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2018 Middlemoon Creekwalk Wrap-up - Complete with Thank Yous & Photos!

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 6 Comments

The Middlemoon Creekwalk is a community ice luminary event. Why do we do it?We are very thankful for the neighborhood in which we live and the Creekwalk is our way of saying "thanks". Seeing young and old bundled up with cheerful smiles is always heartwarming and makes it all worthwhile. After a long winter, its wonderful to gather in a simple beautiful place and reconnect--I know Tom and I love that neighbors (as well as those who drove a little farther) have a chance to meet other people with kindred spirits. We also love running into friends of ours that make the effort to support our endeavor. It's now our favorite part of winter.

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StarTribune Article Calls It!

Posted on February 18, 2017 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

StarTribune Article about Middlemoon Creekwalk

A big thank you to StarTribune writer Kim Ode who wrote a wonderful article about how the unseasonable weather has impacted our business and our ability to host the Middlemoon Creekwalk. Spot on!

 

It's so true--we have had to hustle like crazy to do most of our installs this winter! Fortunately, regardless of the weather yo-yo, we were able to install many private home displays, a large ice display at the REI in Bloomington, MN, we contributed to the Enchanted Forest at the Luminary Loppet, and did a full scale icebonanza at the Midwinter Light install at The Commons! So, all in all, given the shortness of our season, we have had a great winter! 

 

What Kim is talking about, is the current warm temps may make it impossible for us to pull together a Middlemoon Creekwalk this season. But Tom and I don't like to give up. If we get even a few days of freezing temps, we will definitely try! Just look at this long range forecast:

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It looks hopeful to me! Especially the part about the snow. Yeah! So, please pay homage to your deity of choice and mention that we would love to have some snow and cold in Minnesota soon. I will thank you in advance :)

 

While doing so, please do not repeat the part of the article where it quotes me as saying, "I would kill for a walk-in freezer . . ." Yikes! When I see it in writing, it sounds a tad dramatic. My guess is, if we had access to a walk in freezer, I might shed a few tears of happiness, hug whomever is nearby and then jump for joy! After the article, we had one kind person offered the suggestion of their church's hand-me-down freezer. Nice idea! Rest assured, I am going to be keeping my eyes and ears open on this front.

 

For a reminder of how much fun the Middlemoon Creekwalk can be, here is a link to the photos of the 2016 event! 

 

Enjoy the Glow!

Jennifer Shea Hedberg - The Ice Wrangler

 

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An Ice Bar for a Loppet Party!

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Jennifer Shea Hedberg | 0 Comments

Wintercraft Ice Bar with LED lights by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, the Ice Wrangler

 

The night of the Luminary Loppet in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA) is a magical evening and many of those that live around Lake of the Isles (where the event is held) host private parties to warm the hearts and toes of friends that come down to view the thousands of ice lanterns and luminary ice sculptures that ring the lake.

 

This year, besides donating several luminary sculptures in the Loppet's Enchanted Forest, I was commissioned to build an ICE BAR and "bring the magic inside" with a Finnish Glass Luminary Ice Centerpiece for the food table at one of the parties. I decided to freeze some flowers into the ice of the centerpiece - which turned out fabulously. Can you see the large bubbles in the ice amidst the flowers? (This project will definitely be in my upcoming book!)

 

Wintercraft "Finnish Glass" Ice Lantern Centerpiece by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

 

The host welcomed friends back from nordic skiing, snowshoeing or walking the path around the lake with shots of delicious schnapps and hot cocoa at the ICE BAR! Then, the guests were lead inside to enjoy some hot soup and appetizers. Such a wonderful party!

 

Wintercraft Ice Bar for private party built by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

Wintercraft Ice Bar for private party built by Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

These folks were definitely Enjoying the Glow!

 

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