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Colton gears up for this weekend’s winter celebration


COLTON - The town of Colton has finalized the schedule for its annual winter celebration from Friday through Sunday.

More than 30 sponsors, including organizations, businesses and individuals, are planning or supporting events; and they are listed on the final schedule.

One of the new sponsors this year is White’s General Store, which is underwriting the cost of sleigh rides on Sunday.

Winterfest Weekend benefits the local neighborhood center serving Colton, Pierrepont and Parishville. Donations for a silent auction being organized to support the neighborhood center can be given to Judy Brassard, owner of Three Falls Antiques, until 10 a.m. on Saturday She can be reached by calling 315-265-2566.

The Winterfest theme this year,, “Jazz It Up January” is highlighted by a Papadon ‘Don’ Washington concert on Saturday evening following the ever popular spaghetti dinner at Colton-Pierrepont Central School (CPCS) sponsored by the Colton-Pierrepont Senior Racqueteers.

The evening of entertainment is supported in part by the Colton-Pierrepont Teachers’ Association and the town’s Winterfest Planning Committee. The concert will open with the school’s jazz band performing before the town recognizes its Citizen of the Year. Mr. Washington will then perform with Crane School of Music students and elementary CPCS students. The evening will include songs from his newest album “The Blues In Me.”

Indoor activities throughout the weekend include basketball games and a foul shooting contest at school, Craft and Health Fairs, cookie decorating, a Snowmobile Safety Course, the annual Quilt Show, Story Hour at the Library plus open table tennis for doubles and singles at school.

And outdoors there will be lots to do—sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, going for sled dog rides and sleigh rides plus skating and playing broomball at the town’s pavilion. Outdoor activities at the pavilion and elsewhere are weather dependent.

On Friday night, Art Around Town opens at the school. Throughout the weekend student artwork will be displayed at CPCS and in three outdoor locations—in the hamlet of Colton at the Hepburn Library and in the hamlet of South Colton at the pergola in Three Falls Park and outside the pavilion at Swift Field.

Throughout the weekend the town’s Tourism & Beautification Committee also will have information available about the new WPBS Digital TV production titled “The Raquette River Winter Experience.”

The 30-minute documentary, which includes Colton events filmed during Winterfest last year, will be shown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the new Higley Trails Lodge during Family Day at Higley Flow State Park and in the CPCS Auditorium from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday between the spaghetti dinner and the concert.

A highlight of Winterfest every year is the extensive annual Quilt Show where hundreds of pieced and quilted items are displayed in multiple locations. This year quilts will be displayed in fiv places—Hepburn Library, Town Hall, Zion Episcopal Church (all on Main Street in the hamlet of Colton), Methodist Church (on Church Street) and Catamount Lodge (on State Highway 56 towards Sevey’s Corner). The Rexford Women—Christine Rexford, Judy Rexford and Jennifer Smythe—will be featured at Catamount Lodge. Along with their quilts, Iris Rexford’s extensive antique button collection will be on display. Quilters or owners of quilts wishing to display items at the other four locations should call Lorraine Gowing (315-379-9392).

Winterfest enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in a new Passport to Winterfest activity. Players who make it to at least 8 of the 14 participating events and get their Passport forms stamped will receive a candy bar supporting the CPCS Senior Class trip and will be eligible to win one of two gift cards. Passport forms with more information for players of all ages are now available along with the Winterfest schedule at the Colton Town Hall. They will be available during the Art Around Town event at school on Friday, at the Health and Craft Fairs at school on Saturday and at Three Falls Antiques throughout the weekend.

There are lots of festival food options in addition to restaurants in town. Festival options include pizza at school on Friday, pancake breakfast on Saturday at the Mason’s High Falls Lodge, a chilifest at school on Saturday and an international breakfast at school on Sunday—all in addition to the spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in the CPCS cafeteria.

The complete Winterfest schedule is posted on the town of Colton website ( and posters are displayed in Colton and nearby communities. The town of Colton page on Facebook has updates and highlights. Scott Muller also can be called for more information (315-244-9956). He will have complete schedules, maps showing event locations and Passport to Winterfest forms in the school gymnasium during the Health and Craft Fairs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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