Camden Winterfest Week kicks off Feb. 3
Winterfest Week returns to Camden for another celebration of ice and snow frolics indoors and out. Winterfest Week kicks off with the Community Ice Carving on February 3 and culminates in the Toboggan Nationals on February 9, 10, and 11. The week’s festivities will include a family movie, family musical performance, and a concert midweek.
From the opening celebration in the Amphitheatre to the closing victory celebration at the Toboggan Nationals, Camden Winterfest is a lively winter phenomenon for families, visitors, and teammates. Winterfest builds on the traditions of the ice-carving Winterfest celebration begun more than years ago and the Toboggan Nationals that began more than 25 years ago on the restored toboggan chute at the Snow Bowl. It promises to be a community-based festival full of mid-winter activities for all.
The festivities kick off on Saturday, February 3, noon to 3 p.m., with a gala Community Ice Carving celebration. For eager artists, there are still a few ice blocks available, call the Camden Public Library for an application. To encourage would-be ice carvers, master carver Tim Pierce offers a free ice-carving demonstration on Sunday, January 28, at 1 p.m. Spectators are welcome at the Camden Public Library Children’s Garden. Coastal Mountains Land Trusts hosts their annual Polar Plunge for the truly intrepid or foolhardy, at 2 p.m. on February 3, in Camden Harbor.
The family movie on Tuesday evening, February 6, will be the Narnia movie, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, at 6 p.m. at the Camden Public Library. The movie is a perfect selection for a winter celebration! The screening is free.
Uncle Pirate will be performed in the Opera House on Wednesday evening, February 7, at 6 p.m., by Camden Hills Regional High School students under the direction of Kimberly Murphy. The musical, based on the book by Douglas Rees, is entertaining for all. General admission tickets are $5, with a $15 cap per family.
The Ghost of Paul Revere will play for the headline Winterfest concert on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. Every year, the Opera House hosts a hot band in celebration of Winterfest Week; this year the heat will be generated by one of Maine’s hottest bands, The Ghost of Paul Revere. General admission tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door, available online at www.camdenoperahouse.com, by calling 207-536-5850 or at the Camden Snowbowl.
The week culminates in the internationally famous Toboggan Nationals at the Camden Snow Bowl. First heats are Friday evening, February 9, and the awards ceremony is on February 11.