Let’s face it; winter in Oswego, NY can be bleak, boring, and gray.Usually by the time February rolls around Oswegonians are more than ready for spring, warm weather and sunshine. So why not get out in the community and enjoy the things that make Oswego great, it’s local businesses, organizations, and community members? And while you’re at it, do things that help to warm you (and our town) up.
This coming weekend, February 7 & 8, the Oswego YMCA celebrates the 9th annual Warm Up Oswego Festival with more fun, community building activities than ever before.
The event kicks off on Friday night with live music all over town. The festival begins at Alex’s on the Water with music around their fire pit and the sold-out Chicken Wing and Microbrew Festival for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County. The Oswego Music Hall is sponsoring musician Larry Kyle and an Open Mic Night on Friday evening. Taste the World is also hosting their popular event, Mug of Music, where you can curl up with a cup of coffee and listen to live music in Canal Commons.
Saturday, the second day of the festival is jam-packed with fun events that are sure to warm Oswego (and it’s residents) up! The crazy costume sled race and the Hot 2k Trot encourage community members to dress up in fun, silly costumes and get outside and move around. There will also be a downtown scavenger hunt, vendors, and demonstrations inside the Armory. To end the festival, fireworks by Pyrotecnico will be set off over the Oswego River at 6 pm.
New to this year’s Warm Up Oswego festival is the Chili Cook-Off. For $5, community members can sample chili from kitchens all around Oswego from 1-3 at the Oswego YMCA Armory. Taste-testers can vote for their favorite chili, and the winner of the award for best chili “gets the pot”.
“Oswego is a great place to live and work. People who come here can’t believe all the parks and how beautiful our waterfront is. We have great marinas, and a lot of fun things to do,” said Mary Vanouse, event organizer for Warm Up Oswego. Warm Up Oswego is a great way for people around the community to get to know one another, “It just shows how good people are in a small community like ours, and it’s all for a great cause.”
So join your friends and neighbors this weekend to help make Oswego, NY’s winter feel a little bit shorter.
For more information, go to Warm Up Oswego’s Facebook Page!