Schedule



Winterfest is Dynamic!  
We are frequently updating this schedule in keeping with the most current weather conditions.  Check back often for possible changes.

This schedule was last updated: January 20, 9am


Day 1 - Friday, January 17

HS/MS Nordic Ski Race (Postponed to Day 9 - Saturday January 25th)

Free Demonstration Snowshoes

Time: 9 am to 5 pm
Location: CC Outdoor Store
Try on a pair of snowshoes and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Explore the difference between different bindings and traction designs at CC Outdoor Store located at 438 US RT 2 in the old red farm building with the twin white silos. Drop in between 10 am and 4 pm for free Demo snowshoe loan. Or reserve your shoes for a specific date and time via email: info@ccoutdoorstore.com . Free demos will be available on Jan 17, 21, and 23 and by arrangement for all Winterfest Snowshoe Tours.


Opening Ceremony with a Not-to-be-Missed Surprise

Time: 5pm
Location: Stowe Street - between Axel's Frame Shop and Blue Stone Pizza
Winterfest committee members have rallied in the face of adverse conditions to create a unique opening ceremony. This may be the single most important element of Waterbury history celebrated by generations into the future. You will want to be able to say "I was there!"

Beer Tasting

Time: 5 pm to 8 pm
Location: Craft Beer Cellar
Folks can get a chance to taste some exceptional beers and take a look inside at what this new establishment has to offer for beer connoisseurs and home brewers alike.

Ice Sculpting Demonstration (Postponed to Day 2 - Saturday, Jan. 18)

Photography Opening Exhibit

Time: 5pm - 7pm
Location: Axel's Frame Shop
From January 7th until February 1st come see the work of Chris Stearns, a photographer from Morrisville.

Day 2 - Saturday, January 18

Snow Sculpture Contest

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Ice Center Grounds
Leader: T BD
Two GIANT 6ft x 6ft x 6ft blocks of snow are being created just outside the Ice Center. Carving may continue throughout the week with final touches on sculptures Saturday Jan. 25 from 2pm to 4pm. Judges will review culptures from 4 to 5pm. Winners will be announced at the Winterfest Dance and at the Closing Ceremonies.

Perry Hill Snowshoe Tour

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Location: Meet at the Ice Center parking lot
Leader: Reed McCracken
Explore the trails of Perry Hill on this moderate 2 hour snowshoe adventure. Meet at the Ice Center parking lot at 2 pm on Saturday, January 18th. Expect good company, steep but short climbs, and beautiful scenery.

Ice Sculpting Demonstration (Rescheduled from Day 1 - Friday, Jan. 17)

Time: 5 pm to 7 pm
Location: Axel's Frame Shop
Leader: Chris Fish
Come visit Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop on Stowe Street where Chris & Heidi Fish, ice carvers from Northwoods Ice Craft and co-owners of The Blue Stone will carve a one of a kind ice sculpture for Winter-Fest. Questions and photos are encouraged. The evening will conclude with an 8’ tall ice sculpture celebrating the Waterbury Winterfest, our Headline sponsor The Alchemist Brewery and Vermont Winter Sports

Girls Varsity Hockey vs BFA

Time: 5 pm
Location: The Ice Center
Winterfest rooters encourage everyone to attend the Harwood Hockey and Basketball games to cheer on the home team! Watch the Harwood Varsity Hockey double header at the Ice Center with the girls facing off against BFA of St. Albans followed by the boys taking on Milton at 7 PM.

Christmas Tree Bonfire

Time: 6 pm to 9 pm
Location: Rec. Center Outdoor Skating Rink
Leader: Gordon Milller
Enjoy an evening under the lights as we Celebrate Winterfest with our Annual Bonfire of roaring Christmas Trees.  Ice skating may not occur, but to questionable ice conditions.   Cocoa & cookies will be served as you get warm by the fire.

Boys Varsity Hockey vs Milton

Time: 7 pm
Location: The Ice Center
Winterfest rooters encourage everyone to attend the Harwood Hockey and Basketball games to cheer on the home team! Watch the Harwood Varsity Hockey double header at the Ice Center with the girls facing off against BFA of St. Albans at 5 PM followed by the boys taking on Milton at 7 PM.

Cross County Ski - CANCELLED due to icy conditions at Dac Rowe

Time: 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Location: Dascomb Rowe

Perry Hill Back Country Ski (Postponed to Day 9 - January 25)


BKL Nordic Race (Cancelled due to conditions)


Snowshoe Obstacle Course (Postponed to Day 9 - Sat. Jan. 25)


Rappeling Demonstrations (Postponed to Day 9 - Sat. Jan. 25)

Day 3 - Sunday, Jan. 19

5K Fun Run

Time: 9am to 10:30am 
Location: TBPS Lobby - Registration at 8:30. Race start 9:00
Leader: Roger Clapp
The Winterfest Fun Run will be a timed 5K run through Waterbury Village, including 14 challenging left turns and 11 easy rights. Open to all ages and abilities, registration starts at 8:30 at Thatcher Brook Primary School lobby at 47 Stowe St. Each runner will receive a Winterfest bracelet with a suggested donation of $5 and on-line pre-registration is encouraged. The race starts at 9 am sharp in all weather conditions. After the race finish at 10:30 at Thatcher Brook Primary School for results and runner recognition.

Broom Ball

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Waterbury Recreation Center Outdoor Skating Rink
Leader: Bill Minter - call 802-345-5728 or email waterbury.winterfest@gmail.com for info and to sign up
This year Winterfest offers TWO Family Broomball Tournaments! Sunday January 19 and 26 at the Waterbury Recreation Center Outdoor Skating Rink The first Tournament is a repeat of last year's successful event and Teams need to register in advance. The second is a new relaxed format with pick-up teams forming with whoever shows up!

Broomball is similar to hockey but no skates needed! Players wear their own boots/shoes. We provide the goals, sticks and balls. Helmets are recommended, but not required. Teams should be adult-child co-ed and up to 11 players per team with a 6 player minimum. Broomball is played with 5 people and a goalie on the ice. This is a double elimination tournament. Games will begin at 10:00 am. Exact times and schedule will be determined by the number of teams and we will contact each team captain prior to the tournament with your first game time. $10 per adult, $5 per child Players and parents must sign a waiver. So gather your team for a day of fun & get your registration in, or just show up to be picked up! There are bragging rights to be won!

Back Country Ski - POSTPONED to Day 10 Sunday January 26th

Community Snowshoe

Time: 1 pm to 2 pm
Location: starts at Dac Rowe Field
Join your neighbors for an easy, hour long meander along the Winooski River through Waterbury Village. This event starts at Dac Rowe field at 1 pm. Beginners welcome! Free snowshoe loans are available for this event . Please pick up 30 minutes prior to the event at CC Outdoor Store, 1 mile west of Dac Rowe field.

Snow Mountain Bike Race (Cancelled due to dangerous conditions)


Empty Bowls

Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Congregational Chuch
Leader: lesley@waterburyucc.com or 244-6606
Enjoy a bowl of soup, support the Waterbury Food Shelf, and take home a handmade bowl when the Waterbury Congregational Church hosts an “Empty Bowls” fundraiser. Costs are: $20 for a handcrafted bowl and meal, $10 for additional adults. Kids eat free with the purchase of one bowl for the family.

This simple supper featuring a variety of soups donated by local restaurants, homemade rolls, fruit salad, and dessert. All proceeds benefit the Waterbury Food Shelf. Info: lesley@waterburyucc.com or 244-6606.

Ice Center Exhibitions

Time: 5:15 pm to 8 pm
Location: Ice Center
Leader: Sharon Sisler
Bring your skates and come marvel at a menagerie of ice sports at this free Ice Center event. Waterbury’s cutest little hockey players will start the show followed by exhibitions by local figure skaters, speed skaters, curlers and handicapped sled hockey players. Mingle with the exhibitioners and try their sports during public skates.

Awards Ceremony

Time: 7:30 pm to 8 pm
Location: Ice Center
Leader:
Awards will be presented for various events of the past few days.

Day 4 - Monday, Jan 20

VHCB Americorps Mlk Day of Service for Waterbury Winterfest 2014

Time: 9 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Various
Honor MLK Day of Service: Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) AmeriCorps will be organizing a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. mobilizing members and volunteers to serve alongside residents of Waterbury, assisting the town with various service projects, 9 AM meet at Senior Center for projects at Senior Center, CLiF, Wesley Methodist Church and Waitsfield Library. Noon Lunch at Senior Center followed by an educational series of videos and speakers.

Please contact Cassidy Francik at cassidy@vhcb.org if you are interested in volunteering, know of a service project that could be completed on this national day of service, or would like to take part in the educational snowshoe walk!

Day 5 - Tuesday, Jan. 21

Guided Snow Shoe Tour

Time: 10 am to Noon
Location: Rendezvous in the CC Outdoor Store parking lot to carpool to the trailhead at 10 am
Stomp on snowshoes through the Little River area of Waterbury and expose your soul to our town’s wild side. Our spirited tour will quickly get us into the backcountry of Mt. Mansfield State Forest and/or Little River State Park (exact route dependent on road and weather conditions the day of the event.) Rendezvous in the CC Outdoor Store parking lot to carpool to the trailhead at 10 am, Tuesday January 21 st . Dress appropriately for a moderate paced outing that will likely cover 3 miles and 600 ft of elevation gain. We'll have Crescent Moon Snowshoes and MSR Snowshoes available to demo.

Poetry Reading

Time: 6:30pm
Location: Bridgeside Books, Stowe Street
Leader: Ariel Goodman
A great event for people of all ages in our community. This will be held in an "open-mic" style. People are encouraged to come and read aloud any kind of work that they please, including (but not limited to!) self-written poems, poems by other authors, letters, love notes, rants, songs, raps, or just simply use the space to share some thoughts with the community. Sign-up's will begin at 6:30pm, and the reading will start at 7pm. This event will be MC'd by two local young poets.

Day 6 - Wednesday, Jan. 22

Night Bikes - CANCELLED - ten below is too darn cold

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Meet at Blue Stone Pizza on Stowe St. - in the back by the Take Out area.
Leader: Alec Brecher
Call me a chicken but I value my digits - ten below is just too darn cold for a ride.

Boys Varsity Hockey vs Middlebury

Time: 6 pm
Location: Ice Center
Leader: Shannon Thompson

Arvad's Trivia Night

Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: Arvad's Restaurant, Main Street.
Trivia sponsored by Woodchuck Cider.  Great food, drink specials and a new game format using your smartphone.y Woodchuck Cider!
7-9 Great food, drink specials and prizes.
New format using your smart phone:)

Day 7 - Thursday, Jan. 23

Free Snowshoe Demo

Time: 10 pm to 4:00p
Location:CC Outdoor Store
Leader:
Try on a pair of snowshoes and learn the basics of snowshoeing. Explore the difference between different bindings and traction designs at CC Outdoor Store, 438 US RT 2, in the old red farm building with the twin white silos. Drop in between 10 am and 4 pm for free Demo snowshoe loan.

Night Snowshoeing

Time: 6:30 pm to 8pm
Location: Country Club of Vermont
Bring your headlamp and snowshoes for a fun, evening romp over the open space at the Country Club of Vermont. Meet in the back of the Tanglewoods parking lot at 6:30 pm, Thursday, January 23rd for this 90 minute tour that will wind its way back to Tanglewoods for a hot toddy or other warm spirits.

Wassailing Contest

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: Wassailers will perform at village restaurants - American Legion, Arvads, Black Back Pub,  Cork, The Reservoir. Performers and judges will meet at the Congregational Church at 5:30. After performing all are invited to Cork for more songs, libations, food and good-cheer.
Leader: Alec Brecher
Think caroling meets Halloween. Wassailing groups have been given wide reign on their song choices and costumes. This event is certain to bring good cheer and a few chuckles. Wassailers and judges will meet at the Waterbury Congregational Church at 5:45. Wassailing groups will head out to village restaurants at 6pm. Groups will sing a couple of songs at each venue and rotate to the next. After visiting each location Wassailers, judges and celebrants will assemble at Cork for soup, sandwiches, libations and merriment. At Cork groups will sing for each other and receive their most-just awards.

Day 8 - Friday, Jan. 24

Guided Blush Hill Snowshoe Tour

Time: 1 pm to 2:45 pm
Location: Blush Hill - Meet in the back of the Best Western Parking lot at 1 pm
Leader: Reed McCraken
Step into classic Vermont wilds where animal tracks intersect civilization’s thoroughfares. This easy-moderate snowshoe outing crosses streams, enters pine forests, and enjoys a panorama of Waterbury village after a short climb up Blush Hill.  Temperatures are expected to be cold so come prepared with warm boots that are good for hiking, such as Lowa Boots.  Meet in the back of the Best Western Parking lot at 1 pm on Friday, January 25th for this 90 minute snowshoe romp.”

 

Winterfest Ceremonies

Time: 4:30 pm
Location: Dac Rowe Park
Leader: Bill Minter
Drums!  Celebration! An exciting recap of Winterfest so far. A rousing welcome to those gathered for the high school Nordic ski races. A look ahead to the remaining Winterfest activities through the weekend. 

 

HS/MS Nordic Ski Race

Time: 4:30 pm 
Location: Dac Rowe Park
The Harwood Union High School and Middle School Nordic Ski Teams host four ski races under the lights at Dascome Rowe Athletic Field on North Main Street in Waterbury village. Five area schools have been invited to take part: Stowe, Montpelier, Peoples Academy, South Royalton and Lamoille Union. Awards will follow each race. Warming/refreshment tent provided.

Race times:
4:45 PM - Middle School Mixed 3.75K (Three loops on field)
5:05 PM - High School Boys A 5K (Four loops)
5:30 PM - High School Girls A 5K
5:55 PM - High School Mixed B 2.5K (Two loops )

Beer Tasting, Heady Topper

Time: 5pm to 8pm
Location: Craft Beer Cellar, Elm St.
It wouldn't be Winterfest if it weren't for the Alchemist's Heady Topper!  Come sample the pride of Waterbury at the Craft Beer Cellar's free beer tasting.  Lots of giveaways and an unprecedented amount of Heady Topper for sale!

Night Light XC Ski

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Country Club of VT - park at Tanglewoods - apres ski at Tanglewoods
Night Light cross country skiing - it's a chance to discover the beauty of the winter night. Bring your headlamp and your star charts for some cross country skiing across the landscape. Then perhaps apres ski at Tanglewoods!

"America's Favorites" Theatre Series

Time: 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Location: Waterbury Congregational Church
Leader: Monica Callan
MOXIE Productions' "America’s Favorites Reading Series, at the Congregational Church, showcases plays which American luminaries have awarded, theater companies have most produced, and audiences in the past have talked the most about, in theatrical presentations with local actors & directors. The series offers flushed out readings of five well-loved. Sponsored by Across Roads Center for the Arts and The White Meeting House. For more information and to become involved, contact moxie@pshift.com or 802/244-4168.

Day 9 - Saturday, Jan. 25

Disc Golf Tournament

Time: 8 am
Location: Hope Davey Park, Disc Golf Course
The 8th Annual Ice Bucket benefiting our local food shelf!  Come play or watch one of the fastest growing games in the country!  More Information at the Green Mountain Disc Golf Club's site.

Historic Snow Shoe Tour

Time: 10 am to Noon
Location: Little River St. Park
Leader: Anne Imhoff
Enjoy a two hour guided snowshoe walk through CCC Camp Charles M. Smith in Little River State Park on Saturday, January 25th, 10 AM to 12 noon.  The mile long trail through the camp is relatively level and easy for all levels of snowshoers.   The camp housed the CCC boys who built the Waterbury dam.  Need snowshoes?  Borrow a pair for FREE from CC Outdoor Store; call 244-4000 to reserve a pair.

Telemark Figure 8 Competition - Intermediate and expert skiers are invited to explore the unique terrain at the Country Club of Vermont and challenge the telemark figure 8 contest!

Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Country Club of Vermont
Explore the unique terrain of the Country Club of Vermont by ski. On the way, show your prowess with perfectly shaped figure-eight tracks.

Puppet Show

Time: 11am
Location: The Tiny Acorn
Watch the celebrated puppets of the Tiny Acorn Toy Store enact the children's book, the "Mitten."  

Cross Country Ski Tour

Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Location: Country Club of Vermont
Leader: Beth Gilpin
Enjoy views of Hunger Mountain while touring parts of the Country Club of Vermont and Waterbury Recreation Path. This will be a moderately-paced ski on rolling terrain and led by local skiing enthusiasts.  Skiers should have some experience, be comfortable skiing un-groomed snow, and be able to control their speed going downhill.   Meet in the parking lot of the CCVT .

Sledding Party

Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Country Club of VT
Bring your sleds, warm clothing and get ready for a thrilling day on the hill!  Free cookie decorating station (while supplies last), and hot chocolate served fireside in the cozy confines of the Country Club of Vermont clubhouse.

Snow Sculpture Contest

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Location: Ice Center
Leader: TBD
Finishing touches to be made on the sculptures started last Saturday. Judging starts at 4:00 pm.

Girls Basketball vs. Montpelier

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Harwood High
Leader:

Boys Varsity Hockey vs Peoples

Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Location: Ice Center
For the final Varsity Hockey games, the Harwood boys will play host to long time rival Peoples Academy.

Winterfest Dance & Silent Auction

Time: 7:30 pm to 11pm
Location: Country Club of VT
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.  Limited tickets are available and all proceeds to benefit Waterbury Recreation.  $20 per person or $30 per couple.  Tickets available at BGB Salon, Bridgeside Books, Stowe Street Emporium or contact recreation@waterburyvt.com.  

Learn to Tele Turn - CANCELLED - conditions are too difficult for learning


Rappelling Demonstrations - Cancelled due to adverse conditions


Snowshoe Obstacle Course - Cancelled due to adverse conditions


Perry Hill Back Country Ski  CANCELLED due to adverse conditions

Family Snow Fort Contest CANCELLED

"America's Favorites" Theatre Series: CANCELLED - Please attend Friday's Performance


Day 10 - Sunday, Jan. 26

Family Fun Run and Mutt Strutt

Registration 9:30 am, Races start at 10 am until Noon
Location: Rec Center at Anderson Field off Butler St.
Leader: Roger Clapp
This will be a semi-competitive, untimed Family Fun Run (or Stroll) open to kids, dogs on a leash, adults, grandparents, etc. We will follow a short loop in the Butler St. neighborhood with distance and the number of loops decided at the beginning of event (somewhere between 100 yards and 3 miles - depending on age, species and weather conditions) Prizes will be given out for best costume, largest finishing family team, fastest kid-dog team, youngest finisher, oldest finisher and most style points as determined by our esteemed panel of judges! The event ends before Broom Ball begins at noon.

Back Country Ski - Rescheduled from January 19th

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Little River - Park and meet up at the Waterbury Dam
Back Country Ski Tour:  Little River State Park.  A gentle to moderate climb up the Stevenson Brook trail to the site of Waterbury's "Last Block Sawmill".  A steam powered band saw mill dating back to 1916 and an excellent place to have some lunch. Enjoy the beauty of the winter woods and the sounds of the frozen brook before continuing on to a nice "green circle" ski back to the trail head on a wide snowy trail.  Skis with scales or climbing skins and supportive boots are desirable for this adventure.  Throw an extra layer in your backpack and don't forget your lunch and some water.  It's about a three hour tour covering roughly 4 1/2 miles.  Park and meet up at the Waterbury Dam.

Family Broom Ball

Time: Noon to 4 pm
Location: Waterbury Recreation Center Outdoor Skating Rink
Leader: Bill Minter - call 802-345-5728 or email waterbury.winterfest@gmail.com for info and to sign up
This year Winterfest offers TWO Family Broomball Tournaments! Sunday January 19 and 26 at the Waterbury Recreation Center Outdoor Skating Rink The first Tournament is a repeat of last year's successful event and Teams need to register in advance. The second is a new relaxed format with pick-up teams forming with whoever shows up!

Broomball is similar to hockey but no skates needed! Players wear their own boots/shoes. We provide the goals, sticks and balls. Helmets are recommended, but not required. Teams should be adult-child co-ed and up to 11 players per team with a 6 player minimum. Broomball is played with 5 people and a goalie on the ice. This is a double elimination tournament. Games will begin at 10:00 am. Exact times and schedule will be determined by the number of teams and we will contact each team captain prior to the tournament with your first game time. $10 per adult, $5 per child Players and parents must sign a waiver. So gather your team for a day of fun & get your registration in, or just show up to be picked up! There are bragging rights to be won!

Closing Ceremonies

Time: 4 pm to 5 pm
Location: Rec. Center
Leader: Winterfest Committee
An impressive parade of all award winners and participants still standing at the end of DAY TEN of Waterbury Winterfest 2014 will culminate in a surprise display of undisclosed luminosity!