Finally! Ithacans get to skip the drizzles and slush of yester-years and enjoy a winter festival with classic winter weather – light fluffy snow, brisk chilly air. The annual Downtown Ithaca Winter Festival includes a National Ice Sculpting competition and a local Chowder Cook-Off. Check out the sights (& remember to imagine the chainsaw oil and simmering chowder smells) from today’s events on and around the halted-for-winter-rennovation of the Ithaca Commons:
The “Ice Bar”…cool seating:
Just a few of the sculptors in action:
My two favorite shots from today – a clever ice sculpture in front of Benjamin Peters and the Dewitt Cafe aquarium fish reflecting on the holiday lights. (Could certain chowder ingredients be influencing my choices?)
Many thanks to all the sculptors & chowder chefs, the folks at the Downtown Ithaca Alliance & the Ithaca weather gods -you pulled this all off with great success!