Lewisburg Ice Festival scheduled Friday and Saturday

The Heart of Lewisburg Ice Festival will take place Friday and Saturday featuring a host of familiar and new winter-themed activities and events.

At the start, participants can purchase wristbands that will get chocolate treats in 13 downtown locations at two separate chocolate festival tours on Friday and Saturday.

Friday night, the Campus Theatre will host an a cappella festival and downtown stores will be open late.

On Saturday, the Downtown Gallery, part of Bucknell’s Samek Museum, is sponsoring an abstract winter drawing activity for families to coincide with its current exhibit, Abstraction Today, and the Lewisburg Arts Council will hold a silent art auction in the community room at Barnes and Noble.

In addition to carving the giant sculpture on site in Hufnagle Park on Friday, First Night Ice Sculptors will carve an ice bison sponsored by Bucknell University in front of the Lewisburg post office.

On Saturday, the Sunset Rotary brings the Frosty 5K at 10 a.m., children’s winter games in the park and the Frosty Kettle Chili Cook-Off.

Lewisburg Lions will hold their annual pancake breakfast Saturday morning.

Bucknell’s Office of Civic Engagement is sponsoring the Polar Bear Plunge at 2 p.m. at the St. George Street landing with on-site registration starting at 12:30 pm.

The giant ice sculpture in Hufnagle Park is purchased for the community from the proceeds of the plunge. The Chocolate Festival Ball will be held as usual at the Lewisburg Hotel and the Cocoa-Fest for children during the same time at the Donald Heiter Community Center. All Chocolate Festival events benefit the Center.

A popular event, Warm Your Heart-Pets In Need, hosted by the Brushstrokes Gallery at 340 Market St., accepts needed items and funds for several of the local shelters and rescues during the entire festival.

“People love to do whatever they can to help pets in need,” said Kathy Snyder, organizer of the event. Brushstrokes also will be open from 1-4 p.m. Sunday to give people more time to drop off their donations.

The Lewisburg Downtown Partnership is sponsoring a screening of the original “The Wizard of Oz,” digitally-remastered, at the Campus Theatre at 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but movie-goers can donate gloves, hats or socks to benefit the Clothes Sharing Program, a service of the Union County Food Bank.

“One of my favorite things about the ice festival is the way so many businesses and organizations come together to participate in the event,” said Linda Sterling, executive director of the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership, which organizes the event.

The Union County Emergency squad, volunteers its services at the Polar Bear Plunge to make sure the event participants stay safe. The William Cameron Ambulance Association also volunteers its services by providing a stand-by ambulance at the event.

For more information, go to www.lewisburgpa.com or call the Lewisburg Downtown Partnership at 570-523-1743.