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Plymouth Ice Festival THIS Weekend!

The 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival will be a presentation of fantastic ice sculptures! You will see some ice sculptures that are over 10 feet tall and see the carvers creating highly detailed pieces of art throughout the event. There will also be plenty of other activities going on, including the speed ice carving competition, college ice carving teams from local culinary schools, an art exhibit, the Plymouth Historical  Museum.
Events & Activities:
Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting-Friday 7:00pm
Please join us as we officially open the 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival.  State representative Kurt Heise along with City of Plymouth commission members will be in attendance to help cut the ribbon on the 2014 event.
 Ice Sculptures:
Available to be viewed all day and night during the festival.
Genisys Credit Union College Carving Competitions
Watch live carving by talented college student participants as they compete to win a place on the podium in their sculpture category.
Saturday, January 11th – College Individual Carving Competition
Sunday, January 12th – College Team Carving Competition

Chainsaw Speed Ice Carving Competition
One of the highlights of the Ice festival is 7:00 Saturday night when you get to watch master carves wheel chainsaws to square off against each other to carve amazing ice sculptures within 15 minutes.
Interactive Ice Sculptures
There are a number of opportunities to take a “selfie” with some remarkable and unique ice sculptures, like the Ice Throne!

Fire and Ice Towers
the spectacular Ice Towers are lit at approximately 7:30pm each evening and will burn for approximately 2 hours.

Blue Care Network of Michigan Sports Family Fun Zone presented by Sun and Snow Sports
Opportunity for young kids to try cross-country skiing on a track set up in Kellogg Park!

MVP Game Party Trailer on Penniman
Check out the newest and coolest video games in an enclosed (and WARM!) custom trailer with four 50″ screens!
Plymouth Community Arts Council Art Show
The Arts Council will have exhibit by outstanding local artists in Westchester Square on Forest Avenue from 1-4 on Saturday afternoon.
Penn Theatre: Frozen
Friday, January 10 at 7:00pm
Saturday, January 11 at 4:30 and 7:00pm
Sunday, January 12 at 4:30 and 7:00pm
All seats $3.00
Shopping and Dining in Plymouth
Plymouth is known for their great dining establishments, bars and shops. When visiting Plymouth it is just a great time check out the stores, boutiques, candy shops and then dine in one of our many restaurants.  Along the way there will be many ice sculptures to see, plus larger carvings on Forest Avenue.
Plymouth Historical Museum-2 for 1 entry fee
“A Red Ryder Christmas Story” fun-filled exhibit is based on the beloved Christmas movie, A Christmas Story, The Museum is filled with vignettes of scenes from the movie, including the infamous leg lamp and Flick’s tongue getting stuck to the lamp pole. The Museum is a 26,000 square feet housing thousands of exhibits and treasures from the rich history of a city that was founded in 1832.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-4 p.m.
Admission 2 for 1: Adults: $5, Children (6 to 17):$2
DTE Hot Spot & Festival Food Favorites
Festival favorites like elephant ears, popcorn and hot chocolate will be available right next to Kellogg Park with all the carving competitions and many of the ice sculptures. You can also sit down and enjoy the food in the heated DTE Hot Spot warming tent.
Radio Disney
Radio Disney Detroit is calling all stuffed animals for a huge party at the Plymouth Ice Festival.  We’ll be there from 12:00pm until 3:00pm on Saturday along with our friends from Children’s Hospital of Michigan – part of the DMC making sure your special friends have a clean bill of health.  It’s the Radio Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic powered by Children’s Hospital of Michigan – a party totally stuffed…with fun!
Nighttime Entertainment

Party Lot at EG Nick’s on Forest Ave. presented by Labatt Blue, Svedka Vodka
For the biggest party in downtown Plymouth, head over to the EG Nicks Party Lot for cold beer, drink specials and live music.  The front patio you can enjoy a drink the awesome ice bar and enjoy some Svedka Vodka specialties!
Party Lot – Hours of operation:
Friday, January 18th – 6:00pm to 12:00am*  Live band from 7pm to midnight.
January 19th – 6:00pm to 12:00am*  Live band from 7pm to midnight.
Local Entertainment:
The following local bars/restaurants will have musical entertainment
Sean O’Callaghan’s Irish Pub
Friday:  Jeremy Sprague
Saturday:  Fresh Cut Grass Band
Ironwood Grill
Friday: AJ Lite Trio
Saturday: DJ Mike Jones at 10:30 pm
336 Main
Friday: DJ Chris French
Saturday: DJ Donovan
Fiamma Grille
Friday & Saturday: Jazzy Bobby & Vince
Sunday: Brunch-Ted Roberts Trio
Fri & Sat: Entertainment
EG Nick’s (see Party Lot above)
Coffee Bean
Friday: Passage to India-8:00
Nico & Vali
Saturday: George Stryker-6:30
Station 885
Fri & Sat: Wally Gibson-7:30
Parking is available in parking lots and in the central parking deck around downtown Plymouth. Most parking will cost $5.
Festival Website

Downtown Plymouth Heats Up with 18th Annual Chili Cookoff

Downtown Plymouth could get hot this Sunday with the return of the 18th annual Great Lakes Regional Chili Cookoff.

The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and will feature a traditional red, green and salsa competition. Winners will advance to the 2014 ICS World Championships. There will also be a people’s choice and best restaurant chili awards.

[Check out the schedule of events here]

Visitors can sample chili from about 40 cooks set up in The Gathering or the 16 participating restaurants in Kellogg Park.

Ken Horn, the founder of the chili cookoff along with his wife Annette, said the event is down on entries from last year, partly because they had to move the date up.

“The World Championship moved back to our date, and we can’t have our event on the same weekend as the World Championships. So we’ve lost some cooks because of that. And some people have told us they have other plans because they thought we were the second weekend.”

The one-day event draws between 10,000 and 20,000 people, Horn said.

“It’s very weather dependent,” he said. “Last year we were down on people. Ticket sales were down by about $20,000. It’s really hard to know because people can show up for the event and never buy a ticket, walk around, see the motorcycles and go to a restaurant.”

All chili proceeds raised from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity, while proceeds from the motorcycle show will benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.

According to Horn, last year raised about $21,000 for Habitat and $5,000 for Penrickton, which is half of what was raised in 2011.

“That’s how much the crowd matters,” Horn said.

In spite of last year’s outcome and the shortage of entries, Horn is optimistic about this year.

“We’re hoping to sell at least $50,000 tickets for sampling,” he said.

Most of the chili samples produced for the public during the event come from the restaurants participating in the Restaurant Chili Challenge, Horn said.

“The cooks in The Gathering, as hard as they work and as much as they make, can’t satisfy the all the demands for chili that we get,” he said. “Those restaurants will typically produce 30,000 to 40,000 samples. That’s just a tremendous amount, but that’s how we can feed everybody.”

Among this year’s restaurants is Jeff Zak Catering who is cooking for the first time this year.

Zak said he decided to enter, in part, because of his new location in Old Village after relocating from Forest Avenue.

“I just thought, ‘I want to bring the sexy back to Old Village,'” he said joking. “I want to get some action. I feel like everything’s too separate, you know like the art fair and all that stuff. I just thought we’d get a name down there.”

Zak has a secret weapon – a unique chili recipe never before used by him.

“There’s a component that we make all the time, it’s a vegetarian component that people love that we serve for vegetarians,” Zak said. “So that’s going to be the inspiration for the chili.”

Zak said he wasn’t yet sure if he would keep the chili vegetarian or turn it into a white chicken chili.

“You’ll have to come and find out,” he said.

Chili sampling Tickets cost $1 or $20 for 20 tickets with five voting stars to vote your favorite chili and a plastic tray holding up to 12 samples. One 20-ounce sample of chili takes one ticket, while a bowl takes four tickets. Bowls are only available from restaurants.

For more information about Sunday’s event, visit

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Make sure to check out the special events happening this starting todayin Downtown Plymouth!

Visit Downtown Plymouth starting TODAY for some great activities!

Wednesday July 24

Bring your young ones to this week’s summer Music in the Park Children’s Concert Series featuring Gemini.  These kid friendly concerts will be held every Wednesday at noon in Kellogg Park.

The Plymouth District Library will be holding their Brown Bag Books event at noon. They will be featuring “The Orchardist” by Amanda Coplin.

Stop by the Plymouth Library from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for some Diy Mehndi & South Asian Snacks!

Sun & Snow MeetUps: Yoga in the Park will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Kellogg Park in Downtown Plymouth.  These MeetUps feature the Plymouth Yoga Room, Crossfit Lower Town, and Sport & Spine Performance Institute.  RSVP to reserve your spot

Thursday July 25

Come Dig Into Your Family Tree at the Plymouth Library at 2:00 or 7:00 p.m.! Participants will create a beautiful family tree suitable for framing using a variety of art supplies.

If you’re looking for a movie, head to the Penn Theatre to catch a showing of “The Goonies” at either 1:00 or 7:00 p.m.!

Also stop by to listen to the Plymouth Community Band play at Kellogg Park from 7:30-9:30 p.m. These concerts are held Thursday evenings for a majority of the summer.  Be sure to get there early to find a good spot to sit!  Please for further information.

Friday July 26

“Shop Local! Shop Downtown Plymouth!”  A wide variety of unique shops and other businesses will be participating in sidewalk sales this weekend.  The sales will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday.

This week’s Friday Night Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Summer Music in the Air concert will be featuring “Fifty AMP Fuse” on the Hines Park Lincoln Stage in Kellogg Park at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t miss the hottest show in Detroit! These are free Friday night concerts, so be sure to bring your lawn chair and come enjoy Downtown Plymouth!

Herbie Russ will be at Panache 447 from 7:30-11:00 p.m. and Potters Field + Stephen Schlaack will be at the Plymouth Coffee Bean Co. at 8:00 p.m., so come check it out!

Stay downtown awhile and listen to The 3 of Us play at Sean O’Callaghan’s at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday July 27

The Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce Farmer’s Market will be held at the Gathering Pavilion next to Kellogg Park.  The Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Please call (734) 453-1540 with any questions!

The History Kids’ Kamp: “A Kids’ Eye View of the Civil War” will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 155 S. Main St.  Kids will spend the day recreating what life was life during the war and there will be many activities to participate in!  Each child will be given a commemorative t-shirt to wear for the day, and the boys will be given the chance to “enlist” in the army.  Please call (734) 455-8940 for more information.

“Shop Local! Shop Downtown Plymouth!” sidewalk sales will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. today downtown!

The Film Club will meet today at the Plymouth Library at 1:00 p.m. to discuss selected independent/foreign/critically acclaimed films.  The Film will be viewed and then a discussion will follow.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please register for this program in person at the Reader’s Advisory Desk, by phone at (734) 453-0750 – press 4, or online now.

Royce Band will be playing live music at Panache 447 from 7:30 – 11:00 p.m. and The Strangers will by playing at Sean O’Callaghan’s at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday July 28

Some businesses will be open for the “Shop Local! Shop Downtown Plymouth!” sidewalk sales today with in-door sales.

Come to Panache 447 for a Sunday Plated Brunch starting at 10:30 a.m.!

Concours d’Elegance will take place today from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Inn at St. John’s (44045 Five Mile Road).  The aim of Concours d’Elegance of America is to exhibit prestigious collector cars as well as offer an automotive art show, a vintage car auction, Mode du Concours and social events!

Help Sun and Snow promote a cleaner Downtown Plymouth!  Grab your favorite deck, helmet, and crew of four to meet in Kellogg Park between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to help take action against waste in and around the City of Plymouth.  You and your crew will be given permission to ride in Downtown Plymouth under the condition of participation in the event and following provided regulations. Sun and Snow will provide gloves, bags, and refreshments for those who help.

Finally, stop by the Penn Theatre and see this weekend’s feature “STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS”.  Tickets for all seats are $3.00.  Please visit for more information regarding dates and showtimes.

For all the latest in events in Downtown Plymouth check out the Downtown Web Site at for complete information.

It’s almost time for the 5th Annual Diva Day!!

It’s almost time for the 5th Annual Diva Day!!

Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The first 500 Divas will get free Hot Pink Boas! Come and do some spring shopping and get pampered. Little Divas and Diva Dogs are also welcome.

Downtown Plymouth boutiques, salons and restaurants will present special offers, unique refreshments, and chances to win Diva Day prizes. Bring your mother, daughter, aunt, sister, and all of your diva friends. Come and enjoy this special day of shopping and pampering. It will be DIVAliscious!

The event is free to attend. Look for the balloons. For more information call 734-453-1540 or visit

Old Village Restaurant Crawl in Plymouth Michigan is TONIGHT!

It’s that time again!! Time for the Old Village Restaurant Crawl!

TONIGHT, Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 from 5:30 – 8:30pm come on down to Old Village Plymouth and sample GREAT Food and Drink from Local Restaurants!!

This year’s participants include:
Hermann’s Old Towne Grille,
JoJo’s Treats N’ Sweets
Liberty Street Brewing Co.
Plymouth Fish & Seafood
Station 885
Jeff Zak Catering

Tickets are ONLY $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office (850 W. Ann Arbor Trail) and at the participating restaurants.

Old Village Yard & Trunk Sale Upcoming

Plymouth’s Historic Old Village area will once again be hosting its annual Yard and Trunk Sale event Saturday, April 28, 2012 8am-3pm. This has become known as the one of the best of the Detroit area multi-family sales. Over 25 homes and businesses participate.     You never know what bargains you might find in Old Village !


ALSO, in the parking lot of the Station 885 Restaurant is the Old Village Trunk Sale ! ANYONE can rent a car space there for $10 a space and sell household wares, collectables, antiques or whatever is legal to sell in Michigan. This part of the event is a fund raiser for the Old Village Association which promotes and helps beautify Old Village. To reserve spaces, email

Old Village is located North of Plymouth Rd, West of Haggerty Road, centered on Mill St and Starkweather Streets. Bring your friends and discover our shops and be sure to have lunch at one of our pubs or restaurants.

See the map of Old Village here: or just do a Google Search for “Old Village, Plymouth, Michigan” and we show up !

Start your “Sale-ing” at Station 885 (885 Starkweather St, next to the railroad) and get maps to all the homes there and at most of the sale locations. Coffee and donuts will be for sale at that location.

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Ration Stamps & Bombers – WWII at Home Exhibit at the Plymouth Historical Museum

January 18 – June 17, 2012

The new exhibit at the Plymouth Historical Museum, “Ration Stamps & Bombers: WWII at Home,”  showcases how the lives of people in Plymouth and the Detroit area were affected by World War II. The enlightening exhibit features a collection of stories and items that pertain to several Plymouth residents who offered their services during the war, and details the contributions and sacrifices that they made for Plymouth and the country. The exhibit highlights items from the Museum’s World War II collection, and presents unique items that are on loan from other institutions, including items from the Michigan Military Museum and the Yankee Air Museum.

One item on display is a Norden bombsight on loan to the Museum from Burroughs. The bombsights were mechanical computers that calibrated the speed and altitude of the airplane bombers to ensure that the bombardiers more accurately hit their targets. The bombsites were manufactured by the Burroughs Corporation at its facility in Plymouth. The displays of ration stamps, uniforms, and war bond posters offer a historical view of how the community of Plymouth rallied to support the war effort. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum through Sunday, June 17, 2012. Admission is still only $5 for adults, $2 for children, and free for members. Hours are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1-4 p.m.

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Santa will arrive in Kellogg Park TONIGHT at 6:00 p.m.  The Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Santa’s arrival ceremony! Stay for the Grand Tree Lighting when Santa arrives tonight!

Children can visit with Santa from November 25 to December 23. Visiting hours are:

Fri., Nov. 25 – 6:30 (approximate ) until 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 26 –  noon to 4:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 3 –  noon to 5:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 9 –  5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 10 – noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 17 – noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sun., Dec. 18 – noon to 5:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 23 – 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.

There are lots of great family activities going on in Downtown Plymouth this Holiday Season!

– Walk through the Christmas Tree Display in Kellogg Park going on NOW throught December 31st!

– Gingerbread House Display NOW Through December 23rd.

– “A Red Ryder Christmas Story”  Now through December 31st. at 155 S. Main Street Plymouth

For Complete details on these events and more CLICK HERE!!  You can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 734-453-1540.

Kellogg Park FREE Concert Tonight!

The Downtown Plymouth Summer concert series  tonight at 7 p.m. when the Those Delta Rhythm Kings perform on the Kellogg Park stage.  Come listen to the best of Jump Blues and Swing music for your dancing – and listening – pleasure.

This week’s Plymouth Downtown Development Authority concert is sponsored by the UBS Financial.  The Summer Concert Series Sponsor is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.

Find the entire concert schedule and information on all downtown Plymouth events at and on the Web at
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5th Annual Bumpers, Bikes and Bands Festival this Sunday!

The Old Village Association will be presenting their 5th Annual Bumpers, Bikes and Bands Festival this Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. The events will take place on Starkweather and Liberty Streets in Plymouth’s Old Village area. There will be free entertainment including Steve King and the Dittilies as well as show bikes and classic cars. There will be family fun events and Segway demos and rides. For complete information on the event check out their web site at

Drivers in the area can expect that Starkweather Avenue between the Railroad Tracks (Station 885) and Farmer Street will be closed on Sunday, July 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. In addition, Liberty Street between Mill and Starkweather will be closed during the same time period.