2017-11-23 / Front Page

Christmas Events Begin This Week

By Erich T. Doerr

The holiday season is coming with several events planned in the Les Cheneaux Islands area this weekend. The festivities will begin Friday, November 24, with a Christmas tree lighting, a visit from Santa Claus, and a Christmas tree auction at the Les Cheneaux Historical Museum in Cedarville, leading into a variety of activities throughout the next few weeks, including a gingerbread house contest with entries displayed at the library and a breakfast with Mr. Claus at Cedar Cove Assisted Living Saturday, December 2.

Old Fashion Christmas sponsors the Christmas tree lighting at the museum. It will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m. following the arrival of Mr. Claus. The Les Cheneaux Historical Association will set up the community Christmas tree.

After the tree is illuminated Mr. Claus will visit with children inside the museum so they can tell him their Christmas wishes and take photographs with him. Cookies, juice, and coffee will be available.

In past years, the North Pole’s most famous resident has made the last leg of his journey to Cedarville aboard a wooden boat, but this year he will likely choose different transportation.

Local resident Rose Miller is an organizer for the Old Fashion Christmas celebration, and she and her husband Mike are planning to attend the Christmas tree lighting wearing Dickens-style clothing. The celebration has been going for about a decade now. The celebration, she said, was started as a way to bring the “Spirit of Christmas” to the Les Cheneaux area and create a free event that people of all ages could enjoy.

“This is a great time to make memories with your children or those in your neighborhood,” Mrs. Miller said. “My granddaughter is coming up from Nashville for (the celebration). Life is about making memories.”

The Les Cheneaux Historical Museum is open with holiday hours in conjunction with its Christmas tree auction. Those who wish to bid need only come in and sign up for the silent auction. The museum has been holding its traditional auction for more than a decade. This year’s auction will include 13 trees plus wreaths, decorative place settings, and hand-quilted items like scarves and placemats.

Bidding on the trees will begin Friday during museum hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum and the bidding will be open again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 25 and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 26. Next week it will again be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, December 1, and Saturday, December 2. The contest will end Sunday, December 3, with the trees being awarded to the auction winners at 3 p.m. The museum will be open that day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum will also raffle off a pair of trees alongside its auction. The winning entries will be drawn from a barrel.

The trees for the auction are artistically decorated and named by volunteers.

The Old Fashion Christmas-organized gingerbread house contest has already begun with every one of the houses on display daily at the Les Cheneaux Community Library in Cedarville. The competition is divided into four categories, with one division for houses created by local schoolchildren in their classrooms. The other three are for children divided up by their ages; one for those aged nine to 15, another for those aged five to eight, and a final one for those age four and younger. Registration for the contest has already closed.

The contest’s anonymous judges will not be informed who entered what gingerbread house before they judge them. The gingerbread houses will remain in place through Thursday, December 7, when the awards ceremony to declare the winners takes place at 7 p.m. Gingerbread Christmas tree ornaments will be among the prizes.

The Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, December 2, at Cedar Cove featuring all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausages from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Members of the Les Cheneaux Lions Club will prepare the meal. A themed story hour and craft period will follow at the Cedarville library at 10:30 a.m. Santa will also visit with local children at Autore Oil and Propane in Cedarville Friday, December 1, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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