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Families enjoy holiday event

Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Christmas parade on Second Street as t hey approach the Heart of Cedar Springs park. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

Hundreds of people turned out last Saturday, December 7, to enjoy the variety of events planned for Mingle with Kris Kringle—A Cedar Springs Christmas.

The Cedar Springs Public Library held their “Frozen” event as part of Mingle with Kris Kringle. Princesses Anna and Elsa were on hand to create some fun. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Public Library kicked off the day with their “Frozen” event from 9 to noon. Princesses Anna and Elsa were on hand to greet and entertain the children. They did five different shows for them, and children were able to make a craft or talk to Santa and Mrs. Clause. Library Director Donna Clark said that they had 610 people attend the event.

Following the library event there was also cookie decorating at the Rustic Roof, and story time with Mrs. Claus at Perry’s Place for herbs, teas, and more. “Story time was well attended as the children listened to Mrs. Claus’s stories around the 14 ft Christmas tree,” said owner Perry Hopkins.

The Grinch also made an appearance at many of the businesses in the downtown area.

Santa and Mrs. Claus returned in the late afternoon/early evening for the parade and tree lighting in the Heart of Cedar Springs park behind the library. Everyone welcomed Santa back and then gathered around the new permanent Christmas tree for the lighting. Before lighting the tree, Mayor Pro Tem Pam Conley said a few words and Pastor Jon Huizenga, from Rise Up Church read the Christmas story from Luke 1.

The new permanent Christmas tree in the Heart of Cedar Springs.

After the tree lighting, kids went inside the library to see Santa and were able to write him a letter and color a picture, both courtesy of the Post. (Some of those letters might be in today’s paper. Turn to page ?? to check!)

The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary also had a bake sale with hot chocolate inside the library for people to enjoy.

“The children having an opportunity to see Santa Claus both in the morning and after the tree lighting made the mingling with Kris Kringle a little smoother,” said Hopkins who is also currently the president of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. 

“The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Rise Up Church for their time and efforts of decorating this year’s town Christmas tree. Also thankful for the donor (who wished to remain anonymous) who donated the new permanent tree for us to use for years to come. We had many positive comments about the new location for the Christmas tree and lighting. We also had positive reviews from people thinking the parade route was safer than when we had it on Main Street,” noted Hopkins.

Cedar Springs Christmas week 2 is happening this week and weekend. Mingle and shop late on December 12, a Kent Theatre Christmas Concert on December 14 with Christmas Karaoke after, and a Christmas Dance Extravaganza on December 15. Turn to page 25 to see details, as well as what is happening next week!

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Winner of Adopt-a-pot competition

First Place in online votes for the 2018 October Cedar Springs Adopt-a-Pot decorating contest went to Nikki and Company Hair Design. Pictured is Lacey, Kristen VandenBerg, Owner Nikki Twichell, Mayor Gerry Hall, CSACoC President
Perry T. Hopkins (not pictured Cassie Healey and Misty Butler).

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACoC) and Cedar Springs Downtown Development Authority (CSDDA) teamed up to help bring a little more hometown charm to our downtown this October. Local businesses, organizations & individuals were invited to compete in the Cedar Springs Adopt-a-Pot competition, where they decorated the downtown flower pots in a Halloween theme, and then asked the community to vote on which one they liked the best.

Residents could vote online or by paper ballot during the Halloween Spooktacular at Cedar Springs City Hall. The winner of the online voting was Nikki and Company, and the winner of the paper ballot was Cedar Chest Resale Shop.

Nikki and Company Hair Design are donating their $115 winnings to the CSMS Choir for the hard work Mrs. Tata puts into organizing their events. 

The Cedar Chest Resale Shop is donating their $115 winnings to the Santa Claus Girls- Sally from the Cedar Chest likes that they work in conjunction with the Cedar Springs Women’s Club every year to help community children enjoy the joy of Christmas.

Chamber president Perry Hopkins said they plan to do other Adopt-a-Pot themes in 2019. 

Look for details on a Christmas/holiday season decorating contest on the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce page and Cedar Springs Downtown Development Authority Facebook pages to be posted soon.

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It’s time once again for the annual Halloween Spooktacular on October 31 in Cedar Springs, and that means lots of witches, goblins, zombies, superheroes, and more will be traveling up and down Main Street to treats from the businesses. Trick or treating at downtown businesses will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. and residential trick or treating is from 5-8 p.m. See more Halloween activities on page 7.

You may have also noticed that some of the flowerpots downtown have been decorated. The DDA worked with the Chamber to put together the Decorate a Pot contest that you now see lining Main St. Trick or Treaters will get a chance to vote for their favorite decoration and the money collected for the entry fee from the decorators will go to the charity of the winner’s choice. While you are out trick or treating take a minute to vote for you favorite either by paper ballot at City Hall or online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LFHX7SG.

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Cedar Springs Rotary takes over Community Night

This photo, taken in 2010, shows a firefighter giving a four-year-old a chance to use a fire hose at Community Night. Photo by J. Reed.

April 19, 6-8:30 p.m.

By Tom Noreen


For the past 31 years, the Community Action Network (CAN) sponsored Community Night. CAN was founded as a group of people and organizations meeting to serve as a public forum for member organizations to share information on community opportunities and challenges. Since then, other organizations have evolved to better meet the needs of client groups. The Kent Schools Service Network (KSSN) provides support for the schools; the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association is a forum for local churches; and the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce for businesses. Each of these groups now run events as well. The CAN board of directors voted to dissolve CAN and offer Community Night to the Cedar Springs Rotary Club.

 For the Rotary Club, this seems to be a great fit to provide an opportunity for community businesses, churches, non-profits, and individuals to share what they are doing. Many of our small home-based businesses only get exposure by word of mouth. This gives them a chance to display their products in a public forum at a reasonable cost. Community service is a key element of Rotary’s mission. Any proceeds from this event will be returned to community.

The 32nd Annual Community Night will be Thursday, April 19 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Cedar Springs High School. Vendors, churches, non-profits and more will have booths for you to peruse. Food will be available from the Music Boosters concession stand and multiple forms entertainment will be in the auditorium throughout the evening. Additionally, there will be martial arts demonstrations in the auxiliary gym and industrial arts projects in the industrial arts room near the concession stand.

If you would like to register for a booth, go to cedarspringsrotary.org and download the registration form in the left hand column. Deadline for the $30 registration fee is March 23. After that it will increase to $35. They can also be picked up from the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, Cedar Springs Community Library, ChoiceOne Bank, Independent Bank, City Hall and White Creek Lumber.

Community Night also offers the Rotary Club an opportunity to expand its exposure in Cedar Springs. For 75 years, the CS Club has supported local organizations and international projects. Annually the Club sends 4-8 high school students from CSPS and CTA to Life Leadership Camp and awards two $1,000 scholarships. As part of Rotary’s literacy focus, the Club conducts a writing contest with 5th grade students in CSPS and CTA. Check out their Facebook page and website for more information and activities. 



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Santa stops in Cedar Springs


Santa Claus arriving for the Christmas tree lighting in Cedar Springs last Saturday, December 2. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

We had great weather here in Cedar Springs last Saturday, December 2, to welcome Santa Claus to town. And a lot of people enjoyed the day-long events that took place before the big man made his entrance in the parade.

“A Cedar Springs Christmas weekend 1—Mingle with Kris Kringle—went over quite well,” said Perry Hopkins, president of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. “The library had over 100 people attend their crafts to start the event off. Story time with Mrs. Claus and Cousin Shannon was a hit for the children as well. “

Hopkins said that the children loved the petting zoo and bake sale provided by Double K Farms and Animal Junction. The CS HS Choir performed while people were waiting for the parade to start.

More people marched or drove in the parade this year, which brought Santa from the fire station to the corner of Ash and Main, in a horse-drawn carriage.

Calvary Assembly of God presented their live nativity before the tree lighting. Post photo by J. Reed.

Calvary Assembly of God once again did a live nativity scene, and then Santa and Mayor Gerald Hall did a countdown to light the tree. Afterwards, children and their families were invited to follow Santa over to the American Legion where they could color a picture, write a letter to Santa, or have hot chocolate, while they waited to visit with Santa and get a photo taken. Baked goods were also available for sale.

The Christmas tree after it was lit at the corner of Ash and Main Street. Post photo by J. Reed.

Hopkins said that photos that were taken during the daylong event will be available on the Mingle with Kris Kringle event page on Facebook. 

The fun continues this weekend with the Kent Theatre Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9 from 3-5 p.m., and the Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza on Sunday, December 10, from 3-5 p.m. Admission is $3 for each show.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

Santa Claus hugs two excited children at the 2016 Mingle with Kris Kringle. Photo courtesy CS Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Are you ready to have yourself a merry Christmas Cedar Springs-style? Come on out and experience a day of goodwill and cheer on Saturday, December 2, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce presents “Come Mingle with Kris Kringle.”

The day will run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with various fun, family-friendly, events. The starts at 9 a.m. with families able to make and take Christmas ornaments for our downtown tree or decorate a mug at the Cedar Springs Library from 9-noon. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more. There will also be a meet and greet with Cedar Springs cheerleaders, a petting zoo, and carolers from Red Hawk Elementary, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall.

Bring the whole family out on Saturday, December 2, for a fun, community Christmas celebration! See the Chamber advertisement on page 9 of this week’s e-edition and our list of Holiday Happenings in the surrounding areas for complete details on times and locations.

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Christmas lights are back in town

Downtown Cedar Springs is looking more festive and cheery than it has looked in the past decade, thanks to a partnership between the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, and the City of Cedar Springs.

According to Perry Hopkins, who is chairman of the DDA, president of the Chamber, and sits on the City Council, it’s been at least 10 years since the trees lining Main Street were decorated with lights. “They haven’t had them since I opened my business here,” remarked Hopkins, who owns Perry’s Place llc for teas and more. 

Hopkins said that both old and new businesses were asking, “Why don’t you bring back the small-town Christmas charm this town used to have?” 

Hopkins explained that Mayor Gerald Hall offered to string the lights and hook up the needed accessories if the Chamber could get sponsors to raise the money, and several businesses chipped in to make it possible. The City Council then voted to pay for the electricity.

The Cedar Springs DPW plugged the lights in on Monday and they now come on at dark with the street lights. 

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Halloween was Spooktacular

Kids lined up outside of the Post to get a spooktacular treat. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce’s Halloween Spooktacular was a big hit as hordes of little and not so little ghouls and goblins, zombies and zany characters visited homes and businesses in Cedar Springs Tuesday evening for annual trick or treating fun.

Businesses along Main Street, the old schoolhouse at the C.S. Museum, the fire station, the library, and The Springs Church all gave out treats and held their own form of Halloween fun.

Superheroes, princesses, and evil villains all helped
themselves to candy at The Post. Post photo by J. Reed.

Downtown trick or treating was from 5-6:30 p.m., while residential trick or treating lasted until 8 p.m.








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Ghosts, goblins and spooks, oh my!

The Cedar Springs Post is ready for ghosts, spooks, fairies, monsters, princesses and other forms of ghouls that will fill the streets of Cedar Springs this Halloween with a pile of candy* to appease the scary (or pretty) masses.

But beware, there may be a few monsters residing here at our local newsp aper as well. If you say the magic words, “Trick or Treat” they will hand over their candy with a smile and maybe a growl. But do not fear, none of them actually bite!

For more information on Spooktackular Fun courtesy of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, click link to see Hometown Happenings.

*Only available while supplies last!

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Christmas in July

Christmas is right around the corner—Christmas in July that is!

The fun starts this Friday, July 14, when the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce holds a Community Potluck Picnic and Movie in Morley Park. The picnic starts at 6 p.m. This is a free event where everyone is welcome. Bring the family down and a dish to pass and enjoy dinner and yard games in the park before the movie starts! Dinnerware and water provided. This year’s movie is Arthur Christmas and starts at dusk.

On Saturday, July 15, over 90 businesses and vendors will line Main Street for the Christmas in July Artisan Market and Sidewalk Sales event. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. They will hold a ribbon cutting for Ryanne Donahue State Farm Agency at 11 a.m.

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