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Ice cold ice sculptures

Chilly weather supports festive event

Chilly weather supports festive event

February 01, 2007|by JULIE E. GREENE

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The weather looks good, knock on wood, or ice as should be the case this weekend with Chambersburg's fifth IceFest.

As of Wednesday, the National Weather Service was calling for temperatures to reach as high as 35 with chances of snow during the four-day event that begins today.

That's a better outlook than last year when warm temperatures and rain damaged the ice sculptures on display in downtown Chambersburg, said Theresa Bachman-Myers, executive director for the Council for the Arts.

"My wish has been granted. It's cold. Now we're just hoping for big crowds of people to come out and look at our cool ice," Bachman-Myers said. Event organizers aim to draw people downtown to shop and see changes such as new businesses.

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The event is organized by the arts council, Downtown Chambersburg Inc. and Downtown Business Council. The three groups will split any proceeds leftover from the sponsorship of ice sculptures.

"Under the sea" is this year's theme with large ice sculptures to be carved of a sea horse, an alligator, a sandcastle, a stylized Christmas star, a mermaid, Neptune - the god of the sea - and a lighthouse that could be more than 8 feet tall, said Jared McAlister, one of five ice carvers expected from DiMartino Ice Co. in Jeannette, Pa., east of Pittsburgh.

Those sculptures, along with an ice throne, will each be carved from multiple blocks of ice that are 40 inches tall, 20 inches wide and 10 inches thick, he said.

The carving will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday and continue from 5 to at least 8 p.m. Friday in downtown Chambersburg at Coyle Free Library, Memorial Square and Kerrstown Square.

Visitors to IceFest also can check out 57 smaller ice sculptures, each made from a single block of ice, that will be on display along Main Street and at Memorial Square.

New to this year's event are fireworks on Friday night at Southgate Shopping Center and country line-dancing that night at Central Presbyterian Church.

For more information about IceFest, visit www.icefestpa.com.




Schedule of events



Today, Feb. 1

Extended hours at downtown shops and restaurants.

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Student art display at Council for the Arts, 159 S. Main St., featuring the work of Chambersburg Area Senior High School and Wilson College students.

5 to at least 8 p.m. - Live carving of giant ice sculptures downtown.

5 to 9 p.m. - Vendors at Memorial Square.

Friday, Feb. 2

Small ice sculptures will be on display throughout the day along Main Street and Memorial Square.

Photo opportunities on the Royal Throne ice sculpture at Memorial Square. Bring your camera. Opportunities continue Saturday and Sunday.

Extended hours at downtown shops and restaurants.

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Student art display at Council for the Arts.

5 to 7 p.m. - Live radio remote on Memorial Square.

5 to at least 8 p.m. - Live carving of giant ice sculptures downtown.

6:15 p.m. - Fireworks with prime viewing from the Southgate Shopping Center parking lot.

8 to 11 p.m. - TractorTwang country line-dancing with WGTY-FM's Scott Donato at the Central Presbyterian Church on Memorial Square. Admission is $5 and includes dance lessons from 7 to 8 p.m.

5 to 9 p.m. - Vendors at Memorial Square.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Small ice sculptures will be on display throughout the day along Main Street and Memorial Square.

Extended hours at downtown shops and restaurants.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Student art display at Council for the Arts.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Vendors on the Square.

10 a.m. to noon - Live radio remote at Memorial Square.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Chili cook-off at Central Presbyterian Church. Clubs and organizations vie for $600 in prizes. Top prize for each division (professional and amateur) is $200. Amateur division has additional cash prizes. Vote for your favorite chili by donating money, 70 percent of which benefits nonprofit groups. $2 admission fee for tasting. Beverages will be sold. If you want to enter the chili contest, call 717-264-7101 by 5 p.m. today.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Sit upon the ice throne and receive a free Polaroid.

1 p.m. - Hot pepper-eating contest at Central Presbyterian Church. $1 entry fee.

7:30 p.m. - Chambersburg Ballet Theatre Company presents "Snow White" with guest dancers Emmy Hendrickson and Christopher McCauley and an orchestra conducted by Dennis Ritz at The Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St. Tickets cost $5 to $18. Call 717-263-0202 or go to www.thecapitoltheatre.org.

Sunday, Feb. 4

Small ice sculptures will be on display throughout the day along Main Street and Memorial Square.

Extended hours at downtown shops and restaurants.

1:30 and 3:30 p.m. - The Popcorn Players present "Aladdin" at The Capitol Theatre. Tickets cost $5. Call 717-263-0202 or go to www.thecapitoltheatre.org.

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