GRAFTON, Mass. -- Mother Nature strikes again.
First, the Grafton Recreation Department's Penguin Plunge was cancelled on New Year's Day because Silver Lake froze during a stretch of well below freezing days. Now, the annual family ice skating party, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 12 on Lake Ripple, has been postponed for the opposite reason.
Warm weather is in the forecast through the week, with temperatures in the mid to upper 40s, so the Grafton Recreation Department decided to postpone the event so people are not at risk of falling through the ice.
"We talked to the town administrator, plus the police, and fire departments, then we looked at the weather forecast," said Lynn Thurlow, secretary for the recreation department.
This is the third year in a row the event has hit a rough patch. In 2011, it was canceled after Lake Ripple failed to freeze in time; in 2010, several feet of snow blocked ice access.
The event will be rescheduled later this season when a stretch of below freezing days and nights return. The Grafton Daily Voice will post updates when they come available.