Southwest Harbor residents Thom Willey and Tony Davis’s “ice carousel” drew dozens of people last weekend to Toddy Pond in Surry. HOPE ROWAN PHOTO

Surry merrymakers go with the floe



SURRY — Mainers have been making the most of this winter’s abundant ice. The merrymakers include Southwest Harbor’s Thom Willey and Tony Davis and many friends who took advantage of a three-day deep freeze last weekend. It took Willey and Davis just under two hours to cut a 40-foot circular platform of ice on Toddy Pond in Surry.

As the two chainsawed through the 1-foot-thick ice, Laurie Flood of Castine cleared away the blocks.

Then Willey and David rigged their ice carousel with a battery-operated trolling motor so it would rotate. A fire pit and settee completed the scene.

Last Saturday and Sunday, scores of folks of all ages stopped by to skate and see and experience the ice carousel. Its creators took great care with chainsaw safety and a limited number of people were allowed on the slowly moving merry-go-round at any one time.

“This was fun but this kind of ice activity needs to be created with thought and caution,” cautioned Willey, stressing ice rescue gear was on hand at all times.

Letitia Baldwin

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]
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