Date(s) - 02/18/2023 - 02/26/2023
Brattleboro Retreat Trails
The past two winters have seen thousands of visitors attend Brattleboro’s Artful Ice Shanties exhibit, presented by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) and Retreat Farm. They saw ice shanties shaped like a giant iridescent fish, a black die with moon-shaped dots, a seascape with a three-dimensional octopus, a cockeyed castle, and more.
The wild and whimsical Artful Ice Shanties are coming back for the third time, February 18–26!
Visitors are welcome to view the shanties February 18–26, dawn to dusk. There is no fee for admission. Free parking is available at Retreat Farm, and signs will be posted directing visitors to the shanties. A welcome hut with exhibit information and complimentary hot chocolate will be staffed 10–4 each day the exhibit is open.
On Saturday, February 25, at 2 p.m., a panel of local judges will bestow a variety of light-hearted awards during an outdoor Awards Ceremony near the welcome hut. Earlier in the day, the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife will be offering an ice-fishing clinic. For more information and to register for the clinic, visit retreatfarm.org. And in the evening, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a free, all-ages, outdoor dance party, with Jaci’s BBQ food truck and the Thirsty Goat Bar on hand to provide nourishment.
This year’s Artful Ice Shanties exhibit coincides with numerous other events taking place in Brattleboro, including the iconic Harris Hill Ski Jump (February 18–19), Brattleboro’s Winter Carnival (February 18–26), and the opening of “Keith Haring: Subway Drawings” at BMAC, Saturday, February 18, at 5 p.m.