Potsdam park filled with snowmen, ice sculptures
Theo Hughes, Potsdam, sits next to his family’s snowman standing on his head that won Best in Show at Potsdam’s Snowman Festival. Other family members who built the snowman were Owen, Isaac, Nick, and Megan. NCNow photo
POTSDAM – Ives Park was abuzz with activity as about two dozen teams were busy building snow creatures February 20.
The snow creations included snowmen adorned with spring flowers and Monarch butterflies, beach attire and Mardi Gras décor. Among other sculptures were a Mars rover, dragon, rhinoceros and a duck family.
Although there was an abundance of snow, many participants used water to pack together the difficult, fluffy snow. Also used were dyes and miscellaneous accessories to add creativity and color to their creations.
The first-ever snowman festival was organized by North Country Children’s Museum, in collaboration with the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, St. Lawrence County Arts Council, Big Spoon Kitchen and SUNY Potsdam.
Together, these organizations created a safe way during the pandemic for community members to have fun during the winter months Socially distant workspaces were set up for participants as they built their snow creatures. Teams were required to be members of the same household and masks were required.
Awards were presented in several categories. ‘Best in Show’ was given for a snowman standing on his head by Theo, Owen, Isaac, Nick, and Megan Hughes of Potsdam.
‘Most Unique’ was awarded to Norwood artists Kris Rozell and Shelley Mae Bartlett for their “Think Spring” theme, including a Monarch butterfly snowman.
‘Most North Country’ went to a model of the Ives Park gazebo, made by Team McKenna: Matt, Maggie, Charlotte and Penny McKenna, Bob and Fran Moore and Sherri Hewitson.
Potsdam residents Andrew Norrell and Amanda Wilson won ‘Most Artistic’ with a huge snow creature.
Clarkson students Christian Cass and Gaganjot Sekhon were thinking warm weather thoughts with their beach snowman that won ‘Most Comical.’
‘This was the first of an annual event. We hope to expand with other evening activities next year,” said Sharon Vegh Williams, Executive Director of North Country Children’s Museum.
The community is encouraged to visit Ives Park, behind the Clarkson Inn on Main Street, to see the snow creations. The sculptures are illuminated for nighttime viewing as well.
Norwood artists Kris Rozelle, left, and Shelley Mae Bartlett of Team Meadow Harvest won 'Most Unique' for their “Think Spring” theme, including a Monarch butterfly snowman. NCNow photo.
Clarkson students Christian Cass, left and Gaganjot Sekhon are thinking warm weather with their beach snowman. NCNow photo.
The McKenna family of Potsdam won the North Country Award. Matt, Maggie, Charlotte and Penny McKenna, Bob and Fran Moore and Sherri Hewitson constructed a model of Ives Park gazebo. NCNow photo