Date Of Visit: February 3, 2017 (Carnival is usually held annually the first weekend of February)
Location: Main St, Greenfield, MA
Parking: I found metered street parking to be plentiful on Main St. There is also parking available on the side streets off Main St.
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
- the sculptures are lit up at night
- there are several events and exhibits during the carnival (see the website below and the link to my post from last year’s carnival to see what other events take place at the carnival
Website: Greenfield Winter Carnival
Highlights: Ice sculptures from the Greenfield Winter Carnival
Well, we made it. We’ve officially made it half way through the winter season. Pause for collective groan. But, cheer up. To celebrate this monumental milestone, Greenfield holds their annual winter carnival fair. The fair includes a variety activities such as a parade of lights to kick off the carnival, face painting, a k9 keg pull a cardboard sled race among many other fun family friendly activities. But, the highlight for many of the visitors to the Greenfield Winter Carnival are the ice sculptures.
Unfortunately, I was not able to attend the festivities this year. But, I did post about it last year.
You can click here to view my blog post from last year’s winter carnival.
Unlike other ice sculpture exhibits where the sculptures are carved elsewhere and delivered, like the Salem’s So Sweet ice sculptures which are going to be on display this upcoming weekend, the ice sculptures at the Greenfield carnival are carved on sight on Main Street. In fact, you may see some of the chunks of ice from the original blocks of ice in some of the photos below.
There were 11 total ice sculptures. They are located on both sides of Main St. We found 10 of them. All of them are located on Main St. These sculptures are also lit up during the evening and some were already lit when we saw them during the afternoon. The frigid and blustery conditions ensured the sculptures remained frozen despite the abundant sunshine.
The first sculpture on Main St (going from south to north) was created Sue O’Sullivan of Royalston, MA.
The second sculpture was created by Brendon Kellner of Cambridge, MA. I think the figures are supposed to be dancing or about to embrace. Or, they’re choking each other. It is up to your particular interpretation today. It may also depend on how your day is going, I suppose.
The next sculpture of a family of penguins (there is a little one in the middle of the two larger penguins) was created by Marc Cinamella of Palmerton, PA.
This sculpture was certainly one of the more popular ice sculptures and my favorite. There were a group of photographers huddled around this sculpture. Of course, waiting for the scene to clear out before I took my photo was less than pleasant given the conditions. The intricate detail of the sculpture really is impressive. The sculpture was carved by Mark Bosworth of Athol, MA.
Unfortunately, I did the shadow of this groundhog look a like sculpture.
This sculpture created by Chef Ben Pike and Franklin County Tech School Culinary students.
This snowflake is not any ordinary snowflake. This icy snowflake was carved by hometown Greenfield citizen John Passiglia.
This howling wolf was created by Robert Markey of Ashfield, MA. I’m not sure if it was done by design or if it was the way the sun was reflecting off the sculpture but I like how the wolf seems to disappear the father you look up on the sculpture in the second photo.
These humongous legs and feet were carved by Annaliese Bischoff from Leverett, MA.
David Barclay of Northampton, MA carved this dragon. I love the scales on the chest of the sculpture.
The final sculpture we found (there was one more farther down the road we missed) of a certain Boston Bruins goalie was carved by Michael Legassey of Athol, MA.
In case you were wondering, yes there were many dogs attending the carnival festivities.
Andrew is a 3 year old Black Mouth Cur.
Bella, a 2 year old Shih Tzu was dressed for the cold temperatures.
Marcey, a rescue all the way from Chicago, is an 8 year old Shepherd mix.
Marcey’s sister, Zoie, a 5 year old Shih Tzu, showed off her talents.