In what has become typical Michigan media fashion, the Detroit News fills the glass half full, dwelling on what you won’t get. They grudgingly allow that 40 musical acts, 60 restaurants and three downtown hotels (including the newly-renovated Book Cadillac) offering discounted rates to families just might make it worth the trip. Not to be out-glummed, the Freep leads with the 2 of clubs as well but does finish nicely:
“We could have taken the philosophy, if you can’t do it the way you did it in the past, then you shouldn’t do it,” (Festival organizer John) Witz said. “We took the different philosophy. We tried to create as much magic as we can for as little cost as possible … “We are featuring more made in Michigan products this year. The wine tasting is going to be with Michigan wines,” Witz said. “The ice sculptures will have a Michigan theme.”
The festival will include ice-skating exhibitions, marshmallow roasting, ice sculptures, and an arts and crafts area. Festival-goers can skate in Campus Martius Park for free, courtesy of michigan.org.
The MetroPCS Dine in the D program is back. The program offers diners a 15% discount at some of Detroit’s finest restaurants. This year, the participating restaurants will each donate up to 10% of their sales (before tax) to Michigan’s Children’s Center.
MSNBC adds that a major attraction will be the ice slide at Campus Martius Park. It’s called the Arctic Blast and it opened last Friday and you can get a live look-in at it on the Campus Martius Park webcam.
More information and full schedule of performances are on the official site for the Detroit Winter Blast. If you want to see more photos, check out Detroit Winter Blast by Rohn Photos and Motown Winter Blast by Pasque.