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Ice Fest returns for another year

World renowned ice sculptor Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm is coming to Raquette Lake and Long Lake for his third Ice Fest event.

World renowned ice sculptor Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm is coming to Raquette Lake and Long Lake for his third Ice Fest event. Alex Roalsv

— World renowned ice sculptor Stan Kolonko from the Ice Farm is coming to Raquette Lake and Long Lake for his third Ice Fest event. Festivities kick off in Raquette Lake at noon on Friday, Feb. 8. Cozy up for lunch at the Tap Room then make your way over the Raquette Lake Library, 1 Dillon Rd, to witness the first of nine ice sculptures being installed between Long Lake and Raquette Lake.

At 3 p.m. on Friday, Stan will begin his first ice sculpture in Long Lake on behalf of the Long Lake Historical Society. A sculpture of the Sagamore Hotel will be placed in front of the Town Office Building. Stop by to watch this fascinating installation, parking is available behind the Town Office building at 1130 Deerland Road.

Sculpting ensues Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8 a.m. at Hoss’s Country Corner, 1142 Main Street, in Long Lake. Then carving will move up the road to Shear Images Salon, followed by Shamrock Motel, 1055 Deerland Road, where Stan will install a large shamrock sculpture.

A chili tasting event will take place at approximately 12:30 p.m. at The Long Lake Diner & Owl’s Head Pub, 1161 Main Street, while Stan goes to work on another ice installation in front of this historic business. Bystanders are invited to try chili along with hot beverage specials.

Afterward, head to Ali Baba’s Liquor and Wine, 1601 Tupper Road, for an installation of Aladdin’s genie lamp, followed by the installation of the ADK Trading Post’s sculpture of a fish jumping from water.

The final sculpture of the day will be placed at Mt. Sabattis Recreation Center, 12 Pavilion Lane. Join us for ice skating and free hot coco to round out this day of ice art. Look out for a full schedule of times and events on fliers throughout town or by visiting mylonglake.com.

The day’s festivities will wrap up with an Ice Ball at the Geiger Arena from 7-10 p.m. Join us for a “black tie” evening of ice dancing, hot chocolate, and music by DJs Dan and Pat. Wear your “finest attire” to skate the evening away. The most dashingly dressed attendees can compete for best dressed prizes. All in Long Lakey style, of course!

For more information about this event, contact Erin at the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department at 624-3077 or longlakeevents@gmail.com.

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