Win­ter on the Green

Event of­fers Chili Cook-Off, car­ni­val, more for fam­ily, friends in Frank­fort.

Daily Southtown - - FRONT PAGE - By Jessi Vir­tu­sio Jessi Vir­tu­sio is a free­lance re­porter for the Daily South­town.

The Win­ter on the Green se­ries in Frank­fort marks a mile­stone in 2019. The free fun that at­ten­dees have made an an­nual tra­di­tion is back on Satur­day af­ter­noons from Jan. 12 to Feb. 9 at Brei­dert Green.

“This is our 25th an­nual Win­ter on the Green pro­gram so this is an ex­cit­ing time for us just be­ing that we’ve been around for this long,” said Sue Lynchey, event co­or­di­na­tor for the vil­lage of Frank­fort.

“It’s just a pop­u­lar event. It brings some­thing unique each and every week and brings en­joy­ment for all ages. It also just gives fam­i­lies and friends a chance to be out­side and beat the win­ter blues,” she said.

“When things slow down in Jan­uary peo­ple are look­ing to do some fun ac­tiv­i­ties and this just gives them that fun op­por­tu­nity.”

Win­ter on the Green kicks off with Ice Fest, which is spon­sored by the vil­lage of Frank­fort, on Jan. 12. A pro­fes­sional demon­stra­tion by Nadeau’s Ice Sculp­tures is at 12:30 p.m. and trol­ley rides are avail­able un­til 2 p.m.

“We have ice sculp­ture dis­plays. We have an ice sculp­tor and heated trol­ley rides through his­toric down­town Frank­fort. We also have cook­ies and hot co­coa. Those are served at each and every event,” Lynchey said.

Next up is Win­ter Car­ni­val, which is co-spon­sored by Frank­fort Park District, on Jan. 19.

“That event fea­tures mu­sic, games, crafts and a visit from Frosty the Snow­man so the kids usu­ally have a great time danc­ing around with Frosty,” Lynchey said.

Win­ter on the Green con­tin­ues Jan. 26 with Win­ter Sports, which is cospon­sored by Frank­fort Lions Club.

“Fam­i­lies come out and en­joy ice bowl­ing, the snow sled run and the hockey game. It’s just a great time for the en­tire fam­ily,” Lynchey said.

Chili Cook-Off, which is co-spon­sored by the Frank­fort Cham­ber of Com­merce, is next on Feb. 2. Space is lim­ited to com­pete and reg­is­tra­tion is due by Jan. 23. Judges eval­u­ate aroma, color, con­sis­tency, bite, orig­i­nal­ity, fla­vor and heat.

“Things get heated at the fiery com­pe­ti­tion. Ev­ery­one likes to sam­ple the free chili. It’s a great way to warm up,” she said. The com­pe­ti­tion awards prizes for am­a­teur, pro­fes­sional and over­all crowd pleaser.

Win­ter on the Green wraps up with Valen­tine’s Week­end on Feb. 9 when peo­ple can do­nate blood be­gin­ning at 10:30 a.m. and also see a win­ter camp out demon­stra­tion and cob­bler made in Dutch ovens.

“You just bring your Valen­tine’s sweet­heart or who­ever to taste choco­late fon­due and peach cob­bler cooked on-site by co-spon­sors the Tin­ley ParkFrank­fort Ro­tary Club and Frank­fort Boy Scout Troop 270. We also have Heart­land Blood Cen­ters avail­able for do­na­tions,” Lynchey said.

“Ev­ery­thing is held out­side on Brei­dert Green whether we have snow or not. It’s just gives every­body a chance to have fun.”

“We have many great events through­out the year. We highly rec­om­mend that you come in to check them out. We have some­thing for ev­ery­one,” she said.

“Just to see the in­ter­ac­tion and build­ing the re­la­tion­ships with com­mu­nity mem­bers has been fun for me.”

VIL­LAGE OF FRANK­FORT

VIL­LAGE OF FRANK­FORT

Five Satur­days of free fun at Win­ter on the Green at Brei­dert Green in Frank­fort cul­mi­nates with Valen­tine’s Week­end on Feb. 9.

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