Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

First Saturday’s Fire in Ice returns to heat up Frederick

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Spark a little romance or just spend time with the ones you love during February’s First Saturday — Fire in Ice — from 5-9 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Frederick.

Twenty-six ice sculptures will sparkle and glisten throughout historic downtown during the evening. Each sculpture reflects the spirit of the sponsoring merchants and offers a different interpretation of sculpting ice into fire.

Downtown guests will find chilly animals, glittering dancing ladies, heart-warming designs and more made entirely out of ice.

To add to the excitement, live ice carving demonstrations will take place between 5–9 p.m. on the patio of Brewer’s Alley, 124 N. Market Street. For those who get the chills, free hot cocoa will be available for patrons as they walk luminary-lit streets. Hot cocoa stands will be located at 110 E. Patrick St. and inside the lobby of BB&T Bank located at the Square Corner.

Visitors to downtown can also begin their Mardi Gras celebrations early with extra festivities taking place on the 100 Block of E. Patrick St. and Everedy Square and Shab Row.

Merriment will include face painting, free Mardi Gras beads, special drinks and more. Free trolley rides provided by the merchants in Everedy Square and Shab Row will depart from Frederick Cellars, Antique Imports, Danielle’s Restaurant on N. East Street and 30 N. Market Street.

The Fire in Ice sculptures will be on view throughout Downtown Frederick along Market, Patrick, Carroll, Church Streets, Everedy Square and Shab Row. The ice sculptures will be provided courtesy of the following merchants and organizations: Accentuates, Amber Coast, Beans & Bagels, Ben & Jerry’s, Brewer’s Alley, Cowboy Stuff Lipstick & Spurs, Ec’clectibles, Emporium Antiques, Etiquette, Evangeline, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fabulous Finds, Firestone’s Market, Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries, Flights of Fancy, Frederick Cellars, Gallery Wear, The Greene Turtle, The Grapevine, Hinode Sunrise Café, Hunting Creek Outfitters, Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar, The Little Pottery Shop, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, McGuire Fine Arts, Molly’s Meanderings, The Muse, O’Hair Salon & Spa, Paolo Vista Menswear, Serenity Tearoom, Shambhala Bead Gallery, Social Study, Tableaux, Terressentials, Tourism Council of Frederick County, The Trail House, Two Paws Up, Velvet Lounge, and Visions.

Those visiting Downtown Frederick during the evening also will enjoy live entertainment, guest artists, exhibit openings and more than 70 independently owned and operated stores, galleries and restaurants open until 9 p.m. or later.

For more information, call 301-698-8118. Visit www.downtownfrederick.org.