Dr. Crawford W. Long is recognized as the first physician to use anesthesia for surgery on March 30, 1842, in the frontier town of Jefferson, which is known today as the “Birthplace of Anesthesia.”
To honor him, the Fire and Ice 200th Birthday Frolic celebration will be from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, in the public square outside the Crawford Long Museum in downtown Jefferson.
Visitors can enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, music, entertainment, food, children’s activities, birthday cake and fireworks at the free event. The Museum will offer free admission from 4-5 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m.
A ceremony and surgery re-enactment will be at 5 p.m. with ice carving demonstrations and entertainment beginning immediately after the cutting and serving of birthday cake, provided by Ferranti’s Cakery.
K&Z Ice Carvings of Monroe will unveil a 6-foot ice sculpture replica of the statue of Long, which stands in Statuary Hall in Washington D.C.
“Ms. Sally and the Jefferson Fiddle Kids,” Sally Stites, Gracie Tingelhoff and Tess Holloway will provide strolling period entertainment throughout the evening. Dance performances by the Dazzling Dancers of East Jackson High School, as well as the Broadway Arts Center dancers, will perform at 7:30 p.m.
Swirlee’s Frozen Yogurt will sponsor an autograph session with Elsa from the movie, “Frozen.” Up in Flames Entertainment, a fire flow performance troupe will perform after dark. A free children’s activity tent will be open from 7-9:30 p.m. for “Glo Much Fun” and includes the staff from Howell Orthodontics styling crazy hair that will glow under blacklight.
Food and vendor booths will be open from 4-10 p.m. A brief fireworks show will close out the event at 10 p.m.
For more information, call 706-367-5307.