It's a big weekend for the Portage Community Revitalization Corporation (PCRC) in Portage la Prairie.
"Saturday we're partnering with Portage Plains United Way (PPUW) to kick off the weekend with Breakfast On Ice from 9 to 10:30 a.m. outside of Stride Place," says PCRC Community Engagement Coordinator Stefanie McKim.
"We're hoping there is still a little bit of ice outside on the pond hockey surface because we want to offer everyone a free skate, but if not we certainly invite people down for a hot pancake and pork breakfast. It's by donation to United Way and I think a lot of times the winter can bring us surprises, such as the warm weather, and a lot of people think it'll be too sloppy and that it's not cold enough to do anything. I think it's lovely to spend a mid-February day outdoors enjoying what we consider outdoor activities."
McKim says the action continues Sunday with Winterfest. "That happens from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the BDO Centre for the Community. It's supposed to be an outdoor winter festival and we can offer just that because of the weather. We're still going to offer free hay rides, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and maple syrup taffy tasting." McKim says she'll have to import the snow for taffy from my back yard to make that work, but everything's going ahead as planned."
"I'm pleased I won't have to walk around all bundled up," adds McKim. "I know that the people at ROK (Recreation Opportunities For Kids) and Portage Learning and Literacy Centre are thrilled with the weather as well. It's nice to have fresh snow for some of the activities we wanted to offer, and are still offering, but I think we just need to roll with the punches. It's bizarre to hear people complaining about a beautiful day in February, but I think the important thing is to get outside, connect with the community and enjoy the fresh air."
She invites everyone to come out and enjoy the activities and says if you have to put on the rubber boots, do so.