February 23, 2017
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Snyder: Despite balmy temps, the snow will go on!

City’s Snow Daze Festival a go for Saturday


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COMMENTARY BY LIZ SNYDER
esnyder@kenoshanews.com


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The good news? It’s not likely to rain Saturday.

And that warms the heart of Kris Kochman. Unfortunately, the unseasonably pleasant weekend weather is also likely to warm her heart — and all her other organs, too, plus her fingers and toes.

Saturday’s forecast calls for a high temperature hovering around 60 degrees, which is great news for those of us who really need to take down those outdoor Christmas lights, but not so cheery information for the organizer of Kenosha’s fourth annual Snow Daze Festival in Library Park and throughout downtown Kenosha.

Luckily, Kochman, the city’s community relations liaison person, is an optimist.

Even when she’s planning an outdoor ice sculpting event.

“The ice sculptors prefer colder temps,” she says, “but there is nothing worse than rain!”

The ice sculpting — the heart of Snow Daze — will take place under sunny skies Saturday, and Kochman, looking on the bright side, says, “I am hoping the balmy weather will yield larger crowds.”

Snow Daze — noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown’s Library Park — will feature ice carving demonstrations by Art Below Zero of Franksville, hugs and selfies with local mascots, and members of Actor’s Craft studio portraying characters from the “Narnia” series.

The Children’s Room at the Simmons Library will be open from noon to 3 p.m., with craft supplies on hand for children to create projects related to the “Narnia” theme.

There will also be ice sculptures in front of several downtown businesses. Normally, the sculptures last for several days, but we suggest taking your downtown ice sculpture tour on Saturday before they melt.

Snow Daze was originally scheduled for Feb. 11, to go along with Second Saturday events, and was moved in search of colder weather.

The irony isn’t lost on Kochman — the high on Feb. 11 was a comparatively frigid 46 degrees — and it offers a stark contrast from conditions at last year’s Snow Daze.

On that February day, the afternoon high was 13 degrees with a wind chill in negative numbers.

That was great weather for ice, but not so much for the shivering humans who braved the elements.

All of you folks who were too soft to stand outside for Snow Daze 2016? Grab your flip-flops and T-shirts and head to Library Park Saturday afternoon. You can work on your mid-winter tan while admiring the ice sculptures.

Have a comment? Email Liz at esnyder@kenoshanews.com or call her at 262-656-6271.

Dining out

I never need a reason to visit a local restaurant, but if you do, here are several:

Next week brings with it: Cherry Pie Day (Feb. 20), Sticky Bun Day (Feb. 21), Margarita Day (Feb. 22), Chili Day (Feb. 23) and Tortilla Chip Day. What better way to celebrate than a meal out with friends?

Here’s an even better reason than Tortilla Chip Day to head out to eat: Kenosha’s Downtown Restaurant Week is Feb. 18-26, with special meal deals at local establishments.

You can find out more in today’s Get Out entertainment section. And, as always, tip your waitstaff.

Hashtag this!

Admittedly, I’m not one to follow what the latest trending hashtag is on Twitter, but I did enjoy my few moments in the spotlight last week.

After Sen. Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the Senate floor by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) when she tried to read a letter the late Coretta Scott King sent to the Senate in 1986 to oppose the nomination of then Alabama attorney general Jeff Sessions to be a federal judge, Twitter exploded with the hashtag #LetLizSpeak.

Amen to that. I’ve been saying the same thing to my family for decades, but they won’t listen!


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