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Let it Snow
Everybody wants snow for Winterfest (February 2–4 this year) in the Saratoga Spa State Park.
To enjoy a quieter hour or two with Mother Nature, head to the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, on Scout Road near exit 16 of the Northway (I-87). The park has 850 protected acres that are
A bit farther up the Northway, off exit 17, is Moreau Lake State Park, with more challenging cross-country skiing on upland rocky ridges as well as flatter areas around the lake and on unplowed campground roads. Trails are skier-tracked only, so back-country skis are recommended after a significant new snow. A couple of down-trails here are exhilarating, and wildlife sightings might include deer, turkeys, raccoons, owls, and pileated woodpeckers. There is also snowshoe rental, ice-skating, and ice-fishing for pickerel and trout.
With or without snow, Saratoga’s popular Dance Flurry is always a great way to get some winter exercise. Imagine 4,000 people enjoying contra, swing, Latin, zydeco, waltz, Texas two-step, Irish step, salsa, and folk dances from around the world, with live music by 600 performers—it’s a flurry of activity indeed. This year’s twentieth annual event is February 16–18 at the Saratoga Hotel and the adjacent City Center; see www.danceflurry.org.
Of course, some folks don’t care much for snow flurries or dance flurries. That’s OK. You can always just relax in front of a fire and listen to music—say, for example, jazz pianist Cole Broderick’s. —KG
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