Dewey Lake

Dewey Lake
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

A Winter of Discontent

As I write this, winter in the Irish Hills of Southern Michigan this year is a humdinger!Yesterday it was temperatures nearly zero and 20-30 mph wind. Overnight there was 3 more inches of snow and today off and on, snow whiteouts mixed with sunshine. I guess you could say there's something for everyone. Tomorrow, January 26, Wamplers Lake, in the Irish Hills of Michigan, will host the highest paid fishing tournament in the country. The Midwest Open Ice Fishing Tournament will pay $20,100 to the winning two-man team. There will be anglers from 10 states and Canada, and if you are interested in ice fishing you can attend and watch for free.On that same note, Michigan has a Winter Free Fishing Weekend February 15-16 with workshops & ice fishing basics without a fishing liscense. You can also xcountry ski and snoshoe out here in the Irish Hills, and if you are an "outdoors" person interested in fitness did you know you can burn 550-650 calories per hour xcountry skiing and 450-500 per hour ice skating(that doesn't count the calories you would burn clearing the ice of snow!) But if you prefer indoor events, there are a couple neat ones in the area. Ann Arbor has the 37th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival January 31-February 1 at the Hill Auditorium And The Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea is presenting REDWOOD CURTAIN January 16-March 15. Chelsea is also having their " Chocolate Extravaganza" February 8. HAPPY WINTER ALL!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Interesting ICE

January is the month for ice festivals. Plymouth;which is a big one, just finished, and this weekend is one in Tecumseh. Saturday and . There will be carving demos, a bell choir performance,Lost Arts demonstrations on the Rooftop Cafe, a "warm-up beverage walk" on Saturday and a "chocolate walk" on Sunday. Saturday evening at the TCA, there is a film fest with 20 short films-cost is $5.
Also this week 12-17 is Ann Arbor restaurant week, and the end of the month-1/31-2/1 is the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and Jeff Daniels will be there. ENJOY!