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Stuff to do: Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival

Tomorrow— Saturday, December 13, 2008 — head to Fabulous Ferndale for the Holiday Ice Festival.  It will take place from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Unlike Royal Oak, parking is free all day long (and every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from November 28 to December 28).

The Ice Festival will feature more than 40 ice sculptures carved by world champion carver Tajana Raukar. The unique designs will line the sidewalks in front of participating downtown businesses. Carving demonstrations will take place throughout the day.

Tajana Raukar, a former culinary student, has been carving ice sculptures for nearly ten years.  She uses several massive 300 pound ice blocks to create beautiful sculptures.  More on her here.

Santa is rumored to be making an appearance along with some real, live reindeer.  There will also be “strolling musicians, fire jugglers, live bands, and hayrides.”  Sounds like a great event to take your kid niece or nephew to.  Also an idea for a creative date.  Local businesses will be open and ready to help you spend your cash on holiday gifts.  And don’t wimp out if it’s cold — warming tents will be available (though I’m guessing that our readers will find a stool at one of Ferndale’s many pubs if it’s too chilly).

For more information on the Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival, check out the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority website here.

Also check out this article from by Jon Zemke, “Ferndale uses preservation to make its downtown one of Metro Detroit’s best,” available here.   See what the article says about our sponsor/owner, Urbane Apartments, after the jump . . .

Royal Oak-based Urbane Apartments is in the midst of restoring the Breckenridge Apartments building just northwest of the center of downtown. The 1930s-era building will provide more luxury rental spaces in the downtown, catering to young professionals and creative class types. Construction is expected to wrap up this spring.

5 responses to "Stuff to do: Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival"

  1. Brandon Dec 14, 2008 at 20:35

    I went. It was COLD! Besides that, it was pretty cool. Different businesses sponsored ice sculptures that reflected their work. And the artist was taking a chain saw to a block of ice in the center of town, with about 25 people watching closely. Did I mention, it was COLD!

  2. SallyN Dec 16, 2008 at 23:33

    Sounds like a pretty neat display of artwork. I’ve been to ice festivals before and they are very interesting. It’s very important to dress VERY warm to make it an enjoyable experience.

  3. Brandon Dec 17, 2008 at 12:44

    Agreed! Unfortunately it was a very cold day. The pieces were very beautiful, though. Some of them were pretty small and more basic, but many were very intricate and creatively tied to their sponsor’s business.

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  5. Brandon Jan 30, 2009 at 13:01

    Okay, the photos have been re-uploaded. Thanks again, hacker 😉