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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Festival of Trees heads outdoors in Benzie County Colin Merry

museum hadn’t been using the pavilion much except for storing some equipment, and that it A holiday tradition, has been resurfaced for the Festival of Trees the event with a fine will shine on in 2020 gravel aggregate. with a few changes: “There are lots of It will be moving textiles this time,” outdoors. Houston said. “We have The festival, which wall hanging quilts raises money for and table cloths. A lot Habitat for Humanity of table-top trees. We of Benzie County, will have a lot of artificial be held from 4-7 p.m. wreaths people can on Nov. 27, noon to 6 hang all year round and p.m. on Nov. 28 and noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. some themed trees. We’ve got a sports 29 at the Benzie Area themed tree, a teddy Historical Museum. bear themed tree and a However, the snowman themed tree, decorated trees, for example.” wreathes and other Houston said the decorations will be museum will be able to shown at the outdoor accept cash, check or pavilion behind the credit cards if people museum. don’t want to pay Visitors can come online. She said she’s and look at the not sure how pick-up decorations as long as of items will work, and they are wearing masks that those plans will be and keep a distance ironed out closer to the from each other. There event. will be a one-way flow The traditional through the displays reading of stories will and only 20 people be put online. Houston allowed in the display said it would likely be at once. at the Benzie County Bidding will strictly Habitat of Humanity be online this year, website. according to Kathi “We’ve got a Houston, event committee of about organizer. Photos a dozen people of the decorations committed to figuring placed on the Benzie out an unusual way County Habitat for of doing it as opposed Humanity website at to canceling it,” benziehabitat.org. Houston said. “It Bidding will begin is quite a challenge when the festival opens. and continues to be “We have possibly a challenge and scary the same number of to do something so items from previous different, but also years, over 100, fresh exciting. People trees, wreaths and are happy to make artificial trees and donations to affordable wreaths. It is a lot of housing in Benzie fun and people have County. That is gotten super creative. important.” People have gotten in Houston said there touch with me who is still time to become have never decorated a part of the festival. before. They want Interested parties can call her at (231) 510to donate and be 1721 or text her at the involved.” same number. Houston said the cmerry@pioneergroup.com

An alpaca themed table-top decoration at 2019’s Festival of Trees. This year’s event will be held outside at the Benzie Area Historical Museum. (File Photo)

There were many decorated wreaths at the 2019 Festival of Trees. This year’s event will include much of the same, but the due to the pandemic the event will be held outdoors. (File Photo)

Decorated fresh and artificial Christmas Trees are part of the draw of the Festival of Trees. This year, bidding will be held online due to the pandemic. (File Photo)

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

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Toys for Tots program seeking donations Colin Merry


The Benzie County Toys for Tots program is seeking donations for the Christmas Store to help families provide gifts for their children. Marilou Schlotterbeck, coordinator of the program, said toy collection boxes also have been scattered at businesses throughout the county. The Toy Trolley also will still be taking place at the Beulah A. Papano’s Pizza from 5-7 p.m. on Dec. 2, but it will be a drive-up event this year. People who want to donate toys can drive up, drop them off and receive a coupon for breadsticks. The Toys for Tots Holiday Store will be held on Dec. 10, 11 and 12 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, in Frankfort. Like in past years, families are encouraged to apply ahead of time, this year through the Benzie Area Christian Neighbors website at benziebacn.org. Families are asked to apply at BACN’s website before Dec. 4, but Schlotterbeck said she might still be able help after that cutoff, and to call her at (231) 871-0875 or contact BACN. Once a family applies, they

will receive word on when their appointment will be on the three shopping days. Families are asked not to bring children to the Christmas Store. Families do not have to be clients of BACN to apply. Shopping days will be a bit different this year. There will be no lines inside the church; parents will have to wait outside of the church until they are brought in. There will only be six people allowed in to shop at a time, one per family, with six more being brought in when the six previous shoppers are finished. Shoppers will be asked to wear a mask and store staff will supply gloves. “We want it to be a pleasant and safe experience,” Schlotterbeck said. Like usual, parent will have a vast array of toys to chose from for many age groups; everything from stuffed animals and action figures to board games and books. The Holiday Store often has a large selection of bicycles as well. In the past, there have been items for older children, as well, including electronics and personal hygiene products. Schlotterbeck said she and Toys for Tots officials expect to see more families in need this



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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

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gift certificates at one of the 60 plus lodging operations in the county. Shopping locally is obviously good for our economy. Small businesses are the backbone to the rural lifestyle we enjoy. For every $100 spent at a locally owned business, $73 stays in the local economy, and nearly 60% of dollars spent at a non-locally owned business leave. Recent research indicates that local eateries return nearly 79% of revenues to the community, with 70% percent of revenues for chain restaurants leaving the local economy. We cannot just simply say “shop locally”, our actions must equal our words. Promote with pride on social media platforms your local purchases. Write positive reviews on Yelp and Google about local businesses you

support. “You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy local, and that’s kind of the same,” (author unknown). The Benzie Area Chamber of Commerce will be doing our part to promote shopping local. Please check out our website for local “Hot Deals” and other local shopping opportunities. Plus we will be promoting on our social media platforms the local shopping, eating and drinking experience in Benzie County. Visit www. Benzie.org and click on the Shop Local tab. Richard A. Coates is executive director of the Benzie County Chamber of Commerce. He can be reached at (231) 882-5801. Find more information about the Benzie County chamber at www.benzie.org/ .


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Graveyard candles to light up Kaleva’s longest night Scott Fraley

two decades ago, when Asiala was working with a service learning class to As the longest night of the year, the winter solstice revive the Finnish heritage of Kaleva. is a time of significance for “When we first started many cultures around the out, we only did 200 world. candles then it got bigger Dec. 21 marks not only and we went to 500 and the start of astronomical then in the last few years winter, it is also a time for with the help of community celebration in communities volunteers we’ve been able like Kaleva, where locals to put out 1,000,” Asiala participate in the tradition said. “It’s expanded and of lighting graveside really become more popular candles in remembrance of over time. It’s become a the deceased. community event and we’ve Each winter, volunteers had people come from all return to Maple Grove over.” Township Cemetery to place Volunteers arrive at the the luminaries — paper cemetery around 4 p.m. and bags with lighted candles — work quickly to illuminate on each grave in honor of the graveyard, often deceased loved ones. battling December snow Cindy Asiala, president to ensure the flickering of the Kaleva Historic candles will illuminate the Society, said the tradition of darkest night of the year. decorating the graves comes The Kaleva community from the community’s has reenacted this tradition Finnish heritage. for over 20 years, only While in Finland, the canceling twice due to the celebration is traditionally harsh weather. observed on Christmas Asiala said the goal this Eve, the Kaleva Historical year is to once again place Society decided to hold 1,000 luminaries, which she its festivities on Dec. 21 hopes will last until around to avoid conflicting with 10 p.m. Larry’s Grocery in families’ holiday plans. Kaleva has donated bags The tradition began over

for the celebration, and the historical society will provide the candles and sand to weight the bags. While countless holiday traditions have been upended by the continuing public health crisis, Asiala said the celebration can continue with few changes while still adhering to the recommended health and safety guidelines. “It’s an outdoor activity and we will have people that are close together will either be in the same bubble or spaced out when we’re getting things ready. It’s naturally a spread out cemetery,” Asiala said. “There won’t be the soup luncheon afterward but everything else will go as planned.” Asiala said that anyone is welcome to join the lighting ceremony, and invited all to witness the candles in Kaleva. “It’s something you’ll want to see. When you look over the whole area and the lights are twinkling at different heights, it’s an amazing sight and we really felt like it was one of our most popular events,” Asiala said.


Kaleva residents mark the winter solstice by placing lighted candles on the graves of deceased loved ones during the annual winter solstice event. (File Photo)

A volunteer places lighted luminaries on gravestones at Maple Grove Township cemetery during the annual winter solstice event. (File Photo)

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

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Sparkle in the Park to light up Bear Lake Nov. 28-Dec. 31 Ken Grabowski Record Patriot

but people will still get the opportunity to enjoy some of the main attractions: the displays and lights. For the past 16 years, “This year we will not people approaching the have Santa coming in on Village of Bear Lake in the the opening night or the evening during the month tailgate chili,” said Jaquish. of December can’t help but “We hate like everything notice a bright glow in the not to have it because it has sky emulating from the been such a positive thing downtown area. and really gave you that That glow was a sign to Hallmark feeling. But with everyone that the popular COVID there is no way we Sparkle in the Park is could social distance and we once again taking place in don’t want to chance it.” Hopkins Park. The annual Jaquish said that event features displays with even though they were thousands of Christmas disappointed with not being lights that are a treat to able to do those opening view for young and old alike. night activities, the spirit of However, as the Sparkle in the Park will still COVID-19 pandemic has be burning brightly. claimed so many popular “People can park their holiday events and festivals cars and walk through on over the past seven months a nice night if they want to many wondered if Sparkle do that, or they can drive in the Park would be lost through in their cars and as well. Unlike those other enjoy it that way,” said events, Sparkle in the Park Jaquish. “The good news can be enjoyed with social is our site reservations for distancing. It will take place displays are all full already. this year from Nov. 28 Several new exhibitors are through Dec. 31. on board this year, which Pauline Jaquish, who will allow our Sparkle has served on the Sparkle Committee to decorate Committee for all 16 years, more of the U.S. 31 corridor said there will be some than in the past.” changes to the usual format, The Sparkle Committee



has built some new things for the former Variety Store lot on U.S. 31. They have some “cute” things that will be on display at that location and a couple other spots along the corridor. Jaquish said there has been a push to encourage more to participate in the Residential and Business Lighting Contests this year. “We have four new businesses that have made entries this year including one from Manistee,” said Jaquish. “The Bear Lake promoters is offering Bear Lake Bucks in the amounts of $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third place in each category,” said Jaquish. Down in Hopkins Park there are 30 campsites that will be decorated; they also decorate the pavilion, the playground area, the driveway and the green space. “Altogether with what we are putting out on the U.S. 31 corridor we will have over 60 sites this year,” said Jaquish. “I try to estimate how many lights we have on our (Sparkle Committee) sites and even though I don’t count all the

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More than 80,000 lights will brighten 60 sites at Hopkins Park in Bear Lake as part of Sparkle in the Park this year. The event has been taking place for 16 years. (File Photo)

other sites we will have over 80,000 lights this year.” Jaquish said there is a variety of churches, businesses and individual families that all put up displays. Many keep coming back every year with new displays. “The reward a lot of us get from this is just how people relate to it,” said Jaquish. “Last year I got calls from people in Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and all over asking about it.” She said one night that was always a big one for them in terms of the number of people going through the Sparkle in the Park was after the Victorian Sleighbell Parade in Manistee. “We are really sorry that (the Sleighbell Parade) isn’t taking place this year because when all those people who came from the north would be going home they would swing through Sparkle in the Park,” said Jaquish. “It was just bumper-to-bumper that night. We did a car count one of those nights and it was over 300 cars.” Jaquish said there is a free will donation to view Sparkle in the Park. They

have donation boxes set up at the pavilion and near the entrance to Hopkins Park to help defray the electrical costs of the exhibits. “We’re not trying to make money, we are trying to make friends,” said Jaquish. “What helps with the cost is right now the displays are about 90 percent LED lights. We pay the light bill for the park and down by the bear by the (Bear Lake) sign there is a meter too.” The group also sees that the large tree on the opposite side of U.S. 31 from the park is decorated with 1,400 lights each year. That is made possible thanks to the assistance of Thompson Tree Service, which puts them up with a couple of bucket trucks. “That is a real landmark for the Sparkle in the Park as well as people call and ask how they are going to find it and we say if you stay on U.S. 31 you are going to see the big tree with lights on it,” said Jaquish. Jaquish said she hopes everyone takes the time to enjoy the 2020 Sparkle in the Park because with the COVID-19 pandemic it is a good way to get everyone in the holiday mood in these difficult times.

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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Know what foods, spirits to avoid this holiday season Catherine Ciotti Guest Columnist

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There are many foods that are toxic to cats and dogs. Take steps to ensure your pets’ safety this holiday season. (Courtesy photo)

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they ingest marijuana. Dogs eat both raw leaf marijuana and “edibles,” or foods infused with marijuana. With edibles, you’ll also have to be careful of the other ingredients like chocolate or sugar, which can be harmful to dogs. If they eat several brownies, they’re going to get a massive dose of marijuana, but they’re also going to get a ton of butter and grease and fat and a ton of other stuff that’s bad for them. Edibles tend to take longer to leave an animal’s system since the THC in edibles is highly

concentrated. Some symptoms of marijuana ingestion include ataxia (loss of coordination that can show up as an uncoordinated or “drunken” walk), incontinence and hypersensitivity to touch. They can also be especially hypersensitive to sounds. Remember that toxicity is dangerous and reaction time is vital to your pet’s health. Keep your vet’s emergency number accessible. Catherine Ciotti is a Manistee County Humane Society board member.

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Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 • Benzie County Record Patriot Wishbook

Holiday Recipes Spiced Cranberry Sauce/Jam Submitted by Cathy Bodell, Benzonia months in refrigerator. Can also be frozen for up to one year. Makes a large amount INGREDIENTS 2 - 12 oz. bags fresh cranberries (Michigan cranberries are preferred) 1 cup 100% no sugar added cranberry juice (if cranberry juice is not available, 100% apple juice can be substituted) 1/2 cup 100% pure Michigan maple syrup 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons raw sugar (or white granulated sugar) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

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Cranberry sauce with Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner Jam on buttered toast – either smooth or partially whole consistency works A topping for cheesecake A gift - put either version (smooth or chunky) in small jars and give as Cranberry Jam Jam/topping for pancakes or waffles When any leftover turkey or thanksgiving recipes call for cranberry sauce

DIRECTIONS Simmer berries and juice in small saucepan until they pop. Mash berries with fork, if needed (leave some partially whole if you prefer chunky). Add rest of ingredients, except vanilla. Simmer until thick, stirring frequently (it will thicken even more when refrigerated). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool. Can be stored for up to 2

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If a smoother consistency is desired, use an immersion blender before mixture completely cools Add up to 3 more tablespoons of sugar if a sweeter version is preferred over a tart version

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