BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Western New Yorkers are invited to Canalside this weekend to celebrate what the winter has to offer in our area. Canalside is hosting its first ever Chillabration.
The four day celebration, which will run from Friday January 15 to Monday January 18 will include ice skating, ice biking, curling, children’s activities a local vendor market, live music, ice carving demonstrations, and more.
One of the marquee events will be an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Ice Line. Nearly 400 people are needed to sign up to be part of that line, holding onto the waist or hips of the skater in front of them, and traveling 400 meters up and down the ice at Canalside. “We have to have 371 people in order to beat this record, and I know Buffalo can do it. We always pull it together,” said Jessica Roswell, the director, owner, and senior coach for Skate Great.
The world record attempt will be video taped and submitted to Guinness officials to certify. The whole thing also benefits Make-A-Wish, with donations going to make future wishes come true in our community. “It’s free to participate but if you wish to make a donation on their site or on site tomorrow, it would be greatly appreciated,” explained James Maloney, president of Buffalo Hardwood, which is underwriting the record attempt.
With a full schedule of events and activities planned for this weekend, there are plenty of other ways to get in on the Chillabration fun, too. “We have everything from free kids activities to rides for a dollar, to live music, to snow man building contests to a Bonspiel tournament,” said Sarah Serafin, marketing coordinator for Canalside.
Bonspiel, or curling, is one of the many activities happening at Canalside this weekend and all winter long. Others include workouts with the Lakefront Fitness program. “You come down, it’s free, and you just get a good work out in,” explained Amanda Williamson, who teaches the Frosty Fusion class every Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
“We’re all about getting out and staying active in the winter time, keeping people healthy,” added Chuck Hayes, Director of Communications for Catholic Health, which is sponsoring the Bonspiel tournament Saturday.
All of the fun this weekend is open for people of all ages, skill levels and interests. Everyone just needs to be interested in getting out and enjoying what our winters have to offer.
“There’s going to be so many people here. It’s going to be so much fun,” said Moira Giammaresi, corporate relations specialist for BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, which is holding the snowman building contest on Sunday and children’s activities on the ice on Monday.