In January 1998, the last thing most people were thinking about was a party, let alone one to celebrate the ice storm.
But the disaster brought North Country residents closer together, and it will unite them again — this time to celebrate.
One-year anniversary events are planned in Malone, Champlain and Plattsburgh.
In Plattsburgh, a fund-raiser to benefit the Red Cross will be held Feb. 27.
It was originally scheduled for this Saturday at the Plattsburgh State Angell College Center, but both the date and location had to be changed.
"Circumstances were beyond our control," Jeanie Roberts, executive director of the Clinton/Northern Essex Chapter of the American Red Cross, said of the change.
The "Fire and Ice Dance" will now be held at the Elks Club in Plattsburgh from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cost of the tickets is $25.
"Hold onto your tickets," Roberts said. "They'll be honored in February."
Plans for the benefit include hors d'oeuvres, live entertainment, line-dancing demonstrations, a Tex-Mex buffet dinner and a celebrity auction.
About 60 items from celebrities, including Tim Allen, Bill Cosby, Madonna, Vince Gill and Tim McGraw, will be auctioned.
The party will benefit the programs and services of the Red Cross, including disaster services, the Lifeline program, Junior Red Cross, CPR, the pet first-aid program and health-services programs.
Tickets can be purchased at the Red Cross, 12 City Hall Place, Plattsburgh, phone (800) 821-4945 or 561-7280 and at Western Winds in Consumer Square, Plattsburgh, 566-7170.
In Malone, the Franklin County Chapter of the American Red Cross will host a reception Friday for Ice Storm '98 volunteers.
The celebration will be 4:30 p.m. at the Malone Adult Center on Morton Street in Malone.
The organization will honor the efforts of people who helped out during the disaster.
More than 200 invitations were sent out to individuals. Hors d'oeuvres will be served, followed by presentations to volunteers.
An Ice Storm Recognition Day will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Champlain Post Office.
Sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service High Peaks Diversity Team, the event will honor the Clinton County Firefighters Association, Red Cross and the Salvation Army.
Purple ribbons and refreshments will be available.
People from Champlain and surrounding communities are invited.