Visitors cool off on Stony Brook University, Stony Brook Medicine ice thrones
Thousands of visitors came to Port Jefferson Village to celebrate the fifth annual Port Jefferson Ice Festival, hosted by the Port Jefferson Business Improvement District (BID), on January 27 and February 4 (postponed from January 28 due to rain).
On January 27, guests enjoyed the Stony Brook University ice throne, while the Stony Brook Medicine ice throne was featured on February 4. The thrones were located at the center of Port Jefferson Village, at the intersection of West Broadway and Main Street. The six-foot ice thrones held up to four people at a time, and were a popular attraction for visitors who took selfies while seated on the thrones.
The thrones, along with more than 20 other ice statues featured throughout the Village, were carved by Rich Daly, owner and ice sculptor with Ice Memories, based in Mastic Beach. Daly holds 200 ice carving competition titles, including ten Gold Medals at the United States National Ice Carving Championships and the Guinness World Record for carving 60 ice sculptures in under three hours (beating the previous record by more than 90 minutes).
To prepare for the festival, Daly carved 225 blocks of ice (70,000 pounds) for the sculptures and weekend events.
In addition to the ice sculptures, visitors enjoyed live ice carvings by Daly, horse and carriage rides, interactive games, live performances and the popular Mac and Cheese crawl.
Photos by John Griffin