Alton Mill Arts Centre serves up a flurry of fun January 21 & 22, 2017

CALEDON, ON – Rediscover Canadian winter traditions at the 8th annual Fire & Ice festival on January 21st & 22nd at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. The stage is set for one of our most popular events of the year, with loads of activities both indoors and out!

Bring your skates and enjoy skating and curling on the Millpond rink, try snowshoeing or fat biking with the experts from Caledon Hills Cycling & Nordic Centre, and for the kids a Super Snow Slide. Watch ice carvers create a crystal sculpture garden, sponsored by Grand Spirits Distillery in the Annex Courtyard during the day and after sundown, witness a spellbinding fire sculpture. Potter Ann Randeraad will demonstrate a raku pottery firing in her outdoor kiln, and blacksmith George Church will fashion whimsical ironworks in the GeoForge.

Have a blast and a great laugh at the interactive photo booth, hand-painted by artist Lynda Clare Grant. Pop your face into the painting and create lasting memories by snapping a picture to share with friends.

All this activity is sure to work up an appetite. Visit delicious food stations to have some yummy BBQ, or mouth-watering maple syrup pops from Love’s Sweetness. Buy a bottle or two of wicked hot sauce to take home from the Sauce Shack or warm up with special treats from Gourmandissimo.

Make your way indoors, where the Alton Mill artists will be offering a variety of interactive workshops/demos and guests will be offering storytelling. Workshops include: the Hive’s encaustic (beeswax painting) workshop where you can “Give it a Whirl” in Studio 201, CJ Shelton’s “Story Art – ‘Tails’ of Courage” in Studio 206, and on Sunday afternoon, paint your own pond hockey player with Mark Grice!

Did somebody say Happy Hour?

This year, step inside the Fire & Ice Bar, by GRAND SPIRITS Distillery, a themed cocktail lounge celebrating the warmth and sensuality of fire and ice via cool exotic drinks and hot shots along with local craft beer, wine and ciders, all in an astonishing winter bar setting.There will also be complimentary Fire & Ice-themed body and face painting by artist Wendy Williams inside the lounge. The Fire & Ice Bar opens Friday Jan. 20 at 5 pm, and will be open both Sat and Sunday from noon to close.

Also on the main floor, the award-winning Gourmandissimo café serves a fabulous selection of soups, sandwiches, treats and hot drinks. Yum!

Saturday only, experience a Canadian tradition: outdoor pond hockey. Pre-register to join in yourself, or cheer on the teams playing in the Alton Millpond Hockey Classic fundraiser. Free general skating gets underway later in the afternoon and continues on Sunday from noon to 5pm. Also on Sunday, a bona fide pond curling rink will be open.

On Saturday evening at dusk, Brian Oates turns up the heat when he ignites a brand new fire sculpture sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. The jaw-dropping spectacle of light and unveiling form will dance in the night sky. A must-see event!

End the first day of the Fire & Ice Pond Hockey Classic at the Hot Stove Lounge Pub Night! With the Leafs vs. Senators game on the big screen, unwind and enjoy casual food and cash bar. For tickets, contact [email protected]

Parking, and shuttle service from offsite parking lots.
Admission PWYC: suggested donation $10/adult or $25/family. Activities are subject to change without notice. Weather conditions may affect outdoor programming. For full details, visit www.altonmill.ca