12-07-2017 North Berrien Historical Museum holds successful Holiday Open House; Team Zoe bowling fu

Team Zoe bowling fund-raiser

  On Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. a bowling fund-raiser event is being held for Zoe Phillips at Coloma Lanes, 6025 Mountain Road, Coloma. The cost is $10 per person and includes two games and shoe rental.

Zoe is the daughter of Jason Phillips and Augustina Contraras of Hartford. She was originally diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in August 2016. In Sept. 2017, Zoe had her last treatment and in November they were told her cancer had come back.

She has begun radiation and chemo and is awaiting acceptance for a clinical trial. Please help them ease the financial burden as they start medical treatment again. Keep sweet Zoe and her family in your prayers.

For anyone wishing to make a donation to the silent auction or to sponsor a lane for $25, or purchase tickets in advance, please contact Leah Dibble at 269-277-4771 or Sandy Burtchett at 269-207-8501.

North Berrien Historical Museum holds successful Holiday Open House

By Christina Gelder

The North Berrien Historical Museum held their annual holiday open house this past weekend and it was a great success. Museum Executive Director Jack Greve reports that there were over 700 visitors throughout the weekend which is up over 100 from last year.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE… Who knew that making slime could be a fun holiday activity? Add some glitter and put it in a Christmas ornament and you are good to go. Marshall and Brooklyn Smith of Watervliet were having fun at that popular stop during the Kid’s Carnival at last weekend’s North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma. (TCR photo by Christina Geld-er)


The open house boasted many of the annual favorites including gingerbread house making, visits with Santa and Mrs. Clause and lots of gorgeous Christmas trees while also offering new options.

New this year, was a kid’s carnival with games like duck pluck and pin the nose on the snowman. The carnival also had a slime making booth and an opportunity to get your face painted. Greve reports that due to its popularity the carnival will definitely return next year. Live reindeer also very popular, visited for the second year in a row. The Coloma choir gave a great concert on Sunday afternoon to help bring cheer to visitors.

Greve says that the official announcement for the winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Christmas trees will be at the Frosty and Friends volunteer appreciation event this Saturday. He also said, “This event takes a lot of time to put together but having the attendance makes it all worthwhile. I would like to thank our tree sponsors, volunteers and all who joined the Museum for our 2017 Holiday Open House. If you missed the event this last weekend you are still able to see the trees, participate in the scavenger hunt and purchase from the Holiday Gift Shop through the month of December.”

There were over 50 volunteers and 13 sponsors to help make the fun family friendly holiday open house happen. In addition, there were 31 Christmas trees all sponsored and decorated by a different group. Tree sponsors include: North Berrien Historical Society, Edgewater Bank, Cutting Corners, firemen, VFW Post #1137, Coloma Lioness Club, Lakeland Community Hospital, Chemical Bank, 12 Corners Vineyards, American Legion Post #362, Coloma 2nd Grade, Artes & Crafts, Whistler Farm, Orchard Hill Landfill, Honor Credit Union, Dale and Ronda Kaucher, Moss Chiropractic, Watervliet Library, The Friendly Tavern, Centsible Heating and Air Conditioning, Contessa Winery, Shear Magic Salon, Coloma Township Library, Hope Resources, Coloma/St Joe KOA, and Paw Paw Lake Rotary.

COLOMA JR. HIGH BAND… students pictured all participated in MSBOA District 6 Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Edwardsburg High School. They all earned medals for first or second division ratings (superior & excellent), with some students even earning two medals for performing multiple events. Front row (from the left): Ri-ley Davis, Brodie McQuillan, Lucian Whitaker, Wyatt Sin-nett, Camryn Brown, Hannah Grenon, Bryony Baum, and Amber Baum. Back row (from the left): Isabella Greenman, Austin Arnold, Abbi Huttenga, Ava Genovese, Zander Baldwin, Christopher Eastman, Yohaly Estrada, and Addyson Milnickel.


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