Cold-butt euchre, microbrews featured at Frost Fest

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By Jack Dalton
Lansing Star staff writer

Downtown Lansing will host the second annual Frost Fest Saturday night.

The festival, put on exclusively by Downtown Lansing Inc., will begin on the 200 block of South Washington Square at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, and end at midnight.

Hosting more than 2,000 people in 2010, Frost Fest 2011 is expected to live up to that excitement again.

The Tin Can is the official Frost Fest after party location. Dillon Davis/Lansing Star

“This year’s event is highly anticipated and we are expecting it to go very well,” said Sara Pawloski, communications and marketing manager at Downtown Lansing Inc.  “It’s definitely a winter celebration that everyone gets into.”

Last year’s festival featured activities for children starting early in the day, including carriage rides, snowboard rail demos, Trebuchet launches, snowman building and a snowball throwing contest. This year will see some changes, but will still have the same evening and night activities.

“This year’s event welcomes attendees 21 and up and will not feature the afternoon activities,” Pawloski said.  “We’re having the cold-butt euchre tournament again where players must sit on blocks of ice as they play. Also new are the pool table, chess and checker boards made completely out of ice that attendees will have the opportunity to play.”

Pawloski said one of the biggest improvements to the event is the music.

“We’ve added live music to the mix,” Pawloski said, “including a national headliner Atomic Tom, that everyone seems to be excited about.” She said two local bands, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers and Elliott Street Lunatic, will open for Atomic Tom.

Back this year is the beer tent, which will feature a wide variety of local microbrews.

“On tap we’ll have all Michigan Brewing Company microbrews, including an exclusive Frost Fest Scotch Ale called ‘Plaid Penguin’ and warm hard cider, both brewed by MBC Lansing,” Pawloski said.

While the beer tent closes at midnight, the Frost Fest official After Party Hot Spot is The Tin Can, 414 E. Michigan Ave. in the Stadium District.

“We were offered the option to host it because we have a nice deck area, so our space accommodated it,” Brandy Wiborn, general manager at The Tin Can said. “We like getting involved in things going on in the community so it makes downtown more of an attraction for people.”

The Tin Can will feature pool tables and checker boards made of ice on their deck, and has $1.75 beers.  They will serve until 2 a.m.

“Every beer is in a can and we have over 60 kinds to choose from,” Wiborn said. “We like to carry Michigan products, so we carry Faygo and serve special Faygo Bombs. Our pudding shots are delicious.”

Wiborn described The Tin Can as a unique, comfortable spot in town where people can come as they are and hang out.

“Saturday is normally a pretty good day for customers to come out,” Wiborn said. “Hopefully we’ll get some people who usually don’t come downtown to experience and check out the area.”

Frost Fest tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.  The price includes a keepsake Frost Fest beer mug and one drink.

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