5 Questions: A UPMC Ice Art Fest Veteran, First-Time Participant, Shares His Views | Carlisle

While some companies are planning another UPMC Ice Art Fest in Carlilse, others are taking part in the same event for the very first time.

The sixth annual event will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Meanwhile, 90 ice sculptures will line the streets of Carlisle, many representing the companies that purchased them.

The Sentinel spoke to Jay Abom of Abom & Kutulakis-Attorneys at Law about his thoughts on the festival as a seasoned veteran, as well as Kevin Rockwood, one of the owners of One13 Social, an attendee for the first time, for their views.

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Q: How many years have you participated in the UPMC Ice Art Fest?

Abom: “We participated in 5 of the 6 Ice Art Fests.”

Rockwood: “It will actually be our first.”

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Q: How did you choose your sculpture for this year’s UPMC Ice Art Fest, and does it symbolize something related to your business?

Abom: “Because we practice a lot of criminal law, we have an interactive ‘prison cell’ sculpture. During the first year of our participation, we had a scale of justice but we found, like many others, that visitors appreciate the interactive and humorous sculptures. Visitors like to pose behind or beside the sculpture for a photograph.

Rockwood: “We chose a 13 with our logo since One13 Social is our name. 113 is our address [and] the 13 is an important part of our logo, so we decided to do this with our design of the rest of our logo inside.

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Q: Why did you want to be part of UPMC Ice Art Fest this year?

Abom: “It brings many people from Carlisle and surrounding communities to walk past our offices and many nearby commercial stores. Rarely does anyone stop for legal advice, but our involvement is a reminder that we are there if and when they need help.

Rockwood: “Being part of the downtown community is very important to us here at One13. We really look forward to participating in all of these events. We think it’s really good to bring people to our town and show people from outside of Carlisle how beautiful this area is.

Q: How do you think the UPMC Ice Art Fest impacts the community?

Abom: “For everyone, it’s a fun event to attend. For some retail businesses and restaurants, this has a direct impact on sales. From what I hear, it’s the biggest retail event of the whole year. For other businesses, like our law firm, it’s an opportunity to make ourselves known to everyone who visits.

Rockwood: “I think it brings more people downtown and people walk around instead of just driving across, which is nice. You may see a store you didn’t know was here, a restaurant you didn’t know existed, or just some of the cool downtown architecture.”

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Q: What do you like the most or what do you expect the most from the UPMC Ice Art Festival?

Abom: “We like to meet and greet everyone who passes by and with our prison cell sculpture, I like to make fun of ‘juvenile delinquents’, ‘long-term offenders’, ‘convicts’ and anyone who look comfortable ‘behind bars.'”

Rockwood: “I just can’t wait to see a lot of people downtown and downtown thriving, seeing people having fun and once again walking around downtown.”

Crews set up some of the exhibits for the 2022 UPMC Ice Art Fest in downtown Carlisle on Friday morning. The event, which includes 90 sculptures, activities and live music, kicks off on Friday afternoon and continues through Sunday in the city center.

  • Friday, February 4 — 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 5 — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 6 — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Maddie Seiler is a reporter for The Sentinel and cumberlink.com covering Carlisle and Newville. You can contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at: @SeilerMadalyn

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