Michelangelo had it easy. When he sculpted the David out of marble, he knew those curly locks and chiseled abs would be preserved and appreciated for the next millennium. Ice sculptors, however, work in a medium of impermanence, where each curve and angle is subject to change depending on the temperature. The art of ice carving is celebrated today at the eleventh annual Fete de Glace (or Festival of Ice for non-Francophiles) on North Main Street in the Historic St. Charles Downtown District. The free event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and spectators can partake of coffee and hot chocolate and avail themselves of the fire pits, which hopefully aren't located too close to the ice sculptures, while they deliberate on the Fete's winning sculpture. That's right — this is a people's choice event, where the crowd determines the winner. For more information, call 636-946-1898 or visit www.historicstcharles.com.
Sat., Jan. 31, 2009