Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, January 23, 2014
Winterfest called “a success” - VIDEO
Winterfest called “a success”
by Jessica Brophy
Despite the fact that snow didn’t cover the ground until midway through the three-day Winterfest event, Healthy Island Project member and co-organizer Barrett Gray said the event was a success.
“The snow arrived a few hours too late, but we had a bigger attendance this year than in years past,” he said.
Friday evening’s event, which included a soup supper at the elementary school and a performance by Brent McCoy at the Reach Performing Arts Center, had double the people of last year’s event. “He was phenomenal,” said Gray of McCoy. “We had 80 people come.”
On Saturday, January 18 the annual Winterfest fireworks were held at the Stonington ball field. Video by Jessica Brophy
On Saturday, the daytime events at the elementary school were also well-attended. While the lack of snow meant no sleigh-rides or igloo-building, everything else went very well, said Gray. Bobby Turner Jr. won the annual cribbage tournament. In the pet photo contest, Su Oliver won with her cat, Julie Moringello with her dog and Leslie McDonald-Rice for a photo of her pet pig and “other pets.”
Though Gray doesn’t know how many people came through on Saturday during the day, he said that the Island Culinary and Ecological Center served an estimated 165 meals at lunch.
Saturday evening’s events included the Parade of Lights, sponsored by Penobscot East Resource Center, which this year featured only one boat, Kevin Clough’s F/V Deuces Wild. “Even though it was only one boat, you wouldn’t have guessed it by the way the crowd was honking and cheering,” said Gray. “The boat looked great.”
A good crowd enjoyed hot chocolate, hot dogs and marshmallows around a bonfire during light snow at a Saturday evening event at the former Stonington elementary school. The event, sponsored by the Island Recreation Board, preceded the fireworks.
“What’s great about this company is that they give us a bit of a different show every year,” said Gray, who said he’s heard positive reviews of the fireworks. The evening was capped off with a family dance with live music at the Opera House.
On Sunday, the 4x4 basketball tournament at the Island Community Center was won by a team that, perhaps unsurprisingly, had three Ciomei brothers on it, said Gray.
“Overall, it was a great success,” Gray concluded.