Making Memories at Winterfest

Written by Erick Anderson
    Monday, 15 January 2018
Making Memories at Winterfest

Many times, members have shared with me their fond memories of ice skating on the Washington Park Lagoon while growing up. Having accessible skating in their neighborhoods was a huge part of many people’s childhoods. It was an important part of my childhood, too! I walked to a local park to go ice skating. Providing that service to the Washington Park neighborhood is something that we take great pride in as an organization.

For a great chance to skate, join us for our annual Winterfest on Saturday, January 27 from noon to 4 p.m. The rink will be open, and we’ll provide skates free of charge (though you’re still welcome to bring your own if you have them). We’ll have a sledding hill open, too weather permitting, of course, but the weather has been really promising and the Door County Sled Dog team will be joining us for a meet & greet in the park. Inside, you’ll find entertainment, food, and hot beverages – all for free!

Kids in snow fort at Winterfest

Photo: Chris Von Briesen

If you have younger children who nap during our festival time, please check out Winterfest for Afternoon Nappers from 10:30 a.m. to noon. We’ll have guided activities, story time, a puppet show, and a nature hike for pre-school aged kids and their families. Space is limited, so please pre-register here.

Winterfest blog2

Photo: Chris Von Briesen

Winterfest participants can also enjoy delicious homemade pies during the festival. This wouldn't be possible without the dedicated support of the Urban Ecology Center interest group, Community Pie! For many years, these generous volunteers have been teaching our after-school Young Scientist Club kids how to bake pies from scratch and fill them with locally-grown fruit. We currently have a need for new, committed adults to join the team and help make pies! If you’re interested, please do sign up for either of our two pie making events, Pie Crust Making and Pie Crust Filling

Thank you all for supporting our events, and we hope you’ll join us in making some joyful winter memories this year!

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Erick Anderson

Erick Anderson

Plan A for Erick’s life was to become a high school science teacher. But after graduating from Waukesha’s Carroll University in 2006 with degrees in Chemistry and Secondary Education, he found himself stumbling upon a much more intriguing Plan B. Joining the national program Lutheran Volunteer Corps, he spent the next two years placed as a full-time Environmental Educator at the Riverside Park Branch and was given the opportunity to stay on for three more years. In 2011, he began Plan C as Community Program Coordinator at the Washington Park Branch, focusing particularly on the Young Scientists Club program. He looks forward to finding out what plans D through Z will have in store.


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