Ice Skates and S’mores

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Evans On Ice is back and the tip of the iceberg for winter fun.
One of Mike Boerner’s most cherished memories from his boyhood outside of Chicago was throwing rocks on a pond with his friends every winter to see if the ice was firm enough for them to skate on it. Once they deemed the pond acceptable for skating, he and his friends spent their days skating and playing ice hockey on the frozen surface.

While he may have left the rocks behind, Boerner has exported his love of ice skating from Chicagoland to Columbia County with Evans On Ice at Evans Towne Center Park.

“This is Georgia, so a lot of kids don’t know how to ice skate,” says Boerner, who co-owns Evans On Ice with his wife, Christine. “But we want them to learn how to have a good time on the ice.”

Opening day is Monday, November 14, and the rink will operate until Sunday, January 8.

Tickets cost $13 on weekdays and $17 on weekends and other prime days. Skate rental costs are included in the price of the tickets.

This will be the fifth season that Evans On Ice has operated, and Boerner says the 30-minute Learn to Skate Saturdays have helped many people become more comfortable on the ice.

This year the lessons, which cost $60 for a package of four sessions, are scheduled for November 19 and December 3, 10 and 17.

“There’s no limit to the number of people, and all ages are welcome,” says Boerner.

Private lessons by appointment also are available for $20 each. Boerner says the $140 season passes are popular as well.

Hours vary, and Evans On Ice will expand its hours during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks. The rink is even open 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

“People tell us they used to go to the movies after they opened their presents, but now they go to Evans On Ice,” says Boerner. “It’s a wholesome, family-centric thing to do.”

He says ice skating is a great way for parents and children to interact with each other.

“Parents like it because their children are getting outside for a little exercise and having some fun,” says Boerner. “Parents can get out there, too, and then they can sit on the sidelines and wave at their children as they pass by.”

Although ice skating is the main attraction, Evans On Ice offers much more winter fun.

Guests can roast marshmallows over a fire pit and enjoy hot chocolate and other concessions, and children can enjoy train rides on weekends. Skating hours will coincide with Columbia County-sponsored events as well.

The facility, which can accommodate 150 to 200 people, also is available to rent for individual or corporate parties.

For more information, visit evansonice.com or follow Evans On Ice on Facebook and Instagram.