The Friday 5 — Feb. 19-21
Your local guide to the weekend
The Friday 5 — Feb. 19-21
Visitors to the 2015 Aqua Freeze Festival were able to take horse-drawn carriage rides. This year’s event takes place Feb. 19-21 at Blossom Heath Park.
The game of fowling was a hit among guests at last July’s Hockeytown BrewHaHa event. The game will return this year as part of the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Frozen Fowling Fest Feb. 19 at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Oaks Nature Center in Madison Heights will offer a “Tree Hugger Hike” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Sample and purchase locally made cuisine during the Made to Eat in Michigan event this Sunday at Leon & Lulu in Clawson.
The Royal Oak Farmers Market will host the fifth annual Royal Oak Book & Paper Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 20.
Posted February 18, 2016
1. Enjoy family-friendly frozen festivities
Feb. 19-21, Blossom Heath Park, St. Clair Shores
The city of St. Clair Shores will present the 2016 Aqua Freeze Festival Feb. 19-21 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave.
This year’s theme is the 1950s and 1960s, and there will be about 70 ice sculptures — many in celebration of mid-century pop culture — displayed throughout the park. The festival runs 5-10 p.m. Feb. 19 with music in a heated tent, a fish fry from Our Lady of Hope Parish and pizza provided by the St. Clair Shores Optimist Club. The festival continues 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 20 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 21. The weekend’s festivities include a collegiate ice carving competition, children’s crafts and activities, face painting, corn hole and fowling games, and more.
The full lineup of musicians — including crowd favorites like the Orbitsuns and Whiplash — will perform all weekend. For complete details on festival events and entertainment, visit www.scsaquafreezefest.com.
2. Try your hand at fowling
Feb. 19, Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
The Detroit Red Wings and Olympia Entertainment will host the Hockeytown BrewHaHa Frozen Fowling Fest, presented by MotorCity Casino Hotel, 6-10 p.m. Feb. 19 at Joe Louis Arena.
The event will feature craft beer samples from local breweries, seasonal small-plate food offerings and Red Wings memorabilia giveaways, along with 16 lanes of fowling, courtesy of the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck.
Tickets cost $47.50 and include six beer sample vouchers and four food vouchers. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com/BrewHaHa.
3. Take a nature walk
Feb. 20, Madison Heights and Shelby Township
With temperatures predicted to be in the 50s, this weekend should be an ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors. You might even want to check out one of these local nature center events:
• The Red Oaks Nature Center, located at 30300 Hales St. in Madison Heights, will offer a “Tree Hugger Hike” 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, led by local wildlife expert Don Drife of the Royal Oak Nature Society.
The hike is geared toward both school-age children and adults, and participants will learn how to identify deciduous trees during Michigan winters, when their branches are barren. There will be an indoor talk and then a hike to see some of the forest giants in the Suarez Friendship Woods.
For more information, call (248) 585-0100.
• The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, located at 4101 River Bends Drive in Shelby Township, will host a winter hike and cookout noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.
The event is open to adults and children ages 4 and older. Participants will hike a trail and look for signs of winter wildlife. Participants are asked to bring hot dogs, drinks, chips and marshmallows for a cookout around the fire. Lunch is scheduled for noon-1 p.m.
For more information, call (586) 323-2478.
4. Eat and shop local
Feb. 21, Leon & Lulu, Clawson
The seasonal farmers market-style event will feature 30 small-batch artisanal food vendors who will have a variety of soups, salads, sweets and more for visitors to sample and purchase. For more information, call (248) 288-3600.
5. Browse through memorabilia
Feb. 20, Royal Oak Farmers Market
The Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road, will host the fifth annual Royal Oak Book & Paper Show 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 20.
The show features an array of art, memorabilia, collectible books and vinyl records celebrating music and pop culture in general. Patrons can also bring their own collections to be appraised and possibly to sell.
Admission costs $4 for adults; kids 12 and younger will be admitted for free. Food will be available on-site from the farmers market.
C & G Staff Writers Kristyne Demske, Andy Kozlowski, Sarah Wojcik and Josh Gordon contributed to this report.
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