At this time, as we approach Thanksgiving, I would like to say “Thank You” for your support. 2014 has proved to be a very exciting year for The Next Ice Age.
Last February, our skating footage was part of Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center. We thank Moira North and JoJo Starbuck for inviting The Next Ice Age to participate in this very special event!
In April we celebrated our 25th Anniversary in Baltimore with a two day event, “A Class Reunion.” A complete and in-depth recap of that event will be up on our website soon so keep an eye out for that here.
Beginning in June, our 10 week Summer Season marked our 14th year at the Carousel in Ocean City, MD, and was the most successful ever. The crowds set records, and all 5 of the skaters were able to perform all 70 shows. The hotel was so pleased they extended our run by a couple of days!
September marked our resident company’s 3rd year performing in the Michael Weiss Foundation show. It was fantastic to be involved with such a great cause again with the Weiss family. They work hard all year for this one show and it pays off!
Our long-time friend and supporter, Lisa Webster, passed away this June. We hold her in high esteem as we honor her life. At a memorial service in Princeton NJ, her son Curtis gave the most loving tribute to his Mom and topped it off the way she would have wanted… a skating show at her rink! We were humbled to join Ice Theatre of New York, Paul Wylie, David Liu, and many others at a very happy and joyful celebration. Lisa will be missed by everyone.
In November we launched a new venture, MEN SKATING . We brought together 6 extraordinary male professional figure skaters for a week long workshop that explored new experimental choreography, the results of which were taped and will be edited and on our website by December! It was a wonderful week and we want to thank Ryan Bradley, Wesley Campbell, Jonathon Hunt, John Kerr, Shaun Rogers, and Rohene Ward.
Just this week, we will perform for the opening of the new outdoor Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. We will help with the programming of performances and donate free lessons to skaters while the rink is in operation this winter. We are opening the outdoor rink in Rockville, MD on December 5th, all are welcome at this event.
On December 20th we help the Gardens Ice House celebrate the season with a special show combining all of the different figure skating elements that go on at the rink. This is now an annual event as is the one at the end of Summer School. We will be back at the Carousel over New Year’s Eve, so please stop by if you’re at the beach!
In the 2015 Spring and Summer, we promise to be quite active as well. It goes without saying that all this programming is made possible by the generous contributions from friends like you. Please make The Next Ice Age your choice when considering donating to a charitable organization this year. After 26 years we are going strong with outreach, education, performances, and new ventures supporting the art of ensemble skating. Your help is needed to sustain and grow the many programs we offer. Please come to our events, and when you do, come over and say hello. We love meeting new people and rekindling with old friends.
You can donate via PayPal on our website or you can send a check to our mailing address at PO Box 65127 Baltimore, MD 21209.
On behalf of our President, Eric Price and our entire board, we thank you for your support.
Nathan Birch and Tim Murphy