Friday, February 13, 2009

Izaak Walton Winterfest Attracts 350

kids on ice at Winterfest
kids playing on ice (photo from the Michigan Ikes)
from the Dwight Lydell Chapter of the Izaak Walton League Feb 2009 Newsletter

What a wonderful Winterfest! The sun came out, and once all those kids started running around they didn't seem to notice the cold. It was just great to see our place transformed by all those happy kids and their families. Ice fishing crosscountry skiing, candle making and archery are always popular, but I saw plenty of kids participating in every activity we had to offer. Fly-tying, birdfeeders and birdhouses, sledding, exploring on snowshoes.... I was so happy to see kids in “my” snow fort, and it was even cooler when they started adding on, tunneling through, and making it their own.
Winterfest activities (photo from the Michigan Ikes)

They got creative with the shelters in the woods, too, building with branches and chunks of ice. I'd really like to point out that most of these things don't cost any money at all. Snow, ice, hills, gravity are all free if we're smart enough to preserve the space to enjoy them. We have such a nice place, and it’s fun to invite the community in once in a while.

We made some new friends, and I believe some new members, too. Turnout was maybe 350, give or take 30 happy helpers. Thanks to all for coming, and I'd like to thank each and every one who pitched in! Also thanks to Cannonsburg Ski Area for letting us shuttle to their lot, and thanks to Bill & Paul’s for loaning us the cross-country skis.

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1 comment:

Cacai M. said...

wow! u guys have fun. I haven't been to snow playing but I'd love to go soon. Great pics and post!

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