LEWISTON — L/A Arts has announced the final itinerary for Ice Festival 2015, Friday, Feb. 20., through Sunday, Feb. 22. The event is a fundraiser for the organization. Highlighting the ice fest will be two dozen sculptures (complements of the sponsors), a third of which have free-form designs. 

This year, the event will also feature five ice bars to serve up drinks.

An ice-carving demonstration will take place each night, with local chefs Owen Keene from Bates College and Tony Bernard from Schemengees Bar & Grille. Pinky D’s and Hella Tacos food trucks will serve up warm dishes to purchase outside.  Inside the Bates Mill Atrium, on Friday night, The Green Ladle and its  array of local young chefs will have six stations of food samples (three food sample tickets come with each purchase) from braised beef to fish tacos to dessert.  For Saturday, 9 local restaurants will serve freshly prepared samples by their staffs.

All three days will include live music, local and regional bands with diverse styles and backgrounds complementing the atmosphere inside the Bates Mill Atrium.  On the free Sunday Family Day, families can enjoy the sculptures, and complements of the Boys and Girls Club of L/A and the Lewiston Recreation Department, games and activities outside in Fountain Park – including snowshoeing. 

Inside the Atrium, Tim Horton’s will lead the food service offering donut bites and warm beverages, while Jason Spooner, performing solo, and Amy and the Engine will play live music to keep everyone moving. 

Saturday’s VIP event, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., is sold out, but general tickets to Friday and Saturday events are still available. Tickets may be purchased online at www.icefestla.com, through the L/A Arts box office at: 782-7228, or in person at 221 Lisbon St. Lewiston.

General admission, 21 and over only, is $15 in advance or at the door. Friday events are from 5 to 9 p.m. Fountain Park will feature five ice bars and 20 ice sculptures. Live carving demonstration, and food trucks will be available. Inside the Bates Mill Atrium will feature the Green Ladle samples.  Four-piece Americana roots rock band Gunther Brown will play from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and  things come to a close at 9 p.m.

Saturday  begins at 4 p.m. with the sold-out VIP event. The 21-and-over event goes from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. with $15 admission. Food offerings inside the Atrium begin at 6:05 p.m. Samples from the following restuarants will be offered: Fire House Grille, Labadies Bakery, Longhorn Steakhouse, Maine Gourmet Chocolates, Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar, Marco’s Italian Restaurant, Margaritas, Panera Bread, The Village Inn, Marche, Pat’s Pizza and The Green Ladle.

From 8 to 9 p.m., Primo Cubano will play traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. 

Festivities come to and end at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday is family day, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and no ticket is required. 

Ice-carving demonstrations will take place in the courtyard. Food trucks will be available and winter games and activities will be offered complements of the Lewiston Parks and Recreation and the Boys and Girls Club of Lewiston/Auburn. 

Inside the atrium winter treats led by Tim Horton’s, The Italian Bakery, Maine Gourmet Chocolates and Top It Frozen Yogurt Bar — hot chocolate, coffee and sweets.

From 11:30 to 12:30 p.m., Jason Spooner will perform solo. His music has heavy roots, folk and blues influences. 

And, from 1 to 2 p.m., Amy & The Engine, a Boston-based indie- folk-pop-rock band, feature the singing and songwriting of Maine’s Amy Allen, will close things out. 




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