By Erin Crowell
Author W.J. Vogel once wrote, To shorten winter, borrow some money
due in spring.
Sure, we like to complain about living in one of the frozen upper
crusts of the country, knees trembling as we brush the powder off our
cars and snap the thermostat to blazing.
But consider all the events available, both indoors and out, that will
either have you basking in all its frozen glory or so busy that its
gone in the flash of a winters sunray. Heres a list of some notable
festivals and celebrations. Check Hot Dates weekly for other
activities near you.
Just hold off on that bank loan.
6-1/2 Celebrating Women: Ongoing exhibit and festival at the Dennos
Museum Center, TC. Dennosmuseum.org for details.
9 Ladies Night Downtown TC. Discounts, refreshments and
entertainment at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
11 Merchants Holiday Open House in Harbor Springs features
discounts, sleigh rides and sweet treats, 6-9 p.m.
12 Christmas Magic; parade and childrens activities in downtown Beulah.
16 Mens Night Downtown TC. Giveaways, specials, refreshments and
gift wrapping at participating stores, 5-9 p.m.
18-1/2 Festival of Trains at the History Center of Traverse City,
daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
1 Teddy Knape Film Festival at Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa,
Thompsonville, featuring films by skiing and snowboarding pros.
10 Downtown Bridal Show held at the Park Place Dome, TC, with bridal
fashion show and area vendors, noon-4pm.
13-15 Mackinaw Winterfest, snow carvings, snowmobile races, outhouse
race, chili cook-off, sleigh rides and more, downtown Mackinaw City.
15-16 Kalkaska Winterfest, featuring sled-dog race, dog weight pull,
games, craft show and other activities.
20-23 Bay Harbor Ice & Snow Festival highlights ice carvings, snow
sculpting, a chili cook-off, sled dog rides and more. 231-439-2004.
21-23 Zoo-De-Ski Weekend at Boyne Highlands, Harbor Springs,
featuring sleigh rides, dog sledding, tubing, music and more.
22-23 Beer & Boards Festival at Schuss Mountain, Shanty Creek
Resort, featuring local microbrews and live music. Shantycreek.com for
29 17th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-Off at the Park Place Dome, TC,
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtowntc.com.
3 North American Snow Festival in Cadillac, featuring snowmobile
races, Polar Dip, snow sculptures, live music, beverages, chili
cook-off and more. Cadillacmichigan.com.
4-6 Womens Winter Tour Weekend at Crystal Mountain Resort, offers
non-competitive cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, chocolate,
culinary samples and live music. Visit crystalmountain.com.
5 Mid-Winters Chocolate Therapy Festival at Shanty Creek Resorts
featuring demos, tastings and cooking competition. Shantycreek.com.
5-6 Taste the Passion; for chocolate and wine lovers at the Wineries
of Leelanau Peninsula, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sat.; noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
11-13 Traverse City Comedy Arts Festival: featuring stand-up, improv
and comedy film throughout downtown TC. Traversecityfilmfestival.org.
12 Great Indoor Folk Festival, featuring local musicians at the
Village of the Grand Traverse Commons, sponsored by Michigan
Songwriters in the Round. All day event.
12 WinterFest in Beulah includes chili cook-off, frozen fish toss
and outhouse races.
12 Traverse City Winter Microbrew & Music Festival at the Grand
Traverse Resort & Spa, featuring local craft beer, world music and
other activities. Porterhouseproductions.com.
12-13 Romancing the Riesling at the Wineries of Old Mission
Peninsula, noon-5pm, featuring a food pairing and souvenir wine glass.
15-21 Downtown Petoskey Winter Blues Festival includes a
beard-growing contest, blues concerts, torchlight parade and local
18-21 Cherry Capital Winter Wow!Fest includes the Polar Plunge,
mountain bike race, Special Olympics of Michigan, frozen bed race,
winter softball tourney and more. Held throughout TC. 800-748-0303.
19-20 Shiver by the River in downtown Frankfort: Snowcross, parade,
frozen bowling, food and beverages. Frankfort-elberta.com for more
5 Mardi Gras on the Mountain at Crystal Mountain Resort, featuring
best costumes, games and more. Crystalmountain.com.
5 5th Annual Suds & Snow at Timber Ridge Resort, TC, from 2-6:30
p.m., Michigan microbrews, snowshoe pass, food and live music.
12 2nd Annual Brew-Ski Festival features over 100 craftbrews, live
music and parties throughout Boyne Highlands. Boyne.com.
12-13 Spring Fling Weekend at Crystal Mountain: cardboard classic,
slush cup and slope-style competitions. Crystalmountain.com.
18-20 Carnival Weekend at Boyne Mountain boasts skiing and boarding
contests, games and more. Boyne.com.
19 Krazy Daze, Boyne Highlands, is an all-day party with games and
costume contests, live music, pond crossing and more. Boyne.com.
26 Mardi Gras at Nubs Nob, featuring the Soaker Cup, costume
contest and Crazy Couples Challenge. Live music by Petoskey Steel Drum