Call for Ice Carvers

Call for Ice Carvers

Camden is preparing for another sparkling and dazzling week of Winterfest activities! The week kicks off with shimmering ice-carving in the Camden Amphitheatre on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Ice carving teams are already signing up for their block of ice but there is still room for more teams. Contact the Camden Public Library for an application; forms are available online, but sign up soon because the number of ice blocks is limited. 

Anyone interested in joining the ice carvers should fill out an application. The cost of the application is just $60 to pay for the ice block. Applications should be returned to Cayla Miller at the Camden Public Library by January 19, though earlier is appreciated. Applications may be scanned and emailed to, mailed, or dropped off in person at 55 Main Street, Camden. 

The Camden Public Library hosts the annual Community Ice Carving. "It’s surprisingly easy with the right tools,” says master carver Tim Pierce. "The ice is extremely fragile but extremely strong, it’s soft to carve — but doesn’t last very long!” Pierce will give an ice-carving demonstration in advance of the Community Ice Carving; the demo will be on Sunday, January 28, at 1:00 pm, outdoors in front of the Library.

The sculptures start as a 300-pound block of crystal-clear ice, measuring 10” x 20” x 40”. Chef Pierce serves as a consultant for all carving designs prior to the festival, providing advice on whether your design would work in the medium of ice. Then, on Winterfest morning, he and his colleagues will rough out your pattern into your ice block in preparation for your carving during the Winterfest. There are specialized ice-carving picks that will be available to all teams. Participants are welcome to bring their own tools, although chainsaws and open flame are not allowed.

During the Community Ice Carving on February 3, there will be live music and kids crafts indoors at the library, and more music and hot food outdoors. There will also be a Polar Plunge hosted by Coastal Mountains Land Trust in Harbor Park, all part of the kickoff to Winterfest. 

The Winterfest Week schedule will include daily events, starting with the Ice Carving, CamJam on Sunday, February 4 from 9:00 to 2:00, and Polar Plunge at 2:30 on Saturday, February 3. Stay tuned for more updates to the schedule. The library will have a special movie night in the beautiful Reading Room on Tuesday, February 6 at 6:00 pm. The family film will be The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Camden Winterfest 2018 is a week-long celebration of winter with outdoor and indoor activities, beginning with ice carving and culminating with the Toboggan Nationals. From the opening celebration in the Amphitheatre to the closing victory celebration at the Toboggan Nationals, Camden Winterfest is a lively winter phenomenon for families, visitors, and teammates. Winterfest builds on the traditions of the ice-carving Winterfest celebration begun fifteen years ago and the Toboggan Nationals that began over twenty-five years ago on the restored toboggan chute at the Snow Bowl. It promises to be a dynamic, community-based festival full of mid-winter activities for all. You can Like Winterfest on Facebook to keep up to date on the schedule and see pictures from all the fun as it happens!

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