This is the 3rd annual Winter Ice Festival at the Village at Leesburg along with a Mega Ice Block Challenge officiated by the National Ice Carvers Association.
Leesburg, Virginia – World-class ice carvers from all over the country will go head to head in Northern Virginia on January 16 as Village at Leesburg hosts its 3rd Annual Winter Ice Fest and 2nd Annual Mega Block Ice Carving Competition. Last year’s event attracted hundreds of spectators who braved temperatures in the teens to marvel at the artistry and skill exhibited by the competitors. The competition will be stiffer this year as two more competitors join, bringing the total number of ice carvers to ten.
The competition, sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, will begin at 9 am and continue until dark, when the entries are illuminated and the winner is announced. Four competitors are returning, including last year’s winner Todd Dawson, who will look to retain his title; also returning are Angelito Baban, Don Harrison, and Jess Parrish. Six newcomers will take part in the competition: Robert LoFurno, Rich Daly, David Smith, Matt Hass, Walter Ross, and Sean Leahy. The event is free and open to the public.
“We were thrilled at the community response to this event last year, and we’re so glad to be able to bring it back,” said Staci Harris, marketing director for Village at Leesburg. The Ice Fest will also see the return of the Capital’s Red Rockers Cheerleaders and the Washington mascot Slapshot. Other highlights include S’mores by area Girl Scouts, Cider from Smokehouse Live, and Hot Chocolate from Travinia.
Baltimore-based Ice Lab Ice Sculptures is organizing the competition and has revealed their design for the festival’s signature piece. All sculptures will remain on display until they melt. “We’re excited that this is something people have already started looking forward to each year,” said owner Casey Lee Conner.
Posted on Jan 14, 2016 by Kelsey Cornell in Events
Celebrate the weekend in Loudoun at one of our great events from an ice carving competition to tasting some delicious wine and more! Make sure to share your memories with us by using #LoveLoudoun
Bundle up and join the Village at Leesburg for the 3rd Annual Ice Fest! See ten world renowned ice carvers in action as they compete for prizes in this 6 block competition. Stroll the boulevard and enjoy music, treats, specials and even warming stations.
Arts in the Village Gallery is playing host to StageCoach Theater Company’s comedy troupe this weekend. Performing the Cloak and Dagger Comedy Show where the heroes swing from the chandeliers as they whoosh in to save the damsel in distress. Audience members will get a special treat of participating in the fun. Get your tickets!
White Wine Sensory Experience – January 17
Dancing around wine conversation? This class will guide you through analyzing wine with all 5 of your senses. We will smell the wine, look at the wine, taste the wine – all the while learning a robust vocabulary to use when talking about wine. Don’t miss out on this great event. Get your tickets today!
As always, make sure to check out our events calendar for the latest info on what’s going on in Loudoun. Here are some other great events this weekend:
January Artist Show: Arts in the Village Gallery – Until January 31
Joey & The Waitress Band Live Music: Hillsboro Old Stone School – January 15
Live Music: Hunters Run Winery – January 16
“Majestic” by Todd Dawson of Raleigh, N.C., won last year’s Winter Ice Fest ice-carving competition. (Robert Merhaut )
By — Compiled by Sarah Lane January 13
“The Art of Danger” Exiled Iranian cartoonist and human-rights activist Kianoush Ramezani exhibits his mid-career retrospective. Opening reception and lecture 4-5:30 p.m. Through Feb. 12. Northern Virginia Community College, 15200 Neabsco Rd., Woodbridge. 703-590-1437. blogs.nvcc.edu/wogallery . Free.
Sublime tribute concert Tribute band Badfish pays homage to the Long Beach, Calif., ska, punk and reggae group. With Sun Dried Vibes. 7 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $21, in advance $17.
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Shakespeare’s comedy, performed by WSC Avant Bard, opens. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., through Feb. 7. Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-418-4808. www.avantbard.ticketleap.com. $10-$50.
Joey and the Waitress Band The acoustic indie band performs songs from its latest album, “Come to California.” 7 p.m. Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro. www.oldstoneschool.org. $20, in advance $15.
“A Raisin in the Sun” Castaways Repertory Theatre performs Lorraine Hansberry’s play, which debuted on Broadway in 1959. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 31. Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. 703-232-1710. www.castawaystheatre.org. $6-$15.
Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra Led by Indian vocalist Falguni Shah, the orchestra uses Eastern and Western instruments for an elegant concert. 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 877-965-3872. www.wolftrap.org. $22-$27.
Sam Grow The Maryland native released his self-titled album in 2014. 8:30 p.m. Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. 703-777-1665. www.tallyholeesburg.com. $15, in advance $10.
Winter Ice Fest The third annual event features a Mega Block ice-carving competition sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, hot chocolate and s’mores, and warming stations. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Village at Leesburg, 1602 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. 571-294-8536. www.villageatleesburg.com . Free.
“Jazz With a Natural Edge” Watercolor paintings by Mary Rose Janya of Springfield and turned wood by Greg Wandless of Fairfax. Artist reception 1-4 p.m. Through Feb. 1. Artists’ Undertaking, 309 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-494-0584. www.theartistsundertaking.com. Free.
“The Blues” A reception for this exhibit of paintings by Vienna Arts Society members. 1-3 p.m. Through Jan. 23. Vienna Arts Center, 115 Pleasant St., Vienna. 703-319-3971. www.viennaartssociety.org. Free.
Country-western dance Hosted by Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association, lessons begin at 6:30 p.m. Open dancing 7:30-10 p.m. Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. 703-860-4941. www.nvcwda.org. $12, age 18 and younger with a paying adult $5.
“A Wrinkle in Time” In Barter Theatre’s play based on Madeleine L’Engle’s children’s book, two siblings set out through time and space to rescue their father. 2 p.m. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-9223. www.aldentheatre.org. $15.
“Narnia” Center for the Arts’ Pied Piper Theatre presents the play based on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $20, age 12 and younger $15.
“Niche” This story of a couple blends dance, theater and caricatures drawn in real time by artist Susan Miranda. 7:30 p.m., through Jan. 30. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. www.janefranklin.com. $20, in advance $15.
“Grey Gardens” A Tony-winning musical based on the 1975 documentary about the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Through Feb. 6. Saturday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Feb. 6. Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496. www.thelittletheatre.com. $25-$30.
Comedy & Music Night at the J D.C. comedian Adam Ruben performs with trumpet player and improviser Victor Haskins, who will take suggestions from the audience. 8 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-323-0880. www.jccnv.org. $20-$29.
Eddie From Ohio Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the band performs an all-request show. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $39.50.
Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” annual march The event begins with a program at the community center, then a march and refreshments. 9 a.m. Douglass Community Center, 405 E. Market St., Leesburg. 703-771-5913. www.visitloudoun.org. Free.
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Actress Anna Deavere Smith returns to Reston to deliver the keynote address during the celebration that includes a community lunch. Noon. Reston Community Center, CenterStage, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. $10.
Aaron Carter The pop star, known for hits “I Want Candy” and “I’m All About You,” has appeared on TV, in movies and on Broadway. 7:30 p.m. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $20-$25, meet-and-greet $50.
“Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose” Written and performed by Ed Dixon, this one-man show chronicles his relationship with the Tony-winning actor. 7:30 p.m. Continues through Feb. 7. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org. $45.
Art Guild of Clifton exhibit Landscape and still-life watercolors and acrylics by Michele Frantz. Through Jan. 31. Clifton Wine Shop, 7145 Main St., Clifton. 703-409-0919. www.artguildofclifton.org. Free.
— Compiled by Sarah Lane
Winter Ice Fest
3The event features a Mega Block ice-carving competition sanctioned by the National Ice Carving Association, hot chocolate and s’mores and warming stations. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Village at Leesburg, 1602 Village Market Blvd., Leesburg. 571-294-8536. www.villageatleesburg.com . Free.
January 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm| free
Join us for our 3rd Annual Winter Ice Fest and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition!
Bundle up and join the FREE fun! See ten world renowned ice carvers in action as they compete for prizes in this 6 block competition. Stroll the boulevard and enjoy music, free treats (from 1-5 p.m. while supplies last), warming stations, plus shopping and dining specials. Take a picture by the larger than life Village at Leesburg signature sculpture in the Plaza and custom sculptures outside Village at Leesburg boutiques and restaurants. The Capital’s Red Rockers Cheerleaders and their mascot Slapshot will also be stopping by!
Come out early and watch the magic unfold, competition begins at 9 a.m.
All sculptures will be illuminated at dark.