40th annual Winter Living Celebration features old favorites and new classics

Interactive activities, such as the cross-cut saw demonstration pictured above, encourage Winter Living Celebration visitors to be part of the action. Photo courtesy Friends of Rogers

Experience the magic of winter during the 40th annual Winter Living Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at Rogers Environmental Education Center in Sherburne. Hosted by Friends of Rogers, this fun-filled day will be packed with outdoor activities, demonstrations, and live performances.

“We’re excited to be celebrating the 40 th anniversary of this beloved festival, which we know our community looks forward to with great anticipation every year,” said Simon Solomon, Friends of Rogers executive director. “This year, thanks to the generosity of Lok ‘n Logs, we are able to enhance the winter living experience by supplementing traditional event demonstrations with new guest vendors.”

For this year’s celebration, world-class ice-sculptor Stanley Kolonko of The Ice Farm will be on hand, along with his “best ice south of the Arctic Circle.”

In keeping with Winter Living Celebration tradition, visitors have the opportunity to be a “human bird-
feeder,” make crafts in the Bird Cabin, view Environmental Conservation Officer and Forest Ranger demonstrations, take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, and roast marshmallows over a campfire to make s’mores.

Area Boys Scouts will share their on-site winter camping experience. Interactive live demonstrations will be presented on cross-cut sawing, ice-fishing, and fly-tying with Trout Unlimited. Weather permitting, free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing will be available.

Perennial favorite the Susquehanna String Band returns to provide musical entertainment. Unique among today’s traditional music groups, the SSB features Rick Bunting, Dan Duggan, John Kirk, and special guest Trish Miller. While each are all accomplished solo performers in a wide variety of styles of music, their combined talents create an exciting ensemble effect in the performance of traditional music from America and the British Isles. They have four recording projects to their credit including their latest release, “Auld Lang Syne.”

Thanks to the Chenango Bird Club and the Rotary Club of Sherburne, refreshments will be available for purchase, with all proceeds to benefit Friends of Rogers.

“Our Winter Living Celebration is the perfect opportunity to experience new outdoor adventures,” said Sarah Freedman, Friends of Rogers environmental educator. “Many visitors have shared they have a renewed sense of appreciation for winter by trying something during the festivities.”

While there is no charge, Friends of Rogers encourages contributions to support future operations. Rogers Center is operated by Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs for people of all ages. Seasonal hours are from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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