Nearly everything in the family-friendly Winterfest is free. Here is the schedule. Please check back for updated details:
All day - INDOOR SIDEWALK SALES at many downtown merchants. Details.
All day - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST - Sunset Park, west end of Water Street. Call 231-582-6222 to register.
All day - Great sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, end of Wilson Street. Warming house has restrooms and free loaner skates and sleds.9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Boyne City Farmers Market features Winterfest Frozen Features - Market Chili to taste and take home, along with other produce, meats and baked goods. In the Red Barn next to the Boyne District Library on S. Park Street.
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - David Wyant of Harbor Springs, author of "The Town That Haunted Hemingway," will be at Local Flavor Bookstore, reading from his new book "Side Door to Heaven for Hemingway." After the reading, he will answer questions and sign books. Call Local Flavor at 231.582.7499 to reserve your place for this event.
12 and 1:30 p.m. - Fat Bike the North races on the groomed trails at The Hill Nature Preserve on West Clute Road. Beginner Class race at noon, Sport and Expert Classes race from 1:30 to 3:30. After Party at Boyne City Lanes starts at 4:30 p.m. Save $5 if you register by Jan. 22. Facebook page.
12 to 2 p.m. - HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES starting from Old City Park, no charge.
1 to 3 p.m. - KIDS' GAMES at Old City park, including Frozen Fish Toss, Frozen Turkey Bowling. Complimentary hot chocolate and doughnuts from Glen's Market. Old City Park, corner of Park and River Streets.
1 p.m. - X-C SKI LESSONS - Boyne Mountain Cross-Country Ski Center gives free half-hour lessons at 1 p.m. and free snowshoeing on their trails from 1 to 3 p.m. Ski rentals are available; bring your own snowshoes.
1 to 3:30 p.m. TEA AND TAROT at balanced living in the Huntington Bank Building. Workshop provides you with the opportunity to, in a safe, fun space, explore a different way of perception. With tea a bubbling, let's open a dialog about the nature and importance of symbolism in one's life. Mini-tarot readings will be available with an opportunity to schedule a full tarot reading if you desire. In addition, we may even have a professional sitar player to provide additional entertainment to our experience. $20 in advance or $25 at the door.
3 p.m. - CHILI COOK-OFF - Open to restaurants and anyone with access to a state-licensed kitchen. Call Libbie at 231-582-6554 to register, then bring one gallon of chili in a crock pot to Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, 231 Water St. Tasting starts at 3 p.m. Entries so far include Red Mesa, Cafe Sante, BC Lanes, Frog Hollow, Parkside Grill, Barrel Back, Porter Creek Fish House, Boyne USA and Grain Train. Due to limited space, the cook-off is limited to the first 13 entries. Prizes awarded for Judges Choice and People's Choice. Winner gets a traveling trophy, pictured at right.
3 p.m. - CROSS-COUNTRY SKI TOUR led by Jack Laurent at Young State Park. Easy, flat trails through beautiful forest. No charge, sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 to 7 p.m. - WINE TASTING - Stop by the Wine Emporium, 123 Water Street, for a complimentary taste of three seasonal offerings, conversation and snacks.
5 p.m. - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST winners announced in Sunset Park. Rules and information.
5 to 6 p.m. - STAR GAZING with Bryan Shumaker of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (cloud cover permitting), in Sunset Park.
8 p.m. - LIVE MUSIC from "Under the Moon" at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.