Free event in Milford's Ann Street Park, Sat. Jan. 29 and Sat. Feb. 5


Organizers of the third annual, 2011 Winter Lights Festival, which begins Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m., are hoping to start a new Milford tradition.


Organizers of the third annual, 2011 Winter Lights Festival, which begins Saturday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m., are hoping to start a new Milford tradition.
Included will be “winter wonderland” ice sculptures by Tom Holmes, and telling of timeless stories of Greek mythology as well as the myths of other lands. The activities take place in Ann Street Park, Milford.
According to organizers, “Through, the fluid artistry of ice dancing, the physical theatricality of circus arts and the magical realism of the mask and  puppet theater you’ll experience the world of the first super heroes, action adventure, love, betrayal, laughter, anger, joy and sorrow, all part of the family drama of the Gods of the ancient worlds, whose stories after thousands of years, mirror what we see on  television, in the movies, in literature, and interact with through electronic games.”
The first story to be presented will be Peresphone and The Birth of WInter which will be introduced by the comic antics of the Bond Street Theatre. These include puppets, fire jugglers and stilt walkers. Leading off the program will  be several presentations from the Boundless Edge Dance Ensemble with music from Pops to Bach.
Before the world premier of Peresphone, there will be a brief intermission during with the “Mac & Cheese Awards” will be presented.  
This contest, open to restaurants and home cooking alike, will be held at the Dimmick Inn from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sample and vote with a $5 donation to Winter Lights, and help select the winners while enjoying music of Spirit Family Reunion. They will also be playing from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Patisserie.
A week later on Saturday, February 5th at 2 p.m., the Ice Theatre of New York will present a return of their Young Performers in an ensemble piece  called “Circus,” to be followed by Milford’s own Jorden Hartey and then solo performances by the Young Performers. Closing the Festival  will be Jordan dancing to “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” sung by the 30-40 voice DVHS Chorus, under the direction of Gordon Pauling.
That Saturday will also give you a chance to enjoy and experience the  wonderful musicianship of the other DVHS musical groups: At the  Patisserie from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., DVHS Jazz, under the direction of Lance Rauh, and after the ice show, back at the Patisserie, from 3:30  to 4:30 p.m, the DVHS Quintet, under the direction of Dave Swinehart.
Public skating will continue at the rink as long as weather permits and as usual all events at the Winter Lights Festival are free. Enjoy the shows, the music and skating in the Victorian setting of Milford’s Ann Street Park, brought to by the Milford Borough Parks & Recreation Committee and Innovative Arts.
Michael Carson, who is coordinating the event, said that this year, theatrics are more integrated in the program than in the past. He said it was his hope that the festival will serve to inspire young poeple in the arts.
As always, due to the seasonal weather, please check the Winter Lights website: www.winterlightsfest.com for any changes in the programs and rink operations.