HIP’s WinterFest began in 2006 and is held the third weekend in January.It’s a great opportunity to get out of the house and join your neighbors and friends for a weekend of fun. Everyone is welcome and most activities are FREE!

WinterFest 2015: January 16 and 17

Here is a quick overview of the events. Save the dates! More details to come.

Send your pet photos to:

Friday Night

Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School

Community Soup Dinner – 5:30pm

Michael Trautman – King Pong Rodeo performance in the Reach – 6:30pm


Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School

In the Reach Auditorium:

Hula-hoops with Amanda – 9:30

Clowning skills workshop with Michael Trautman – 10:30-11:15

Two Chewonki Traveling Natural History Programs:

Fur, Feathers and Feet – 12:00-12:45

Scales and Tales – 1:00-1:45

In the Computer Lab:

TinkerTime with Haystack’s Fab Lab equipment – 10:00-2:00

In the Cafeteria:

Lunch provided by ICEC

In the Gym:

Lots of hands-on activities, music, and fun – 10:00-2:00

Pet Photo Contest

Outside (if we have snow)

Igloo building and miniature horse sleigh rides

Saturday afternoon and evening

Island Community Center in Stonington:

4-on-4 Basketball Tournament – 4:00pm

Bonfire with Island Rec Board – 6:00pm

Fireworks – 6:45pm

at Opera House:

Family Dance – 7:00pm

Here are some photos of WinterFest 2014

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Recent WinterFest activities have included:

Igloo Building
Sleigh Rides for kids, pulled by miniature horses
Naturalist Tony Sohns and his Bug Zoo
Magician and Balloon Artist Conjuring Carroll
Entertainer and Juggler Randy Judkins
Family Dance
Bonfire with hotdogs, marshmallows and hot chocolate
Cribbage Tournament
Live music all day Saturday
Basketball Tournament

and MORE!!!

Each year brings new surprises. Please join us!

Go to Dr. Why’s website to learn more and purchase his book “How to build an Igloo and other snow shelters”.

WinterFest Photo Gallery: