Sixth Annual WinterFest scheduled this weekend

The Sixth Annual Biddeford WinterFest unfolds this weekend with a variety of winter-related indoor and outdoor activities being offered for community members of all ages in the downtown area and satellite locales.

Some side streets will be blocked to through traffic in order to accommodate sledders of the festival’s main feature: a massive man-made sledding hill that traverses Adams Street, adjacent to City Hall.

While this is billed as a family event, this year’s festivties will kick off Friday evening with a fundraising playdate for adults. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. there will be a First Night Sledding Party (sleds will be provided) for grown-ups only, followed by the Dirigo after-party. Tickets are $15 on sale now at All proceeds from this event go back into supporting the mission of WinterFest.

There will be a Classic Rock Orchestra performance of classic rock tunes at 7:30 p.m., featuring music by Joe Boucher’s six-piece band, a classical string quartet and vocalists Susie Pepper and Johnny Martinez playing classic rock music. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door at Proceeds with benefit Biddeford High School music programs.

The fun continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, including sledding for all ages, snow golf and snowshoeing opportutnities. Dog sled rides will be available from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 3 Lincoln St. A tribute to former event chair, the late John Maxson, will be held at 1 p.m. at City Square. Fat Bicycle Rides will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. at 3 Lincoln St. Sub-Zero Ice Carving displays will be at 1:15 p.m. at City Square. New Life Church will provide sleds, pony rides, snacks, hot dogs and cocoa, with the church also providing gloves and hats for people in need. A Warming Station will be set up at McArthur Library at 270 Main St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering folks an opportunity to come in from the cold and warm themselves, drink some hot cocoa, or play crafts and games.

Off-site, there will be a Broomball Exhibition and Demo at 1 p.m. at the Biddeford Ice Arena, off Alfred Street, Route 111. And, from 5 to 7 p.m. there will be a Glace et Feu event at Shevenell Park, at 145 Main St. This event is the city’s version of fire and ice. Gather in the snow, under the warmth of heat lamps, to listen to the live music of BillyBilly, and grab a cup for a cold Banded Horn Beer, flowing down the ice luge. Tickets are $25 and include one beer/non-alcoholic beverage and a Cowbell Burger Bar slider. All proceeds go to benefit the Biddeford Education Foundation. Tickets are available on EventBrite.

Also, tickets are on sale for a stand-up comedy show by Juston McKinney at 7 p.m. at City Theater. Tickets are $20, available on the City Theater website.

On Sunday, things wind down with activities including healthy movement activities, a “Super Roll Sunday” Fat Bike Ride and ice skating.

“LIMB-O,” “Laugh, Imagine, Move, Breathe!” will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Metta & Equilibrium, on the Pepperell Mill Campus, featuring free adult and children classes, including yoga and zumba and kid’s limbo. Adults and kids are invited to free, short, fun indoor classes offered by the UNE med students of UNECOM SOMA and Biddeford’s “Thrive” group of alternative health practitioners. Adults can take a class in one studio while their child takes a class in the other studio.

At noon, the Super Roll Sunday Fat Bike Ride, sponsored by the Community Bicycle Center, will offer a ride through Clifford Park. The ride starts at the CBC parking lot and finishes back at the CBC for some post-ride/pre-game chili. Finally, the Biddeford Ice Arena will host an Indoor Skate from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for a $3 fee.

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‘Passionate About Art’ exhibition at museum

The Saco Museum will run the Maine Art Education Association “Passionate About Art” exhibition through March 30 at the museum at 371 Main St.

The display includes paintings, prints, sculpture, photographs, and fiber arts created by visual art educators from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, higher education, art education students, museum educators and retired art educators from throughout the state.

Museum hours are from noon to 4 p.m.Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 8 p.m Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is adults $5, seniors and students $3, ages 7 to 18 $2, and younger ages free.

For more details, call 283-3861 ext. 115.


Wells Public Library hosts games, maple syrup talk

Wells Public Library will host the following programs this week at 1434 Post Road:

Mother Goose Storytime will meet at 10:30 a.m. Monday, inviting children ages 24 months and younger, with their caregivers, to engage in lap activities, rhymes, songs, and fingerplays.

Toddler Storytime will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, offering children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers a program of stories, songs, and movement, all followed by a craft.

And, a Teen Game Tournament will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for competitive games, from retro board games to Wii marathons and the new Nintendo Switch.

For adults, the Lunch and Learn program “Maple Sugar and Syrup” will be offered at noon Friday. Frank Ferrucci ,of Maple Moon Farm, will teach about maple sugaring and syrup making. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch; light snacks and beverages will be provided. This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Wells Public Library.