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Skaneateles Winterfest: Making Winter Fun


Cold weather never stop Skaneateles from having fun

Cold weather never stops Skaneateles from having fun

My father grew up in Skaneateles during the depression. East Lake Road was a little remote in 1930, but winter meant he could  skate to town to watch the double-feature for 25 cents.

Skanealteles is still warm and welcoming during the winter. Each year (usually the weekend between the playoffs and the Super Bowl) the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary hosts Winterfest. They say “Freezin’ for a Reason,” as proceeds help support the Skaneateles Fire Department, SAVES, and the Skaneateles Education Foundation.

Visit the Creamery to find out about the history of Skaneateles in winter as they share the Story of Ice Cutting on Skaneateles Lake. (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday)

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What happens at Winterfest?

Friday night:  Lighting of the Ice Chimney,  at Clift Park

Saturday: – Polar Bear Plunge The annual Skaneateles Polar Bear Plunge visit, . The Skaneateles Fire Department cuts a hole through the thick ice and provides a lifesaving crew.

Taste of Skaneateles, restaurants and retail shops will feature tastes. Tickets are available that day  in the Sherwood Inn Lobby or at one of our outside locations.

Scavenger Hunt: Pick up your game sheet from any ticket location or the Sherwood Inn lobby.  Visit local shops to find letters to spell out a phrase then drop it off at a participating store to be entered into a drawing for fantastic prizes.

Sunday, January 25

SKANEATELES YMCA and Community Center host run, swim, skate, and snow shoe!  315-685-2266 or register online at

For further information and details as the date draws near, visit “Skaneateles WinterFest” on Facebook, or contact a Sunrise Rotarian, Candy Searing (685-0552 or ) or Tom Seeley (685-3416 or ).

January 25, 2015 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

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