Kagawong’s Winter Fest boasts much winter fun, wine and music

KAGAWONG—Plans are underway for the annual Winter Fest, which is sure to have something for the whole family. Members of the Billings Recreation Committee, along with many community volunteers, have hosted this and many other events.

Friday evening, February 19, is your opportunity to glam it up and enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and live entertainment by Jim Smith. Tickets are $25 each which includes your first glass of red or white wine, cheese buffet and music. It all begins at 7 pm. Non alcoholic options are also available.

The Park Centre will be buzzing on Saturday both inside and out. Inside activities include a canteen featuring the fourth annual Chili Cook-off. Bring your best crock pot of chili and you could take home $50 as the People’s Choice. Winner to be announced at 1:30 pm.

The kitchen opens at 11:30. Back by popular demand is Kagawong’s spin on beaver tails, ‘Kag tails.’ New meal options have been added to this year’s menu including baked beans and baked potatoes.

Returning to Winter Fest are the Manitoulin Snowdusters and the Billings Volunteer Fire Department who will have tables set up from 10 am to 2 pm with information on winter road/trail and home safety.

Join Kat’s Pet Supplies, Manitoulin WildER Med and Manitoulin Fire Fund to hear information on everything from how to keep your pet healthy and well dressed during the colder winter months to learning how to survive long periods of exposure to extreme cold to supporting an Island family who has lost all their possessions in a fire.

Bring a partner for the euchre tournament at 1:30 pm. For details call Sharon at 705-282-0193.

Vintage snowmobile owners are encouraged to bring their sled for display beginning at 9:30 am. Contact 705-282-6252 for more information.

Enjoy lunch inside or bundle up and go outdoors to enjoy it on the deck at Snowflake Cafe where tables and chairs will be set up.

Kids can delight in sliding down Snow Mountain at the north end of the parking lot and then warm up by enjoying maple taffy by the bon fire tended by members of the Fire Department.

Watch for adult and kids games outside at the Park Centre as well.

Everyone is encouraged to submit Winter on Manitoulin Island photos, poetry or any other artwork for display inside the Park Centre on Saturday. For details call Sharon at 705-282-6252 after 5 pm.

Winter Fest is organized by members of the Billings Recreation Committee and the many community volunteers. For more information visit www.facebook.com/kagawong1