Cabin Fever Fest held at Northwest Park

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Jan. 31, 2013
Matt Terzano of Ice Matters chisels a 3-foot-tall squirrel at the third annual Northwest Park Cabin Fever Festival on Jan. 26. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Matt Terzano of Ice Matters chisels a 3-foot-tall squirrel at the third annual Northwest Park Cabin Fever Festival on Jan. 26. Photos by Colin Rajala.

As winter wears on, many people become restless, looking for something to occupy their time or get them outside. That is why Northwest Park’s trails and Nature Center began what has now become its third annual Cabin Fever Fest, held this year on Jan. 26.

“It gives them a chance to get out and active with their families and friends during the cold months of winter,” said Jen Filer, the park’s environmental educator. “There are many special events in Windsor, and it offers the community a variety of different experiences, and I am glad to see so many taking advantage of our outdoor winter festival.”

The afternoon event kicked off with a bonfire to bring people together and warm them up before sending them off to explore the park and all that it has to offer. Matt Terzano of Ice Matters showed off his unique and incredible talent, sculpting in ice. Terzano demonstrated for the audience how to transform a solid block of ice into a piece of art using a variety of hand and power tools, including a chainsaw and chisel, to create a decorative squirrel that was 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Children at the event had the opportunity to participate in a colored ice cube hunt and a snowball-throwing contest, earning medals for their performances.

Beyond that, the children saw a variety of animals, including farm animals like goats, sheep and donkeys in the park’s barn, as well as husky dogs provided by the Connecticut Valley Siberian Husky Club. When the children were done with the mammals and the parents were ready to warm up, they gathered inside for a reptile and amphibian presentation by Brian Kleinman from Riverside Reptiles. The presentation taught them all about different species of snakes, toads, frogs and lizards, and gave them an opportunity to pet the rare animals.

Parents and children explored the park on a hay ride and participated in the husky run, where parents acted as the dogs and children as the mushers during a timed scavenger race. The event closed with a dog sledding discussion. The dog sledding demonstration and snow shoe and cross-country ski rentals were cancelled because of the lack of snow.

Filer hopes that the event helped to promote educational opportunities and healthy lifestyles during winter months through the events and activities provided.


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