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The Friday 5 — Feb. 8-10

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published February 6, 2019

1. Winter Blast
Feb. 8-10 • Campus Martius Park, Detroit

Winter Blast returns to downtown Detroit this Friday through Sunday as part of the festival’s expansion to four weekends.  

Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends, which take place in and around Campus Martius Park and Cadillac Square, offer a winter wonderland of activities for the whole family. Festival highlights include ice sculptures, live music, food trucks, a winter market, marshmallow roasting and more — all free of an admission charge.

This weekend only, the festival will feature a classic Model A snowmobile and a Model T ice harvesting saw, courtesy of the Ford Piquette Plant. A Polar Plunge is also on the schedule for Saturday and Sunday, and proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Michigan.

For more information, visit

Related story: Winter Blast expands to 4 weekends, adds free admission


2. Guardians for Animals comedy fundraiser
Sunday, Feb. 10 • Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Royal Oak

Guardians for Animals — a nonprofit network that supports 17 no-kill animal rescues — is offering a night of comedy to raise funds to help support its mission of helping homeless animals.

The annual Guardians for Animals comedy fundraiser, featuring headliner Bill Hildebrandt, will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, located at 310 S. Troy St. in Royal Oak. Doors open at 5:15 p.m., and the comedy show starts at 7:40 p.m. The event is for adults ages 18 and older.

In addition to lots of laughs, attendees can look forward to delicious food, raffles, silent auctions and a 50-50 cash raffle. Among the prizes will be a 50-inch 4K HD TV.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at or by calling the venue at (248) 542-9900. Seats are limited, so organizers recommend purchasing tickets in advance.

Related story: Comedy Castle to host Guardians for Animals fundraiser

3. Grosse Pointe Symphony concert
Sunday, Feb. 10 • The War Memorial, Grosse Pointe Farms

Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinist Hong-Yi Mo will be the featured soloist during the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at The War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms. He’ll be performing Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto, one of two Sibelius works planned for the concert.

Tickets cost $20 per person, $15 for seniors and they are free to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. They can be purchased at the door or in advance via the GPSO’s website, For more information, visit the website or call (313) 640-1773.

Related story: Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra to perform works by American, Finnish composers

4. SatARTdays at the Anton Art Center
Saturday, Feb. 9 • Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens

The second Saturday of the month brings free art activities and performances to the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens, as part of SatARTdays, a new program to celebrate the center’s 50th anniversary year.

The next installment of SatARTdays will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, and will feature the resident artists of the Michigan Opera Theatre Studio. The resident artists will serenade patrons with highlights from their spring season, which will include “Candide,” “Hansel & Gretel” and “The Grapes of Wrath.”

For more information, visit

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5. Detroit RV and Camping Show
Feb. 6-10 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds will present the 53rd annual Detroit RV and Camping Show Feb. 6-10 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

Dealers will showcase more than 350 recreational vehicles, with prices ranging from $6,995 to over $400,000. The show will also include 60 booth exhibitors featuring parts and accessories, campground information, RV rentals and RV financing options.

In addition, special guests Tom Daldin and Jim Edelman, of the PBS series “Under The Radar Michigan,” will make appearances at noon and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, to talk about their travels around Michigan.

The Suburban Collection Showplace is located at 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. Admission costs $10 for attendees ages 13 and older, $9 for seniors, and is free for kids 12 and younger. Parking starts at $5 per vehicle. For more information, visit

Staff Writers Andy Kozlowski, Julie Snyder and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.