Even this winter will not last forever so go to the St. Joe Ice-Carving Festival and the Chocolate-Covered Saturday at Fernwood while you can. And, if you want to get slightly serious catch “More Than a Month,” an independent filmmaker’s attempt to figure out the true meaning of Black History Month, sort of Bill Maher style, at the Box Factory tonight.
First Friday Film at the Box Factory for the Arts: “More Than a Month,” on screen starting at 7pm (ET) is chronicles African American filmmaker Shukree Hassan Tilghman cross-country quest to find out what people across the country think about Black History Month and what it means. Local filmmaker Joseph Chopin will be available to talk about his current film project following the screening.
A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door.
Warm-Up at the Magical Ice Carving Fest: I cannot personally vouch for the Saturday portion of this sensationally fun time in St. Joe. But the Friday night parties are wonderful and the temperature doesn’t seem to matter much. The ice-carvers who come downtown for this competition are serious artists and craftsmen (mostly men) working hard to rack up points in their winter world of ice-carving. The fire and ice display is a blast, the music and dancing are tons of fun. The food is great and seems to be everywhere --- the Buck, the Bistro, Tim’s Too --- and you can shop everywhere while you’re taking breaks from watching and photographing the carvers at work. Plus, you will inevitably run into people you know and in that sense this event is like the polar opposite of the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff, in February instead of July. There is truly nothing like this anywhere else around the Lake Michigan area and you ought to go at least once.
Most Decadent Dessert Contest at Chocolate Covered Saturday: Do you think you make a killer chocolate dessert? Find out at Fernwood's Most Decadent Chocolate Dessert contest. To enter bring your dessert and recipe to Fernwood today. The contest will be judged by Fernwood's Chef, Tim Carrigan and the winner will be announced on Saturday. There will also be a seminar on chocolate so you can rationalize your eating behavior through education. You’ll learn about the history and origin of cocoa and sample different kinds of chocolate and the party is free with paid Fernwood admission.