Waterbury Winterfest Bonfire, Family Skate and Opening Ceremony
Enjoy a night of skating (5pm) under the lights as we celebrate Waterbury Winterfest with the Annual Bonfire of roaring Christmas trees (lit at 6pm). A wonderful Vermont night! The Waterbury Recreation Department and Waterbury’s finest Fire Fighters host this Waterbury tradition where families come together to enjoy skating, music and games on the ice. Free.
Join the annual Waterbury Winterfest ribbon cutting ceremony (6:15pm) and bonfire party! Lt. Governor David Zuckerman will do the honor of the ribbon cutting while he and his family join other families to enjoy skating, music and games on the ice. Free.
Come out and participate in the only sport born right here in Waterbury…Human Bowling! You’ll become the bowling ball as we hurl you down the ice to knock down as many enormous bowling pins as possible. Free.
EXTEMPO TELL OFF
Come enjoy the best storytellers of the year as the seventh annual Extempo storytelling tournament of champions comes back to the opening night of Waterbury Winterfest. All the winners of the 2018 monthly storytelling competitions across Central Vermont spin their best yarns in front of a panel of jurors and delight a live audience. All stories are original, true, and told without notes or reading. Come hear the real-life adventures, foibles and challenges of real Vermonters who recount with humor, passion and heart. Your faith in humanity will be rejuvenated and restored, and you’ll get to vote for your favorite story. Free.
ICE JUG CURLING
Bowling meets marbles…on ICE! This all ages, home-grown Curling event involves boot sliding, precision aiming of a frozen milk jug, and lots of fun. Free.
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE
It’s the inaugural dance for GMPA. Our first Winter Wonderland Father/Daughter dance. Kids grades Pre-K thru 5th grade and their escorts are invited to a fun night of dessert, music and dancing. We will offer a short dance lesson for anyone wanting some direction. Free.
Is trivia your jam? Assemble a think tank team of 5 – 6 friends and colleagues to compete for prizes in our trivia game show. We’ll challenge your general knowledge with questions, riddles, puzzles and more! Registration limited to 12 teams. $120 per team includes snacks, cashbar and lots of prizes. Pre-registration required for this very popular event.
Broomball is similar to hockey but no skates needed! Players wear their own boots/shoes. We provide the goals, sticks and balls. Helmets are recommended, but not required. Broomball is played with 5 people and a goalie. For our Family Broomball Tournament teams should be adult-child co-ed and up to 11 players per team with a 6 player minimum. Games should include 1 male, 1 female, and 1 child on the ice. This is a double elimination tournament. Games begin at 10am. Exact times and schedule will be determined by the number of teams. Captains meeting at 9am to finalize game times. Registration fees: $10/adult, $5/child or $70/team. Players and parents must sign a waiver. Gather your team for a day of fun. Get your registration in or just show up to be picked up. There are bragging rights to be won! Who will defeat last year’s champions?
CAPTURE THE FLAG
Come join this all-ages, snowy version of a childhood favorite! No teams or tackles required, and we’ll create multi-age groupings that allow young and young-at-heart to participate. Come just for this event or participate in between games of broomball. Free.
NNEDO DRONE RACES
Come experience the excitement of Drone Racing on an indoor course! Competitors from the Northern New England Drone Organization (NNEDO) will be racing their micro and nano drones through an obstacle course throughout the gym to win prizes donated by Waterbury area merchants. New competitors are welcome and spectators and amateur drone users can learn tricks from the masters. Registration begins at noon. Suggested donation: $20 for racers; Spectators: adults $5, kids $1.
WATERBURY WINTERFEST FILM SCREENING
Alchemist Brewery Beer Pour: 3pm, Film Screening: 4pm, Alchemist Brewery Beer Pour and Film Discussion: 5:45pm
Grange Hall Cultural Center celebrates Vermont-made cinema with a screening of Nora Jacobson’s award-winning film “Letters of My Mother’s Early Lovers.” The film will be preceded by a craft brewery “beer pour” by the Alchemist Brewery and the Grange Hall welcomes the public to stay afterwards for discussion with Ms. Jacobson and leading men of the film George Woodard, and very possibly Rusty Dewees in a talkback about the film and filmmaking in Vermont. Another pour will occur after the film’s end to compliment the talkback.
In the film, a young woman explores her mother’s past and uncovers a secret at the heart of her family’s history. Based on an autobiographical memoir, the film suggests that the truth–no matter how painful–provides a path to redemption. This movie contains adult themes and language, so if you want to see a rare moment of George Woodard cussing and drinking, there’s no better opportunity!
Seating is limited for the film. Reserve your seats early by calling 802-244-4168 or emailing [email protected] Admission is by donation until the seats are filled. A wait list will take seats not claimed 15 minutes before start of the film.
WOMEN’S INTRO TO HOCKEY
Gear up and enjoy some ice time with other women excited to try the sport of hockey. Borrow your kid’s or your brother’s equipment and join us for some skating, stick handling drills and a little scrimmage. Skate rentals and some equipment provided at no charge. A free Waterbury Winterfest event. Members of the women’s Waterbury Wicked hockey squad will help coach this event. Free.
5K FUN RUN-AS THE VILLAGE TURNS
A flat 5K for all ages starting and finishing at Thatcher Brook Primary School. After several scenic turns in the village streets finish with a pleasant jaunt through the recently updated state office complex. Great prizes in a number of categories and delicious snacks at the end. A great event for spectators to cheer runners on at the finish line. Suggested donation $5.
CONNECTOR TRAIL – 7TH DESCENT
The seventh descent of the Village to Little River Connector Trail will depart from the Blush Hill Country Club parking lot. Skiers and snowshoers are welcome to enjoy this delightful tour which includes several sweet side bar tree shots for back country telemarkers, picturesque giant rocks, and a steep twisting final descent that drops onto a lovely rolling finish with scenic views of multiple bends of the Little River. Cross the snow-machine bridge to a warm shuttle bus waiting to bring you back to the start. Bring $12 to contribute to VAST Green Mountain Roamers. Carry a backpack with water, snacks, and extra layers. Free.
WINTERFEST POKER NIGHT
Get in on the action as the Reservoir hosts the first Winterfest Poker Night in their private function room upstairs. Organizers plan two poker tables so players can choose the stakes that best match their prowess. Seating is limited. Reservations open January 15 and a $5 reservation secures your seat in advance. Gaming details and rules to follow.
VERMONT BEER QUIZ
Bring your taste buds and hop downtown to Waterbury’s friendly beer pub to enjoy this exciting event. The evening promises a bevy of bountiful brews, bound to create a lingering taste sensation to last throughout the Winterfest season. Blackback Pub will have six Vermont beers to blind taste. Participants write down the correct beer and the winner receives a $5o gift certificate to Blackback Pub. In the event of a tie you will be placed into a drawing to choose the winner.
What is Winterfest Wassailing? A restaurant caroling event at participating downtown establishments injecting music, laughter, and camaraderie into the dark days of winter. Fine voices are far less important than the fine spirits that this night evokes. Come enjoy the music and fun with family and friends. Finale at Stowe Street Cafe. Join or form a team, or volunteer to be a judge; no prior experience required! Free.
Winterfest Art Walk and Studio Tours
Stroll through historic Waterbury while enjoying the best of our local art scene. This self-guided, 1-mile tour will give you the opportunity to visit art venues and meet Waterbury’s local artists, see their studios, get a glimpse of how they work and win a piece of artwork. Music and light snacks in some locations. Participating studios, galleries and artists: Jeremy Ayers, Axels Gallery (w/TURNmusic), Bridgeside Books, Tabbatha Henry Studio, Raegan Hough, Mimi Clark, Rail Art at the Roundabout, Torrey Caroll Smith, Stowe Street Café, Sarah-Lee Terrat at the Train Station. Collect 5 punches on a raffle ticket (available at each location) and enter to win a piece of artwork.
Starlight XC Ski, Snowshoe and Vinyl
Back by popular demand! Come Cross Country Ski and/or Snowshoe under a January starlight sky. Join us at Pilgrim Park and later the Green Mountain Coffee Cafe and Visitors Center for an evening of XC Skiing and Classic Vinyl. You should be an experienced skier or snowshoer with your own equipment. Bring a headlamp to see in the dim light and change of clothes for after. Meet at the Pilgrim Park parking lot behind the P2 office building between 6:30 and 8pm. Don’t ski or snowshoe, or you just want to keep warm? Join us in the Cafe and Visitors Center for vintage vinyl music spun by DJ Weebs from 7-10pm. Bring your vintage vinyl and join the fun.
WINTERFEST MUSIC SERIES AT ZENBARN: KARAOKE
Calling all local singers! Come take the stage, grab the mic and show your talent with karaoke night at the Zenbarn! Make it a night you and your friends will never forget!