Colton Winterfest Weekend kicks off on Jan. 25 with Citizen of the Year award
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 9:21 am

COLTON -- Annually the town of Colton celebrates winter during the last full weekend of January through its winter festival. The theme this year, Get Your Kicks on Route 56, encourages people of all ages to participate in indoor and outdoor activities throughout town during the 4-day event.

The festival officially kicks off on Thursday, Jan. 25 with the ever-popular All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner from 4-7 p.m. in the Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) cafeteria.

Diners will be served by the Class of 2020 and treated to live background music by the duo Kevin Irwin and Sean Cunningham. At 5 p.m. there will be a break in the music for the presentation of the town’s Citizen of the Year award.

This year Sharon Andrews is being recognized as Citizen of the Year. The award is given to individuals who freely share their time and talents to help friends and neighbors. Over the years Sharon has helped make the town of Colton of better place to live through many volunteer contributions as a Girl Scout leader, member of the Colton-Pierrepont Central School District Board, leader of the Colton Volunteer Fire Department, and more, said a press release from festival organizers.

Grace Hawley (315-262-2439) as chair of the planning committee and Scott Muller (315-244-9956) on the committee can be called for more information about activities slated for the weekend.

The schedule of events with basic details is printed below. The complete schedule is available on the town’s website ( and hard copies can be picked up in the Colton Town Hall on Main Street and the J.R. Watson Community Center on Sugar Bush Lane.

The schedule online includes the names and numbers of people organizing events. And posters are displayed around the town of Colton and in nearby communities with updates posted on the Town of Colton page on Facebook.

Througout Weekend: Silent auction of gift baskets at Colton-Pierrepont Central School; Art Around Town/Barn Quilts, mural inspired by Winterfest Theme, and school artwork on display at various locations; Remembrance Trees set up along Main Street in Colton and at Three Falls Park, South Colton; open skating in the town pavilion at Swift Field (weather dependent and not during other planned weekend events).

Thursday, Jan. 25: 4-7 P.M. All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner with music at CPCS cafeteria, 4921 State Highway 56 (hamlet of Colton toward Potsdam), featuring Presentation of Citizen of the Year Award at 5 p.m.; 5:30 AND 7:15 P.M. Girls JV and varsity basketball games vs. Madrid-Waddington Central School; 7-8:30 p.m. Pub quiz at Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St.; info: 315-261-4161.

Friday, Jan. 26: 3-7 P.M. Pizza sale at CPCS, info: 315-262-2071, 315-262-2618; 4:30 AND 5:30 P.M. CPCS girls and boys modified basketball games vs Madrid-Waddington Central School at the gymnasium, 4921 State Highway 56.

Saturday, Jan 27: 7-11 a.m. pancake breakfast at Masonic Lodge, 85 Main St., info: 315-323-5280; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. snowmobile safety course at CPCS Room 216, 4921 State Highway 56, info: 315-212-0070; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. mid-winter broomball tourney at town pavilion (weather dependent) at Swift Field, info: 315-244-1851; 9 a.m. start 10-Mile Foot Race, registration begins at 7 a.m., CPCS, 4921 State Highway 56, info: 315-379-9290; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. health fair, craft fair, clothing drive and giveaway at CPCS, 4921 State Highway 56, and a white elephant sale and crafty snowman contest at Colton Methodist Church, 11 Church St.; 10-11 a.m. story hour at library, 84 Main St.; 10 a.m.-noon, Rod Thomas Memorial Higley Hustle Ski Races (weather dependent), registration at 9 a.m., Higley Flow State Park, 442 Cold Brook Drive, 315-262-2362; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. recreational snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Catamount Lodge and forest trails, 2092 State Hwy 56, South Colton; and

10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Chilifest at CPCS Gym Lobby and Store; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. cookie decorating and Sledding at CPCS; noon-5 p.m. vintage snow sled show at Robideau’s Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill, 3927 State Highway 56, South Colton; noon to 2 a.m. tap takeover by Raquette River Brewing at Raquette River Pub, music all day with Connor Sullivan from 3-6 p.m., then Wells and the Gathering from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., 102 Main St.; 6:30-8:30 p.m. indoor sports event at CPCS

Sunday, Jan. 28: 8 a.m.-noon, 6th Annual International Breakfast at CPCS; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Family Day with Gear Swap & Snowshoe Race at Higley Flow State Park; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. vintage snow sled show at Robideau’s Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill, 3927 State Highway 56, South Colton; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. annual quilt show; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. quilt show plus recreational snowshoeing and x-country skiing, Catamount Lodge & Forest; noon-3 p.m. dog sled rides at Call of the Wild, 3019 State Highway 56; noon-4 p.m. sleigh rides on St. Law. Co. Forest Land off Lenny Road; starting at 1 p.m. hoop shoot, foul shooting contest at CPCS; starting at 11 a.m. frying pan toss followed by chicken barbecue at noon at Amvets Post 262; 2-3 p.m. educational wildlife presentation by Adirondack Loon Conservancy at CPCS; 6-8 p.m. rock ‘n skate at town pavilion at Swift Field.