Many thanks to Volunteers
For a Successful Ice on Fire last weekend!
Written by: Stephanie Olsen
For the last 20 years, the community of Montpelier has come together in the fields of the North Branch Nature Center to celebrate deep winter at Ice on Fire! The parks department has had the duty of using their creativity to design and to come up with different structures that play a huge part in the celebration and gives this event a magical feel! We recruit volunteers from different school groups and organizations to help constructed the grounds for Ice on Fire. This year we had help from Norwich Cadetts, students from VYCC from U32, students from Barre Technical Center, Youthbuild, and the Vermont Department of Labor.
All together, we were able to build an igloo with a mystifying tunnel, a huge snow arch as the entrance way, a tree maze from recycled christmas trees, a tee-pee made from more recycled christmas trees, a story telling circle and a performance stage. It took two weeks of preparation and many truck loads of snow and trees, but it was a complete success. We would like to thank all of our hard working volunteers! Ice on Fire is always a fun time not only for those who attend the event, but for us who get to prepare for it.
As said before, the event was fantastic! All afternoon, storytellers captured the attention of their audiences using puppets, props and stories from different parts of the world, dancers used fire to play out different stories and honor winter, and children played in the snowy fields identifying tracks to get a prize. Everyone had a smile and there was laughter all around. There was a wonderful station where children of all ages got to make crowns and drink hot chocolate. Another station outside distributed hot chili and hot cider anyone who wanted. All of the ingredients were graciously donated!
At the end of the event, everyone gathered once again to watch the bon fire burn into the night. Cheers were heard all around once a tree was thrown on the fire and flames erupted towards the sky. It was a wonderful celebration where everyone had a good time!
Pictures above were taken by VYCC students and staff at Montpelier Parks. For more pictures of the event, please visit and like the Montpelier Parks Facebook page!
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