Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday, December 15th at REI in Bloomington

The Science Behind Magic In Creating Beautiful Ice Luminaries

12/15/2009 7:00 PM

Join Luminary Chief, Hal Galvin and David Bryan, Chief Luminary Technical Officer as they discuss the science employed to create the magical City of Lakes Luminary Loppet. Jennifer Hedberg, will follow with a discussion about Globe Ice Lanterns and her artistic contribution to the Luminary Loppet!

Now in its fifth year, the Luminary Loppet has quickly become a premier event in the festival of activities that make up the City of Lakes Loppet. The all-volunteer crew uses both science and alchemy to transform swamp water into a visual splendor. Specific topics include the process of making 1000 luminaries, the Ice-Cropolis - towers of ice up to 12' tall, the Ice-Pyramid, and Globe Ice Lanterns. The Luminary Loppet is a non-competitive ski and snowshoe around Lakes of the Isles in Uptown, Minneapolis.

The 2010 Luminary Loppet will be held Friday evening, February 6th.

Participants ski onto the lagoon in Uptown between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun. The lagoon is lit by Globe Ice Lanterns made by Jennifer Hedberg. Proceeding under two bridges, skiers will emerge onto a luminary-lit trail around Lake of the Isles. With more than 1,000 luminaries, an ice pyramid, the Ice-Cropolis, five stations with fire pits and goodies including hot cocoa and coffee, and even some fire-spinners, the Luminary Loppet can be enjoyed by anyone on skis or snowshoes.

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