Couple constructs colorful igloo

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WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) — The freezing temperatures might not be fun for some, but they are perfect for building an igloo. The planning process for a Wethersfield couple started last year. “A friend had sent me a link of this guy from Canada who did it with his family,” Maggie Downie said. For months the couple collected more than 500 milk cartons necessary to create the icy building blocks for the colorful dome.

“Stew Leonard’s in Newington donated some. The friend who told me about it drove up from Fairfield with 150,” Downie added.

Last week, with temperatures diving, they began filling up the cartons with water and the extra ingredients needed to give the igloo its stained glass look. “We put a little food coloring in some of them,” Downie said. They lined them up outside so they would harden, and neighbors volunteered their freezers when certain cartons didn’t get cold enough. Then, on Super Bowl Sunday, construction began.

The cartons were peeled off and each colorful brick of ice was laid down, cemented with a snowy mix. “I had a five gallon bucket of water and then you would fill the water with snow and the snow would kind of melt into it and make sort of a slurry, like a slush,” Matt Atwater said. “And then you could take the slush and sort of slap it on top of the bricks.” Within hours, their front yard was completely transformed.

The final ice bricks went in on Monday night, and people were already dropping by to check it out. Cam Partridge and his sister Nicole stopped by to see the igloo and were amazed. “I think it could fit like 30 people,” Nicole Partridge said.

Downie said while she probably won’t attempt another igloo next year, seeing how people were reacting was a lot of fun. “It makes me happy to see how happy it’s making everybody else,” she said.

The igloo is about 10-and-a-half feet in diameter and about four feet high.

The best viewing is after dark, and the igloo can be found on Hartford Avenue in Wethersfield.

By WFSB Staff

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