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Winter carnivals of ’88 attracted ‘sculptors,’ ‘mushers’ and ‘bowlers’ (with photos)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Meredith Wyche of Ravena scores points during a bowling on ice party at the Albany Lions Club Winter Carnival in 1988. The slides, strikes and spares were held in Washington Park.
Meredith Wyche of Ravena scores points during a bowling on ice party at the Albany Lions Club Winter Carnival in 1988. The slides, strikes and spares were held in Washington Park.

Winter fans are on the lookout for snow in the Capital Region this year. Winter fan Laurie Fregeau built a lookout from snow in Saratoga Springs in 1988.

Fregeau and her friends Paul Komar and Mike Komar built a frozen lighthouse during Saratoga’s Winter Frolic. The cool construct won first prize in a snow-sculpting contest.

There were other things to do in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Men like Cliff Snyder of Mechanicville laced up skates and became blade runners around the Victoria Mall skating rink. Women like Kathryn Stokey of Wilton showed off collie power during a dog-sled demonstration. Kathryn’s smooth collies were short-coated dogs, a breed originally developed for herding.

Some people wore longer coats. They just bundled up and enjoyed the cold weather.

Slippery endeavor

Other communities celebrated winter. In Albany, the annual Lions Club Winter Carnival attracted bunches of people to Washington Park. Meredith Wyche of Ravena was one of them, and didn’t mind knocking down others as she enjoyed the ice on the park lake.

The “others” did not complain — they were bowling pins.

 
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