It will be well worth coming out of hibernation for the first annual Easthampton WinterFest which kicks off on Friday, February 7th and continues through Saturday, February 8th at various indoor and outdoor locations throughout Easthampton. In celebration of the winter season, the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee and Easthampton City Arts+ collaborate to feature fun family activities and showcase Easthampton's cultural and natural resources.
Schedule of Events
please check back for updates
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 7 p.m. - WINTERFEST KICKOFF:
Opening ceremony and World Premier movie, "The Story of Nashawannuck Pond". We are very excited to showcase this long-awaited movie produced by ECAT. A limited number of VIP seats will be available to WinterFest sponsors, along with general seating in the brand new Easthampton High School Auditorium. This event is free, with donations accepted at the door. Following the movie, a small reception and student art exhibit will held in the lobby.
Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, 9 - 11 p.m. Nashawannuck Pond Fundraiser - Dance Performances, $25. (entrance to all venues) or $5. p.p. at the door. (Purchase online)
- 9 - 10 p.m. Indian Dance Performance, Glory of India, 29 Union St., Classical and Bollywood style dancing by Mahi's Dance School.
- 9 - 10 p.m. Tango Dance Performance, Popcorn Noir, 20-32 Cottage St. Performed by Northampton Tango.
- 9 - 11 p.m. Live Music, Luthier's Coop, 108 Cottage St. 4 Live Bands!
- 9 - 11 p.m. The Alchemystics, Flyweel Arts Collective, 43 Main St.
Saturday, Feb 8, 2014 - THE MAIN EVENT:
(please check here for updates as this schedule may change as events are added or venues changed)
10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Discover Arcadia! Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary, 127 Combs Rd. The area will be open to ALL for snowshoeing, hiking, wildlife watching. Peak Expeditions, a leader in outdoor adventure, will offer FREE snowshoes for anyone wanting to try out this popular winter sport. Hot chocolate will be served and bathrooms available. Free.
Saturday Morning Music Party, Flywheel, 43 Main St. Enjoy tasty pancakes, juice, and fruit followed by live performances by Shiprock and Anchordog and Local Polka Legends The Eddie Forman Orchestra. $12 per family, $6 per individual.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Rock Climbing, 50 Payson Ave. Municipal Lot. Peak Expeditions, a leader in outdoor adventure bring us "Take It For Granite", a 26 ft. climbing wall, providing fun and challenge for all ages and ability. Free
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Winter Film Festival, Easthampton High School Auditorium, 70 Williston Ave. Ongoing showings of The Story of Nashawannuck Pond, historical ice harvesting film footage, and student art display. Free.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Chili Cook-Off, Easthampton High School Cafeteria, 70 Williston Ave. A benefit for projects by the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee, a "people's choice" vote for your favorite chili and you might win a gift certificate for your next meal out on the town! $5.00 per ballot.
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Easthampton High School Parking Lot, 70 Williston Ave., and Municipal Lot, 50 Payson Ave. Blue Star Equiculture, a working horse rescue and sanctuary committed to helping horses, humans and Mother Earth, offers horse drawn wagon rides. Free.
12 - 3 p.m.
Historical Ice Harvest, Nashawannuck Pond/ Municipal Lot, 50 Payson Ave. From the late 19th century to the early part of the 20th century, Easthampton was well-known for its commercial harvesting of ice from its mill ponds. Historian Dennis Picard, shares the fascinating story of Easthampton's ice enterprise with an exhibition of antique tools and ice harvesting demonstrations. Free.
4 - 6 p.m.
Pondside Ice Carving with Chef Andy Diehl, the deck at Popcorn Noir, 20 - 32 Cottage St. Free.
4 - 6 p.m.
The kick-off to the Fire and Ice Art Walk begins at the Nashawannuck Pond at 4 pm with a fire spinning performance by a mother-daughter duo, coined the Fire Flies. Tasty hot chocolate (courtesy of Silver Spoon) will be served and enjoy a few tunes by the Woman Songwriter Collective with storytelling too. Videos created by artists will be projected on the Button Building and One Cottage Street.
WinterFest Sweetheart Lasagna Dinner, Trinity Lutheran Church, 2 Clark St. One Seating, $10 pp. (10% of proceeds donated to Nashawannuck Pond)
A few Art Walk Highlights include:
5 p.m. Writer and performer Carol Weis will read a selection of her own winter-themed poems, along with those written by 4th grade poets in Jodi Alatalo's class at Maple School, where Carol is doing a 23-week long poetry residency sponsored by a STARS grant funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. White Square Books, 86 Cottage Street
Storytellers Gail Herman and Bob Reiser and folksinger and hammered dulcimer player Tim Egmond perform. The trio will dazzle audiences with stories and play a little music to warm the feet and light up the minds’ eye of listeners to the wonders of fire and ice. Harry King and Rug, 36 Cottage Street
Woman Songwriter Collective with Carolyn Walker, Lexi Weege, Christa Joy, Wishbone Zoe and Lisa Marie Ellingsen perform. Flywheel, 43 Main Street
Fire and Light: Video Projections on buildings and in spaces. Local artists exhibit video projections including works by Tristan Chambers. Maggie Nowinski and Fletcher Smith.
Where: Popcorn Noir (Cottage Street), Waugh Agency (Eastworks), One Cottage Street, and the Button Building (Union Street)
Gallery Exhibitions a ECA+, Elusie, Popcorn Noir, the Loft Parlor, Nash and others will exhibit visual work by artists.
Make Valentine bookmarks! Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St. #126, Knack will be repurposing envelopes into heart-shaped bookmarks that you can decorate with stamps & decorative paper. Knack is requesting that for every Valentine you make to take with you, you leave one to be donated to the Lathrop Community in Easthampton.