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Beat the Winter Blues

by Julia Mantsch

This 1time of year we’ve all heard of the terms “winter depression” or “winter blues.”  If you feel you’ve been smacked by the sting of winter and can’t dig your way out of your mini “depression,” here are some fun, local, and inexpensive ways to embrace the season.

Have fun this winter by getting in touch with your crafty side. Melted-crayon art is a perfect way to make indoor time enjoyable.  Here’s what you’ll need: Crayons, a hot glue gun, glue sticks, a canvas, and a hair dryer.

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Next: Arrange your crayons onto the canvas however you please and glue them into place.

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Lastly: Apply heat to your crayons to unveil a melted masterpiece.

4Not feeling crafty? The “Twin Lakes Winter Sports Area’s” sledding-and-snow-tube area is just what you need to get active.  According to the “Westmorland Parks and Recreation” commission, The Winter Sports Area consists of three sledding-and-tubing runs, a small covered shelter, and a fire ring.

There is a beginner, an intermediate, and an advanced snow run for visitors. There are no lifts to reach the top of the hill–all riders must walk back to the beginning. Tubing and sledding are at your own risk. Sleds and tubes are not provided. Lighting has been installed to have sledding and tubing after dark. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday.

6If you don’t have the cash to be this crafty, or this active, don’t worry, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to stay entertained right from your dorm. Make outside decor or homemade sleds to make the most of these frozen times.  By filling balloons with food coloring and water, you can make your own ice decor to bring some color to the salty ground.

According to an article from “Living on a Dime,” plastic laundry baskets make the best sledding surface. So send the la7undry to mom’s and have some fun that even college kids can afford.

With fun, local, and inexpensive ideas, your remaining winter season should fly by and get you out of the winter-time blues.

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