The big weekend is here!

Friday, December 6


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.

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.

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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.


Saturday, December 7


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.

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Holiday Craft show at the RESA building

The 17th Annual Christmas Festival, sponsored by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CC RESA Building at 1013 S US 27 in St. Johns.

The day begins with Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, silver dollar pancakes, sausage, cereal, pop tarts, donuts/cookies, milk, juice and coffee. The cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children. Age 2 and under are free.

You must have a breakfast ticket to get your picture with Santa, so please bring your own cameras. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 1013 S US 27 in St. Johns or Big Boy of St Johns). Depending on availability some tickets may be available at the door that day.

After Santa has seen the last child and breakfast gets cleared away, there will be free crafts that children of all ages can make from noon – 3:00 p.m. These crafts are something the children can make for other kids, parents or grandparents, or they can make them for themselves.

Of course the day is not all about the kids. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be a Craft Show throughout part of the building. There will be more than 90 booths of vendors selling everything from baked goods and jewelry to fabric crafts, wood items and much, much more. Attendees can also participate in a raffle that will award more than 75 prizes.

In the lobby of the building there will be a Festival of Trees. Many Chamber members will have a Christmas tree decorated for you to enjoy. You can vote on your favorite with a money donation. The tree that collects the most votes, the most money, gets to decide what charity receives all the money collected.

Lunch of Potato/Ham Soup, Hotdogs and Nachos will be available from 10:30 until gone by the Clinton County Senior Center in the lobby of the building.

If you have any questions about any part of the Christmas Festival, please call the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce at 989-224-7248.

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Homegrown Productions Annual Christmas show at the Wilson Center


Sunday, December 8


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.


A Victorian Christmas continues

You will be welcomed to the Clinton County Historical Museum at 106 Maple, St.Johns, MI by a beautiful Christmas display in the foyer and garland, dried flowers and bows decorating the banister.

The fir tree is decorated in Victorian style with older style ornaments recently donated. There are unique items on display for the first time, so plan a visit to see all the museum has to offer.

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

The house is open on Wednesdays 2-6 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. The Complex is at 106 Maple Street, St. Johns, on the West side of the Courthouse. Visit the website: 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 is 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”.


Advent worship service at First Congregational is December 15

An Advent Festival of Lessons And Carols will be presented on Sunday, December 15, 2019 5:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of St. Johns. The service will feature Community Choirs directed By Steven Easterling.

Join them for this fifty-minute program of holiday music and readings from the biblical Christmas story. Come ready to sing your favorite carols.

This is a free event. Refreshments will follow.


Mint City Singers’ holiday concert is December 13

The Mint City Singers’ holiday concert is coming up at the Wilson Center Auditorium on Friday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. Celebrate the holidays through choral music and support the Beacon of Hope Family Care Center (BOH) at the same time.

This is the inaugural concert for the Junior MInts Community Youth Choir, grades 4-8, and annual concert for the Mint City Singers. Enjoy the spirit of the holidays through multigenerational singing, charitable giving, and gathering after the concert for cookies and fellowship.

Each of the Junior Mints will sing a solo or duet within the choral piece, The Friendly Beasts Fifteen-year-old Kendall Gunther will be singing Once Upon A December from Anastasia as a solo. Kelly Bitz will also be a featured soloist.

There will be a ladies sextet singing Christmas Lullaby and the new Select Assortmint, an SATB ensemble of 15 people, is singing Go Tell It On the Mountain a cappella.

All donations will be given to the Beacon of Hope Family Care Center.


Toys for Tots has local drop off locations

You may drop off new unwrapped gifts for children ages birth to 17 at the following locations:

St. Johns
– Big Boy, 1408 S US 27
– Briggs Public Library, 108 E Railroad Street
– Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, 1013 S US 27
– Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, 1347 E Townsend Road
– Dollar General, E M21
– Journey Federal Credit Union, 1200 Zeeb Drive
– Mercantile Bank, 201 N Clinton Avenue
– Quest Software, 106 W Tolles
– St. Johns Police Department, 109 E State Street
– Tractor Supply, 2150 S US 27
– Walgreens, 1410 S US 27
– WalMart, 1939 S Scott Road

Elsie
– Dollar General, 313 S Ovid Street

Fowler
– Dollar General, 9522 E M21
– Journey Federal Credit Union, 10667 E Second Street
– Main Street Pizza, 156 S Main

Ovid
– Journey Federal Credit Union, Corner of M21 at Hollister Road
– Dollar General, 9522 West M21
– Main Street Pizza, 132 S Main

Donate online here.