My husband and I decided to make Friday night our evening out because of the impending snowstorm predicted for Saturday, so we decided to see what the 4th Annual SnowBlast Winter Festival in Emmaus had to offer.

(The SnowBlast Winter Festival is sponsored by the Emmaus Arts Commission, a premier arts organization that hosts other fun events, such as Art in the Garden which takes place in summer and a Student Film Festival in the fall.)

We started our chilly evening at the triangle in Emmaus, which is where all the action seemed to be. The crowd just started to gather when we got there. Most people were huddled by the open fire pits for warmth. We also made our way to the fire pits, but not before we checked out the ice bar, which was made entirely from solid blocks of ice and serving beer, wine and their special blue “Icetini.”

As we stood near the fire pits, we watched several ice sculpting artists carving some amazing ice art with chain saws. I also noticed that a bunch of kids trying their hands at ice sculpting (minus the chain saws, of course) by utilizing the left over blocks of ice and rocks, sticks, whatever they could find to put a dent in the ice.

We also watched the Ice Princess (triple gold medalist Laura Wetzel) skate to some great tunes provided by a DJ.

We overheard that because of Saturday’s predicted snowstorm, day two of the SnowBlast Festival (with the exception of the SnowBlast Blizzard Ball) was going to be postponed to this Saturday, February 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Looking at the schedule of events, it seems to be a lot of great family fun planned. Do you plan to attend?

Debbie Snyder, LVCVB's "director of first impressions."