First Posted: 2/4/2014

The Clarks Summit Festival of Ice will bring frozen works of art to the streets of downtown Clarks Summit Feb. 13-17. The 54 rock-n-roll themed sculptures will be carved by Sculpted Ice Works out of large blocks of ice using various tools, such as chainsaws and ice picks.

Although borrowing dad’s chainsaw from the garage is out of the question, kid’s and teens can make their own frozen art using other tools and methods. See the following list of ideas, and then find your own blank canvas of snow and ice, whether it’s in your yard, the local park or another outdoor location you have permission to use. Then, enter photos of your masterpiece for a chance to win this month’s “My Edition” contest.

  • “Do you want to build a snowman?” Yours probably won’t come to life like Olaf in the movie “Frozen,” but with three balls of snow, a couple sticks, small rocks, a carrot, hat and and scarf and a bit of imagination, you can create your own magic.
  • Make an ice collage. In the November 6 “My Edition,” Abington Area Joint Recreation Board Vice Chairperson Diane Vietz suggested creating ice art at Hillside Park. First, color water with food coloring and freeze it in various shaped containers such as ice cube trays or buckets, then bring the colored ice shapes with you to the park and put them together to make new shapes and designs. Then add water to the overlapping pieces so they will adhere together.
  • Snow graffiti. Fill spray bottles with colored water and spray it on the white snow to create a picture.
  • Freeze stuff and photograph it. Everything looks different when it’s frozen. Take leaves, flower pedals, feathers, jewelry, your little brother’s favorite toy dinosaurs (okay, maybe not), or whatever items you can scrounge up, and freeze them inside clear containers of water, then photograph them close up through the ice.
  • Use your creativity. Got a different idea? Be the the first to invent some new frozen art.

One winning entry will be chosen to run in next month’s “My Edition” section in “The Abington Journal,” and the artist will receive a free limited edition “My Edition” T-shirt. All entries will be displayed in a web gallery on You must be a student in grades K-12 to qualify.

How to enter:

Send your photograph to: The Abington Journal My Edition, 211 South State St., Clarks Summit, PA, 18411 or Please include your name, school you attend and grade, as well as your contact information and preferred T-shirt size in case you win. (All T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed. If the winner’s size is out of stock, he or she will receive the closest available to their size.) All entries must be received by Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.

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