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January 28, 2013

Fun Winterfest weekend wraps up at The Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — This weekend at The Greenbrier was filled with winter fun at the resort’s third annual Winterfest.

The resort welcomed the West Virginia Synchro Team from Charleston for a live ice skating performance. The professional skaters also offered quick lessons and pointers to children of all ages.

The National Ice Carving Association brought some of its best carvers to compete in several ice carving competitions.

Aaron Costic, of Broadview Heights, Ohio, placed first in two of three ice carving competitions over the weekend.

His creations “Dance” and “Wind” both placed first in their respective categories.

Costic said “Dance” was an abstract piece with two shapes and lots of detail. “Wind” was a classic ballet pose where the dancer is slowly turning into wind.

The 41-year-old ice carver got his start 23 years ago while in culinary school. He said one of his class assignments was to create a centerpiece using chocolate, vegetables or ice.

He took to the craft quickly and has traveled as far as China to compete in carving competitions.

He is the owner of Elegant Ice in his hometown in Ohio.

Winterfest guests were also treated to the musical talents of Lady D and Mi$$ion. Afternoon tea, wine tasting, movie screenings, cooking demonstrations, carriage rides and a blackjack tournament were among the other events at Winterfest.

For information about upcoming events at the resort, visit

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