The Friday 5 — Feb. 5-7

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published January 28, 2016


1. Ice, ice maybe?
Feb. 5-7, downtown Mount Clemens

Temperatures are predicted to be warmer than usual, but hopefully that won’t stop the frozen fun at the annual Downtown Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show Feb. 5-7.

The three-day event kicked off on Thursday with the Fire & Ice Chili Cook-Off fundraiser. Over the rest of the weekend, visitors can view live ice carving demonstrations and check out a variety of ice sculptures that will be on display throughout downtown Mount Clemens. Local families can also head over to 70 Macomb Place for the Indoor Kids Wonderland Warming Center, featuring snacks, life-size games and a visit from Elsa and friends.

The live ice carving demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 5, noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 6, and noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 7. Kids Wonderland hours are noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 6, and noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 7.

2. Chill on 'The Hill'
Feb. 6, The Hill business district, Grosse Pointe Farms

Kercheval Avenue will be bustling with wintry activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday during the 2016 Winterfest on The Hill.

The annual public event will take place in The Hill business district in Grosse Pointe Farms and will offer family-friendly fare, including s'mores stations, ice carving demonstrations, face painting, crafts, a petting zoo and a DIA Away exhibit. Visitors can also warm up with a new feature this year, the Winterfest Soup Challenge, in which attendees can sample soups created by local competitors and vote for thier favorites. 

3. Learn about 'The Forgotten War'
Feb. 6, Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum, St. Clair Shores

Did you know that there were more than 36,000 American combat deaths in the Korean war? You can learn more about how the war started, view artifacts and hear first-hand accounts from veterans on Saturday, Feb. 6, during a Korean War program at the Detroit Arsenal of Democracy Museum in St. Clair Shores.

The program will begin at noon, and the cost of admission is a $5 donation to the museum. Korean War veterans attend for free.

The museum is located at 22960 W. Industrial Drive in St. Clair Shores. For more information, call (586) 604-5393.

4. Comedy for a cause
Feb. 6, Adams High School, Rochester Hills

Are you ready for a good laugh? Comedian Mike Bonner — a Detroit native whose repertoire has included appearances on HBO, Showtime and BET — will perform this Saturday, but not at your typical comedy venue.

Bonner will take the stage at 8 p.m. at the Adams High School auditorium in Rochester Hills as part of the Adams High School Booster Club's annual Comedy Night. 

Adams High School Booster Club, in support of the athletic department’s 22 sports and over 50 teams, is hosting its fourth annual Comedy Night. Tickets cost $25 per person, and proceeds will benefit this school's athletic programs. In addition, $5 from the sale of each ticket purchase can be allocated to a sport of the purchaser’s choice.

Adams High School is located at 3200 W. Tienken Road in Rochester Hills. To purchase tickets, visit

5. Explore local history
Feb. 6, Clawson Historical Museum, Clawson

In the early 1900s, shopping was an entirely different experience than what we're used to today. 

The Clawson Historical Museum aims to take visitors back to that era with its new exhibit, “The World at Your Doorstep: the General Store, 1900-1935," which includes a storefront countertop fllled with vintage items on display.

You can get a first look at the exhibit during the museum's VIP preview party from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the museum, 41 Fisher Court. Tickets cost $10 and include coffee and a dessert bar.

C & G Staff Writers Mary Beth Almond, Brian Louwers and Victoria Mitchell contributed to this report.