WILLIAMSTOWN -- Northern Berkshire families looking for a cure to the winter blues need look no further than Williamstown Youth Center’s Snowfest.
The nonprofit’s 11th annual fundraiser will have new twists when it returns Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. in the Williams College’s Towne Field House and Lansing Chapman Rink. Executive Director David Rempell said one addition is a soccer clinic with Vermont Voltage soccer players, which has a sports center in Bennington, Vt.
"They’re going to have some of the players here and will be demonstrating different skills," he said. "They’re going to set up stations where kids can test their juggling ability, speed of soccer shots, etc. And then they will facilitate some three-on-three soccer games."
The group’s presence this Sunday is part of an ongoing collaboration -- as well as being one of the 18 sponsors for Snowfest, the group will be holding a weeklong soccer camp at the youth center this coming summer, he said.
The day’s activities also include ice skating, with skate rentals available at the rink; an inflatable bounce house and obstacle course; Nintendo Wii set-ups; Winter Olympic related activities, and a bean bag toss. The Williams College Outing Club will also be in attendance to give attendees the chance to scale a climbing wall.
Students and parents can also participate in art activities, Rempell said, and a caricature artist will attend.
"What we try to provide is a day that’s of great enjoyment to the entire family," he said.
The event also comes at a time when temperatures and spirits are low, he added.
"We want to get out of our winter doldrums," Rempell said. "We’ve been stuck inside for a while now, and this is a way to get out ... there’s a huge variety of activities."
The nonprofit organization moved from its longtime location at 270 Cole Ave. to a new facility at 66 Church St. in November 2012 after years of planning. Construction of the 12,300-square-foot, single-story building was funded by a capital campaign, and the new space includes an art room, a gymnasium, a multimedia room, a library and a dance studio.
Rempell said that, though the capital campaign was successful, the center still relies on the annual fundraiser to provide for a large portion of the operating budget.
Proceeds will go toward supporting various programs throughout the year, including school vacation camps and the after-school program, Rempell said.
The cost for Sunday’s event is $35 per family and $5 per student. Families wishing to purchase tickets for the event online can do so at www.williamstownyouthcenter.org/snowfest. Attendees can also purchase passes at the door.
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