The Big Chill – This Weekend!

In Central New York, the middle of January seems like an unlikely time for a fun-filled weekend event.  I was excited to hear that my own town, Baldwinsville, hosts an annual two day festival for charity – The Big Chill.  This Friday, January 20th, the weekend commences with a wine, chocolate, and cheese tasting at the historic Red Mill Inn (7-11 PM).  Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.  Call (315) 638-0550, or click here.  Beginning at 11 AM on Saturday, January 21st, there will be free family activities at Mercer Parkamid heated tents.  The fun includes a snowman-making contest, a cook-off, a bonfire, and a kids area.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  

The most anticipated event of the day is the Polar Bear Plunge.  From 12:00-4:00, courageous teams and individuals will jump into the icy cold Seneca River – all for charity!  It’s not too late to sign up if you’re daring enough to brave the glacial waters – click here to get started.  Each person must raise a minimum of $100.  Don’t wait though – you must pre-register at the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce by this Thursday, January 18th between 5-8 PM in order to participate.  

The Big Chill is concluded with the Poker Bear Express, a poker run/pub crawl. All of the proceeds from  this enjoyable weekend are divided between the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY, and the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce.  I won’t miss it!

These pictures are from last year’s event.  Did you attend?  If so, send your photos to  Chilliest looking photo wins a Friendly’s Ice Cream Gift Certificate for $10!

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