Over the last couple of years, I’ve felt guilty recommending attending the annual ice carving event on the plaza in downtown Kent because the typical February weather rarely cooperated with an outdoor venue. But what a difference a year can make.
Ice carving is custom made for icy conditions, and the Kent State University vs. Akron University competitors in the event tend to turn up the heat of this long-standing intra-collegiate rivalry, but still mid-February in northeast Ohio is usually less than ideal — until this year.
This year has been weather of a different sort and I can in good conscience recommend your attendance at the ice carving event and competition scheduled for Saturday, February 11th from 1 to 4 pm, at the corner of Water Street and Main Street.
Officially, this is the 8th annual “Make Mine With Ice” Ice Carving Exhibition that is sponsored by DICE, featuring the ice carving clubs from Kent State University and Akron University.
Hot beverages and chili will be served by Anthony’s Cafe and pastries from Stahl’s bakery.
If you’re wondering what to expect I can tell you that this isn’t you and me building some lop-sided snowmen; this is some serious art made by professionals skillfully handling drills and chainsaws as their preferred weapons of artistic impression.
Very cool (literally and figuratively).