2010-02-18 / Front Page

Brookfield Ice Harvest Is A Tradition That Lives On

Al Wilder demonstrates how the ice is cut from Brookfield Pond for the ice harvest using tools that have been used for over 100 years to get the ice out in clear and firm blocks. Photo courtesy Lotus Lake Discovery Center Al Wilder demonstrates how the ice is cut from Brookfield Pond for the ice harvest using tools that have been used for over 100 years to get the ice out in clear and firm blocks. Photo courtesy Lotus Lake Discovery Center It was a beautiful, blue-bird day, with a high of about 10 degrees Fahrenheit. A couple dozen hearty souls braved the cold and came to the ice harvest, stayed through the BBQ, and watched Joan Neely's Siberian huskies run.

At the end of the day, folks were treated to an impromptu capella performance by Bill, Jeff, Eric, and Erica Fellinger by the fire inside Lotus Lake's meeting room.

The entire day felt like an extended family gathering with grandparents, kids, and grandchildren all over the property said Jaime Sipperly who is the program director at Lotus Lake.

The ice was in pristine condition due to the rain a couple weeks ago, he said. “It has wonderful smooth surface that was perfect for ice harvesting and for fun games of boot hockey!”

Rowan and Caidan Crawford-Stemple of Northfield play with the sled dogs at Lotus Lake Discovery Center during the Brookfield Pond Ice Harvest. Photo courtesy of Lotus Lake Discovery Center Rowan and Caidan Crawford-Stemple of Northfield play with the sled dogs at Lotus Lake Discovery Center during the Brookfield Pond Ice Harvest. Photo courtesy of Lotus Lake Discovery Center There was some confusion about the time and location the event because this was the first year the Brookfield Ice Harvest was located at Lotus Lake Discovery Center, which is located in Williamstown.

“We apologize to any of you who missed Al Wilder's ice harvesting demo. We'd like thank everyone who helped make this event happen, especially the Lotus Lake Discovery Center board, Al Wilder, and Joan Neely,” Mr. Cipperly said.

Of course anyone who missed the fun will have a chance to do it all over again next year, Mr. Cipperly added.

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