CCRA President Kathy Rowe greets Olaf and Elsa, characters from the movie Frozen, at Winterfest 2020

By Denise Bacon

Winterfest brought much warmth to Port Union Community Centre on January 25. As always, this remains a must-attend event for families and friends from the community and beyond.

Janeal and Stephen Orr moved into Centennial last fall with their young family and they’re thrilled to live in such a community-focused neighbourhood. Winterfest showcased to them that they made the right decision to move into the area!

Shaun and Melissa DeSouza searched out highlights like balloon animals and face painting for their two little boys. Shaun follows CCRA on Instagram and keeps up with all CCRA events.

“It has cotton candy!” effused 5 ½-year-old Madison who was leading 3-year-old brother, Ritson, and their mum and dad around the community centre.

Little girls, especially, were agog to see Elsa from the movie “Frozen.” The surprise visit of Elsa and Olaf, the snowman, made the dreams of many children come true. “That’s the real Elsa, you know!” said 3-year-old Charlie who couldn’t get enough hugs from her hero.

Local vendors offered interesting products and services from handmade stuffies to accounting services. They braved the drizzle and cold and added a nice dimension to the event.

The hall was filled for most of the day as musicians and dancers entertained the crowd. The audience kept busy throughout with toe tapping, smiles and applause!

The beer garden this year was a big hit. People gathered around gas-fired warming stations to have a drink and chat. Tonia Rendell and her friends loved the ambiance of this area. “This adds a nice element to the rest of the festival,” said Tonia. She had come to Winterfest years ago and came back this year because she heard about this new attraction from friends.

We can all look forward to celebrating the Silver Anniversary (25 years) of Winterfest in 2021!