In & Around Frankenmuth
St. Lorenz Happenings
Bridgeport Area Happenings
Holiday Open House
Breakfast with Santa Dec. 7
Santa and his merry elf, Joel Zwerk will be at Independence Village, 255 Mayer Road, on Saturday, December 7 for their annual breakfast from 9am-11am.
Proceeds will benefit the Johnny Burke Children’s’ Foundation. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children from three to 10 years old and children two and under are free. Ticket price includes a picture with Santa.
For tickets or further information call Independence Village (989-652-4100).
8th Annual Vassar Rotary Tree of Light
The Rotary Club of Vassar invites you to share in our 8th Annual Rotary Tree of Light Ceremony on, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with the City of Vassar’s Yuletide Celebration, downtown in Veteran’s Plaza.
The money raised will be donated to the Vassar Rotary Club’s Coats for Kids program, which serves children in Vassar schools in need of winter coats. A light can be sponsored for $5 each and will be designated according to the following colors and categories. A red bulb can be purchased in memory of a deceased loved one. A white bulb can be purchased in honor of someone living and a blue bulb can be purchased in honor of a military veteran or active duty service member.
We extend an invitation to you to join us in honoring someone dear to you. The names will be published in a program for the tree lighting ceremony. Sponsor
forms are available at Vassar City Hall, Cook GM Superstore and the Bullard Sanford Memorial Library. The deadline to reserve lights is, Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Please join us for a short ceremony, where we will conclude with Christmas carols, hot chocolate and the lighting of the City Christmas lights in honor of our loved ones.
Please contact Vassar City Hall, (989-823-8517) for additional information.
Women of Faith Christmas Dec. 6
The Frankenmuth Bible Church’s Women’s Ministry will present Women of Faith Christmas on Friday, December 6 at 8pm.
The public is invited to attend an evening of hope and joy for the entire family, featuring Max Lucado, Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper and musical guest Francesca Battistelli.
This event will take place at the Frankenmuth Bible Church, 565 Churchgrove Road. Seating is limited.
For tickets or further information contact Darla (989-529-2456) or Kathie (989-652-2855).
Area Christian Women’s Club Christmas luncheon Dec. 10 at Zehnder’s
The Frankenmuth Area Christian Women's Club “Joyful Sounds of Christmas” luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 10, from 12-1:45pm at Zehnder's Restaurant in Frankenmuth.
The special feature will be a special Christmas musical presentation by the Vassar High School Choir under the direction of Mandy Shepherd. The guest speaker will be Bethany Widmer from Gibsonburg, Ohio. In her talk, “Wanted: The Perfect To-Do List”, she will share how her stress over life’s pressure was ultimately changed to peace and joy.
Free pre-school nursery is available by reservation. For luncheon and nursery reservations or more information please call Grace at (989-871-4048).
Christmas Dinner Spectacular with Alex Meixner
Bavarian Specialties, LLC will be presenting a Christmas Dinner Spectacular with Alex Meixner on Wednesday, December 11, at Sullivan’s Black Forest, 281 Heinlein Strasse, Frankenmuth.
The evening will begin at 6:30pm with a full-course meal, followed by singer-accordionist Alex Meixner, dancing, sing-alongs with favorite Christmas songs, German Christmas stories from Bavarian Specialties owner Andreas Schwarzkopf and singing by the Frankenmuth Gemuetlichkeit Club.
Tickets are $30 per person and must be reserved by calling the Black Forest, 652-6400. Tickets are also available at the Lager Mill on Gunzenhausen Street.
Meixner brought his high-energy, unique polka-style music to Frankenmuth this past August, making his first appearance at the Summer Music Fest. He was also at the Black Forest last December for a Christmas Dinner Spectacular.
Meixner’s hometown is Allentown. Pennsylvania and now resides in Palm City, Florida. He first began performing at age six with his sisters as the Meixner Kinder, accompanied by his father’s band.
Meixner, a Grammy-nominated musician and producer, also plays the trumpet, piano, keyboard, bass, drums in addition to other horns and occasional vocal or yodel.
For more information, visit http://www.alexmeixner.com/
Holiday Craft Bazaar Dec. 13
The Historical Society of Bridgeport will hold its 23rd Annual Pioneer Christmas on Friday, December 13, 2013, from 6-9pm in the Bridgeport Historical Village, 6190 Dixie Highway. A Trim-A-Tree Contest will be held again this year. Everyone is welcome to participate, individuals, organizations, families, businesses, or clubs, and there will be a first prize, second prize and third prize, determined by votes from the visitors to Pioneer Christmas. Get a form and the rules at the Historical Society of Bridgeport's Museum, fill it in, and turn it in before Friday, November 15. There is no fee to enter.
For more information, contact the Historical Society of Bridgeport (989-777-5230), Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 pm.
Immanuel Lutheran Church Living Nativity Dec. 6-8
The 17th annual Living Nativity – A Journey to Bethlehem, will be presented by the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Frankentrost this Advent season.
The event will take place 7-9pm Friday, December 6, and 6-8pm Saturday and Sunday, December 7-8, at the church school, 8220 Holland Road (M-46).
Persons first gather in the church for the singing of traditional Christmas songs before being divided up into “families” who will travel together to the ancient town of Bethlehem to pay taxes and be counted in the Roman census. The families will listen to the prophet talk of signs and wonders and the city will be alive with activity, including live animals and camels, and experience having no room in the Inn.
“Families” will also encounter and look to avoid the Roman soldiers and tax collectors on their journey. Finally, they will hear the shepherds tell of the angel’s proclamation and see Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus.
This is a free, 30-minute outdoor Christmas walk so persons should dress appropriately for the weather. A newly-constructed cement sidewalk is in place and following the walk, all are invited inside the school gym for light refreshments and fellowship.
Thrivent for Lutherans also provides funds for the Living Nativity.
For more information, call the church office at 989-754-0929 or visit the congregation’s web site, http://www.frankentrost.org/.
Michigan’s Own, Yellow Ribbon Guard team to Send Santa to Troops
Michigan’s Own, Inc. Military and Space Museum and the Yellow Ribbon Guard have teamed up to conduct a care package drive for Michigan men and women serving in the military.
The event, Send Santa to the Troops, is taking place throughout the Frankenmuth and Saginaw area and will culminate in a day-long “Pack the Truck” event at the museum, 1250 Weiss Street, on Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11, from 9am until 7pm.
Local volunteers will be collecting items over the next month at drop-off points in the community, including Michigan’s Own, Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, St. Lorenz Lutheran Church and School, Kroger’s of Frankenmuth, Independence Village of Frankenmuth, the James Wickson District Library, the Frankenmuth American Legion Post #150 and VFW Post #2725 and in Birch Run at the Harley Davidson motorcycle dealership.
Each drop-off point has a list of suggested items for the troops, including canned food items, music CDs or audio books, hygiene and other necessity items.
Monetary donations should made out to the Yellow Ribbon Guard and sent to the Yellow Ribbon Guard, P.O. Box 11, Reese, MI. 48757.
During the Veterans Day event, an American flag retirement ceremony and a special presentation to museum founder, Stan Bozich, will take place.
For more information, contact the museum at 652-8005.