Thursday, January 02, 2014
Peeps Fest 2013 Brings Snow ... and Smiles
Steelstacks parking requires a short walk from a free lot to the ArtsQuest Center. That's usually part of the fun. That fun became a challenge in the bone-chilling cold of Peeps Fest 2013, in which snow and winds conspired to interrupt any merriment. But even Mother Nature should know that it's next to impossible to keep kids from having a blast. If their smiles are any indication, the fifth annual Peeps Fest was a roaring success. It was easy on the wallet, too, as most of the events for free. Here's how it worked.
Parents and kids would go outside for free stuff until the first signs of frostbite began to appear. Then they'd crowd into the PBS studio, Event Center, and Visitor Center to warm up and get more free stuff. You'd be shocked at the number of 3 year-olds who sat quietly through a very dry Bethlehem Steel documentary at the Visitor Center. It had seats and was warm. But once they'd thaw, they'd be outside again.
Outside, people would line up for blocks for free stuff, which could be a refrigerator magnet or tote bag.
Then it would be back inside to warm up. Breanna Good, age 6, and brother Blake, age 4, spent some time inside the Coca Cola Ski Chalet, made of Coca Cola cases.
Back out in the cold, Krystal Elphinstone, age 13, and mother Jennifer, toast up smores.
Sure, there were sled dogs and even penguins, but these kids were more entertained by the railings.
Back inside, wood turner Ed Youtz mesmerized kids with the simplest of toys, spinning tops. Jackson Polansky, age 7, watched every turn of the wheel.
Back outside, Linken Parry, age 4, and Sera Schmauder, age 7, meet Frosty the Snowman.
Inside or out,everyone warmed up when Starfish began playing and Peeps danced on stage.
Festivities ended when a 30-pound peeps chick descended from the old steel works.