Women's Winterfest cures winter blues

While many area residents may be wondering when the early spring predicted by Punxsutawney Phil is going to arrive, almost 200 area women were able to beat the winter blues on Sunday afternoon as they gathered in the cafeteria at Elk County Catholic High School for the ninth annual Women's Winterfest. Women's Winterfest Chairperson Chrissie Schneider indicated that approximately 180 women were at this year's event, which also featured nine differently themed tables hosted by an individual or group. According to Schneider, the event originally began with each table's theme being associated with one of the 12 months of the year, but over the years has grown to include a number of other creative themes. "We kind of switched it up just to see people's ideas, and it's fun seeing all the different tables and themes," Schneider said. Table themes this year were "snuggle up with a good book," a tailgate party, "family fun night," Tupperware, "elegance and ivy," snowmen, a wedding theme, "magic carpet ride," and "footprints." All proceeds from the event benefit the Elk County Catholic High School's Mothers, Fathers and Friends Association. "They are a support group for ECC," Schneider said of the Mothers, Fathers and Friends Association. "I believe they sponsor the bonfire and this, and are just another support group trying to help out the school and raise some money."While the event raises money for the school, women from all over are invited to attend. "It's up to each hostess who has a table to invite whoever they want, but if [anyone is] interested in coming [in the future], just give me a call," Schneider said.