So, a little warm weather postponed The Big Chill for a week. The winter celebration is roaring back this weekend along a lot of other family activities in Racine County.
Chill out Downtown. The Big Chill is back! Some 8 tons of snow has been made and packed into 8-foot high blocks just waiting for artist creativity. Stop by Monument Square starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 to watch the 16 two-person sculpting teams turn snow blocks into spectacular works of art. You can also enjoy refreshments all weekend and vote for your favorite snow sculpture. The winner of the Wisconsin State Snow Sculpting Competition will be announced at 2 p.m. Sunday. While Downtown, don't miss the ice carvings in front of businesses along Main and Sixth streets. Visit www.racinedowntown.com
Get creative, too! The Racine Art Museum, 441 Main St., is offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday during The Big Chill. Families are invited to take part in a free hands-on art project from 1-4 p.m. Details at www.ramart.org
New show in town. The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a new musical comedy at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.. "A Night at the Nutcracker" is a zany Marx Brothers-style farce that includes slapstick comedy, chases, singing, dancing amid elements of the Nutcracker Ballet. Performances are on weekends through Feb. 3. Call the Theatre Guild box office at 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org for tickets and show times.
Hey it's free! Free fishing, that is. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to its first-ever Winter Free Fishing Weekend on Saturday and Sunday. You're free to fish anywhere in Wisconsin without a license or trout stamp on all inland waters and Wisconsin's side of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Other fishing rules apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep and any seasons when you must release certain fish species. The DNR is offering a first-time buyer resident fishing license for only $5. Click HERE for details.
Here and now! The 2013 Real Racine Visitors Guide has arrived! This FREE, 48-page, full-color magazine is available at 600 locations from Milwaukee to Chicago. It includes great photos, informative stories and events calendars. Pick up a copy for yourself and send one to an out-of-town friend or relative at the Real Racine Visitor Center (I-94 and Highway 20.) We're open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.