Skaneateles WinterFest by the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club - Jan 29, 2011 - was a HUGE success.   This popular winter offered folks of all ages a chance to enjoy a Winter day in our picturesque Village Saturday, January 29, 2011.   This year's Winterfest featured the popular Taste of
Skaneateles providing visitors a chance to sample delectable foods and beverages throughout the Village Center.   Spectacular ice sculptures carved by internationally acclaimed ice sculptor Stan Kolonko of The Ice Farm adorned the route and wowed passersby for several day following the event!  Once again Siberian Husky sled dogs offered demonstrations and rides to all ages on the frozen surface of the lake!  More than 40 polar bears plunged into the 34-degree waters of Skaneateles Lake for the second annual Skaneateles Polar Bear Plunge's Freez’n for a Reason event!   Jim Parr of Heart 'n Hand showed off his exceptional wood carving skills at Skaneateles Town Square and donated the finished product for a silent auction at Red Rooster Pub with all proceeds benefiting the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club.  Thanks to all of the many sponsors, merchants and restaurants who participated, more than $13,000.00 was raised for charitable causes that will benefit Skaneateles and the surrounding community as well as valuable national and international service projects.   Stated simply, Winterfest was a great winter day in Skaneateles!

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Skaneateles WinterFest

Skaneateles WinterFest - 2010

Skaneateles Winterfest, coordinated by the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club, has become a staple of Winter in Skaneateles.  This years, Winterfest 2010 took place Saturday, January 30th, 2010 with activities throughout the village and at the Community Center.  This year’s Winterfest have included a Winter Carnival created by kids, for kids, snow sculptures, ice sculpture demonstrations,  Taste of Skaneateles, a Winter Brewfest, coffee tasting, wine tasting, community emergency vehicle displays, Siberian Huskies dog sled demonstrations; Search & Rescue (SAR) dogs; stunt comedians, youth activities, pony rides, and the Skaneateles Polar Club dip into the lake.   Stated simply, Winterfest was a great opportunity for local folks, particularly children, to enjoy a winter day in our Skaneateles. 

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WinterFest 2012 - Saturday, January 28th -

Many enjoyed a Winter day in the Village of Skaneateles for the Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club's Winterfest 2012.  Activities included the Taste of Skaneateles, featuring soups, chili, stews, wines, more than 50 beers, chocolate, baked items and much more from Skaneateles' finest, Ice sculptures carved by world-famous ice sculptor Stan Kolonko along with an ice carving demonstration, wood carving demonstrations by Jim Parr of Skaneateles, and the ever popular Polar Bear Plunge featuring more than 50 brave souls plunged into the icy waters of Skaneateles Lake.  Click on Picture to review the many pictures of the event. ... wtv

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2014 Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary WinterFest - January 24, 25 & 26

Once again, Skaneateles Sunrise spearheads WinterFest, a weekend of activity in Skaneateles. Join us as we celebrate the snowy season. The project combines entertainment, food, community service and fundraising in an event which has become an annual fixture on the Village calendar, encouraging families, friends and visitors to come out and celebrate winter.

     WinterFest 2014 Kicks off Friday evening in the park, January 24 with entertainment and the lighting of a chimney carved from ice beginning at 7 p.m.

     On Saturday, January 25 you are in for a real treat with a full day of activity! The Polar Bear Plunge begins at 11:30 with onsite registration at 10:30 a.m. This popular event is as much fun to watch as it is to participate in. Hundreds of spectators line the pier and park shoreline to watch.  Whether you choose to participate, or come to watch you will be in for a real treat! Plungers adorned in costumes take to the chilly waters of one of the cleanest and coldest lakes in the world, a must see for visitors. Visit for more information on the Polar Bear Plunge.

     While you are here you can taste the finest food the area has to offer and go on a Ice Walk. Back by popular demand, the Skaneateles Community will host several restaurants and retail shops and offer over 50 tastes.  Tickets are available the day of the event at the Sherwood Inn, Lakeside in Clift Park(by the bridge), outside at 2 – 4 Fennell Street, Creekside Café, and outside at 46 E. Genesee Street. Cost:  Family $30.00; Couple $25.00 and Individual $15.00. Several Ice sculptures will also be on display throughout the Village of Skaneateles (weather permitting).

       Beginning January 2, you can pick up a game sheet and go on a Scavenger Hunt throughout the village. Visit local shops to find letters that spell out a phrase. Once completed, drop off at the Skaneateles Chamber and be entered into a random drawing for some great prizes. See game sheet for specific instructions.

Two years ago, an Ice Fishing Derby on Skaneateles Lake and dinner was added to the list of exciting events. For more information, visit or contact James Lanning 685-8344 or

On Sunday, January 26 the Skaneateles YMCA will host a winter race. So sharpen your swimming skills, pull out your skates, dust off your cross country skis, for a Winter Blast! Four person team relay. Registration information available at

     For further information and details as the date draws near, visit "Skaneateles WinterFest" on Facebook, or contact a Sunrise Rotarian, Candy Searing (685-0552 ) or Tom Seeley (685-3416 or ). ...... by Candy Searing.

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