Kingston & Highland host WinterFests this Saturday

The word amongst meteorologists is that it might snow just a bit this week, which scenario would perhaps be more conducive to frolicking outdoors and celebrating winter. Whether the weather cooperates or not, two annual events will give you a good reason to bundle up and get yourself and your family outdoors this Saturday.

Hasbrouck Park on Delaware Avenue in Kingston will be the place to congregate for a fun-filled day of trekking and playing on Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kingston’s WinterFest offers a great opportunity for seasonal birding and animal tracking, along with other family-friendly and nature-related activities. Snowshoe programs will run all day, beginning at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., for instructions on how to get the most enjoyment out of your equipment. The City has snowshoes that can be borrowed at no cost, or bring your own. Come out for a mug of hot chocolate in the fresh winter air, and enjoy the surprises that winter can bring. To preregister for a snowshoeing session, visit, and call (845) 331-1682 for further information.

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail’s WinterFest takes place in Highland at the Rail Trail Depot on New Paltz Road on January 14 from 11a.m. until 2 p.m. Now in its 14th year, this fun family event is noted for the Chili-Tasting Contest that brings out the unique food tastes of our culinary region of New York State. The contest features 20 area food establishments competing for the coveted “Best of Fest” award with their own spicy concoctions. The event also features a heated children’s project tent (provided by Lowe’s), tractor-drawn hayrides,candle-making demonstration and toasted marshmallows and roasted chestnuts next to a bonfire. Admission is $2; children 6 and under get in free. Visit for more information.