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Out & About: It’s Going Be ‘Snow’ Fun at Two Events in Enfield on Saturday

  • Scenes from last year's "Winter WingDing" in Enfield. (Courtesy photographs)



Valley News Calendar Editor
Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Enfield — Winter lovers rejoice! Two snow-based events in Enfield make it the perfect place to spend this coming Saturday.

Beginning at noon, the Mascoma Sailing Club and the Enfield Village Association will host a “Winter WingDing” at Mascoma Lakeside Park. The event is free and goes to 4 p.m.

“We try to have activities that are snow friendly, ice friendly, wind friendly and whatever else works,” said Kate McMullan, a member of the Mascoma Sailing Club and one of the WindDing organizers. Attendees can ride fat bikes, use handheld wing sails, play broomball, create a snowman village and ice skate, among other activities. Most are “very weather dependent.”

This will be the second year for the event. One of the reasons it was started last year was to raise awareness about the ways Lake Mascoma can be utilized in the winter.

“There’s a lot of summer things that go on and now we’re picking up on winter things that we can do,” said Kim Quark, president of the Enfield Village Association and one of the WingDing’s organizers. “I’m excited about the fat bikes and about the wings.”

The fat bikes and kite wings were a big hit last year. Sally Sharp, another of the WingDing’s organizers, is particularly looking forward to using her new wing sail.

“I’m trying to get out there and figure out how to do it,” Sharp said. “It’s a little tricky, but it is fun.”

And it’s just one of many family friendly activities that can be done on the lake.

“We’re hopeful it’s going to be a beautiful day and we will have lots of activities for folks to do out on the ice,” Sharp said.

But if the day isn’t ideal weather-wise, there will still be lots of fun to be had.

“The only thing we know for sure is there will be a fire and s’mores and hot chocolate and camaraderie,” Quark said.

Go to Enfield. You’ll find a big supply of both.

For more information, call 603-632-7197.

Shaker Museum Snowshoe Festival

Also taking place in Enfield will be the annual Snowshoe Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum. The event — held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — features guided snowshoe tours and opportunities to explore trails at one’s own pace. There will also be sled dog rides, lunch and a bonfire (with toasted marshmallows of course).

Admission is $12 for adults; $8 for ages 13-17; $5, for ages 5-12; children under 5 free. Families of three or more (parents or guardians with children under 18) are $25. Team rates for adults and teens: 10 or fewer $50, 11 or more $100. To register, call or email education@shakermuseum.org. Advanced registration is not required. For more information, visit www.shakermuseum.org or call 603-632-4346.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.