Ice skating, drinks and appetizers and a warm fire roaring outdoors (courtesy of Mike McGarry) were part of the Bushnell Park Foundation's Fire & Ice Party at the quaint Pump House Gallery at Bushnell Park in Hartford.
"These are friend-raisers; we get people together from the neighborhood and friends of Bushnell Park," said Lisa Karam, foundation president. "This is just a fun event."
The evening's ticket included a glass of wine and food from Salute. Guests were welcome to try their hand at skating (for free) courtesy of Winterfest.
"We partner with the city to help take care of the park and plan for future improvements," said Karam. "We're looking into what our next priorities will be with the city. ... We have a really good, cohesive relationship with the DPW."
Among the 100 who attended Friday's event were board member Peg Morton; Jennifer Byrne of West Hartford; Stacy Brusa of Windsor; Kate Hayden of Hartford; Kevin Chick of Hartford; Allison and Dustin Ray of Coventry; and board member Robin Zaleski.
"[The event] builds awareness about the park," said Zaleski. "Anything we do to help give more awareness of the park, foundation, is all for the good."
The cold weather and impending snowstorm the next day didn't deter guests from enjoying the outdoor beer garden by the fire. Zaleski says the event is positioned as a fun way to celebrate winter.
"I think we're all hearty New Englanders," she said.
Adding, "And the Pump House is really cute and doesn't get enough play. Coming into the space reminds people we have all these beautiful cultural gems that sometimes get overlooked."