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Friday , 26 February 2021

Shiverfest cancelled, but family still the focus

Shiverfest is cancelled this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but according to Town of St. Paul FCSS Director Lynn Smid, they are still planning to promote ways for people to focus on their families over the Family Day weekend.

“A lot of the stuff we did [for Shiverfest] was outside, but the numbers would be greater than 10, so it’s not something we can promote as a municipality right now,” said Smid, noting that the event is typically held at Reunion Station and the venue is too small for people to be able to go inside and warm up at all.

“It wouldn’t be much of an event with the number of people we’d actually be able to have partake,” she said.

“I think the majority of the public would understand the need to protect the community at this point. So we’re unable to run Shiverfest at this point, but we hope it will be back in 2022.”

In lieu of the usual group activities outside the home, Smid said the Town of St. Paul FCSS is promoting “putting your family in focus” with a trip down memory lane.

“Most people will have some sort of photos at home or on their devices that they can just go through and reminisce. Spend some time with family, ask what’s their favorite pictures that they might have taken or are there pictures that have relatives in them that they haven’t seen for a while. Maybe you can take that photo and post it or send it digitally to that relative or friend as just a good memory of that individual,” said Smid.

She said while we’ve lost the opportunity to make some of those new memories in the last year, we can focus on the memories that we can create moving forward.

“We’ve promoted a lot of outdoor activities and other mental health concepts that we’ve put out there but we’ve never put something out quite like this. We thought, Family Day is meant to focus on the family and the positive outcomes of spending time with each other and learning from each other and enjoying each other’s company and this was just one of those ways that families could do that,” said Smid.

As of Feb. 1, the long-range forecast predicts temperatures in the -18C to -24C range for Feb. 13-15. Regardless of what the weather does, “Focus on Your Family” can run in snow, sleet, or shine.

About Meredith Kerr

Meredith Kerr moved to St. Paul for a career in journalism and morning radio in 2014 expecting to stay for six months to a year. Since then, she has put down roots in the form of a husband, a mortgage, two babies, and a poorly behaved dog. She continues to work as a reporter until such time as she finishes her book and becomes fabulously wealthy from the royalties. Meredith also serves as a member at large on the St. Paul Library Board and volunteers as a Beaver leader for the 1st St. Paul Scout Group.