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rhonda konicki

rhonda konicki

Sunday, 11 February 2018 20:06

February NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS:

ICE HARVEST SCHEDULED FEBRUARY 24 & 25

We are working alongside Christmas iin Ice to harvest and store enough Ice to begin the foundation of the 2019 Event. 

We need 6 - 8 able bodied volunteers to assist each day

We also need a couple of folks to cook hot meals for the harvesting crew.  

If you are available, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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2019 EVENT PLANNING MEETINGS:  Our next meeting for the 2019 Winter Carnival and World Ice Art Championships is Wednesday, February 21 from 5:30-7:00 @ 1427 Gillam Way.  

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DONATIONS:  We are forming our new fundraising committee devoted to secure donors and sponsors for the 2019 Event.  Anyone interested in donating directly to Ice Alaska, we have Certified Chartity status with PayPal Giving program.  We chose this program because 100% of your creditcard donation is delivered to Ice Alaska, PayPal does not charge a fee for this service.  

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MEMBERSHIP: Our membership continues to grow.  Membership dues are $25 annually, and any individual who donates $25 or more, is automatically counted as a 2018 Member of Ice Alaska.  Members receive first hand updates and copies of meeting minutes.  

 

Saturday, 03 February 2018 03:23

February 2018 Press Release

LETTER FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

It is with profound sadness, the Board of Directors for the NEW Ice Alaska and the 2018 World Ice Art Championships, announces the decision to completely forego any event(s) for 2018 for a number of reasons, including the need to find a new venue for our event.  The loss of the Main Building presented serious issues for hosting a safe and comfortable event for all involved. Unfortunately, the owners of the Ice Park decided not to rebuild this main building that we require for the safety of our Artists, Volunteers, and Visitors.

The centrally located Main Building housed all of the kitchen and dining areas for both the Ice Artists and Volunteers, as well as the Public, in combination with its use as a central Warmup area with heated indoor restrooms and baby-changing station, among other items.

Even though we were able to find a new “home” with the TVS-Fairgrounds, the short timeframe, unfamiliarity with the venue and a serious financial shortfall, forced us to make the decision to not hold a small bridge-event as it wouldn’t be of the high caliber the Fairbanks Community, the State and World visitors have come to expect.

Therefore, we have made the decision to put all of our time, efforts and energies beginning next week at our weekly planning meeting, into designing and producing a much better, safer and higher quality event for the 2019 World Ice Art Championships than has ever been produced in past years!!

In partnership with the TVSF, it is our intention to offer a Winter Carnival with the 2019 WIAC at the core of this Winter Carnival, with many of the Food and Game vendors from the August TVSF opening their places at the Fairgrounds and offering their food and wares throughout the month-long event!

We would like to extend our most heartfelt THANKS and APPRECIATION to all of this year’s Sponsors and Donors, and especially to all the volunteers who worked so very diligently since last year’s event ended.  Their dedication and efforts to try and bring to Fairbanks a family-friendly, safe, and quality event...a “World Class” event, in the face of many overwhelming, and ultimately, insurmountable issues, are to be commended.

Please come join our team and watch something “magical” be created from your efforts!! Please note that Ice Alaska has a new phone number to go along with everything else that is NEW!!  For more information you can go to our website at www.icealaska.com and to speak with someone or leave a message for someone to return your call with answers to your questions (as everyone that volunteers for the most part, works during the business day), please call our NEW telephone number at 907-888-3393 (that is a local call for Fairbanks and vicinity).  And always remember to “Have an ‘Ice Day!!”

~ ICE ALASKA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Saturday, 20 January 2018 20:58

January2018 Press Release

To our Members and Supporters of Ice Alaska

Ice Alaska has been the topic of negative news in recent months.  Many of our members and others in the community have expressed their concern regarding the viability of this organization as well as questions regarding the past actions of the previous Board.  This current Board is aware of these concerns, and each of us have questions as well. 

Some members and some of the community, in addition to demanding answers, have asserted that Ice Alaska must take a legal route to resolve the issues of the past.  Before any kind of legal action can be taken, facts must be obtained and verified. 

Ice Alaska is an all-volunteer organization, operated by individuals who receive no financial gain for the work they do.  Our members spend many hours of their personal time, even using PTO (Annual Leave) time from their work, to produce an event for all the public to enjoy.  Despite how this organization may or may not have been run in the past, we can say today, that for the past 13 months there is not one single paid employee, nor paid executive officer in Ice Alaska.

To date, this is the longest running annual Ice Event in the world.  We began on the ideas of many community visionaries 29 years ago and we want to carry on that tradition another 30 years.  The fact is that Boards and Board Members come and go.  It is the organization that can remain and stand the test of time.  It is the desire of every Board Member currently serving to protect this organization and ensure we continue the tradition of producing world renowned sculptures in ice for the Fairbanks Community and those who come to visit us. 

We have an opportunity to produce a small-scale ice art event for the youth of this community.  In 50 days, during Spring Break, we want to host an event that pairs young artists with seasoned professional ice artists to teach them the art of Ice Carving, and good sportsmanship. 

To produce this, we absolutely need the support of the Fairbanks Community.  In addition to volunteers, we expect that we need close to $50,000.00 to cover renting space at the Fairgrounds, transporting large blocks of ice, acquire the equipment, shovels, rakes, hand tools, and certified drivers and equipment operators.   

This is a new era for Ice Alaska.  Will you consider being a part, and help us keep a Fairbanks Tradition alive for the next generation?  We continue to look to corporate sponsorship and we have established a PayPal Charity account for individuals to make online donations directly to Ice Alaska. 

Monday, 11 December 2017 05:00

Update on 2018

Greetings and thank you all who have offered your support of Ice Alaska these past few weeks.  

A quick recap, we will not be hosting the World Ice Art Championships this coming 2018.  Since our announcement this past November 19th, we have received encouraging support from Artists and wonderful folks in the Fairbanks Community and with that we are looking at producing a small event in early to mid-March.  Please see our Letter to Sponsors as we work toward a new event.  

We have learned that the owners of the Ice Park do still plan to host their annual Kids Park and an exhibition.  They have posted their information in the Events Calendar of the ExploreFairbanks.com website.  

We, Ice Alaska, have started searching for a new venue to host our 2019 World Ice Art Championships, and because of the encouraging response from individuals in the Fairbanks Community, as noted above, we will be hosting a small 1 week promotional event in March 2018.  You are invited to send in your donation to our PayPal Giving Fund Page.  

Our next volunteer planning meeting will be Wednesday evening, January 10, 2018 @ 5:30 - 7:00, at 1427 Gillam Way, Fairbanks Alaska.  

If you're in the area and want to be a part of the NEW Ice Alaska, stop over and see what we're planning!

Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:57

STAY TUNED MORE NEWS COMING!

We've heard it said that "when times are tough, you find out who your real friends are." These past 7 days we have received an outpouring of support and ideas from our friends in the community. 

No, we're not able to produce the World Ice Art Championships in 2018, but Ice Alaska will still have a part to play this coming Spring 2018!

Our local Members (both Artists and Volunteers) are now meeting weekly, each Wednesday night at 5:30-7:00. If you're here in Fairbanks and want to be a part of the New Ice Alaska, come over to 1427 Gillam Way!

Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:30

PRESS RELEASE REGARDING 2018 EVENT

Special announcement from Ice Alaska 

The World ICE Association, d.b.a. Ice Alaska regrets to announce that we will not be producing the 2018 World Ice Art Championships, originally scheduled February  26 though March 17 , 2018.


This decision was not made lightly.  Many in the community remember that the Lodge building used as our primary office was destroyed by fire in December 2016.  At that time we made the decision to proceed with the 2017 event, because we already had artists and sponsors committed to an event, however the resulting event was not to the standards expected by our artists and volunteers.  


Ice Alaska has spent the summer reorganizing and rebuilding as a 100% all volunteer non-profit.  We fully intended to produce a 2018 Event, however after the loss of two major commercial donors, and our Title Sponsor slashing their support to a notable smaller amount, the Board of Directors needed to make a decision.  This week marked 100 days to the event, and both Artists and Volunteers who travel to Fairbanks for this event, need to finalize their travel arrangements.  


We made a promise to our Artists and Volunteers that we would only produce a quality event, to include adequate housing and quality food.  For that reason, we have decided that the organization is not financially prepared to produce a 2018 event.  We will instead focus on 2019 Event, and continue our membership team building.  Already we are receiving leads on potential major benefactors that can assist us with a 2019 event.  We will also research other venue options for hosting the World Ice Art Championships.  


To the donors who have already contributed to our 2018 Event, we sincerely thank you.  We will be contacting all 2018 Donors to offer return of contributions.  Meanwhile, as noted above, we will begin fundraising and planning for the 2019 Event.  


Ice Alaska began as a small event in 1989.  The organization has grown and shrunk over the years.  The work done by the Members involved with reorganizing Ice Alaska over this past summer has produced a solid organization, free of debt, and with policies and procedures to ensure that this organization remains strong.  We are confident that with the help of our Fairbanks Community, and our ability to qualify for State and Local Grant opportunities, we can produce a quality annual event to continue on for another generation.  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:20

You're Invited!

TO:     All Ice Sculpting Artists and Ice Art Volunteers

RE:      Invitation to Compete and/or Volunteer, AND…

            Announcing "A New Chapter has Begun!” at Ice Alaska!

Dear Ice Artists and Ice Art Volunteers!

The Board of Directors for the World I.C.E. (Ice Carving Exhibitors) Association, Inc., D/B/A "Ice Alaska, Inc.", are happy to announce that "A New Chapter has Begun" at Ice Alaska beginning with the 29th Annual 2018 BP World Ice Art Championships!

A BIG part of the announcement begins with the "closing of a very special chapter" and a HUGE "Thank You!" to Dick and Hoa Brickley who, after 28 years of countless (and many thankless) hours on a daily basis, unimaginable and unbelievable financial support, an unwavering love for, and dedication to, the Event, the Artists, the Volunteers, and this Community, are stepping down and stepping back in order to completely "step aside", and HOPEFULLY retire in the very near future.

This year they are going to be around on an extremely limited basis for their expertise, and moral support, as we transition into a new chapter and some new ways of doing things over the next couple of years!

We happily invite you to Compete, if you are an Ice Art Artist.  And to join us, as we try to fill some mighty big "Brickley Shoes", if you would like to volunteer at this year's 29th Annual, 2018 BP World Ice Art Championships!!

We are in need of BOTH Artists AND volunteers in large quantities and welcome your return if you are a "veteran" at one OR BOTH of these.  We encourage you to compete if you are an Ice Sculpting Artist who has never competed with us before, and we welcome new volunteers with however many hours you can give us!!

Applications for both are being updated and will be on the website before the end of this week.  If you're a volunteer, we can put you to work RIGHT NOW and all the way through the end of March 2018!!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next planning meeting!  Don't forget to join and become a Member of Ice Alaska too!! Membership has its privileges!!

We look forward to hearing from you VERY soon! and... Have an "Ice" day!!

Very Sincerely,

Ice Alaska Board of Directors

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:59

Planning 2018 Event

Announcing the 2018 Ice Alaska Planning Committee

 

The World I.C.E. Association is begining the process of planning for the 2018 World Ice Art Championships.  

We are currently meeting each Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the confrence room of Fairbanks Housing Services, located 1425 Gillam Way.  

If you would like to be a part of this process, we invite you to attend.  

Next Meeting: May 9th, we will be focusing on the cost analysis, how much it will cost for us to produce the event.  

Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:57

ALL READY FOR THE KIDS!

It has truly been a rough winter for the volunteers for Ice Alaska.  There's still plenty of construction going on, and walking into Building 12, the shop that's been converted into the new Ice Alaska Office space, it has the appearance of a busy bee hive.  Everyone has been working round the clock and we can say that the Ice Park will be ready for the first small visitors Monday, February 20, when the Kids Park officially opens! 

We have numerous slides, bowls, a full maze, the Ice Cabin is back, Sea Horses pulling a sleigh, all the kids love to pose on the Ice Race Cars.  The Playground is definitely ready for the little ones!

Weather permitting, the Ice Park will be open until March 31st.  You may now purchase your season tickets online   Come see the Ice Park!  Next week we begin the first competition, the ADP Single Block Classic.  This is a big year for the Single Block, because this year it doubles as a qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Olympics Arts Festival.  

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:12

JUST FOR THE KIDS!

 

6 DAYS AND COUNTING DOWN to opening the Kids Park!

What's the Kids Park about?  It's a playground made of ice!  What should you bring?  Dress for snow and ice, boots, snowsuits, hats, gloves.  Don't forget to bring your toboggan!  

The Kids Park opens Monday, February 20th  

Now is the time to purchase your Season Ticket Weather permitting, the Ice Park will be open for 40 days.   The season passes cost less than 4 single day passes.  The Season Passes grant you unlimited visits to the Ice Park.  That means even if you only visit one day per week, you're getting a fantastic deal!  

Purchase your tickets online today!

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