Monday, February 20, 2023

Inlet’s Annual Frozen Fire & Lights slated for Feb. 25

 

Cardboard sled racer

The Town of Inlet is getting ready for the 21st annual Frozen Fire & Lights – a weekend of bonfires, fireworks, and family fun that will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023. This event began as a way of reminding visitors and locals of what the town has to offer at Fern Park in the winter. Every winter, the pavilion is flooded and becomes an indoor skating rink with a warming room and heated restrooms. A small section at the base of the mountain was cleared many years ago leaving a nice little sledding hill, and several years ago the top was leveled off creating a nice, flat area to stage before sliding down.

Fern Park is also the trailhead to many miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and trails for snowshoeing. And all of this is free; you just need to bring your own equipment. The Inlet Community Church will again hold a pancake breakfast, rummage sale, and silent auction at their church on South Shore Road starting at 8 a.m. Stop by for some delicious pancakes and check out the rummage sale and auction, which will benefit their Mexico Mission trip to help build an orphanage in the spring. The Inlet Youth Commission will again offer their Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop in the Senior Room of the Inlet Town Hall where youngsters can make their own stuffed animals. Outfits and accessories will also be available. This is the Inlet Youth Commission’s main fundraising activity.

Inlet Royalty

Last year’s Inlet Royalty: Queens Tera Arey and Susan Lockyer. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

Inlet’s Frozen Fire & Lights is also the day of the 11th Annual Cardboard Sled Race. If you haven’t started construction on your sled yet, you better get going! Returning in 2023, we will again be racing outhouses. The course will be set up on the ice near The Woods Inn and racing will begin at 3:30 p.m. Other activities returning will be the Inlet Public Library’s Book Sale, Free Wine Tasting at Fourth Lake Wine & Spirits, and after the fireworks there will be Chocolate & Wine Sampling at Screamen Eagle. The display of fireworks will be held promptly at 7 p.m. around the bonfire at Arrowhead Park. The bonfire will be lit at 5 p.m., and there will be free hot dogs and warm beverages.

Outhouse race participants at last year’s Frozen Fire and Lights event in Inlet. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

 

Thanks to Kiwanis of the Central Adirondacks, Penny Stuart, and The Woods Inn, we will once again be flying kites on Fourth Lake. Aimed at the younger folks, Inlet provides over 200 white kites to be decorated with markers and stamps by any interested child. The decorating phase of the event will take place at either the Inlet Public Library or the Woods Inn dining room. Once participants are satisfied with their decorative efforts, they will be directed out onto Fourth Lake where kite flying instruction will be offered by members of the American Kitefliers Association. This year’s volunteers are Jim & Peggy Peck, Jon & Jeannette Hosford, and Gary & Maggie Engvall. These expert kiters will bring with them several large, tethered kites to demonstrate what can be done with this skill.

 

Always safety-minded, the kite committee has enlisted the help of volunteers who will keep snowmobilers away from the path to be taken by those planning to fly kites and guide them safely onto the cleared space designated as the kite field. Pre-registration is encouraged. Registration forms can be found at www.frozenfireandlights.com. Those who pre-register can pick up and decorate their
kites at the Inlet Public Library during their book sale on the day of the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (After 2 p.m., kites will be available to pick up and decorate in the dining room of The Woods Inn.) Starting at 2:30 p.m. there will be free “Frustrationless Fliers” already assembled and ready to be decorated in the dining room of The Woods Inn. Once your kite is ready, there will be someone out on the ice waiting to show you how to make it fly.

Kite flying participants and spectators at a previous Inlet Frozen Fire and Lights event.

Kite flying participants and spectators at a previous Inlet Frozen Fire and Lights event. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

Gary Engvall. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

Jim Peck. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett. 

Jeannette Hosford. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

This event is possible thanks to the Town of Inlet, the Inlet Area Business Association, and a tremendous amount of support from the local businesses and the people who live here. For a complete schedule, list of sponsors, and for more information, rules and applications for the Cardboard Sled Race, Kite Flying and Outhouse Race (pre-registration encouraged for all three) go to www.FrozenFireandLights.com.

 

Check out this Adirondack Explorer story about last year’s Inlet Royalty, Queens Tera Arey and Susan Lockyer at this link. 

 

Photo at top: Cardboard sled racer at a previous Inlet Frozen Fire and Lights event. Photo provided by Town of Inlet Tourism Director, Adele Burnett.

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2 Responses

  1. Penny says:

    It’s the 24th not the 25th

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