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Hancock festival celebrates winter

Hancock festival celebrates winter

February 08, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Frostbite schmossbite.

The Hancock Winter Festival aims to celebrate the joy of being outdoors - no matter the temperature - on Saturday, according to the event's organizers.

Cold weather is part of the appeal at the winter festival, which starts at 10 a.m. and is over at 2. The day's events center around ice carvings done that day by local artists and a snow-sculpture contest open to anyone who shows up.

There also will be food and live music.

"We've seen everything," said Dan Murphy, a member of the Hancock Arts Alliance, the group organizing the event. "From having to make snow and then having it snow on us at the last minute, to one year, when we had a warm spell. It was so warm that we had to bring in bags of sand."

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The sand was used instead of snow for the contest, Murphy explained.

This year, warm weather won't be the problem. As of Wednesday, The National Weather Service was calling for a high of 30 degrees for the Hancock area.

"It's not like we're going to cancel the event because of the cold," said Murphy, who is also the town's mayor.

But the lack of snow might be an issue, Murphy said.

As of right now, there's not much on the ground in Hancock. Organizers said they'll have to make snow for the contest.




Schedule



10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hot food at the park pavilion provided by St. Thomas Episcopal Church.

10 a.m. -Opening ceremony with Mayor Dan Murphy. Snow sculpting contest and ice carving begins.

11 a.m. - Silent auction

11:30 a.m. - Cake walk

Noon - Valentine's Day-themed crafts with Marilyn Pontius at the Hancock Library, near the park. Judging begins for snow sculpting contest. Hat parade: Entrants wear homemade hats and compete for prizes, with judging done soon after.

12:30 p.m. - Community "Tug in Sand or Snow": a group tug-of-war competition to take place over the snow sculptures. Silent auction closes, winners announced.

1 to 2 p.m. - Closing ceremony with music by accordion player and guitarist Michael Kligerman. Snow sculpture contest prizes awarded.




If you go ...



WHAT: 6th Hancock Winter Festival

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10

WHERE: Widmeyer Park, Hancock

COST: Free

MORE: For more information, contact the Hancock Arts Council co-chair/town councilman Sinclair Hamilton, 301-678-5719.

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