La Porte’s Winterfest set to return

January 9, 2019

La PORTE — A weekend of winter fun will return to La Porte.

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Winterfest 2019 is set to take place Jan. 25 through Jan. 27.

Ice sculpture demonstrations will be happening in the Rotary Garden Gazebo in Soldiers Memorial Park. The chiseling and picking is set to begin at 4 p.m. with viewing available during regular park hours (sunrise to 10 p.m.) until mother nature takes them away.

The sculptures are presented by local businesses. Anyone interested in sponsoring a block of ice should contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov or 326-9600.

Family game night will also be taking place on Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Take you phones and tablets and put them out of sight, and get ready for a fun surprise. Bring your dinner and your favorite game and shared in provided popcorn and punch in cozy Cummings Lodge for a fun, free family night.

Family Ceramics will take place on Saturday at the Civic Auditorium from 9 a.m. to noon. Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Call the Park office at 326-9600 to register with your credit card.

Be sure and pre-register to participate in Saturday’s “Snowball Softball” Adult Coed Tournament at Lions Field. Get your team together for La Porte Parks’ version of the “hot stove” league. The double-elimination tournament is set to begin at 9 a.m. and will be limited to the first eight teams to register.

Local bird enthusiasts can wake up early for Winterfest’s “Breakfast with the Birds” at Luhr County Park Nature Center. Come enjoy breakfast treats wile watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. The event is from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and will not require any pre-registration. The program is open to all ages, however, children must be accompanied by an adult. The program is presented by the La Porte County Parks.

The La Porte Civic Auditorium will be hosting a free barre class on Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. No dance background required. If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts, which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor, Becca Masters, for a new type of workout. This class is free to all who attend. Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

Directly after the barre class, the civic will be holding a wheel throwing pottery demonstration. The demonstration will be from noon to 1 p.m. and will be on the lower level of the auditorium. The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty!

Starting at 1 p.m. a Community Snow Angel Gathering will be taking place behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park. The Parks’ Department wants to see how many people they can get to join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously. Help them find out by bringing a friend. Bring back your childhood memories and make new memories of playing in the snow!

Join in Winterfest’s cornhole tournament at the La Porte Civic Auditorium on Saturday. Find a partner and register for the tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top three pairs. Concessions and cash bar will be available. Must be age 21 or older to participate.

Sunday’s festivities include free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides at Cummings Lodge from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

For more information, call 326-9600 or email Recreation Director Pam Carroll at pcarroll@cityoflaportein.gov.

— From staff reports

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