Chili, horses and ice

January 30, 2004|by ANDREA ROWLAND

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A chili cook-off will put some heat into Chambersburg's IceFest 2004.

Sponsored by the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts and Downtown Chambersburg Inc., the second annual outdoor festival starts today and runs through Sunday, Feb. 1, along Main Street in downtown Chambersburg. Visitors can watch ice artist Ernie DiMartino and his crew from Jeannette, Pa., carve sculptures from massive blocks of ice, take sleigh rides through the downtown area, attend the Missoula Children's Theatre's performances of "Red Riding Hood" and cast their votes for the best pot of chili.

IceFest organizers invited nine local nonprofit organizations to participate in the cook-off in the lobby and concession area of the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., in hopes of "spreading the happiness" of the city's four-day festival, Arts Council Executive Director Theresa Bachman-Myers said.

Each chili booth will have a ballot box into which guests can place money to vote for their favorite recipe. Event organizers will split proceeds from the cook-off with participating nonprofit agencies, Bachman-Myers said.


Outside, ice artists will use such tools as chain saws and chisels to create about 50 sculptures to line Main Street. Giant sculptures will include a 13-foot Statue of Liberty, an old-time paper boy, Red Riding Hood, a rocking horse, a throne, a dragon and a stagecoach, Bachman-Myers said.

"You can even stick your face through the windows and get your picture taken," she said.

Keystone Classic Carriages of Mercersburg, Pa., will offer horse-drawn sleigh rides through the streets of historic downtown Chambersburg from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The carriages will load at Kerrstown Square, and the rides will last about 20 to 25 minutes, Bachman-Myers said. Reservations are suggested.

The Missoula Children's Theatre will offer a reprieve from the cold with two performances of "Red Riding Hood" at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday. Missoula representatives cast and train local kids to star in the shows, which start at 3 and 7 p.m.

For more information, call 1-717-264-6883.

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