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Massena Winter Carnival activities continue today, Sunday


MASSENA — The 2014 Massena Winter Carnival wraps up this weekend with a 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 today. 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 be held tonight 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 giveaways 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.

There will also be drawings for the 50-50 and snowshoe raffles.

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