PAUL SMITHS - The Paul Smith's College VIC will be busy this weekend with activities, ranging from a full-moon party Friday to a chili contest Saturday and a snowshoe race up Jenkins Mountain Sunday.
Friday night from 7 to 10 p.m., there will be a Valentine's day Ski Party. Skiers will be able to explore the VIC trails by moonlight and using headlamps.
When not skiing, participants can enjoy the Full Moon Ski Party inside the VIC building. There will be music by Split Rock, a classic rock band with a touch of jazz and folk. Some food will be provided.
The Paul Smith’s College VIC will feature cross-country ski races, snowshoe races, a chili contest and a Valentines Day party and live music.
(Enterprise file photo — Mike Lynch)
The cost of this event is $10 per person and $7.50 per person for Friends of the VIC.
Family oriented weekend
Schedule of events
10 a.m. - Youth 2k cross-country ski race. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Free with day or season pass.
10:30 a.m. - Adult 5k cross-country ski race. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Free with day or season pass.
Noon - 2:00 p.m. - Chili Tasting & People's Choice Chili Contest. Free with day or season pass. $5 for drop-ins.
1 p.m. - Naturalist-led ski. $5 with day or season pass. Free for Friends of the VIC.
Ongoing - High Peaks Cyclery will offer ski demos, waxing clinics, ski lessons, and tours
Ongoing - Snow cream making
10 a.m. - Jenkins Mountain Snowshoe Scramble. A 15K snowshoe race on and off VIC trails, including a visit to the summit Jenkins Mountain. Registration opens at 9 a.m. Entry fee: $25. Prizes awarded
10:30 a.m. - 1K Kids' Snowshoe Stampede. Snowshoes available. Free with day or season pass
1 to 3 p.m. - Live music with Kary Johnson and Curt Stager
1 to 3 p.m. - Snowshoe Map Walk: Join the VIC staff for a snowshoe map walk and compete for fun prizes. Teams of one to four people will collect points by visiting controls on various natural features around the VIC property, identified on the VIC trail map. Free with day or season pass
The activities will continue Saturday and Sunday with several family oriented events, including adult and children's ski and snowshoe races, ski demos, a naturalist-led ski, a snowshoe map walk, and live music.
The focus will be on skiing on Saturday and snowshoeing on Sunday. The culinary highlight of the weekend takes place on Saturday, with the People's Choice Chili Contest.
Area restaurants will compete for the best chili, with Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream on hand to provide ice cream to cleanse the palate between chili tastings. The following local restaurants and caterers have already entered the People's Choice Chili Contest, including: Adirondack Artisans Catering, Shamrock Restaurant, Lakeside Dining at Paul Smith's College, Simply Gourmet, Lakeview Deli, Chair 6, The Cowboy, Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat and Nori's Village Market
On Sunday, there will be a 15-kilometer snowshoe race on and off VIC trails. The Jenkins Mountain Snowshoe Scramble will include a visit to the top of Jenkins Mountain.
Sunday afternoon starting at 1 p.m., the Music and Ski Series continues when Curt Stager and Kary Johnson are scheduled entertain with various styles of guitar and banjo music in the Great Room at the VIC.
Kary Johnson earned a B.A. in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, after which she taught music in public schools and conducted a community band for more than a decade. She performs on guitar, bass, and tinwhistle with several bands and also plays half a dozen other classical and traditional instruments. She works on behalf of people with developmental disabilities through Citizen Advocates, Inc.
Curt Stager is professor of natural sciences at Paul Smith's College and an accomplished musician, specializing in various banjo and guitar styles and performing frequently in the area.
For more information, call the VIC at 518-327-6241.