Perfect timing on The Loop’s ice carnival (Jan. 17)

January 14, 2009

The always-creative merchants over in The Loop have locked away 1,000 $1 coins in ice cubes to give away during Saturday’s (Jan. 17) Ice Carnival. Might I suggest you bring a plastic baggie to get your ice cubes home? Given the weather forecast, those cubes likely won’t be melting while you’re outside enjoying the ice carving demonstrations (Fitz’s parking lot, noon to 4 p.m.), the human dogsled race (in front of The Pageant, 3 p.m.), or the Frozen Buns Fun Run (in front of Blueberry Hill, 10 a.m.).

If you’ve already had enough of winter and can’t bear the thought of leaving home for the dubious pleasure of a trip down an ice slide, note that the festival also offers chances to warm up: s’mores roasts, fire barrels, a Putt-Putt Pub Crawl (starting at Cicero’s, noon to 6 p.m.) and, of course, special discounts at merchants between 6100 and 6600 Delmar. The Tivoli is perhaps the best place to warm up for free — it’s showing extreme winter sports movies at 11:30 a.m.

For more information about the movies or any of the other festival events that I haven’t mentioned here (OK, I’ll toss in a few more: the one-month mustache contest, a temporary tattoo scavenger hunt, fire performers from 5 to 7 p.m.), check out The Loop Business Association homepage or call 314.727.8000.

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