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Coralville celebrates Winterfest

CORALVILLE (KWWL)-- Celebrate the snow and Iowa winter at the second annual Coralville Winterfest.

Sunday,  you can travel back in time at the Johnson County Historical Society,  view birds with telescopes along the Iowa River and then warm up with an indoor snowball fight at the Iowa Children's Museum.

Ice sculptor David ''The Iceman'' Jensen will create works of art from 300 pound blocks of ice.

Activities go from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. All events are free.


Travel back in time at the Johnson County Historical Society for some fun indoor wintertime activities. As described in the Little House on the Prairie books, during the winter children would use thimbles to make pictures on their frost-covered windows. Our version will be done with washable ink on cards so children can take them home. You can also enjoy a tasty treat by making some maple syrup snow candy. And take home a memento of Coralville WinterFest printed on a 19th century printing press.

The Hawkeye Model Railroad Club will have an open house during WinterFest to highlight the progress on their 2000-square foot model railroad operation. The model has a Midwestern theme, is designed for realistic operation of trains, and uses a digital command control system.

There are literally an endless number of activities and games that you can play in the snow. Summer of the Arts volunteers will lead children of all ages in games of Pine Cone Toss and Pine Cone Tic Tac Toe. Participants will also have the chance to win great prizes. The Arctic Survival Base Camp will enable you to learn survival techniques such as starting a fire with a battery and steel wool, and how to make a temporary shelter from things in your car. You can also find out tips for beating the dreaded wind chill factor. Have you ever thought about trying to learn how to cross country ski or use snowshoes? Staff from the University of Iowa Recreational Services will be on hand to help people of all ages to learn the basics of these great wintertime activity.

Learn about winter bird-watching with the Iowa City Bird Club. The club will set up telescopes for viewing birds along the Iowa River on the Marriott terrace. There will also be an inside booth with a display of birdfeeders, samples of birdseed, and information on the type of birds that come to those feeders.

When you are ready to warm up, join The Iowa Children's Museum in the Marriott Hotel exhibition hall for hands-on winter crafts and games. Make your own snowflake mask, snowman pin AND have a blast at our indoor snowball fight! While you're having fun with the Children's Museum activities, you can also enjoy the wonderful musical entertainment provided by Kevin B.F. Burt and Nick Stika.

Discover the technology behind radio broadcasting at the state-of-the-art 1630 KCJJ Radio station. While you're there, you'll also have the opportunity to record an advertising spot or even be interviewed on the air live.

The Antique Car Museum of Iowa will host Brad Freidhof, a naturalist at F.W. Kent Park, who will talk about signs of wildlife that you can see in the winter (tracks, digging for food, shed antlers, animal homes), and how animals adapt to winter conditions (migration, hibernation, body adaptations).

Enjoy the amazing talents of veteran Ice Sculptor David "The Iceman" Jensen, as he creates works of art from 300-pound blocks of ice. To create his masterpieces, Jensen uses special Japanese ice chisels, a chain saw, a die grinder and router tips for intricate work. "The Iceman" will make two different ice sculptures - come see firsthand this fascinating craftsmanship.

Many other fun activities will be taking place during Coralville WinterFest, including the chance to enjoy a nostalgic snack of roasted chestnuts, meet members of the Coralville Fire Department, warm up with a drink of wassail at Vesta, or simply enjoy the wintertime environment of the Iowa River Landing.


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