Lions feature frosty fun at annual Winterfest Weekend

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LITTLE CURRENT – The Little Current Lions Club, and the entire community, has pulled together this year to bring an impressive lineup of family events for this year’s Winterfest Weekend, January 31-February 2.

The frosty fun gets underway on Friday, January 31, a PD day for Island students. The Northeast Town is hosting a colouring contest with sheets to be picked up at rec centre. Events coordinator Lisa Hallaert will be offering a snow globe craft in the rec centre lobby at 11 am followed by free skating from noon until 1 pm. Head outside at 1 pm for a snowman building event at the side of the arena. The Northeast Town is graciously offering free hot chocolate and popcorn during the Friday Winterfest events.

Also on Friday, the Holy Trinity Anglican Church Women are having a turkey tetrazzini luncheon for Winterfest at the church hall on Robinson Street from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Tickets are just $12 each and the menu features turkey tetrazzini, salad, dessert, tea and coffee. Take-out orders are available! For tickets contact Carol Leach at 705-368-3251, Joanne Wade at 705-368-3182 or 705-862-1682 or Carrolyn Harper at 705-368-2946.

On Friday night, the Winterfest Hockey Tournament gets underway with the first game of the 16-team tournament—featuring sportsmen, oldtimers and women—at 6 pm. The hockey continues all weekend long with championship games in all divisions on Sunday. Weekend passes are available for $20. 

The Lions will also be serving delicious, and affordable, food from the upstairs kitchen beginning Friday night and all weekend. Pop in for the Lions’ legendary Winterfest breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The beer garden will also be on for the duration of Winterfest in the rec centre hall: Friday, 6 pm to midnight; Saturday, 9 am to 1 am; and Sunday, 9 am to 6 pm.

There are four sessions: 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. The day will end with a fun race down the hill for those interested in testing out their newfound skills at 3:30 pm.

Please be sure to wear warm winter clothing. Parents are encouraged to park at Low Island.

Also on Saturday, the Little Current Curling Club is having a Family Curling Day beginning at 1 pm at the curling club. Families are invited to come and learn the sport of curling. Teams will be created at the club and a just-for-fun game played, all while experienced curlers teach young and old how to hurl a rock or two. Children 10 and under are asked to bring a helmet.

All weekend long, the Manitoulin Nordic Ski Club will be offering free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at its Honora Bay trail at Freer Point.

DJ Beth will be spinning the tunes and playing requests at the Winterfest dance Saturday night at the Rec Centre from 9 am to 1 am.

This past weekend brought us plenty of snow, so to celebrate The Expositor is encouraging residents of Little Current and Sheguiandah to build a snow sculpture in honour of Winterfest. Great prizes to be won! To register, email editor@manitoulin.ca or call The Expositor Office at 705-368-2744 (by 5 pm on Friday, January 31).