Detroit Weekend Happenings

Looking for something fun to do in the D this weekend?  You've got lots of options. Let me share four of them with you. 

The Motown Winter Blast opens on Friday!  It runs Friday, Feb. 10th through Sunday, February 12th.  Don't miss it!  There is snowshoeing, free ice skating! ($3 skate rental), good food, music, marshmallow roasting, dog sledding, carnival rides, puppet shows and much, much more!  Admission cost is a donation of a canned good or a book (or $1), which benefits Matrix Human Services. 

Did you know that the Winter Blast began in 2006 when Detroit hosted Super Bowl 40?  (Didn't feel like looking up Roman numerals, sorry).  I remember going that year and it was out of control!  It was bitter freezing cold, shuttles were running people back and forth from Wayne State and other areas to Campus Martius.  And it took over an hour on the shuttles for what normally would take ten minutes!  It was a hot mess.  (But still kinda cool since I had never seen that many people in the D).

Now a days, it is nothing like that.  It's a completely enjoyable family fun experience.  Here's proof from last year:

Ava & CJ taking a break from ice skating.

Ava and CJ about to take off down the ice slide.

My sister, Liana, had to take a turn of course!

Carnival rides! 

While you're downtown, why not stop and visit the Riverfront?  (From the Campus Martius area, take Jefferson East for about 2 minutes, make a right on Rivard and you're there.  Super fast and easy!)  Alessandro and I stopped by the river last Sunday (which happened to be Super Bowl 46...let's see if I can incorporate the Super Bowl a few more times into this post).  It was absolutely beautiful.

We're going to try to make it a point to get to the river more often.  It's so peaceful and beautiful and a great reminder about how wonderful of a City we have.

If being outside during what is expected to be a cold weekend doesn't sound that appealing to you, then you should first, try and get over it, and then if that's not possible...

How about checking out "The Exonerated," at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History?  "The Exonerated" is a play about the lives of six people convicted of crimes they did not commit, and the years they spent on Death Row before being exonerated.  Read more about the story here.  The play runs from Friday the 10th through Sunday the 12th; tickets are $17-$30.  Aless and I are going to try to make the Saturday night show.  (Let us know if you go and we could get drinks after!)

Also on Saturday the 11th from noon to 5pm, check out a Jewelry Trunk Show at the Detroit Artist Market.  The info for this event isn't on their website, but you can find info at the event's Facebook page.  One of the designers whose jewelry will be featured is Ericia Bartels, aka Detroit's Winegal aka Angelina Italian Bistro's Wine Night Host aka the coordinator of our wedding dinner aka a newly appointed Sommelier aka an awesomely talented person.  Can you tell I'm feeling me some Ericia Bartels?  I know you will too, so come and check it out!  There are tons of other designers and not to mention lots of art to be admired too.

That about does it.  See you in the D!

P.S.  Off topic, here's a super nice post Ericia wrote on her wonderful wine blog a while back mentioning Al and I if you'd like to read it.    

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