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Fire and Ice Winter Festival in Caledon

Fire and Ice
Written by Patti Foley

Fire & Ice Festival, 2018
Saturday, January 20 & Sunday, January 21

The Alton Mill Arts Centre’s all-ages community festival celebrating outdoor winter fun & flames returns with highlights including: an after-dusk fire sculpture on Saturday, millpond skating and curling, maple syrup and other tasty treats, a super snow slide, bonfires, indoor storytelling and indoor art activities, rake pottery firing, and so much more!

Fun in the Great Outdoors

Rediscover the great Canadian outdoors, in all its winter glory! Watch the magic unfold as ice carvers Brian Oates, John McCartney, Chis von Innerebner, Winston Uytenboggart, Jim Menken, Cam Menken, Fiona Legg, Monica Bishop chisel and sculpt Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 12-5pm. At dusk on Saturday only, take in a breath-taking fire sculpture by Brian Oates, with a musical soundtrack by Paul Morin, sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.

Bring skates for the entire family! The Millpond is available for public skating after the close of the Hockey Classic on Saturday (around 4pm) and from 12-5pm on Sunday. This year, the pond will be lit after dark on Saturday for extended skating hours! The Millpond will also be home to a small pond curling rink, and don’t miss the return of the kids’ favourite Super Snow Slide. Stay warm, sit by the bonfire on the Millpond Terrace, or explore the grounds and find all the year-round sculptures on site.

Also for visiting photographers, this year marks the return of the Fire and Ice Photo Competition. The winner will receive an entire month of exhibition space in the Mill’s Falls Gallery. Stay tuned for submission guidelines and further details!

Treats and Eats

Local favourites Gourmandissimo Cafe are providing warm and delicious beverages, soups, sandwiches, butter tarts and more throughout the weekend, located both indoors and outdoors. Expect tasty and delectable treats from The Sauce Shack, Love’s Sweetness (Maple Syrup Snow Pops), Grand Spirits Distillery, Heartwood Farm, and Goodlot Farmstead Brewing Co. On the second floor of the Mill, the Pond Gallery is home to a cash bar and the Falls Gallery is the site of “Toonie Tastings“.

Get Cozy Indoors

The Mill is filled with artistic wonders, activity, and classes, open to the public from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Meet artists in their studios, try your hand at encaustic painting in The Hive, sign-up for a class with Mark Grice or CJ Shelton, listen to stories with the Caledon Public Library, or visit the galleries. On the main floor: in Headwaters Arts, Synergy, a collaboration collection of works by regional artists, and in the Noodle Gallery, Essential Reflections, stunning photography based works by three contemporary artists (opening reception Sunday, 1-4pm). Rare Threads, a fibre design and fashion shop, celebrates all things Icelandic with high-fashion outwear design by Therma Kota, cozy knits from TresBello, Vodka samples from Reyka and delectable Icelandic cake.

Hockey Classic

Saturday the 20th is also the 9th annual Alton Millpond Hockey Classic, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Watch as teams raise funds for the Millpond Rehabilitation Project and compete for the glory of the Millpond Cup. The Hot Stove Lounge returns from 6-11pm, featuring the Leafs at the Sens on the big screen. Tickets for the Hot Stove Lounge are $25, available at Gourmandissimo Cafe in the Mill, or from

Admission for the Fire & Ice Festival is Pay What You Can. Suggested donation $10 per adult, $5 per child, $25 per family.

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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