Winterfest Nears, Zucchini Brothers prepare for performance

Zucchini brothers are preparing for their performance at the upcoming Winterfest on Feb. 6PROVIDED PHOTO Zucchini brothers are preparing for their performance at the upcoming Winterfest on Feb. 6

Gazette Reporter

Clifton Park — Although it may not look or feel quite like winter, Clifton Park is gearing up for it’s 25th annual Winterfest Saturday, Feb. 6.

The annual festival, which features a youth singing competition, taste contest, nature walks and a performance by the Zucchini Brothers, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Clifton Park has much to offer from the natural beauty, the wonderful restaurants, to our talented singers and our bountiful farmers,” said Clifton Park Councilwoman, Amy Standaert. Winterfest, she said, is a “fantastic way to highlight that which makes our community so special while giving folks the opportunity to ease their cabin-fever.”

Standaert said every year she is amazed at the thousands of people who come to enjoy Winterfest. “My favorite thing is to take a step back and just watch all the people coming together, sharing memorable experiences and joyfully celebrating all things Clifton Park,” she said.

Riverview Orchards will be hosting crafts and free horse drawn sleigh rides from 12 to 3 p.m. Lunch and s’mores by a bonfire will also be available for a fee.

Clifton Park Community Chorus will perform in Clifton Park Center at 11 a.m, followed by performances by young crooners hoping to bring home the title “Clifton Park Idol.”

Children ages six to 17 are welcomed to enter the 11th annual Clifton Park Idol, although preregistration is required. The youth singing competition has two age categories. Round one begins at 11:45 a.m. with performers between the ages of six and 12. Round two for contestants ages 13 to17 begins at 1 p.m. The winner of each competition will be awarded a $75 Clifton Park Center gift card. Second and third place winners are awarded gift cards, as well. All participants will walk away with a gift bag for their efforts.

The Zucchini Brothers, a band specializing in kid’s tunes, will take the stage at 3 p.m. Steve Zucchini told Your Clifton Park the band has been playing at Winterfest for about ten years. He said the band has been together “exactly 24 years and seven months.” Steve Zucchini said it isn’t a tedious trip to Clifton Park from Zucchiniland since “we have a time machine and it only takes five minutes or so.” Fans can expect to hear original Zucchini Brothers classics and covers of hits by The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. Both Sam and Steve Zucchini said dancing is encouraged at their concerts.

Volunteers from CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services will be painting faces and organizing crafts during the event.

The Hilton Garden Inn will be hosting a “Taste of Clifton Park” best soup contest in their ballroom. Contestants include Angelo’s Prime Bar & Grill, Bellini’s Italian Eatery, Pasta Pane, Peddlers Bar & Bistro, Ravenswood Pub, Rocco’s at the Jonesville Store, Rusty Nail Grill & Tavern, Wheatfield’s and Primal, Your Local Butcher.

For those more inclined to celebrating the season in the great outdoors, there will be an hour-long nature walk at the Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve. At 10 a.m. Open Space committee member, Frank Berlin, will be leading a discussion on outdoor winter activities at the Pierce Road entrance.

Winterfest sponsors include Sound Solutions of Saratoga, Market 32, Clifton Park Center Mall, Prestige Mending Services, Mazzone Hospitality, Stewart’s Shops, Spare Time Entertainment and Time Square.

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