Brookline brings back Winter Festival; Three-day celebration returns after long absence.

BROOKLINE – Brookline was blessed with perfect winter weather Saturday for its first Winter Festival in more than a decade.

Kids and adults alike enjoyed exhibition hockey matches at Brookline Ball Park Rink as onlookers enjoyed hotdogs and snowmobilers blurred by.

Saturday was the second of the three day festival. On Friday night, there was a spaghetti dinner and a family skate night.

Events Saturday included a snowball launch, a snow and ice sculpture contest and a snowshoe obstacle course. In the afternoon, the town shut down Springvale Avenue and turned it into a sledding hill.

Jan Noble, of Brookline, came with her eleven-year-old son to watch the game from the sidelines.

“It’s a big weekend in Brookline,” Noble said. “I think it’s fantastic bringing the town together, and everyone getting together just hanging out and having a good time.”

As Noble spoke, Dennis Dobe, principal of Captain Samuel Douglass Academy and Daniel Molinari, principal of Richard Maghakian Memorial School, engaged alongside teachers and kids in a lively hockey match.

After the match, Molinari expressed excitement about the opportunity to bring back the Winter Festival.

“There was a Winter Festival years ago in Brookline, and we just wanted to bring it back to the community, because we have such a special community,” Molinari said. “Winter can be a tough time for a lot of people and there’s so many fun winter activities to do, so we thought, ‘Let’s go for it this year.’”

The final event of the evening was the Snowball Adult Dance at the Brookline Events Center, which featured live music.

The festivities continue Sunday, beginning with an ice fishing derby from 6 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Lake Potanipo and Melendy Pond.

Derek Edry can be reached at 594-1243, or @Telegraph_Derek.