday October 29.  WINTERFEST NEEDS YOU! Contact Bill Minter 802-345-5728 email for more information.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Winterfest 2014 - We need YOU

First meeting Tuesday October 15, 2013 7pm
at the Congregational Church

If you are one of the many members of the Waterbury community who enjoyed spectating or participating in any of the numerous outstanding events held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the MLK weekend right here in Waterbury last Winter, or if you missed it but heard how great it was and want to be sure to catch it this year, then we welcome you to come to our organizational meetings beginning this Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm at the Congregational Church in Waterbury. Winterfest is in jeopardy We have seen too much turnover to meet our needs with our current volunteers. WINTERFEST NEEDS YOU!

Contact Bill Minter 802-345-5728 email for more information.