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January 23, 2017

Enjoy a Flurry of Activities at the Salmon River Winter Festival

PULASKI - The annual Salmon River Winter Festival returns to Pulaski for a full weekend of winter fun! From Friday January 27 through Sunday, January 29 bring the whole family to enjoy a flurry of activities at locations throughout the village.

Friday kicks off at the Kallet Theater on Jefferson Street with a free showing of Disney's "Eight Below," a classic adventure film starring Paul Walker. Sponsored by the Half-Shire Historical Society in Richland, the screening begins at 6 p.m. and includes .25 cent popcorn and free hot cocoa. The concession stand will be open to serve its full menu at regular prices.

Select taverns will feature live music and entertainment for adult audiences. LD's Alehouse on Jefferson Street hosts Mystic Music Karaoke at 9 p.m. and The End Zone on Maple Avenue offers the acoustic guitar stylings of musician Rob Larrabee from 8 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, start the day with a guided snowshoe walk at Selkirk Shores State Park on state Route 3. The one-mile trek begins at 10 a.m. at the enclosed shelter and includes a demonstration of survivalist fire-making techniques. Participants can enjoy fruit, trail bars and hot cocoa donated by Tops Friendly Markets on Rome Road. Admission and snowshoe rental are free for this event in coordination with the festival. For trail conditions or to reserve snowshoes, call the park at 315-298-5737. In the event that there is no snow, a regular trail hike will take place.

The Pulaski Historical Society on Maple Avenue also opens at 10 a.m. to offer an open house and refreshments for browsers of local history. Come in to see the latest collections as well as photos of past winters. Admission is free and the museum is open until 4 p.m.

At 11 a.m., the Kallet Theater opens to offer free movies, kids crafts and face painting. Teresa Stowell-Hollis, Pat Tanner and members of the Salmon River Fine Arts Center will be in the theater to offer free face painting until 3 p.m. and crafts until 4 p.m. Two animated movies will also be shown, DreamWorks' "Penguins of Madagascar" at noon and Lionsgate's "Norm of the North" at 3 p.m. The screenings are sponsored by Salmon River Wine and Spirits on Rome Road and the family of Dorothy Burdick; the latter also providing free popcorn and soda.

Across the street in the South Park, feast on hearty chicken barbeque by members of the Pulaski Mason Lodge #415 from 11 a.m. until sold out. Chicken is $6 or guests can make a meal for $9 which includes salt potatoes and a choice of macaroni salad or baked beans. Beverages are also available for $1. The historic Masons Lodge around the corner on Broad Street will be open for a warm place to enjoy your lunch.

The snow sculpture and snowman building contest will also take place in the South Park. Create your own masterpiece or a new winter friend beginning on Friday night and continuing until judging starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Participants must be pre-registered. Visit the Designs of Elegance flower shop on Rome Road today to submit your free registration form. For details, call 315-298-6097.

From noon to 5 p.m., join in the Great Chili Walk at establishments throughout the village. Ballots for the tasting contest are available at each location for $5 and include a two-ounce sample for participants to judge. Visit the following locations to taste and cast your vote.

Families can wrap up their day with magician Ron Cain at the Pulaski Public Library on Jefferson Street. He begins the Magic and Mystery Show at 6:30 p.m., providing fun for all ages, including pulling a rabbit out of his hat! Admission is free.

Adult audiences will enjoy a performance by local favorites Joe Battles and the Moonshine River Band at 11 North Bar and Grill located on US Route 11 at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the day begins with a visit to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club on Jefferson Street for its "Take a Friend Snowmobiling" event. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet club members and learn about this great winter sport, or hop on a sled and enjoy a vigorous adventure of your own on the "Old Northern" trail. Rides are free and the club also offers hot coffee and cocoa to visitors.

From noon to 3 p.m., come to the Salmon River Fine Arts Center on Jefferson Street for a fun winter craft class. Paint your own wooden snowman carving to take home. Admission is free and a canned food donation as a gift to the local food pantry is appreciated.

Join the Wing Walk competition from noon to 5 p.m. as local business compete for 'bragging rights' as the best wings in town! Ballots are available at each location for $5 and include a two wings for sampling.

Visit the following locations to taste and cast your vote:

Enjoy the expressive blues and rockin' rhythms of the band DAMDOG from 1 to 3 p.m. at LD's Alehouse on Jefferson Street. Another local favorite, the band features the Kyle brothers from Sterling, N.Y. and was inducted into the New York State Blues Archive Hall of Fame in July 2015.

The Chili and Wing walks are organized and sponsored by the Pulaski Masons Lodge #415 and the Half-Shire Historical Society. All proceeds benefit a scholarship fund at Pulaski Academy and Central School.

On Saturday and Sunday, walkers are encouraged to vary their stops at participating establishments along the chili and wing routes to avoid long wait times and ensure a relaxing afternoon of tasting.

All weekend, enjoy free hot cocoa at all stops on the chili and wing walks as well as at the Kallet Theater and other locations thanks to Tops Friendly Markets and the Half-Shire Historical Society.

For a complete schedule of activities and registration information, visit https://www.facebook.com/OswegoCountywintercarnival/ or contact Shawn Doyle at spdinpul@hotmail.com or 315-532-5919.

IT'S 'SNOW' MUCH FUN! - Molly Fox displays her snowman paper name plate from last year's Salmon River Winter Festival in Pulaski. The annual event runs Fri., Jan. 27 through Sun., Jan. 29. Craft activities are available at the Kallet Theater on Saturday and at the Salmon River Fine Arts Center on Sunday. For details, visit https://www.facebook.com/OswegoCountywintercarnival/. Photo courtesy of Teresa Stowell-Hollis

BUILD A SNOWMAN - Molly Fox holds a marshmallow snowman she made at Pulaski's Salmon River Winter Festival last year. The event runs Fri., Jan. 27 through Sun., Jan. 29 with various activities at locations throughout the village. On Saturday, the Kallet Theater hosts crafts, face painting, movies and snacks. On Sunday, the Salmon River Fine Arts Center hosts crafts. Go to https://www.facebook.com/OswegoCountywintercarnival/ for more information. Photo courtesy of Teresa Stowell-Hollis.

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