"Prisoners from Camp Gabriels harvesting ice"
© Nancie Battaglia for The New York Times
It's been slow going on the blog as of late, but so is life around here. One more month of frigid arctic cold and then my gears might be grinding again. In a few days our small village will be starting the week long celebration of Winter Carnival, the longest running event of its kind in the Eastern United States. This year It will be celebrating its 112th year.
It's a wonderful invention that breaks the "cabin fever" and monotony of the brutal winters up here. There will be parades, coronation of the king and queen, frying pan toss competitions for the ladies, lumberjack comps for the men, ice fishing tournaments, snowmobile races on the frozen lakes and more. Oh, and lots of activities involving drinking. Actually all of those activities involve drinking.
Later this week I'll get some night shots of this year's Ice Palace all lit up. It's fairly large this year considering the cold we've had, the ice blocks are 18" thick. It comes complete with a Castle, a lone Turret, and a complete pirate ship (this year's theme).
Props to the Prisoners from Camp Gabriels for braving the sub zero temps to help build it. Most of them are transplants from warmer climates, so you know they're freezing their arses off.