As Temps Tumble, It’s Time To Warm Up, Oswego!

OSWEGO, NY – Mayor Tom Gillen officially proclaimed Feb. 1 and 2 as Warm Up Oswego Weekend, saying, “Oswego is known for its spectacular winters.”

The festival, he said, celebrates not only the winter but the community’s warm spirit.

However, there is just one thing lacking right now – snow.

Mary Vanouse, the city’s community development director and one of the event’s organizers, said the festival hopes to include a snow sculpture contest again this year.

“It will begin actually on the Monday before the festival,” she explained.

The contest came about a few years back when there was a lot of snow and some people got together to create a huge snow dragon, Vanouse noted.

She said she hopes the sculpturers will entice people to come up to this area to not only view the snow creations, but visit some of the Port City’s businesses while they are here.

“I understand that we will be having more snow. The DPW commissioner has promised to put at least three piles of snow in the city for us. One for the treasure hunt in the snow on Feb. 2 and two others for the snow sculptors,” she said. “We hope everyone will join us in creating snow sculptures for our town.”

So, if you are looking to warm up during the cold winter months, Warm Oswego 2013 can help, organizers said.

Warm up Oswego is a two-day festival that includes a bonfire on Feb. 1; snow sculpture contest, wine, chocolate and cheese event Feb. 2, Performers throughout the day and fireworks at night Feb. 2.

The bonfire will be 6 p.m. outside the Oswego Armory on Feb. 1. At 6:30 p.m. the Oswego County Child Advocacy Council will hold its second annual Hot Wings Cookoff at the Lake Ontario Conference Center on East First Street.

Fireworks over the Oswego River are planned for Feb. 2 at 6 p.m.

The Hot 2K Trot Race, Costume Sled Race and the Hot Scavenger Hunt around the city of Oswego also take place on Feb. 2.

Hot 2K Run Benefits Human Concerns

Kick off the 2013 Warm Up Festival with the Oswego YMCA’s Hot 2K Run or Walk on February 2.

There will be a fun run or walk starting at 12:05 p.m. at the YMCA Armory.

The course begins in front of the Armory and will loop once around the Utica and Bridge Street bridges.

There is no cash entry fee, just bring a non-perishable food item for Human Concerns Pantry.

Festive prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place finishers.

To register go to, fill out the entry form and return it to the YMCA.

For more information or to contact the Oswego YMCA call 343-1981 or stop in at 249 W. First St.

“There is a lot going on throughout the weekend. We hope everyone comes out and joins us,” Vanouse said.

For more information, visit or contact Vanouse at e-mail: [email protected]