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Massena Winter Carnival activities continue Saturday, Sunday

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MASSENA - The 2014 Massena Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend with full slate of events, from a 5K walk/run and “Winter Carnival Chill Out” to Kids Day and geocaching.

The majority of the events on both days will take place at the New York Power Authority’s Hawkins Point Visitors Center.

A 5K walk/run at Whalen Park kicks things off on Saturday. Registration begins at 8:30 am.

“Louisville has been really wonderful about doing the best they can to get that trail into condition,” chamber board President Miriam S. Catapano said.

Events then shift to the Hawkins Point Visitors Center, where events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They include geocaching with the Nature Center at Robert Moses State Park on the trails that had formerly been used for dog sled races.

“Supposedly the weather will be a little warmer, so we are looking forward to that,” she said.

Inside the Visitors Center, visitors will find a “Winter Carnival Market” featuring an array of items, according to Ms. Catapano.

“It’s a big market. It’s not all just crafts. It’s a vendor’s-type market with some non-craft-type people,” she said.

The Massena Senior Citizens will be holding a spaghetti dinner at 4:30 p.m. and a dance at 6 p.m. at the Massena Community Center, and a “Winter Carnival Chill Out” will also be held Saturday night at Violi’s Restaurant.

“It’s a buffet. We welcome anyone that wants to come. We’d be thrilled to see people there. It’s really a thank you for our sponsors and our committee and the public. It’s a friendly get-together,” Ms. Catapano said.

Cocktails begin at 5 p.m., and the buffet begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $27 per person.

“Last year it was a very nice evening,” she said.

Sunday features another full day of activities, including Kids Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hawkins Point Visitors Center.

A Kids Day held Jan. 18 at the Massena Community Center drew a large crowd, Ms. Catapano said, and they’re expecting more of the same on Sunday. The day includes crafts, a magic show, games and horse-drawn wagon rides.

“We are anticipating a big crowd. We replenished our stock of give-aways and crafts,” she said.

Geocaching will also be taking place again on the trails around the Visitors Center, and closing ceremonies will be held at 3 p.m. They will also be drawing the winners for the 50-50 and snowshoe raffles.

Visitors will also be able to see the winning entries in the first Winter Carnival Photography Contest. The winners were announced on Friday.

In the Child Category, Caitlin Layaw’s “Tranquility” won first place, with Emily Witkop’s “Sunset with Fin” taking second and Laura Siddon’s “Ice In” taking third.

In the Adult Category, the first place winner was Ross Johnson for “Winter on the River.” Second place went to Travis MacDonald’s “Hay Bales of Fall,” and third place went to Marilyn Gollinger’s “Iced Tree.”

The People’s Choice Awards were Laura Siddon’s “Iced In” in the Child Category and Ross Johnson’s “Winter on the River” in the Adult Category.

“We had a lot of people come in and look at them. For a new event, it turned out to be successful,” Ms. Catapano said. “The kid’s photos were really very top drawer, as nice as some of the adult photos. I was really excited.”

In addition to the events at Hawkins Point, a snow sculpting competition that began Friday continues at the St. Lawrence Centre mall until Sunday.

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