Festival to freeze town this weekend

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 16, 2015

Photo courtesy of Dave Rubello

St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze
Festival Musical Acts

Friday, Feb. 20
5-6:30 p.m. — The Detroit Hemis
7-10 p.m. — The Orbitsuns

Saturday, Feb. 21
10-12:30 p.m. — DJ Rockin’ Roni
1-1:45 p.m. — Air is Archer
2-2:30 p.m. — Veronica, with special guests Kevin Spies and Jaime Alan Burnem
3-4:30 p.m. — The Ohmbres
5-6:30 p.m. — Rustic Union
7-10 p.m. — Whiplash featuring Ernie Modestino

Sunday, Feb. 22
12-1:30 p.m. — Spys Like Us
2-2:45 p.m. — Mark Reitenga
3-5 p.m. — Bed Head featuring Loco Joe Evangelista
Outrageous Jams will play music during breaks

Source: St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More music, more activities, more fun for St. Clair Shores.

That’s the goal of the 2015 Aqua Freeze Festival, which kicks off Feb. 20 at Blossom Heath Park.

“We always hold our breath and then it seems like it gets better,” said organizer Geri Hofmann.

This year’s festival — with an Oscar theme in honor of the final day of the festival landing on Oscar Sunday — is Feb. 20-22 at Blossom Heath Park, east of Jefferson Avenue and south of 10 Mile Road.

The event will kick off at 5 p.m. Feb. 20 and run until 10 p.m. that night. The festival will also be open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 21 and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22.

Popular during the inaugural event was a live ice carving competition between local college students competing for cash prizes. That will return Saturday afternoon, but Friday night there will also be a live carving sponsored by the Lac Ste. Clair Baseball Association.

A frozen festival wouldn’t be complete without a visit from the princesses from Disney’s “Frozen” on Saturday afternoon, and there will also be free horse and wagon rides for about four hours that day.

This year, the tent is twice as big, Hofmann said, and in addition to beer, wine and other refreshments and food, there will be crafts and face painting inside for the children in their own section.

“We’re trying to make it really kid-friendly, family-friendly,” she said.

There will be pancake breakfasts sponsored by different groups on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, and at 10 a.m. Sunday morning there will be a children’s movie shown in the tent.

And after that, local residents and officials will take the polar plunge, which raises money this year for the Optimist Club of St. Clair Shores and the Great Lakes Burn Camp, a charity supported by the St. Clair Shores Fire Department.

“We picked those two because those two (organizations) help us a lot,” she said.

Popular in its inaugural year and back for a second time around will be the sledding hill. This year, the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade Committee will be selling saucer sleds for those who don’t bring their own, as well as hand warmers for anyone trying to ward off the chill.

There will also be open ice skating for those who bring skates.

In keeping with the Oscars theme, the red carpet will be unrolled Friday night, and there will be plenty of musical acts entertaining the crowds throughout the weekend.

“We got a little bit of something for everybody now, all ages of the family,” said Aqua Freeze Committee member Dave Rubello.

He said a lot of the bands and their members are from St. Clair Shores this year, and they’ll be celebrating high school reunions every night. A full schedule of events, including reunion dates, is at www.scsaquafreezefest.com.

“Our festival, I think, stands out because we have more music and family stuff going on than any of the other community ice festivals,” he said.

Hofmann said there will be more food options this year, including a fish fry on Friday from Pat O’Brien’s. And, she said, Kosch Catering at Blossom Heath Inn will hold a pasta dinner Sunday night, “so everyone can come in and see the new renovations,” Hofmann said.

“It’s a free weekend, other than your food and drink. It’s a free weekend, so we’re hoping they come out and enjoy it.”