Stop downtown to see the 17 beautiful ice sculptures. With clouds in the sky and a little bit of flurries it is the perfect atmosphere for a winter festival with chocolate and ice. Stop in downtown shops for delicious samples, great discounts and more. Do your valentine shopping and make dinner reservations while you are downtown. Visit Old Town Hall to meet Clifford the Big Red Dog on Saturday 11 – 5, be serenaded by a violinist at 12 at the romantic gift shop on Derby Square and much more. For a full list of events, discounts and promotions click here.
There will be 17 beautiful ice sculptures gracing the downtown for the 10th Annual Salem’s So Sweet festival February 10 – 14, 2012. The festival begins with a Wine and Chocolate Tasting in Hamilton Hall on Friday, February 10. Tickets are almost sold out for this decadent event and can be purchased by calling (978)744-0004. On Saturday, February 11 by noon 17 large ice sculptures will fill downtown Salem. Many shops will be offering free chocolate samples and fantastic shopping discounts. It’s a great opportunity to do your Valentine shopping and make dinner reservations at one of 60 eating establishments downtown Salem.
The sixteen ice sculptures throughout downtown Salem are a great reason to brave the cold. From a towering ice castle to a prowling tiger there are many beautiful and interesting sculptures. They will be downtown as long as the weather permits.
You can also do you Valentine Shopping and make your dinner reservations while you are downtown Salem.
Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival will feature sixteen artfully carved ice sculptures downtown Salem starting Saturday, February 6 at noon. This year the festival will include an ice carving demonstration at 1:00 p.m. at Pickering Wharf on Feb. 6 by Ice Effects. Also, new this year the Phillips House will host a mixed media ice sculpture by local artist Josh Gerloff, featuring the Phillips family dog. Back by popular demand…the Salem Witch at the Salem Witch Museum
Below is a complete listing of the ice sculptures.
1. CASABLANCA – Sponsored by Pickering Wharf Merchants Association
2. GONE WITH THE WIND – Sponsored by Pickering Wharf Merchants Association
3. DR. ZHIVAGO – Sponsored by Pickering Wharf Merchants Association
4. THE EIFFEL TOWER – Sponsored by Sophia’s
5. THE SALEM WITCH – Sponsored by the Salem Witch Museum
6. FASHION TIGER (Inspired by Iris Apfel) – Sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum
7. CAT WITH CAULDRON – Sponsored by Bewitched in Salem, Essex’s N.Y. Deli & Pizza, Glass and Etc., Lotus Gifts, Marley Properties Salem, Polonus European Deli, Salem’s Vintage Photography, Thai Place, Witch Tee’s
8. ICE CASTLE – Sponsored by Bernard’s Jewelers, Pamplemousse, Salem Trolley, Samantha’s Costumes, Signatures, Trolley Depot, Witch’s Hide
9. FOOD DOME – Sponsored by The Lyceum
10. PUFF AWAY – Sponsored by Red Lion Smoke Shop
11. TICKLING THE IVORIES – Sponsored by Rockafellas
12. BOSTON SPORTS TEAM LOGOS – Sponsored by Tavern in the Square
13. MAX (From Where the Wild Things Are) – Sponsored by Cornerstone Books
14. PHOENIX RISING FROM FLAMES – Sponsored by the Art Corner
15. PRINCE, THE PHILLIPS FAMILY DOG – Sponsored by Historic New England – Phillips House
16. CRYSTAL SNOWFLAKE – Sponsored by Laura Lanes Skin Care (Located at Essex and Washington St.)
At my last walk through the downtown the PEM Dancing Polar Bear and Born To Ride outside of Crunchy Granola Baby were the only two ice sculptures left with any real pizazz. In case you missed them, here’s quick look…
If you want a more active version of the sculptures check out this You Tube video shot by one festival goer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiqtTJPRr54