October 12, 2012
Brianna Hollister, 12, of Rocky Hill skates on a slippery synthetic surface in the atrium of the XL Center to promote Hartford Winterfest in Bushnell Park. In the background is former Hartford Whaler and ice rink entrepreneur Bob Crawford of Glastonbury. Crawford kicked off a regional skate drive that will encourage and permit anyone who does not own ice skates to continue to ice skate for free. Winterfest begins the day after Thanksgiving and extends until Jan. 21. Skate Drive drop-off locations include Hartford City Hall, Simsbury Town Hall, Veterans Memorial Rink in West Hartford and Champions Skating Rinks in Simsbury, Cromwell and Bolton. By the way, Brianna didn't get the whole day off from school as she planned to return for her afternoon classes on Wednseday.