Lake Geneva's Winterfest features free family entertainment
By Donna Lenz Wright/The Week
(Published Jan. 26, 2007, 9:38 a.m.)
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Tom Stanfield has been as much a fixture at Lake Geneva's Winterfest over the last 10 years as the world-class snow sculpting.
While the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship will draw plenty of visitors to the area over the next week, the city has planned lots and lots of other activities to enjoy our winter world.
A Winter Carnival at the Grand Geneva Resort is scheduled with ski school and ski patrol demonstrations, snow boarding and skiing competitions, children's games, a torch light parade and fireworks at dusk.
Lake Geneva Extreme Sports is hosting a walk/run with distances of one mile, 5k and 10k and will start in Library Park (just west of Riviera Park) at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday. Other outdoor activities like ice skating, hay rides and helicopter rides are also choices.
But when it's time to warm up from the cold, the Riviera is the place to go, and that's where you'll find Stanfield.
Inside are food, drinks, sponsor booths and family entertainment featuring The WOZ magic shows and sing- and dance-a-longs by Stanfield on Saturday and country and bluegrass bands on Sunday.
Stanfield, of Lake Geneva, has been entertaining at Lake Geneva's Winterfest and Octoberfest for the past 10 years.
"I'll sing lots of Disney favorites like the Lion King and the Little Mermaid--the kids know the words to those," Stanfield said. "Other favorites are Sesame Street songs, Bingo and one that isn't just a kids' favorite--the Charlie Brown theme song."
While his regular venue has been singing adult music at the Abbey for the past 30 years, Stanfield says he looks forward to the few children's shows he does each year.
"It's really a fun time. I always bring a bunch of percussion instruments with me like maracas, tambourines, bells and those kinds of things for the kids to play.
"I'll play the electric keyboards and a trumpet or a flugelhorn and be singing the requests they shout out."
Another big part of the show is getting audience members--young and old--out on the dance floor.
"They love to do the chicken dance and the hokey pokey," he said. "And they all get out on the floor for 'Rock Around the Clock,' 'Hound Dog' and those classics."
The atmosphere is perfect for those who want to sing or dance, or those who just like to watch, Stanfield said.
"Participation is the key to these shows, but there's always a lot of people watching, talking and eating.
"It's a good and crazy time."
Stanfield's shows are Saturday, Feb. 3 at noon and 2 p.m. Just before Stanfield, The WOZ takes the stage with his music, magic and more shows.
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