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The horse-drawn wagon rides are always a hit at the North Adams Winterfest celebration.

North Adams Hosts 22nd Annual Winterfest Celebration

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There's fresh snow on the ground, and just in time, the 22nd annual Winterfest celebration, which offers many indoor and outdoor, family-friendly activities, will be held Saturday, Feb. 16. All events are free.

The schedule is as follows:

9 a.m.-4 p.m., ice carving on Main Street:
Watch as eight artists carve 300-pound blocks of ice into creative creatures and objects based on this year's theme of "the four seasons." The sculptures will be judged by three local artists at the end of the day and the winner will be awarded a $100 prize.

9 a.m.-4 p.m., fun in the snow at Colegrove Park (weather permitting): Self-guided fun in downtown's "backyard." Colegrove park offers great sledding and snow fun; bring your own sled.

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Farmer & Artisan Market at 66 Main St.: Shop local at this indoor food and crafts market featuring more than 30 food, drink and craft vendors and live music by Sandy & Sandy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Bright Ideas Brewing Homebrew Competition at 66 Main St.: New this year, Bright Ideas Brewing welcomes home brewers to enter their best brew in this competition. Those wishing to enter can bring their brew to the Bright Ideas booth by 10 a.m. All grain homebrews only; no extract brewing. Besides that, there are no restrictions in terms of beers styles. Just bring your best brew and make sure to include ABV, Style, and special ingredients (if any) on the label; do not include your name anywhere on the bottle or label. Bottles are preferred. The brewer of the winning beer will participate in a collaboration brew with Bright Ideas head brewer, Danny Sump. Their limited edition beer to be featured on tap at Bright Ideas Brewing on the campus of Mass MoCA. The winner will be announced at the festival once judging is complete at 2 p.m.

10 a.m.-noon, hot cocoa, cookies and robotics at MountainOne, 93 Main St.: MountainOne will be offering free hot cocoa and cookies in their lobby, along with robotics demonstrations from the McCann Tech Robotics Team.

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Children’s Winter Carnival at First Baptist Church, 131 Main St: The First Baptist Church will host some indoor winter games and activities for the family.

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., free open gym at J Star Gymnastics, 69 Union St.: J Star Gymnastics opens its doors to the community for a free, two and a half hour, open gym. Families are welcome to come over and get out some energy in their spacious gym. All children must have a guardian present.

Noon-2 p.m., Chowder Cook-off at The Green, 85 Main St., Suite 105: Taste delicious samplings from this year's competitors and vote for your favorite chowder. First-, second- and third-place awards will be given for People's Choice and Judges Choice. Only one will walk away with the "Only in North Adams" award for most unique chowder. Participating restaurants are: Berkshire Food Project, Freight Yard Pub, Grazie, The Hub, 180 Polish Roadside Grill, Gala Restaurant at the Orchards, McCann Tech Culinary Program and Ramunto's.

Noon-2 p.m., community campfire at corner of Holden and Main Street: Warm up by a cozy fire and roast a few marshmallows in between events.

1-3 p.m., horse-drawn wagon rides: The line for free horse-drawn wagon rides begins in front of MountainOne Bank.

2-4 p.m., ice skating and free skate rentals at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink: The city welcomes all to finish off the festivities at the ice skating rink for two hours of free skate rentals and skating.


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Monday, Nov. 25

* The Berkshire Food Project will host its annual free Thanksgiving meal for the community with two seatings: from 1 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. There are no reservations; meals are served on a first come, first serve basis. This is a traditional holiday meal including turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the side dishes. The Berkshire Food Project is located inside the First Congregational Church in downtown North Adams; enter from Main Street or Summer Street between Ashland and Church Streets. For those wishing to attend from Williamstown, free rides are available thanks to a grant from the Fund for Williamstown of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation. The round-trip transportation is free but must be reserved in advance; call 413-458-9831.

Thursday, Nov. 28

* All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church in North Adams will be delivering meals to local seniors, 60 and older, who are alone on Thanksgiving and have no way of having a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The program is provided and organized by local volunteers from the Northern Berkshire community and by All Saints Weekend Meal Ministry.  The meal will be a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, vegetable, gravy, cranberry sauce roll and pumpkin pie. All Saints will be delivering the meals to seniors that live in North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida Mountain, and Williamstown between 11 a.m. and noon. This is a free meal and reservations for a meal is required. All seniors who wish to receive a meal must make a reservation by calling 413-664-9656. Volunteers are also sought to deliver the meals on Thanksgiving Day.

* The Berkshire Vegan Network will host its 15th annual "Living Thanksgiving" vegan potluck Thanksgiving gathering from 1 to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Lenox at 6 Holmes Road in Lenox. All seats must have a reservation; call 413-442-3749. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Each person is asked to bring a dish that will serve eight hungry vegans. Please bring a vegan dish that is free of all animal products; please, no soups or stews). Attach a recipe card with ingredients. Also bring your own place setting and utensils. Hot and cold water will be available for drinks, teas and coffee should anyone want them. After the dinner there will be a voluntary share time for people to read a poem, tell a short story or tell why they are thankful. We will immensely appreciate anyone who can stay after the dinner to help clean up, and re-organize the hall.

* The Christian Center on Robbins Avenue in Pittsfield will again provide Thanksgiving dinner to hundreds of local residents this year, continuing the annual tradition established by the late Rev. Willard H. Durant in the 1980s. Home delivery of Thanksgiving dinners will be offered for the homebound on Thanksgiving Day as well as a shared Thanksgiving dinner at noon. Residents of the following places can sign up for a delivered meal at your residence: Epworth Arms, Columbia Arms, Providence Court, Capital Square, Berkshire Town, Francis Plaza, Rose Manor, Wahconah Heights, Central Annex and the YMCA. Other residents in Pittsfield, Lee, Lenox, Dalton and Lanesborough can register for a delivered meal by calling the Christian Center at 413-443-2828. Registration is not required for those looking to have dinner at the center at noon. Food and monetary donations can be dropped off at the center from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays. Those looking to volunteer, both onsite and as drivers to deliver meals can call the Christian Center at 413-443-2828.

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