What a special community we have! On Saturday February 22, a group of volunteers gathered on the lawn of Pettee Memorial Library to build a community ice castle. What started out as a photo shared on Facebook, sparked individuals to freeze blocks of colored ice, later grew into a community effort of gathering used milk/juice cartons to make over 150 ice blocks. Reused cartons and jugs were filled with water and food coloring and froze outside and in freezers.
On building day, over 50 kids, parents, and grandparents of all levels of artistic abilities began building. Laughter and joy was spread across the lawn as the castle grew. It was an experiment and a learning process building in different snow and weather conditions. Many thanks to folks at Pizzapalooza for donating two yummy cheese pizzas. Twinkle lights were add for evening viewing. Ice balls and more colored blocks were added to the castle later that week.
Special thanks to all the businesses that saved used cartons and jugs -- Folley Foods, CNS Beverage, Jacksonville Store, Barkey’s Coffee Shop, Old Red Mill, Kent and Rose from the Grand Summit Restaurant and Deli and individuals. Many thanks to Wahoo’s staff for storing ice blocks. A huge thanks to all our community volunteers, especial Shelley, Mace, Adam, and Kent.
What started as a one day project evolved into a “a what about this” project with many additions. We are so inspired that we are already thinking about next year’s “grander” castle. Make sure to let us know if you want to get involved in this annual community event.
Youth Services Librarian, Pettee Memorial Library