Ice Fest 2020 is set to begin Thursday, January 30 and run through Sunday, February 2.
See blocks of ice, transformed with chain saws and blow torches. Take a turn on the FREE double-wide ice slide. Taste chili and BBQ at Chili-Q, and dance at the Snowfall Ball. Enjoy more than 100 sculptures, a corn hole tournament, and the first A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic of 2020. The four-day schedule of IceFest events is available at IceFestPA.com and ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com.
The 11/30 Visitors Center, the former 1865 bank-turned-visitors-center on the southwest corner of the square, is open 8 AM to 7:30 PM on IceFest Thursday and Friday, 10:30 AM to 8 PM on IceFest Saturday, and Noon to 4 PM on IceFest Sunday. Drop in, warm up and explore the art of Susan Shaffer, Penn’s Woods Printmakers, and Chambersburg Quilt Guild in the lobby. Check out the historic artifacts in the old bank teller drawers, plus more than 100 National History Day Contest projects of the Chambersburg High School students. Theme is Breaking Barriers in History.
Susan Shaffer, owner of Joyful Arts in Greencastle, is the winter artist, exhibiting in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center. She is the owner of Joyful Arts in Greencastle and dedicated to supporting and empowering women through artistic expression.
Penn’s Woods Printmakers showcase original works of art created by the artist with an original plate run through a small press, one at a time, on high quality art paper. See the beauty of the process. All art is for sale.
The Chambersburg Quilt Guild comes together around the art of quilting. Each year, the Guild creates a raffle quilt to share talents and gives proceeds to a local cause. The quilt is on display and tickets are being sold throughout IceFest.
Continue upstairs to see jolly snowmen quilts, created by the Chambersburg Quilt Guild. Picture takers are welcome to take in the great view of downtown Chambersburg from the Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center. The large window overlooking the square is a must-see. Plus, that view is the backdrop of the first A Cappella & Unplugged Open Mic 2020, set for 5 PM on Saturday, February 1. More than a dozen acts are set to perform and begin the competition for a $500 grand prize.
IceFest 2020 is the 18th festival, made possible by the Downtown Business Council of Chambersburg, Downtown Chambersburg Inc, Chambersburg Council for the Arts and the sponsorship of M&T Bank. Franklin County Visitors Bureau and 11/30 Visitors Center is pleased to be part of IceFest 2020.