Earn your Rochesterian stripes: Defy the urge to hole up for the winter and enjoy some all-weather recreation. There has to be more to the next several months than trudging from home to work, and work to home. Balmy or bitter, snow or not, rain or (fingers crossed) shine, the 21st annual Winterfest at Mendon Ponds Park (95 Douglas Road, Honeoye Falls) will take place on Sunday, January 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While the festival is geared toward families, there's something interesting for everyone. The event includes clowns and face painting, an appearance by the Wegmans ZooMobile, horse and wagon rides, crafts and demonstrations by outdoor retailers and clubs, and snowshoe and sled dog races.
Admission and most events are free, and many demonstrations and displays will take place inside heated lodges. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the Nature Center, Stewart Lodge, and East Lodge. Most venues are handicapped accessible.
To access the festival, enter the park from either Route 65 (Clover Street) or Pittsford-Mendon Center Road. For more information, call the Monroe County Park's information line at 753-7275. A detailed program of the festivities is available at mendonpondswinterfest.org.