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Ice Company offering free historic ice house tours

Posted by boston.com  September 18, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Cape Pond Ice Company, Inc: 

The Cape Pond Ice Company, which dates from 1848, will be offering free Historic ice houseTours this coming weekend, September 20 - 22, on Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 11 am and 1 pm, and Sunday at 11 am.  A warm sweater or sweatshirt, and practical footwear (no flip flops !) are recommended. 

The narrated tours last 45 minutes to an hour, and include archival film footage of natural ice harvests from the beginning of last century, an account of the company's 165 year history, a tour through the 335 # block ice manufacturing area and the 28 degree F. ice house where new custom ice sculptures are on display, and kids may indulge in a snow ball fight !  The tour concludes with a visit on the ice company wharf overlooking Gloucester Harbor, where vessels are still iced down with tons of ice, and  then with several film clips from the WB Perfect Storm movie and the company's own upbeat TV Commercials.

These free Ice house tours are sponsored through the Essex National Heritage Area's Trails & Sails program, which Cape Pond Ice Company has participated in now for 10 years, since 2004, and has consistently been voted the "People's Choice" popular venue Award.  Parking is available.  The free tour program will be repeated again next weekend, September 27 - 29.

Further details and directions available at 978-283-0174 or coolestguys@capepondice.com.

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