Cornhole, anyone? Wiscasset adds tourney, breakfast to Winterfest

Sun, 01/19/2020 - 8:45am

Wiscasset Parks and Recreation Director Duane Goud said he isn’t very good at cornhole. But if needed to make even teams for Winterfest’s new tournament Saturday, Feb. 1, he’ll play.

“I’ve never been in a (cornhole) tournament,” Goud said in a phone interview from Wiscasset Community Center Thursday, Jan. 16. A snowstorm made a slow day there, with some programs canceled. Goud hopes Winterfest weather will enable ice skating at the superintendent of schools’ office and snowmobiling at WCC with Alna Snowmobile Club. Either way, the event as always includes indoor offerings. 

Goud said the cornhole in the gym at 2:30 p.m. is a try at adding more for adults to do at Winterfest. So is that day’s community breakfast in the senior center from 7:30 to 10 a.m., a busy time any Saturday due to the swimming program, he said. He hopes that will aid turnout for the breakfast. It, the cornhole and Winterfest’s annual silent auction are fundraisers for Cooper-DiPerri Scholarship Fund.

“(The fund) benefits adults, families and children in the Wiscasset area and surrounding communities with scholarships for camps, after school programs, memberships for the Community Center and programs to help them grow and develop in a healthy and positive way,” the scholarship committee tells businesses in an appeal letter for donations to the auction. “Without this scholarship foundation, many people would not be able to enjoy the benefits of what our local Community Center and Parks & Recreation Department have to offer. Having access to these beneficial programs, we are providing families with the opportunity to enjoy a healthy and happy environment ...”

The auction runs from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Goud said donations should be in by Tuesday, Jan. 28. The auction and the popular trivia night and pizza party kick off Winterfest 2020. Goud said trivia night-goers filled the senior center last year and, depending on the number of registrations this year’s draws, it may move to the gym. “And I would love that, if we had to do that.” 

Most of Winterfest is Saturday, Feb. 1. Besides the breakfast, auction and cornhole, the flyer lists snowshoeing from 8 to 10:30 a.m.; a fire pit and s’mores all day; children’s outdoor activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Southern Maine Robotics bake sale from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.; snowmobile rides from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; horse carriage rides with Wood Field Farm from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Chewonki Foundation with “Fur, feathers and feet” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the senior center; hot lunch for sale from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; pool party from 12 to 2:30 p.m.; and, at 12:15, a “Chuck a duck” 50/50 raffle to benefit the WCCU/USA swim team. The ducks will be on sale in the lobby all morning.

Some Winterfest events are free; others have fees. For more information, visit or Wiscasset Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page, or call 882-8230. The flyer thanks sponsor Carl M.P. Larrabee Insurance Agency.

“Come out and enjoy the day,” Goud said.