Article by Claudia Kittock
Saturday, December 10 was cold, but the first ever Winterfest on Second Street contributed a great deal to warming up the neighborhood! It was a day filled with fun, community and laughter.
There were free horse and carriage rides, with neighborhood volunteers assisting riders. At the beginning of the ride, there was complimentary hot chocolate, sponsored by Cynthia Froid Group and served by Misfit Coffee. It was delicious! At the other end of the ride were ice cream snowmen and cookies from Cookie Cart, all donated by Izzy’s Ice Cream.
In the middle of the fest, there were children’s games in Gold Medal Park, sponsored by Downtown Families Minneapolis, and organized by Luke Kleckner. RS Eden residences, Emanuel Housing and Alliance, added to the festivities. With the help of volunteers Vince Tillotson and Quincy Taylor, Emanuel Housing ran the photo booth. Alliance provided volunteers to assist with the horse and carriage and hand out treats at Izzy's.
Roaming around Second Street during the entire fest were the Friends of the Mill District Singers, entertaining everyone with carols. While it was cold, everyone had a wonderful time singing and laughing together.
Cynthia Froid's office was the drop off site for contributions for People Serving People and YouthLink. Her office was filled with the generosity of our community, including over $1000 in cash gifts. Wow!!
Thank You to each and every one who helped make this event a success. The goal of Friends of the Mill District is, in part, to sponsor events that embrace the entire community, and we are so blessed to have had all of your help. This is an amazing community!
Didn't get a chance to hear the carolers? Here they are, along with additional photos of the event: