Townshippers are always of two minds at this time of year. For many, it’s hibernation time. Thanks to board games, music, streaming television and the world wide web, there’s no shortage of entertainment for people who choose to avoid the cold and wait patiently for spring. But at the same time, the beauty of winter is undeniable. Christmas lights glowing through snow-covered trees, vast pristine fields of white, the quiet of a walk at night as the snow falls. For as long as there have been people getting cold just looking out the window, there have been winter carnivals, reminding Canadians and Townshippers that every season is worth enjoying – in its own way. Sure, it might take some convincing, but once the long underwear, and the boots, and the scarf, and the mitts and the hat are on, few regret getting out to enjoy the fresh winter air. Carnivals always have, and always will continue to spread the ‘if you can’t beat it, join it’ attitude. Among the gems in The Record photo archives are some pictures from the Huntingville Winter Carnival, a popular event decades ago (as you may be able to tell from the outfits). Organized by the Huntingville Sports Club, the carnival started in the early 1960s and usually took place in late January or early February and included a host of family-friendly activities. See full story in the Monday, Jan. 6 edition of The Record.
By Matthew McCully