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This weekend you can straddle Batman‚??s motorcycle, pet a dinosaur or sit like Caesar on a throne that looks like it belongs in the Coliseum. ‚?Ę You can pretend to steer Fred Flintstone‚??s car, too. Or maybe give Thor a hug. Or pose with Aquaman, the Silver Surfer or The Riddler. ‚?Ę Just so you know, all these entities will be crafted from ice. ‚?Ę To find the sparkling ‚??Sub-Zero Superheroes,‚?Ě as well as the villains who try to thwart them at every turn, head to the Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Through Monday you can roam the downtown streets and look for Ironman, Captain America, Wonder Woman, Cyclops, Poison Ivy, even Lois Lane and Clark Kent.

If that sounds like the line-up from your favorite comic books, you‚??re in luck. A comic convention is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clarks Summit Elementary School, and there will be a Heroes and Subs Superhero Luncheon from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ramada Hotel.

The festival also includes plenty of music and food, juggling and, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, horse-and-carriage rides that will leave from the Clarks Summit Borough Building.

‚??It turns out to be a huge festival of fun with all kinds of things,‚?Ě festival chair Barry Kaplan said. ‚??But ice is the magic. Ice is the anchor, and ice is the star.‚?Ě

From noon to 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday you can watch artists turn blocks of ice into intricate sculptures, and some pre-made sculptures will be set up this afternoon, Laura Ancherani of the Abington Business and Professional Association said.

For more frozen fun, you can visit Lakeville, where the Sculpted Ice Works on Route 590 is hosting two weeks of Crystal Cabin Fever.

Here the theme is a Prehistoric Ice Age, so you‚??ll find all sorts of dinosaurs, including one that is 50 feet long and stands guard along the big, frozen sliding board.

Your visit to Lakeville can be an educational one, staffer Janine Crouthamel said. Stop in the Ice Harvest Museum and you‚??ll learn how ice from local lakes kept things cold in the days before refrigeration.

‚??They had some really cool stuff, like an ice plow a horse would pull across the ice. A man would sit on the back to give it ballast, and it would cut a groove about 3 inches deep into the ice. That was like a template, and they would use saws to cut deeper.‚?Ě

If you‚??re closer to Drums than to the Poconos, you can visit Damenti‚??s Restaurant on Route 309 and see the icy Medusa heads, shields and warriors that appear to have stepped out of ancient mythology.

Half of the proceeds from sales at Damenti‚??s three frozen bars will benefit the Palmer Heart to Heart Fund that supports the Beads of Courage program at the Janet Weis Children‚??s Hospital in Danville.

The other half goes to other charities, which this weekend include the Kirby Library and the Max and Lorraine Foundation, which benefits people with asthma.

And, of course, you‚??re welcome to sit on the ice throne and invite your friends to take pictures.

‚??Everyone is different,‚?Ě Damenti‚??s office manager Jamie Lane said. ‚??It depends on their tolerance for cold. Some people can sit there for a long time.‚?Ě

If you go

What: Clarks Summit Festival of Ice, with live ice carving, trolley tours, music, horse-and-carriage rides

When: Today through Monday. Live carving demonstrations noon to 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Clarks Summit, along South State Street, Northern Boulevard and nearby streets.

More info: theabingtons.org

What: Crystal Cabin Fever with dinosaurs, an ice slide and Ice Harvest Museum

Where: Sculpted Ice Works, Route 590 (311 Purdytown Pike), Lakeville

When: Open through Feb. 26, with hours 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays

Admission: $12, $7

More info: 226-6246

What: Damenti‚??s Ice bar

Where: Damenti‚??s Restaurant, 870 N. Hunter Highway, Drums

Open: On display through March 17. Hours this weekend are 5 to 10 tonight and Saturday night and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday

More info: 788-2004

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