By Judy Reed
Winter dialed down the thermostat last Saturday, just in time for the Cedar Springs Area Chamber’s A Red Flannel Town Christmas—Come Mingle with Kris Kringle celebration.
The day started with an arts and crafts fair at Creative Technologies Academy, included historical holiday crafts at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, a short parade from the firebarn on Maple, down Main Street, to Ash Street, with the Red Flannel Tree Farm leading the way, and carrying Santa.
Santa lit the tree, which was followed by a live a nativity story with Pastor Craig Owen and several actors from Calvary Assembly of God. Also on hand for the event was City Manager Thad Taylor (dressed as a wiseman), Mayor Mark Fankhauser, Mayor ProTem Patricia Troost, and the Red Flannel Queen and Court.
There was hot cocoa and other refreshments for residents, and Santa heard wishes from all the boys and girls attending.
Chamber president Shawn Kiphart was pleased with the event. “I thought the turnout was outstanding considering the weather,” he said. “It was double what I expected would brave the cold.”
While the first ever Christmas parade was short, Kiphart wasn’t fazed. “It’s only the first year. We have at least six more groups who have said they would like to be part of it next year,” he explained. “It’s just a start. We will continue to grow it and make it a tradition.”
Kiphart said he was obviously excited to see Santa come up the road, and is always excited to see the kids’ smiling faces. “But what I was most excited to see was the Red Flannel Queen and her court,” remarked Kiphart. “It truly completed a Red Flannel Town Christmas. To have them come out and brave the cold in those dresses was truly inspiring and I loved it. I’d like to say a big thank you to the Red Flannel Festival on behalf of the Cedar Spring Area Chamber of Commerce for making this event complete.”