FAIRFIELD — There were thrills — and more than a few spills — when residents turned Friday afternoon into a chance to ice skate outdoors in spring-like weather.

Al DiGuido, owner of Saugatuck Sweets and founder of the Al’s Angels charity, joined forces with LIVFREE to offer three days of skating at a pop-up synthetic rink at Sherman Green.

“It’s slippery-ier,” said 11-year-old Gabe Garcia, who was joined on the “ice” by friends Matt Menozzi, 12, and Jack O’Connor, 12. “I really like it,” O’Connor said.

The cost for a half-hour session and skate rentals was $10 per person, with all profits going to Al’s Angels and LIVFREE, a Shelton-based nonprofit that aids families battling pediatric cancer. DiGiudo said about 50 sponsors chipped in to help defray the rink’s rental costs.

Jolanta Barsamian watched as her son, Walter, 9, and daughter, Grace, 11, laced up their skates. “We’re very excited it’s here today,” she said. The following day was Grace’s birthday, Barsamian said, “and she wanted to go skating, so this is perfect.”

It was also the perfect opportunity for parents to give their young children their first taste of skating, without the cold ice.

“It was so fun,” Sarah Oppedisano said, after she and her husband, Joe, finished their skating session. It was the first time skating for JoeJoe, 4, and Gianna, 2, and the first time in a long time on skates for their parents.

“It’s not cold,” Joe Oppedisano said. “When you fall, you’re not getting cold ice in your face. And we couldn’t have gotten better weather.”

Acting Recreation Director Anthony Calabrese didn’t put on a pair of skates himself, but count him among the satisfied “I think it’s great,” Calabrese said, as he watched the skaters. “It’s exactly what we expected. The best part is everybody is smiling.”

When he helped cut the red ribbon to open the skating session, First Selectman Mike Tetreau said DiGuido is the epitome of a community leader.

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