February 19, 2020 - Bolton, MA - Nashoba Valley's first annual Cabin Fever Winter Festival has raised a net of $7,000. All net proceeds will be used by the event's host, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, to benefit needy individuals and families in Bolton, Lancaster and Stow.

This fun-for-all-ages outdoor event, which took place on February 1 on Bolton Town Common, attracted more than 300 hearty souls.

The Cabin Fever Winter Festival was designed to bring together the residents of Bolton, Lancaster and Stow plus the neighboring communities for a day of fun and fellowship.

"We were successful in bringing our three communities together," says Nashoba Valley Rotarian Nanci Bishop, Cabin Fever co-chair, "by inviting our municipalities to create their most unique Decorate A Snowperson Contest entries, which exceeded our wildest expectations, and by inviting our local restaurants, who brought their A-game for our nearly 300 guests. We also enjoyed watching our young neighbors participate in our varied children’s activities."

This event was also created to raise funds to meet the needs of the three Nashoba towns’ local programs and service projects.

"What I love about Cabin Fever is that the net proceeds will go to groups and organizations in our three towns that embody Rotary’s motto, which is Service Above Self," says Nashoba Valley Rotarian Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Cabin Fever co-chair. "These three little towns are filled with compassionate people who are constantly watching out for their neighbors."

A day of fun and fellowship

Cabin Fever Winter Festival attendees found numerous was to chase away the winter blues with beer/wine tastings, hot chocolate, s'mores, and a variety of fun and unique games and activities. 

They enjoyed tasting the special chili recipes of local restaurants competing in the Chili Contest for for the Chili Champ of 2020. The winner: The Fireplace Room Restaurant at the International Golf Club & Resort in Bolton, created by Executive Chef Andrew Ciullo and Line Cook Shawn House (shown left to right, in second image from top).

They checked out the unique Decorate a Snowman contestants, which will sit on the Bolton Common through the month of February for all to see (shown on right, third image from top) . The first-place winner, a Burl Ives Snowman (shown on right, fourth image from top), was created by Bolton Public Library.

And, they cheered on the Sled Design contestants, who had d ecorated creative sleds - and vied for bragging rights to the top prize. The first-place winner, a Pirate Ship Sled, was created by Benjamin Schwartz of Bolton (shown on right, fifth image from top, posing with Olaf).

To view all event photos, visit http://bit.ly/2SIrUSA .

For more information, contact Nanci Bishop, of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, at 978-479-1603 or   nanbish@yahoo.com . Or, visit www.rotarycabinfeverfest.com.