MERRY CHRISTMAS… was shouted by Santa & Mrs. Claus (John & Nancy Spoula), driven by WFD on Saturday night, December 5, in downtown Watervliet. Many children waved and posed safely with Santa including this cutie Elle Eastman with mom Brianna Eastman of Watervliet. (TCR photo by John Oliphant)
WATERVLIET WAS MAGICAL… Christmas lights, music and even some snow set the mood for this wonderful outdoor Hometown Holiday! (TCR photo by Josh Coffin)
OUTDOOR HOLIDAY BAZAAR… was full from start to finish. Pictured is Kelsey Griffith. Some 16 vendors participated and some profiting over $500 during the 3-hour event. (TCR photo by Josh Coffin)
MANNEQUINS ON MAIN STREET… came to life in 11 windows on Saturday during the Hometown Holiday event including this pair, Marleigh Schultz and Abby Whorton at Watervliet Hardware. Some of the other windows where “Christmas on the Beach”, “Reindeer School”, “Flo’s Diner”, “Haircuts in Whoville”, “Celebrating Blossomtime”, to name a few. (TCR photo by Josh Coffin)
SPREADING CHEER… Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club donated four large poinsettias to the North Berrien Senior Center to use as decorations this holiday season. Pictured are Ron Clark, Rotary Member (left) and Debbie Ziemke, North Berrien Senior Center Director.
Santa photos and giveaways for children at Hartford Public Library
The annual photos with Santa has been canceled for this season, however on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Hartford Public Library will be giving away books, activity bags and candy for all children. They have an area set up for holiday photos with a Santa and sleigh. Photos can be taken with visitors’ smartphones. When entering the community rooms, masks are required. The library must limit the number of people in the room at one time to keep everyone as safe as possible. The books, activity bags, crafts and candy are for take home to enjoy. For information and questions call (269)588-5103.
Christmas Basket collections
The Coloma Sons of American Legion will be accepting donations of non-perishable food and/or health and beauty items for their annual Christmas Baskets at the Coloma American Legion parking lot on Sunday, Dec. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Coloma Holiday Events
Tuesday, December 15 is a Drive Thru Santa Event at the Coloma Township Hall from 6-8 p.m. more information to follow. City of Coloma is having a Window Display Contest with judging on Monday, Dec. 21 and free cookies and cocoa in Laura Baker Park that evening from 5-6 p.m.
N.B. Historical Museum to host virtual holiday programs in Dec.
At this time of year, the North Berrien Historical Museum would normally be gearing up for the Holiday Open House event. The Museum is saddened to announce that there will not be an in-person holiday event this year. Instead, the event has been renamed I’ll Be Home For Holiday Open House and will be hosted virtually throughout December.
This event will include the North Berrien Holiday Tree Contest. Local businesses, community members, and NBHM society members are encouraged to decorate a holiday tree and enter the contest! Details on how to participate and an entry form can be found on the Museum’s website at: northberrienhistory.org/homeforhoh.
Also included in the event will be Storytime With Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Short pre-recorded videos of the jolly couple will become available on the Museum’s Facebook page on December 10, 17, and 24 at 1:00 p.m. In addition, throughout the month there will be many posts containing local stories of the holiday season. Since the Museum will not be hosting field trips from area schools, staff has put together an activity booklet for students that can be downloaded at the previously mentioned link.
Those interested in donating to the I’ll Be Home For Holiday Open House virtual event can do so by becoming a Star Tree donor. With a donation, staff will add your family’s name on a golden star and hang it from the center tree in the Main Gallery. To donate, simply go to: northberrienhistory.org/donor/become-a-star.
Feel free to call the Museum with any questions during regular business hours: Tuesday–Friday from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.