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Colonial Williamsburg is gliding into the season of cold-weather activities with the opening of the new Liberty Ice Pavilion on Friday.
The ribbon-cutting for the new ice rink will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, with Colonial Williamsburg’s new mascot Liberty, the attraction’s namesake, in attendance.
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion is located at 311 Duke of Gloucester St., in front of the John Blair House. A Colonial Williamsburg concession stand near the rink will serve coffee and hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, warm pretzels and popcorn as well as offering mittens, scarves and other cold weather apparel and necessities for sale.
The rink boasts a skating surface of real ice in a “beautiful, festive setting,” according to Colonial Williamsburg president and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, who is expected to make brief remarks before declaring the rink open to skaters on Friday.
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion is supported by a $150,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resource, which will help defray construction costs for the new rink.
“Promoting community vitality in the places where we do business is one of the key roles of the Dominion Foundation,” said Thomas F. Farrell, the president and CEO of Dominion Resources and chairman of Colonial Williamsburg’s Board of Trustees. “I am quite certain that this new ice skating rink will bring a new level of energy and excitement to Williamsburg residents and visitors alike.”
The ribbon-cutting will be followed by a performance from Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums and the Bruton Parish Church Choir singing songs of the season at 7 p.m. George Washington, portrayed by actor-interpreter Ron Carnegie, will also be on site greeting guests, and 18th-century inspired skaters will take to the ice for a skating demonstration.
“We are delighted with the support of Dominion Resources and are confident the community and visitors to the area will find it to be a magical experience family members of all ages can enjoy together,” Reiss said.
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion will be open daily through Feb. 29. Hours are set for 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.
Admission for unlimited skating is $10 for skaters 13 and older and $8 for ages 3 to 12. Skate rental is available for $3.