Winter is over and it was one to remember. One filled with bone-chilling cold and some record snowfall, creating an epidemic of cabin fever. Families can escape any lingering winter doldrums on Saturday, April 26, when Quassy Amusement & Waterpark here opens for its 106th season.
Quassy’s traditional $35 carload weekend special will take place the on April 26 and 27, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Greater Waterbury Campership Fund. The price includes all-day ride wristbands from noon to 6 p.m. for up to 10 persons in a vehicle. The parking fee is included.
A weekend of entertainment is planned. A park tradition, opening weekend will feature a variety of entertainment and fun for all ages. Clifford, The Big Red Dog, will meet and greet youngsters both afternoons, courtesy of Scholastic Trade, as Quassy kicks off its 2014 Ready To Read This Summer program. The 1, 3 and 5 p.m. greeting sessions will be held near the Grand Carousel.
“Spirit Song,” a regional worship team of music ministers and worship leaders from churches throughout the state, will entertain starting at noon, Saturday, April 26, at the Carousel Theatre stage. Other acts during the afternoon will include: The Sunshine Road Show, an award-winning, interactive musical program; Healing Rain Dance Team; and Nik Jericho, a contemporary pop singer.
The Comedy & Magic With Jim & Sandy Sisti returns to the Carousel Theatre on Sunday, April 27. Jim and Sandy have performed at the park for more than a decade and promise to have new tricks up their sleeves for 2014. A schedule of afternoon shows will kick off at 1 p.m.
Quassy’s Annual Egg Hunt For Prizes will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Children participating in the event are reminded to bring their own collection article – such as a basket or bag – for the hunt.
Also being held that weekend, is a canned food drive. Those attending the park’s opening weekend may also assist Connecticut Food Bank by donating canned food items when entering the park. Quassy will issue a Summer Nights pass, valid for redemption in July and August, to individuals who bring five canned food items to the park on April 26 or 27.
The park’s traditional amusement rides, including the award-winning Wooden Warrior roller coaster, will operate noon to 6 p.m. on opening weekends. The carload special continues the weekend of May 3 and 4. Splash Away Bay waterpark and Quassy Beach both open on Saturday, May 24, for the summer season.
Quassy is located at 2132 Middlebury Road in Middlebury, Connecticut. For more information about Quassy Amusement Park visit www.quassy.com or call 1-800-FOR-PARK.