Just in time for our midwinter bout of wicked cabin fever, the 19th Annual Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest is here to rescue you from the doldrums and draw you out for fresh air and festivities. On Sunday, January 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., head to Mendon Ponds Park (enter from either Route 65/Clover Street or Pittsford-Mendon Center Road) for a family-friendly day that will take place regardless of weather conditions. Most events are free and don't depend upon snow cover, and many of the demos and displays are located inside heated lodges.
Winterfest features horse and wagon rides, free cross-country ski lessons and tours, snowshoeing, crafts, demonstrations by outdoor retailers and clubs, snowshoe and sled-dog races, clowns and face painting, and an appearance by the Wegmans ZooMobile. The Finger Lakes Woodsman's team will offer power- and hand-saw demonstrations.
Purchase refreshments at the Nature Center, Stewart Lodge, and East Lodge. Most venues are handicapped accessible. Individual visitor programs are available at each lodge. For more information, call the Monroe County Park's Information Line 753-7275, or visit mendonpondswinterfest.org.