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Adventurers make snowman at town square

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    Courtney Stassinis laughs as Lucy Stassinis holds on to her trying to hide from flying snow. Gage Warner tries to tackle his mom, Becky, as she gets another snowball ready.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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    The group of friends tries to assemble a snowman. The snow that covered the square was not the greatest for building snowman, so theirs took on a less traditional shape. They adorned their snowman with a baseball cap and stick arms.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — Single-digit temperatures and less-than-perfect road conditions did not keep parents and kids from participating in Monday’s snowman flash mob.

The event, put on by Cool Beans Cafe, brought local residents all bundled up in snow gear out to the square. Kids played in the snow as they attempted to build snowmen and have snowball fights.

“I’ve been cooped up in the house since Wednesday with sick children,” said Becky Warner.

She and her kids were finally well enough to enjoy the snow brought on by Winter Storm Harper.

“Are we crazy?” asked Warner. “Yes,” she and Courtney Stassinis said in unison, resulting in laughter.

Warner and her 5-year-old son Gage played with Stassinis and her 2-year-old daughter Lucy and her 5-year-old son Vinney.

They attempted to build snowmen, but had a hard time getting the snow to pack together. They managed to build a few snowballs.

It started with one of the kids flicking up some snow with their hands in the direction of the group and before they knew it, the fight was on to the delight of the kids.

“Snowball fight,” Gage said in regards to what he liked to do better. He preferred that over building snowmen.

“I love snowball fights,” said Vinney, yelling as loud as he could.

Warner and Stassinis wondered if it was OK to be outside in the single digits, despite being all bundled up.

“If we get too cold, we will just leave,” said Stassinis.

Cool Beans offered $2 hot chocolates for all the kids who came out to the square to enjoy the snow.

“We did it a couple years ago. We haven’t had a good snowfall in a while,” said Laura Parnell-Cavey, owner of Cool Beans. “We did it a couple of years ago just as a way to get kids out and about.”

The planning for this event was quite simple, and Parnell-Cavey waited to post it on Facebook until the day before the event, taking advantage of the circumstances provided by a day off from school for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the amount of snow on the ground.

“Honestly, it’s just as simple as a Facebook invite,” Parnell-Cavey said.

Several of people shared the event and many braved the chilly air.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com.
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