2018 is here, so what now? If you like ice hockey then we have the answer for you. It's the 3rd annual Binghamton Pond Festival. Hockey was meant to be played outdoors and it really helps when it's for a good cause.

It's even better when it takes place over three weekends. It's outdoor fun for all ages and abilities beginning January 12th at Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks. All of the events will be played on their new refrigerated outdoor ice surface.

Adult teams will play for fun and a tournament championship and kids will be able to experience outdoor ice hockey. Special hockey teams will also be a part of the event with the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA).

The first weekend of events is January 12th -14th with the ASHA and is open to new and experienced players with physical and developmental disabilities. Friday night (1/12) is a sensory-friendly glow party Friday at the park along with other wintertime fun throughout the weekend. Go here for information or to register.

It's a Youth Outdoor Hockey Weekend, January 19th - 21st. There will be a free try hockey event on the 19th from 5 - 7 pm hosted by the Southern Tier Hockey Association (STHA) and the Binghamton Blizzard girls hockey organization. The kids don't need to bring anything with them but a good attitude to try the sport.

On January 20th and the 21st, the Pond Festival features a USA Hockey sanctioned 4 on 4 youth gameplay along with a special youth awareness game for pediatric cancer and epilepsy. Go here for information or to register.

The Adult Outdoor Hockey Weekend will wrap up the Pond Festival on January 26th - 28th. It's a weekend packed with games, a full fireworks show, lots of live music, 5k obstacle and snowshoe races through the park. Go here for information or to register.

All of the weekends are open to the public and benefits the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier and Do It For Daron (DIFD).

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