Ice Sculpture Festival highlights weekend fun

By: 
JACKIE KOCH

Downtown Tecumseh’s 9th Annual Ice Sculpture Festival will return this weekend, with activities Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 21 from noon until 4 p.m.

On Saturday, 20 merchants will participate in the Winter Warm up Beverage Walk, where visitors can partake in hot beverages. Ice carving demonstrations will begin around 10 a.m. on Saturday and by the end of the day there will be 36 sculptures on display, including four interactive sculptures with two putt putt courses, giant glasses for photo opportunities, an ice hockey table sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tecumseh, and a bean bag toss. Dueling carver competitions, sponsored by Repub-lic Service, will be held on Saturday afternoon on South Evans Street.

Entertainment Saturday includes the a cappella group Ear Candy from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. at The Bead Box & Vintage Cottage Antiques, and from noon to 1 p.m. at Pentamere Winery and Dip Stix & Stuff.

Fans of Disney’s “Frozen” film will have the chance to take photos with Olaf on Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon and 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. near Carpet on Wheels, and with Elsa from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Martin’s Home Center.

“We have Ice Sculpture Festival hoodies and t-shirts available at Three Ravens Printing. Community Arts of Tecumseh will have crafts for kids at the Tecumseh Chamber Office both days,” said Linda Hewlett, the City of Tecumseh’s marketing coordinator. “And the Lost Arts artists will be upstairs at the British Tea Garden both days.”

On Sunday, 20 merchants will participate in the Chocolate Walk, with chocolate-themed activities or specials. Olaf will be available for photo opportunities from noon until 2:30 p.m. by Hopscotch Kids, and the Michigan Stilt Walker will return this year on Sunday. “He will make balloon animals and dazzle us with fire juggling,” Hewlett said.  

A warming station will be available both Saturday and Sunday at the Tecumseh Chamber office at 132 W. Chicago Blvd. The Lost Arts demonstrations both days at the Rooftop Cafe at the British Tea Garden, 112 E. Chicago Blvd., will feature demonstrations of an antique sock knitting machine, a spinning wheel, weaving loom, soap-making, quilting, handwoven baskets, wood carving, and an exhibit by the Thompson House Museum with a Civil War of Lenawee exhibit and books by local author Ray Lennard.

Special events include a drawing for a basket of chocolate items at JJ’s Obsessions and a special Musgrove & Company coffee tasting at the British Tea Garden and Way of Life, 216 E. Chicago Blvd. First Federal Bank will pass out packets of hot cocoa in front of the Chamber office Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event began in 2010 and draws people from throughout the region. The ice sculptures stay downtown for up to a month, depending on the weather. “We would like to thank our sponsors TLC Community Credit Union and the Tecumseh Central Business Association, and all our merchant sponsors who sponsor sculptures to make this event bigger each year,” said Hewlett.

For more information, call 424.6003 or visit www.downtowntecumseh.com.

 

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