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About 20 people performed in the two performances of the 2011 Holiday Show on Saturday at Iceland Skating Rink and raised over $1,000 to help repair the large roof, the next project to make the rink a year-round facility once again.
This is the first ice show since the March 2010 fire.
“The performers have been practicing twice a week since the ice rink opened in November,” said Terrie Kerth, daughter of one of the two co-owners.
Janelle Cardoso is the director and choreographer of the show.
“All the skaters are very technically sound,” said Cardoso. “Most of them have show skating experience.”
Towards the end of the hour-long show Carmen Melissa, who was sitting next to the author, spoke positively of skater Susan Algarne, “You have skaters, then you have your skaters who are natural performers.” Algarne skated to “Let It Snow.”
Cristal Johnson, who came with her family said, “It was unexpected. We came to skate but the show was happening. We loved it.”
Over 100 people attended between the two performances.
To continue to serve the Sacramento community for another 70 years, Iceland recently gained non-profit status. Its main focus is to teach people how to skate.
“We need to let kids know there is a better place than the streets,” said Melissa. “Here you can be part of a family.”
As a volunteer for five years, Harley McCarthy enjoys being on the ice.
“Its a great way to relieve stress,” said McCarthy.
Private skate lessons are only $1 a minute and public skate can be enjoyed during the afternoon hours for $5 including skate rental.
Individuals or groups who donate to the rebuilding of Iceland will receive personalized glass blocks. More details can be found online at www.skatesacramento.com or by contacting Terrie Kerth at (916) 992-4836.