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Westport Plaza Hosts Winter Wonderland
February 28, 2009
By Jen Cooper
After a few days of unseasonably mild conditions, February 28th was here to remind us that winter had not gone away just yet. Westport Plaza held its first Winter Wonderland event benefiting the Pujols Family Foundation on Saturday and it was definitely cold. But it was not just the temperatures and frigid wind gusts that set the stage for this event but around every corner in the Westport Village you got another sense of the season.
Intricate ice sculptures were strategically positioned all throughout the plaza, while sculptors from Ice Visions were doing live demonstrations all day of new creations including Albert Pujols’ number 5 over a base and a chipper penguin. They also constructed a maze and slide made out of ice for the day’s attendees to enjoy. In all, Ice Visions brought in over 70 tons of ice to create this winter stage.
There were plenty of games and activities for all the kids to enjoy. The Slackers game area set up inside was a popular destination for those trying to get some relief from the cold. While inside they also got to enjoy the creations of a balloon artist, caricature artist and face painters. Outside there were additional games as well as carriage rides around the property.
There was also plenty of food and hot drinks available. St. Louis Bread Company was the destination for those wanting to warm up with a free cup of hot chocolate and Starbucks provided the hot coffee. Other local Westport restaurants had booths set up, including Pujols 5, Westport Pizza, Dierdorf & Hart’s and the Drunken Fish.
Providing live entertainment outside was Radio Disney, Sugarettes Baton Twirling Teams, Tammy’s Tumbling and Dance Center and Frilly and Miller. There was also a snowman mascot saying hello to everyone and a special appearance by Fredbird.
In spite of the cold conditions, over 600 people came out to the event which raised almost $3,000 for the Pujols Family Foundation. A huge thank you to everyone who came out to participate, volunteer and perform. It was great fun getting to enjoy one last winter wonderland before the cold weather gives way to spring.