The Fire & Ice Festival Returns to Putnam on February 14th 2015
December 5th 2014 – Putnam, CT – Although Northeastern Connecticut is known for chilly temperatures during the winter, things will be heating up in Putnam on Saturday, February 14th 2015. Sponsored by the Putnam Business Association, the Fire & Ice Festival will return to the downtown streets of this creative hub of Connecticut’s Quiet Corner. The public is invited to attend this festive winter event, complete with ice sculptures, horse & carriage rides, luminaria, fire torches, live music, and more.

Like much of the great things happening in downtown Putnam, The Fire & Ice Festival is a collaborative effort between the Putnam Business Association, local merchants, and community volunteers. With its humble beginning as an event created to give people in the Quiet Corner something to do during the quieter winter months and a way to bolster traffic for the downtown businesses, the Fire & Ice Festival has grown into a signature event for Putnam. The 2014 event included over 20 ice sculptures throughout the downtown area, and despite snowy weather, crowds flocked to Main Street in Putnam to see live ice carving demonstrations by both professional carvers and amateur artists. Streets were lined with glowing luminaria and restaurants featured Valentine’s Day-themed specials with collectable Fire & Ice glassware.

Building on the success of the previous years, the 2015 Fire & Ice Festival promises to be a bigger and even more dynamic event. From 10am to 9 pm on Saturday, February 14th, downtown Putnam will be bustling with activity. There will be family-friendly activities, including family carriage rides from 11am to 3pm, fun photo boards, and ice carving throughout the Main Street area. A new addition to the festival for 2015 will be a chocolate contest, hosted at The Empty Spaces Project Gallery at 114 Main Street. Creations by chefs, students, and novices will be on display throughout the day. As the sun goes down, luminaria will fill downtown Putnam with an ambient glow. Fire torches will help light the way and romantic carriage rides will set the mood from 5pm to 9pm. Be on the lookout for fire dancing performances and warm up with cocktails and a special meal at one of Putnam’s many restaurants.

Over the upcoming weeks and months, be on the lookout for more information on carriage ticket sales, restaurant specials, and a radio contest on WINY 1350 AM to win a romantic evening for two lucky sweethearts. Dark and milk chocolate bars are currently on sale throughout Putnam while supplies last, with prizes tucked into select candy bar wrappers – including tickets for a romantic carriage ride. To learn more about Fire & Ice and other Putnam Business Association events, visit www.discoverputnam.com.
Contacts: Ann Monteiro, Fire & Ice Co-Chair – fcs.annm@gmail.com
Sheila Frost, Fire & Ice Co-Chair – sheila@courthousebarandgrille.com