The cold weather is finally upon us, signaling the Christmas season. The downtown is already feeling the full effect of Christmas and Thanksgiving, with the annual sip and shop, the carriage rides, the decorations, and everything else in between that comes along this time of the year. However, something new has made its way to our community this year. For two years now, the Sweetland Amphitheater has been home to some amazing summer acts but has been largely unused during the cold winter months. All of that has changed now that Sweetland on Ice, a full sized ice skating rink, opened at the great lawn of Sweetland this past Friday afternoon, November 17th, for the public to enjoy.
That Friday afternoon, Sweetland was packed with a large group for the opening of the rink. While the ice is ready for people to skate on, there will be a tent that covers the entirety of the rink that will be constructed in the coming week, complete with a beer garden area. Sweetland on Ice will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-9 pm, Fridays from 5-10 pm, Saturdays from 11 am to 10 pm, and Sundays from 1-8 pm. The prices are very affordable as well, as $10 per person will buy 2 hours of skating and skate rentals. The rink was constructed by Ice Days Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks. Local to the Conyers area, the team has now moved into LaGrange and is hoping that the new skating rink will become an every holiday tradition.
At the ribbon cutting that afternoon, there were many special guests on hand that spoke and welcomed the team from Ice Days to LaGrange and Sweetland. Mayor Jim Thornton gave some remarks as well as the Director of the Sweetland Amphitheater, Becca Eiland. However, there was one more surprise guest that afternoon. In the beginning of the year in 1970, Myrtice Adcock, formerly Myrtice Carpenter, contacted La-Grange Mayor Gardner Newman and asked for permission to skate on the downtown fountain that had frozen over. With his permission, Myrtice took to the ice, creating a lasting image that has withstood time. Now, in 2017, 76 year old Myrtice was welcomed to Sweetland and was the first one to break in the new rink at the ribbon cutting ceremony that Friday afternoon.
Sweetland on Ice is an incredible addition to the downtown holiday season, an addition that honors our history and embraces our future. This will be a fun affair for the whole family and is an incredible amenity to the downtown for these cold months. With an affordable price and lots of fun to be had, bring the whole family out this winter for Sweetland on Ice and check out all of the other offerings in downtown LaGrange during this holiday season.