Glacius!
A freezing spell falls over Clarks Summit Festival of Ice as it kicks off its 14th year with a magical theme.
In the festival’s 14th year, visitors of “The Wizarding World of Ice” can participate in a variety of “Harry Potter”-themed activities. They also can enjoy more than 50 ice sculptures, live ice-carving demonstrations, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment and more.
The festival begins on Friday, Feb. 16, and closes on Monday, Feb. 19. Admission and parking for the festival are free all weekend.
Attendees can fly into the world of The Boy Who Lived and visit Gringott’s Bank, go shopping in Diagon Alley or get sorted into a Hogwarts house.
The festival will also offer a “golden snitch” scavenger hunt and a hashtag contest throughout the weekend.

Laura Ancherani, executive director of the Abington Business & Professional Association, said this year’s festival is based off the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park in Universal Studios in Florida and California.
“I was so mesmerized by the Diagon Alley that they created in Universal. It was so magical and it stayed with me,” she said of the Sunshine State’s park. “I wanted to bring that feeling here, and it’s great for people who can’t go to Universal, so that’s exciting.”
Ancherani said more than 20 businesses are participating, and stores will be named after shops in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade from J.K. Rowling’s stories and films for the weekend. Additionally, art students from Abington Heights School District are painting windows throughout the town.
Ancherani said the festival shows those who attend what the town has to offer.
“I’ve heard over the years a lot of retailers say they look forward to it every year, not only because it helps their sales in a time where it’s relatively quiet, but because it makes people aware that they’re there and they make it a point to come back throughout the year,” she said.
Over the years, the festival has drawn in 25,000 to 40,000 people for the whole weekend, but if the weather holds up, Ancherani said they could have “record-breaking attendance” this year.
Visit Clarks Summit Fesitval of Ice page on Facebook for the festival’s map and list of sculptures. More information also is available on theabingtons.org.

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Schedule
Live ice-carving demonstrations occur in various locations throughout the festival. For updated schedule, visit Clarks Summit Fesitval of Ice page on Facebook.
Friday, Feb. 16
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Treasure at Gringott’s Bank Vault 713, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, 1311 Morgan Highway, South Abington Twp.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Mini Triwizard Tournament, PS Bank, 100 Old Lackawanna Trail
11 a.m. to noon: Live ice-carving demonstration
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances, 312 S. State St.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill, 114 S. State St.
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
1 to 3 p.m.: Live music by Jacob Cole and Mark Woodyatt Citizens Savings Bank, 538 S. State St.
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
3 to 7 p.m.: “Half-Blood Prince Blood Drive,” Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St.
5 to 6 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
5 to 7 p.m.: Live music by Revolution Trio, La Tonalteca, 821 Northern Blvd.
5 to 7 p.m.: Live music by Brenda Fernandes and trunk show with Lisi Lerch, Golden Coast, 535 S. State St.
5 to 7 p.m.: Complimentary trolley tour of the festival with stops at Everything Natural, 426 S. State St.; Abington Community Library; Depot Street; and First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St.
5 to 7:30 p.m.: “Care of Magical Creatures,” Abington Community Library
5 to 9 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent, 317 Davis St.
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: “Hogwarts 101,” Abington Community Library
6 to 7:30 p.m.: Art show and photography exhibit, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
6 to 8:30 p.m.: Family fun fair with storytelling, face painting, juggling, DJ and more, The Gathering Place, 304 S State St.
7:30 p.m.: Festival of Ice parade through downtown Clarks Summit, along South State Street

Saturday, Feb. 17 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter movie screenings, local fan art, magical puzzles, take-home crafts for kids, Abington Community Library
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Live music by Wayne Smith, People’s Security Bank & Trust, 1100 Northern Blvd., South Abington Twp.
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Mini Triwizard Tournament, PS Bank
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Treasure at Gringott’s Bank Vault 713, Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank
11 a.m. to noon: Live ice-carving demonstration, People’s Security Bank & Trust
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Live music by Mike Waskovich & Steve Kurilla, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Potions class, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.: Sorting hat, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Art show featuring parishioners and local artists, photography exhibit by Northeast Photography Club, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Diagon Alley, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Defense Against the Dark Arts crafts and Dementor selfie station, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill
Noon to 1 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
Noon to 5 p.m.: Horse and carriage rides, The Gathering Place
Noon to 6 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent
1 to 3 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration and live music by Bill Carter and Presby-Bop
1 to 2 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.: Silk scarves divination, The Gathering Place
2 p.m.: Damian the Magician, The Gathering Place
2 to 3 p.m.: Magic show with Eddy Ray, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
2 to 4 p.m.: Live music by Mike Waskovich, Clel’s Place, 120 Barrett St.
2 to 4 p.m.: Live music by Lights Out, Weis Market
3 to 5 p.m.: Live music by Tom Rogo, NOTE Fragrances
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Live ice-carving demonstration

Sunday, Feb. 18
9 a.m. to noon: Art show featuring parishioners and local artists, photography exhibit by Northeast Photography Club, First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Live music by Brass Reflections, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Bird education station at “Eeylops Owl Emporium” in Diagon Alley, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Sorting Hat, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Diagon Alley, Harry Potter trivia, Defense Against the Dark Arts crafts, dementor selfie station and magical science demonstrations throughout the day, The Gathering Place
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Harry Potter selfie station and children’s “Amortentia Potion Station,” NOTE Fragrances
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Outdoor wizard chess, State Street Grill
Noon to 5 p.m.: Horse and carriage rides, The Gathering Place
Noon to 5 p.m.: Wine tasting with Mucciolo Family Wines, wine tent
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Raptors Rule: Live Birds of Prey Show, The Gathering Place
1 to 3 p.m.: Live music by Dixieland Allstarsat, Gerrity’s Market
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Live music by Joe Cole & Ken McGrawat, Abington Community Library

— Brooke Williams

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