Winterfest returns to Philipstown from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13 at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center in Cold Spring. In collaboration with National Winter Trails Day, the event includes interactive programs and demonstrations and is open to the public.

Paul Kuznia, director of the Taconic Outdoor Education Center and Fahnestock Winter Park (FWP) at Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Cold Spring, said this year’s program will be filled with winter activities with or without snow.

“We’ve been doing Winterfest since 1995,” Kuznia said. “It lets us reach people in our local community and around the region. It’s a one-day event, with or without snow, and if the pond is frozen, we’ll have some ice skating and broom ball. We’ll also present demonstrations from ice fishermen, and Hudson Valley Outfitters will come out with their staff so that people can try on snowshoes. One of our highlights is also a wildlife educational piece.”

Winterfest will also incorporate tubing and crafts and will feature a selection of food and beverages anchored by the center’s Winterfest chili, available in vegetarian and meat variations. Suggested donation for the event is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

The Taconic Outdoor Education Center is located at 75 Mountain Laurel Lane, Cold Spring. For more information, call 845-265-3773 or see the website of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation at

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