How to do ICE BOX PEC ❄️ ❄️
Wondering what ICE BOX is all about? This new public art event from The Department of Illumination promises that you’ll experience both art and winter like never before, so bundle up your besties, kids and kindred, because there’s plenty to see and do for all ages. Here’s a quick primer:
By Krista Dalby
Art in the heart of winter…
… And in the heart of Picton! Five colourful wooden huts will adorn the grounds of the historic Macaulay Heritage Park. Each “ice box” contains an interactive art installation, many created in collaboration with community members. Step inside and discover these creations by Prince Edward County artists:
PRINT – Explore an enchanting exhibition of miniature paper pop-ups made using printmaking techniques by artists Chrissy Poitras and Genna Kusch.
STORY – A collaboration between writer Sarah Selecky and artist Susanne Larner, this installation celebrates stories written in our community. Leave your own story behind!
REMIX – Visitors to Hri Neil’s installation will find blocks faced with colours, textures and images of Macaulay House. Build your own version of a remixed Macaulay House!
STITCH – Textile artist Nella Casson welcomes you into a woodland creature’s den, featuring embroidered pieces by the ICE BOX Stitchers Society, a community-based embroidery club.
DRAW – Andrea Piller‘s installation features dozens of portraits created by local youth in school workshops. Try drawing a portrait yourself!
The Price is Right…
ICE BOX is free to visit. Open 10 AM to 4 PM February 2, 3, 9 and 10, 2019 on the grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park, you can stay as long as you’d like and return as many times as you wish. Donations are gratefully accepted, and you can show your appreciation by stuffing the donation boxes.
There is lots of programming on offer, so make sure to check the schedule to plan your visit.
Children will love the art, but there are plenty of other activities for kids of all ages; grown-ups welcome, too!
Get bendy at Snow Pants Yoga for Kids with Tarayn Hiddink of Magical Movement Kids Yoga. Feb. 2, 11-noon and Feb 9 10-11 a.m.
Try out the All Ages Improv Workshop with two of the County’s funniest folks, Julianne Snepsts and Lenny Epstein. Sat., Feb 9 from 11-noon.
Write and illustrate your own mini-comic book at Martha Newbigging’s Insta-Comic Book Workshop. Sat., Feb. 9 at 2-4 p.m.
Gather round and listen to tales told by master storytellers Deb Palmer
(Feb. 3, 11-noon ) and Suzanne Pasternak (Feb. 10, 11-noon).
Get moving in a group dance led by Arwyn Carpenter. “Crackle and Pop” is a dance for everyone to join in; stretch your winter bones and crackle with the warmth and energy of the circle. Feb. 2 and 3, Feb. 9 and 10 at 1-2 p.m.;
Tap your toes to live music in Macaulay Church by the Sophiasburgh All Stars (Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2-3 p.m.) and Reggie Band (Sunday Feb. 10, 2-3 p.m.).
Explore the Museum…
Take a self-guided tour of historic Macaulay House, and peruse the exhibit in Macaulay Church specially curated for ICE BOX: a collection of boxes!
Have a snack…
Enjoy some woodfired pizza in Macaulay House, or grab a hot chocolate or snack at the canteen located in Macaulay Church.
Try out snowshoeing with the Picton Recreation Committee, or gather around the fire pit for the marshmallow roast that they’re hosting! Feb 2, 2-4 p.m.
Sweat away those winter blues in the Hothouse Mobile Sauna & Lounge. Bring sandals, a water vessel, and wear a bathing suit under that parka if that’s your style. There is a sliding scale admission, at $15-$25 per person. Sun. Feb. 10, 10-4 p.m.
Macaulay Church will be open throughout the event, so you’ll always have a place to warm up.
Let Your Freak Flag Fly…
ICE BOX culminates in a wild community procession around Macaulay Heritage Park. Wear a costume or mask, bang a drum, wave a flag, show winter who’s boss! Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3-4 p.m.
Buy an artist a beer…
…At the official after-party at 555 Brewery. Artists like pizza, too! Sunday, Feb. 10 from 5-8 p.m.
Find out more at www.icebox.ca or follow ICE BOX on social media at @iceboxpec