By Alicia Dziak

Why not treat your Valentine to a romantic post-holiday date, or gather up some friends for some mid-winter cheer? The Moonlight Snowshoe Tour is a perfect way to enjoy the fresh air, get some exercise, and enjoy fabulous fare under the dazzling February sky, all while learning about and supporting one of the gems of the Enchanted Mountains.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, Griffis Sculpture Park will host its 14th annual Moonlight Snowshoe Tour from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event combines a guided tour of the park, snowshoe rentals from the City Garage, chili from Balloons Restaurant, and live music by Pine Fever. Ticket prices also include cookies, snacks, beer and wine.

Proceeds benefit the Ashford Hollow Foundation (AHF), which operates the Griffis Sculpture Park, and will go toward general upkeep of the park.

“We anticipate approximately 50-75 people for this event — usually a great mix of repeat snowshoers and first-time attendees, making it a great event year after year,” said Nila Griffis, executive director of Griffis Sculpture Park. “We usually do two or three tours, one being for the more adventurous and going to the top of the hill, and the others being geared towards a more novice or intermediate snowshoer where we stay on the trails close to the house.”

Tours will be led by Mark Griffis, Damien Griffis and other AHF staff, giving guests a unique opportunity to learn about the sculptures and the artists behind the sculptures, which are sprinkled throughout the trails.

At the conclusion of the tour, guests can enjoy the party at the gatehouse, the large house located up the hill from the parking lot.

“There is usually a large bonfire outside, and the band, food and party take place inside,” explained Melanie Griffis, AHF volunteer.

Cost for this fun-filled event is $50 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (716) 667-2808 or online at

The Moonlight Snowshoe Tour will be held at the Mill Valley Road Site of the park. Guests can park in the lot and walk up to the park gatehouse, where they can check in and get their snowshoes.

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