Chelmsford Winterfest

Schedule of Events

Friday, February 5, 2016

4:00-5:00 p.m. CANCELED – Check back for rescheduled time Wonderful Winter Stories at the MacKay Branch Library, 43 Newfield Street, North Chelmsford

Come listen to some special stories with storyteller Bonnie Rankin! This Wonderful Winter storytime will be at the MacKay Library, 43 Newfield St. North Chelmsford; all ages, drop in.

7:00-10:00 p.m.Clue Live! WinterFest Social at the Chelmsford Library, 25 Boston Rd.

This fun after-hours party is also the kick-off for the annual “One Book Chelmsford” town-wide reading program. There will be samplings of food from local restaurants, beer and wine and music by SMS Jazz Project.  Also, in keeping with this year’s One Book theme, “Keeping Chelmsford in Suspense,” Boston’s Mystery Cafe will present “Clue Live.”

Limited tickets. Tickets available now for purchase at the main Library, MacKay Library and Town offices. $15 in advance and $20 at the door (we are close to selling out of tickets, so get yours soon!).

Click here for more details on the One Book program.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Scottish Country Dancing Chelmsford Community Center, 31 Princeton St, N.Chelmsford.

Kick up your heels and come dancing! Live music and wonderful instructors! Susie Brueckner Long will be teaching and Jerome Fung will provide the music. Partners are not necessary. You will receive a very warm welcome whatever your age or level of dancing experience. Please bring a pair of clean smooth-bottomed shoes to dance in. First Time Dancers Free! Returning dancers $3, with a $10 cap for Families. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chelmsford Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Please call for more information (978) 656-1853.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

9:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Chelmsford Cultural Council’s Photo Exhibit at the Chelmsford Public Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford

View the entries to the Chelmsford Cultural Council’s annual photography contest, and vote for the People’s Choice award. Download an entry form. Winners will be announced at the Sunday Social.

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Football, S’mores and more…Boy Scout Troop 74 will be camping out on the commons Friday night (6 pm) to Saturday (4 pm).

The public is invited to stop by and inspect their camp sites on Saturday. Igloos can be explored if Mother Nature cooperates. For a small donation, come and share some hot cocoa and s’mores. Cooking competitions will take place throughout the day. The public is invited to taste and judge. Celebrate Super Bowl weekend and participate in various football related activities on the common.

8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. St. John’s Youth Ministry Pancake Breakfast – St. John’s the Evangelist Church, 115 Middlesex Road, North Chelmsford.

Start your day with a delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausages, home fries, fruit and drinks. Bring the whole family down – just $5 per person with a $20 household maximum. We will have music, face painting, and games to play. While here, enter our drawing to win a vacation to sunny South Carolina!

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Open Mic and Entertainment: at the Agway Winter Farmers Market. Chelmsford

The Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship will present Brian “Frank Sinatra” Henderson and Jeff Apostolakes. Anyone else who would like to sing, play and instrument or recite a poem is welcome to join in the fun. A bucket will be out to fill with pocket change left over from Farmers Market purchases since this activity also serves as a COSS fundraiser!

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Annual “Take Your Child to the Library Day.” Library

All ages. Families are encouraged to come to the library on this special day to explore all that we offer. Crafts, food, fun, and a concert by Ed Morgan, the Music Man!

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Malt Shop, Girl Scout Troop #68172 – Central Baptist Church Sponsored by Girl Scout Troop #68172.

Take a break from the outdoor festivities with this beloved annual tradition at Chelmsford’s Winter Fest. The Pink Ladies Malt Shop will run from 11:00AM to 2:00PM on February 6 at the Central Baptist Church, 9 Academy Street, in Chelmsford, MA. Get ready for the return of poodle skirts, hula hoops, and doo-wop! The tasty menu will include grilled cheese sandwiches, hot dogs, ice cream sundaes, frappes, and root beer floats. Retro games and trivia will keep all the customers entertained as the Girl Scouts from Chelmsford Troop dish up service with a smile!

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Central Cooperative Nursery School Basket Raffle and Stacey Peasley Concert:

Join Central Co-Op Nursery School on Saturday, February 6, 2016 for children’s concert by musician Stacey Peasley at Central Congregational Church from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Enjoy a lively concert for the kids and enter our basket raffle to win many fabulous prizes, including Red Sox tickets! We will also have craft tables and face painting for the kids. The entrance fee is $5 per person, with a $20 per family cap.

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. WinterFest Celebration of Dance, Chelmsford Community Center, 31 Princeton St.

Join us for a Celebration of Dance, doors will open at 11:30 a.m. We will showcase many different styles of dancing that are available in the area. Stop by the Chelmsford Community Center, 31 Princeton St, to see our talented dancers and find out what types of classes are offered. We will see a variety of dances, there will be several studios and styles of dance highlighted.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Chowder Fest, Free Family Fun and Entertainment at the Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd. North Chelmsford

Come out of the cold and enjoy some hot, delicious food, and entertainment provided by local talent Jon Mansfield. Clam, Corn and Fish Chowder, Hot Dog Combo (Chips & Drink included), Apple Crisp, Ice Cream and Baked Goods will be for sale. Enjoy free kids games and prizes. Valentine card making, face painting and candy table available for a nominal fee. 50-50 raffle tickets for sale. All proceeds benefit the Senior Center. Treasure Shop will be open.

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7:00 p.m. Cabaret Night at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts

Come and experience a wonderful evening of music featuring some of our very own Chelmsford High School students! Sponsored by the Chelmsford Friends of Music.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Join us at Varney Playground in North Chelmsford for some Pre Super BowlFun!

Fun for the entire family Sponsored by the Vinal Square Master Plan Committee

1:00 p.m. Winter Nature Walk: at the Archer Meadowbrook Reservation Bartlett Woodlot

The warm New England weather means the WinterFest walk to Skunk Island/Archer Meadowbrook needs to move to Bartlett Park and Wood Lot on Sunday, February 7 at 1 p.m. The reason? The land leading up the hill to Skunk Island is very wet and must be frozen to cross. Meet in the parking lot at 9 Acton Road next Sunday for a walk through the Wood Lot down to the waterfall, and then over to the park to enjoy s’mores. The Chelmsford Land Conservation Trust will talk about the flora, fauna, and history of these parcels of land. The event is free, but dogs should stay at home. Please join us for what has become a fun winter tradition!

1:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. Free Public Skate at the Chelmsford Forum, 2 Brick Kiln Road, Billerica

Let the Forum know you are a WINTERFEST PARTICIPANT and you can get Free Skate Rental! Just print and bring along the Winterfest Flyer [pdf] and get in free!

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Exhibit/Reception and a WinterFest Sunday Social to kick off “One Book Chelmsford” Chelmsford Library, 25 Boston Road

Stop in to the Library for this special Sunday Community Social. The Cultural Council will be holding a reception for their annual Photography exhibit. Winners of the Photography Contest will be announced. Check the Library’s website for more information on the 2016 ‘One Book’ program. Light refreshments.