Full schedule of events slated for Colton Winterfest
A scene of the vintage snowmobile show at an earlier Colton Winterfest event.
COLTON – The annual Colton Winterfest will be spread across three weekends this year from Jan. 11 to 27.
With the theme “Rockin’ in the Great South Woods” the event will feature a variety of events like skating, food, barn quilts, live music, raffles, snowshoeing and skiing, cardboard sled races and a vintage snowmobile show.Throughout the festival will be silent auctions of gift baskets at spots around town, art murals and an ongoing quilt show. There will also be 52 remembrance trees in the hamlets of Colton and South Colton, and open skating at the pavilion at Swift Field.
The schedule for the festival is as follows.
Celebration and History Weekend, Jan. 11-13
• Friday, Jan. 11 -- 4-7 p.m. all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at CPCS, the meal is free for children under 5 years old, $8 for 6- to 10-year-olds and seniors, $10 for 11 and older, $32 for families of four, $35 for a family of five, plus $8 for each additional person. The meal will be held the school cafeteria; 5:30 p.m. Citizen of the Year Award will be presented during the spaghetti dinner; 7-8:30 p.m. will feature music by Nick Rycroft at the school, admission is $5.
• Saturday, Jan. 12 – 10-11 a.m. story hour at the library, 84 Main St.; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. annual quilt show at the library, St. Patrick’s Church parish center and Catamount Lodge; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. recreational snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Catamount Lodge & Forest, skiing at Catamount Mountain with ADK Mountain Club, three- to four-mile roundtrip, 330 foot elevation gain, level 2, slow pace; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. vintage snowmobile show at Mahogany Ridge Bar & Grill, 3927 State Highway 56, $5 snowmobile entry fee, prizes, games, and snowmobile history; 1-4 p.m. wine tasting at Higley Hooch, 3924 State Highway 56; 7-8:30 p.m. classic rock music with Man Fights Grizzly Band at CPCS, $5 entrance fee; 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. live music by Atom Ghost at Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St.
• Sunday, Jan. 13 – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. quilt show continues; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. recreational snowshoeing and cross-country skiing at Catamount Lodge & Forest; 2-4 p.m. history presentation about dog sledding in South Colton and competing in Iditarod by Spencer Thew at CPCS.
Adventure and Sports Weekend, Jan. 18-20
• Friday, Jan. 18 -- 4:30-7:30 p.m. modified basketball games, CPCS vs Norwood-Norfolk Central School, Boys Modified at 4:30 p.m., Girls Modified immediately after, at CPCS Gymnasium; 3-6:30 p.m. baked potato dinner at CPCS with choice of toppings, tossed salad, drink, and dessert, take-outs available, $8 adults, $6 students and seniors; 7-8:30 p.m. trivia night at Higley Flow State Park Trails Lodge
• Saturday, Jan. 19 – 8 a.m.-noon 7th Annual International Breakfast at CPCS with breakfast bakes, waffle station, muffins, scrambled eggs, sausage and hash browns, $8 adults, $6 seniors and children ages 6-13 years old, free for 5 and younger; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. mini barn quilt workshop at CPCS, $15 per participant, must pre-register by Jan. 14 by calling Ruth McWilliams, 315-262-2450; 9 a.m.-noon, Rod Thomas Memorial Higley Hustle Ski Races at Higley Flow State Park (weather dependent), all ages and abilities, first timers welcome, 5K Classic Technique Race (all ages and abilities) at 10 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m. and $10 race entry fee, 2.5K Race for Youth (under 14 years of age) at noon, for $5 race entry fee;
12:30-2 p.m. hoop shoot and foul shooting contest for Grades K—12 at CPCS gymnasium, registration at 12:30 p.m., contest at 1 p.m., no fee, 5 age groups: grades K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12, awards to female and male winner in each group (donated by Mike’s Trophies); 1-4 p.m. Wine & Spirits Tasting at Higley Hooch, 3924 State Highway 56 (hamlet of South Colton); 2-6 p.m. cardboard sled races at Racquette Valley Fish & Game Club, bring pre-built sled made of cardboard, tape, and paint to race, 4 age groups: 5-10, 10-12, 13-18, and adult, open sledding after race; 6-8 p.m. Indoor Soccer Tournament for CPCS Grades 6-12, $5 fee plus refreshments sold, CPCS Gymnasium; 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. live music by Sudden Impact at Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St.
• Sunday, Jan. 20 -- 10 a.m.-2 p.m. family day at Higley Flow State Park, bonfire and light refreshment, free X-country ski lessons available, free rental equipment for 12 and under; noon-3 p.m. dog sled rides at Call of the Wild, 3019 State Highway 56 (South Colton towards Sevey’s Corner), $30 per ride plus opportunity for anyone to see facility and sled dogs; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. horse-drawn sleigh rides through the woods by Double H Percherons at Racquette Valley Fish & Game, free, food and drink available inside by Fish & Game Club at standard prices; 1-3 p.m. frying pan toss followed by chicken barbecue at noon at Colton-Pierrepont Amvets, cash prizes.
Nature And Nurture Weekend, Jan. 25-27,
• Friday, Jan. 25 -- 4-7 p.m. dinner at CPCS with Mac & Cheese, goulash, salad, and brownie sundae bar, $8 adults, $6 students and seniors; 5:30-7 p.m. boys JV basketball game at CPCS gym; 5:30-7:30 p.m. fondue and night skiing at Higley Flow State Park Trails Lodge, Big Spoon Kitchen providing cheese and chocolate fondues with variety of items to dip plus mulled cider, tea, and coffee, $27 per person (part of proceeds benefit Friends of HFSP), limited to 30 people, pre-register at bigspoonkitchen.com (under events).
• Saturday, Jan. 26 – 7-11 a.m. pancake breakfast at Masonic Lodge, 85 Main St.; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. NYS Snowmobile Safety Course at CPCS, free, 7:30-8 a.m. registration, adults and youth welcome, free lunch; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. free clothing giveaway at CPCS auditorium lobby; 9 a.m. 10-mile foot race, starts and ends at school, registration at 7 a.m. at school cafeteria, roads well-marked and marshaled, trophies, 8 age groups, prizes, pre-registration, info: 315-379-9290;
9 a.m.-3 p.m. free health fair craft and vendor fair, kids corner at CPCS; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. white elephant sale plus bake and soup sale at Colton Methodist Church, 11 Church St.; 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Chilifest at CPCS gym lobby, $4 for bowl of homemade chili and roll; $2 for chili dog; $1 for drinks; 1-3 p.m. Blow Off Some STEAM! at CPCS, students and children invited to enjoy some creative time with Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-and Math activities, free; 1-4 p.m. free wine tasting at Higley Hooch, 3924 State Highway 56; 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. tap takeover featuring local and NYS breweries and live music by Alternate Motives at Raquette River Pub, 102 Main St., must be 21 years of age and older.
• Sunday, Jan. 27 – 9 a.m.-noon, free clothing giveaway at CPCS auditorium lobby; 2-3 p.m. educational wildlife presentation by Adirondack Raptors at CPCS, students K-12 free, adults $3, “All about Raptors” presentation by Mark Manske using nine different raptors.