Winter carnival a community meet-and-greet

by Town Reminder

Family-friendly gala held Jan. 26

By Kristin Will
Staff Writer

SOUTH HADLEY – Residents are invited to come out of hibernation and mingle with the community and local businesses next Saturday at the South Hadley Public Schools’ Community Winter Carnival, where “the activities are cool, and the atmosphere is warm.”
And if a free, family-friendly get-together isn’t reason enough to attend the event, perhaps promises of a snowman building contest, snow painting, free exercise demos, business expos and food sample showcase will entice possible attendees.
“It’s an event to get the community together and to make the community aware of the businesses,” said co-organizer Karen Geraghty. “There truly is something for everyone here.”
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 inside South Hadley High School, the carnival kicks off with children’s games including a basketball camp for those under 12 run by members of different basketball teams in the high school’s back gym.
Story time will take place in the library, while snow painting and snowman building contests will be held outside, weather permitting.
The South Hadley Police Department will be promoting the dangers of distracted driving, offering the opportunity to use a texting and driving simulator, set up in one of the classrooms. The simulator sends a text message to an individual’s phone while they “drive” on a computer.
Both of the town’s fire departments will be represented, as will officials from the new public library building project, among many other organizations.
“There’s a lot of activities going on and I think everyone will enjoy it,” said Geraghty. “There’s going to be a lot of town information available as well.”
In the afternoon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a sample showcase will feature food items from local restaurants in the high school cafeterias. Confirmed participants thus far are Berkshire Yogurt, Yarde House Tavern, Johnny’s Bar and Grille, Brunelle’s Dockside Restaurant, Olde Towne Catering, and McCray’s Farm.
Carnival chairpersons are asking for a small donation to sample the food items. Proceeds will benefit both the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry and the Clothing Closet, a new initiative at the high school.
At 2 p.m., a raffle will be held in the school’s auditorium. Proceeds from the raffle will also benefit the Neighbors Helping neighbors Food Pantry and the Clothing Closet.
At 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium, a family-friendly seasonal movie will be shown.
Live performances will take place in the auditorium throughout the day.
SH Improv” will perform improv theater on the spot from 10 to 10:45 a.m.
Kyle Ray will perform from 11 to 11:45 a.m.
“Leather and Lace” will perform classic rock songs from 12 to 12:45 p.m.
A group called “Moose and the high Tops” will perform harmonious classic rocks songs.
The Mount Holyoke College Victory Eights a cappella group will perform at intermission and throughout the hallway.
Throughout the duration of the carnival, the school’s hallway will be lined with local businesses and community groups promoting their services and causes with interactive displays and offers.
Interested businesses and community groups may still apply for a table at the carnival by emailing wintercarbivalsh@gmail.com or calling co-chair Adam Roberts at (413) 427-7228.
“The idea is for people to get to know the building and students and staff, and how they spend their days in it,” said Roberts. “Different groups in the community can come together and connect with one another and have a good time.”
The blizzard date for the South Hadley Public Schools’ Community Winter Carnival is Saturday, Feb. 16.
For more information about the event, visit https://sites.google.com/site/shwintercarnival/

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