We have really enjoyed attending the North Coast Harbor (@NCoastHarbor) Ice Fest in the past, but normally only came to the event in the evening to see the final ice sculptures. If you have never seen the beautiful carved ice lit up at night, you really should.
This year, the Ice Fest took place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 16, 2017. It was combined with the annual free admission to two great Cleveland institutions for the MLK holiday -- Great Lakes Science Center (@GLScienceCtr) and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (@RockHall) -- that are located on North Coast Harbor.
#CLEicefest #CityMeetsLake - Social Media Photo Contest
Not only did we appreciate the fun day, but we also want to thank North Coast Harbor for choosing our photos as winners in their 2017 #CLEicefest #CityMeetsLake Social Media Photo Contest. The North Coast Harbor Project Manager, Jessica Kerr (@_JessicaKerr), arranged for us to receive a very nice Cleveland Cavaliers (@Cavs) swag bag full of gifts from North Coast Harbor and the Cavs.
Very Nice Ice!
In addition to seeing the finished ice sculptures, we saw live ice carving demos at North Coast Harbor Ice Fest. Also at the event, The Snow Sisters characters did an excellent job of interacting with the children attending the Ice Fest.
Here are all 45 of our photos from this year's event:
If you enjoyed viewing these ice creations from the 2017 Ice Fest, be sure to view our past Ice Fest blog posts listed below with many more photos.
As we were writing this blog post, we saw @NCoastHarbor share this article in a retweet:
Ice Fest highlights events for Martin Luther King Day at North Coast Harbor (photos)
By Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer (@ClevelanDotCom ) on January 16, 2017 at 6:13 PM, updated January 16, 2017 at 6:29 PM
Free Day at Great Lakes Science Center
We always enjoy visiting the Great Lakes Science Center (@GLScienceCtr) with its NASA Glenn Visitor Center (@NASAglenn) and many other exhibits. It is so great that they open their doors to the public free of charge on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
See additional photos shared by the NASA Clenn Graphics & Visualization Lab (GVIS) Lab (@NASA_GVIS) in their blog post: GVIS Displays at Great Lakes Science Center for MLK Day
See the five Great Lakes Science Center blog posts listed below to learn more about this great community STEM resource here in Cleveland. In particular, we want to note that at the 2014 Cleveland Foundation Centennial event (@CleveFoundation), we learned that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (@CLEMetroSchools) has a special MC2 STEM (9-12) program within the Science Center. We think that is great!
Free Day at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Of all the great things we did on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the activities at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (@RockHall) were the most impressive to us, considering the importance of MLK Day. The activities were a powerful way of tying the mission of the Rock Hall to what the day means to our nation.
One of the events we attended that we really need to mention was a staff-led talk called "Rock & Roll And The Civil Rights Movement." It was a very powerful talk -- emotional for the attendees -- showing how music was used to push for social justice. It is amazing how music can be so powerful in telling a social justice story.
Here is the official mission of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the description of the activities for the day:
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's mission is to engage, teach and inspire through the power of rock & roll.
FOSTER THEATER: FOURTH FLOOR - Seating is limited. Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis
The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition.
LADIES FIRST: WOMEN IN HIP-HOP
Learn about the women who shaped hip-hop from its inception to now. Listen to the music of Roxanne Shanté, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Salt ‘n Pepa, and Missy Elliot and learn about these artists’ creativity and ingenuity.
CLEVELAND IS THE CITY
Explore the history of soul and rhythm and blues music in Cleveland, one of the cities that gave birth to rock and roll music. Listen to artists from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins to LeVert to Kid Cudi and venues such as Leo’s Casino that helped to create Cleveland’s culture.
ROCK & ROLL AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
Learn how a range of artists, from Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke to Berry Gordy at Motown and rock & roll pioneer Fats Domino created a popular music that empowered African Americans to take their rightful place in American society.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT ON THE KLIPSCH AUDIO MAINSTAGE:
Latin fusion and Afro-funk group Timbara, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland performing the music of Chess Records, blues music from Vernon Jones Blue Cartel, and Project EM3, featuring members of the Grammy award-winning Dazz Band.
In addition to the educational programming and live entertainment, visitors can participate in numerous family activities including making their own protest signs. Visitors can record oral histories of their experiences with Civil Rights and Cleveland music with recording engineer Ben Smith of Collinwood’s Splice Cream Truck in the Rock Hall’s Alan Freed radio studio on the 5th Floor.
Service in the spirit of Dr. King
The Rock Hall will also take donations of hats, scarves, gloves and other cold weather clothes. All donations will be made to St. Agnes Our Lady of Fatima. Visitors can decorate gift bags with notes of love and encouragement.
Tweets & Retweets
Here are our @sos_jr tweets and retweets in which we shared our experiences of the day. Please share any photos and videos that you find interesting by retweeting.
You will notice the first tweet is a message to us inviting us to Ice Fest 2017. We really want to thank @NCoastHarbor for such individualized service using Twitter, and again state how we appreciate being honored as winners of the Social Media Photo Contest.
Rock Hall Celebrates MLK With Music, Films, Classes & Family Activities https://t.co/yWp2hOKybm @rock_Hall— CoolCleveland (@CoolCleveland) January 10, 2017
Celebrate MLK Jr. Day around Cle— Edna Fuentes-Casiano (@exf28) January 16, 2017
FREE to the Cle Mus of Nat. His 10a-4p
FREE Women’s Space Mus: 10a-4p
FREE Great Lakes Sci Cen: 10a-5p
live demos https://t.co/PdnqI6JvLo— NorthCoastHarbor CLE (@NCoastHarbor) January 16, 2017
MTV Original Broadcast 8/1/1981— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. (@sos_jr) January 16, 2017
SREP students are involved in public service on MLK day! https://t.co/KGtneNZV7C— HB SREP (@HBSREP) January 17, 2017
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Blog Date: January 25, 2017 - Cleveland Public Library & NASA Glenn - Hidden Figures
Blog Date: July 18, 2016 - NASA Glenn Research Center 75th Anniversary Open House
Blog Date: February 25, 2015 - Great Lakes Science Center's Science After Dark: MythBusters
Blog Date: March 3, 2014 - FREE! Great Lakes Science Center
Blog Date: September 26, 2013 - IngenuityFest 2013 Preview Party!
Blog Date: March 9, 2012 - Cleveland NASA Tweetup
In our Cleveland Shines at the Republican National Convention blog post, we wrote about a great event that Stuart attended at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (@RockHall) called "Snapchat Celebs." It is interesting that, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017, the Rock Hall had talks about the politics of protest songs, and during the Republican National Convention, they sponsored a talk about using social media to cover politics -- a very engaging role for the museum.