This is the Parker House where Ralphie lives with his family. Everything is made of ice, apart from a few props. The porch was busy, and people were taking turns looking inside the windows. A few people asked me if I could take their photo which I happily did. One funny man asked me if I worked there as he had seen at least three people hand their cameras to me. He had that twinkle in his eye, made me laugh, and I kept moving. It was very chilly inside. We were given parkas as it was about -2 degrees F.
The Parker's 'car' was right there at the side of the house.
Truth be told I have never been to an ice sculpture exhibit before, and certainly not one like this. I think I once saw a large piece at a hotel years ago as a buffet centerpiece at some kind of reception, but that's been so long ago the memory is foggy. William comes to mind, who hosts Ottawa's Daily Photo. He has shared the ice exhibit that occurs in his city ever since I have been a visitor and longer than that maybe. I have always been fascinated by his posts. Those ice exhibits, the word elegant comes to mind. These are excellent but in a kitschy way, and fun as you are taken back to funny or cringy moments in the movie. There are also some very poignant scenes but the leg lamp, well I really felt for his wife, let's just leave it at that. Ralphie's Dad won it in a competition. I won't give the whole story away in case you haven't seen the movie before. They actually sold these in the gift shop. In fact, I saw one last December, in the window of a house in a neighborhood that goes all out for decorating. The street is a show piece for the holidays and attracts long lines of cars. I'm wondering if it will be there again this year. I must check it out. Should I have bought one? Nahhh! Not this year anyhow. This takes place every year at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National City. The themes change and this year there were scenes from the movie that I recognized immediately. I have seen it many times. It was made in 1983. It makes me laugh and there are some 'awwww' moments, and it makes me cringe sometimes, but I will probably watch it again with Gregg before Christmas. It gives you the feel of what it must have been like in 1940. The acting is great and the Dad is Darren McGavin whom I have enjoyed in other movies/TV show from way back when. Here's a description I borrowed from Wikipedia and more can be read if you click the link. It reads:
"Set in December 1940, the film is presented in a series of vignettes, with narration provided by the adult Ralphie Parker reminiscing on one particular Christmas when he was nine years old, in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana. Ralphie wanted only one thing that Christmas, a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a Santa Claus at Higbee's department store..."
No more telling about the movie, I'll just let the photos speak for themselves. Gregg checked out the window too and there he is waving at us. A touch of nostalgia for him? He remembers a Roy Rogers bicycle given one year.
All for now. There will be another batch in my next blog post.
What an awesome ice exhibit! Do they keep it up all year? Surely they don't let it melt after New Year's? This is my favorite Christmas movie!ReplyDelete
They don't Ginny, it is only open from November 25th, to December 31st. I'm surprised, for the amount of work and time this took, that it isn't around for longer. Thanks for the question :)Delete
Wow - how amazing. Thank you.ReplyDelete
You are very welcome Sue and thank you :)Delete
It certainly was, thank you Cloudia :)Delete
These are all ice?!! AmazingReplyDelete
Yes they are, apart from a few props but the main is all ice, two million pounds of ice to be exact :0Delete
Wow, this is amazing. I would love to see this in person.ReplyDelete
Thank you Ann, it is most definitely better in person :)Delete
The ice sculptures are amazing! It is a fun ice exhibit. Take care, enjoy your day!
Thank you Eileen, yes it is :) You take care and enjoy your day also.Delete
I know the movie very well, Denise, as it is on our holiday movie watch list and in our DVD collection too. What a fun theme for an ice show and the sculptures were amazing.ReplyDelete
That's great Dorothy :) I agree with you.Delete
The colour mixed into the ice is unexpected but interesting.ReplyDelete
I read something about that but can't remember where right now. It is quite a process, they have to get the mixture just right :)Delete
The ice sculptures are amazing!ReplyDelete
I agree totally Linda :)Delete
I love that movie and they nailed it! It's incredibly impressive to think that this is completely made of ice! I'd love to see it in person -- thanks for the tour; I'll look forward to more!ReplyDelete
You are very welcome Jeanie and I am happy you enjoyed the movie :) It seems to be timeless even though it was made all those years ago, and another time jump to 1940 :)Delete
The Christmas Story is a favorite of our daughters, Denise. Her son on the other hand, cringes at it! I must show her these interesting renditions in ice! It must have taken forever to build the sculptures. How nice of you to take photos for folks!ReplyDelete
That's lovely Martha Ellen :) I can understand her son cringing. Does it have something to do with the pink nightmare? I like these places, everyone is in such a happy mood and I enjoyed the fact that I was asked to take photos, and offered when I saw someone would be left out of the picture. People do this for us all the time. It's nice to be able to pay forward :)Delete
Excellent, so clever. Cheers DianeReplyDelete
Couldn't agree more and cheers to you too Diane :)Delete
All the best Jan
It is and all the best to you too Jan :)Delete
Wow! That's something else.ReplyDelete
It truly is :)Delete
your pictures are gorgeous!!!ReplyDelete
Thank you very much Debbie :)Delete