Monday, February 13, 2012

Salem So Sweet Ice Sculptures

The weather has kept organizers of the Salem So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture festival on the edge of their event-planning-seats this winter.  With forecasters calling for snow, there was great optimism that the ice sculptures would make it through the weekend - and, indeed, they have! 

Here are a few pictures from Saturday.  Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the sculptures, the chocolate, and, we hope, our restaurants, shops and museums.  We had a great time!

Ice Effects sanding the seams of the PEM Shape Shifting sculpture.

Chiseling in the final details.
The detail on this dragon was awesome.

Cupid AND Gemstones. Perfect match.

In addition to Tin Tin in ice, Mud Puddle hosted Valentine making in the store.

The Salem State University Viking.
Tall Ship Friendship on Pickering Wharf
We were thrilled to find a few of the sculptures were still being installed when we arrived on Saturday morning, which was at about 10:00 AM.  Installation of 17 ice sculptures is an all-night process, which began (in the rain) late on Friday and concluded at noon on Saturday. 

They did a great job - the sculptures were wonderful, and the weather stayed cold over the weekend, so most were still standing on Monday morning.  

Thanks to Salem Main Streets for organizing another - the TENTH, in fact! - fantastic celebration of Chocolate and Ice Sculptures!

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