DERRY — It's a sure sign winter is well underway in Derry when the Frost Festival weekend of events are being planned.
Final details are being set for this this year's festival, Feb. 8 to 10, with both indoor and outdoor activities planned for various locations around Derry, weather permitting. This is the 20th year for the winter festival.
Organizers hope for snowy scenes, but there will be plenty of indoor fun for people to enjoy as well.
The weekend kicks off Friday, Feb. 8, with the annual demonstration of ice sculpture art provided by Ice Breakers. The ice carving is traditionally held in front of the Derry Opera House.
Ice experts also traditionally create sculptures to coincide with a family movie to be shown later that night at the historic Opera House. This year's movie is Tom Hanks in "Big."
Derry Village Rotary Club also hosts a family spaghetti dinner Friday night at Pinkerton Academy.
Saturday, Feb. 9, Frost Festival activities include indoor activities for children and their families. Later that night, the Frost Ball is held at Birch Wood Vineyards on Rockingham Road in Derry.
Sunday, if there is enough snow on the ground, activities could include cross-country skiing, sledding and snowmobile rides. Also on Sunday is a chili contest hosted by members of the Beaver Lake Association at Gallien's Beach. Come sample chili and vote on your favorites.
Also Sunday, Alexander-Carr Park off Pierce Avenue will host the annual Frost Festival bonfire and the crowning of the Frost Festival King and Queen.
For more details about the Frost Festival or schedule of events call Derry Parks and Recreation 432-6136 or visit the Frost Festival on Facebook.