The Friends for Youth Holiday Ice Skating Party

Imagine gliding on ice smooth as a windowpane, past a deep green fir tree, to a comfortable spot near a cozy brick fireplace.

This is not the idyllic scene of a lake in Northern Maine, nor of a January pond in Wisconsin. It is what you would have experienced at the Friends for Youth Holiday Ice Skating party, held Saturday, December 11th at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Twenty-two Friendships attended, along with family, Friends and the entire Friends for Youth Staff.

Junior and Senior Friends brought their hats, scarves and mittens. They brought food for the potluck, including pastas, salads, dips, wraps, peppermint bark, sugar cookies, and hot cider. They each brought a present for the Friendship gift exchange. There were games and there was, of course, ice-skating on the impeccably zambonied rink. Everyone was very excited, and some people dressed festively. Junior Friend Josh wore a Santa Hat, and one mentor even wore snowpants for the event.

The Holiday Ice-Skating party is a tradition for Friends for Youth and the Friendships it serves. "It is always wonderful to see so many Friendships together at one event" said Mentoring Services Director Rebecca Duran.

"My favorite part was trying everyone's home made recipes!" Commented Program Coordinator Kristen Kimball.

For those Friendships who couldn't make it this year, remember the Holiday Party for next year! Both current and alumni Friendships are invited, and it is always a good time. Remember, you don't have to travel to the wintery states in order to ice-skate around a fir tree!


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