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Hamburg Winter Blast being held this weekend

Imagine: Hamburg has worked on numerous projects in the village since its inception in 2001.
After a five-year hiatus, the Hamburg Winter Blast makes its return this weekend, providing a night of music, food and drinks all for a good cause.

The fundraiser is being held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 36 pierce Ave., on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. All of the money raised will go to Imagine: Hamburg, a volunteer group working to improve the Village of Hamburg, said Imagine: Hamburg member Chris Snyder.

“One hundred percent of the proceeds go to making the Village of Hamburg a better place to live, work and play,” she said.

The group first sponsored the event five-years-ago, and it was well received by those who attended the event, so it made sense to sponsor it again, Snyder said. The timing made sense with projects the group is currently working on to do it again.

“People would ask, ‘when are you going to do it again?,’” she said. “Who doesn’t need a night out in the dead of winter? It’s just a good old rock and roll night out.”

Imagine: Hamburg was formed in conjunction with the Route 62 road reconstruction project in 2001, and has evolved ever since, working on numerous projects aimed at benefitting the Village of Hamburg. Some of the projects the group has taken on include funding improvements to Memorial Park, installing brick pavers, arches and gates to make the Kronenberg Alley a walkway and improved trails and built stone benches in the Ida Mac Bacon Wildlife Sanctuary.

Proceeds from the event will go towards two current projects the group is working on. The group has been working with a videographer for the past year, making a video about the village to place on social media sites like YouTube. The video will also serve another purpose, Snyder said.

“Eventually it will be available to realtors,” she said. “We want to show people what the village is all about.”

The second project involves the signage welcoming visitors to the Village of Hamburg. There are 12 gateways into the village. Currently, only six have signs. Imagine: Hamburg is working in collaboration with the village and Mayor Tom Moses to update and refurbish the current signs, and place signs at the other six entry points to the village lacking signage.

“We couldn’t do it without the Village of Hamburg,” Snyder said. “Mayor Moses has been very much a part of this and very much in support.”

The idea of the updated and new signage is to let visitors know exactly where they are.

“We want signs that are noticeable, attractive and welcoming,” Snyder said. “Everybody who enters the Village of Hamburg will notice they’re entering and feel welcome.”

Among the attractions at the Winter Blast, the Briar Hill Band will be playing classic rock and roll from the 1960s through the 1980s. Pizza, wings, beer, wine and pop will also be available, along with various finger foods, desserts and coffee. There will also be a lottery ticket raffle and a 50/50 raffle.

“There’s something for everybody,” Snyder said. “Adults of all ages will have fun.”

Tickets to the event are $20 at the door.


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