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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Festival of Trees brings Christmas cheer By Colin Merry Staff Writer

BENZIE COUNTY — Christmas comes to the Benzie Area Historical Museum with the Festival of Trees, bringing with it decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. The Festival of Trees will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 25, at the museum. Over 100 trees and wreaths, donated and decorated by area individuals, organizations and businesses, will be on display and on sale. Visitors can come in and bid on a tree or wreath to get a head-start on Christmas decorating. Trees range in size and shape, as well as decoration style. Everything from patriotic to undersea themed trees have been present at previous festivals, along with more traditional trees. Proceeds from the event will go to Benzie County Habitat for Humanity.

Those who don't wish to purchase decorations can still visit and marvel at the decorate trees and wreaths. A free-will offering for Habitat for Humanity will be accepted from those who wish to donate. "We have some new decorators this year," said Kathi Houston, coordinator for the event. "We start re-connecting with decorators in September, and some new people volunteered." She also said the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store provided wonderful support, such as supplying decorations. Other members of the community also step up and help out for the festival. "Three different growers have donated fresh full-sized trees," Houston said. "We've also got some potted trees that have been donated." On Nov. 24, there will be several readings of Christmas tales. At 1 p.m., "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" by Gloria Houston and Barbara Cooney will

be read. At 4 p.m., the traditional reading of Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" will also be read. "This is the first time we'll be reading 'The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree'," Houston said. "It is a children's story. It is the 10th year we've read 'A Christmas Memory'." There also will be a special exhibit set up for the festival. "The museum board and volunteers look forward to welcoming the community to the museum for this magical event," said Barbara Mort, museum director. "As always, we will offer a special exhibit, with this year's features hand-crafted pieces of lace and crochet from days gone by. We're so excited at the opportunity to partner with another nonprofit -Habitat for Humanity -- and so grateful to the community for supporting this event." The event began in 2001 at the Mills Community House, but since 2005, the Benzie Area Historical Museum has hosted the Festival of Trees, and Houston called it a wonderful partnership. Festival of Trees is organized by a committee of 12 volunteers, which is supported by the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, the Benzie Area Historical Museum and other community organizations and businesses.

A fox-shaped decorative Christmas Tree is one of the many unique takes on traditional Christmas decorations at a previous year's Festival of Trees. (File Photo)

The Festival of Trees features decorated trees and wreaths, donated by area businesses, organizations and individuals. (File Photo)

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The toys will be delivered to Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort after the event and distributed to needy children in Benzie County.

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

The Silver Tea, held at the First Congregational Church of Frankfort, is a time for congregation members and friends of congregation members to gather before the Christmas rush. (File Photo)

Silver Tea continues tradition at Frankfort church By Colin Merry Staff Writer

FRANKFORT — The First Congregational Church of Frankfort continues to bring family and friends together before the Christmas holiday with its Silver Tea gathering. The Silver Tea will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the basement of the church. There is no cost to attend, but a freewill donation will be accepted. Tea is served from silver pitchers and ornate silver table service adorns the entryway, where visitors will be served tea before finding a seat. Servers in formal dress also stop by each table to refill teacups and clear dishes. Aside from tea, guests will a variety of hors d’oeuvres made by volunteers. Previous year’s offerings included shrimp, fish balls, meatballs, stuffed tomatoes and finger sandwiches, as well as an assortment of holiday cookies. "It is interesting that the same people always bring the

same things," said Dinah Haag, pastor for the church. "There is a person who always brings shrimp, and a person who always brings a particular cookie. They all have their niche in this grand event." A bake sale also will be held; visitors can purchase cookies by the pound. "There is the Silver Tea, but there also is the cookie by the pound sale," Haag said. "One lady in the church makes a lot of cut-out cookies for that, and we have a decorating party a few day before the tea. Men, women, kids all join in on that. They are truly homemade cookies." The early history of the Silver Tea has been lost, but it has been continuous for at least 90 years, and was started in the early 1900s. Stories from some of the oldest congregation members indicate it may have started as something for the women to do when hunting season started. It is also thought that the church was looking to do something with

the the wonderful silver tea set donated to the church many years ago. "One of the running jokes we have about it is, for years and years, there was a committee out of the women's fellowship, and somehow, a chairperson for the silver tea was born each year," Haag said. "What is really funny we don't necessarily have a chair anymore, because it is a lot of work we don't necessarily want to take it on anymore. It's a running joke that nobody is the chair of the silver tea, yet somehow it ends up happening." She also said the Silver Tea is a way for families to gather before the Christmas rush. "It is a time for people to get together before the holidays start in earnest," Haag said. "Events like this have become very popular. I have seen other churches start to host them." For more information on the First Congregational Church of The Silver Tea at First Congregational Church in Frankfort not only features Frankfort’s Silver Tea, call the tea served in antique silver tea service, but also a variety of drinks like church at (231) 352-7909. coffee and punch. (File Photo)

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Local schools to present a number of holiday programs By Robert Myers Staff Writer

BENZIE COUNTY — With the holiday season now underway, schools across Benzie County will be performing a number of holiday concerts, plays and programs over the course of the next month. Frankfort Middle School drama club students will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 to perform "Life is Like a Double Cheeseburger." In the program, families, couples, friends and waitstaff face major life changes and follow or fail to follow, their dreams. It turns out life is like a double cheeseburger, often messy and complicated, but worth savoring. Holiday-themed festivities will begin at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 with the Holiday Band Concert at Benzie Central, the first major concert under new band director Brian Parent. Crystal Lake Elementary second through fifth grade students will perform their Christmas program, titled "Reindeer Games," at 7 p.m. on Dec. 11 at the Benzie Central High School auditorium. In the program, reindeer, divided into the Red team and the Green team, are competing in a North Pole Olympics in events such at the Antler Ring Toss, Hoof Hockey, the North Pole Vault, Dancing with the Claus and the Amazing Race Around the World, among other events. Reporters Candy Cane and Seymour Snow will announce each event while Santa and Mrs. Claus will be the impartial judges. Elves and Spectators will cheer on the two teams. See what happens when the Red and Green teams are tied after the final event. The Benzie Central Winter Choir Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 in the Benzie

Central High School auditorium, under the direction of second year director Kirsten Cline. Benzie Central Middle School will perform its winter play, directed by Lynn Keber, at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 15, also in the high school auditorium. Frankfort-Elberta Area Schools will host its holiday band concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18. The concert will be directed by first-year band director Eric Joslin. Also on Dec. 18, New Covenant Christian Academy will Crystal Lake Elementary students perform in their holiday program in 2017. (File photo) perform its Christmas program, "An Out-of-the-Box Christmas" at 7 p.m. This musical takes place at the final dress rehearsal for a Christmas pageant. When the incorrect costumes arrive, students work together to come up with unique and comical ways to share the Christmas message. Frankfort Elementary will hold its holiday program, under the direction of Joslin, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the elementary school. Betsie Valley Elementary will perform its program at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the school gymnasium, where Sharyl Corey will direct kindergarten through fifth grade students in a performance of "In Frankfort High School students perform in their 2017 holiday band concert. (File photo) Search of the Christmas Spirit." The program will tell the story of detectives McSnoop and McSneak, who take on a case and search for the Christmas spirit. What they find along the way are clues to what makes this season truly special: sharing joy, excitement, kindness and love. December's school program slate will conclude with the Frankfort High School Drama Production of the William Shakespeare classic: "Hamlet" at 7 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 22, with a matinee at 1 p.m. on Dec. 23.

Hailey Fiel sings a solo during Benzie Central's 2017 choir concert. (File photo)

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Benzie Central choir students sing Christmas carols at a past Christmas Magic. (File photo)

Christmas Magic to bring community excitement on Dec. 8 By Robert Myers Staff Writer

BENZIE COUNTY — The local community is looking forward to another exciting celebration of Christmas Magic on Dec. 8. Christmas Magic will kickoff its day of fun at 9 a.m. with Breakfast with Santa at the Hungry Tummy. The breakfast will also feature Neil Sauter, a stilt walker and balloon maker who will be back for his second year at Christmas Magic. Following this traditional event, a new tradition will start at Darcy Library, where community members will be able to drop by to wrap their Christmas presents between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All wrapping supplies will be donated by Friends of the Darcy Library. The Friends of the Darcy Library will also be conducting their annual Christmas Cookie Sale from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, while the cookies last. Also, on Dec. 8 Benzonia Public Library will host its annual party. This year's party will feature a plethora of fun experiences, including gift making and holiday crafting, balloon animals and stories with Sauter, delicious holiday treats, a puppet show, a photo show and much more holiday fun for the kids.

Santa will be making another appearance at Christmas Magic this year. (File photo)

The fun returns to downtown Beulah from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, where the community can enjoy wagon rides and caroling by the Benzie Central choir. They can stop by to visit Santa and Frosty. Sauter will also be there with balloons and face painting. While downtown, visitors should sure to check out all of the decorated storefronts, done with the assistance of local Boy Scouts. One of the highlights of ev-

ery Christmas Magic celebrations is the parade, which takes place at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, when everyone will be able enjoy the magic of the Christmas lights and decorations. This year, the Christmas Magic parade will feature an exciting new twist. Traditionally, local businesses decorate floats in accordance with the year's theme. Emergency vehicles will also participate with festive decorations, however, Amanda McLaren wants this

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Ten Christmas classics to watch this year By Robert Myers Staff Writer

With Thanksgiving upon us, Christmas movies and TV specials are sure to begin popping up on television. Here are 10 Christmas classics to be sure to watch this holiday season: A Charlie Brown Christmas

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," the longest-running holiday special in television history, celebrated its 40th anniversary broadcast on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004. (CBS /Landov photo)

One of several TV specials on this list, this classic stands the test of time with its beloved and iconic characters and message that we shouldn't let commercialism and fancy decorations take over the holiday season. Christmas Vacation This tops the comedy list and is a must-watch every year. Take a break from your hectic holiday schedule and crazy relatives to destress while laughing at a movie all about a dysfunctional family get together, led by it’s well-meaning and loving, but also at times unhinged, patriarch Clark Griswald.

Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye perform in the film "White Christmas," in which a pair of entertainers and former Army buddies step up to help their old general. (Courtesy photo)

writing class in college and this is a film we talked about regularly. Though not necessarily family friendly, it’s a great addition to this list, starring Bruce Willis as John McClane and Alan Rickman as the charismatic villain Hans Gruber. Possible double feature: "Die Hard 2." Gremlins No list of Christmas movies is complete without this fun and heartwarming film. There are definitely tragic (the story of Kate’s father) and violent moments, but the film still comes off as fun and features one of the greatest non-human characters (Gizmo) in the history of cinema along with a likable cast as the Peltzer family. It’s a Wonderful Life

If there’s a Christmas movie most likely to make you tear up, it might be this one, featuring the story of the ultimate common man, George Bailey, set in Bedford Falls, the ultimate American small town. This truly captures all of life – the joys, the sorrows, the Die Hard frustrations and how all of the litSome might argue that this tle things we do truly matter. isn’t a Christmas movie, that it only coincidentally takes place at Lethal Weapon a Christmas Party, however, arguBeneath the surface of this ments aside, no matter what your buddy cop action movie are some stance, it’s a great excuse to watch great themes that fit well with a great movie. I took a screen Christmas. You have a man on the verge of suicide because he can’t face the holiday season without his wife, who finds reasons to live through his new partner and his family who takes him in as one of them. Home Alone If you’re looking for a movie with some good themes about family and friendship where you can also laugh hysterically as a child sadistically tortures a pair of

bumbling robbers, than this is the Christmas classic for you. Some movies on this list might have themes that children don’t fully comprehend or adult content, but this is a film the whole family can enjoy. Possible double feature: "Home Alone 2." Miracle on 34th Street (the original) Filled with memorable lines and moments, this movie is truly a Christmas classic, as a man called Kris Kringle ends up on trial to decide whether he is insane or truly is Santa Claus. While determining whether he is Santa Claus or a just a kind old man is left somewhat to the audience, there is no denying the impact he has in the lives of the three other main characters and countless others. Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer One of two TV specials to make this list, this one-hour show features the classic voice of Burl Ives along with archetypal heroes and story arcs, as "misfits" Rudolf and Hermey wander off in search of their dreams after rejecting what others tell them they should be and then end up heroes after facing and overcoming many challenges. White Christmas Some of the singing and dancing may threaten to bore a 21st century audience but this movie remains one of the all-time Christmas classics and reminds you that there is good out there as a pair of entertainers and former Army buddies step up to help their old general. Add in the different journeys the main characters take to find love, and you’ve got a true classic featuring a classic Christmas carol.

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Holly Berry continues holiday traditions in Frankfort By Colin Merry Staff Writer

FRANKFORT — Residents and visitors of Frankfort over the Thanksgiving weekend can kick off the Christmas season with a day of arts, crafts, Santa Claus and Christmas trees. The Holly Berry Arts and Crafts Fair starts things off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 24 at the Frankfort-Elberta High School. Visitors can get a jump-start on Christmas shopping, or seek a unique, handmade gift, all which can be found at the more than 100 vendors filling the school's halls and gymnasium. Everything from jewelry, clothing, blankets, doll clothing, fiber art, handmade soaps, pottery, paintings, quilts, stationary, yard decorations, home decorations and photographs will be offered. Visitors also can find an assortment of locally made snacks, such as jerky, pasties and pastries. There often are a number of Christmas-themed vendors, offering decorations, cards and other holiday memorabilia. "There are some new vendors coming in this year," said Joanne Bartley, executive director of the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce. "People like to see old favorites, but it is also nice to see new options, especially for the people who come every year." There is a $2 suggested donation to enter Holly Berry, which comes with a raffle ticket. Visitors can also purchase more tickets to better their chances of winning. Instead of having one big raffle

drawing with multiple prizes, visitors can enter many separate raffles for specific items, some donated by the vendors themselves. "The $2 suggested donation helps offset the cost of hosting the event," Joanne said. This year, the Frankfort softball team will be hosting their traditional wreath sale, and the Frankfort wrestling team will provide food for hungry shoppers. Later the same day, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m., also at Frankfort High School. Visitors can ride through the streets of Frankfort the old-fashioned way. Santa also will be visiting with youngsters from 1 to 3 p.m. at the school. New for this year, there will be children's activities held from noon to 2 p.m. at the high school. "Shopping at Holly Berry is a tradition for a lot of families," Bartley said. "A lot of families start their holiday shopping here. There are a lot of holiday items here. It gets you in the mood." Later the same day, the annual Community Tree Lighting will be held at 7 p.m. in Rotary Park, next to the Frankfort City Hall. Visitors to the park can help decorate Frankfort Christmas tree and sing Christmas carols. The Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce will provide hot cocoa and doughnut holes for the tree lighting. For more information, visit the chamber of commerce website at www.frankfort-elberta. com or call (231) 352-7251.

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A step back in time Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend celebrates 30 years in Manistee had the most people that we've ever had," said Brooks. "At least 20,000 people came out to the parade." A staple of the festival is the Victorian Sleighbell Parade, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The parade typically sees thousands of people, who all gather on River Street to watch Victorian holiday-themed displays from horse drawn entries, to elves on stilts, bagpipers and Victorian dressed carolers. Last year, the parade had a record breaking number of entries. At the end of the parade, draft horses pull a 30 foot Christmas tree down River Street, followed by a display of luminaries, carolers and the age-old tradition of lighting the tree. "We have some new parade entries and new events during the day this year," Brooks said. "There will be a

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MANISTEE — It's the most wonderful time of the year, winter holidays are approaching and Manistee is gearing up for one of its most prominent festivals. The traditional 30th annual Victorian Sleighbell Parade and Old Christmas Weekend, organized by a committee under the Manistee Downtown Development Authority, brings in a large crowd each year — including many outof-town visitors. Those who attend will step back in time, participating in one of Michigan's most unique holiday festivals. Rachel Brooks, Sleighbell chair, said this year the festival, which will be held from Dec. 6-9, is in the works to be the largest event lineup yet. Brooks said many surprises are in store for visitors. "Last year, we believe we

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warming tent, we are bringing it back this year." The entire festival has numerous events to check out, including the Festival of Trees, craft show at the Manistee High School, guided tours of the historic 1894 Lumber Baron Mansion — housing the Dempsey Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, Victorian Tea Room — and various pre-parade events. On Saturday, Dec. 8, before the parade, people can enjoy roasted chestnuts, "A Victorian Christmas" display at the Manistee County Historical Museum, cookie decorating and crafting events held at downtown venues, the Old Kirke Museum's Scandinavian Christmas open house, Santa meet and greet, and more. New this year is more carriage rides downtown, pony rides and other festive events. "We are going to have horse and carriage rides on both ends of the downtown, because that is such a popular event that we wanted to bring more during the day," said Brooks. "The ponies are also going to be in the parade." The festival wraps up on Sunday, Dec. 9, with a Santa meet and greet, lessons and carols, traditional Swedish brunch and more. Events are even held in other areas of Manistee County during the weekend, as well. While the festival ap-

During the day, elves on stilts walk the streets for the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend. (News Advocate File Photo)

The Christmas tree is pulled by a team of horses through the downtown area during the 2017 Victorian Sleighbell Parade in Manistee. (News Advocate File Photo)

proaches, Brooks said organizing the entire weekend has been a large task for all of those involved. "(The festival) does not only benefit our downtown, but also the county," she said.

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rus Christmas Concert, Location to be announced, www.benziechorus.org

Nov 23 n 6-9 p.m., Holiday Trail Celebration at Crystal Mountain

n 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee

Nov. 24

Dec. 9

n 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival of Trees to benefit Habitat for Humanity, Benzie Historical Society, 6941 Traverse Ave., Benzonia

n Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend, downtown Manistee, http://manisteesleighbellparade.com/

n 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Manistee VFW Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar, Manistee VFW, 1211 28th St., Manistee

n 1-3 p.m. Community Open House, Oliver Art Center, Frankfort n 2 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee

n 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holly Berry Arts & Crafts Fair, Frankfort Junior/Senior High School, Frankfort

n 7:30 p.m. Benzie County Community Chorus Christmas Concert, Location to be announced, www.benziechorus. org

n 1-3 p.m. Santa & Mrs. Claus, Frankfort High School, 534 11th St., Frankfort n 5-6 p.m., First Light Celebration with tree lighting at 5 p.m.. Crystal Mountain, Thompsonville

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n 7 p.m. Frankfort Community Tree Lighting, Rotary Park, downtown Frankfort The Festival of Trees held at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts is a popular event during the Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Christmas Weekend. (News Advocate File Photo)

Nov. 25

n 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival of Trees to n 7:30 p.m. “Christmas on Angel Street,” benefit Habitat for Humanity, Benzie presented by Manistee Civic Players at Historical Society, 6941 Traverse Ave., Manistee High School Auditorium Benzonia


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Dec. 13 n 5-8 p.m. Men's Night, Manistee Downtown Development Authority, downtown Manistee

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n 4-6 p.m., Community Dinner, Elberta n 5 p.m. Sparkle in the Park opening, n Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old United Methodist Church, Lincoln AvHopkins Park, 7727 Hopkins Drive, Dec. 1-31 Christmas Weekend, downtown Manenue, Elberta Bear Lake istee, http://manisteesleighbellpan 5-10 p.m. Sparkle in the Park, Hopkins n 5 p.m., Winter Sounds with Benzie Cenrade.com/ Nov. 26 Park, 7727 Hopkins Drive, Bear Lake tral Chamber Choir, Michigan Legacy n 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet, Ramsn 5-10 p.m. Sparkle in the Park, Hopkins Dec. 1 Art Park, Crystal Mountain, Thompsondell Regional Center for the Arts, ManPark, 7727 Hopkins Drive, Bear Lake ville n 1 p.m. Annual Silver Tea, First Congreistee Nov. 27 gational Church, Frankfort Dec. 21 n 7:30 p.m. Benzie County Community n 5-10 p.m. Sparkle in the Park, Hopkins n 7:30 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet, RamsChorus Christmas Concert, Location n 4 p.m. Winter Solstice Candle Lighting, Park, 7727 Hopkins Drive, Bear Lake dell Regional Center for the Arts, ManMaple Grove Township Cemetery, Kato be announced, www.benziechorus. istee leva org Nov. 28 n 5-10 p.m. Sparkle in the Park, Hopkins Park, 7727 Hopkins Drive, Bear Lake

Nov. 29 n 5-10 p.m. Sparkle in the Park, Hopkins Park, 7727 Hopkins Drive, Bear Lake

Nov. 30 n 5-10 p.m. Sparkle in the Park, Hopkins Park, 7727 Hopkins Drive, Bear Lake n 7 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet, Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee

n 7:30 p.m. “Christmas on Angel Street,” n Festival of Trees by the Manistee Area Dec. 31 presented by Manistee Civic Players at Chamber of Commerce, Ramsdell Re- n 5-8 p.m. Balloon Drop New Years Eve Manistee High School Auditorium gional Center for the Arts, Manistee Party, Sandcastles Children's Museum, Dec. 2 129 E Ludington Ave., downtown LudDec. 8 ington n 2 p.m. The Nutcracker Ballet, Ramsdell n 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Magic, Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee n 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Roaring '20s New Year’s downtown Beulah, www.clcba.org Eve Party with live music, Ramsdell n 2 p.m. “Christmas on Angel Street,” n Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee presented by Manistee Civic Players at Christmas Weekend, downtown ManManistee High School Auditorium istee, http://manisteesleighbellpa- Jan. 1 rade.com/ Dec. 6 n 12 a.m., Ball Drop followed by fireworks, Downtown Ludington n 3 p.m. Benzie County Community Chon Victorian Sleighbell Parade & Old


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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Sparkle in the Park prepared for 14th year By David Yarnell

Special to the Record Patriot BEAR LAKE -- For the 14th consecutive Christmas season, Bear Lake businesses, organizations and individuals will place nearly 50 scenes in Hopkins Park to create Sparkle in the Park. Thousands of vehicles pass through the displays from Saturday, Nov. 24 through Dec. 31. The display is open every night from 5 to 10 p.m. Opening night, Saturday, Nov. 24, will include an official lighting ceremony starting at 5 p.m. and then chili, hot chocolate and the arrival of Santa at 6:30 p.m. “It is hard to believe it's the 14th year,” said Pauline Jaquish, who with her husband Philip has been in charge of the event from the start. “In the beginning Philip thought I was nuts, but he decided he would make sure I didn't electrocute myself so he volunteered to help hook things up. That first year we had about 16 sites and now we are over 50 sites and spilling out onto the U.S. 31 corridor.” The Bear Lake Promoters and the Village of Bear Lake are the official sponsors of the event.

“We have several helpers this year,” Jaquish said. “Randy and Katherine Johnson, Tom and Annette Hart, Don and Rita Brisbin, Leslie Osborn, Nancy Coalter, Rod Richmond, Natalie Ware, Dave and Linda Schweyer, Julie Griffis and Amanda Harthun plus about 20 businesses, churches and organizations that put up their own sites.” Jaquish is particularly excited about opening night. “It has grown into much more than I ever dreamed,” she said. “Free tailgate chili, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee is available from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and all donated by local 'Sparklers,' as I call our volunteers. From 6:30 to 7:30 Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with the children and offer treat bags to all. This year we are encouraging visitors to bring food items that will go to the Bear Lake Area Food Bank.” Jaquish added that on every Saturday night, starting at 5 p.m., everyone is invited to participate in Christmas caroling near the Toyland Bear Lake display starting at 6 p.m. How many lights sparkle each night in the Hopkins Park vicinity? “With over 50 displays and our huge village tree that itself has about 1,500 lights, I'd say

there are well over 50,000,” she said. “But it's really difficult to say. I haven't had anyone volunteer yet to take an official count. That position is open if anyone is so inclined.” Jaquish said the volunteers take satisfaction in seeing families enjoy the displays. “I sometimes watch the traffic flow on an evening,” Jaquish said. “Young families walk with their little ones to each site and dogs bark their approval as they hang their heads out of truck windows. We really take pride in the event when the vans bring residents from foster care homes like the Manistee Medical Care Facility and the Maples in Frankfort. Those are the reasons Sparkle in the Park continues.” Jaquish pointed out that there has never been an admission charge although there are donation boxes near Toyland Bear Lake in the middle of the park to help purchase supplies for the following year. “If we charged admission, we know there are some families who would only be able to come through one time during the season – and they enjoy coming back again and again,” she said.

Thousands of lights from more than 50 holiday-themed displays will fill Hopkins Park — 7727 Hopkins Drive in Bear Lake — to create Manistee County's glowing beacon of Christmas cheer, open to public viewing. (News Advocate File Photo)

More than 50 displays — created by businesses, organizations, schools or individuals — make up Bear Lake’s annual Sparkle in the Park each year. (News Advocate File Photo)

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Much of the focus of Black Friday is on finding the best deals, but it can be interesting to take a breath and learn how this phenomenon developed and how it has evolved over the years. (Courtesy photo)

The history of Black Friday Black Friday marks the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. Come Black Friday, shoppers strive to get the lowest prices on gifts for their loved ones. Much of the focus of Black Friday is on finding the best deals, but it can be interesting to take a breath and learn how this phenomenon developed and how it has evolved over the years.

prices and manipulation on the part of speculators Jay Gould and James Fisk. This scandal occurred in September 1869. Commodity prices plummeted 50 percent as a result, and the term "black Friday" was coined to refer to that drop. The phrase "black Friday" also became famous for all the wrong reasons in 1966. Philadelphia police used it to refer to the Friday traffic jams and crowding in downtown stores Black Friday from tourists and shoppers The term "black Friday" was who flooded into the city in adoriginally associated with gold vance of the Army-Navy football game held the Saturday


after Thanksgiving each year. low-cost "doorbusters" and Bigger crowds and rowdiness other discounted prices. contributed to long hours and Interestingly enough, acstressful shifts for local police. cording to the National Retail Federation, Black Friday really Black Friday reinvented hasn't been the most lucrative The retail industry started day for retailers over the years. using the term "Black Friday" In fact, greater profits and largin the late 1980s. Spin doc- er crowds are often seen on the tors turned previously nega- last Saturday preceding Christtive connotations into positive mas. ones by associating the phrase with stores turning a profit Shopping weekend evolves and moving accounting ledgers While Black Friday may from "red to black" thanks to have been the catalyst, in rebig year-end sales. Retailers cent years shoppers have made and consumers rallied around the entire weekend of Black

Friday a lucrative one for retailers. Many stores now open on Thanksgiving and extend sales through the entire weekend. Small Business Saturday and Sunday promote patronizing mom-and-pop stores. Cyber Monday emerged when online shopping became a popular way to grab deals, and it marks the close of the opening weekend of the holiday shopping season. In 2017, Black Friday weekend attracted 174 million shoppers who spent an average of $335.47, according to the NRF.

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Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Kaleva carries on Finnish tradition on longest night By David Yarnell

Special to the Record Patriot KALEVA -- The Finnish tradition of decorating deceased relatives’ graves during the Christmas season has become a Kaleva tradition, thanks to the work of many volunteers through the years. They place luminaries – paper bags with candles inside -- on graves at Maple Grove Cemetery at the east end of Kaleva on the longest night of the year, Dec. 21. “I believe it was 1998 when it started, so I guess we could say this is the 20th anniversary or the 21st year,” said Cindy Asiala, who is president of the Kaleva Historical Society, which sponsors the event. “It was the first year I was retired and joined the historical society that the idea came up to do this,” she said. Asiala was working with a service learning class at Brethren High School to discover the Finnish heritage of Kaleva. “We found out that it was a Finnish custom to go to the cemeteries on Christmas eve,” she said. “We decided it would be hard to do on Christmas eve so we came up with the idea of doing it on the longest night, the winter solstice, when there's more dark than day. We decided that we'd call it the lighting of the longest night and that would be a way to honor the people in our cemetery.” Two times through the years the event had to be canceled because of storms. “We have weathered it through rain and wind, and wind

Kaleva’s Maple Grove Township Cemetery lights up the night each year on Dec. 21 during the Kaleva Historical Society’s annual winter solstice event. (News Advocate File Photo)

makes it tough,” she said. “But we only cancel it if it's absolutely impossible.” Asiala said the volunteers are aiming to do 1,000 luminaries this year. “Sometimes we run out of sand, a couple times we ran out of bags, but currently we have 1,000 candles and 1,000 paper bags that Larry Grocery donated to us.” Asiala said that since the event is 20 years old, many volunteers have dropped out, requiring creative ways to bring in new helping hands. “Last year we asked the Brethren High School basketball team, which my grandson is on, to help and both the girls and boys teams came and that was a huge help,” she said.

“We welcome anyone who wants to help. We've had people come from Traverse City, Big Rapids, all around. Some have relatives in Kaleva and others come because they like the idea of it.” Placing the luminaries starts at 4 p.m. “We meet across from the cemetery – people will be able to see the activity,” Asiala said. “They just pull up and load up whatever they have – sleds or backs of pick-up trucks. “A group of six or eight people work in the garage putting the sand and candles in the bags to get them ready to be hauled off.” Asiala said the hope is that the candles will last until about 10 p.m.

“Sometimes I've gone up there after 10 and there are still some of them burning. The best time to go is between 6 and 9.” At about 5 p.m. the minister from nearby Bethany Lutheran Church leads a remembrance ceremony in the cemetery. “The last couple of years we've had a nice fire to stand around,” Asiala said. “Then there is a soup supper at the Lutheran Church starting at about 5:30.” In addition to the Winter Solstice event, the Kaleva Historical Society will hold its annual Christmas Open House at the Bottle House Museum on Sunday, Dec. 2. “We hold open houses at the Bottle House and also the Kaleva Art Gallery on the first Sunday in December,” Asiala said.

“At the Bottle House we will again do the Finnish Heaven, which is another long tradition. It's a wooden rack we hang over a Christmas tree near the ceiling. Elementary school children made stars out of foil and we hang them on the rack and put pine boughs on it. “The tradition in Finland was that the children would sleep under it and they would see the stars and it would be like the night Jesus was born.” Asiala added that the Christmas tree would be decorated with straw ornaments, another Scandinavian tradition. “We have real candles in holders on the tree, but of course we don't light them, but that's how it used to be,” Asiala said. “We have some chains made of straw and put come old items from the museum under the tree.” Asiala said special invitations to the open house go to the volunteers who have worked through the year to staff the Bottle House. “We honor and thank them for their help because we wouldn't be able to have the Bottle House open Saturdays and Sundays without them,” she said. At the art gallery, located in downtown Kaleva, Asiala said there will be many items that can be purchased for Christmas gifts. “We say hand made in Kaleva because our artists come mainly from a circle 10 miles around the town,” she said. “ We have some beautiful quilters and people that make really unique crafts and arts for gifts.”

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