The return of WinterFest

Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club is gearing up to help Central New Yorkers celebrate the Winter season through its annual Winterfest celebration.

All are invited to enjoy a winter day in the picturesque lakeside community of Skaneateles for the annual Winterfest celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 throughout the Skaneateles community.

The centerpiece of the event

Taste of Skaneateles hosts Skaneateles area food service providers offering sample fare at their establishments and in local retail stores throughout the village. Participants this year will include Creekside Books & Coffee, Joe's Pasta Garage, Sherwood Inn, Johnny Angels, Anyela's Vineyards, Red Rooster Pub, The Blue Danube, Niles Gourmet, Hook & Cleaver, Doug's Fish Fry, Joelle's French Bistro and the Village Bottle Shop.

Ice walk

New this year, will be the first ever Skaneateles Ice Walk. The streets of the village will be adorned with more than 15 ice sculptures created by international award-winning ice sculptor Stan Kolonko, who will also offer ice carving demonstrations during the event. The ice sculptures are underwritten by local merchants, businesses and individuals. To sponsor an ice sculpture contact past-president, Winterfest Coordinator and all around good guy Tom Seeley at 263-0052.

Polar Bears on parade

Returning for its second year is the Skaneateles Polar Bear Club again braving the icy waters of Skaneateles Lake. Proceeds from the plunge benefit the Skaneateles Education Foundation, SAVES and the Skaneateles Fire Department. Those willing to do the dip into Skaneateles Clift Park's icy waters can do so as individuals or teams. Registration costs $50 per individual and $200 for teams of five. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume and to raise funds from friends and family or are welcome to simply pay themselves. The first 50 registrants will receive a fleece hat! For registration forms and more information visit www.skanpolarbear.com.

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