As winter once again descends on the lakes area, the Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest Steering Committee - the folks behind the creation of King Isbit's Ice Palace & Palatial Playground, which was such a huge hit last winter - is getting ready to unveil its plans for an encore.
"After Polar Fest last year, the big question was, 'When are you going to build another ice palace?'" said committee member Amy Stearns.
"And, 'What are you doing next year?'" added fellow committee member Scott Walz, adding that his usual response was, "Whatever you help us do."
In other words, he added, many volunteers will once again be needed - and those who would like to hear what their plans are, as well as how to get involved, are welcome to attend a kickoff party planned for this Monday, Nov. 12 at Hub 41 in Detroit Lakes.
"We're calling it 'A Celebration of Snow and Ice - Because it's Sn'Ice,'" said Carrie Johnston, who is also a member of the steering committee.
Though they aren't planning to do another ice palace until 2021 - which coincides with the Detroit Lakes community's 150th birthday - that doesn't mean they don't have something up their sleeves for 2019, or even 2020, Stearns noted.
"We have a three year plan," Walz added.
But to find out what that plan is, folks will need to come to Monday's celebration, said committee member Becky Mitchell.
The celebration will get underway at 7 p.m., with a short program that will give guests a "sneak peek" at what the Ice Harvest Steering Committee has planned for 2019, 2020, and 2021. Appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar.
Though last year's ice harvest was a huge success, Stearns noted, it wouldn't have been possible without the community's support, and especially, all the volunteers who helped to get everything done.
"This amazing community stepped forward, as it always does," she said. "They supported us doing something new, something fun, something really big."
"They trusted us," added Mitchell.
The 2018 Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest took place in mid-January, with the ice taken from Little Detroit Lake being used to construct King Isbit's Ice Palace, which formed the centerpiece of the community's Polar Fest celebration in February.
Both the construction of the palace, and the palace itself - which was lit up every night during Polar Fest - drew big crowds to the community throughout the month, and drew considerable attention from area news media as well.