The annual tradition of celebrating community, family, fun and winter is just days away.
Springhill’s annual Chilli Willi Winter Festival starts bright and early Fri, Jan. 26, when Springhill’s Elementary schools come together for Art on the Ice at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. students from West End Memorial and Junction Road Elementary are invited to paint on the ice. Helmets will be mandatory.
Later that day, at 5 p.m., the Springhill Salvation Army Community Church will host a roast turkey dinner. This is a $10 event.
Back at the community centre, a free family skate feature music videos being played on a 40-foot screen will take place at 6 p.m. Soup, rolls and hot chocolate will be available.
On Sat, Jan. 27, Springhill Legion Branch No. 17 will hold a breakfast between 9 and 11 a.m. Adults are $8 and youth 12 and under are $5.
The Chili Cook Off featuring prizes and bragging right runs between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the community centre’s CIBC Common Room. This is a free opportunity for anyone to come out, enjoy and vote for their favourite chili.
Sunday features a 45s and Crib tournament at the community centre beginning at 1 p.m. while at the Pit Pond at 6 p.m. will be a Family Coasting Party courtesy of the Ross Anderson Teen Centre. An onsite barbecue courtesy of Foodland will be offered, as well as hot chocolate and a bon fire.
Other events taking place after Sunday include a coffeehouse Wed, Jan. 31, in support of Springhill High’s graduating class of 2018 in the CIBC Common Room; Canada Post’s treasure hunt between 2 and 4 p.m., and a paint night for children ages three and up at 5 p.m. Fri, Feb. 2; and an outdoor family skate at 4 p.m. at the Lions Park outdoor rink with bon fire, barbecue, snack and hot chocolate Sun, Feb. 4.
The schedule of events is subject to change. Visit www.facebook.com/SpringhillRecDepartment for updates.