The centerpiece of Winterfest activity is the community ice carving. Community groups, individuals, schools, and businesses are invited to sign up for an ice block to carve on the day of the celebration. Groups and individuals will transform ordinary blocks of ice into crystalline ice sculptures using the traditional tools of the ice-carving artisan. Tim Pierce, chef and master ice-carver of the Samoset Resort, will lead an ice-carving workshop on January 13 at 3:00 pm to instruct the groups on the use of the tools. The fee for a block of ice for carving is $50.
In addition to the one day winter celebration, the Winterfest committee collaborates with the Friends of the Amphitheatre Ice Rink to once again reopen the free public ice rink in the Amphitheatre. The opening date for the ice rink will depend on the weather. For a successful ice season we must wait until the ground is frozen before filling the rink.
Winterfest activities begin at 12:00 noon in the Camden Amphitheatre and Camden Public Library. With or without snow, families are encouraged to come and play, skate, and enjoy Camdens downtown public parks while the carving takes place. Winter indoor crafts and face painting are offered free of charge to children in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library by Childrens Librarian Miss Amy. The warm rotunda of the library hosts live music by All That Jazz. Outside a merry band of culinary volunteers serve a variety of delicious hot soups donated and light snacks. There will also be live music performed outdoors again this year!”