La Peg’s wildly popular outdoor ice bar, Pegsicle, is back for 2018!
This January, by popular demand, La Peg at FringeArts will bring back their one-of-a-kind, hand-carved outdoor ice bar, Pegsicle. Crafted by Chef-Owner Peter Woolsey from 16 massive blocks of ice using chainsaws and a set of Japanese ice chisels, the second-annual edition of Pegsicle will also include an ice sculpture garden. Five local artists will be chosen to craft their sculptures live while guests sip warming winter cocktails from the ice bar, transforming La Peg’s Haas Biergarten into a frozen wonderland.
“Carving Pegsicle last winter – including the second time, after it melted! – was such a fun and unusual experience that we knew we wanted to make it even bigger and better for 2018,” says Chef Woolsey, a celebrated chef and amateur ice carver who designed and carved the first Pegsicle himself (click for his hand-drawn sketch). “That’s why we’re inviting artists of all stripes to submit their designs for ice sculptures, and will choose five to showcase during this year’s run of Pegsicle.”
Call for Artists
Artists are invited to submit sketches and any other supporting materials, including their history (if any) with ice carving, to Chef Woolsey and his team at La Peg through Friday, January 5. The team will review each entry and select five artists to carve live at Pegsicle, with one carving each night at 5 p.m. from Monday, 1/15 through Friday, 1/19. Each artist whose sketch is chosen will receive one 36” x 24” x 10” ice block and access to Chef Woolsey’s chainsaw and ice chisels to create their masterpieces. Guests are invited to watch the carvings live, and the finished sculptures will be illuminated and serve as a stunning complement to Pegsicle itself.
Interested artists are invited to submit their sketch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, January 3rd. Artists will be chosen by Peter Woolsey and announced via social media at a rate of one per day beginning on Monday, January 8th.
Located outside of La Peg beneath the twinkling lights of their popular Haas Biergarten, with three cozy fire pits and views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Pegsicle and the accompanying sculpture garden is set to be this winter’s can’t-miss spot for a cocktail. On Thursday, January 11, Chef Woolsey will carve the massive ice bar and open it to the public for drinks. Guests are encouraged to attend the carving, and members of the media will be invited to observe the spectacle. Following their first weekend of service, Pegsicle will host the five nightly sculpture carvings; the bar will continue to offer a special menu of warming winter drinks amid the sculpture garden for as long as the ice lasts. More details, including this year’s drink specials, the return of the playful frozen shot luge and other fun surprises, will be available as the debut gets closer.