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Your Time: Amherst Winterfest

  • Chelah schwartz,2, gets a high five from a snow man at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Schwartz is being held by a family friend, Emily Adams, of Amherst.

    Chelah schwartz,2, gets a high five from a snow man at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Schwartz is being held by a family friend, Emily Adams, of Amherst. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jaydon Perez,11, of Amherst at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Jaydon Perez,11, of Amherst at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.


    Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Jude Holesovsky,8, of Leverett at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Jude Holesovsky,8, of Leverett at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.<br/>

    Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
    Purchase photo reprints »

  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Isabelle Palmisano,8, of Hadley at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Isabelle Palmisano,8, of Hadley at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.


    Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Miles Corley,6, of Amherst, makes his way back up the hill at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Miles Corley,6, of Amherst, makes his way back up the hill at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Nikolas Ferraro,2, of Granby works on a snow sculpture as part of the <br/>Amherst Winterfest activities  held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Nikolas Ferraro,2, of Granby works on a snow sculpture as part of the
    Amherst Winterfest activities held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Audrey Barker-Plotkin, of Amherst, with her puppy Ziggy, getting him to "shake" as part of the tricks portion of the dog show at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

    Audrey Barker-Plotkin, of Amherst, with her puppy Ziggy, getting him to "shake" as part of the tricks portion of the dog show at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Chelah schwartz,2, gets a high five from a snow man at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course. Schwartz is being held by a family friend, Emily Adams, of Amherst.
  • Jaydon Perez,11, of Amherst at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Jude Holesovsky,8, of Leverett at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.<br/>
  • Evan Maio, 2 of Sunderland asleep in a sled at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Isabelle Palmisano,8, of Hadley at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • <br/>Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Miles Corley,6, of Amherst, makes his way back up the hill at Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Nikolas Ferraro,2, of Granby works on a snow sculpture as part of the <br/>Amherst Winterfest activities  held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.
  • Audrey Barker-Plotkin, of Amherst, with her puppy Ziggy, getting him to "shake" as part of the tricks portion of the dog show at the Amherst Winterfest held Sunday afternoon at Cherry Hill golf course.

Sledding, snowboarding, an ice sculpture contest, horse-drawn wagon rides, a cider doughnut-eating contest, a community bonfire, a wine and cheese tasting, homemade chili — and a dog show — all were part of the scene at Amherst Winterfest last Sunday at the Cherry Hill Golf Course. Originally scheduled for Saturday, the event was postponed a day after Winter Storm Nemo blanketed the region with close to 20 inches of snow.

About 1,500 people attended the event, which was organized and hosted by the Friends of Amherst Recreation, the Cherry Hill Golf Course and Amherst Leisure Services.

Just about every planned activity took place, said Bilz, the assistant director of Amherst Leisure Services and general manager of Cherry Hill. A crew of volunteers worked hard to clear snow at the site, she said, so that everyone could move around as safely and easily as possible.

“It was a challenge, but they rose to the occasion,” she said Monday. “We’re all very sore today.”

To suggest a subject for Your Time, contact Suzanne Wilson at swilson@gazettenet.com.

FYI: In the photo of Miles Corley climbing the hill, in the background the photo also includes Peter Blood (me!) carrying a green sled with my granddaughter Kammy Blood.

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