WINTER WONDERFUL: From sleds to soups...

WINTER WONDERFUL: From sleds to soups, Lowell throws a hot fest...

There are 15 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 8, 2009, titled WINTER WONDERFUL: From sleds to soups, Lowell throws a hot fest.... In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Maybe Lowla Bear has more sway than people give her credit for. When Winterfest's cuddly mascot issued a call earlier this year for all of Greater Lowell to come out of hibernation and join the ninth-annual ...

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winterfest changes

Tyngsboro, MA

#1 Feb 8, 2009
I have been all 9 winterfest in lowell, why did they change the layout of the festivile.
I didn't work, there was less this year . The sled track was hard to see and the camp fires were few. I brought people that haven't been to it before and I was embarressed. I was a huge disappointment . I hope the city rethinks the festiville and bring it back to the way it was.
stating the obvious

Boylston, MA

#2 Feb 8, 2009
They need to have fewer parked cars from the vendors parked where the pedestrians need to walk.
Also, the sidewalks could have been cleared better.
Put the snowman competition back on City hall Plaza. perhaps then the snow sculptures wont get vandalized overnight.
Maggie

Peabody, MA

#3 Feb 8, 2009
winterfest changes wrote:
I have been all 9 winterfest in lowell, why did they change the layout of the festivile.
I didn't work, there was less this year . The sled track was hard to see and the camp fires were few. I brought people that haven't been to it before and I was embarressed. I was a huge disappointment . I hope the city rethinks the festiville and bring it back to the way it was.
You should email the City manager's Office. They might appreciate the input.
Concerned Parent

Cambridge, MA

#4 Feb 9, 2009
I agree, I know that money is tight this year but sometimes cutting back on things are the reasons these types of festivals disappear. Once you set the bar you need to at least keep it the same. I also agree about the sidewalks..city did a poor job especially with all the great media coverage
Alexis Shovers Mom

United States

#5 Feb 9, 2009
Thanks Lowell Sun for publishing Alexis's picture, it is beautiful. She thinks she is a star now because she is in the paper
Maggie

Peabody, MA

#6 Feb 9, 2009
I just remembered that Andy St.Onge passed away last year. He was always on-top of all the little details for the goings-on in Lowell. His successor apparently isn't that good on the same little details. My neighbor says she thinks it is L.Z. Nunn the city's new Cultural person who is getting paid big bucks and too much from the sound of this forum.
Auntie Lydia

Durham, PA

#7 Feb 9, 2009
Thats my beautiful niece Alexis....
Looks like alot of FUN....
Love Ya,
Auntie Lydia
from New Jersey..
Hat Trick

Long Island City, NY

#8 Feb 9, 2009
Why allow Slipknot to play the Tsongas on the Friday of the festival? That crowded things up a bit...Andy St. Onge always did a great job, give the city a break until they can figure out how to fill those shoes.
stating the obvious

Boylston, MA

#9 Feb 9, 2009
Hat Trick wrote:
Why allow Slipknot to play the Tsongas on the Friday of the festival? That crowded things up a bit...Andy St. Onge always did a great job, give the city a break until they can figure out how to fill those shoes.
I'm not going to complain that there is 'too much' going on in the city. I think it's great to see Lowell bustling, especially in the dead of winter.
Hat Trick

Long Island City, NY

#10 Feb 9, 2009
You'd like to see it bustle again next year, though...people that had to trek long distances to get to the event may not come back.
grand

Lowell, MA

#11 Feb 9, 2009
It was rather awkward to have the age 21+ tent in between the sled races and the food vendors...it caused us with kids to have to climb around the tent, on icy surfaces.

I think the tent should be moved.
Stevie

Peabody, MA

#12 Feb 9, 2009
I saw some nice babes there. But of course there were the fat, ugly Hispanics too.
Wheres the money

Lowell, MA

#13 Feb 9, 2009
Where does all the money from beer sales go?$7.00 for a draft beer give me a break where does the money go or should I say who does the money go to.
Kristin

Dracut, MA

#14 Feb 9, 2009
All I know is that Joshua Tree came through big-time again. Whatever you do, don't lose them. As far as the sidewalks, yes they were horrible. We were parked at the Tsongas and had gone to Cobblestones after Joshua Tree was done, and we weren't allowed to go through the tent. My husband and friend both slipped as we had to go around. Not great planning on the city's part. Still had a great time though!!
Winterfest participant

Nashua, NH

#15 Feb 9, 2009
The races were awesome!
The music was great!
The beer was expensive.
The sidewalks were icy.
The fireworks were fantastic!

I think the only thing I would add to the whole thing is another tent for the kids.

Overall a great experience for everyone! Hats off to Lowell again! Job well done, and I am sure next year it will be better!

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