North Bennington Winter Festival Offers Fun for All
Beat the winter blues with the always-fun North Bennington Winterfest on Saturday, January 26, starting at 10 a.m. This yearly Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce event draws out locals, visitors, shops and the community to gather and share in some fun during the winter months.
The Lake Paran Plunge at 11 a.m. is one of the main attractions; volunteers will be doing a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. Daring souls who wish to take the Plunge can sign up online at bennington.com/winterfest.
The McCullough Free Library will be the site of a Winter Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hundreds of quality used books, DVDs, audiobooks and more will be for sale at very low prices. Rare and antiquarian books will be available as well. Proceeds fund library materials and free community events. Also at the Library, children and their parents and caregivers are invited to a special penguin-themed storytime and craft and some healthy snacks at 11 a.m.
At the Left Bank, get a free chair massage by Massage for You at 11 a.m., and join Power Guru for a solar display and electric car rides from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The NorShaft Lions will be offering up over 30 different chilies at their 11th annual Chili Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. They will be joined by the Girl Scouts offering a bake sale, hot dogs and hot chocolate.
The Southshire Community School will be doing free cookie decorating at 10 a.m.
The Village School of North Bennington will host its annual Winter Carnival from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., featuring indoor fun and games for kids of all ages including a bouncy house, face painting, cotton candy, popcorn, the Hound Dogs Food Truck, games and a video game tournament. The event will also feature a used book sale and a jam-packed white elephant sale offering everything from fine furniture to fun jewelry. The school is located a block behind Route 67 and is easy to find.
The Park-McCullough House will be hosting snowman building and a fire pit with all the fixings for s’mores. They will be in front of the big house with everything you need from 12 to 3 p.m. Across the street, Head Start will be hosting a free penguin craft and snack from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Weather permitting, a wagon ride will stop at each of the sites around the village and bonfires are set up throughout the village to keep everyone warm. Taraden Bed and Breakfast will also be offering pony rides from 12 to 3 p.m. for $5, as well as an indoor craft market through 4 p.m.
RiseVT will lead a community snowshoe or hiking event at the Mile Around the Woods beginning at 1 p.m. Dion Snowshoes will be providing some for people that need to borrow a pair.
The Bennington Area Arts Council will present Brian DeAngelo with a drumming workshop and drum circle performance from 12 to 3 p.m. at the North Bennington train station. Percussion enthusiasts are welcome to bring their hand drums and get some up close instruction on playing from a true authority on African rhythms and acoustic percussion. Admission is free.
Pick up your map, visit as many sites as you can, and have a star or stamp put on your map. When you’ve filled it up drop it off at the McCullough Library for a drawing at 4 for chance to win prizes. Check out businesses and restaurants throughout the village for their special events, too. Maps and information will be available at various locations around North Bennington. For further information, visit