Nolan Herrell can be seen in the gallery above enjoying the ice sculptures during Franklin on Ice 2019. (Photos by Hannah Niederriter, Student Contributor)
By HANNAH NIEDERRITER
Many Venango County residents gathered to witness the dazzling winter wonders of Franklin’s annual Franklin on Ice in Fountain Park this previous weekend.
Ice carvings galore were on display for all to see Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, along with many other enthralling activities to participate in or observe. From free delicacies and drinks, to a mystifying magic show, the weekend’s schedule was jam packed with a variety of captivating events.
These intricately designed, awe-inspiring sculptures were crafted with significant time and attention to detail. Artisans from all around the area leapt at the chance to display their talent to any and all attendees. Glimmering ice animals lined the walkways, a glass-like throne captured the marveling eyes of many, and a grand, sturdy slide amassed the attention of young onlookers.
Local businesses even lent a helping hand by offering an assortment of deals and shopping opportunities to the public. Boutiques, galleries, and more from Liberty Street to West Park Street were overflowing with store-wide savings, chocolate and wine tastings, discounted tours, etc. As a comfort to many on such a frigid day, some of these stores even offered free hot chocolate, coffee, or tea.
Following the afternoon’s festivities, several more performances surfaced to wrap up the chilly evening. Local singers, such as Ian Best and Ashleigh Bennett, assembled approximately 7:30 p.m. at the Barrow-Civic Theatre for a celebration of talent.
Smiles and laughter filled the air as this welcoming event drew to a close. Franklin on Ice, along with its corresponding activities, are always a highlight in the bleak winter months. This memorable day will surely be anticipated for years to come.
Hannah Niederriter is a student at Cranberry High School and a member of Cranberry Chronicles, the school’s journalism/publications group.