This past Saturday, despite the drizzling weather conditions, a couple of winter festivals were held. One of them was hosted at Bacchus on Chippewa (learn more) and was based on an ice carving competition. Ice carving can be tough to pull off for a number of reasons. First, the clear ice blocks can be expensive. Then it can be tough to nail down talented ice carvers who can dedicate a few hours of their time to participate. Then you need chainsaws and all sorts of other ice carving tools to ensure success. Then there’s the cooperation of Mother Nature.
If all of these necessary elements come together, then chances are that you are going to have a lot of fun and a few masterful carvings that will “wow” the crowd. Fortunately for Bacchus, the only thing adverse element that they ran up against was the rain. Despite the weather conditions, the carvers carved and the visitors loved it. The end result was a few sparkling reproductions of some of Buffalo’s most recognized architecture – The Central Terminal, Ralph Wilson Stadium, The Buffalo Lighthouse, and City Hall. Each of the finished works was a show stopper in its own way, and eventually it came down to the judging by the public to determine the winner of the competition. “Our event was lovely and it was everything we had imagined,” said Catherine Cravotta at Bacchus. “The proceeds went to the Brian Moorman P.U.N.T foundation. This was our first winterfest, and we are already planning for next years event. Our hope is to make this an annual event working in conjunction with our neighbors around the Chippewa district and help raise money for this very worthy cause. We featured live music, an ice carving competition, raffle baskets and a silent auction. We designed an ice bar outside and had a warming station inside the Private Dining Room.”
Once again, this type of winter event just goes to show that you don’t need to pull off a major winter festival to create a fun, family-friendly atmosphere when it’s cold out. While I missed the competition due to being at the Flurrious! festival, I did get a chance to stop by later in the evening to see the works first hand. Next year I will be sure to catch the activities as they are underway!
The carvers featured:
Paul Strada City Hall
So Kimura- Rich Stadium
Frank Cravotta – 1893 Lighthouse
Jeff Cooke Jr. – the Little Rock
Craig Landseadel- Central Terminal
“The winner was Frank Cravotta. This was his first attempt at ice carving and is donating part of his winnings to the Brian Moorman PUNT foundation.” – Bacchus
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Photos: Patti Looney | Lead image: Paul Strada