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Old-fashioned holiday fun abounds


Area communities plan a weekend full of family fun for all to enjoy



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December 03, 2008
'Twas the weeks before Christmas

and all through the towns,

excitement was building, activities abound.

The decorations were hung

on the lamp posts with care

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Ronald Sarka relays his Christmas wishes to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Mussey Twp. Fire Hall last year.

in hopes that area residents

soon would be there...

Well, you get the drift, right? There's plenty of holiday activity going on this weekend as Tri-City area communities kick off the holidays. Here's a rundown of things to see and do:

Imlay City

The festivities begin on Friday with the annual lighted Christmas parade downtown.

Lineup begins at 5 p.m. at the Lamb Steele building parking lot, upper level, on Third Street behind the police station.

The parade will start around 6 p.m.

Afterwards, Santa Claus will hear the wishes of little girls and boys at the Imlay City Historical Museum.

For your shopping pleasure, merchants and businesses are hosting 'Customer Appreciation Day' on Friday as well, with special promotions, sales and extended hours. It's a perfect time to check out what Imlay City has to offer and support the local economy.

For those who'd like another chance to schmooze with Santa, bring your wish list and appetite for Breakfast with Santa at the Imlay City Eagles Hall on Saturday, December 6.

The breakfast runs from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the hall at 170 S. Almont Ave. For $5, visitors can enjoy pancakes, sausage, juice and milk. Children 5 and under eat for free.

Later on Saturday, kick off the holidays with friends, colleagues, business owners and neighbors at the annual Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner Dance at Country Side Banquet Center.

The evening begins at 6 p.m., and includes door prizes, a silent auction and more.

The Chamber will present the Citizen of the Year Award, Merit Award and Service Organization Award, and announce the new board of directors.

Tickets are $35 per person and include cocktail hour, dinner, an open bar, entertainment by Sound Decision and dancing. Tickets are available at the Chamber office (810-724-1361) or through any board member.

Almont

Enjoy some old-fashioned wintertime fun and maybe pick up a gift or two while you're there as American Tree hosts Santa this Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7. Families can enjoy holiday refreshments and entertainment, pony rides and hayrides around the nursery, an ornament station for kids, and warm up by a bonfire. A prize drawing will also take place. The festivities will return on Saturday, December 13th as well. American Tree is open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. until Christmas. For more information call 798-2525.

Later on Saturday, December 6, let there be lights!

Almont's annual Holly Day Light Parade will take place downtown at 7 p.m.

As always, Santa Claus and a colorful variety of lighted entries will be part of the parade.

Just before the parade begins, an old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony will take place at the four corners (M-53 and St. Clair).

For the early birds, Almont High School's vocal music students will set the mood with a mini-concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Fountain Park. Songs of the season will waft through the air courtesy of the school's vocal music program.

More information is available through the Almont Downtown Development Authority office at 798-8125 or on the DDA Web site at

almontdda.com.

Capac

Shoppers who'd like to pick up unique gifts will have a chance to do so at the 'Cranberry Christmas Art Exhibit & Craft Show' at the Capac Senior Center, 315 W. Meier St. on Saturday, December 6.

The event features a Santa's Workshop, where kids 10 and under can create crafts with parental supervision.

Handmade chocolates, a bake sale and lunch will also be offered.

'Cranberry Christmas' runs from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information call the senior center at 395-7889.

Also on Saturday—and Sunday too—the Capac Historical Museum will open its doors for some holiday cheer and free refreshments. Visitors are welcome to stop in and enjoy the colorful displays and Christmas decorations and learn about Capac's history, too. Hours are 1-5 p.m. both days.

For those who'd like to give a little something back to the community, the Historical Society is hosting a blanket drive as well. Bring along a new or gently used blanket, which will be distributed to those in need in the community.

On Sunday, bundle up the little ones and head down to the Mussey Township Fire Hall on Mill Street for food, fun and a visit with Santa.

Sponsored by the Capac Chamber of Commerce, the annual Christmas Party for Children runs from 3-5 p.m. Families can enjoy free hot chocolate and hot dogs, photos with Santa and hayrides from town to the fire hall. Those who'd like to parade with Santa may do so around 5:30 as he heads to Mr. R's to kick off the lighted parade.

After the glowing entries pass through town, a tree lighting ceremony at Mr. R's will take place. Music and caroling will fill the air.

Dryden

Everyone loves homemade cookies for the holidays and the good folks at the Historical Museum will offer busy residents a chance to enjoy some during its annual Christmas Cookie Sale at the Depot on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 6.

Everyone is welcome to stop by between 5:30-7:30p.m. on Friday and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and pick up some homemade cookies, ornaments, note cards and other unique craft items.

Those who wish to donate cookies for the sale may do so on Friday, December 5 between 10 a.m.-noon at the township hall.

On Saturday, youngsters can visit with Santa at the Dryden Twp. Fire Hall, 5532 Main St., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors will also be able to enjoy hot dogs and hot cocoa. The event is free.

For more information call Belinda at 796-3050.

Happy Holidays!

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