Fire & Ice 2016 to Support Kennebunkport EMS and The Education Foundation
The hottest ticket in town is fast approaching! Fire & Ice will take place Friday, Dec. 9th and Saturday, Dec. 10th, 2016, from 5-10pm. With blazing bonfires, cool ice bars and sculptures, local food and live music, the Fire & Ice festivities will cap off Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude celebrations for the seventh year.
The event will sell out by November. New this year: guests may add themselves to a wait list for Friday or Saturday tickets. All orders and requests must be made online on Eventbrite.com. (Adults only, 21+).
Also new this year: a significant portion of the proceeds will go to support the Kennebunkport Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The event will also continue to support The Education Foundation of the Kennebunks and Arundel.
“We are proud to support the Kennebunkport EMS this year,” said General Manager Tina Hewett-Gordon. “They have been a great partner this season in training our staff in CPR and AED use, and their efforts proved of vital importance in helping us to keep our guests safe.”
In July, our Activities co-Director Tom Macisso (who also works at Kennebunk High School in season) responded to a mother’s yell from across the lawn at the pool and acted quickly to perform CPR on her unconscious six-year old son and successfully revive him.
“We are so grateful that Tom was there in that moment,” said Innkeeper Jean Ginn-Marvin. “It just reinforced the fact that we all need to be prepared.”
“Under the leadership of both Kennebunkport EMS and Kennebunk Fire Rescue, and in partnership with the Maine Cardiovascular Council and Nevers Medical Group, the Nonantum Resort and its leadership team should be commended for their forward-thinking and progressive preparedness for Cardiac Emergencies and response scenarios such as the near drowning death of this small child,” said Dean Auriemma of the Kennebunkport EMS.
“Through their community business partner leadership the Nonantum has provided to its staff and the Kennebunkport area critical first response training,” Auriemma continued. “The Nonantum stands out above all of Kennebunkport’s business community for their enduring pursuit of both CPR education and life-saving AED equipment. Because of their community leadership, the Nonantum continues to help the town of Kennebunkport maintain its Heart Safe Community designation.”
Tom Macisso, who is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, has been nominated for a “Going the Extra Mile” award with the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Last year, The Nonantum Resort donated $5,000 to each charitable partner from Fire & Ice. This year’s donation could fund the purchase of numerous AED’s to be placed throughout our community, or support additional CPR trainings for hospitality staff in the area next season.
“We are very hopeful other hotels and restaurants will follow our lead and train their staffs in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver so that Kennebunkport will be seen as the safest place you can travel to,” said Innkeeper Jean Ginn Marvin. “Our hope is that this program will spread state wide.”
In February, The Nonantum was awarded the Governor’s Award for Tourism Leadership and Growth at the Maine Governor’s Conference on Tourism for its efforts to expand the second weekend of Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude. The second weekend is now as robust as the first in bringing visitors to the area, and revenues to our local inns, shops, restaurants and beyond.
Fire & Ice is generously sponsored by Biddeford Savings, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Blue Chair Bay Rum, St. Elder Natural Elderflower Liqueur, Shipyard Brewing Co., Garrett Pillsbury, Distinctive Tile & Design, the York County Coast Star, Sperry Tents Seacoast, and Clark Insurance.
The theme of this year’s Fire & Ice will be stars. Ice sculptor Ed Jarrett will be creating a celestial vision on the resort’s back lawn. The ever-popular ice luge, whiskey bar, champagne tent, and Shipyard beer tent will return. Shipyard’s new Chocolate Milk Stout will be on draft, along with the ever-popular Prelude Ale. Ned’s Bakes & BBQs will be serving up pulled pork. And The Nonantum is putting out a call to local food trucks that might like to be a part of the festivities and showcase their product to nearly 3,000 guests. Interested parties may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t miss out on the last hurrah of The Nonantum’s season! www.fireandicekport.com
*Just Announced: We have an exclusive opportunity to get in on the sold out Saturday of Fire & Ice! We have opened up 20 tickets for Saturday, Dec. 10th for $250 a piece. The proceeds from these tickets will go directly toward supporting the York County Community College culinary program. Your charitable donation will help us to further the education of local hospitality students who are the next generation of our industry. These 20 tickets will be available first-come first-serve. We were fortunate to have some of our vendors generously turn in their tickets for Fire & Ice to support this initiative. Please contact us at email@example.com to reserve your spot!