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The Third Annual Holyoke Winter Carnival will kick off February 7, 2014 - a 10 day city-wide celebration of winter themed festivities.

The community-driven celebration will bring together diverse community groups for a week and a half long series of winter art and entertainment events that enriches the cultural, economic, and social vitality of the City of Holyoke.

The Holyoke Winter Carnival encourages community organizations, synagogues,  churches, schools, and businesses to sponsor unique, creative, and inviting winter theme events that celebrate Holyoke.

This year the Carnival will have two themed weekends. The first weekend Friday February 7 – 9, will focus on recreation and sports to coincide with the start of the Winter Olympics. It will feature hockey matches, a curling demonstration, outdoor walk on Mt. Tom, and much more.  The second weekend, February 13-16, will celebrate Holyoke Arts and Entertainment with a Night Parade, Quilt Show, Free Community Pancake Breakfast, Cake Decorating, Chili Cook-off, and the  new table top flower arrangment contest.

The Holyoke Winter Carnival is a volunteer led event organized by Ken Johnston, Margaret Rooks, Jeremy Smith, Mimi Wielgosz, Ashley Batlle, Maria Aguilar-Gawle, Darlene Elias, Teresita Castaño Erin Brunelle, Rory Casey, Marty Fulwood, Kate Lynch, Mark Dunlap, Pat Fettinger, Dan Fitzgerald, Stan Krzanowski, Aaron Hohol, Viviana De Jesus, Connie Kennedy, Stan Geddes, Sara Krohn, Peter Kuusisto, Myriam Quiones, Toussaint Liberator,  Rick Purcell, Yaraliz Soto, Councilwoman Jossie Valentin, and Tim Purrington. Additional volunteer assistance was provided by Vivianna Valiente, Nancy Howard, and Joshua Garcia.

Special thanks goes out to:

Vitek Kruta, Lori Divine, and Gateway City Arts for helping the Holyoke Winter Carnival grow as a fledgling, community-based arts organization.

City of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, and his Executive Assistant, Tessa Murphy-Romboletti.

Teresa Sheppart, Director,  of the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department for their continued support of the Holyoke Winter Carnival.

Carey Baker, Midnightson Designs, for his website development assistance. Michael Richardson, of Boise, Idaho, is a former Northampton residents who graciously donated his web design skills to the Carnival. Michael’s company is called Timeglider, a web-based timeline software program.

Melissa Boisselle, Director, of the Wistariahurst Museum and co-chair of Passport Holyoke, who has been instrumental in helping the Holyoke Winter Carnival partner with more organizations.

Priscilla Kane Hellweg, of Enchanted Circle Theater, for her recommendations, suggestions, and mentoring.