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Erie Ice Daze
Lake Erie Metropark Marshlands Museum & Nature Center
Saturday & Sunday, January 19 & 20 from 10 am to 5 pm
This two-day celebration is geared toward traditional and non-traditional winter activities, including snowsnake and atlatl throwing, tundra swan watching, flintknapping and fly tying. Short programs will be held both days on winter animals, tundra swans, and winter bird feeding. On Saturday, a 5:30 Hoot Hike will feature a search for resident owls. The Ford Amateur Astronomy Club will present an indoor winter starwatching program at 4 pm Saturday, followed by observing the sky through powerful telescopes from 6 pm to 9 pm. A bonfire will help keep everyone warm between stargazing sessions.
An ice fishing clinic for beginners, sponsored by Bottom Line Bait and Tackle, will be held on Sunday at 2 pm, ice conditions permitting. A $5 fee and advanced registration are required for the clinic, which is limited to 15 participants. Anyone 17 and older must have a fishing license.
Kids can try their hand at making crafts throughout the weekend; there is a small fee for some crafts. Other events to be held both days include:
· Meet & Greet with sled dogs and their musher.
· Flintknapping & atlatl throwing demonstrations. Flintknapping is the ancient art of making flint spears and arrowheads. Atlatls are spear-throwing devices.
· Snowsnake throwing, including tournaments for children and adults. Snowsnake throwing involves throwing a snowsnake, which is a long, carved wood instrument, down an iced snow track. (Serious competitors can make their own snowsnake at the “Make it at the Marsh - Make a Snowsnake” program to be held Sunday, January 6 at 2 pm with preregistration and a $5 fee).
· Woodcarving will be displayed and demonstrated by members of the Michigan Carvers and Collectors. They will host a “Beginning Carvers Class for Kids” each day. This program introduces young children to the art of carving. No sharp knives will be involved, just bars of soap and plastic knives.
· Fly tying will be demonstrated by members of the Huron River Fishing Association.
· The Silver Strings Dulcimer Society will play traditional music on Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm and Sunday from noon to 4 pm.
Food and beverages will be sold. Registration is not required to attend this event. For additional information, contact the Museum at 734-379-5020.
Event Fee: Vehicle entry permit required