On Saturday, February 5 from 10 am – 3 pm there will be a Winter Festival at Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. This festival is organized by the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection to get people outdoors throughout the year.
Outdoor games, a bonfire, ice fishing, and fish fry are only part of the fun on hand for the day! Festival-goers can also visit with Visit Shakespeare the Barred Owl and Gerri Griswold from White Memorial Foundation in Litchfield from 11am until 1pm! Families can go snow-shoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice skating, and hiking in the snow. There will be plenty of winter crafts for kids. They can learn how to make ice suncatchers, snowmen marshmallows and participate in colorful snow painting. If you are interested in science there are 14 winter-themed experiments and activities for any climate to participate in.
This annual festival is free of charge and open to the public. Burr Pond State Park is located on Burr Mountain Road in Torrington, CT. Gail Borden, discoverer of the process of milk preservation by evaporation and condensation, built the world’s first condensed milk factory at Burr Pond State Park, in 1857. The new milk product proved to be of great value, particularly to the Union Army during the Civil War. Fire destroyed the mill in 1877.