December 16, 2009

When the snow doesn't come naturally...

Snow-making produced its own rainbow Wednesday

Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Just ask John White of Dubuque, IA -- the Iowa State Snow Sculpting champion. He's in Racine for this weekend's Winterfest, whose premiere event is a snow sculpting competition in Monument Square.

But last week's massive blizzard -- the one that dropped 18" of the white, fluffy stuff on Madison -- pretty much skipped Racine entirely. Good news for most of us!! Bad news for the dozen or so snow sculptors scheduled to transform twenty big blocks of snow into imaginative creatures.

Enter John White, who brought his home-made snowaking equipment here, and was busily making snow most of the night down at the end of Christopher Columbus Causeway. He didn't stop until early Wednesday afternoon, when it got too warm -- his words -- for making snow. It was a brisk 19 or so (and my hands were freezing). The snow he's made, and will continue to make, will be trucked to Monument Square, where sculpting is set to begin Friday night.

More on the snow sculpting competition is here.

And don't forget Downtown merchants' Shopping Jam, which will provide gifts, food and excitement to all on Saturday, but especially to shoppers who brave the cold, still in their pajamas, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.m.

This tree caught a blast of man-made snow

The man behind the curtain ... um, inside the snow-making truck

...and here he is from the working end, snow spewing into the air

1 comment:

  1. Let's hope and pray that the special events will bring customers and cash to our downtown merchants!