Windsor Locks Winterfest adds fun to the season

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Thu., Feb. 13, 2014
Jack likes snakes and decided to have one painted on his face at Winterfest. Winterfest is one of the four events the Community Advisory Council plans yearly. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Jack likes snakes and decided to have one painted on his face at Winterfest. Winterfest is one of the four events the Community Advisory Council plans yearly. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

Four times a year, the Community Advisory Council holds events specifically designed to allow the residents of Windsor Locks to enjoy fun times together and to build relationships within their neighborhoods. One would assume that winter is the most difficult time for the council to draw a crowd, but in fact, Winterfest is quite well attended – this year, in three different locations.

The Town Hall was bustling with many children who were pleased to enjoy the carnival atmosphere during Winterfest on Feb. 8. A huge inflatable slide was one way for kids to get rid of a case of cabin fever. Whether they chose to have a caricature sketched of yourself or have your face painted (or both), children were smiling and extremely pleased with the results.

“This is an event we have done every year since 2004,” said committee member Sue Barsanti. “It’s just to bring the community together. In wintertime people tend to hibernate.”

Over at the Windsor Locks Public Library, entertainment of a different sort was in full effect. The parking lot was packed with people who had come to listen to Brian Hickey and his wife Marcey play their collection of Tibetan bowls. Each one, beautiful in its own right, played sounds like a beautiful bell ringing out. The bowls are used for healing, according to Brian, who said he has used them to help heal his foot and his back at different times. After the bowls presentation was over, people moved over to the book sale being conducted in the lobby.

And finally, over at the Windsor Locks Senior Center, an enjoyable game of Bingo was held.

Barsanti said that in order for the committee to accomplish these fun events, its members raise funds to keep the events completely free to the public. The committee also receives money from the town.

The next event will be Springfest, to be held sometime in April or May.


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