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On Centre | Around Philipsburg: Black Moshannon State Park hosts Fun in the Snow festival

The best thing about Black Moshannon State Park is that it has so many different faces.

For some, spring is the best time to get to know Black Mo, when the branches of the trees glow green with leaves and buds waiting to burst free and eager anglers pack the shores on the first day of trout season.

For others, summer is when the park is at its peak. For my friends, there was no better way to spend the last day of school than heading directly from Philipsburg-Osceola, up state Route 504 to the park and kicking off summer vacation with some volleyball and canoeing, with a side order of freshly grilled hot dogs.

With all those trees, you can’t underestimate the beauty of fall. A million leaves turn a million different colors, leaving the landscape a living oil painting.

But winter at Black Mo has a charm all its own. The water freezes to a frosty glassiness, and the snow pillows on the banks and ices the branches.

On Saturday, you can experience the park in all its wintry wonder at the Fun in the Snow event.

There are the typical snowy day activities like ice skating and sled riding, but there are others that are decidedly outside the box. Try out some ice bowling, or how about a round of ice mini golf? Were you one of the people who watched curling at the Winter Olympics in Sochi and thought you’d like to give it a whirl? Well, it’s your lucky day.

There are snowshoes to try out. Build more than a snowman in the beach snow sculpture activities. Play broom ball or ski on the frozen lake. And hey, no visit to Black Mo is complete without toasting some marshmallows.

Events take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting. If Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, there is the Jan. 31 alternate date. Call the park office at 342-5960 to check for rescheduling or for more information. You can also visit the Black Mo Facebook page.

The important thing is not to let the opportunity melt away. Winter just seems like it lasts forever.

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