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Glen Rutan puts finishing touches on an icy Easter basket at last year's Winterfest.

Winterfest Returns To North Adams' Downtown

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Winterfest returns downtown Saturday.

The 14th annual celebration features chowder tasting, ice skating, horse-drawn wagon rides and more to fight cabin fever.

The main attraction is a Chowder Hop with tastings throughout downtown. A map will be available with directions to participating restaurants offering free samples and ballots to vote on the best chowder.

The participating restaurants are the Freight Yard Pub, Taylor's Restaurant, Tastefully Simple, Petrino's Cafe, Red Herring, Big Shirl's Diner, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Aramark Dining Services, North Adams Regional Hospital Dining Services, Desperados, the Hub Restaurant, Boston Sea Foods Restaurant, Bounti-Fare, Gringos, the Berkshire Food Project, Gramercy Bistro and RUB.

Ice sculpting will be on Main, Holden and Eagle streets from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hoosac Bank is again offering hot chocolate, cookies and face painting from 10 a.m. until noon and horse-drawn wagon rides up Main Street from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

The Northern Berkshire Girl Scouts will host winter carnival games from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and First Congregational Church will be selling cups of hot chocolate and giving stained-glass window tours with the profits going to the church's ministry programs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m..

MCLA Gallery 51 will host a free paper-making workshop from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The workshop will teach participants how to make paper from garden plants.
 
Slider, the SteepleCats mascot, will make an appearance on Holden Street and the team will hold a raffle.

Ronnie's cycle will provide a display of snowmobiles on the sidewalk throughout the day on the Berkshire Plaza and Petrino’s Cafe will have live music from late morning into the afternoon.

Christo's Famous Pizza will offer samples of its special soup and other restaurants and stores are planning specials for the day.

The Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink will have a free ice skating party from 7 to 8:50 p.m.
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