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Ice harvesting and Art Walk, delayed by last week’s storm, on for this weekend

— A historical ice harvesting demonstration and other Art Walk events that were postponed due to the Feb. 8 and 9 snowstorm are on for Saturday instead.

The ice cutting event was originally supposed to be held on Nashawannuck Pond, which had a booming ice harvesting industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But the weight of the nearly two feet of snow dumped by the snowstorm has depressed the pond, so water would gush up if a hole was cut and flood the ice, said Liz Provo, an organizer from the Nashawannuck Pond Steering Committee.

She said that instead, local historian Dennis Picard will lead a “lively workshop demonstration” of ice cutting using historical implements in the parking lot of the Municipal Building at 50 Payson Ave. from noon to 3 p.m.

The fifth annual Fire & Ice Art Walk starts at 5 p.m. with luminaries and a bonfire at the pond, followed by art exhibits and music at storefronts and galleries around the downtown and poetry readings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children can also make Easthampton-themed valentines, that will later be distributed to city employees, at the Old Town Hall from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit www.artwalkeasthampton.org or www.nashawannuckpond.org.

— REBECCA EVERETT

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