12th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice deemed a cold success


By Elizabeth Baumeister - ebaumeister@timesleader.com



Toni and Bernie Sinkiewicz, of Thompson, check out one of the many ice sculptures on State Street on Friday evening during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice.


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The Wince family, of Ransom Township, grab hot chocolate on a frigid night while waiting for the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Parade to begin. From left, Mike; Justin, 7; Heather, and Natalie, 11.


Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

Makinzie Toward, 8, of Factoryville, plays peek-a-boo during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice.


Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

Taking a break on the ice bench, from left, Ethan Cox, 14, Purdence Concert-White, Ronnie Camp, 8, Alice Cox, 12.


Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

An ice sculptor manages to utilize his skills on a moving vehicle during the parade.


Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

The Wyoming and Lackawanna Counties dairy promotion team sponsors a vehicle in the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Parade, complete with the dairy princess and her maids.


Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

Ky Betts puts the finishing touches on the jail ice sculpture outside Everything Natural.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Jeanette Line, of Falls, braves the cold to check out the ice sculptures during the 12th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice and lands herself in an icy jail cell outside Everything Natural.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Horses and their driver brave the cold during Saturday’s festivities to offer carriage rides on State Street.


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Members of the Scranton-based Village Idiots band perform during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Saturday at Everything Natural.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Flute Maker Val Kobrin, of Hawkeye’s Nest talks with a customer about his instruments during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Native American Gathering upstairs in the borough building.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Drummers set the beat for the Native American Gathering, sponsored by The Belize Fund and The Portal Institute, Inc. upstairs in the Clarks Summit Borough Building during the Festival of Ice.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Megan and Mollie O’Rourke, of Clarks Summit observe Native American dancers in the Clarks Summit Borough Building Saturday during the Festival of Ice.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

A dancer performs during the Native American Gathering, sponsored by The Belize Fund and The Portal Institute, Inc. upstairs in the Clarks Summit Borough Building, a part of the Festival of Ice activities.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

David and Tanya Quare, of Sweet Valley watch a hoop dancer perform during the Native American Gathering Saturday in the Clarks Summit Borough Building.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Mira Sheehan, of Clarks Summit, practices a cowgirl pose atop a wooden horse inside The Gathering Place during Saturday’s Clarks Summit Festival of Ice activities.


Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

CLARKS SUMMIT — This year’s Clarks Summit Festival of Ice weekend can be described in one word: “cold.” But despite the below-zero temperatures and biting winds, some people used another word to sum up the 12th annual Abington Business and Professional Association (ABPA) sponsored event: “fun.”

“We had so much fun,” said Barry Kaplan, of Everything Natural, a festival committee member. “It was a lot of fun for our store, for me personally and definitely the committee. We really enjoyed this, and we enjoyed the community coming out and having all that fun themselves.”

Although the Wells Fargo stagecoach rides were cancelled due to the weather, Kaplan said the company is working with the ABPA to schedule another time to bring the stagecoach and horses in to town.

From what I understand, everybody who braved the cold and came out, really enjoyed it,” said ABPA Executive Director Laura Ancherani.

She added the ABPA received many compliments on not only the theme of “Frozen Frontier,” but also the ways it played out in the 50-plus ice sculptures created by Sculpted Ice Works and the various interactive activities included in the festival.

“The ice sculptures were beautiful – the work that went into them,” Ancherani said.

Sue Van Horn, local manager of Frontier Communications, this year’s presenting sponsor and welcome center host, agrees.

“Everyone seemed to love the theme this year and had a great time looking at the sculptures,” she said. “We had an equal amount of local visitors, as well as visitors from outside the area. Many make this an annual trip. We met many first time festival attendees as well.”

Van Horn said about 120 visitors came through the welcome center on Saturday and about 40 more on Sunday — fewer than previous years, likely due to the frigid temperatures.

“When we had our festival meeting on Friday, Feb. 5, there was discussion that the perfect temperature for the ice festival is 28 degrees,” she said. “We were actually a little concerned that it might be too warm. Little did we know that we would not exceed 28 degrees when we combined the temperatures for Saturday and Sunday.”

Attendees, however, found ways to keep warm.

“The great thing about the ice festival is that there are things to do both indoors and outdoors, so visitors could look at a few sculptures and then pop into a store, the welcome center, The Gathering Place/borough building, etc. to get warm, then brave the temperatures to look at the next set of ice sculptures,” Van Horn said. “Everyone that came in was in a great mood and loved the hand warmers that we were giving away. I always love meeting our guests in the welcome center. Frontier is happy to be part of this annual event.”

According to Kaplan, people came from as far away as Connecticut and Virginia to attend the festival.

“There were a lot of people in town over this weekend,” Kaplan said. “I would say it was a resounding success, and more importantly, that’s what I heard all through the weekend from the people who did come. …They said it was charming and lovely, and a wonderful, vibrant town, and they were eager to come back. And that’s part of the fun and the excitement of it for me personally and for the ABPA, to know that we’re using the festival as a showcase for our wonderful community.”

Toni and Bernie Sinkiewicz, of Thompson, check out one of the many ice sculptures on State Street on Friday evening during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Ice-Parade-1.jpgToni and Bernie Sinkiewicz, of Thompson, check out one of the many ice sculptures on State Street on Friday evening during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

The Wince family, of Ransom Township, grab hot chocolate on a frigid night while waiting for the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Parade to begin. From left, Mike; Justin, 7; Heather, and Natalie, 11.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Ice-Parade-2.jpgThe Wince family, of Ransom Township, grab hot chocolate on a frigid night while waiting for the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Parade to begin. From left, Mike; Justin, 7; Heather, and Natalie, 11. Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

Makinzie Toward, 8, of Factoryville, plays peek-a-boo during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Ice-Parade-3-1-.jpgMakinzie Toward, 8, of Factoryville, plays peek-a-boo during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

Taking a break on the ice bench, from left, Ethan Cox, 14, Purdence Concert-White, Ronnie Camp, 8, Alice Cox, 12.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Ice-Parade-4.jpgTaking a break on the ice bench, from left, Ethan Cox, 14, Purdence Concert-White, Ronnie Camp, 8, Alice Cox, 12. Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

An ice sculptor manages to utilize his skills on a moving vehicle during the parade.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Ice-Parade-5.jpgAn ice sculptor manages to utilize his skills on a moving vehicle during the parade. Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

The Wyoming and Lackawanna Counties dairy promotion team sponsors a vehicle in the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Parade, complete with the dairy princess and her maids.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Ice-Parade-6.jpgThe Wyoming and Lackawanna Counties dairy promotion team sponsors a vehicle in the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Parade, complete with the dairy princess and her maids. Tony Callaio | For Abington Journal

Ky Betts puts the finishing touches on the jail ice sculpture outside Everything Natural.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-1.jpgKy Betts puts the finishing touches on the jail ice sculpture outside Everything Natural. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Jeanette Line, of Falls, braves the cold to check out the ice sculptures during the 12th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice and lands herself in an icy jail cell outside Everything Natural.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-2.jpgJeanette Line, of Falls, braves the cold to check out the ice sculptures during the 12th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice and lands herself in an icy jail cell outside Everything Natural. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Horses and their driver brave the cold during Saturday’s festivities to offer carriage rides on State Street.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-3.jpgHorses and their driver brave the cold during Saturday’s festivities to offer carriage rides on State Street. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Members of the Scranton-based Village Idiots band perform during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Saturday at Everything Natural.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-4.jpgMembers of the Scranton-based Village Idiots band perform during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Saturday at Everything Natural. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Flute Maker Val Kobrin, of Hawkeye’s Nest talks with a customer about his instruments during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Native American Gathering upstairs in the borough building.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-5.jpgFlute Maker Val Kobrin, of Hawkeye’s Nest talks with a customer about his instruments during the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice Native American Gathering upstairs in the borough building. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Drummers set the beat for the Native American Gathering, sponsored by The Belize Fund and The Portal Institute, Inc. upstairs in the Clarks Summit Borough Building during the Festival of Ice.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-6.jpgDrummers set the beat for the Native American Gathering, sponsored by The Belize Fund and The Portal Institute, Inc. upstairs in the Clarks Summit Borough Building during the Festival of Ice. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Megan and Mollie O’Rourke, of Clarks Summit observe Native American dancers in the Clarks Summit Borough Building Saturday during the Festival of Ice.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-7.jpgMegan and Mollie O’Rourke, of Clarks Summit observe Native American dancers in the Clarks Summit Borough Building Saturday during the Festival of Ice. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

A dancer performs during the Native American Gathering, sponsored by The Belize Fund and The Portal Institute, Inc. upstairs in the Clarks Summit Borough Building, a part of the Festival of Ice activities.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-8.jpgA dancer performs during the Native American Gathering, sponsored by The Belize Fund and The Portal Institute, Inc. upstairs in the Clarks Summit Borough Building, a part of the Festival of Ice activities. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

David and Tanya Quare, of Sweet Valley watch a hoop dancer perform during the Native American Gathering Saturday in the Clarks Summit Borough Building.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-9.jpgDavid and Tanya Quare, of Sweet Valley watch a hoop dancer perform during the Native American Gathering Saturday in the Clarks Summit Borough Building. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

Mira Sheehan, of Clarks Summit, practices a cowgirl pose atop a wooden horse inside The Gathering Place during Saturday’s Clarks Summit Festival of Ice activities.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_ABJ-Ice-Sat-10.jpgMira Sheehan, of Clarks Summit, practices a cowgirl pose atop a wooden horse inside The Gathering Place during Saturday’s Clarks Summit Festival of Ice activities. Elizabeth Baumeister | Abington Journal

By Elizabeth Baumeister

ebaumeister@timesleader.com

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

Reach Elizabeth Baumeister at 570-704-3943 or on Twitter @AbingtonJournal.

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