Montpelier Alive is delighted to bring back Frostival in 2014, January 24th, 25th and 26th. Formerly Montpolar Frostival, this event welcomed many local families to downtown Montpelier last year for three fantastic days of winter events promoting physical movement while shaking off cabin fever, and they are getting ready to do it again this year.
Frostival will have many events that were popular last year – snowshoe obstacle course and ultimate Frisbee competition on the State House lawn, unicycling, belly dancing and Scottish Country Dance classes, as well as hula hooping for fitness. At North Branch Nature Center, there will be a self-guided StoryWalk, “The Mitten.” Maybe you would like to try an AfroJazz & Yoga or Jazz Funk and Hip Hop workout at the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, and don’t forget the Frostival 5K with the Central Vermont Runners Club.
Jennings & Ponder, World Tales will be storytelling at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, The Kotchka Chamber Players will perform, and back by popular demand, the extempo Storytelling Tell Off championship will be held Friday night.
There are also many new and exciting events that have been added to the Frostival calendar including the Great Green Mountain Bob Dylan Wannabe Contest, featuring lots of local talent. Onion River Sports will host a Candlelight Snowshoe Romp in Hubbard Park, and Burr Morse will be in town making Sugar on Snow. Make sure to stop in City Center on Saturday for free ice cream, face painting and a meet and greet with Skip. If you need to warm up, there will be hot chocolate stations around downtown with free hot chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolate.
You are invited to get dressed up in your creative black-tie and join Montpelier Alive for a night of waltzing at the Snow Ball on Saturday evening, featuring the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra String Quartet and dancing with Samir Elabd. Tickets are still available on the Montpelier Alive website.
“This festival truly highlights the great amount of talent and amazing recreational opportunities in our own backyard. Having so many diverse events makes Frostival a great way to try something new, and thanks to the generosity of so many local businesses, most Frostival events are free for everyone. Frostival is a wonderful way to celebrate winter in Vermont with friends and family and we hope to see our community celebrate together,” says Ashley Witzenberger, Festivals Coordinator.
Keep up with announcements and calendar updates at MontpelierAlive.org and Montpelier Alive’s Facebook page. Also, tune in for weekly update shows on ORCA media.