Eastern State Penitentiary Kicks Off Winter Adventure Tours With Ice Sculpting Performance

December 1, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Eastern State Penitentiary will kick off the 2009 Winter Adventure Tour season with an ice sculpting performance by local company Fear No Ice on Thursday, December 10 at 11 am. Peter Slavin, one of the owners of Fear No Ice, will carve a 7 foot, 1200 pound ice sculpture incorporating iconic images of Eastern State Penitentiary and its famous inmates.

Eastern State Penitentiary is beautiful in the stark, cold months of winter. But as striking as the unheated building is, it’s also very cold. Eastern State’s Winter Adventure Tours run from December through March, are limited to 25 people, and pair each group with an expert tour guide. The tour route may change to accommodate the weather, but will generally include the cellblocks, center surveillance hub, Al Capone’s Cell, and the newly restored synagogue.

To kick off the Winter Adventure Tour season, Fear No Ice, the world’s first and only performance ice sculpting company, located right here in Philadelphia, will create a piece entitled “Frozen in Time.” The 1200 pound ice sculpture will incorporate iconic images of former inmates suspended in ice and arranged to form a towering sculpture. The event will take place on Thursday, December 10, beginning at 11 am, and the sculpture will be on view for visitors throughout the weekend, subject to weather.

The ice sculpture performance is free with Winter Adventure Tour admission. The tour schedule is 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm Mondays through Fridays and every half hour from 10 am to 4 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets can be reserved online at www.EasternState.org/Reservations or by phone at (215) 236-3300. Tickets are available at the door, subject to availability. The historic site’s art installations and audio tour are not available during Winter Adventure Tours.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue, just five blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children ages 7-12 (children under the age of 7 cannot be admitted to the site). The penitentiary is open every day, year round. For more information and schedules, please call (215) 236-3300 or visit www.EasternState.org.

SOURCE Eastern State Penitentiary

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