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Though the frigid air, the treacherous ice, the permeating slush, and the weak winter sun give us plenty to whine about, Rochesterians do know how to have a blast in the wintertime. Whether you're a cold-season enthusiast or need a little inspiration to get outdoors, the annual Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest has plenty of activities to help you beat the seasonal blahs.

On Sunday, January 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., head to Mendon Ponds Park (Douglas Road in Mendon) for the 18th Annual Winterfest, at which visitors can enjoy demonstrations and activities outdoors as well as within heated lodge. The family-friendly events include horse and wagon rides, free cross-country ski lessons and tours, snowshoeing, snowshoe and sled-dog races, crafts, and demonstrations by outdoor retailers. Refreshments will be available at the Nature Center, Stewart Lodge, and East Lodge, and most venues are handicapped accessible.

You can enter the park from either Route 65 (Clover Street) or Pittsford-Mendon Center Road. Programs will be available at each of the lodges. Admission is free. For more information, call 753-7275 or visit


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