For the second time, Carolyn Amyotte is leading a project to build an igloo out of 1,000 bricks of multi-coloured ice — and then she’s going to sleep in it.
Volunteers have completed construction of this year’s “Rainbow Igloo” for the Apsley & District Lions Club’s Apsley Winter Carnival, being held at the North Kawartha Community Centre on Saturday (February 21, 2015). The lighting ceremony for the completed igloo will be held at 6 p.m. that Saturday.
On Friday, March 6th, Amyotte and fellow parents Ann Johnston, Jen Temple, and Jenny Atmore are going to spend a night sleeping in the igloo. “A Night in the Gloo” will raise around $1,000 (one dollar for almost every brick in the igloo) towards the purchase of literacy program resources to help Apsley-area students improve academically. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/mc1880. UPDATE (02/22/15): Thanks to an incredible public response, the group has already met its original fundraising goal of $1,000 and has set a new goal of $3,900. This new goal — when combined with $2,000 previously donated by the local Lions Club — would cover the full $5,900 cost for the literacy program.
Amyotte — who is a Councillor for North Kawartha Township, Apsley School Council Chair, and co-owner of Eels Lake Marina near Apsley — did the same thing last year, raising funds for the North Kawartha Food Bank.
The Rainbow Igloo project began in late 2013 when Amyotte saw a photo of a rainbow-coloured ice igloo built in Edmonton by a New Zealand civil engineer who was spending Christmas with his girlfriend’s family.
Inspired, she decided that a rainbow igloo would be a special addition to the annual Apsley Winter Carnival. She did some research to find out how to make one, put out a call for materials and volunteers, and got the project underway.
Building a rainbow igloo isn’t a trivial task.
You have to obtain hundreds of empty two-litre milk or juice cartons, fill them with water mixed with food colouring, leave them outside to freeze, and then peel off the cardboard to reveal the coloured ice bricks. Then you need create a spherical mound of snow and carefully place the bricks around the mound, using melted snow as mortar.
When all the bricks are in place, you dig the mound of snow out from the interior — and then you have a Rainbow Igloo.
Again this year, Amyotte encouraged members of the Apsley community to donate their empty (and clean) two-litre cartons, as well as food colouring. She called for volunteers to help prepare the ice bricks for igloo construction.
The building of this year’s Rainbow Igloo began on January 28th and, thanks to the efforts of the many volunteers, it was completed on Saturday, February 14th. Some facts about the igloo:
- Almost 1200 two-litre cartons were collected
- More than 2500 litres of water were used for the bricks
- Nearly two litres of food colouring was used
- The igloo is 12 feet it diameter at the base and 6’5″ high in the centre
- Almost a dump truck load of snow was used to reinforce the inside of the igloo (and then removed)
- Many volunteers donated hundreds of hours to work on the igloo
Check out these photos of this year’s Rainbow Igloo building project. For more information, check out Eels Lake Marina on Facebook.
All photos courtesy of Carolyn Amyotte