Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Special premiere

Ice Festival to open with 
sensory awareness event

The Miracle League of Plymouth and the Plymouth District Library have joined forces to offer a special sensory friendly evening at the Plymouth Ice Festival for special needs families.
The evening will offer an early look at the 2020 Ice Festival events from 6-8 p.m. Jan 9 at the library. Called “A Sensory Friendly Plymouth Ice Festival Evening” the event will feature live ice carving the entrance to the library, sensory friendly entertainment inside the library and interactive sensory ice blocks.

“The event is designed to give special needs families the opportunity to experience one of Plymouth's best weekend during the winter season that they otherwise may not be able to attend,” said Miracle League Executive Director Kelly Hermann.
During the evening, light snacks will be service and a children's craft will also be included. The fire department will be on hand demonstrating gear and volunteers will also be providing short tours of the main Ice Festival display in Kellogg Park, The tour will depend on the weather, noted organizers.
This year the Plymouth Ice Festival is set for Jan 10 through 12. The official opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 with Plymouth City Commission members, Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise and State Rep. Jeff Noble on hand to help cut the ice ribbon and begin the festivities.
Ice Festival Chairman James Gietzen said that this year there will be an amazing number of unique ice sculptures this year and all the crowd-favorite activities will return, including the Veteran's Party Tent behind E.G. Nick's restaurant on both Friday and Saturday along with the famous Dueling Chainsaws competition set for 7 p.m. Jan. 11 on the main stage in the park.
“This preview evening is a great idea and something we're excited about,” Geitzen said.
There is no cost for the Thursday evening at the event which is open to all special needs families in the area. The Plymouth District Library is located at 223 South Main St. in downtown Plymouth. For more information abut the event, contact Hermann at (248) 817-8836.