EASTON — Just in time for some of the coldest temperatures we’ve had this winter, folks flocked to the inaugural Chesapeake Fire & Ice Festival scattered across town on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14 and 15. The festival will continue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
The fun kicked off Friday evening with the “Ice Block Party” on Washington Street, a first chance to see the amazing ice sculpture creations mounted in strategic places all over the downtown shopping district.
Saturday, the festival featured Stews & Brews at the Easton fire hall. Local craft beers, a stew competition, live music and tasty treats by local chefs, raffles and vendors attracted a large crowd.
There was an indoor family fun center set up at 40 S. Harrison St. that featured arts and crafts projects, STEM projects, food and baked goods, and performances by juggler Cascading Carlos.
Sunday, the festival will close in glorious fashion with the “Ice Breaker Party.” Sculptors and members of the Easton Volunteer Fire Department will cut loose and smash all the ice sculptures around downtown Easton.
The smashing will begin in Thompson Park at the Corner of Washington and Dover streets at noon and then circle around the festival circuit.
Plenty of ice skating will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday on the synthetic rink set up in the parking lot next to the Easton Tourist Center.
Presenting sculpture sponsors for the Chesapeake Fire & Ice Festival are Preston Automotive Group and Safehouse LLC. The ice rink sponsor was Anne Arundel Medical Center, which has an Easton location on Marlboro Road. The hospitality sponsor was the historic Tidewater Inn. More than 20 other local businesses made the festival happen.
Event partners were Ice Lab, the Easton Volunteer Fire Department, the Country School and Talbot County Free Library.
The Chesapeake Fire & Ice Festival is the work of Discover Easton, a marketing promotion and events nonprofit organization that promotes Easton’s independent merchants and raises awareness about the town’s history.