Central Park is having a Winterfest. It is this Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Usually there is a snow making machine and Alpine and Cross Country Skiing and tubing. The ski hotels give away a lot of trinkets. It is by the Band Shell so enter at the 72nd Street entrance and it is opposite the fountain on the lake. Last year they did not have it because snow won’t stay over 32 degrees. It is suppossed to be 30 degrees. To find out about the park events call the Belvedere Castle 212-772-0210 or Dairy (212) 794-6564 for details.
The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers Annual Dance Concert and Pow-Wow till February 3. Rituals and social dances from many different tribes will be on display at the 38th-annual edition of this series. Dancer/choreography Louis Mofsie (Hopi/Winnebago) serves as MC, explaining the meaning and stories behind the festivities. The event is held in the East Village at the Theater for the New City and also features Native American crafts and snacks for sale in the lobby. Box office proceeds go to the Native American Scholarship Fund. Theater for the New City 155 First Ave. (bet. E. 9th and E. 10th Sts.)
ChiliFest has the makers of the hearty dish gather at Chelsea Market for a flavor-packed competition. Local restaurants will be judged on their best interpretations of meat-based chili, but festival goers win no matter the outcome. Country music and beer come standard with admission. chelseamarket.com.
Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave. (bet. W. 15th and W. 16th Sts.) Manhattan
“Hurricane Sandy: Before and After” photo exhibit opens at Gateway’s Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Gateway presents“Hurricane Sandy: Before and After,” a photo exhibit featuring the effects of Hurricane Sandy on the park. The exhibit will open at 3 P.M. on Sunday, January 27 at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Queens. The exhibit compares large scale satellite images from before the hurricane and photos taken afterward by National Park Service (NPS) employees so that the public can assess the damage to the park. “While these pictures demonstrate damage, the take-away message should not be one of doom and gloom, but rather one of resilience,” stated Superintendent Linda Canzanelli. “There is still a lot of work to do and some things have changed forever. But the park is reopening, the natural areas will rebound and park visitors will be welcomed back.” Post-storm photos were taken by NPS employees as part of the recovery effort. The large format—almost two by three feet—reveals the storm’s destruction in great detail. Some of the most dramatic images are aerial shots taken from helicopters used by the team to survey the park. Just a few days after the storm, an NPS Incident Management Team began to assess, stabilize and remediate damaged areas of national parks in New York Harbor and Long Island. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 1,000 Federal workers from Alaska to Puerto Rico participated in the stabilization process. They documented damage, provided safety measures, moved sand, cleared roads, removed trees and began remediation as appropriate in the largest incident response in National Park Service history. The exhibit will be on display for the next several months in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, located at 100 Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens. The Visitor Center is open daily, free of charge, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. http://www.nps.gov/gate/parknews/sandypix.htm