The Creamery’s ice skating rink opens Jan. 6 in Kennett Square. Here’s everything you need to know.
by Melissa Jacobs
What could make The Creamery a more perfect place? An ice skating rink, of course. The Creamery, a restaurant and beer garden that’s become the epicenter of Kennett Square cuisine and entertainment, is known and loved for its holiday markets and other special events. On Jan. 6, The Creamery adds to its cold-weather fun with an ice skating rink.
“The fullest expression of The Creamery is when people can enjoy both the outdoor and indoor aspects of it,” said Luke Zubrod, chief of staff of Square Roots Collective, the collection of social enterprises that operates The Creamery and a array of other for-profit and non-profit organizations.
The Creamery’s ice rink is 40 feet x 80 feet and will hold 50 people at one time. Timed tickets cost $10 for a one-hour session. The rink’s operating hours are Fridays from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturdays from 12:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Ice skates are available for a $4 rental fee and kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The rink is made of Glice, synthetic ice manufactured by a Swiss company. Billing itself as a premium product that is optimized for professional and amateur skating, Glice is an eco-friendly product, which fits nicely with The Creamery’s ethos. Wanting to lower the amounts of energy and water needed to run ice skating rinks, the Glice team decided to design a sustainable, yet fully functioning, option. Basically, they made better ice.
Glice is not dependent on cold weather, which means that The Creamery’s ice skating rink could operate year-round. As of now, Winter Park is scheduled to remain open until April 2. “ We’re renting the ice rink as a temporary pop-up to see if it works with the space and if people enjoy it,” Zubrod said. “We hope people enjoy the rink – and use it.”
Built on the grounds of the Eastern Condensed Milk Company, The Creamery opened as an eatery, beer garden and community space in 2016. Now, the restaurant and bar are open for happy and dinner on Thursdays and Fridays, Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m., and Sundays 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
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