Ice-Out!

Ice-Out on Maidstone Lake

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Ice Out is that long awaited moment in time that everyone appreciates after enjoying all the activities of winter – yet running low of firewood and yearning for some warmer Spring & Summer weather!  Maidstone has a long tradition of observing Ice-Out.  Before our current technology using a clock that sits  on ice until it gives way– there was a person that called it when ice was out.  As the story goes – Charlie Fitch has been calling Ice Out as long as anyone can remember and it was only in the past several years that we added a floating clock contraption that records the exact time the device activates and stops the clock.   As we have come to find out that Charlie called the Ice Out time when there were no “Floaters” left on the lake. What a great history that celebrates a tradition that lives on today!

Here is the Ice Out times recorded since 1973 from Charlie Fitch.

1973: April 24         1974: May 6            1975: May 8            1976: Apr 21

1977: April 23         1978: May 11           1979: April 25        1980: April 27

1981: April 11          1982: May 5            1983: April 24         1984: April 27

1985: April 28         1986: April 17        1987: April 11          1988: April 26

1989: May 5             1990: April 27        1991: April 25         1992: May 8

1993: April 26         1994: May 6            1995: April 20         1996: April 27

1997: May 2             1998: April 16         1999: April 26         2000: April 18

2001: May 3            2002: April 18        2003: April 27         2004: April 23

2005: April 23        2006: April 18       2007: May 3              2008: April 26

2009: April 20        2010: April 4         2011: April 29           2012: April 8

2013: April 24         2014: May 1            2015: May 4              

Ice Out Clock Results Since 2008

2008: April 26        2009: April 19         2010: April 4           2011: April 28

2012: April 4           2013: April 23          2014: April 29         2015: May 4

2016: April 6           2017: April 24         2018:  May 3             2019: ????