Saturday, February 4, 2012

A Herculean Snowman from the Netherlands & the Super Bowl!

This week in snowman news we have a "Herculean" snowman from
the Netherlands,
the Snowman Expert blogging for the NY Times Sports
for the Super Bowl and warm weather conditions are putting a damper
on a very famous Winter Festival in the Adirondacks.

There still isn't any snow in our area, but we recently were sent this wonderful
photo by Michael Putter at the University of Amsterdam where the snow just fell.
He wrote in the email:

Today is the first day of snowfall in The Netherlands - the country with
one of the richest snowman tradition -  and inspired by your book I
(with the help of my girlfriend, Shannon van Muijden) created this Hercules. 

I interpreted the Herculeses as the classic snowman before the invention
of the Frosty. But perhaps, being a student of Art History, this is what
simply caught my imagination.
 [photo by Michael Putter © 2012 ]

And "Thank You" Michael and Shannon for such a wonderful photo of a
classic snowman! You can see Shannon's illustration work at her website.

Meanwhile closer to home, headlines of "Festival Has Near Meltdown"
have been reported in The Times Union paper. The lack of snow and ice
might be keeping the traditional Winter Carnival from taking place up in
Lake George New York, as demonstrated in the photo below.
A winter carnival snowman sign at Lake George's Shepards Park Thurs, Feb. 2, 2012.
This weekend's winter carnival is wresting with a snowless, iceless winter.
photo © 2012 John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union)

In other news this Super Bowl Weekend, the Snowman Expert, Bob Ecskstein
will be live blogging and cartooning for the NY Times Sports section during
the Super Bowl game. You can see his work at The NY Times "The Fifth Down"
live blog site
during the game.

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