DJ, magician to be at Winterfest

By Nicole Michaud - Staff Writer
Windsor Locks - posted Fri., Jan. 28, 2011
Kernel, a corn snake, on display from the Children’s Museum in West Hartford during last year’s Winterfest.  File photos by Bill Sartori.
Kernel, a corn snake, on display from the Children’s Museum in West Hartford during last year’s Winterfest. File photos by Bill Sartori.

WINDSOR LOCKS - Tradition continues as Windsor Locks Community Advisory Council hosts its Winterfest 2011 celebration this Saturday, Feb. 5. Family events are scheduled to take place at the library, Town Hall and senior center throughout the day.

Since 2004, the Community Advisory Council has hosted monthly and annual events in an effort to increase community morale and give something back to the residents. “It’s a way to assure our residents that we’re happy to have them here,” stated committee member Sue Barsanti. While the Council’s Octoberfest has always been the most successful, Winterfest boasts more than 500 residents in attendance at the free event each year. “The kids love it,” Barsanti added. “I’m always surprised by how many come.”

Unlike previous Winterfests, this year’s abundance of snow allows for an addition to the Town Hall’s schedule of events with a snowman-building competition from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Teams are required to bring their own supplies for their creative snow creations. Those not interested in snowman-building but still want to play in the snow should bring their sleds to use behind the town hall, as sledding will take place all day.

This year’s schedule includes a performance by Gary Bessette, also known as The Magic Guy. The veteran magician will be stunning audience members at the library from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dance the chills right out of you with tunes from DJ Kevin Landolina, as he provides musical selections for your family’s listening entertainment. Those interested in a quieter celebration are encouraged to visit the library between 10 a.m.and noonto enjoy their book sale and free coffee, cocoa and pastries courtesy of Starbucks.

While it’s a way to cure the cabin fever and inactivity of a harsh winter, Council members also see the event as a time for community members to come together and enjoy themselves. “We enjoy having it when you see the kids having a good time,” stated Barsanti. “We’re happy we can do it for our residents.”

For more information regarding the event or volunteer opportunities, contact Sue Barsanti at 860-627-1444 or, or Kate Barnard at 860-627-1482 or


Schedule of Events:

WindsorLocks Public Library

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Bake sale

10:30 a.m.– noon: Refreshments served by Starbucks

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: The Magic Guy, Gary Bessette, performs


Town Hall:

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Games, inflatables, caricatures, face-painting, Valentines for Veterans, music by DJ Kevin Landolina, dancing, contests and refreshments for purchase by the Windsor Locks Lions Club & Cub Scout Pack 201

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.– Snowman- building contest (bring your own decorations)

All day – Sledding behind the Town Hall



11 a.m.– noon: Hot chocolate and hot dogs

Noon– 3 p.m.: BINGO

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