The drifters: How to build the perfect snowman

How to build the perfect snowman.

Melanie Temin Mendez

What do you need to build the perfect snowman? Packable snow and branches for arms. Coal for eyes may be hard to come by these days, but you’ll find a carrot for a nose if you fish around in the bottom drawer of the fridge. And don’t forget a scarf or a cap to lend the right jaunty air. These Boston-area snowmen — intrepid, ephemeral veterans of our recent blizzard and other storms — were constructed with just such materials. And building the perfect snowmen required something else, too: children with imagination — or at least grown-ups who haven’t forgotten what it was like to be kids.— Ted Sutton