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Winter Fete Hockey Game

Enjoy Bloomington’s winter wonderland

Here’s a forecast for fun: Take the chill out of one week of winter. Embrace the snow and ice of the season during Parks and Recreation’s 16th annual Winter Fete. Hockey, ice skating, ice harvesting, fat tire bike racing and cross-country skiing are just the beginning. Let your spirits soar with the International Ski Jumping Competition. Build something spectacular during Lego activity day at The Works Museum. These and other family-friendly events will take place throughout the city, Saturday, January 19, through Sunday, January 27. For more information, call Parks and Recreation at 952-563-8877 or visit

Delve into history at Winter Fete

Local history comes alive during the annual Pond Dakota Winter History Festival, a celebration of olden times and new fun, during the week of Winter Fete. Enjoy winter outdoor pioneer and Dakota games, including “snow snakes” and sledding. Hear talks on Native American Lacrosse with demonstrations on traditional lacrosse stick making. Or join a game of snow lacrosse. Warm up by the fire in the historic Pond House. Delve into the history of the Oak Grove Mission and the Pond family. Be entertained during an authentic 19th century magic act by Scott Crosby. Complimentary refreshments will be available, and the event is free at Pond Dakota Mission Park, 401 East 104th Street, Sunday, January 27, noon – 4 p.m.