Chelmsford's WINTERFEST 2009
February 6 – February 8
Schedule of events


Friday, February 6, 2009

7 p.m. WinterFest Social at the Library This popular social event, also the kick off for the One Book community reading campaign, will be themed to the book “Three Cups of Tea” with Asian-inspired buffets (with foods from India Palace and Feng Shui) as well as samplings of desserts from other local restaurants. Music will be performed by 35th Parallel, a unique world music duo. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the Library - $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Check the library’s website for details

Saturday, February
7, 2009

8:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Central Co-Op Nursery School Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction at the Central Congregational Church at 1 Worthen Street. Come one and all for great pancakes, eggs, bacon and lots more!!!! $ 5.00 per person.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Outdoor Activities at Roberts Field: Ice Skating, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing and hot refreshments sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 77.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Outdoor Activities at Center Common: Snowman Building Contest. Sale of emergency flashlights and clam chowder sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 77.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Winter Rest at First Parish Church: The Chelmsford Friends of Music will host. The Chameleons and UU School of Rock will be performing. Soup, sandwiches, desserts and beverages will be sold. Activities for young children such as face painting crafts. Surprises will be found. Warm up at this annual retreat, fortify yourself from the cold and satisfy yourself with hot drinks, food and live Music and lots of fun!!!

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Malt Shop at Central Baptist Church Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop 215. Come and join us for a fun lunch in our 1950’s Style Malt Shop. Enjoy grilled cheese, hot dogs sundaes and frappes and root beer floats. We will be enjoying activities from the 50’s such as hula hooping, trivia, music and more.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Outdoor Activities at Varney Playground. Snow Painting, Lollipop Dig and Sledding for all ages including a Toddler Sledding Hill. Sponsored by Friends and Neighbors of Varney Playground and the VPRC, Inc

Noon - 6 p.m. Cultural Council's Photo Exhibit at the Senior Center, 75 Groton Road in North Chelmsford. View the entries to the Chelmsford Cultural Council’s annual photo contest. Note the new location for the exhibit this year. To submit an entry visit the Council’s webpage at and download a 2009 application.

Noon - 6 p.m. Chowder Fest at the Senior Center: Come out of the cold and enjoy some hot delicious food and enjoy great family fun! Homemade chowders, hot dogs, apple-crisp and ice cream, home-baked goods and candy. McCarthy Middle School Orchestra and Band, Photos from the Chelmsford Cultural Council Photo Contest, and the Big Band Sounds of the Comeback Kids. FREE Games and Prizes: dart throwing, fishbowl, bubblegum, hoola hoop, jump rope and basket ball contests; balloons, face painting and more! (Sponsored in part by the Greater Merrimack Valley Visitors and Convention Bureau). The Senior Cernter has made van service available for people to get to the Senior Center for Winterfest. If you would like transportation please contact the Senior Center to reserve a seat by 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5th. The van will operate from noon to 3 p.m.

1 p.m. Storyteller Davis Bates will be performing at the MacKay Library, 43 Newfield St. North Chelmsford. Free and open to the public. Funded by the Chelmsford Friends of the Library and the Chelmsford Cultural Council. Call 978-251-3212 for more information.

2 p.m. "Afghan Stories: Behind the Headlines," an exhibit and multimedia presentation by photojournalist Paula Lerner at the Chelmsford Public Library. Reception at 2 p.m. "The Women of Kabul,” and “Hidden Lives,” multimedia pieces on women in Afghanistan will begin at 3 p.m. This multi-media presentation and the accompanying exhibit are being held in conjunction with the One Book Chelmsford, a town-wide reading campaign featuring the book “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m. All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner at the Center Congregational Church Sponsored by Junior Girl Scout Troop 60078 $5 for Adults and $3 for children under 12. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

11:00 a.m. Three Cups of Tea” Author Visit at Chelmsford's Performing Arts Center - Greg Mortenson, co-author of “Three Cups of Tea” will speak at the Performing Arts Center at Chelmsford High School. Co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace, Greg Mortenson has established over 78 schools in rural and often volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Details at  Limited Seating! Be sure to check revised ticket policy!
This talk will be broadcast live by Chelmsford Telemedia on cable channel 22.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Outdoor Activities at Roberts Field: Ice Skating, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing at Roberts Field. Boy Scout Troop 77 will be serving up hot refreshments.

12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Snow Shoeing at the Lime Quarry: Sponsored by the Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship and the Chelmsford Land Conservation Trust. The Lime Quarry Snow Shoe trail is 1.5 miles long and designed for the sport (lots of ups and downs). Bring your own Snow Shoes and a smile. If no snow, we will offer a winter walk at the site. For information on The Quarry and The Stewardship visit

1:30 – 2:50 p.m. Free Public Skate at the Chelmsford Forum

2:00 p.m. Come join the directors of the Chelmsford Land Conservation Trust for a tracking trek and historical walk & talk at Bartlett Park & Bartlett Woodlot. We’ll be departing for our journey at 2 p.m on Sunday, February 8th, meeting in the further parking lot of 9 Acton Road. Be sure not to park on Acton Road. Bring snowshoes if available, warm boots & mittens, and lots of children… but no pets, please! We’ll be warming up around a bonfire and making s’mores after the walk which is scheduled to end at 4 p.m. Need more info? Contact: Rebecca @ 978-251-8990. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Times and events are subject to change. If your organization has a change or cancellation to the above please email or call 978-256-5521, ext. 109