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WinterFest: A Flurry of Friends + Family Fun


Our Beloved BFS Tradition Goes Virtual: WinterFest 2020
Brooklyn Friends and Families is thrilled to announce our 40th annual WinterFest. We hope that you and your family will join us this week at one or all of the virtual WinterFest events listed below. All event details can be found below and will be updated throughout the week. To our BFS Community entrepreneurs, we would like to include your business in our Virtual Holiday Market. Email the WinterFest Committee to be added to the Market!

For our events on Thursday and Friday evenings, Elsa, the fabulous Atlantic Avenue establishment owned by BFS parents Natalka Burian and Jay Schneider, is offering a special BFS drink menu for pickup and delivery. Go to their website, scroll to the bottom of the page, and order now!

Thursday, December 17

7:30 pm: BFS Community Virtual Trivia Night, RSVP Now
Do you have your thinking caps on? We are thrilled to welcome you to a fun evening of Trivia! Here’s how it will work:

  • Shortly after you join, you will be randomly placed into a breakout room with fellow members of the BFS community.
  • Each breakout group will come up with a team name and will collaborate to answer three rounds of trivia questions on a variety of topics ranging from history to pop culture to BFS-specific questions and more.
  • The winning team will take home exciting prizes!
  • Your hosts for the event are Sabrina LeBlanc, Co-President of the BFF and Dan Altano, Director of Communications at BFS.
  • To ensure a smooth and successful trivia night, we ask that you please arrive promptly at 7:30pm.

BFS Gingerbread Schoolhouse Contest Kick-Off 
Submit a photo of your gingerbread schoolhouse – which must incorporate the BFS Star – for a chance to win a BFS Spirit Wear item of your choice, up to $50 retail value. Contest ends January 6. Submit at the link. Share on social #BFSGingerbread.

BFS Recipe Exchange Kick-Off 
Add your favorite baking recipe to our shared community board. Feel free to share on social with the world, too, using #BFSBakes!

Virtual Holiday Market Featuring BFS Business Commences 
Shop the holiday market featuring businesses from the BFS Community.

Friday, December 18

4:30pm: Cooking Lesson with The Dynamite Shop, RSVP Now
Cook a family dinner of Green Quesadillas, Guacamole and Salsa to eat together before the movies! DYNAMITE SHOP INGREDIENTS AND RECIPE LINKED HERE.

6:30pm: Winter Movie Night, POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY

Saturday, December 19

11am: Art Project with the Giant Room, RSVP Here
No fair is complete without fun and tasty snacks to share with friends and family! Join our Farm to Fair event on Saturday Dec 19th at 11am online via zoom in collaboration with The GIANT Room. All students across grade levels are welcome to join with their families. During the event, we will “visit” a farm to grab some cheese, fruits, and veggies, and make “snacks” using those ingredients. GIANT Team will show us cool origami and craft techniques to make lots of different snacks using arts and crafts materials we have at home! We’ll then share food from our stalls with everyone at the fair!

2pm: Magic Show with Liam the Magician, RSVP Here
Supplies needed: a big spoon, a white napkin or paper towel, and a silly hat!

3pm: A Fort on the Moon Story + Art Hour with Maggie Pouncey + Larry Day, RSVP Here
Join us for an out of this world read aloud and drawing activity with BFS parent and author Maggie Pouncey and illustrator Larry Day as they share their new picture book, A Fort on the Moon. In this book, Dodge and his big brother Fox prepare for their fifth journey to the moon in the spaceship they made with odds and ends around the house, The White Dolphin, and this time they are building a fort for all brave space explorers to use. Come see how the mission turns out, and design and draw your own spacecraft with found objects around your house. Bring your wildest imagination, paper and pencils for this virtual book event!

*Programming and schedule subject to change

Questions? Please contact the WinterFest Committee.