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Wheatfield Winterfest provides family-friendly activities to residents

Fri, Feb 3rd 2017 11:10 am
Crafters sold their homemade creations during Winterfest. Back row, from left, are Judy Zastrow, Marlene Bogart and Gladys Guize. Middle row, from left, are Denise Driscoll, Eileen Monroe and Judy Bugenhagen. Front row, from left, are Eileen Wyland, Joan Piorkowski and Pauline Scibetta (Photos by Lauren Zaepfel).
Crafters sold their homemade creations during Winterfest. Back row, from left, are Judy Zastrow, Marlene Bogart and Gladys Guize. Middle row, from left, are Denise Driscoll, Eileen Monroe and Judy Bugenhagen. Front row, from left, are Eileen Wyland, Joan Piorkowski and Pauline Scibetta (Photos by Lauren Zaepfel).

Despite warmer-than usual weather last Saturday, Town of Wheatfield Recreation Director said the second Wheatfield Winterfest was a big hit among residents.

"The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive," Ranalli said. "This event is unique because there are a lot of moving parts where the resident dictates how they would like to enjoy the afternoon."

Ranalli and his team were sure to prepare various indoor activities in both the town's youth and community centers.

However, Town Clerk Kathy Harrington-McDonell and Nicole Cheff volunteered to make and serve ice cream to lines of visitors outside the Youth Center.

Children's activities offered inside the Youth Center included a bounce house, cookie decorating, touch tanks by the Aquarium of Niagara, a movie showing, crafts and games.

Inside the Community Center, visitors were able to watch live music by Kathy Lynn and the Playboys, taste wine, and purchase homemade crafts.

Chowder was offered by St. Johnsburg Fire Co. and, Ranalli said, "They sold out within the first hour so that was a huge success."

Also, free cups of coffee and hot chocolate were provided by the Wheatfield Lions Club.

"This is a first class group of volunteers that opens their doors to our Summer Camp each year and their generosity is unmatched," Ranalli said of the club members.

Ranalli said the event is planned to be held again in the future.

Cameron Dwyer, Cole and Shaun McCleary and Brody Dwyer, all of Wheatfield, pose for a photo while decorating treats. 

Cameron Dwyer, Cole and Shaun McCleary and Brody Dwyer, all of Wheatfield, pose for a photo while decorating treats.

You Center Administrative Assistant Debbie Reed (standing, at right) and Olivia Toner pose for a photo with children at one of the children's activities stations. (Photo by Lauren Zaepfel) 

You Center Administrative Assistant Debbie Reed (standing, at right) and Olivia Toner pose for a photo with children at one of the children's activities stations. (Photo by Lauren Zaepfel)

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