LIGHTED FLOAT… Simple elegance reminds parade watch-ers of the “Reason for the Sea-son” with this beautiful entry from the Hartford Federated Church, one of many with lighted Nativity scenes in the Christmas in Hartford parade Saturday Dec. 9. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)
Winter Choir Concerts in Coloma Thurs. & Fri.
Coloma High School choirs will present their annual Winter Choir Concert on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Coloma High School Auditorium. The concert will feature Chamber Singers, Serenade Women’s Chorus, Men’s Ensemble, Varsity Singers and other specialty acts.
Coloma Junior High School choirs will present their annual Winter Choir Concert on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. also in the Coloma High School Auditorium. This concert will feature the 6th grade choir, the 7th and 8th grades’ choir, and other specialty acts.
Admission to both concerts is free.
MARINES MAKE CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER… On November 10 marines old and young gathered at T’s Tap in Coloma to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps. Pictured here from that event are (from the left): Leigh Schultz, T’s Marines; Larry Graefen, Toys for Tots repre-sentative; CPT John Franklin USMC; Richard Kelemen, Commander Coloma American Legion post 362; and Samantha Bailey, T’s Tap representative. Owner, Gene Tidey, a Navy veteran, his wife Kim and the staff sponsor this annual party that has been going on for well over a decade. The evening is filled with food, tradition and fellowship. Money is also raised for the Toys for Tots program. T’s Marines, along with the Coloma American Legion and a generous donation from the South Haven Meijer store were able to raise funds to purchase $500 worth of toys at the Meijer store. The toys will be collected, wrapped and distributed to needy children in the Southwest Michigan area in time for the holidays.
Celebrate Christmas at the Flywheelers Museum in South Haven on Friday
Bundle up the kids, pull on your boots and head out to the Michigan Flywheelers Museum as it celebrates the holiday season the old-fashion way with “Christmas at the Flywheelers.” This free event will be held from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15.
Lighted outdoor displays throughout the property will greet visitors as they take a ride on a tractor-pulled “Holly Trolley” through Old Towne. There will be several stops along the way where guests can get off and watch the blacksmith at Over The Hill Forge pound iron, go inside the holiday decorated Farm History Building for a game of checkers or visit the log cabin decorated pioneer style.
Museum president Patrick Ingalls advises visitors to dress warmly as most of this is an outside event. In the restored Stephenson Barn, holiday music, refreshments and craft workshops for kids will be going on. Rumor has it that Santa will be riding his tractor to the museum and will stay and visit with kids.
Holiday shoppers may want to stop at The Wooden Nickel which will be open. The old-fashion general store serves as a gift shop for the museum, and will be filled with tractor-theme items, museum souvenirs and old-fashion toys.
The Michigan Flywheelers Museum is located at 06285 68th Street, South Haven. A non-profit organization, the museum is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of antique farm machinery. For more information, call 269-639-2010, email email@example.com, visit www.michiganflywheelers.org or Facebook.
1ST IN LINE & 1ST VISIT WITH SANTA… 9-month-old Rowan McFarland of Hartford meets the big guy in red for the very first time at the Hartford Public Library. Son of Adam McFarland and Valerie McKin-ney, this little guy will never have to worry about his personal Christmas cookie supply, since Rowan is also the grandson of legendary local baker & pie-maker extraordinaire, Hartford Lion Vicki McFarland. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)
Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Contest ends Saturday at midnight
Watervliet’s Best Lighted House contest is sponsored by the City of Watervliet for residents in the city and township of Watervliet. To enter, participants must post a photo of their Christmas display on the Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Facebook event page. Then send the street address via Facebook Messenger to Katie Ann Muth so authenticity can be verified. Please do NOT post the address with the photo.
Entries can be made anytime through Dec. 16. Once the entry has been posted, then share the event and photo with all your Facebook friends and ask them to vote for your house on the event page. Photos with the most “likes” and “shares” total will be eligible to win. Prizes for this contest are 1st place: $100 cash; 2nd place: $50 B&B Outlet gift card; and 3rd place: $20 Mill Creek Charlies gift card.
At midnight on Dec. 16 “likes” and “shares” will be counted on the event page only. Winners will be contacted.
RSVP on the event page as “going” to see more information and view other contestants’ entries.
Tri-City Angel Tree reminder
Thank you to all the readers who have been helping with the angel tree by pulling tags and fulfilling wishes. Many gifts have been dropped off already. It is great to see everyone jumping in to give a child hope this season. Remember, the deadline is Monday, Dec. 18. Please remember to drop off the gift you purchased by this date.
Gifts will be wrapped and delivered to the families next week. We want the families to have them by Christmas.
FIRST PLACE… North Berrien Historical Museum has tallied votes from their Holiday Open House and the winners of the People’s Choice Christmas Tree contest were determined. Officially announced at a volunteer event on Dec. 9, the first place winner was 12 Corners Vineyards with the theme “Wine-der Woman.” Also placing were Dale and Ronda Kaucher in second place with Pretty in Pink and the Santa’s Workshop tree decorated by Moss Chiroprac-tic. Sponsors for the event which was a huge success are Monte Packaging Company, Harding’s Friendly Market, Jollay Orchard, Darlene Getz, DDS, Maggie and George Richter, The Upbeats Band, Lane Automotive Inc., Bob’s Barn Farm Market and Bakery, The Sign Shop, Cottage of the Four Sea-sons, North Berrien Community Development, D.W. Hammond Chocolate & Fudge, and Colo-ma High School Choir.
Watervliet Free Methodist Church Christmas Schedule
Sunday, Dec. 17 – 10:30 a.m. Children’s Christmas Program “The Thing About Christmas”
Sunday, Dec. 24 – 10:30 a.m. Worship Service (no Sunday School) and 6:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion
Sunday, Dec. 31 – 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages and 10:30 a.m. Worship Service
The public is invited to all services. Watervliet Free Methodist Church is located at 7734 Paw Paw Ave. in Watervliet. Call 269-463-8280 for more information.
Holiday Bake, Craft and Gift sale at Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Dec. 21; Holiday Gift Shop hours announced
Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary will host their annual Holiday Bake, Craft and Gift Sale Thursday, December 21 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in classroom C. Featured will be homemade baked goods, candy and last minute gifts. Also available for purchase are raffle tickets for a chance to win wonderful door prizes. Ticket holders need not be present to win. All proceeds from Auxiliary fundraisers benefit our local Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet.
In addition, the Auxiliary will open Park Bench Gift Shop, located at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet on Saturdays, December 16 and December 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHS Student Council and Athletic Department food drive this weekend
The Student Council of Watervliet High School is sponsoring a non-perishable food drive thru Dec. 19. At the same time they have a hat and mitten tree at the high school.
The food collected will be donated to the Living Water Food Pantry at Watervliet Free Methodist Church. The hats and mittens will be given to students at the North and South elementary buildings.
Again this year, the Student Council has teamed up with the Athletic Department in the food drive. Anyone attending the varsity basketball games this Friday and Saturday will be admitted into the games with a donation of five non-perishable food items each night. Friday’s games are against Fennville; girls begin at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday the girls’ game is at 5:00 p.m. and the boys’ at 6:30 p.m. against Hartford.
ON DISPLAY IN HARTFORD… This intricate LEGO Christmas Village is in its 3rd year and contains over 20,000 pieces painstakingly as-sembled by Library staffers & LEGO Masters Sarah Munson and Patti Schroeder in what amounts to roughly the equiva-lent of two 40-hour work weeks. On display at the Hart-ford Library, the village features several detailed buildings including a train station com-plete with cappuccino machine, working merry-go-round, a working train, working ski lift and of course Santa & his sleigh in the center of town. (TCR photo by Jon Bisnett)