Thursday, February 7, 2019

17th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights Set for Inlet

February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but around the Adirondacks it is a month packed with winter celebrations.

The 17th Annual Frozen Fire and Lights is the perfect place to round out a month of festivities. Always scheduled the last Saturday in February, Inlet’s event has grown from a firework display to a town-wide affair.

The event originated when French Louie ADK Sports owner Paul Chambers wanted to celebrate his birthday with fireworks. As town permission was needed, other businesses came on board to light up the sky in February. Now this wintry celebration is a destination event for residents and visitors alike.

Frozen Fire and Lights began as a simple request and has grown to focus on all the activities available at Inlet’s Fern Park. Free ice skating, a lighted sledding hill, and miles of free cross-country ski and snowshoe trails are just a few of the winter offerings. During the February 23rd event, the park will be bustling from dawn to dusk with cardboard sled races, snowshoe demos, and other winter activities. The event has also now expanded beyond Fern Park to include other local destinations.

This year kite decorating, demonstrating, and flying are being offered at The Woods Inn along with live music. Fireworks and a bonfire will be held at Arrowhead Park overlooking Fourth Lake, while the Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop (stuff your own toy) and free face painting will be available at Inlet Town Hall. Wine tastings at Fourth Lake Wine and Spirits and Matt’s Draft House are also on offer.

Frozen Fire and Lights kicks off with an 8 am pancake breakfast and continues throughout the day. Enjoy!

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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