There’s no guarantee snow will be part of the fun, but the Grosse Pointe Woods Citizens Recreation Commission will be offering lots of other winter activities as the city welcomes residents and their guests to the annual Winterfest from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Lake Front Park.
This year’s Winterfest features the popular chili cook off and cookie bake off, as well as ice skating, a giant slide and a SCORE-O competition. A hot dog lunch will be served and guests are welcome to sample the chili and cookie offerings. There is no charge, but reservations are required and can be made by calling the Community Center at (313) 343-2408 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We hope to have the ice skating rink open, but that will require some help from Mother Nature,” said Nicole Byron, Woods recreation supervisor. “The rinks are all set up, we just need some cold temperatures. But even if the Lake Front rink is not open, there will still be lots to do.”
Chili chefs and cookie bakers must pre-register for the cook-offs by calling the Community Center. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Cookie contest entrants should bring three dozen of one type of cookie, and are reminded cookies are judged on taste, not presentation. Chili chefs must bring one gallon of heated chili and serving utensils. Crock pots are not needed, as the city will provide chafing dishes. Entrants should plan to arrive at 10:30 a.m. Judging by Woods officials, including the mayor and council members, begins at 10:45 a.m. Winners will be announced at 11:45 a.m. Cooks and bakers are encouraged to stay to help serve their specialties and visit with guests and fellow competitors.
“People always look forward to this event,” said councilman Todd McConaghy, the city council’s representative to the recreation commission. “It gives everyone a reason to come outside and enjoy winter in the park. We’re proud that we can use our park all year round, and this is just one more way to enjoy it.”