A free winter festival will bring Christmas festivities and activities for people of all ages in an event hosted by Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s (NSAB) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department and supported by the Walter Reed Warrior Transition Brigade tomorrow.
Winter Fest 2012 is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. in the atrium and gymnasium of Building 17.
“We wanted to offer it at a time that the staff, children and visitors can attend during the work day,” said Jenny Charlson, NSAB marketing manager. “It’s like an open house, that you can stop in anytime. We have a program and activities lined up from start to finish to entertain.”
Charlson said the annual event has been successful in previous years.
“We had a lot of warriors and their families attend last year, and I know the Army is a big promoter of functions such as these,” she said. “We look forward to the Navy attending too. There will be something for everyone: all branches of service, hospital staff, contractors, patients, visitors and family members.”
Kat Pettaway, NSAB’s MWR corporate sponsorship manager, said the winter fest is a way of bringing the holiday spirit to everyone on base.
“The winter fest is a family-fun event that we host annually to bring the whole installation together to celebrate the holidays,” said Pettaway. “The theme this year is, ‘Holiday Celebrations From Around The World.’”
To fit with the theme, various cuisines and food samplings from around the world will be offered throughout the event. There will also be piņatas stuffed with candy that children can break every hour, a tradition commonly found in Mexico, said Pettaway.
Other planned activities include musical performances from established recording artists, a winter-themed moon bounce and a huge model train display, a Nutcracker dance performance at approximately 2:15 p.m., and a race between NSAB Commanding Officer Capt. Fritz Kass and Santa Claus, scheduled at 3 p.m.
There will be prizes and giveaways, as well as a ‘Crazy Holiday Sweater Contest.’
“If you have this ugly, crazy or silly sweater, and you never had the occasion to wear it, you can wear it that day and possibly win a prize,” said Pettaway. “The MWR staff work hard to make these events possible, so we hope that everyone who is able to attend will come out and enjoy the holiday celebration.”