COVID can’t stop the Ice Reflections annual show
TINA L. SCOTT
The Merrill Ice Reflections Figure Skating Club held their annual skating show, Winter Wonderland, on Feb. 13. Traditionally, the Club puts on two large shows over the weekend, which draws 300 people per show. In light of COVID, the Club problem solved and created six smaller recitals for each level, thus limiting spectators to 50 people per recital. COVID guidelines were followed. The recitals were also livestreamed for convenience and to expand the audience.
COVID has presented its share of problems for the skaters. The skaters missed four weeks of skating between November and December when COVID rates were critically high, a press release from the Club said. Skaters had to adapt to wearing masks on the ice for practice, and some skaters missed practices due to quarantine. The Club had 70 skaters this year, which is also a slightly lower number than last year.
Another problem COVID caused is a shortage of funding. Because of the way Ice Reflections restructured the show, they did not have ticket sales this season. “The annual show is the Club’s biggest fundraiser,” the Ice Reflections Board said. As a result, “The Merrill Ice Reflections Figure Skating Club is accepting donations for operating expenses and scholarship funds.” Donations can be mailed to the Merrill Ice Reflections Figure Skating Club, PO Box 44, Merrill, WI 54452.
Founded in 1995, Merrill Ice Reflections Figure Skating Club is now celebrating 25 years of skating at the Smith Center at the Merrill Area Recreation Complex (MARC). Ice Reflections Figure Skating Club is run by a nine-member Board of parent volunteers. The Club offers basic skills lessons on Wednesdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. Advanced skaters skate both Wednesdays and Sundays. The Board wants to thank all the parents and skaters for their efforts to keep the season running despite the challenges and to thank the coaching staff, which includes professional coaches, Lea Beckman and Monta Grabowsky.
They would also like to recognize three high school Senior skaters graduating from the Club this year: Allison Palecek, Zoey Dreikosen, and Kayleigh Oestreicher. “Congratulations to them on their skating careers at Merrill Ice Reflections!” the Board said.