Super heroes invade downtown

Alex Doty • Feb 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Grand Haven Main Street businesses will showcase their favorite super heroes during the eighth annual Frozen in Time this weekend.

“We have a total of 20 (participating businesses),” said Vicki Ellis, an administrative aide for the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority who is helping organize the event. “It’s up from the last couple of years, but down from the beginning.”

Set for 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Frozen in Time will encompass businesses along Washington Avenue from Harbor Drive to Third Street, and Centertown businesses along Seventh Street and Washington.

This year’s participating businesses include: Adorn Kids, The Baker’s Wife, Blueberry Haven, Borr’s Shoes, C2C Gallery, Calico Cat, The Depot Building, Glik’s, J. Dubs Market & Wine Shop, Jean Maire’s, Jumpin’ Java, Kilwin’s, Lee & Birch, MACKite, Overtime Sports, Santo Stefano del Lago, Studio 206, Vintage Green, and What a Gem.

“They usually get really excited about it,” Ellis said of the participants.

Each storefront will feature live, motionless mannequins depicting a scene from a favorite super-hero movie or comic book scene.

“That can be Marvel or DC comics to hometown heroes,” Ellis said.

Three guest judges will help choose a “best window” to be recognized, and the public will also have the chance to vote for their favorite scene in the People’s Choice category.

Additionally, during the public voting, attendees are invited to wander throughout the district to match the window displays with the corresponding businesses on a special scorecard. Scorecards, which are available at any of the participating businesses, can be submitted at the end of the event for a chance to win prizes.

Frozen in Time ends promptly at 4 p.m., followed by a special reception and awards ceremony at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave. The judges’ and People’s Choice winners will be announced there.

The public is invited to attend the awards ceremony to meet the live mannequins and to be eligible to win cash and door prizes, which are donated by sponsoring Main Street businesses. People must be present to win, Ellis said.

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