Winter weather promises snow and ice carnival

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — As winter weather makes a late entrance into the area, the residents of Livingston Manor will celebrate. The weather may not favor hatless heads, but it does favor ice. On January 22 and 23, Livingston Manor will hold the 46th annual Rotary Ice Carnival. The carnival will feature Puerto Rican National Champion ice-skater Rohene Ward, dogsleds, snow sculptures, skating exhibitions and races.

On Saturday the annual snow sculpture contest will take place around the Walter Seeley Memorial Skating Rink, as the classes of Manor’s grades 9-12 and other community groups will create sculptures to this year’s theme of “A Night In Vegas.” The sculptures will be judged by prominent Sullivan County VIPs. Judging will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 and the winning sculptures will be announced on Sunday, January 23 at 1:00 p.m.

On Sunday, the carnival will take place with race registration, dogsled demonstrations and horse drawn sleigh rides beginning at 12:00 noon. The traditional parade of the King and Queen and the Royal Court, played by Anthony Barotti and Jessica Johnson will kick off at 1:00 p.m.

The ice making crews are working around the clock to get the rink ready for Puerto Rican National Figure Skating Champion Rohene Ward who is said to have the potential to be one of the best world male skaters. Ward will lead a slate of area skaters from Newburgh’s Ice Time and Kutsher’s at the carnival on Sunday, January 23 at 1:00 p.m. Ward will also conduct skating clinics for the kids on Saturday, January 22 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on the Walter Seeley Memorial Rink at Rotary Park. The clinic is free and open to the public.

After the exhibitions skating races for all ages will take place with Olympic style gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the first three finishers in each race. The male and female “Skater of the Day” will be announced after the races. The Walter Seeley Memorial Skating Rink will then be open for free skating for the rest of the afternoon and free hot dogs and hot chocolate will be given out to the youngsters at the “Rotary Dog House.”

A team of Siberian Huskies, led by Bob and Linda Crowley from Fantasy Forest Kennels in Taylor Valley, will be mushing throughout the afternoon (conditions permitting). The Crowleys will be available from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. on January 23 to provide demonstrations and informal clinics on mushing.

The Denman family of Denman Horse Farms will provide a horse-drawn sleigh/wagon. The rides will take place from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. in Rotary Park on January 23.

For more information call 845/292-5100.

Contributed photo
Puerto Rican National Figure Skating Champion Rohene Ward, left, is said to have the potential to be one of the best world male skaters. His jumps include a full set of triples including a triple axel-triple toe combination and he recently landed a quadruple toe-double toe combination in his short program at the 2004 Midwestern Sectionals. Ward is pictured with Emily Hughes. (Click for larger version)