A forecasted cold Saturday will not be a match, promise event organizers, for the warmth that attendees will feel at this year’s Chelsea Winter Fest.
“The weather will not chill the spirit of Chelsea Winter Fest,” predicted City Manager Jay Ash, the lead organizer of the third year event. “Our day is shaping up to be a good ol’ fashioned community celebration; even bigger and better than the great time we’ve had each of the last two years.”
Hundreds are expected to attend Winter Fest and share in the special spirit it is meant to engender for the holidays and the community. With games like Frosty Toss and Snow Shovel Croquet, entertainment featuring the Chelsea Public School performance honor society, many holiday musical favorites, and freshly made popcorn and hot chocolate, the 3-6 p.m. event held this year at the newly-renovated Washington Park in Prattville is sure to remind attendees that winter is a most wonderful time of the year.
“We’ve added to our event this year, with a small merry-go-round and a heated tent. What will be the same is that everything is free, thanks to so many community sponsors who have stepped up and given in the spirit of the season, and our City Council who is supporting Winter Fest as a community building event,” said Ash.
Winter Fest attendees can win an impressive array of prizes, like Bruins, Celtics and Disney on Ice tickets, restaurant gift certificates, toy bags and bikes to be raffled off, thanks to businesses and people like State Garden, Today’s Auto Body, One North of Boston, State Reps. Kathi-Anne Reinstein and Eugene O’Flaherty and State Sen. Sal DiDomenico.
“There’s been such a great spirit around Winter Fest that we wanted to add to it again,” explained Madelyn Garcia, proprietor of Garcia Real Estate. Garcia and her associates volunteer at the event and purchased bikes to help ensure that the Winter Fest celebration is a big success.
School Committeewoman Rosemarie Carlisle, who is an annual volunteer, said the event is the highlight of the season.
“Yes, it can be cold, but there’s nothing like being among your family and friends around the holiday season. And, besides, where else can you win such great raffles and have so much fun even if you don’t win?” said Carlisle, who pledges to be dressed in an outfit befitting the season.
Those who also do so will win extra raffle chances.
“Even if you don’t win a prize, though, every person will leave with a box of frozen goodies being donated by Muffin Town and a good feeling about celebrating the meaning of the holiday season together,” added Council President Leo Robinson.
The Winter Fest committee will be collecting toys that will be donated to the Salvation Army as part of the local toy drive. Extra raffle chances will be presented to those who do bring a toy.
Ash recommends that people dress warmly, although hot chocolate, which is being provided by the Salvation Army, and the heated tent will be available. He also says that with people getting raffle chances for showing up, playing games, and being in the spirit of the season, those who can may want to bring self-address labels with them so they will not be spending all of their time filling out raffle tickets.
“Even if we get a little snow, all the better,” said Ash. “I can’t wait for Chelsea Winter Fest to spend a great time with so many wonderful people during the most special time of the year.”