16th annual IceFest blows into Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — If nothing else, IceFest in downtown Chambersburg is a way to get people out of the house at the end of January.
“Everyone is usually getting a little stir crazy by that time,” said Penny Shaul, chair of the 16th annual event that kicks off today and runs through Sunday, Jan. 28.
But like many festival-goers, Shaul, who also owns Here’s Looking at You boutique in downtown Chambersburg, sees IceFest as much more that an excuse to get outdoors.
“We truly do, as cliché as it sounds, we really have something for everyone,” she said.
Some of the activities include more than 90 ice sculptures comprised of more than 30 tons of ice that will line Main Street.
“You can view all of the sculptures for free, you can watch live carving for free. We have an ice slide that you can slide down for free, and that’s for kids of all ages,” she said.
The slide, a returning popular event, is a double-wide 40 foot-long slide adorned with LED lights that children and adults can slide on for free daily throughout IceFest. The slide is next to Gartenberg Jewelry at 133 S. Main St.
The Carve Off, a new event, kicks things off at 5:30 p.m. today.
“We have a local ice carver that is going to go head-to-head with one of the (DiMartino Ice Company) carvers at Courthouse Plaza. They’ll have 30 minutes to carve a sculpture and see whose is better,” Shaul said. “Everybody can just gather around and watch for free.”
As for the weather, which can vary greatly from year to year, Shaul, during an interview Jan. 11, said people come regardless of what Mother Nature has in store.
“The last two weekends have been a perfect example. Last weekend was freezing and so we really would not have liked to have it last weekend, and this weekend is truthfully going to be a little bit too warm, because 60 degrees ... that’s great for the people, but not the ice. Fortunately, though, we get nice turnouts either way,” she said.
In any case, Shaul said the event is coming together nicely.
“It’s going to be a great event. I think it’s gonna be one of our best ever. We’re closing (Main Street) on Saturday. Traffic will be detoured off Main Street, but it does give a nice festival atmosphere with the street being closed,” she said.
Shaul said it’s a guesstimate as to how many people the event attracts each year.
“It’s always a hard number to gauge because we have so many different events going on. And since there isn’t a ticket to get in, the only way we have accurate counts is the Chili Cookoff, (that has) an entrance fee and Icing on the Cake has a small entrance fee and the Snowfall Ball does, so we have accurate counts on those. We usually say between 10 and 15,000 (people) over the four days.”
The Snowfall Ball takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West. Tickets cost $12 per person and includes swing and cha- cha instruction from 6 to 7 p.m. by Frank Hancock of Hancock Dance. The dance also features a showcase performance of Hancock’s students presenting, “Dancing in the Movies part II.”
The Chili Cookoff is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in a heated tent on North Main Street. Admission costs $5.
Icing on the Cake, featuring a Day At the Circus theme, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in The Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St. Entry fee is $1.
The overall event couldn’t be done each year without help.
“M&T is our returning, presenting sponsor. We couldn’t do this without them and without all the other generous sponsors that sponsor ice sculptures and all the other various events. We appreciate our sponsors and our volunteers,” Shaul said.
For a full listing of events, go to Icefestpa.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/icefestpa/.
“Facebook is probably the most up to date because we can change it very quickly. We will have printed maps and schedules on our website,” Shaul said.
Some highlights of IceFest, running today through Sunday, Jan. 28. For complete schedule, go to www.icefestpa.com
Thursday, Jan. 25
• 5 p.m. Official IceFest opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Courthouse Plaza, featuring free cupcakes.
• 5 to 8 p.m. Sculpture carvings open along Main Street; double-wide ice slide open next to Gartenberg Jewelry, 133 S. Main St.; “Penn’s Woods Printmakers: All Media Show,” 15 S. Main St., The Foundry Art Co-op, 100 S. Main St., offers a make-and-take coloring project, plus a Fire & Ice Wintery Votive; festival food vendors available in the square
• 5:30 p.m. 30-minute carving competition on the Courthouse Plaza
Friday, Jan. 26
• All day until 8 p.m. Sculpture carvings along Main St.; double-wide ice slide open next to Gartenberg Jewelry, 133 S. Main St.; festival food vendors available in the square; live glass blowing demonstrations in the parking lot next to 54 N. Main St.
• 1 p.m. “Penn’s Woods Printmakers: All Media Show,” 15 S. Main St.
• 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St., presents “Memories of Years Glass,” an exhibition of hand-blown glass
• 4 to 8 p.m. The Foundry, 100 S. Main St., offers Artists in Action, live demos and a free coloring class
• 6 to 9 p.m. Free movie, “Snow Falling on Cedars” at Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St.
• 6 to 8 p.m. Chambersburg Area Middle School South’s 8th Grade Art Club display works of art at Pa. Counseling Services, 75 S. Main St.; free face painting.
• 6 to 10 p.m. Snowball Ball, Cha-Cha and Swing Dance Workshop with Frank Hancock at Central Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 40 Lincoln Way West, Showcase Dance at 8 p.m. $12 per person
Saturday, Jan. 27
• 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from King Street to Washington Street
• All day, double-wide ice slide open next to Gartenberg Jewelry, 133 S. Main St.
• 8 to 11a.m. Pancake breakfast at Trinity Episcopal Church, 58 S. Second St.
• 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • artFest, artists create a piece of art in 8 hours to be auctioned live at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit For the Kids of Chambersburg, Old Jail, 175 E. King St.
• 9 a.m. Newville, Pa., ice carver Danny Kissel carving live
• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Foundry Art Co-op, 100 S. Main St., offers Artists in Action, live demos, a make-and-take coloring project, plus a Fire & Ice Wintery Votive
• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coloring activity hosted by Cumberland Valley School of Music at Central Presbyterian Church
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Icing on the Cake “A Day at the Circus” at the Capitol Theatre Center, 159 S. Main St., $1 entry. Includes silent auction. Winner and People’s Choice announced at 3:30 p.m. and free cake from 4 to 5 p.m
• 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Council for the Arts, 81 N. Main St., presents “Memories of Years Glass”
• 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. “Penn’s Woods Printmakers: All Media Show” at 15 S. Main St.
• 10:30 a.m. Chambersburg Area Middle School South students display works of art at Pa. Counseling Services, 75 S. Main St.
• 11 a.m. Free movie “Eight Below” at Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St.
• 11a.m. Chili Cookoff on North Main Street under the big tent. Cost is $5
• 11a.m. Sample music classes and lessons by CVSM at Central Presbyterian Church
• Noon, Polar Dunk Plunge on Courthouse Plaza. Donations benefit Chambersburg Relay for Life and Leadership Franklin County
• 1:30 p.m. Hot Pepper Eating Contest on North Main Street under the big tent
• 2 p.m. free movie “Cool Runnings” at Coyle Free Library, 102 N. Main St.
• 3 p.m. CVSM Community Symphonic Band performs at Central Presbyterian Church
• 4 p.m. Frozen Flicks “Casablanca-themed” Scavenger Hunt; Start at the Capitol Theatre, 159 S. Main St., movie begins at 5:30 p.m.
• 6:15 p.m. Jo Smith performs in the tent on North Main Street
Sunday, Jan. 28
• Noon to 3 p.m. Kids’ Obstacle Course and Scavenger Hunt in parking lot next to Main Street Deli, 33 N. Main St.
• Noon to 4 p.m. free double-wide ice slide is open; “Penn’s Woods Printmakers: All Media Show,” 15 S. Main St. The Foundry Art Co-op, offers a make-and-take coloring project, plus a Fire & Ice Wintery Votive
• 12:30 p.m. Run Your Ice Off 5K registration opens, race begins at 2 p.m.
• 2 to 4 p.m Franklin County Historical Society, 175 E. King St., reception for “It’s a Wonderful Life” 4 p.m.