Winterfest brings fun - a day later

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Mon., Dec. 10, 2012
Staff from Skinner Road School - (l-r) Tammie Repass, Judy Manfre, Diana Bonacci and Ben Grabowicz - dressed as Santa and his reindeer for the Arctic Splash at Valley Falls on Dec 8. Photos by Steve Smith.
Staff from Skinner Road School - (l-r) Tammie Repass, Judy Manfre, Diana Bonacci and Ben Grabowicz - dressed as Santa and his reindeer for the Arctic Splash at Valley Falls on Dec 8. Photos by Steve Smith.

Unfortunately, rain canceled the Vernon Winterfest activities on Dec. 7, including the torchlight parade and tree-lighting. However, residents found plenty of fun on Saturday, Dec. 8, as dozens of families enjoyed the Children's Holiday Festival. Kids met Santa and Mrs. Claus, created holiday crafts, and released some of their holiday excitement on the moon bounce and by playing basketball and soccer in the gymnasium at Center 375.

Afterwards, dozens of hardy souls braved the 36-degree water (some dressed in costumes) at the Arctic Splash at Valley Falls. Funds raised went to the Parks and Rec. Department's Send A Kid To Camp program and to the Hockanum Valley Community Council.
Seasonably mild temperatures, a nice bonfire and perhaps the holiday spirit inspired many of the "splashers" to jump in for a second time.

Other Winterfest activities include a carol sing and nativity dedication at 7 p.m., in Central Park in Rockville, on Dec. 11. There will also be a Jubilee Dinner at Union Church at 5 p.m. on Dec. 14.

A Winterfest dance for seventh- and eighth-graders will also take place on Dec. 14, at the Teen Center, at 7 p.m.

On Dec. 15, the RCA will host a 'Thyme for Tea,' with two seatings at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., including tea and finger foods, at a Victorian home.

For more information on upcoming events, visit www.vernon-ct.gov or www.rockvillecommunityalliance.com.


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