When it was originally conceived, HarborFrost was envisioned as a way to draw people into Sag Harbor at a time when businesses and residents were in the market for a little bustle, the doldrums of deep winter setting in with still months before spring began the thaw.
It has become an event that is truly an example of what Sag Harbor, at its best, is all about — community-oriented, fun, musical and a little out of the ordinary as ice sculptures, fire dancers and street theatre become part of our Main Street landscape and we bundle up to enjoy fireworks over the icy bay.
HarborFrost was originally the brainchild of then-Sag Harbor Express publisher and editor Bryan Boyhan, village police chief Tom Fabiano, and then-Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Robert Evjen. Benito Vila, working at The Express at the time, was essential in the planning of the first HarborFrost, which brought fire along with ice to the streets of the village and was clearly an immediate success.
Our appreciation goes out to the founders of this festival as well as current board members of the Chamber of Commerce for keeping the fire and ice alive. We also count ourselves fortunate to live in a community that embraces this kind of event.
This year in particular, as we brace ourselves for yet another winter storm in what is a record breaking year for snowfall, we are grateful to have a reason to celebrate the winter season. So this weekend, join us on Main Street as we dig ourselves out of our homes and celebrate Sag Harbor.