Amana spices up winter with festival

From the Iowa Press-Citizen:

Visitors took part in activities ranging from a 5K race to quilting demonstrations at sites around the Amana Colonies during the sixth annual Winterfest, which organizers expected to attract a crowd of more than 2,000.

Out near the barn and stables where farmers markets are held in warmer months, people tried their hands at a snowball toss, enjoyed steaming bowls of chili and watched culinary arts students from Kirkwood Community College sculpt a penguin from a block of ice with chainsaws.

“It’s just a great way to get out and do something different in the middle of winter,” said Laura Sue Woods, co-chairwoman of the event. “All of us start feeling cooped up about now.”….Tasha Coryell, a senior at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., made the two-hour drive to Winterfest with fellow members of the school’s German club. After trying her hand at log cutting, she was looking forward to checking out Amana’s craft shops for some knitting supplies.

“We like trying to go to different places in the area and experience different things,” said Coryell, the club’s president. “I’d say it was worth the drive. It’s better than studying.”

Other Winterfest events included an eagle watch at the Lily Lake shelter, candy-making demonstrations at the Chocolate Haus and the Snow Ball dance in the evening at the Iowa Theatre Artists Company.