With abnormally human-friendly temps in the 30's, the dICEHOUSE citizens crawled out of their little red cubes and visited some of the other shanty residents.
The mayor did a little bartering over at the Art Swap Shanty. In return for one of his silk-screened posters, he picked one of their Colby Poster Company letter-pressed posters. But rather than keep the mayor's offering they stuck it up on the wall, where it was promptly again swapped. You can check out a bunch of the swaps from this past weekend here. Do yourself a favor, if you are coming out to the ASP, bring a little art to swap.
Creative friend and dICEHOUSE foster-parent, Brian Ritchie brought out a new game of his invention called Yardzee, which is Yahtzee played with 4" cedar dice and a garbage can. He was kind enough to donate a set. Swing by dICEHOUSES HQ to play. But plan to spend a bit of time. The first lady reports it takes about an hour to play a full game.
The intrepid tea merchants over at Shan-Tea peddle more than just tea and teacups. Look at this spot on and reportedly delicious cookie portrait of Agent Autumn and Agent Cat. Bring out a little something to barter with Oolong John for one of his hand-crafted teacups.
Agent Jackson spent most of his weekend with our neighbors The Gunderson Family. I don't know what is going on over there. We hear noises. and when they come to visit, they ask all kinds of odd questions. Many involving the whereabouts of a mysterious Agent Penguin and Moose Man.
This happened. What is it? No one was really sure but it was pretty awesome. For about a half hour the well choreographed performance dazzled and confused shanty citizens and visitors. Speaking of dance. The Reclamation Dance Shanty was pumping all weekend. Hit 'em up on Facebook to request some jams for the weekend.
And so did this! I caught the first ASP fish of the season. For the record, Big Pun was shaking the ice when I caught it. To paraphrase Pruane2forever - "EAST COAST, FISHES!"
Looks like we are in for another weekend of great weather. Hope to see you all on the ice.
Well, the first batch of posters is complete and for a first time screen printing job, they turned out pretty darn good. Each poster comes complete with 'individual character', you know the slight imperfections (over-flooding, dry spots, all of those things that ensure your poster was pulled by a human and not a robot.)
As part of the 2009 Art Shanties Project. We set the world's record for the largest cribbage board. Gas powered ice augers were used to drill 242 holes in the frozen surface of Medicine Lake. In compliance with the MN DNR and the lake patrol, the holes were drilled 10' apart from one another in a non-linear path that circumnavigated the small community of ice houses. Players were required to move 5' pegs around the board while pulling the playing table (equipped with clothespins to keep the cards from blowing away) and the players chairs.
The GPS map above documents the path of the players of the first official game. Total miles walked = 2.8. Total playing time = 3.75 hours.
Sunday February 8th 11:00 am REMATCH! Chris Meade vs. Mercedes Lenort Winner: Mercedes Lenort (Mercedes held her winning title!)
Mercedes and Chris had so much fun playing the previous weekend, that they signed up right away for another game. But the BEST PART is that they had custom-made playing cards printed for the game, in just one week! The cards had a picture of the two of them playing their first game. It was so awesome to have someone love playing this much! Thanks ladies!
Saturday February 7th 11:00 am Emily Lee, Jennifer Linnett, and Anna Berowski vs. Emily Lee, Justin Peterson and Maria Hickey Winners: Emily Lee, Justin Peterson and Maria Hickey yes, Emily was on both teams, so she was both a winner and a loser!
Sign up below by commenting, otherwise email me at email@example.com and let me know when you want to play cribbage and I'll add you the schedule below. Also, you can just show up and sign up at the dICEHOUSES if there is an open time.
It takes about 2-1/2 to 3 hours to play a game of cribbage (includes breaks). If you play with pairs, or if you find a caddy or two, less than 2. Don't have a partner? We can find you one. Please come 15 minutes before your scheduled time to check in. DRESS WARM!!
Saturday January 17th - The Big Drill. (no official games)
Sunday January 18th: Noon - Mike Haeg vs. David Pitman (winner)
Monday January 19th: 12:00 pm - Mother vs. Son (Tammy Dahlke (winner) vs. Jackson Dahlke)
Saturday January 24th 11:00 am -Meghan Bellavance vs. Jason Haack (winner)
Sunday January 25th 2:30 pm -Anthony Kuntz and Kyle Pendergast (winners) vs. Dale Pendergast and Allen Johnson
Saturday January 31st 11:00 am -Chris Meade vs. Mercedes Lenort (winner) 2:00 pm -Jennifer Leidahl and Lynn Anderson (winners...skunked the opposition!) vs. John Nussbaum and Mike Anderson
Sunday February 1st 1 game was started but not finished
Saturday February 7th 11:00 am -Emily Lee, Jennifer Linnett, and Anna Berowski vs. Emily Lee, Justin Peterson and Maria Hickey (winners) yes, Emily was on both teams, so she was both a winner and a loser!
Sunday February 8th 11:00 am - REMATCH! Chris Meade vs. Mercedes Lenort (Mercedes held her winning title!) 2:00 pm -Michael Siddal (caddy: Milo the dog) (Winner) vs. Antonio Perez-Cajina (caddy: Kimmy Tanaka)
Saturday February 14th (Last Day!) 11:00 pm - Amanda Kern vs. Alex Saumer 2:00 pm -
Last night, we huddled the dICEHOUSES together to listen to the only known recordings of Shackleton's danger-riddled 1914 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. A chill crawled up my spine listening to the brave men lose all composure as they slipped into bouts of madness, song and (ghast) poetry. Imagine my surprise to capture, in these images taken in the midst of The Great Listening, these eerie images containing what look to me to be the lost souls of those valiant sailors who never returned from that most frigid of continents!
Terry is connected with her friends at the Word Shanty. She's been documenting her experiences on the ice since the beginning of ASP '09. This little video is about Mike's "Ice-O-Phone," which you can use to hear the ice crack and shift. You can see more of her films here.
Special thanks to all the friends, ice shanty artists, relatives, and complete strangers that have been sending us mail at the dICEHOUSES! It's amazing all the cool art, gifts and letters we have received! Thanks!!
One of our closest neighbor is a bike-on-generator-powered coffee shop. These are the people I'm going to want to know when things go thunderdome. They seem like the types of people who can piece together anything. This last weekend, things were really rocking over there with some great music. You can read more about The Ped Pex Power Pod in a recent article from Seed Magazine highlighting the more scientific of the 2009 Art Shanties or directly at the Ped Pex Power Pod Blog (try saying that 10 times fast while pedaling a bike while you are jacked up on caffeine!)
We all had a great second weekend on the ice. This past Saturday and Sunday had it all: brass bands, art croquet, corn chowder, surprise visits from old friends, shadow puppets, secret poutine, an octopus, playing cribbage on a hundred year old handmade board, remote control camera, penguin wars, venison sausage, dog butchery, elephant bikes and some really nice weather. Sounds like you may be missing out on something if you don't make it out. Just a friendly reminder that the Art Shanty Projects is only open for the next couple of weekends (last day is February 14th). Dress Warm.
We all had a wonderful first weekend at the art shanty projects. Three beautiful days with three very different weather patterns. Saturday was windy as heck blowing near whiteout conditions at times. Sunday was the best kind of snowy with little or no wind and big flakes. Monday was still and sunny.
One of our visitors was MNkitemnan. His mastery of kite and camera was amazing. See that little black speck in the picture? That's his camera. His kite was up a good 60 - 75 feet. I watched him effortlessly position the camera over different sections of the Art Shanty Projects. Today, I was able to see the results on flickr. Incredible. Here are some of his shots of the dICEHOUSES Shanty. Click here to check out all of his photos from the event: MNkiteman's coverage of the 2009 Art Shanty Projects .
As John and I were pulling the propane tank and the heater back to the car, we decided to stop and take some low light photos. So peaceful. Even more so considering the 40 mile an hour winds that blew across the lake today until the sun went down. Click the images for hella-large versions.