South Haven's annual Ice Breaker festival is held in the middle of winter but this weekend the weather felt more like Spring. It was warm enough in the sun that the ice sculptures carved in the morning had melted by mid-afternoon. Fortunately, South Haven's ice rink has its own freezer units so that ice was cold enough to support performances by synchronized skaters from Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University.
The chili contest attracted lots of interest and the mild temperatures drew crowds to the outside decks of the Idler and South Haven Yacht Club where they could enjoy a cold drink after their spicy chili.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We were on sabbatical in Europe for the 2014-15 academic year. (Salamanca, Spain, followed by Oxford, UK.) We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year.