SHELBURNE Winter Fest is a great way to celebrate the snowy season at Shelburne Farms with activities and entertainment for every age, from skating on the pond and sledding on the hill to cheese sampling great music. A co-production of Shelburne Farms and Shelburne Parks & Recreation, with sponsorship this year by Associates in Orthodontics, Winter Fest this year will be on Saturday, Feb. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. with the action in and around the historic Farm Barn. Outdoors there will be sleigh rides (wagon rides if the weather doesn't cooperate) for $1 per person and sled dog rides with October Siberians for $5 a person two great ways to enjoy the beauty of the Shelburne Farms landscape and to experience two traditional forms of winter transportation. Bring along skates and sleds and toboggans (no metal runner sleds, please) and spend some time on the pond and the hills. Inside the Farm Barn there will be music by Vermont's all-time favorite troubadour Jon Gailmor (from 12:30 to 2:30) in the McClure Center for School Programs, popcorn ball making, sugar on snow, take home craft projects and demonstrations. The members of the Shelburne Explorers 4-H Club will be selling refreshments and Shelburne Farms will be serving grilled cheese sandwiches made from their award winning cheddar cheese and OBread as well as offering samples of Shelburne Farms cheddar. Winter Fest will also be an opportunity to visit O-Bread Bakery, the Renaissance School, the Beeken/Parsons Woodshop, Outreach for Earth Stewardship live bird program, the Farmyard sheep and chickens. For more than 20 years WinterFest has been held at Shelburne Farms and it is a mid-winter tradition for Shelburne families. One request: please no dogs, as this is an event with lots of little children and experience tells us that it is better if there are not also lots of dogs. Recognizing the recent unpredictability of winter weather, organizers suggest that people can get last-minute information about parking and program by checking the Shelburne Farms website
or calling 985-8686.