Coralville's Winterfest set for Jan. 14

11th annual celebration is free

CORALVILLE - The 11th annnual Winterfest celebration is set to take place on Sunday, Jan. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Events will be held in several locations: Iowa River Landing/Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Johnson County Historical Museum, Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, Backpocket Brewery, and Vesta.

The event is free, but organizers are requesting non-perishable food donations for the Coralville Community Food Pantry. There is free parking at the south Marriott surface lot.

Activities include:

l Travel back in time at the Johnson County Historical Society for indoor wintertime activities. Make historic crafts based on Johnson County long ago to take home. Learn how a 19th-century printing press works by watching demonstrations and take home a memento of Coralville WinterFest printed on the machine. The Antique Car Museum and Model Train Club will also be open for viewing.

l Visit with a ranger from Coralville Lake and view some of the many fossils that can be found in the Devonian Fossil Gorge. Also learn what outdoor activities are available at the reservoir in the winter, and see the eagle display.

l Take a horse-drawn trolley ride. Country Gentleman’s Horse & Carriage Service, owned and operated by Morris & Linda Dolph in Waterloo, will provide horse-drawn trolley rides around the Iowa River Landing. Listen to the jingle of sleigh bells ringing on the team of horses, hear some history and join in on some caroling during the ride.

l Join the Iowa Children’s Museum for hands-on winter crafts and games, including an indoor snowball fight.

l Stop by the Coralville Public Library table and take fun pictures at their photo booth.

l Learn about winter bird-watching with the Iowa City Bird Club. The club will set up telescopes for viewing birds along the Iowa River on the Marriott terrace. There will also be an inside booth with a display of birdfeeders, samples of birdseed, and information on the type of birds that come to those feeders.

l Enjoy balloon art from Papa Balloon. A few of his “regular” creations include bicycles, motorcycles, princesses, frogs, bats, vampires, mermaids, space aliens, dogs, cats and swords.

l Face painting from Funny Face Designs by Lori.

l “Willustrations” by Will Beard, a local caricature artist.

l Backpocket Brewery will be offering samples.

l The Coralville Ecumenical Food Pantry will be on hand to accept donations. Please bring a non-perishable food item, or other household items to benefit those in need in our community.

l A silent auction will be held featuring items from area businesses. Funds raised are to help keep Winterfest a free event, and to ensure future ones.

l Make masks with Summer of the Arts in collaboration with Loyce Arthur and the Carnival parade.

l Other activities, including meeting members of the Coralville Police and Fire Department; hot cocoa at Vesta; exploring science and medicine with UI Health Care; exhibits from the Pentacrest Museums and the UI Paleontology Repository; learning about wildlife with the Iowa DNR, try riding a “fat tire” bike, see a real native tee pee, and meeting the Old Capitol City Roller Girls.

Event organizers are the city of Coralville, Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Johnson County Historical Society. Sponsors include the city of COralville, Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, ReMax Affiliates, and Country Gentleman’s Horse & Carriage Service.

Live Entertainment:

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Coralville United Methodist Church Bell Choir

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Kevin “BF” Burt

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. I.C. Girl’s Choir

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Magician Rick Eugene