5 Things Friday – Feb. 8

We’re back! After a brief hiatus we are returning with our weekly listing of five things to do, events to attend, sights to see and businesses to visit each Friday with 5 Things Friday. Despite the predicted Nor’easter there is a multitude of events happening all over the north country this weekend. Check them out and if you want to suggest an event for 5TF, send us the details.


1.) Sixth annual “Super Science Saturday.” Talk about a do-not-miss event, the sixth annual “Super Science Saturday” is something your kids will be talking about days later. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Jefferson Community College’s Jules Center, McVean Student Center and Guthrie Science Building students grades five to eight, but all family members welcome, are invited to take part in the interactive exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and chemistry magic show. A laser and rainbow show are also planned. The event is free and sponsored by the college.

2.) A carnival not to miss. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival continues through this weekend. Take the two-hour drive into the Adirondacks, weather permitting, and partake in this epic carnival of winter fun. The ice palace is a sight to see in and of itself, and the weekend is full of outdoor activities for adults and children. The carnival comes to a close at 8 p.m. Sunday. Take Monday off, stay late, and don’t miss the gala fireworks at the ice palace. You’ll be glad you did. For a more complete schedule of events, click here.

3.) Comfort food. The South Jeff Backpack Program is hosting a “Mac & Cheese Festival” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the South Jefferson High School. Music and children’s crafts accompany the many different kinds of macaroni and cheese to taste test. Be the judge of the best macaroni and cheese in town, while proceeds benefit the back pack program. Admission is free with a donation of canned or boxed food item. For information, contact Cindy Overton at 232-4519.

4.) Snow play at Thompson Park. The Watertown Parks and Recreation Department are pulling out all the stops to ensure that area families are enjoying their time spent outside of work and school. Today is “Snow Play” at Thompson Park from 10  to 11 a.m., located in the pool house. Snow arts, crafts, arctic explorations, stories and adventures await. Dress warm. These programs are cancelled if temperatures are 10 degrees or below. For more information, call 785-7785.

After “Snow Play,” if you and the kids aren’t quite tuckered out, head over to the Watertown Municipal Arena, 600 William T. Field Drive, for “Lunch and Skate.” The arena is open from noon to 2:30 p.m. for skating and the concession stand is open as well. Admission is $2, skate rentals are also $2.

5.) 19th annual “Bark and Wine” fundraiser. Always a fun event, the S.P.C.A. of Jefferson County is hosting its annual “Bark and Wine” cocktail party and auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Watertown. There are hundreds of items to bid on during the live and silent auctions with food and wine pairings. Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple. For information, call 782-3260.

Bonus family event:

For a little winter extravaganza on Saturday, the Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Winterfest” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carthage Park. Events for the day include crafts, face painting, a bake sale, cardboard sled race and a snowman building contest at 1 p.m. For more information, contact the chamber at 493-3590.