Clarks Summit Plans a Safe Way to Celebrate Winter
The Clarks Summit Festival of Ice always chases away the winter blues. Every Presidents’ Day weekend, the town turns into a winter wonderland with ice sculptures, live carvings and family fun.
The 17th Annual Festival of Ice will be held on February 12-14, 2021. And even though they have to adapt this year, the Abington Business & Professional Association is still planning plenty of safe, outdoor fun.
Over 50 Ice Sculptures on Display
This year’s festival pays tribute to frontline workers.
The theme this year will be “Hometown Heroes,” featuring sculptures of healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, essential workers and other community members who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic.
Local businesses have sponsored over 50 sculptures, which will be displayed throughout town.
“We didn’t expect that. We only expected about half of what we normally have, so we’re really excited,” said ABPA board member Janice Bevacqua. “Everybody’s jumping on because they’re so excited to give homage to these people.”
The festival is mainly outdoors, providing plenty of space for social distancing. And for those that can’t make it in-person, the ABPA will post a “virtual tour” to Facebook with photos of all the sculptures.
An Entire Weekend of Frozen Family Fun
This year’s festivities will have a socially distant spin.
The Festival of Ice usually hosts tons of family activities, but they’ve paired things down this year to avoid crowds. Instead of holding their traditional parade, they’ll have live performances around town, including a fire juggler, the Abington Heights Band and more.
Sculpted Ice Works of Lakeville will also present live ice carving demonstrations all weekend long.
For some of the best views, join the virtual scavenger hunt. Follow the map on the Festival of Ice Facebook page to check out all the sculptures.
Bundle Up. Mask Up. See the Sights.
Explore the streets and discover the frosty beauty of NEPA.
Embrace that brisk winter air and take a walk around town. The sculptures will only be here for one weekend only, so don’t miss the chance to admire the ice.
Admission is free. The event will adhere to health and safety guidelines, and attendees are asked to wear a mask. Follow the Festival of Ice on social media for the latest news.