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Families “embrace winter” along Third Avenue

Children, parents, friends and community members braved the cold on Saturday, February 8 to celebrate winter at the Bay Ridge Arts and Cultural Alliance’s (BRACA) second annual Embrace Winter festival, running creative programs, kid-friendly fun and special sales inside shops along Third Avenue.

“I think it went very well,” said Victoria Hofmo, president of BRACA. “I think we had a better turnout from last year, absolutely.”

The event ran from about noon to 5 p.m., featuring exciting events and entertainment along the way — from indulging in traditional Nordic fare at Nordic Deli to poetry reading, storytelling and discussion at the Storefront as well as from members of artTalk.

According to Hofmo, the afternoon-long event featured something for every family member and a special performance by the Regina Opera Company packed a local pizzeria. “When I stopped in, they were full,” said Hofmo. “There were at least 50 to 60 people and more outside looking in.”

One of Hofmo’s favorite parts of the festival was a brand new exhibition at Butcher Bar – “Choice Connections” – including the work of seven artists illuminating connections within a tight-knit community. The eye-opening exhibition will be on display at the restaurant until March 1.

Hofmo hopes the festival’s success with only grow in years to come, with not much else being offered during the winter months.

“That’s the point,” she said. “When things are not happening as much, we have to get out of the house. This is something that’s inside but along the avenue so it’s perfect. It gets everybody out, having a good time.”

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