A beautiful winter weekend for the 12th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival.
There were lots of people downtown: I have no doubt that this Salem Main Streets event helps the restaurants at a quiet time of year (although Salem’s restaurant scene seems to be flourishing anyway); I really hope that it helps the shops too. The wine and chocolate tasting that kicks off the weekend is always such a crush that I skip it, but I would never miss the ice sculptures.
Seeing yellow: this tree was full of fat yellow-breasted birds–finches? Mr. and Mrs. Pac-man; the Miles Ward looked especially lovely to me today.
It’s rather difficult to photograph ice, especially if there’s no background….my favorite sculpture is definitely that of the Salem Diner, acquired by Salem State University last summer and newly-reopened. On the way back home, I noticed that the Joshua Ward house is for sale: this is where George Washington slept when he visited Salem in 1789.
February 9th, 2014 at 11:48 am
The Ice sculptures are stunning. Shine like crystals! Incredbily clever. Thanks for sharing these beauties.
February 9th, 2014 at 11:51 am
You are very welcome; thanks for stopping by.
February 10th, 2014 at 9:01 am
My favorite: the sailboat.
February 10th, 2014 at 7:33 pm
The birds are cedar waxwings, I believe.
I liked the dragon best. Such fun to be able to see those ice sculptures. Thank you.
February 10th, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Thanks, Cynthia–I’m not a bird person!