There were all kinds of people, good food, and not too much snow for walking but enough for the sleighs to run.
On March 2, the Northville Farm Heritage Centre held its first Winter Frolic at its Steadman Road location. Despite intermittent drizzle and snow flurries, organizers estimated 50 families attended. NFHC president George Foote called it “a wonderful day,” one which was considerably more successful than expected for a first effort.
One vehicle brought several handicapped children and their attendants, and one horse-drawn sleigh made its way to the parking lot so that the children could be helped aboard. Like everyone else, they enjoyed the jingle bells on the horses’ harnesses as they went across fields and through a gully.
Three teamsters were on duty during the day. John McCully had his team of Percherons, while Scott Henshaw and Jason Bezanson each had a team of Belgians.
Being able to roast wieners and marshmallows outdoors in winter was a treat for all ages, although at least one little boy showed a clear preference for puddles. Next to the bonfire, at the recently-completed blacksmith shop, Carmen Legge demonstrated the making of hand-forged tools and implements, while the warmth of the forge and the wood stove provided a comfortable warm-up centre.
Artist Lindee Climo was originally scheduled to give half-hour art lessons to beginners every hour, but was busy almost non-stop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both children and adults took advantage of the opportunity to learn more about basic drawing.
The event was organized as a fun winter happening rather than a fundraiser, but freewill donations covered the cost of food and supplies. The Winter Frolic seems likely to become an annual event, say organizers.
Next on the NFHC agenda is building a cooper shop.