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Essex 2-5-11

This Saturday, Feb. 5, the Lakeside Winter Festival will be held at Black Kettle Farm from 1 to 5 p.m. Black Kettle is at the intersection of Cook and Leaning Roads, just outside of Whallonsburg, and the festival will have snowshoe races for kids and adults, sledding, a treasure hunt and cider and doughnuts out in the barn. The cost is $7 for adults or $20 for a family of four or more.

Also on the Feb. 5, the film society will screen "The Kids Are All Right" at 7:30 p.m. in the Willsboro School auditorium. This award-winning comedy is about a lesbian couple and their teenage children's search for their birth father.

The Move-It Fitness Hour is a cardio, strength and stretching class offered at the Whallonsburg Grange every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. Bring a mat if you have one; the cost is $3 per session.

For all you hopeless romantics, the Grange is hosting a Valentine's Dance on Saturday, Feb. 12. All sorts of music will be offered, so get out your dancing shoes and prepare to hoof around the shiny new floor. All it costs is $5, with students admitted at half price.

Although those who would rather be in Florida may not have noticed, we have had an unbelievable run of excellent winter weather. It hasn't been too cold, and we've avoided the rainy spells that are so depressing. This morning in our woods, every tree branch was loaded with fresh snow, and the sun coming up behind the trees was dazzling. A breeze sent cascades of snow through the light, and the snow underfoot glittered like diamonds.

This morning Ginny and I made an emergency run to Plattsburgh to deliver Amy's calendar, which she'd left at home and couldn't function without. My car was filthy from a weekend trip to snowy Massachusetts, so I took the opportunity to go through a car wash. Ginny was deeply concerned with the spraying, whooshing and lurching that are part of the process, but gracefully accepted my apology to her, and afterward happily ran around Amy's office looking for dog cookies.

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