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Plymouth Ice Festival Organizer Hopes for Wintry Weather

With the Plymouth Ice Festival one week away, organizer Sam Walton says he has been losing sleep.

The restlessness doesn’t come from the organizational or fundraising standpoint for the famed winter festival, however. Walton says the unseasonably mild temperatures this winter haven’t been ideal for a weekend-long event that features ice with a variety of shapes, sizes and functions.

“Weather is obviously one of the biggest variables that we’ve had to deal with,” Walton said.

Rather than the rain and warm temperatures of late, Walton says he is hoping for at least a dusting of snow and cold air.

There certainly is a lot at stake: The event typically draws about 100,000 people annually and is the largest free ice exhibit in the United States. The event already is stocked with a variety of local and corporate sponsors and the downtown community often relies on the extra foot traffic to boost its January traffic.

If the weather won’t cooperate, Walton said, there still will be plenty for visitors to do in Kellogg Park when the event opens Jan. 20, including a variety of interactive exhibits that won’t require such wintry conditions.

Among those, Walton said, is the McDonald’s Winter Fun Zone with outdoor sports exhibits, coordinated with Sun & Snow. The three-day festival also will include appearances from stars of upcoming shows including Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam and Super Grover from Sesame Street Live, who will appear at the event’s Jan. 20 opening ceremonies.

Technologically inclined visitors might enjoy the festival’s mobile video game system, which allows users to sit on ice while playing the latest software offerings. The event also will feature live music from the Shawn Riley Band and more food options than previous years, Walton said.

In his third year of promoting the event, Walton says he always is looking at ways to keep the 30-year-old festival fresh — and immune to woeful weather.

“(Just looking at ice sculptures) is like a museum to me,” Walton said. “I’d rather shake it up and have people feel and touch and taste and do.”

Still, he isn’t overlooking the event’s frozen roots and the striking sculptures that are curved during the duration of the festival.

The event was founded in 1983 by Scott Lorenz and later run by Michael Watts for 19 years.

“(Watts) did some amazing work over the years growing it into this world-class event,” Walton said. “He was very focused on ice sculptures and blew people’s minds with the amount of art and talent he could bring to Plymouth every year.”

Walton, who took over in 2010, is just the third promoter in the festival’s long history, and he says he hopes to help keep it running at least another 30 years with the support of local businesses.

“I’m happy I was able to be involved with the event during this 30th year,” he said. “Twenty-seven years before (2010), I was a lucky guy that got to come down as a spectator.”

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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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This Friday, November 12th, 2010

This Friday, November 12, 2010
Downtown Plymouth is hosting the Main Street Boulevard Tree Lighting and
Plymouth Salvation Army Corp 2010 Red Kettle Campaign Kickoff!
It all starts at 6:15pm in Kellogg Park.
The list of events include:
Music performed by a Salvation Army Brass Ensemble
A few words from Mayor Dan Dwyer & Sal. Army Captain Daniel Hull
Lighting of the Boulevard Trees at 6:30 p.m.
Music performance by the P.C.E.P Choir
PLUS: Free stocking filled gift to the first 100 guests!
Drawing for gift certificates from downtown merchants
for everyone who brings nonperishable goods for the Salvation Army’s Food Pantry!

Brought to you by the Plymouth Downtown Development Authority

and The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps.

Refreshments provided by Panera Bread and Sweets 21.

Sponsored By: Avenue Market, Cupcake Station, Forest Computer Solutions, Home Sweet Home, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Penn Theatre, Progressive Family Eye Care, R.S.V.P., Salon Awesome and Sunny J’s Professional Bra and Swimwear Fitters


Music in the Park 2010 Starts June 23rd!

Music in the Park 2010!

Wednesdays @ 12:00 noon
Kellogg Park – Downtown
Music for kids of all ages!!

This summers first concert will be held on
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 starting at 12pm

Cats & the Fiddler will be performing LIVE for you and your family to
come out and enjoy for FREE!! Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch or snack and enjoy some special family time with your kids and see the great Live performances!