Ice, Ice Baby!
#51: The Plymouth Ice Festival in Plymouth, Michigan.
Only in the Upper Midwest would one consider it a good time to meet with a bunch of people, in freezing weather, and view ice sculptures, ice skate and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. Even though this event has been going on for several years, this was our first time attending after some dear friends of ours asked us to meet them there. I couldn't wait to go and check it out.
Honey and I dressed in layers and made sure we had our hats and gloves. We still wound up getting some hand warmers to keep our digits from freezing. But to see the talented sculptors from various colleges and universities in the area competing for the grand prize was nothing short of amazing. It was fascinating to see how one can take a huge block of ice and turn it into a figure skater, frog, sea horse or corporate logo. They used all kinds of tools that you would find in a Lowe's or Home Depot including sanders, saws, routers and even a regular clothes iron. My understanding is that since the temperatures hovered around the freezing mark and not in the single digits like in previous years, some of the ice had a frosty hue to it, rather that being crystal clear. That was okay with me, because I still thought the work was beautiful. Here are some pics that I wanted to share.
Pretty "cool" isn't it? Pun intended. ;)
So if you are in the Detroit area in January and want to take advantage of some winter activity, this is the place to be.