Ice Carving Touts Community Optimism In Bill’s Playoff Quest

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CHAUTAUQUA – A Buffalo Bill’s themed ice sculpture is gaining attention in Chautauqua County ahead of the team’s playoff game this weekend.

The display was carved by Vince Liuzzo, known locally as ‘Vince The Tree Guy’ and the Andriaccio family at Andriaccio’s restaurant across the street from the Chautauqua Institution.

The themed ice carving is becoming a tradition for the Andriaccio’s and company, who have helped set up the Mayville Ice Castle.

“We figured people would be expecting us to come out and put a big snow sculpture together this year and we didn’t want to disappoint anybody,” said Liuzzo.

The sculpture’s verbiage, hopes to instill faith in the team’s ability.

“We ‘Billieve’ we thought that was a great gesture we could have put ‘Go Bills’, a lot of people put ‘Go Bills’; but we believe. We’re believers and we believe they can do it,” said Nick Andriaccio.

Those who stop by are feeling the spirit, including Elvie Mertz.

“I see this big thing with the Buffalo Bills and ‘Billieve’, and I really do believe we are going to beat Kansas on Sunday,” said Mertz.

The work of art even has the praise of the family’s patriarch, who founded the small town restaurant 40-years-ago.

“I am fascinated by it, we’ve never had any of these things before,” Guy Andriaccio said. “These young guys have ideas, I like the idea.”

Those who want to see a behind the scenes look at how the carving was built can checkout Vince the Tree Guy’s Facebook page.

The family is asking the community to stop by and take a selfie in front of this snow sculpture. Any customer who posts their selfie and tags the restaurant’s account will receive the Josh Allen discount in honor of the Bill’s player: 17 percent off their order.


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