Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fowlerville to celebrate ‘Christmas in the Ville’ this Saturday
    All sorts of activities are planned this Saturday, Dec. 3, when Fowlerville once again celebrates ‘Christmas in the Ville’. Those activities, organized by the Fowlerville Business Association, range from hot air balloons to a pet parade to the firemen’s chili dinner and are highlighted by the arrival of Santa Claus, the parade through the downtown, and the lighting of the town’s holiday tree.
   The Downtown will be closed to traffic on Grand River and North & South Grand Avenue from 2 to 8 p.m. 
   The ‘Balloons Over the Ville’ features nearly 39 participants. Weather permitting, they’ll launch at 8 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. In addition, balloonists will maintain several warming stations in the downtown during the late afternoon and will be a key part of the evening parade.
   ‘Breakfast with St. Nick’ will help kick things off. This event will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church (855 E. Grand River) from 10 a.m. to noon. A Scavenger Hunt takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., while at 10 a.m. M.R. Drucker’s General Store (108 E. Grand River) will  offer ‘Cookie Decorating’. In addition, starting at 9 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. is the Winter Wonderland Craft Show at the Place of Refuge Church, (6909 E. Grand River).
    St. John’s Lutheran Church (132 S. Benjamin St.) will host a Soup Lunch and Cookie Walk along with a ‘Crate Your Own Painting’ activity from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Aleta’s Flower Shop (111 S. Grand Avenue) will have a Coloring Contest at its store from noon to 5 p.m., while Coldwell Banker Real Estate (124 E. Grand River) will offer Face Painting & Popcorn from noon from 1 to 3 p.m.
   The Warming Hut will be at the First Baptist Church (214 S. Grand) from noon to 6 p.m. with hot drinks, cookies, doors prizes, and much more.
    Starting at 2 p.m., the Fowlerville Police Dept. will seek donations of food and household products with its ‘Stuff the Cop Cars for the Family Impact Center’ at the Main 4 corners.
   A number of events get underway at 3 p.m. in the downtown area. A ‘Pilot Meet & Greet’ will be held in the Downtown from 3 to 4 p.m. Ornament Making takes place at Kodet’s Hardware (111 W. Grand River). ‘Sleigh  Rides & Hay Rides’ will run from 3 to 5 p.m. at the DDA lot on West Grand River. The Pet Parade starts at 3 p.m. in the Centennial Park. The Firemen’s Association, meanwhile, will serve its chili dinner at the fire hall from 3 to 6 p.m.
    ‘Reading in the Window,’ a story time for young children, takes place at the Chase Bank lobby from 3 to 5 p.m. A Popcorn Booth will be operating at Harmon Real Estate (100 W. Grand River) from 3 to 6 p.m. Family & Kids Games will take place at State Farm Insurance (205 E. Grand River) from 3 to 5 p.m.
    Also starting at 3 p.m., Boy Scout Troop 336 will operate a Hot Chocolate Stand at 124 E. Grand River and an Ice
Sculptor, sponsored by Olden Days Café, will be at work in front of the restaurant (118 N. Grand Avenue).
   The ‘Dashing Through the Snow’ 5-Mile Fun Run/Walk starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Main Four.     
     Area youngsters can also visit with Santa from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. at the fire hall.
    The First United Methodist Church (201 S. Second Street) will serve its chicken dinner from 4 to 6 p.m. Santa’s Reindeer will be on view near the Christmas Tree from 4 to 7 p.m. 
      The annual Christmas Parade steps off at 6 p.m. from the school parking lot on North Hibbard and proceeds to Grand River and then west to Veterans Drive. The Grand Marshals are Tom and Paul Harmon and Stan and Joyce Lockwood, representing Harmon Real Estate, a local business observing its 70th year of operations. The honor is being bestowed to this firm, now in its third generation of family ownership, “in recognition of the firm’s longevity as well as the many contributions made by the past and present owners to the community over the years.”
   The traditional lighting of the town’s Christmas Tree at the Main 4 Corners also will occur during the parade. The parade, which is sponsored by the Christmas in the Ville Committee with the support of the Fowlerville Rotary and the FBA, has 70 entries this year.
   For more information and up-to-date reports in the event, visit the web site: or check out the Facebook page.

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