Annual winter festival full of activities

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TRURO - Break out your warm underwear and outerwear because the Truro Winter Long John Festival is just around the corner.

Families will once again be able to enjoy a coasting party at the Ecole acadienne de Truro on Sunday to kick off the annual Winter Long John Festival. The coasting party runs from 2 to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

The annual event, hosted by Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture, will be held from Feb. 2 to 8, and feature snowshoeing, orienteering, art, crafts, sledding, skating, entertainment, indoor sports and more.

"A majority of activities are free and fun for all ages," said Cathy von Kintzel, special events and culture co-ordinator for Town of Truro Parks, Recreation and Culture.

"Winter's never been this much fun."

A full list of events is available on the Town of Truro website at

As is tradition, the festival will kick off on Feb. 2 with a coasting party near the Centre communautaire francophone de Truro and Ecole acadienne de Truro, both on Aberdeen Street, from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your own sled and enjoy coasting and free hot chocolate, weather and snow conditions permitting. That same day, and new this year, local members of the Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia will host a family orienteering event in Victoria Park for all ages and skill levels.

The Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) is hosting two toonie events this year - a community skate on Feb. 2 and a community swim on Feb. 7. The RECC will also accept donations to the Colchester Food Bank in lieu of a toonie at the skating event.

There will also be skating at the Colchester Legion Stadium throughout the week, including a free skate sponsored by Third Place Transition House on Feb. 8, in conjunction with Family Violence Prevention Week.

To wrap up, the festival will conclude Feb. 8 with an afternoon celebration in Civic Square, tentatively featuring face painting, music, balloon animals and refreshments in and around the Truro Farmers' Market.

Von Kintzel reminds people that some activities require pre-registration, including orienteering, snowshoe loans and craft night with the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts.

For more information or to register, contact Cathy von Kintzel at 893-6094 or

Snippets of the festival schedule (full schedule, including times and locations, at

Feb. 2: Orienteering adventures in Victoria Park, community skate, coasting party (weather and snow conditions permitting).

Feb. 3: Free pre-schooler skating, free senior skating, community outdoor skating party, Truro Art Society Members' show opening.

Feb. 4: Adult recreational skating, free adult recreational basketball, guided snowshoe wal

Feb. 5: Here's My Heart (canvas stitching), free open gym time for children, free adult recreational badminton.

Feb. 6: Free senior skating, free pre-school skating, free recreational badminton, Old Man Luedecke at the Marigold Cultural Centre, free adult recreational ball hockey.

Feb. 7: Adult recreational skating, winter walk, community swim.

Feb. 8: Family fun festival wrap-up, guided snowshoe walk, family fun, Have Your Say (chalkboards at farmers' market to talk about walking and biking around town), free family skating.

Ongoing: free indoor walking, Turn Your Lights Back On (Christmas lights), cross-country skiing, outdoor skating (ice conditions permitting).



Organizations: Rath Eastlink Community Centre, Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia, Colchester Food Bank Third Place Transition House Truro Art Society Members Marigold Cultural Centre

Geographic location: Victoria Park, Aberdeen Street, Colchester Legion Stadium

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