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Of the Season: 11 Activities to Try This Winter

Nov 21, 2018 07:07AM ● By Emma Eldridge

By Erica L. Shames

  1. Make Snow Cream – All you need is a few ingredients!

  2. Go sledding: Break out your Flexible Flyer, toboggan or flying saucer and head to the nearest hill to experience the child-like joy of winter. Take the activity to the next level at the Pithole Sledding Party, Feb. 9 and 10, 2019, in Pleasantville. More information is at DrakeWell.org.

  3. Try snowshoeing: State parks and outdoor clubs host outdoor events that encourage visitors to try new winter activities. R.B. Winter State Park’s annual SnowFest takes place in February and features ice skating, nature photography, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and more. More information is at VisitCentralPA.org.

  4. Volunteer at a soup kitchen: Winter is a good time to spread some cheer by volunteering to make life better for those around us. Contact local churches and food banks for opportunities.

  5. Decorate your home with festive lights (and leave them up long after the holidays end). With shorter days and longer nights, it’s up to us to make our own sunshine!

  6. Go caroling: Gather together friends and family and brighten up your neighborhood with some festive, musical holiday cheer.

  7. Throw a Super Bowl party: Fight the urge to hibernate! Invite some friends over to watch the big game. Make it a pot-luck and the party’s a cinch.

  8. Build a snow person: How long has it been since you played outdoors in the snow? Grace your front yard with your new family member, and dress her up in style. And don’t forget the hat!

  9. Bake cookies and share them with your neighbors: Everyone will appreciate your kindness.

  10. Curl up in front of a roaring fire: Watch the ebb and flow of flames, deep-breathe; the fireplace is mesmerizing! Give yourself permission to take a time-out, and just do nothing.  

  11. Experience an ice festival: Carving ice is an art form. Several communities in Pennsylvania host these cold-weather fun-fests, including Reading, Carlisle, Lititz, Chambersburg, Clarks Summit and Lewisburg. Lewisburg’s festival also includes a Polar Bear Plunge into the Susquehanna River! More information is at VisitCentralPA.org.


In a box

Snow Cream Recipe
From Susquehanna Life Magazine’s Premiere Issue
Winter 1993
  • 10-12 cups fresh, clean snow
  • ½ to 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Your favorite toppings
Place snow in large chilled bowl. Add vanilla. Slowly pour cream into the snow while constantly stirring, until mixture resembles soft frozen ice cream. The consistency of the fresh snow will determine the amount of cream needed. Sweeten to taste with confectioner’s sugar and stir briskly. Top with your favorite ice cream toppings. Enjoy!

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