Early January, and holiday times have truly ended. But winter doesn’t have to be bleak. As long as people have sweaters, skis, skates and snowmen, the white season can be the right season for recreation. People in 1984 and 1985 found seasonal diversions in their respective Januaries. And even people who were not fans of cold weather learned that January thaws — and moments outside in 40-degree temperatures — can be pleasant ways to begin a new year.
From left, Ann Hammett, Nancy Tobiessen and Lois Shapland plan a cross-country ski outing in January 1984. The three women spent part of their winters leading ski excursions sponsored by the Environmental Clearinghouse of Schenectady.
Debbie Gillispie watches her son Sammy balance and slide on the ice of Iroquois Lake in Central Park on a January day in 1984.
Marie McNamara works on a leaning snowman in Scotia in January 1984. Warm days had stunted the snowman’s growth.
Linda York, left, and Kathy Tonjes, both of Burnt Hills, take advantage of winter sunshine for conversation in January 1984. The women found dry seats on the campus of the University at Albany.
Charles Alheim rings in the first week of 1985 with a winter dog walk through the Schenectady Museum Nature Preserve in Niskayuna.