The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 1, 2013

Celebrate winter at Snow Fest

Daily Item

---- — "Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius."

Everything winter. This would be a good explanation of what Snow Fest 2013 at the R.B. Winter State Park is all about.

From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, you, your family and friends can experience a hike on snowshoes, go cross country skiing or try out ice skating. You might want to learn how to ice fish or have your kids hear about snowmobiling safety and then head out for a snowmobile ride. Hot soup and hot chocolate will be on hand at the concession stand and a silent auction will be ongoing to benefit future Snow Fests and park events.

Some of the other activities that you can try out include broom ball, winter search and rescue using dogs, interpretive programs about birds and bears and special activities for children, including winter story time, nature activities and crafts.

This really will be a great event for families as well as scout and youth organizations. If running through the woods sounds like a good time to you, there will be a competitive wintery race. To participate in the 5K Snowfest Run, contact the Mid-Penn Trailblazers at 765-0267 to preregister.

Nature book sale

Wildwood Park Lake is located just north of Harrisburg along Route 322 and Interstate 81 and it is the home of the rare American Lotus plant. It's also a welcome stop-over for many birds that migrate up and down the Susquehanna River. Today through Feb. 12, the Friends of Wildwood Park will host a nature book sale at the park's Olewine Nature Center.

The public sale starts today, running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. You can pick up hard-to-find field guides and other nature books that are appropriate for all ages for prices ranging from 50 cents to $5.

The sale's proceeds directly help with the upkeep of the park and are critical in paying for the many programs that are offered by the park's staff and volunteers.

Sportsmen's banquet

Frank Angelo who is a fly-tyer extraordinaire, fly fishing instructor and owner of the Red Tail Lodge along with Jeffery Mock, a world-class Wildlife Conservation Officer will be the speakers at the Stodes Mill Baptist Church's Sportsmen's Banquet.

This event will be held at the church on Feb. 16 starting at 4 p.m. For more information, call 717-248-9484.

Ground Hog Day hike

Winter weather is predicted to return this weekend just in time for a wintery Ground Hog Day hike at the Montour Preserve.

The hike is scheduled for Saturday at the Preserve, near Washingtonville. This easy stroll begins at 10 a.m. and will follow the Preserve's trails.

During the hike, you will learn why this day is special while exploring the lore and the facts about groundhogs.

There will be opportunities to watch for and listen to winter songbirds while keeping a sharp eye open for signs of winter animal activities.

This will be a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy a crisp winter morning in the out-of-doors. Please remember to dress for the weather and the time that you will be outdoors and to bring along binoculars.