Winter fun aplenty in Camden

By Kim Lincoln | Feb 05, 2017
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Hector Pietra-Santa of Searsmont carves an ice sculpture Feb. 4 at the Camden Amphitheatre.

Camden — Camden's Winterfest kicked off Feb. 4 under blue skies and brisk temperatures.

The Maine State Snow Sculpting Competition on the Village Green, ice carving event in the Amphitheatre, a chilly dip into Camden Harbor and CamJam, a freestyle ski and snowboarding competition at the Snow Bowl were some of the events to kick off a week of winter activities leading up to the 27th annual U.S. Toboggan Championships, which begin Feb. 11.

The following is the schedule for the rest of the week:

Sunday, Feb. 5

9 a.m. to noon — CamJam Freestyle Competition, 16 & under. Snow Bowl

Family Snow Creations & Igloos: following CamJam, Harbor Park

Noon — Maine State Snow Sculpting Championships Judging and Awards, Village Green

Tuesday, Feb. 7

6 p.m. — Movie, "Narnia," Camden Public Library, free.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

6 p.m. — Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers, Camden Opera House, $5, $15/family, children 5 & under free.

Thursday, Feb. 9

7 p.m. — Mardi Gras Concert. CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Camden Opera House, $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Tickets at camdenoperahouse.com or local outlets.

Friday, Feb. 10

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. — U.S. National Toboggan Championships, Snow Bowl. Team registration and toboggan inspections.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Toboggan chute open to the public (conditions permitting), $5.

3 to 4:30 p.m. — First runs (optional), two- and three-person teams.

6 p.m. — Snow Plow Parade through downtown Camden.

7 p.m. — Banff Film Festival, Camden Hills Regional High School. Adults $12, kids $5.

Saturday, Feb. 11

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — U.S. National Toboggan Championships, Snow Bowl.

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Bus Shuttle service between Village Green and Snow Bowl.

10 a.m. — Winter Fairy Fun,, Camden Public Library. Stories, crafts and activities, free.

4 to 7 p.m. — West Bay Rotary Chili Challenge, downtown Camden, location TBA. $10 adults, $7 children.

7:30 p.m. — Downtown Dance featuring Mid Life Crisis, 16 Bay View Hotel. $15 per person, $25 per couple.

7 p.m. — Banff Film Festival, Camden Hills Regional High School. Adults $12, kids $5.

Sunday, Feb. 12

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. — U.S. National Toboggan Championships, Snow Bowl, Finals and Awards.

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Bus Shuttle service between Village Green and Camden Snow Bowl.

Polar Plunge
Ian Stewart, executive director of Coastal Mountains Land Trust, talks about the Feb. 4 polar plunge. (Video by: Kim Lincoln)
Snowboarders and skiers showed off their skills during the CamJam at the Snow Bowl. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Joe Ryan of Adventure Advertising shapes a dog's ear during the snow sculpting competition Feb. 4 on Camden's Village Green. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
About 35 brave souls participated in a polar plunge to benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Flying high in the sky at the CamJam. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
An "I love you" snow sculpture just in time for Valentine's Day. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Art and Jeanne Shea of Brooks carve their creation in ice Feb. 4. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Temperatures in the low 20s with a light wind greeted polar plunge participants. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Spectators line Camden Harbor for the polar plunge. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Riding the rails during Cam Jam at the Snow Bowl. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Carolyn Brown of Appleton sculpts a dragon out of snow Feb. 4 on the Camden Village Green. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Taking the plunge to benefit Coastal Mountains Land Trust. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
The CamJam was part of the day's events Feb. 4 at the Snow Bowl. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Daniel Forcillo and Tracy Brixius of Children's House Montessori School carve a peace sign in ice Feb. 4. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Tricks aplenty during the Cam Jam. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Wayne Ruesswick, a member of Camden's Conservation Commission, takes the plunge to not only benefit the land trust but also to spread awareness about the town's conservation group and the importance of protecting water quality in the harbor. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
Cam Jam participants show off their impressive ski skills Feb. 4 at Camden Snow Bowl (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
The amphitheatre was filled with ice blocks that were transformed into chilly works of art throughout the day. (Photo by: Kim Lincoln)
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