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Santa Claus is coming to town

N-Red-Flannel-hometown-ChristmasSanta parade, sales, tree lighting and more next Saturday, December 7 


Are you ready to have yourself an old-fashioned red flannel town Christmas? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 7, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber presents “A Red Flannel Town Christmas, Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will start at 9 a.m. when Creative Technologies Academy will have an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Businesses will be open and running specials beginning at 10 a.m.; and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum will do Christmas crafts from noon to 3 p.m.

New this year is the Red Flannel Town Christmas Parade, with registration at 4:30 p.m., and parade at 5 p.m. Following the parade will be a live nativity scene, tree lighting, caroling, and mingling with Kris Kringle at the corner of Main Street and Ash. Bring the whole family out for a fun, old-fashioned, red flannel town Christmas celebration! See ad on page 8.


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Residents celebrate tree lighting

Santa hitches a ride from the Cedar Springs Fire Department to the tree lighting event.

Excitement filled the air Friday evening, December 2, as boys and girls and kids of all ages waited for the moment Santa would arrive on the corner of Main and Ash Streets in Cedar Springs for the annual “Mingle with Kris Kringle”  event.
The evening started at 5 p.m. with a live nativity from Calvary Assembly of God Church, which included live actors and animals. They were later joined by the choir from the play, “A Christmas Carol.” At about 6:15, the children all began singing to see if it would bring Santa Claus to them, and it did! Santa arrived (much to everyone’s delight) and the Christmas tree was lit.
Afterward, people were invited to pet the animals, and those who had signed up to see Santa waited (or were supposed to) until their name was called, and then made their way over to the United Methodist Church and into a long winding line to see Santa. Children were entertained in a couple of spots along the way, with Tom Noreen and Donna Clark reading storybooks, and a couple of crafts in the gym.

A live nativity from Calvary Assembly of God Church started off the evening.

This year’s event was organized by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Rec Director Amanda Gerhardt, and Craig Owens, pastor of Calvary Assembly of God.
“I thought it went great!” said Owens. “I didn’t get an exact count, but we had at least 200 kids (based on how many crafts we did). So I would guess 300-350 total.”
Gerhardt said that the Community Action Network would talk about the event to see what could be improved for next year.

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Sand Lake to celebrate community Christmas

This pine tree in Salisbury Park in Sand Lake was planted in memory of Jennifer Kowalczyk, 12, who died in 1984. It is Sand Lake’s community Chistmas tree this year.

Residents in the Village of Sand Lake have stepped up to make this year’s celebration on Saturday even more special than in year’s past.
Not only will they have the annual Santa parade and a visit with Santa at the library, they have decorated a special tree in Salisbury Park and will hold a tree lighting Saturday night.
The pine tree was planted in the spring of 1984 by the Mothers Club of Sand Lake Elementary, in honor of Jennifer Suzanne Kowalczyk, 12, who died of Burkettes Lymphoma. Jennifer, the daughter of Mike and Sue Kowalczyk, was a 7th grader at Tri County Middle School, and attended Resurrection Lutheran Church with her family. Jennifer died on March 30, 1984, at St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Each year, the church holds a fundraising preschool bike-a-thon for St. Judes, that raises awareness of the needs of cancer stricken children like Jennifer. The bike-a-thon has reportedly raised thousands of dollars for the hospital in her memory.
And now the community is lighting her tree.
Volunteers decorated the tree and the fencing around it. “Volunteers too numerous to name came together for a labor of love,” said one resident. “We thank the community for decorating and their donations.”
The fun starts at 10 a.m. this Saturday, December 10, with the Santa parade, at the corner of Fourth and Lake St. The parade will go down to the Sand Lake/Nelson Township Library, where Santa will see children beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Christmas tree lighting and caroling will start at 6:30 p.m., and winner of the Gingerbread Contest will be announced at that time. Refreshments will be served afterward at the VFW Hall.

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Holiday event lights up Main Street

Santa and kids

Santa took note last Friday night of what all the good little girls and boys want for Christmas. Post photo by M. Ford.

Jolly old St. Nicholas came to town with his elf helper last Friday, December 2, to help Cedar Springs celebrate the holiday season.
The chilly evening started with a live nativity at 5 p.m., courtesy of Calvary Assembly of God, at the corner of Main and Ash. Copies Plus handed out warm refreshments until 6 p.m., when Santa arrived on the scene to help sing Christmas carols and light the tree. Also on hand was Red Flannel Queen Tinsley Nulph and Court members Kayla Ovokaitys and Samantha McGahan, Parks and Rec Director Amanda Gerhardt, and city mayor Charlie Watson and Mayor Pro-tem Christine Fahl.
nativity sceneAfterward, everyone trekked down Main Street toward the United Methodist Church, and the Amish Warehouse handed out candy canes to everyone that passed by. At the church, Santa listened to what all the good little girls and boys wanted for Christmas, and businesses provided activities for the children while they waited.
According to Cedar Springs City Manager Christine Burns, they didn’t have firm numbers on how many attended, but last year there were 92 families registered, and she said she thinks there were even more this year.

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