Ice carvers chill and thrill at Middleburys Third Fridays
Posted: 12/22/2012 at 1:15 am
By: Miriam Nowak
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Ice carver Alfredo Arroyo carves a tool box full of tools outside Varns and Hoover Hardware as part of Middlebury's Third Fridays event. (Truth Photo by Miriam Nowak)
Mike Evans uses a chainsaw to rough out the shape of an old-fashioned coffee grinder from a block of ice. (Truth photo by Miriam Nowak)
Ice carver Mike Evans puts the finishing touches on an old-fashioned coffee grinder he carved for Middlebury's Third Fridays event. (Truth photo by Miriam Nowak)
Randy Veldman carves a child's chair out of ice in front of Legacy Home Furniture. Behind him Mike Evans works on shaping an old-fashioned coffee grinder out of another block of ice. (Truth Photo by Miriam Nowak)
A child's chair and ottoman carved by ice carver Randy Veldman at Middlebury's Third Fridays. Truth Photo By Miriam Nowak)
“There are five or six of us here tonight,” said ice carver Mike Evans as he shaped a block of ice into an old-fashioned coffee grinder in front of The Legendary Grind. The carvers use chain saws, grinders, chisels and torches to make their creations.
“I’ve been doing this for 10 years,” Evans said. “There was an ice carving mini contest at the University of Notre Dame, and I tried it.”
Abby and Kyle Bontrager brought their children to see the ice sculptures.
“We were going to go sledding, but then there wasn’t enough snow, so we brought them to see the ice carvings,” said Abby Bontrager.
Friday night didn’t have much snow, but it did have cold temperatures, which is good for ice carving.
“Last weekend we were in Michigan City and it was raining, and we were out there carving. It didn’t last very long,” said carver Alfredo Arroyo. He carved a tool box full of tools in front of Varns and Hoover Hardware.
“This is the third year I’ve done the tool box. They assign it to me because they like the way I do it,” Arroyo said.
While the ice carvings brought people outside, the warm and welcoming shops beckoned people to go inside.
At The Cinnamnon Stick, Dick Schlatter with Dick’s Incredible Nuts came back from Battle Creek, Mich., to take part in this month’s Third Fridays event after a successful experience in November.
“It was packed last month for Third Fridays for the Hometown Holidays shopping event,” said Cinnamon Stick manager Cindy Miller. “It’s always our biggest shopping night.”
The theme for this month’s Third Fridays was “Caring is Sharing.” Merchants collected donations for the Middlebury Food Pantry.