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New Meetup: Winterfest 2009 at Mendon Ponds Park

From: Steve
Sent on: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 7:14 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Rochester Hiking Meetup Group!

What: Winterfest 2009 at Mendon Ponds Park

When: January 18,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Join us at Mendon Ponds Park for Winterfest 2009! This will be a great chance to get out to the park and enjoy the first warm day after the upcoming freeze! There will dogsled races, ice boating (if conditions allow) and displays from many local outdoors groups and retailers along with other events.

We will not be gathering at any one location as this event is spread out all around the park. I'm scheduling this so that all our members are aware of the opportunity. We will be checking out all the activities and displays, so maybe we'll see you there! Despite that, feel free to RSVP, that way we'll know who to look for!

From the Winterfest website:
"Winter is just an excuse to have fun at Mendon Ponds Winterfest!

A family skis by Stewart Lodge, perfecting their skills and cheering for each other. This is their 6-year old daughter's second time on cross-country skis, and she loves how in control she feels.

That's exactly the scene Winterfest organizer Ken Hann was hoping to create when he helped established the event thirteen years ago.

"It's an enjoyment of the outdoors for families who like being outside," said Hann. "The idea is to get people excited about winter activities that are educational and fun."

About 5,000 people attend the free event while learning about and trying out winter activities such as ice fishing, snowshoeing and ice boating. While Winterfest is geared towards families, we have put together an enjoyable day for everyone no matter how cold or warm the weather. Most events do not depend upon snow cover.

Refreshments will be available at the Nature Center , Stewart Lodge and East Lodge with deliveries made to the competition sites. Most venues are handicapped accessible. Some activities may not be appropriate for people with certain physical disabilities. It is fair to say, however, that there is something for everyone."

Check it out at their website

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