Homegrown Productions Annual Christmas show is December 6 and 7


Beth Webb and Tom Webb; Back: Sara Craft, Darryl Schmitz, Susan DeRosa; Not pictured Jan Ross)

Since 2009 Homegrown Productions has added to the holiday spirit in our community with a musical variety show. This year thy are proud to present “Uh Oh, Here Comes Christmas,” a play based on the books by Robert Fulghum.

Heartwarming stories and musical interludes look at the struggle to find the spirit of the holidays amid the avalanche of commercialism, stress and chaos that crashes down every December. Delightful stories include hilarious musings about a love/hate relationship with the vibrant poinsettia that arrives in most homes every December and hangs on long after the holidays have ended; and a beautiful, deeply moving tribute to the winter solstice, celebrating nature’s precious annual gift of rebirth.

“Uh, Oh, Here Comes Christmas” is directed by Beth Webb and Susan DeRosa. This year’s cast members are Sara Craft, Susan DeRosa, Jan Ross, Darryl Schmitz, Beth Webb, and Tom Webb. This is a family friendly show. Performances are December 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm at the Wilson Center Auditorium, 101 W. Cass St. Tickets are $10 at the door.


Holiday Concert at the Wilson Center coming up December 8

The Mountain Town Brass Band, an elite brass band made up of some of the top brass players in the state of Michigan, will be performing a Holiday Concert at the Wilson Center in St. Johns on Sunday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m.

The band will feature many holiday favorites such as “Deck the Halls”, “The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah”, Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival” and more.

The band will also feature principal euphonious Cassandra Black on “Ave Maria” and principal cornet Matthew Taton on “Shake My Yoke”. The band is under the direction of Jacob Bender.

The concert is free to the public, but a good will donation will be accepted.


Festival of Lights and Santa Parade is December 6

Candy Explosion! Don’t miss the new Gingerbread Village on Friday evening, December 6. The life-size Gingerbread house will be bursting with sweet treats provided by Cedar Creek Hospital of St. Johns.

There will be lots of new excitement in the works, along with all the past favorites including:
Lighted Putt Putt Mini Golf, Candy Explosion, Ginger Bread House, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Tunnel of Lights, Vivid Holograms, Train Rides on the SJ Express Train, Rides on the lighted “Rails to Trails,” Jolly and Holly the talking trees, Live Nativity, Sawdust Santa making wooden toys with kids, Santa’s Workshop, Storytelling with Santa at the Library, Kids crafts, creating stockings and cookie making, Face painting, 4H bake sale, Scavenger Hunt, Scenic wagon rides around decorated homes, Snoopy House and Charlie Brown, Bonfire and marshmallow roasting, “Whoville Hair” updos, Train Depot Tours and Voting for best decorated home.

The Santa Parade will line up at 5:00 p.m. behind courthouse. It will culminate in the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree at the foot of Clinton Avenue.


Law Enforcement Agencies Fill a Cop Car is Saturday, December 7

On Saturday, December 7 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Law Enforcement officers throughout Clinton County will be asking for your help. Their goal is to fill cop cars with groceries.

Officers will be at your local grocery stores with the purpose of helping to fill our local food banks with non-perishable food items.

Police Officers chose their profession so that they can help others. During this time of year they often experience families in need, but they don’t have the ability to help directly. By filling the cop cars, they can see to it that those who need a helping hand can get it.

They are asking that you purchase an extra item or two and help them help those who are less fortunate. The back seats of the patrol vehicles are usually used to transport people that have run afoul of the law. Help them put the seats to good use.

Officers will be at the following locations in Clinton County:
– Kroger, 900 S. Business 127, St. Johns
– Wal-Mart, 1165 Superior Drive, St. Johns
– Bath Township Hall, 14480 Webster Road, Bath
– Monticello’s Market, 16912 Marsh Road, Bath
– Village Food Pride, 501 S. Main Street, Ovid
– Herbison Road in DeWitt just east of the south side Meijer driveway

All food collected at these locations will be donated to the food banks at The Basic Needs Center in St. Johns and Redeemer United Methodist Church in DeWitt. The officers of the St. Johns Police Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Bath Township Police Department, DeWitt Township Police Department and Ovid Police Department appreciate your generosity during this holiday season.


Celebrate a Victorian Christmas at the Museum

Christmas Decor will be in place at the Clinton County Historical Museum for viewing on Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18 from 2-6 PM and Sundays, December 8 and 15 from 1 to 4 PM.

The Police and Fire Exhibit is ongoing through the Christmas Season, closing after December 18.

The Complex is at 106 Maple Street, St. Johns, on the West side of the Courthouse.

Also visit the webpage: pgsmuseum.com and Facebook for Paine-Gillam-Scott Museum, St. Johns, Michigan. Group and individual tours are welcome.

The Museum is supported entirely by community donations. A Memorial Endowment Fund exists for those that want a permanent record in the Museum Memorial Book to remember the loss of a family or friend.

If you have any interest in “old things” or want to be helpful in preserving such things for future generations, please contact 989-224-2894 or email pgsmuseum@gmail.com.

The Archives of the Clinton County Historical Society are available to anyone researching families and history of Clinton County and is open at 16101 Brook Rd, Lansing, MI. Hours are Monday and Tuesday 9 to 4, and Thursday 2 to 6. Contact 517.482.5117 x 2, or email ccgensoc@yahoo.com. Membership in the Archives ($20.00) includes a very interesting quarterly Newsletter “Clinton County Trails”.


Eat breakfast with Santa at the Legion Hall on December 14

There will be an all you can eat breakfast with Santa from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. at Edwin T Stiles Post 153 American Legion Hall, 110 E Walker St. in St Johns.

Santa will arrive at 9:30. kids should plan to come by 9 a.m.

Bring your camera and letter to Santa. All children will receive a gift bag.

Kids under 12 eat free. Adults and kids 12 and up will pay $8.