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Jan. 19, 2007

Families Are Invited to Winter Wonderland Feb. 22 at Camp Hollis

Children taking part in winter activities at Camp Hollis

Snow or no snow, kids of all ages can take part in hearty outdoor activities at the third annual Hollis Winter Wonderland Feb. 22 at Camp Hollis. The event is organized by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. Admission is free for Oswego County youths.

“Winter Around the World” is the theme of this year's Hollis Winter Wonderland at Camp Hollis, the Oswego County park that overlooks Lake Ontario in the Town of Oswego. Organized and hosted by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, the free event will feature a variety of games, activities and refreshments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22.

Oswego County youths and their families are invited to try the Penguin Shuffle (New Zealand), hockey (Russia), snowshoeing (Norway), yodeling (Switzerland), along with free food such as chili (Mexico), frankfurters (Germany) and much more. Youth will be given a “passport” and encouraged to visit as many “countries” as possible throughout the day. This is a free event, but donations will be accepted.

“This is our third year of hosting the winter wonderland at Camp Hollis,” said Jim Farfaglia, senior youth services specialist for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

“The youth bureau staff scheduled the event while students are on their school breaks, to give kids the opportunity for free recreational activities that utilize Camp Hollis. We're also working on a program for the school break in April.”

Camp Hollis is owned by Oswego County and operated by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau as a residential camp during the summer months for children who live in Oswego County. Located at 40 Health Camp Road, off Lakeshore Road in the town of Oswego, the facility is available April through October for use by families, clubs, school groups and other organizations. Free parking is available.

For more information, call the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451, or Jim. In case of inclement weather, residents are advised to call the Youth Bureau office to make sure the event will take place.

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