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Improvising Improv-ICE dates because of warm weather

Release Date: February 1, 2021

Media Contact: Katie Adelman
Rochester Downtown Alliance
Direct: 507-216-9886



Improvising Improv-ICE dates because of warm weather

ROCHESTER, Minn.—Minnesota weather is requiring Improv-ICE’s dates to be improvised with warmer-than-anticipated temperatures this week. 

“Above freezing temperatures Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4 may feel good to us but are not favorable for keeping our ice sculptures from melting,” said Monika Kopet, Rochester Downtown Alliance director of events & strategic partnerships. “That’s why we are improvising—in true Improv-ICE fashion—and starting the winter experience Saturday, February 6 evening when conditions are ideal.” 

By Saturday, February 6, the ice sculptures will be completed and viewable for the public in Peace Plaza. That evening around sunset to 10 p.m., the public will get the full effect of illuminated ice sculptures and pre-recorded music each night through February 14. 

The public will be able to view the Improv-ICE partner ice sculptures, community sculpture, Wall of ICE, and Together Community Portrait, beginning February 6 and ending February 14, weather permitting. The Improv-ICE photo contest will follow those dates for the community to capture photos of the ice sculptures, ice curtain, or Together letters for a chance to win one of six $25 gift cards to a downtown business. Find more details on the Improv-ICE photo contest here

The Improv-ICE Buy a Meal, Give a Meal campaign will follow suit, with transactions recorded at participating restaurants from dining in, getting take-out, or purchasing a gift card during February 6-14 will be tallied and a match of one meal given to Channel One Regional Food Bank. Find a list of participating restaurants in the Buy a Meal, Give a Meal restaurant campaign blog here

Improv-ICE, an adaption of SocialICE, is February 6-14, 2021, weather permitting. More details can be found at

About the Rochester Downtown Alliance
The Rochester Downtown Alliance is a nonprofit corporation comprised of a broad range of people representing property owners, business leaders, the city and others with a direct stake in enhanced business and economic development conditions in the downtown district. We work together to build a vibrant downtown community. We believe a strong core positively impacts the greater city of Rochester. Through a series of special events, activities, and initiatives, we create energy, excitement, and a unique character to Downtown Rochester, Minnesota.