Frost Festival set for Feb. 20

MIKE SPRINGER/File photoSiblings Leander and Aurelia Salce sled down the hill together during last year's Frost Festival event in Derry. This year's festival is set for Saturday, Feb. 20.

DERRY — Nothing says winter in Derry like the annual Frost Festival.

And organizers of this year's planned event are hoping for some additional snowfall to make the festival extra frosty and fun.

The 2021 Frost Festival is set for Saturday, Feb. 20, from noon to 3 p.m., with activities centered on Alexander-Carr Park, 28 Pierce Ave., the downtown area, and points beyond, all done safely and some virtually due to the pandemic.

The annual winter event has been held for more than 20 years and originally was held over the course of an entire weekend.

Organizers are streamlining the schedule again this year, making it a one-day event and hoping to put Alexander-Carr Park in the spotlight as a town recreational area that offers a lot of opportunities for seasonal fun, including a popular sledding hill and lodge.

This year's Frost Festival includes sledding on the popular Alexander-Carr Park hill off Pierce Avenue; ice skating at Hood Park, if ice safety permits; a Frosty scavenger hunt; music in the downtown; and ice sculptures created by the experts on Broadway.

Other activities include a virtual puppet show presented by Derry Public Library and food provided by B's Tacos, The Walking Gourmet and other treats by Grind Away.

To keep activities safe, families can also pick up cookies at Culinary Playground on Manning St., and craft kits from Derry's Parks and Recreation Department, 31 West Broadway.

For additional information about the Frost Festival, visit Facebook and search "Frost Festival."

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