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Carbonear Winter Carnival starting Feb. 21

Alex McKenna gets ready begins to slide down the snow hill with some help from her friends Annie Duffy Corkum, from left, and Charlie McKenna. Desiree Anstey/Journal Pioneer
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“Snow’s a plenty in 2020” is the official slogan of the 2020 Carbonear Winter Carnival and it’s certainly true. Gracie Mugford, a Grade 3 student at Carbonear Academy, wrote the slogan and was this year’s contest winner.

The carnival runs from Feb. 21 to March 1. The opening ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Recreation Complex, followed by fireworks at 7:30 p.m. and a free swim at the pool starting at 8 p.m.

The Best Dressed Snowman contest is a highlight this year, with prizes being awarded for first and second place. Photos must be sent to the council office by 2 p.m. Feb. 26. The 15th annual youth to teen art contest is back again this year, with primary, elementary and teen divisions. Artwork must be dropped off to the town office by Feb. 20 and will be on display during the winter carnival.

A number of other events are planned, including a snowshoe walk, movie nights, tea parties and plenty of live music.

Carbonear Winter Carnival schedule of events

FRIDAY -  Feb. 21

6:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies and Frosty’s Birthday Celebrations
Recreation Complex 
Outdoor games, activities and refreshments. 
Weather permitting there will be a family skate. 

7:30 p.m. - Fireworks 
Recreation Complex

8 p.m. - Free Swim
Carbonear Swimming Pool

Karaoke with Jake and Bonnie Parsons
West Side Charlie’s

SATURDAY – Feb. 22

9-11 a.m. - Winter Carnival Breakfast
Knights of Columbus
Admission at the door: $ 9 adults, $6 kids 12 and under.

9 a.m. Registration - Mixed Dart Tournament
Royal Canadian Legion 
4 player teams, 2 male and 2 female. $40 per team. Limited to the first 14 teams registered.

11 a.m. - Snowshoe/Walk the Trail 
Starting at Tilley Place to Milton’s Bridge. Parking available at the end of Forest Road. Bring your own snowshoes or just come to walk. There will be a limited number of adult snowshoes available.  Conditions permitting.  

12-2 p.m. - Free Paraffin Dip Treatments
Haven Massage & Spa 
To celebrate the grand opening of the wellness centre.

1:30p.m. - Winter Carnival Story Time
Carbonear Public Library
Thinking Day Story Time with readings by the Carbonear Guiding movement.

7-9 p.m. - Kids Dance
Knights of Columbus
$5 admission, drink and popcorn provided. Canteen services will be available.

DJ Motz
Westside Charlie’s 

9 p.m. - Winter Carnival Adult Dance 
Fongs Lounge
Featuring Bic & the Ballpoints. Tickets sold at the town office. Prizes to be won.  

SUNDAY – Feb. 23

2:30 p.m. - Sliding Fun
Claude Garland Memorial Playground
Snow permitting

4-6 p.m. - Children’s Movie
Knights of Columbus
Admission $5, includes popcorn and drink. Canteen available for other confectionary items.

All You Can Play Pool
Westside Charlie’s 
All you can play for $10.

MONDAY – Feb. 24

8 p.m. - Old Fashioned Bingo
Knights of Columbus
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

TUESDAY - Feb. 25

7-9 p.m. - Family Movie Night  
College of the North Atlantic Lecture Theatre
Admission is free, movie playing is The Lion King. Snacks provided.

Thirsty T Days
Westside Charlie’s
All day 3 for $10 specials.

8 p.m. - Seniors Card Game
Royal Canadian Legion   
$2 admission

8 .p.m - Texas Hold’em
Royal Canadian Legion 
$25 per player, 50,000 chips.


8 -10 a. m. - Community Kindness Breakfast 
CNA – Carbonear Campus cafeteria
Breakfast in support of the College of the North Atlantic Student Emergency Fund. Tickets are $10 and must be pre-purchased by calling College of the North Atlantic at 596-8921 or email
Bologna, bacon, eggs, toutons, hashbrowns, baked beans, tea/coffee/juice will be served.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Seniors Studio 50+ 
Michele’s Fine Art & Studio Boutique, 195 Water St.
Bring your crafting, knitting or whatever you are working on and enjoy the studio. Located on the main floor. Wheelchair accessible. Tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches provided.

All You Can Play Pool 
Westside Charlie’s
All you can play for $10.

5 p.m. -Burgers & Shakes 
Princess Sheila Club Building 
Class starts at 5:30 pm. How to make the “Perfect Burger” and “Shake” cooking class for teenagers, ages 14-17. Hosted by: Chef Crystal of Crossroads Café.

7 p.m. - Awards Night        
Carbonear swimming pool
Presentation of Volunteer of the Year award, athletic awards and scholarships.  Application is available on the Town of Carbonear Website

THURSDAY – Feb. 27

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Senior Talk and Tea   
College of the North Atlantic library
Seniors NL will host a presentation on safety for seniors. Snacks and tea/coffee provided. 

1-3 p.m. - High Tea Party (50+ event
Princess Sheila Club, 163 Water St.
An afternoon of fun, come along and bring a friend. 

Thirsty T Days
Westside Charlie’s
All day 3 for $10 specials

7 p.m. - Texas Hold’em  
Knights of Columbus 
Game at 8 p.m., registration opens at 7 p.m. No buy ins, 50,000 in chips, $30 per player. Prize payouts subject to registration. For more information call 596-5301.

8 p.m. - Seniors Card Game  
Knights of Columbus
Call 596-5301 for more details. 

FRIDAY – Feb. 28

All You Can Play Pool 
Westside Charlie’s
All you can play for $10.

6:30 p.m. - Children’s Free Movie Night 
Princess Sheila Building
Free with movie snacks provided. Playing will be Frozen.

Karaoke with Jake and Bonnie Parsons
West Side Charlie’s

8 – 11 p.m. - Live music
Route 66 Diner & Pub
No cover. 

SATURDAY – Feb. 29

Starting at 8:30 a.m. – Table Tennis Tournament
TC Square Mall
Table tennis invitational tournament.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Fish ‘N’ Brewis
Carbonear Fire Hall
Carbonear Volunteer Fire Department serving up fish and brewis for $10, first come, first serve. 

10-11 a.m. - Winter Carnival Studio Saturday
Michelle’s Fine Art, 195 Water St.
For kids aged three to five, max of 12 kids. Free event, must be accompanied by an adult.  
To register call or text Michelle 709-597-1355.

12-1 p.m.  - 1, 2, 3 Draw with me! 
Michelle’s Fine Art, 195 Water St.
For ages six to 12 , max of 20 kids. Free event, to register call or text Michelle 709-597-1355.

2 p.m. - Snow Sculpture/Colouring Contest & Kettle Boiling Contest
Pergola area, Boardwalk 
Hot chocolate and prizes.

2:30 - 4 p.m - Teen Painting
Michelle’s Fine Art, 195 Water St.
Ages 13-17, max 12 participants. Special carnival pricing is $15 each. Must pre-register, call or text Michelle 709-597-1355.

3 - 6 p.m. - Irish Jam Session 
Route 66 Diner & Pub

5 p.m. - Seniors Soup Soiree 
Princess Sheila Building, 163 Water St.
Soup and sandwich prepared by SSVP Carbonear Food Bank Social Enterprise. Music by Amanda Dowden.

6-9:30 p.m. – Adult Sip and Splat
Michelle’s Fine Art, 195 Water St.
Ages 19+, max 12 participants. Special Winter Carnival pricing $30. Must pre-register, call or text Michelle 709-597-1355.

8-11 p.m. – Live Music 
Route 66 Diner & Pub
No cover.

9 – 12 p.m. -  Live Music by Ben Lewis & Jack Smith
Downstairs, Royal Canadian Legion.  
Free entertainment, moose burgers will be available for purchase.

9 p.m. - Adult Dance
Knights of Columbus
Music by Glen Jewers Music, admission $3.

DJ Hynesee
Westside Charlie’s 

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