Community Ice Carving kicks off Winterfest Feb. 4
CAMDEN - Camden's Winterfest wonderland week kicks off Saturday, Feb. 4, at noon with town-wide festivities including Community Ice Carving in the Amphitheatre, professional snow carving on the Village Green, freestyle snowboarding in Harbor Park and a Polar Plunge into Camden Harbor.
Winterfest began 15 years ago in the Camden Amphitheatre with a festival of ice carving, and the Camden Public Library and its volunteers carry on the tradition today. This year there will be 12 teams of community ice carvers, with additional sculptures by master carver Tim Pierce. Accompanied by music outdoors, and live music indoors, the carvers will complete dazzling crystalline sculptures on Saturday afternoon. There will be hot food available at the Amphitheatre, donated and prepared by volunteers, and kids' crafts indoors. The radiant sculptures will last as long as winter weather continues, softening and glistening and changing from day to day.
Using special tools provided by the Library, ice chips literally fly as the blocks are transformed into sculptures. Teams return year after year to participate, including the Riley School, Artice, Team Thompson, Jim Reitz & Friends, MidCoast Interact Club, Station Maine and the Children's House Montessori School. The ice comes in crystal-clear 10-inch-by-20-inch-by-40-inch blocks, weighing 300 pounds. The ice carving is sponsored in part by the Penobscot Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Festivities in the Amphitheatre on Feb. 4 include not only ice carving, food and music until 3 p.m. outdoors, and live music from Hank Lund & All That Jazz, face painting, winter storytime and kids crafts indoors, all hosted by the Camden Public Library. The festivities will also include the Camjam in Harbor Park and a Polar Plunge. The Snow Bowl will offer freestyle boarding on terrain park elements and snow imported from the ski area. On the Village Green, juried snow sculptures will be frantically and artistically formed in preparation for judging on Sunday. The event is the state's only sanctioned snow carving competition. The Polar Plunge is at 2:30 pm at the harbor's edge in Harbor Park, hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust.