We were delighted to donate several Luminary Ice Sculptures to the Enchanted Forest area of the Luminary Loppet again this year. The weather was fabulous -- for the people that is. But, for ice, it was a little on the warm side which made it all a little hazy. The huge crowds of people, that came down to enjoy the thousands of ice luminaries and ice luminary sculptures, did not seem to mind, though. And, I am sure that the army of volunteers, that constructed and lit all the luminaries around the lake, also enjoyed the warmth while they were working. I will admit, that my crew and I enjoyed it as well.
What goes through a children's mind when they see an ice lantern for the very first time?
While the whole event is beautiful, my personal favorite is the Enchanted Forest. It has become a community ice lantern garden where a select group of people install artistic displays of ice and candles.
The top image above shows a section of the many ice luminary groupings. The bottom row shows (l-r) Mary Arneson's beautiful Hobnail Teapot lanterns, Kathy Loeffler's Ice Castle, and finally, and unknown artist embedded wheat in ice. Lovely!
As for me, besides my signature Globe Ice Lanterns and Ice Glass, I decided to bring down some towers of Finnish Glass Ice Lanterns . . .
. . . and some Teardrop Ice Lanterns . . .
. . . but my favorite was definitely the subtle beauty of a single Egg Ice Lantern we hung from a branch on the edge of woods overlooking the frozen lake and ski trail.
If you did not make it down the Enchanted Forest this year, try to put it on your calendar for next year - great fun!
Enjoy the Glow!
-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler
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