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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

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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