Winter Fun Week continues through Feb. 9
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Tue., Feb. 4, 2014
Winter Fun Week, sponsored by The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. and Storrs Center, invites the public to celebrate the season via a week-long series of activities. “We've got lots of activities planned for all ages and interests,” reads the town website. “Enjoy outdoor activities, or stay warm and cozy with some good music, food and company. Support our local sports teams and enjoy arts performances.” Many events are free, and all are open to the public.
The opening day, Saturday, Feb. 1, featured a number of events including a Family Fun Night at the Mansfield Community Center. There was a giant inflatable slide in the center’s gym, and another slide in the pool. There was a pool tournament in the teen center, and a handprint tile workshop sponsored by the Mansfield Community Playground Committee.
The first evening wrapped up with the UConn Spring Puppet Slam, sponsored by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and Connecticut Repertory Theatre. The Puppet Slam was scheduled to include new short works for puppet theater and object performance by UConn students and professional puppeteers from the northeast.
Winter Fun Week continues through Sunday, Feb. 9. At 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, a Father-Daughter Valentine's dance will be presented by the Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department. The dance takes place at the UConn Rome Ballroom, at 626 Gilbert Road Extension. Tickets for fathers are $35 at the door for residents, $40 at the door for non-residents. Admission for daughters is free. Contact 860-429-3015 for more info.
Also on Friday, the UConn men’s ice hockey team will play Bentley at the Freitas Ice Forum on 2111 Hillside Road, beginning at 7:05 p.m. For tickets, go to uconnhuskies.com.
The E.O. Smith Drama Club will present “The Mystery of Sir Edwin Drood” on Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30, and Sunday at 1:30. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors. For ticket and weather information, call 860-429-2179. Bring ticket stubs to the Sweet Emotions Candy Shop at 9 Dog Lane, Suite 106 for “The Mystery of Eaten Food” – a 15-percent discount on your purchase.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, the Connecticut Repertory Theatre will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the “Much Ado About Nothing” production. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 860-486-0339. Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center will sponsor a drop-in activity: Make a Bird Feeder. The museum is located at 2019 Hillside Road, and the event is free and open to students entering grades 1 through 5, accompanied by an adult. For more information call 860-486-4460.
From 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, participate in “Who Wants to be a Candy-llionaire,” a candy trivia game show at the Sweet Emotions Candy Shop. First prize is three months of free candy. The event is open to children 10 and up, or younger if accompanied by an adult. For more information call 860-477-0945.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the UConn women’s ice hockey team plays Bentley at the Freitas Ice Forum. The event is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, Feb. 9, receive a game day discount of 15 percent off of Husky logo apparel and accessories at the UConn Co-Op Bookstore. The discount is offered in conjunction with the sold-out women’s basketball game vs. Louisville at the Gampel Pavilion.