Metroparks Winter Days Festival – Day One

I got to Mill Hollow early enough because I wanted some video of the ice carvers doing their thing, right from the start. So, when I walked up, the first things I saw were the blocks of ice. Perfect!


While the crew was setting up stands, and stoking the fire inside, I looked around.

The huskies seemed pretty comfortable considering the single-digit temperature.

I went inside the building, to check out the activities inside while things were being set up outside. I overheard from the park staff that the 11 ice carvers from the high school called and canceled this morning! Lindsay Miller, Program Naturalist for the Vermilion Reservation said she’d left a message for the professional carver, to see if he could come today, as well as tomorrow (Sunday), but she wasn’t sure.

So, since I was all dressed up with nowhere else to go, I roamed around Mill Hollow and the Bacon Woods area for the next 90 minutes.

One of the things that fascinates me about Mill Hollow in the winter is that the water that trickles down the cliff walls in the summer, freezes in the winter, making for a gorgeous sight.

Just incredible.

On a smaller scale, if you look close, Mother Nature does some fine detail work, too.

I’ll be back there tomorrow to catch the pro at the ice carving. Here’s a video I shot of the easternmost cliff and the ice that’s formed on it. Pretty peaceful.




Lorain County Metroparks Winter Days Festival

Looking for an activity to chase away the Winter Blues? This January 17th and 18th let the Lorain County Metro Parks help your family experience the beauty of winter at Winter Days at Vermilion River Reservation. You will be able to enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities that are all about winter!

On Saturday January 17th from 10am-4pm we will be hosting local High School culinary students as they compete in an ice carving competition. Carving will begin at 10am sharp with prizes awarded at 2pm. On Sunday January 18th from 11am-4pm professional ice carvers will demonstrate their skills. Both days will also include free sleigh rides, an ice harvesting exhibit and video, Bacon House Museum tours, refreshments (fee), kid’s crafts, and of course a chance to relax in our heated Carriage Barn with a roaring fire! Weather permitting, the sledding hill will also be open and snow sculptures will be encouraged.

Do come bundled up this weekend, as the forecast is for bitterly cold temperatures (just like last year!). Hope to see you there!!

Mill Hollow in the Winter

Mill Hollow in the summertime is a photographer’s dream. Teeming with wildlife, large leafy trees, wildflowers, and a flowing river and cliffs, you could shoot until your batteries run down.

Ever been by there in the winter? I know, the trees are bare, the pond frozen over, and most critters are hibernating. The geese have flown and the flowers are getting ready for spring. 

You have got to see the cliffs. During the summer, an underground spring or stream passes close to the cliffs where North Ridge Road T’s into the Metro Park, and the water bleeds down the face of the cliffs. In the winter, the water bleeds down but if it gets cold enough, the water freezes, and that is a sight to see.

My daughter and I were by there recently for the Winter Days Festival, and she got to see the cliffs for the first time, in person. Hope you enjoy even half as much as she did.