“On a ‘good ice day’ the ice boats reach back and forth until twilight,
the last stragglers looking like quick-footed ghosts waiting for midnight,
their white sails flying fast against a sunset sky.”
“Wings on Ice” is an exhibition featuring an actual Colson-built ice scooter standing nearly 12 feet tall, on loan to the museum by Howard Farrell, and a collection of stunning photographs of iceboats flying along the frozen surface of the Great South Bay, taken from the books Winter Light 1994 and Winter Light 2009 by Bellport resident Mitch Carucci. The exhibit will be on display through the end of April. With close-up facets, articles and photographs from the Museum’s own collection, “Wings on Ice” brings to life the simple elegance, excitement, splendor, and history of the ice scooter. Ice scootering demonstrations may be available weather permitting.
At a special “members only” world premier held on Wednesday, February 3rd, Museum Director, Natasha Alexenko told the gathering,“We are thrilled about the opening of our new exhibit. So many people played a role in putting this together and we are extremely proud of it. It is a great start to the New Year and we are looking forward to a 2010 that will bring many positive changes to the new LI Maritime Museum”.
“Wings on Ice” is free to Long Island Maritime Museum Members. Guests will be treated to interpretations of the exhibits by Museum staff and special guests. Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children under 12 and seniors citizens.
Photography by Mitch Carucci. View all projects and exhibits at the Long Island Maritime Museum.