Though Inlet’s annual Frozen Fire and Lights has grown into a town-wide affair, the beginnings of this event started when French Louie ADK Sports owner Paul Chambers wanted to celebrate his birthday with fireworks. According to Inlet Tourism Director Adele Burnett, Chambers needed permission from the town and then solicited businesses to contribute toward the celebration. Now in its 14th year, Frozen Fire and Lights is a destination event for residents and visitors alike.
“Paul and his wife Reggie, who owns the Adirondack Reader bookstore, do so much for the town,” says Burnett. “Frozen Fire and Lights began with a simple request, but now focuses on all the activities that Fern Park has to offer.”
Inlet’s Fern Park has an enclosed pavilion with free ice skating, a lighted sledding hill and miles of free cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. During the February 27th event, activities are available from dawn to dusk. The majority of the scheduled events are free, such as the cardboard sled race, face painting, snowmobile races and other winter activities. According to Burnett only a few events have a charge such as the Inlet Library Book Sale, Inlet Common School PTP’s snacks and hot chocolate at Fern Park, the Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop (stuff your own toy) and the wine and chocolate sampling after the fireworks at Matt’s Draft House at Screamen Eagle Pizza.
“Last year was the first time we have crowned a king and queen and it was Paul and Reggie,” says Burnett. “We went out and built a snow throne for the coronation and we will be doing the same thing this year. This year’s king and queen are Toni and Greg Rudd. Greg has local connections and has made our beautiful snow sculptures for years.”
Frozen Fire and Lights slowly transitions from Fern Park to the shoreline of Arrowhead Park for a 5 pm bonfire with free hot dogs and hot cider and it wouldn’t be the same without a grand finale of fireworks, just like the first ones that kicked off the inaugural event 14 years ago. Enjoy that fire and lights over Fourth Lake!
Photo of Inlet Frozen Fire and Lights used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com