Press release – week of January 11, 2021. A winter playground — the Ice Palace MAZE — is taking shape at The Zephyr Theatre in downtown Stillwater.
The first of 12 semi-trailer trucks began delivering pallets of ice blocks to the theatre on Jan. 7. By opening night Jan. 22, more than 1,500 blocks — 260 pound each — will be used to build an 8-foot-tall wall that will enclose a tangled ice maze.
Ice Palace MAZE visitors will be able to wend their way through the half-mile of maze. Ice sculptures and thrones — as well as a colorful tower of lights — will provide good photo ops. The fun exit will be a trip down one of two ice slides.
The Ice Palace MAZE will remain a cold-weather attraction into March, weather permitting. It is among the many Wintertime in Stillwater events that have been scheduled.
“Visiting our Ice Palace MAZE will be a fun, safe, family-focused way to celebrate winter,” said Calyssa Hall, The Zephyr Theatre’s executive director. “We hope it will bring a lot of joy to Stillwater residents and visitors.”
Hall had turned the theatre’s south parking lot into a place to sit and sometimes dance during outdoor concerts and a Shakespeare production last year, when coronavirus rules limited inside access to the theatre. With some restrictions still in place, “the Ice Palace MAZE allows us to create something artistic outdoors,” she said.
Starting Jan. 22, Ice Palace MAZE hours will be 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are free for kids 4 and younger, $10 for ages 5-12, $15 for ages 13 and older. To order tickets, go to www.icepalacemaze.com.
For more information, contact Calyssa Hall at 651-342-1542.