by Alicia Shannon
The first Knickerbocker Ice Festival was held at Rockland Lake, in Valley Cottage, NY, in 2007. The festival wasn’t advertised, and yet 200 passerby showed up. It was hard to miss the 18 foot long, three ton ice house. Four years later, funds for the festival melted away. “Letting go of the festival was disappointing,” said Knickerbocker co-founder, Tim Englert, who is also a local filmmaker, wood worker and a history enthusiast. This year though, Englert and co-founder Rob Patalano, a local ice sculptor who runs Rockland Lake Ice Company ice carving business, aim to re-carve the once-beloved festival — albeit in more modest fashion.