EDITORIAL: Until next Caz WinterFest

— While snow was late to the party, residents of Cazenovia were right on time for 2012 Winter Festival celebrations.

The scholastic and communitywide snow sculpture competitions are traditionally the backbone of the Winter Festival. However, with the (welcomed) absence of white stuff, residents were required to enjoy the weekend for its true meaning – a celebration of the winter season, camaraderie and the dissolution of cabin fever.

There were things to do all over town, all weekend. Festivities began with the Cazenovia Arts exhibition at St. Peter’s Parish Hall and an open house hosted by Cazenovia Community Preschool on Thursday, Feb. 9.

Friday saw the WinterFest Opening Ceremony and Talent Show at Cazenovia High School. More than 25 talented residents performed to a packed house. There were singers, dancers, comedians and characters, all set in front of the familiar backdrop of an illustrated winter scene in Cazenovia.

Saturday morning activities began with a Pancake Breakfast at the Masonic Hall on Albany Street and a Hearts and Flowers Sale at the Cazenovia United Methodist Church. Stone Quarry Hill Art Park hosted a Medallion Treasure Hunt and Pine Cone Craft Session, punctuated by hot chocolate and sledding. While students gathered to enjoy a WinterFest Dance at the high school, many of their parents and community members congregated at the Brae Loch Inn for the annual Snowball.

Sunday was also an action-packed day, with a Snowshoe race at Highland Forest, Storytelling and Chocolate Party at the Cazenovia Public Library and Haiti Fundraiser event at Catherine Cummings Theatre — complete with Irish music performances and accompanying stepdancers.

Although it didn’t fall within the three-day span, the final WinterFest event scheduled to take place is the Learn to Row clinic in the high school auxiliary gym, sponsored by the Cazenovia Rowing Club.

We at the Cazenovia Republican are thankful to belong to such a tightly-knit community, full of fun, friendly, interesting individuals. We are hopeful the weather is more conducive to building snow sculptures next year, and are excited for all activities associated with the annual celebrations.

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