Night ice skating, hot chili and moon pies under a full moon - need we say more? In this first-time event from the town of Silverthorne, families are invited on Sunday to ice skate at North Pond Park from 4:30-6:30 p.m. under the full moon, which peaks at 5:36. There will be a free chili dinner featuring Arapahoe Caf's award-winning chili, followed by moon pies for dessert. Not to be confused with whoopie pies, which are made from two round pieces of chocolate cake with a creamy, sweet filling, moon pies or MoonPies are pastries with marshmallow filling sandwiched between two round graham cracker cookies dipped in a chocolate or otherwise-flavored coating. Skates will not be provided so participants are asked to bring their own skates, along with headlamps and flashlights. "No ice skates, no problem," said Blair Lollis, Silverthorne Pavilion and marketing coordinator. "A pair of snow boots will be just as fun."On where the idea for the event originated, Lollis had this to say: "The town of Silverthorne has these great free amenities - sledding at Rainbow Park, Nordic skiing at the Raven and ice skating at North Pond Park; we wanted to build some events that will highlight these free town amenities and celebrate our community. You can't rent ice skates or sleds from us, but you can come out with your own gear, friends and family and really have a great time at a very low cost, if not for free."Sunday's event is open to the public; however, registration is encouraged so that organizers can plan enough chili for everybody. Next up, around the full moons on Fridays, Feb. 22 and March 29, the Raven at Three Peaks hosts evenings of snowshoeing or cross-country skiing followed by a warm meal at the clubhouse. The cost is $14.95/adults and $6.95/kids and registration is required. To register, visit the Silverthorne Recreation Center or call (970) 262-7370.In the meantime, there's no reason to miss out on ice skating at night with a warm cup of chili to boot. "Absolutely a fun, community event," said Lollis, who admitted to having "no idea" what moon pies were but thinking they would go well with the full moon theme.
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