Groton on the Inside: Cabin fever? Groton has the cure!

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In just a little over two weeks, a fabulous not-to-be-missed opportunity to shake off those winter doldrums and have a little fun is Groton’s annual Cabin Fever Festival, hosted by Groton Recreation, held in the high school gym, 400 Peru Road from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 2.


The festival was originally known as “Winterfest” but changed its name to Cabin Fever Festival in 2015. The event has gained significant popularity in the past decade as more attractions and activities have been added over the years.
Brand new this year is the Star Lab, brought to you by the Sciencenter, where the audience can experience the night sky indoors with a portable planetarium. Expert guides will take you on an exciting tour of the constellations. There will be three shows at 1, 1:45, and 2:15 p.m. This is a free activity with a maximum of 25 participants per show.


The Cayuga Nature Center will also be on site from 12 noon to 2 p.m. with a plethora of live animals to see, touch, and learn about, including a porcupine!
The free “Kids Activity Zone” includes a bounce house, slide, face painting, concessions, raffles, and more.


The Groton Cub Scouts will be there all day vending their famous “Country Meat Sticks” and working on a community art project drawn by one of the den leaders and local artist, Maria Montreuil.


Face painting will also be offered by the budding artists from the Groton High School Art Club, and there will be no shortage of vendors to visit, featuring local products such as soaps, lotions, handcrafted jewelry and croqueted items, baseball cards and hats, home décor, jams and jellies, baked goods, and much more.


In addition to the offerings from independent entrepreneurs, there will also be representation of local consultants for some of the trending corporate products like Pink Zebra, Thirty-One Products, Tastefully Simple, Norwex, LulaRoe, and more.


Sponsored in part by Anita Williams of LulaRoe, Crossroads the Clown will also be back from 1 to 3 p.m. to do his best to chase away the winter blues with his antics, juggling, and balloon creations.


Music by DJ Kelly, various concessions, and other fun activities will fill in the rest of the day, then bring the whole family out for an evening of roller-skating fun in the gym from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost for the evening is $5 per person and includes skates. Concessions will be available to purchase from the Groton Jr/Sr High School PTO. For more information, visit Groton Recreation on Facebook or call the Village Office at (607) 898-3966.


Happening at the library
Students are welcome to gather at the Groton Public Library from 12 noon to 2 p.m. every day during their Feb. 18-22 break. There will be a movie, fun with technology, story time, and PAWS2READ. Free lunch will be provided.


The monthly community meal, which is completely free and open to the public, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.


Certified instructor, Aniiyah Klock, will lead free monthly wellness classes for adults at the GPL. The class will be held the third Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m., beginning Feb. 20, with the topic, “Focusing on Acupressure Points and Overall Heart Health.” The topics for March 20 will be “Restoring the Liver and Gall Bladder” and “Balancing Anger and Persistence.”


The monthly Library Book Club meeting is at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. They will be discussing the book “The Day the World Came to Town” by Jim Defede. All are invited to stop in and join in the discussion.


Every Monday, from 2 to 9 p.m., GPL returns to its roots and models the libraries of yesteryear with quiet hours.


Every Tuesday at 6 p.m. free food is dropped off by the Friendship Donation Network and is available for anyone in Groton, but first-come, first-served.

In Brief:

Spaghetti and more
The Groton City United Church of Christ, 47 Groton City Rd., will serve a spaghetti supper from 4:30 p.m. until gone, Saturday, Feb. 16. On the menu: spaghetti with either meat or meatless sauce, tossed salad, bread and butter, dessert, and an assortment of beverages.


There is no cost for the dinner, but they will gratefully accept a free will offering. The church is handicapped-accessible. For those who can’t make it this time, save the date for the next one on Saturday, April 27.

Outstanding CTE students
The following Groton students were recognized as outstanding students of the month for January at the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES Career and Technical Education Center. Shentel Evener, Early Childhood; Sebastian Mikula, Culinary Arts; and Mercedes Muzzy, Animal Science.


The outstanding students are chosen based on qualities such as character, leadership, citizenship, work ethic, and attendance. They must also be compassionate, honest, trustworthy, responsible, and a positive role model.
Congratulations to these exceptional career and tech students in our school!

Sip and Paint
The Groton Olde Home Days committee is sponsoring a sip and paint on Friday, March 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Groton American Legion, 307 Main St. Visit theinstantartist.com and search for the event to see the beautiful 16 by 20-inch landscape painting that everyone will be able to learn to create.
There will be light snacks provided and drinks for purchase at the bar (Please do not bring your own). Cost is $35 per person. Proceeds of ticket sales will go toward Groton Olde Home Days.


Groton on the Inside appears weekly. Submit news ideas to Linda Competillo, lmc10@cornell.edu or (607) 227-4922.

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