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Haunted schoolhouse opens this weekend


 

Nolan Patin working on one of his props for the haunted school house. Post photo by J. Reed.

Local teen and aunt work months to transform schoolhouse

By Judy Reed

For 16-year-old Nolan Patin, the haunted school house at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum may take a lot of time and effort each year to create, but he loves doing it. “It’s a lot fun,” he said.

This is the fifth year that the Cedar Springs Historical Museum will host a free Halloween Haunt for the community at the old Payne School. This year it will be Saturday, October 28 from 5 to 7 p.m., and again on Halloween, October 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. Money from each year’s car show helps to fund the event.

Nolan Patin and his aunt, Marie Patin, dressing a ghost for this year’s haunted school house. Post photo by J. Reed.

The haunted school house was Nolan’s idea, and he works each year with his aunt, Marie Patin, on the project. “The haunt requires many hours and months of planning,” explained Marie. “Needed are volunteers with knowledge of electrical, construction, painting, special lighting effects, and sound effects. We have to be creative, learn new techniques, and while building new props, be attentive to the safety of our guests and volunteers.”

Nolan works over the winter and spring to sketch out his idea for the haunt, and Marie goes over the plan and details. The two then work together to shop for and collect the items needed. Nolan creates most of the props himself.

“I like to see what Nolan comes up with,” remarked Marie. “It’s just like him doing his own Christmas light display at Christmas time. I like watching him grow and succeed at something.”

One family goes through the haunted school house at a time, so they can either tone down the scariness for little ones, or ramp it up for the big kids.

The haunt wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers, including Pat Patin, who helped with electrical and sound issues; Nolan’s parents, Jeff and Cindy Patin, who will provide supper for the volunteers both nights; and other volunteers including Cathy Patin, Roseann Patin, D. White, Tanya Eldred, and Nolan’s friends Danielle, Elizabeth and Shaye.

Marie asked people to consider donating their old Halloween adult costumes and masks to the museum to be used in future haunts.

The Payne School was built in 1860 for $600 on 17 Mile Rd, just west of Meijer. School was held there until 1970, and then abandoned. It was then donated to the museum by Cordy Wallace. They then began to raise money to move it to Morley Park. The school sits adjacent to the Cedar Springs Museum.

While you plan your Halloween fun for this weekend and on Halloween, don’t forget to pay a visit to the Haunted School house in Morley Park—it’s free, family fun!

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Helping with history


Nolan Patin, 13, is shown here dressed as a turn of the century newspaper boy for the Cedar Springs Historical Museum’s recent Candlelight Tour. Photo courtesy of the CS Historical Museum.

Nolan Patin, 13, is shown here dressed as a turn of the century newspaper boy for the Cedar Springs Historical Museum’s recent Candlelight Tour. Photo courtesy of the CS Historical Museum.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Historical Museum has a new unofficial program director, who has a passion for history, which is not unusual. What is unusual is that he is only 13 years old and yet harbors more passion for his work and is better at communicating it than many adults.

Nolan Patin, 13, the son of Jeff and Cindy Patin, of Algoma Township, has been working with the museum for the last year or so. He started by creating the haunted schoolhouse the museum has done for Halloween the last two years.

Nolan said that it all started last year, when his aunt spoke with him and his brother about being on their pirate float. “She also wanted input on a haunted house, and I brought up my ideas,” he explained. “It was a big hit and we did it again this year.”

After that event, Nolan was hooked. He’s been helping out with various tasks and events ever since.

“He’s been a real blessing,” remarked Sharon Jett, of the Cedar Springs Historical Society. “To have him approach us, on his own, about wanting to do these things, is really something.” Jett said he took the haunted house idea and created everything for it. He also was recently a newspaper boy on their Victorian candlelight tour after the Christmas tree lighting. “He was so into it,” said Jett. “His enthusiasm is wonderful. He’s extremely creative.”

Nolan Patin created a small Christmas light display set to music in front of his home at 2207 15 Mile Road. Those who visit it may leave a donation for the CS Museum if they wish. For more homes on our Tour of Lights, visit page 9.

Nolan Patin created a small Christmas light display set to music in front of his home at 2207 15 Mile Road. Those who visit it may leave a donation for the CS Museum if they wish. For more homes on our Tour of Lights, visit page 9.

Nolan is being homeschooled this year, and goes to the museum on Wednesdays to help anywhere he’s needed. Jett said he has been helping index the funeral home books, and has helped in getting the schoolhouse ready for tours.

“He’s polite and kind-hearted,” noted Jett. “It’s hard to get people who want to help, especially younger people.”

Nolan said that he has a lot of interest in the history and being around the people there, and helping them with their tasks. He noted that he also likes helping with events, bringing different ideas to people, and doing research.

However, Nolan is also helping out the museum in another way. For the second year in a row, he has created a Christmas light show set to music, in front of the Patin home at 2207 15 Mile, one block west of Algoma. And he set up a donation box for the museum. “I have a huge passion for Christmas,” he remarked. “I love Christmas.” He fell in love with light shows after seeing one in Grand Haven. “I thought, I have to have that in my yard,” he explained.

After looking up on YouTube how to create one, he realized the expense involved. So when he raised his 4H animals and sold them, he used that money to buy the necessary supplies to create the light show, which he programmed himself. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. daily. It is a smaller but fun show, with 4,000 lights set to three popular songs. You can pull into the driveway to watch and listen, just tune your radio to 103.5. You can also leave a donation in the box for the museum if you like. Nolan said that those donations would be used toward the haunted schoolhouse for next year.

He said that what they really want, is for more people to come through the museum when they have those special events. “We do a lot of work for them,” he explained.

Nolan also encourages younger people to become a junior member of the museum and help out. “There is always a need for us,” he said.

 

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Tour of Lights


N-Tour-of-lights-Patin-webWould you like to see some great lights and help a good cause at the same time? Then head over to the Patin house at 2207 15 Mile Road, in Sparta Township. Nolan Patin, 12, set up his own Christmas display—with music! And not only did he teach himself how to set it up, he paid for it, too—with his own money. According to Nolan’s mom, Cindy Patin, while most kids his age would be playing video games, Nolan spent his time researching how to set up the light show with music. And he spent several hundred dollars of his fair money to purchase and learn the computer software. “He’s really worked hard at it,” she explained.

Nolan, a sixth-grader at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Belmont, also has a heart for the Cedar Springs Historical Museum, and is setting up a donation box outside the exhibit for onlookers to donate to his favorite charity.

So take a drive over to the Patin place, set your radio dial to 95.1, and enjoy a great show. And don’t forget to donate! For more Tour of Lights, click here.

 

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