WinterFest

The annual WinterFest, organized by the La Porte Park and Recreation Department, returns January 25-27, 2019, with many of the events enjoyed over the past years as well a couple new twists to bring a blast of winter fun to town.

The weekend events kick off with Ice Sculpture Demonstrations, sponsored by local businesses and organizations. The sculptors begin chiseling and picking at 4 p.m. Friday, January 25, under the lights of the Rotary Garden Gazebo at 250 Pine Lake Avenue. 

After viewing the ice sculptures, join us at cozy Cummings Lodge from 6-7:30 p.m. for our first of many Family Game Night!  Leave your electronics at home and  bring your dinner with your favorite game (monopoly, cards, sorry, etc), we will have a toasty fire going to warm you up!  Already have dinner?  We will be supplying popcorn and punch for a snack. 

For creative adults and children alike, Family Ceramics runs from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, January 26, on the lower level of the Civic Auditorium. Participants can paint seasonal gifts such as snowmen, Valentine’s Day boxes and figurines or think ahead with spring items such as Easter eggs. The cost is $6 which includes paints and brushes but not the bisque item for decorating. All children must have a parent or guardian present.
  
The “Snowball Softball” Adult Coed Tournament returns to Lions Field at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 26, and will be held come snow or more snow. The double-elimination tournament is limited to the first eight teams to register. NSA coed rules apply. Team awards for first, second and third place and individual awards for first place. The cost is $165 per team. The registration deadline will be Friday, January 18, at 4 p.m. Turn in rosters & waiver forms to the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue). 

Snowball Softball Coed Rules  
Snowball Softball Roster PG1
Snowball Softball Roster/Waiver PG2

Breakfast with the Birds, sponsored by the La Porte County Parks, will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, at Luhr County Park Nature Center (3178 S. 150 W. La Porte). Come and learn about our feathered friends and enjoy breakfast treats while watching our birds grab a bite at the bird-feeding station.  No pre-registration is require. This program is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Move those winter blues away! No dance background required for our
Barre Class! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage. Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout. This class will be held in the Civic Auditorium's lower level (use the Plain Street ramp) from 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, January 26 and is FREE to all who attend.  Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department's Youth Scholarship Program.

Wheel Throwing Pottery Demonstration by local artist Alayna Bublitz will take place on Saturday, January 26, from noon-1 p.m. in Ceramics Room of the Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street (enter through the ramp on Plain Street). The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. The event will include time for individuals to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty. Maybe you will hear "Unchained Melody" playing in the background.

Community Snow Angel
event! How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let's find out! We will be meeting behind Cummings Lodge at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26. Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

Cornhole Tournament will be held in the Civic Auditorium gymnasium on Saturday, January 26.  Join us for your favorite summer activity, only indoors during winter!  Find a partner and register for the tournament, with prizes awarded to the top three pairs (must be age 21 or older to participate).  Concessions and cash bar available.  Presented by American Legion Post 83.   

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides are offered for free from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, January 27, in Soldiers Memorial Park. After a trot through the park, hot chocolate will be available by the fireplace at Cummings Lodge.

WinterFest 2019 Schedule of Events

For more information on WinterFest, call 219-326-9600 weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  For up-to-the-minute information during WinterFest weekend, follow the La Porte Park and Recreation Department on FaceBook and Instagram.