Connie Parkman, 15, sees that Debbie Bunner, 6, has decided to hitch a ride on her snowshoe on Jan. 27, 1963. Gail Pugh, also 15, shows Debbie how snowshoes are best used. The kids were on an adventure in the Coldbrook section of Rotterdam.
The woods around Connie Parkman may have been lovely, dark and deep. But she had snowshoes on her feet — and miles to go before she’d sleep. Or maybe not. Connie, 15, played with her friends in the snow on Sunday, Jan. 27, 1963, after nearly a foot of snow fell. Cold and snowy days that month convinced some people to smile at winter’s shenanigans. They brought toboggans and sleds to Central Park and rode the snow-covered hills. They used excess snow for snowmen and snow dogs. They laced up skates and cut up the ice. They prepared for ski expeditions.