The much-anticipated Winter Festival that originally was scheduled for December is taking place Feb. 6 -7 with a winter themed festival for families to celebrate weather traditions and winter fun. The Winter Festival will feature a one-way exploration through the center with art, science and history activities for people of all ages.
The festival has a focus on activities, and format, that is safe and socially distant during the ongoing pandemic.
“Families are excited to come back to the center to meet local artists, see our exhibit of famous artists like Norman Rockwell, Grandma Moses and more, and we are thrilled to bring the Winter Festival to our community this February,” said Julie Johnson, director of museums.
Artist booths will be placed throughout the building with specialty handmade products and art from several local artisans. The center’s lobby gallery will feature famous pieces of art with popular portraits of American culture and the winter season celebrations. With the new theme after the holiday postponement, guests can anticipate a colorful light display, ice carvings blacksmithing and maple syrup demonstrations.
“There is truly something for people of all ages at the Winter Festival. Shop local with our incredible artisans, discover famed pieces of art, and interactive and engaging activities for the little ones wandering through our winter displays,” said Johnson.
The festival, which supports the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art, will feature activities for kids and families to explore late 1800s cold weather traditions from around the world.
Families looking to get a photo with their loved ones can choose between a variety of winter scenes, decorated by the Midland County Historical Society’s volunteers. Guests looking to attend the Winter Festival should purchase tickets in advance to reserve a time to explore the festive event, allowing for social distancing inside the building.
Tickets for the Winter Festival are on sale now and can be purchased online at midlandcenter.org/museumevents or by calling the Ticket Office at 989-631-8250. Members will be able to enjoy the event for free with a sneak peek, from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 6, and families looking for a sensory friendly experience can attend the Winter Festival from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, for a quieter time with the lights dimmed.