Adam Polinski is hoping to see everyone up at the forest on Saturday for our fabulous Winterfest 2015! Check out the complete schedule below and bring a few dollars along for food. All the events and activities are FREE but the food is our fundraiser for a new restroom!
Winterfest Schedule: There are old and new events! Come on out and celebrate the forest winter wonderland Foundation style!
All day FREE activities: Sledding hill, snow obstacle course, Updated and awesome snow ball throwing target range, free snow shoe try out/hiking areas, free cross country ski try outs.
Hot drinks and Food: To raise money for our new restroom, we are selling hot chili, hot chocolate, and baked goods at both the front registration area and the Overlook pavilion.
Time specific events:
Two guided naturalist tree identification hikes: Learn about the tree species around the front parking area with tree experts. Times not specified yet but mid-morning and early afternoon are likely. Please email us or reply on our Facebook page if you are interested in this activity and what time you are interested in.
Guided hikes to the Overlook where a warm fire and hot drinks and hot dogs await! One hike will leave at 11am and another at 1pm. This is a 6 mile round trip hike on the main forest road or roadside trail. Wear sturdy winter hiking boots and layers. The walk has one or two steeper uphills and a beautiful view at the turnaround, of course! You are invited to sit in the Overlook Pavilion and visit with our Foundation President, Dave Hopkinson, your host, enjoy hot drinks, food, and snacks and warming up and then head back to the front gate. Please let us know if you would like to join one of these hikes so we can plan accordingly.
Guided snow shoe hikes: We have added this special hike for the more adventurous. Times are to be determined by interest. If you would like to do a guided snow shoe hike, please post that request in an email to us using the contact us tab, or send a message to us on our Facebook page. We are trying to determine interest and a good time for this hike.
1,000′ Cross-Country Ski Sprint: This is a new event for the Foundation and will be run by Mark and Eleonore Jones. The event is open from 10-11: The course is flat and grassy. This is a timed competitive event that anyone can try! There will be a prize for the individual with the fastest time.
Downhill Time Trial: “Master of Ceremonies” for the Winterfest, Adam Polinski, opens the competitive Winterfest events with this downhill “thrill ride” on cross country skis from 11am to 12: One of our originals, this is for intermediate level or above cross-county skiers. Prize to the individual with the fastest time.
Slingshot Paintball Biathlon: Adam will move to this event and plan to open from 12-2:15. My personal favorite, you are required to ski a 1,500′ loop armed with a slingshot and paintballs (both are supplied by us for the race). Hit 5 targets en route to finish line. If you can move around pretty well on cross-country skis, you really should try this out! This is a timed event, and a prize will be awarded for the fastest time.
Snowflake Stumble 5K Run: This is a new and exciting edition to the Winterfest supervised by Mark and Eleonore Jones. The race time is set for 1pm. Register the day of the event. Starting area is near the front gate. Course is on paved roads, and the race will go snow or no snow. Prize to the fastest male and fastest female.
Mass Start Downhill Dash: The final skiing event of the day is set to start at 2:30 and has been a favorite of the skiers. This event features a 600′ long easy downhill ski run on grassy surface. Adam claims the course is big enough for 40 racers at once! Lets try to get a bunch of you out there for this one massive downhill sprint! Break the finish line tape and achieve world-wide fame and glory! A prize to the first one to the finish!
Womens Frying Pan Toss: 3pm start time. In the short three year history of Winterfest, this event, borrowed from an upstate New York winter festival, is the most popular event of the Winterfest! Come and join the fun of hurling a 5lb cast iron frying pan as far a you can! Winner gets a very cool trophy! Obviously you must be a female to compete!
Annual Foundation Membership Meeting:
• Tuesday, December 2: The Annual Coopers Rock Foundation Membership meeting will be held at the Evansdale Black Bear from 6pm to 8pm. We will provide chips and burritos for our members and prospective members.
Come and hear about our historic preservation and stream monitoring work completed this past year, and some exciting plans for the upcoming year!
We also will take one more opportunity to celebrate 25 years of work on the forest we all love. If you are looking for some wonderful holiday gifts, consider our map and guide, bumper sticker, and Coopers Rock book which will be available for purchase. I hope you can join us for this fun evening!
Historic CCC era fireplaces getting some much needed repairs this summer by volunteers from our local bricklayers Union.
Saturday, February 7th from 10am to 5pm
Fun for the whole family! Come and try out cross-country skiing, or snow shoeing for an hour or two with our free rentals, or take the tiny tots down our sledding hill, and through our obstacle course! Teach your children the secrets of making a great snowball or snow man! Have a cup of hot chocolate and some hot home made chili! A memory making day for sure!
For the more adventurous, we have a variety of competitive events including the very famous women’s frying pan toss! We also have competitive skiing events and a first ever race! Details coming soon.