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This past Saturday (February 10th 2013) brought together, for the second year in a row, hockey teams representing Fresco Bistro, Top of The World, Kichesippi, The Manx, and the Standard, as well as New Comers, Oz Kafe/Town Restaurant (who joined forces to form one team) and The Whalesbone, for the Second Annual Standard Winter Classic! This fundraising event helped to raise money for improving the Jack Purcell Community Centre’s rink.
The event took place outside at the Jack Purcell outdoor rink on one of this winter’s finest days yet. Hosts and commentators Johny Bonney and Sammy Turnbuckle maintained a stream of humorous and colourful play-by plays, and kept everyone’s spirits high with their entertaining comments.
At noon the puck dropped and the festivities began! From noon until five in the evening, fans came to support both friends and establishments, enjoying 12 rounds of 15 minute games, followed by semi finals and finals. Although each team brought their own style and skill to the tournament, the impressive reigning champions Team Fresco Bistro beat out the competition and won the finals, thereby securing their victor status for a second consecutive year.
On breaks between games, The Standard graciously allowed fans from the event use their washrooms and provided a place to get out of the cold. The Standard also kept a steady supply of free Kichesippi Blonde beer coming for spectators while welcoming people to join in on the end of day celebrations.
The heart of this years Winterlude could be seen and experienced at Confederation park these past three weeks. With a little bit of everything and the worlds longest skating rink next door, the park has been the centre of activity during these Winterlude celebrations.
Among the many attractions in the park was the Rogers Crystal Home. It featured a full kitchen and living room crafted from ice. The Crystal Home also doubled as a home and set for the Rogers Daytime shows, which broadcasted live from Confederation Park for the opening and closing of this years Winterlude festival.
Maybe the most notable and crowd drawing feature of the park was its prize winning ice sculptures and the artists who created them, who could often be seen on the grounds or at work on their pieces. There was a wide array of truly stunning works, and although the warm weather took a toll on some of the sculptures towards the end of the festival, even with some melt damage they were nothing short of breath-taking.
Many of the ice sculptures were given places of sheltered display in the park with the flag of the sculptors home nation hung proudly above their work. The sculptures saw hundreds of people pass them by in admiring observation.
There was of course many tasty winter treats on hand as well as displays of craft and talent, with souvenirs available to spectators that were just made right in front of them.
Probably the hottest part of the entire festival had to be the SUB-ZERO music series which had its feature stage in confederation park where some artists and DJ’s would preform from inside the Winterlude Snow Globe! Hopefully everyone had the chance to get out and experience Winterlude for themselves, if not theres always next year, and in the meantime enjoy these exclusive bywardofmouth.ca pictures from Confederation Park Winterlude 2012.