The Izaak Walton League Winterfest is designed to share the glories of the winter season: snowflakes, ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing, animal tracks in the snow, sculptures, shelters, sledding, nature, and fun! This year, the Dwight Lydell Chapter is hoping to have some snow to celebrate. While some people prefer more tropical weather, many look forward to the variety that our seasons bring, and the truth is, much of our wildlife depends upon it. The Winterfest “show” will go on either way, as there are also many activities that don’t require snow, such as archery, exploring the Conservation Center’s trails, making a birdfeeder or house, building a camp of pine branches, or enjoying a hotdog lunch. All of the activities are free and open to the community. The “Ikes” welcome this chance for you to see what their group has to offer, with 39 acres, Armstrong Creek, a pond, cozy clubhouse, and folks committed to preserving our natural resources. This chapter started in 1927, with hunters and fishermen as “defenders of soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.” The nonprofit continues with these issues and also kids’ need for nature. This event is free, but they always appreciate donations for their projects involving schools, education, workshops, and outdoor activities. The League invites you, your friends and especially children to enjoy the fun from 10 to 3 p.m. at 5641 Myers Lake Ave., on January 28. If you would like to be involved as a volunteer, perhaps on the sledding hill, in the kitchen, or anything at all, please call Georgia Donovan at (616) 773-2850 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Izaak Walton League Winterfest
The annual Izaak Walton League (Ikes) Winterfest was a big hit on Saturday, January 23, on Myers Lake Road. “It was a great day with almost 400 people out to enjoy the outdoor fun,” said president Georgia Donovan. The ice fishing, skating, sledding, candle-making, and cross-country skiing were very popular. Watch for more fishing events in the spring. Next up will be their annual fundraising banquet on March 5. Call (616) 866-4769 for information. The Isaak Walton League here in Rockford is the Dwight Lydell Chapter, which has a 30-plus acre conservation center at 5641 Myers Lake Road. New members are always welcome. The group is a non-profit conservation organization. Visit www.michiganike.org for more information.