Presented by M&T Bank, The 13th Annual IceFest in Downtown Chambersburg, PA will be held January 29,2015 through February 1, 2015.
IceFest originated in 2002 to help shake the mid-winter blues that fall upon us. A large group of volunteers came together to bring displays and other activities to get us out of our houses and into our local community. Over the years, the committee has grown, the events have grown and the crowds have grown.
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Thanks to M&T Bank’s sponsorship (their seventh consecutive year!), local business and community support and coordination by the Borough, Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., Council for the Arts, Downtown Business Council and IceFest Committee members, IceFest has evolved to one of the largest outdoor ice festivals in Pennsylvania.
Celebrate IceFest! Pull out your favorite scarf and mittens, bundle the kids up and be sure to grab your camera; you won’t want to miss the faces of those that sit upon the giant ice throne for the first time or stand beside their favorite sculpture. You can also catch a glimpse of the carvers from DiMartino Ice sculpting right in front of your eyes! Skilled in their art form, these carvers have trained for many years and can turn a plain block of ice into just about anything. It’s amazing to watch. Live carving is Thursday and Friday night!
Events are scheduled throughout the four-day festival and include, but are not limited to, the official ribbon-cutting ceremony (featuring the IceFest cake-cutting; public welcome), live carvings, ballroom dancing at the Snowfall Ball, chili tasting at the Chili Cook-off, dunking at the Polar Dunk Plunge, cake viewing and tasting at Icing on the Cake, slipping and sliding down the FREE ice slide, and searching for the scavenger hunt. Of course there are many more events, so be sure to check out our schedule of events.
Go to www.icefestpa.com or Facebook for more information!
For the second year, the Downtown Chambersburg Inc. (DCI) Design Committee is coordinating a mural project that will add color and creativity to the public spaces of downtown Chambersburg. Area artists are invited to create an individual mural that will be displayed at various outdoor locations in the downtown area. Our presenting sponsor is Corey L. Alleman, LMFT.
“Art belongs in downtown. This project is a creative way to engage the community and to make art more accessible to everyone – as it should be,” said Noel Purdy, president of DCI, an affiliate of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.
Prepared canvases (1/4” primed plywood) will be available free of charge at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce beginning June 13 and will be 2-by-4-feet in size. The deadline for submissions is August 1. The installation will be unveiled at a First Friday Event on September 5. The murals will be judged and awards will be announced at AppleFest on October 18. Community members of all ages are encouraged to participate.
Guidelines for work:
Must be the artist’s individual work in design and execution.
Work must be able to withstand outdoor display for about five months; two coats of marine grade primer are highly recommended.
Work must be suitable for all ages.
Committee has the right to determine the suitability of work.
All mediums and themes are welcome.
Supplies sponsors include Pathways Counseling, Gateway Gallery Auction, Nitterhouse Masonry and Hardware Supply, John H. Myers and Son, Lowe’s and Carter Lumber.
Submissions will be photographed and posted on the Downtown Chambersburg Facebook page. For entry forms and more information, contact Gillian Mazzone, DCI Design Committee member, at firstname.lastname@example.org, through the website at www.downtownchambersburgpa.com, or call 717-264-7101 ext. 207.
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There’s a lot to do this summer in Downtown Chambersburg!
First Fridays are Back Come downtown to celebrate the arts, food, music and more! Each First Friday has a theme or is paired up with another community event. May’s First Friday included the Women In Need “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, and the Race Against Poverty will be held during June’s First Friday gathering. In August there will be a focus on Chambersburg’s Hispanic community, and the Cruisin’ Car show is planned for September. First Fridays run through December (except for July). For a detailed listing of activities each month, follow the Downtown Chambersburg events on facebook. Activities are 6pm-9pm.
First Fridays are coordinated by the Downtown Business Council and Council for the Arts.
2nd Saturday Concerts in the Park
Live music 5pm-8pm on June 14, July 12, August 9 and September 13 at Fort Chambersburg Park. FREE and open to the public. Presented by Volvo Construction Equipment North America
Downtown Summer Movie Series
Free, family-friendly movies will be shown this summer at Chambers Fort Park starting at dusk. Chambers Fort Park is located at the confluence of the Conococheague and Falling Spring, between the rail trail and N. Main Street (behind Northwood Books and Main Street Deli). Sponsored by Summit Health.
Bring a blanket or chairs.
On the 2nd Saturday there will also be a free concert in the same location June-September.
- Saturday, June 14: The Lego Movie
- Saturday, July 12: The Goonies
- Friday, August 1: Valentin
- Saturday, August 9: The Wizard of Oz
- Friday, September 5: E.T.
- Saturday, September 13: Despicable ME2
- Friday, October 3: The Nut Job
For more information, contact Noel Purdy, President of DCI at 264-7101, ext. 207.
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