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Designing Your Dream Holiday Kitchen

FEATURE WRITERS Julie Young, Kathleen Moran, Amanda Demster & Rebekah Whirledge

Beyond The Dining Room Table

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Maymie Ankrom, Mary Lester MARKETING ASSISTANTS Darlene Eichelberger darlene@the-papers.com Trina Hoy thoy@the-papers.com DIRECTOR OF CIRCULATION Joe Hoyt jhoyt@the-papers.com

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editor’s note...

We stand at the cusp of the holiday season, and like 2020 as a whole, everything feels a little off. Staple seasonal events have been cancelled and even family gatherings are looking like they won’t be quite the same as in years past. With such uncertainty hovering in the air, I’ve actually found myself — before Halloween — browsing lit reindeer and holly garlands. I’m a stickler that each holiday should stay in its own lane, barring a Labor Day trip to Frankenmuth, Mich., which is, of course, Christmas Capital USA. However, after this year, I find myself desperately seeking a light at the end of the tunnel — and if it comes in the shape of a reindeer, so be it. But fear not, even if such an item should be added to a shopping cart, it shall not adorn my abode until after Thanksgiving. The turkey, a “respectable bird” as noted by Benjamin Franklin, deserves its due. Despite its chaos and hardships, I still have several thankful notes for 2020 to be placed on my Thanksgiving tree, which consists of twigs scavenged from my yard and a vase. For instance, I now have a new-to-me dryer after years of not owning one, and it’s been life changing! Gone are the racks of clothes that never really got put away after they’d air-dried. Then as a more funny note

of gratitude, I survived the great toilet paper shortage … starting off with only four mega rolls. It was dicey toward the end, but thankfully, the store came through as I was getting to those last squares. Little things are what I’m grateful for this year, especially since it would be too easy to get lost in all the negatives that occurred. For November, we are keeping things light here at Michiana House and Home. In our lead article, we are reaching for the stars by exploring features that make for a dream kitchen, particularly for those who love hosting the holidays. Writer Amanda Demster reached out to several area pros to get their insights. If you are able to host the holidays this year, be sure to also check out Kathleen Moran’s article about furniture beyond the dining room table that can make holiday meals simpler. Other topics include picking a fireplace that works for your family’s needs and harnessing nature’s bounty to decorate your home through Thanksgiving. So, take a pause, switch off the doom and gloom, and embrace relaxation with us. Michiana House and Home would like to wish all of our readers a happy and safe Thanksgiving. May it be a time filled with simple blessings! n

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DESIGNING YOUR

Dream Holiday Kitchen MAXIMIZE YOUR KITCHEN SPACE THIS SEASON

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By Amanda Demster, House and Home Writer

The holiday season is on its way, along with its associated craziness. From roasting the Thanksgiving turkey to preparing the perfect New Year’s toast, having a well-designed, organized kitchen will help make those preparations smoother.

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According to Sue Sukolics, design consultant for Big C Lumber, a good rule of thumb for any kitchen is to keep the prep and cooking areas separate. “It’s always good to step back and think about how you’re going to be working and functioning in this kitchen,” she said. “Make sure things are in the right location. You need to take a minute look at what we’ve designed and make sure this is how you function in a kitchen.” Islands have long been popular where space allows. Some include a sink for washing fruits and vegetables, while others have no extras, in favor of a larger prep surface. Alternatively, an island can serve as a buffet area or even as a cozy seating spot for informal gatherings. An in-home bar with a beverage fridge gives guests a place to mingle away from the kitchen. Separate coffee areas are also a hit and can be as simple or elaborate as time, space and budget allow.

Appliance choices vary depending on both needs and wants, with some people preferring an assortment of small appliances and others choosing very few. While counter and prep space is important, good flooring is just as crucial. Options for the kitchen include, but are not limited to, vinyl plank or vinyl tile. Color varies as much as material, with neutrals currently being a popular choice. “Right now, everybody still likes the grays, but we’re seeing a lot of brown tones coming back in,” Christine Doncaster of Doncaster Flooring & Design, Mishawaka, said. Doncaster likes an “old meets new” look, with vinyl plank for the flooring. No matter what a kitchen’s style, however, she suggests keeping things simple, matching the color of the floor to the cabinets and backsplashes, then using accessories to add pops of color. “Try to complement the items you already have to keep your budget better,” she said. While vinyl plank resembles real wood, it is much easier to keep clean and is warmer under the feet than tile. Pot fillers, or pullout faucets, attached to the back of a stove add safety and convenience to the kitchen. “Those are a great thing,” Sukolics said. “You don’t have to lift that heavy pot and carry it across the kitchen. It’s right at the range.” An exhaust hood over the range pulls steam and cooking fumes out of the kitchen. A fire extinguisher and smoke detector are also important safety features. Sukolics envisions a dream kitchen equipped with plenty of storage and convenient trash disposal. Pullout utensil cabinets — in addition to cutlery and utensil dividers — pullout spice racks and a mixer cabinet are examples of ways to defeat clutter and make a kitchen more manageable.

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Another flooring option is resinous coating. Ideal Coatings, Middlebury, offers a variety of colors and styles. Most popular right now are marble blends and a tiled look. “The neat thing about the resinous floor is, it is completely seamless,” Kelly Weaver of Ideal Coatings said. “It looks like it has grout lines, but it’s not actual grout, so it’s very easy to clean and maintain.” A perk of resinous coating is that no two floors ever come out alike, guaranteeing each client a one-of-akind room. If a homeowner changes his or her mind down the road, resinous flooring is easy to redo. Hosting a holiday meal can be daunting, but designing an efficient, organized kitchen will go a long way to alleviate much of the stress. n

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Beyond the Dining Room Table By Kathleen Moran, House and Home Writer

It is no secret that individuals look forward to the holidays and sharing a home-cooked meal with family and friends. However, serving a wonderful meal and accommodating guests goes beyond just the dining room table. Overall, whatever one’s entertaining and serving needs may be, it all comes down to a little creativity and knowing which furniture pieces will be most effective in a given space. Larry Piser, owner of Piser Designs in South Bend, has found his niche in “creating special projects for special places” as many of his wooden furniture pieces are custom designed. Recognizing that each project is unique, it is important to start with “corralling the design process to discover what a client likes and dislikes.” Many decisions and individual preferences are considered in the design process. For example, if a homeowner is interested in a buffet table, one should consider height, space requirements and desired look — whether it be enclosed or open and airy. A furniture piece’s intended function also plays a role when a homeowner wants a serving and staging area. As Piser pointed out, “If the function of a buffet table is more in line with storage needs, drawers can be used for stacked plates, whereas sliding doors are great in situations when space is limited and an opened drawer or door could potentially bump into a chair.” 8 | Michiana House and Home | November  2020 |

SERVICE ON WHEELS Bar carts continue to trend in home decor, and it’s little wonder why, with them offering a serving edge. Their inclusions into holiday celebrations can greatly reduce headaches. In particular, bar carts make fabulous dessert and drink stations. For smaller, more intimate gatherings, party favors can also be included on a lower tier. No matter how you use them, be sure to get into the holiday spirit while using them. •  Employ garland that matches the occasion — whether fall leaves, metallic tinsel, more rustic pine or faux fur — and include other flourishes like ceramic turkeys, acorns, pumpkins, ornaments, pinecones, miniature trees, candy canes, etc. •  Is your cart stationed near an outlet? Place a drip coffeepot or a single-serve coffeemaker — like a Keurig — on its top, and offer a selection of festive mugs and all the little things guests require: creamer, stirring sticks, syrup and so on. •  Since most bar carts have a lower tier, there’s the option to use it for seasonal displays like a cornucopia or small Christmas village. •  Light up your cart, whether with good old Christmas lights, fairy lights or LED light strips, which offer color-changing options. Also, don’t forget electric candles for a particularly cozy ambiance. •  Don’t forget the wall behind where you station your cart. Here is the ideal location to hang a wreath or a festive poster. photos: shutterstock.com


Piser is happy to consider the design elements of one’s existing pieces so “everything can be in conversation with one another without looking like an afterthought.” Thus, another important decision to make is whether a newly crafted piece should mirror the existing style in one home’s or serve like a piece of art that is intentionally different from all the rest in order to make a statement. According to Menno Petersheim, with Dutchman Log Furniture in Shipshewana, the company’s lightweight flat benches with a live edge are very popular and can certainly help seat extra guests for a meal. A live edge exposes “the outside of a log after the bark is stripped away, and the logs are actually power-washed in order to maintain that character.” Need even more room? “Just like you can add leaves to a table, we offer benches that can extend in length as needed by inserting leaves,” mentioned Jennifer Bebout, sales associate and interior coordinator with Shipshewana Furniture Co. in Shipshewana. Regardless of whether the leaves have been added, these benches are thoughtfully “designed in such a way as to ensure the center remains stable.” Even more, what better way to complement such a versatile bench than with a cabinet designed to store leaves fitted for a 13-foot table. Bebout described another available piece that would uniquely meet the needs of a homeowner who intends to entertain.

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Bar Side Cabinet Front The Hillsdale Frontier Island, in particular, is a storage cabinet with a pullout table that effectively allows this multifunctional piece to serve as an island, sideboard, table and bar. Ultimately, Bebout said it best when she noted, “Diversity is nice,” especially when it comes to furniture. n RESOURCES:

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By Kathleen Moran, House and Home Writer

One’s fireplace can easily serve as the focal point of a room where family and friends gather around to enjoy one another’s company. While fireplaces can evoke a sense of wonder, warmth, comfort and security, there are a variety of options available to meet individual preferences whether it be aesthetics, function or both. When it comes to aesthetics, it is important to consider styles such as traditional and modern. Joe Sawyer, with JCS Fireplace and Stone in Mishawaka, outlined the differences between the two, stating, “Traditional style features a rectangular or square opening with faceplates, oak logs, plain front and brick paneling, while modern is characteristically linear, meaning it is known for its width rather than its height.” Sawyer added modern-style fireplaces often utilize crushed glass as a form of decorative media. Moreover, there are options in terms of efficiency levels when deciding between gas and wood-burning models. For example, a ceramic glass front on a gas fireplace is more efficient than tempered glass that does not radiate as much heat. “In terms of a wood fireplace, a more efficient model will require less wood to create more heat.” If opting for an electric model, Sawyer encouraged homeowners to take advantage of visiting the showroom to examine the flame patterns because they do not look exactly the same as what is pictured online. On a final note, Sawyer encouraged homeowners to be flexible with design elements: “Pictures look great, but codes and clearances need to shutterstock.com be taken into consideration.” Bob Du Bois Jr., owner of Michiana Fireplace and Home Center in Elkhart, also highlighted gas and wood-burning fireplaces. Of importance, he indicated, “Homeowners need to be aware that wood-burning fireplaces should have an annual chimney sweep, which is not required of gas fireplaces.” Du Bois further mentioned a home’s wood-burning fireplace can be converted over to gas, which is the most popular option because the “nonglare glass makes it barely noticeable.” Michiana Fireplace and Home Center offers a wide selection of Heat & Glo gas models, and many homeowners are drawn to the available Alexa and smartphone apps, which allow them to choose one of five flame heights. Available underlighting can also make it look as if a unit is burning even when the gas is turned off. Electric fireplaces are “the least expensive option and are great for homeowners seeking ambiance.” Easy installation offers an added benefit. While one certainly needs the space for a fireplace, Menno Petersheim with Dutchman Log Furniture in Shipshewana, shared, “Electric units (can be) designed to fit in a corner in the event of limited space.” Dutchman Log Furniture offers such corner units with mantle and drawers. When space is not a concern, though, homeowners can take advantage of electric fireplace units that “give off 1,000 square feet of heat and can be customized to meet individual needs in terms of the number of doors and drawers desired.” For those interested in aesthetics in conjunction with function, units can be selected with the option to feature a television above the electric fireplace. n

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RESOURCES: Dutchman Log Furniture, Shipshewana, 260-768-4140,

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Goshen’s Special Spirit TOP FIVE DESTINATIONS IN GOSHEN •  Olympia Candy Kitchen. Known for its handdipped turtles and chocolates since 1912.

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Located approximately 95 miles east of Chicago, Goshen has a special spirit that is wonderfully contagious. No matter if you are passing through on a weekend, in town for work or coming home to the community you grew up in, Goshen readily welcomes you with open arms.

Terry Mark, director of communications and public relations for the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Goshen is a vibrant city that was named the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Community of the Year in 2017 for its blend of top-quality businesses, diverse arts and culture scene, supportive environment and top-notch schools. “It is home to Goshen College, a gorgeous courthouse that is a signature photo of many for the county seat of Elkhart County, and the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds, where one of the largest county fairs in the nation takes place every July,” he said. Like the great outdoors? Goshen has over 500 acres of green space and forests as well as 19 parks, 32 miles of nature trails and the Pumpkinvine Bike Ride every summer. There are also five artists’ guilds that nurture creative artisans and support their work as well as five venues in which you can

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•  Walk, bike or jog the Millrace Canal Trail, which starts in downtown next to the Mill Race Center Farmers Market and Goshen Brewing Company and lines the former hydraulic canal that powered the city’s businesses. Experience city parks and neighborhoods on the way to the gorgeous Goshen Dam Pond at the southern terminus. •  Visit downtown Goshen to see the eclectic shops, art galleries and restaurants and bars while snapping photos at the courthouse square, which includes, in-season, one of the 16 Quilt Gardens that serve as one of Elkhart County’s signature attractions. •  Enjoy Philly chili and a slice of pie at the South Side Soda Shop, which was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” •  See a show at Sauder Concert Hall located within the Goshen College Music Center.

catch live performances throughout the year. Mark said renovations at the Goshen Theater were completed this year; however, the grand reopening has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Goshen Theater is one of the main venues for the River Bend Film Festival, along with the nearby Art House Theater,” he said. There is also a wide range of independent restaurants for the foodies out there no matter if they are looking for artisan pizza, craft beer, tapas or Indian food. Like to cook at home? Be sure to pick up fresh ingredients at the Maple City Market and Goshen Farmers Market for seasonal fare. “Whether you visit downtown to stroll the shops, sample the restaurants or take photos on the courthouse square, Goshen is a great place to visit,” Mark said. n


Not One Crumb Left Apple orchards, apple picking and apple desserts all scream fall. Glowing with bright yellows and reds, apples are juicy and more than ready to be used in your favorite fall recipes. If you’re looking for something sweet and full of texture that can turn your taste buds upside down, look no further. (Culinary.net)

This scrumptious Spiced Apple Crumble is not only a family favorite but a holiday must-have. Kids and adults love the deliciously sweet apple chunks filling the bottom of the pan along with the crumble topping. Top this killer sweet treat with vanilla ice cream for a sensational, melty, oozing-with-goodness dessert no one can forget. It’s one of those recipes your friends will call you about after the gathering wondering “where did you get that recipe?” The best part: It’s perfect for crowds of any size. Make your next fall festivity or holiday gathering just a little sweeter for all. Find more recipes for the fall season and holiday fun at Culinary.net. Servings: 6-8 Filling: 6 medium Honeycrisp apples, peeled and cubed 1 tablespoon white flour 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 lemons, juice only Topping: 1 cup quick oats 1 cup white flour 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/8 teaspoon salt

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vanilla ice cream (optional) Preheat oven to 350 F. To make filling: In medium bowl, add apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and lemon juice. Toss to evenly coat. Spread evenly in 8-by-8-inch baking dish. To make topping: In medium bowl, add oats, flour, brown sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, melted butter and salt. Fork mixture to create crumbles. Pour crumble topping over apple mixture. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Turkey Fact While it’s a myth Benjamin Franklin wanted the National Bird to be a turkey, he did write a letter to his daughter criticizing the original eagle design for the Great Seal. He wrote: “(The) Bald Eagle … is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly … (he) is too lazy to fish for himself.” As for the turkey, he noted it was “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America … He is besides, though a little vain and silly, a Bird of Courage.” (Source: www.fi.edu/benjamin-franklin/franklin-national-bird)

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Fall Decor

Harnessing nature’s bounty

By Rebekah Whirledge, House and Home Writer

Happy harvest! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy autumn! November is chock-full of celebrations centering on nature’s bounty just waiting to be integrated into your home’s fall decor. In fact, “Fall is the second most decorated season and continues to gain in popularity,” said Jason Becker, corporate officer for Fashion Farm, a Ligonier staple of all things autumn: mums, pumpkins, hayrides, apple donuts and all that fall family fun and decor.

GO AHEAD AND FALL INSIDE “I enjoy using some of the same natural decor inside the house as I do outside,” said Becker. “This means that those small pumpkins, gourds, squash and Indian corn give a great natural feel to your home. Most pumpkins, gourds and squash will hold well in an indoor space. Remember to try and keep them away from direct heat and moist locations. Break out your natural clay pots and saucers to create small

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scarecrows and backgrounds for these items as well. The orange clay is great for the fall. Some pressed leaves and pine cones are always a great addition as well.” Debbie Carpenter, interior designer and owner of Sweet Water Interiors in Goshen, takes it a step further: “Add accent pillows of pumpkins (and) gourds, fall-scented candles, pull out that set of dishes for the fall, table arrangements with an elongated shape for rectangular table, turkey statue surrounded with pumpkins and gourds.”

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Whether inside or outside, enjoy this last month of fall’s splendor before the ice and snow take over. The transition to cooler weather is a challenge for most, but you can keep a little color around even up to Thanksgiving with the right natural fall decor items.


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“The pumpkin stack is back, and everyone is creating their own color and shape combos,” said Becker. “Use the flatter specialty pumpkins to create your stack and then top it with something special whether it’s a gourd, pumpkin or squash that makes it stand out. The many colors, shapes and textures of these fall farm items can make any entrance or entertaining area stand out and get noticed. The traditional corn shock and straw bale is always a great idea to give your display the background and structure it needs to give the pumpkins and decor a pop. “Combination planters with mums, pansies, osteospermum, ornamental peppers and flowering kale are some ideas to also think about for that fall-themed decor. Our sales of fall plantings have increased for the past several years and I think this will continue.”

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Editor’s Note: With ongoing concerns in regards to coronavirus, events may have been cancelled or postponed following Michiana House and Home’s press deadline. Verify events are still occurring before setting out to attend.

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Starting Monday, Nov. 9, grab a Love Goshen Holidays map — or download one — and choose your own adventure. The map provides a scavenger hunt with a puzzle for you to solve. Each participating store has a word clue on their door. As you visit each store, you’ll find clues to complete the puzzle. Return your map for a chance to win a deluxe gift basket filled with downtown goodies. Return your map by Dec. 18. Winners announced Dec. 21. downtowngoshen.org/events/love-goshen-holidays/

A variety of vendors will be offering a variety of homemade crafts and more. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Milford School 611 W. Emeline St. milfordbazaar08@gmail.com www.facebook.com/milfordbazaar08

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Downtown South Bend is encouraging people to say “yes” to something new. Explore a menu of experiences and opportunities for you to say “yes” to at this event. 5-9 p.m. www.downtownsouthbend.com/november

Bring your canine friends for a fall walk along the Syracuse Loop Trail. There will be snacks for dogs and humans, a raffle and photo sessions available for purchase at the gazebo. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails office, 207 N. Huntington St., or purchased the day of the event. Registration fee Syracuse Community Center 1013 N. Long Drive 574-675-6433 ed@syracusewawaseetrails.com www.SyracuseWawaseeTrails.com

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First Friday: Thanks for Giving — Fill the Truck Thanks for Giving, also called Fill the Truck, is the annual fundraiser for Kosciusko County human services organizations. Area residents and businesses donate and deliver nonperishable food items, clothing, bedding, etc. to fill the dump truck in addition to giving cash donations. 5-9 p.m. 574-376-0233 www.warsawcdc.org/event/november-first-friday-2/

NOV. 6 | ELKHART

Winter Inspiration: Home & Garden Art Late fall is a great time to harvest dried plants, colorful foliage, seeds and branches to make holiday decorations. During this session, create all-natural collages, weave baskets and wreaths and make table decoration. Suggested donation $20. 9-11:30 a.m. Bushelcraft Farm 27751 CR 26 RSVP: bushelcraftfarm@gmail.com 574-612-5063 www.bushelcraftfarm.org

NOV. 8 | NEW CARLISLE

Tail Waggin’ Hayride Bring your dog for a tractor-drawn hayride through the crisp autumn air. Afterward, warm up by the campfire with free hot cocoa and s’mores. Petrelated donations aid Pets Connect! Pets must be on a 6-foot leash. Pet costumes welcomed. 2-4 p.m. Admission fee Bendix Woods County Park — Van Paris Shelter 56960 Timothy Road 574-654-3155 www.sjcparks.org

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Crystal Valley Concert Series The Crystal Valley Concert Series continues with pianist Ketevan Kartvelishvili, Nov. 15, and The SheaKim Duo, Nov. 29. Admission fee 3 p.m. First United Methodist Church of Middlebury 720 S. Main St. 574-825-2585 crystalvalleyconcert.com

NOV. 20 | ST. JOSEPH, MICH.

Luminary Festival

Stroll through beautiful candlelit streets as part of the 26th annual Luminary Festival. There will be 1,000 luminaries to light your way as you shop in downtown St. Joseph. 5-8 p.m. stjoetoday.com/events/2020-luminary

NOV. 20-JAN. 2 | SHIPSHEWANA

Shipshewana’s Lights of Joy

This light display features more than 2 million LED Christmas lights that stretch for almost a mile and a half and feature colorful light scenes. Tune your vehicle’s radio to the Christmas music broadcast station and soak in the Christmas spirit. Admission fee 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday Open Nov. 20-21, Nov. 27-28, Dec. 1-Jan. 2; closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve 345 S. Van Buren St. www.shipshewanalightsofjoy.com

Milford Bazaar

NOV. 26 | ELKHART

Turkey Stampede 5K Run/Walk Come into the fresh air after the big meal for a race that can be completed in person or virtually. Proceeds benefit the Faith Mission homeless shelter. Registration fee 7:45 a.m. Concord Mall 3701 S. Main St. https://runsignup.com/turkeystampede

NOV. 28 | WINONA LAKE

Village at Winona Tree Lighting Ceremony Bring the whole family for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and train rides. Warm up by the campfire with caroling before the lighting of the tree at 6:30 p.m. The event concludes with a visit from Santa. Bring a new and unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Village at Winona 700 Park Ave. villageatwinona.com/events/tree-lighting-ceremony/

NOV. 28 | BUCHANAN, MICH.

Shop Small Saturday at the BAC Support local businesses and artists by shopping local at the Buchanan Art Center on Shop Small Saturday. The BAC will be hosting an artists market for finding unique gift items. There will also be free kids activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Buchanan Art Center 117 W. Front St. buchananartcenter.com

DEC. 4 | STEVENSVILLE, MICH.

Christmas in the Village

The village of Stevensville will get everyone in the holiday spirit with its sixth annual Christmas in the Village, featuring Santa visits, cookie decorating, live music, food, crafts, a goodie bag hunt, sleigh rides, face painting and more. 3-6 p.m. 5768 St. Joseph Ave. www.villageofstevensville.us

DEC. 4 | ST. JOSEPH, MICH.

Window Wonderland

Getting into the holiday spirit is easy when you visit the Victorian-era downtown in St. Joseph during the month of December. Visitors can stroll downtown and enjoy Window Wonderland. Dozens of storefronts will participate in this holiday window decorating event. 7-8:30 p.m. stjoetoday.com/events/2020-window-wonderland n

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Did You Know? Hints for hosting a safe holiday gathering By Julie Young, House and Home Writer

Guest List: Ethan Samantha Brendan Carlie Lindsey Nolan Michael Nick

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•  Including others. Create a Zoom meeting — or use a similar video chatting platform — to connect with family members who can’t be in attendance.

Let’s face it: This year’s holiday happenings may look completely different than they have in years past. However, with a little planning and plenty of mindfulness, it is possible to host a fairly safe holiday in your home, and we’ve got the top tips to pull it off.

Plan, Prepare And Proceed with Caution •  Set up multiple tables. Remember social distancing rules still apply where family is concerned and who doesn’t love a little extra elbow room?

•  Dine al fresco. If possible, make your outdoor living space the center stage for your holiday gathering. Use space heaters and outdoor fireplaces to keep your guests comfortable. Also, wear masks when not eating.

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•  Keep the guest list short. Although we love the idea of bringing everyone together, don’t let your event become a “super spreader.” Consider ages, health risks and geographical location when extending invitations. Remember in 2020, less really is more.

•  Don’t pass the potatoes. Rather than load the table with shared dishes, serve your guests “cafeteria” style. Use paper plates, plastic utensils and create individual servings of salads, rolls and dessert to minimize cross contamination. •  Don’t linger over coffee and board games. Although these traditions will be missed, it’s best to have a hard stop to the day’s festivities for the safety of everyone present.

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP?

Black Friday shopping is a time-honored tradition among some families, but this year, retailers are rethinking the event by adjusting their hours, dispensing with mad dash “doorbusters” and offering more online deals to keep customers safe. Still determined to shop until you drop? Consider the following: •  Contactless curbside pickup may be your lifesaver. •  Forecasters suggest that Black Friday deals won’t be limited to one weekend, which gives you the opportunity to get plenty of bang for your buck. •  Don’t forget to check online deals.

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Support Local

Don’t forget to support local businesses during the shopping season. Saturday, Nov. 28, is Small Business Saturday, and many local businesses will be hosting sales to celebrate the day. Always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express during the Great Recession in 2010.

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• There were 93.2 million buyers shopping online during Black Friday 2019. • Black Friday online shopping sales hit an all-time high of $7.4 billion last year. • The average adult plans to spend $400 on Black Friday sales. • Leading the generations were millennials, who were the biggest spenders on Black Friday 2019.

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