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Middlebury WinterFest to provide four days of fun

MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury host a four-day WinterFest celebration with a diverse lineup of events slated to kick off on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Middlebury College will add to the festivities with some events of its own during the same timeframe, beginning with the traditional Winter Carnival fireworks show on campus Thursday at 7 p.m.
Here’s a schedule of the other WinterFest and college events, courtesy of the Better Middlebury Partnership:
Friday, Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m.
Join family, friends and neighbors in a beautiful procession of light around the Otter Creek Falls. The Lantern Walk (6-7 p.m.) is a free, family friendly, do-it-yourself community event. Come early for a flatbread buffet at American Flatbread, from 5-6 p.m., with RSVP required. Tickets/reservations can be secured by logging onto tinyurl.com/yat5ufpf.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 10:30-4:30 p.m.
Winter crafts and movies. Drop in to the Ilsley Library for a winter-themed story and make your own snow measuring stick, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Then, head over to the Marquis Theater for “Penguin Saturday” to enjoy a free showing of “Happy Feet” at 12:30 p.m., and then “March of the Penguins” at 3 p.m. Both movies will be shown in the cafe space and everyone seeing the two penguin movies can also enjoy a small popcorn for free.
Saturday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m.
Middlebury College’s ice show is called “Spotlight on Broadway” and will feature music from much-loved theatrical and movie musicals along with choreographed numbers by skaters of all ages and abilities. At the Kenyon Arena. Tickets available at the Middlebury College box office or at the door ($6 each).
Saturday, Feb. 16, 6-8:30 p.m.
“Brews + BBQ” at Otter Creek Brewing. A $15 cover (under 21 free) gets you five tokens to sample an assortment of OCB beers and barbecue, plus games, fire pits, photo booth and live music. Full portions also available for purchase. Park at 700 Exchange St, across the road from OCB.
Sunday, Feb. 17, noon-4:30 p.m.
WinterFest activities continue on Sunday at the new Middlebury College park (across from Shafer’s) with snow carving, music, food, activities, horse and wagon rides and more! Horse and Wagon rides will begin at 2 p.m. Head over to the Marquis Theater for a free showing of the movie “Frozen,” beginning at 3 p.m., and enjoy a free small popcorn while you watch the movie.
Sunday, Feb. 17 2:30 p.m.
A repeat performance of Middlebury College’s  “Spotlight on Broadway” ice show. Tickets available at the Middlebury College Box Office or at the door ($6 each).
Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy the first day of school break with free ice skating at Memorial Sports Center (with free rentals) from 10 a.m.-noon. Then head over to the Parks and Recreation facility on Creek Road for an afternoon of winter fun with sledding (bring your own sled), cocoa, music, and lots of winter games and activities.

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