Winterfest! Winterfest 2018 is well underway.
Saturday, January 27th was the official kick-off and the festivities will continue through Sunday, February 4th. The Abominable Snow Race, the Amazing Yeti Race, and the Human Dog Sled Race all took place this last weekend. The ice and snow block builders and stompers started work early on Monday along with the city crew to get all the blocks built in time for the National Snow Sculpting Championship Competition to begin today, Wednesday. Fifteen teams from all over the country will be transforming the blocks of ice into works of art. Sculpting will continue through the week, ending at 11 am on Saturday, February 3rd.
The fun doesn’t end there, though. On Friday, February 2nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the annual Cocoa Crawl will take place in downtown Lake Geneva. What a great excuse to indulge in some sweet treats, sample the many varieties of hot cocoa the businesses come up with and then vote for your favorite. The Geneva Theatre is getting in on the fun too. Following the cocoa crawl at 6:00 p.m. they will be presenting a free screening of the Disney movie “Frozen.” A meet and greet with two of the favorite “Frozen” characters will then take place, which will provide amazing photo opportunities for all.
Winterfest is all about great fun. The entire community gets involved to ensure that visitors and residents alike all enjoy a successful and safe event.
Winterfest 2018 Human Dog Sled Race
The Showboat metamorphosis begins.
The Showboat Theater in Lyons was once a busy thriving business. That business had slowed was obvious. One day open, next day closed (in September of 2017), came as a shock to the employees, as well as local moviegoers. The building did not sit vacant for long, however. On December 29, 2017, Emagine Entertainment purchased the megaplex. They have great plans to bring it up to today’s highest standards. They already have several other mega-plexes that are doing very well and are excited to add the former showboat to their ranks. The plan is to do an extensive remodel with deluxe VIP seating, a substantial concession counter, as well as offer dinner, drinks, and movie options. Emagine still has a lot to do before work can begin. They have to go in front of the Lyons township and request a liquor license and submit plans for the theater. The town has to agree and approve the permits. Emagine would like to be open sometime in the summer of 2018.
A Day in the Bay.
Coming in on the coattails of Lake Geneva’s Winterfest, the event should bring a crowd. The first ever Williams Bay “A Day in the Bay” held this Saturday, February 3, 2018, starting at 9:00 am. Several shopping treasures, prizes, treats, food, and fun will be distributed throughout downtown Williams Bay. Passports can be picked up at the Barrett Memorial Library, Lyon’s Fieldhouse and participating businesses. Turn in your completed passport by 4:30 pm. for prize drawings at any of the participating businesses. Other Williams Bay events will be going on that day and into the evening. These include a complimentary buffet at Lucke’s Cantina, a book sale at the Barrett Memorial Library, the tenth annual chili cook-off, and a night hike bonfire and cookout starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Kishwauketoe Preserve.
Get the word out, bring your friends and family, and make it a fun-filled Day in the Bay.