Cel­e­brat­ing the sea­son

Sun shines on Kentville’s Week­end of Win­ter cel­e­bra­tions

Annapolis Valley Register - - COVER STORY - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA KENTVILLE ath­omp­son@kingscountynews.ca

Kentville res­i­dents don’t have to travel far to find venues for out­door fun in the win­ter.

The Town of Kentville hosted its an­nual Week­end of Win­ter cel­e­bra­tion this past week­end. The fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off with a sled­ding party un­der the lights Fri­day evening, fol­lowed by fam­ily fun ac­tiv­i­ties at Miner’s Marsh and a man­nequin challenge on Satur­day and, lastly, a guided snow­shoe hike at the Kentville Ravine Feb. 19.

“We wanted to re­mind peo­ple that we have fan­tas­tic fa­cil­i­ties and parks and trails in Kentville, and you can get out to have a re­ally good time even though it’s cold out,” said Jen­nifer West, com­mu­ni­ca­tions and re­source co-or­di­na­tor with the Town of Kentville’s Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation.

The town orig­i­nally in­tended to host a pond hockey tour­na­ment at the marsh dur­ing the Week­end of Win­ter cel­e­bra­tions, but it was can­celled due to ice con­di­tions fol­low­ing the snow­storms that hit the An­napo­lis Val­ley in the week lead­ing up to the event.

Miner’s Marsh was still a hub of ac­tiv­ity Feb. 18 as at least 50 peo­ple came out to build snow cre­ations or give the kick­sled a try in the sunny weather.

“Peo­ple are just so happy to get out,” said West, who noted the Town of Kentville and Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Kings both offer free snow­shoe rentals through­out the win­ter.

“It’s just an­other re­minder that there’s tons to do in Kentville.”

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Lilly Cam­pell leaps into the air in hopes of land­ing on the “jump slide” she made at Miner’s Marsh as part of the Town of Kentville’s Week­end of Win­ter cel­e­bra­tions Feb. 18.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Three-year-old Sam Deluca, Ju­dith Puetz, Sarah Surette and Tessa Deluca work to­gether to build a snow fort at Miner’s Marsh as part of the Town of Kentville’s re­cent Week­end of Win­ter cel­e­bra­tion. Sam could be seen tak­ing brief breaks from pack­ing snow to take tiny bites out of the fort.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

The kick­sled was a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion at the Week­end of Win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties hosted at Miner’s Marsh Feb. 18.

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