NORTH ADAMS — The lack of snow has cancelled a number events scheduled for this weekend's annual Winterfest celebration, but a number of other activities have been added to round out the two-day event.
A vacant Main Street storefront will be packed with vendors for the first-ever WinterFest Farmer & Artisan Market, according to organizer Suzy Helm, director of community events for the city.
"The weather is not looking very wintery this year," she said. "But it's really nice to have this large, indoor space (the former Sleepy's at 66 Main St.) for the farmers market and we have about 45 vendors, including local artisans with handcrafted goods."
The market, open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, will feature farm, food, and craft vendors including many of the regular North Adams Farmers Market vendors. There will be plenty of stuff to choose from, including wine, eggs, vegetables, meats, maple syrup, relishes, pastries, breads, goat milk products, and a variety of jewelry and wood crafts.
And while snow-dependent activities at Colegrove Park and Windsor Lake— including sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing — have been cancelled, the weather won't spoil all the winter fun.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along the Main Street corridor, there will be eight blocks of ice facing off against eight ice sculptors. And starting a noon, the popular chowder cook-off will be percolating in another vacant storefront at 85 Main St.
Meanwhile, the community campfire will be burning at the corner of Holden and Main streets, and horse-drawn wagon rides will be leaving from the front of MountainOne Bank starting at 1 p.m.
The First Baptist Church on Main Street for the first time will offer a Winterfest indoor carnival with games, crafts and other activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Then the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink, at 1267 Church St. is offering free skating and rentals from 2 to 4 p.m.
And on Sunday, J Star Gymnastics at the Union Street Station is hosting an open gym for kid-friendly activities from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., also new this year.
As with other downtown special events, and given the temperatures forecast to be hovering in the 40s all weekend, organizers expect to see quite a few folks coming out for some fun.
"Any time you have a community event that gets people out of the house to see their neighbors and have some fun, it's always good for the community," Helm said. "It's who we are."
Winterfest schedule ...
10 a.m. — 4 p.m.: Ice sculpting on Main Street
10 a.m. — 3 p.m.: Winter Farmer & Artisan Market, 66 Main St. (formerly Sleepy's)
10 a.m. — noon: Hot cocoa, cookies and face painting, MountainOne Bank Lobby
11 a.m. — 2 p.m.: Winterfest indoor carnival at First Bapist Church, Main Street
Noon — 2 p.m.: Chowder cook-off at 85 Main St.; community campfire at Holden and Main streets
1 —3 p.m.: Horse-drawn wagon rides, Mountain One Bank
2 — 4 p.m. Free ice skating and rentals at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial skating rink, 1267 Church St.
11 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.: Open gym at J Star Gymnastics, Union Street Station