The Friday 5 — Feb. 7-9

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published February 6, 2020

1. 2020 Winter Blast festival
Friday, Feb. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 9 • Cadillac Square, Detroit

Detroit is getting ready for its annual Winter Blast festival, which will run from Friday, Feb. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 9, in Cadillac Square at Campus Martius Park.

Unlike last year, the event will return to its traditional one-weekend format instead of being spread out over four weekends.

This year’s Winter Blast will see a continuation of several fan-favorite attractions.

“We’ve seen the evolution of our food offerings; you’ve seen skiing and snowboarding added recently; you’ve seen our snow slide and tubes,” said festival producer Jon Witz. “I think we have a lot of new activities, but we are bringing back our classics, like free skating, marshmallows, warming tents and spectacular ice sculptures.”

Individual attractions, like food and skate rentals, will include a cost; however, the event will maintain its free-to-attend model, which it returned to in 2019 after several years of charging for attendance.

Related story: Detroit prepares for 2020 Winter Blast festival


2. ‘ Adolf Eichmann’ exhibit
Friday, Feb. 7, and Sunday, Feb. 9 • the Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills

A special exhibit, “Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann,” has traveled across the world and is now stationed at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.

The exhibit tells the story of the 1961 capture and trial by Mossad — an Israeli intelligence agency that was only 12 years old at the time — of known Holocaust perpetrator Adolf Eichmann for the atrocities he committed.

The exhibit is currently open to the public at the Holocaust Memorial Center through June 7. It is included with general admission to the museum. This will notably be the last time the exhibit is shown in the United States. From here, it will make its way to Europe before returning home to Israel.

For more information, visit holocaustcenter.org.

Related story: ‘Adolf Eichmann’ exhibit makes last stop in United States at Holocaust Memorial Center


3. Black History Month community arts day
Saturday, Feb. 8 • Eastpointe City Hall, Eastpointe

The Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission is teaming up with the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens on a community arts day to celebrate Black History Month.

The event will be free to attend and open to all ages. It will feature several attractions highlighting art inspired by African and African American culture.

It will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. It will include a variety of fun, hands-on activities for both kids and adults.

“We’re going to do African mask making, coloring sheets appropriate for the theme, the Anton Art Center will be doing a beading project, there will be a drum circle, and community leaders will be doing a reading of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” explained Alysa Diebolt, the chair of the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission.

Related story: Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission to host event for Black History Month


4. Winter houseplant sale
Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8 • Cranbrook House & Gardens, Bloomfield Hills

Cranbrook House & Gardens, 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills, will host a winter houseplant sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 7-8.

There will be a variety of plants for sale at Cranbrook's "tropical oasis" that are sure to brighten up residents' homes and offices.

The event is free to attend, and all proceeds from the plant sales will help preserve Cranbrook House & Gardens.

For more information, call (248) 645-3149 or go to housegardens.cranbrook.edu.


5. Guided snowshoe trek
Sunday, Feb. 9 • Heritage Park, Farmington Hills

The Farmington Hills Nature Center will offer a guided snowshoe trek from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 and 9 at Heritage Park, located at 24915 Farmington Road in Farmington Hills.

Participants will join other winter enthusiasts as they explore the woods on snowshoes. A snowshoeing lesson and a naturalist guide will be provided. Snowshoe rentals cost $5 per person, and the cost of the guided trek is $5.

To register or for more information, call (248) 477-1135 or visit fhgov.com.