Chill out at Saratoga National Historic Park's Frost Faire

"It's laid out on a big board, and the soldier is basically about 6 feet high," Valosin said. " It's a pretty good size."

For the bottle fishing, several empty glass soda bottles will be spread out on the ground. Using a washer attached by a string to a dowel, players have to try to hook the bottles and get them to stand upright.

"It is harder than you would imagine," Valosin said. "It's frustrating, challenging and a lot of fun."

Some of the day's offerings mix fun with education. There will be contra dancing and a Colonial handwriting demonstration, and a children's craft room will feature decorative tin piercing and copper embossing.

At 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 1, 2 and 3 p.m., there will be cannon firing demonstrations. Musket firing demonstrations will be held at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 12:30,1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Dalzell's scavenger hunt typically gets under way around noon, when he gathers kids together for a question-and-answer session about deer, birds and other wildlife. Once he has their attention, he lets them know about the hidden treasures.

"We stash stuff down on the horse trail," he said.

Watching the kids search for the prizes always makes him feel good.

"It's nice to see them getting away from the TV and the Gameboys," he said.

The Frost Faire runs from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Saratoga National Historical Park, routes 4 and 32 in Stillwater. It is sponsored by the Town of Stillwater and Saratoga National Historical Park. For more information, call 664-9821, ext. 224, or visit www.nps.gov/sara.""

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