Snow Social in Sydenham features activities for the whole family

Now that winter feels like it’s in full swing, South Frontenac Township has shared details on its second annual Snow Social, which will take place later this month.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, everyone is invited to have “snow much fun” in the village of Sydenham, according to a release from South Frontenac Township. The free family festival is in its second year and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. throughout the village.

The Township shared that the festival features a full lineup of musical acts playing at both indoor and outdoor venues. Acts include Bon Evans, Andrew Vanhorn from the Celtic Kitchen Party, and Chris Murphy and Jess Wedden on the outdoor stage under the big tent, and Evan Jackson, Whiskey Smoke and Towwns indoors in the historic Sydenham Legion Hall.

For kids and families, there will be horse-drawn wagon rides through the village, snow tubing, face painting, storytelling and a special comedy magic show at Sydenham Library. Loughborough Public School will be the site of a vendor and craft fair and the Point Park will feature various food vendors on site.

“Our Recreation and Events team have done a great job of choosing activities this year that aren’t dependent on the weather and that will appeal to all ages and interests,” said Mayor Ron Vandewal. “We have a fantastic musical line-up and many indoor activities for kids, and for families who want to get out and enjoy winter, there will be lots of outdoor activities like snow tubing, wagon rides, fire pits, games and more.”

Photo via South Frontenac Township.

According to the release, some new activities this year are organized by the Kingston Forest & Nature School. Events that are back by popular demand include a guided bird walk, Indigenous teachings around the fire, and the Elements Fitness & Wellness obstacle course.

The Township noted that Snow Social is made possible by local businesses that sponsor the event, service clubs and agencies that have partnered with the Township to provide programming, and volunteers. While the festival is free, donations will be accepted.

There is free parking at Sydenham High School and Loughborough Public School, and limited parking at The Point Park and Sydenham Library. Families are asked to dress warm and not to park on village streets for both safety reasons and to allow room for the wagon rides.

According to the Township, activities continue to be added. To see a full list of events, visit www.southfrontenac.net/snowsocial.

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