Arts Council reminds us #GivingTuesday is November 30

The Clinton County Arts Council celebrated its 40th Anniversary on November 22, 2021. The organization was founded by a small group of community minded residents, led by Kaye Pilmore, who knew the impact the arts could have on a community. “The CCAC was formed to basically bring cultural experiences to our mid-Michigan area,” explains Jenny McCampbell, one of the founding members of the organization. “We believed and still believe that the arts are an integral part of the human experience; bringing together and strengthening the core values of a community.”

The CCAC is multifaceted and includes the Art and Soul Art Gallery, Concert in the Park series, Homegrown Productions, Mint City Singers, Northern Clinton Railroad Museum, and the Wilson Center Auditorium.

The CCAC is currently engaged in several activities. The organization is running a new member campaign, accepting 2022 Memberships at this time. “Joining now will allow new members the opportunity to start receiving 10% discounts when purchasing unique gifts at the Art and Soul Gallery – 20% off on our special December 6th Members Only Sale,” says gallery director, Ruthie Reynolds. “We have a great selection of new art works that have just come in for this special holiday sale.”

New members can join the CCAC by visiting its website at www.clintoncountyarts.org or by visiting the Gallery at 215 N. Clinton Ave, in downtown St Johns. Individual memberships start at $35. More information can be found on the CCAC website or by visiting the Gallery.

All members of the CCAC are invited and encouraged to attend the annual general membership meeting, which will be held in the Art and Soul Gallery on Monday, December 6, 2021. The short meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m., with shopping before and/or after, with a 20% members discount all day.

And the CCAC is participating in the global generosity movement, #Giving Tuesday, on November 30, 2021. As with many local non-profit organizations, the CCAC has been hit hard by the challenges of a world still living with COVID-19. “We hope that people can help out again this year,” says CCAC Board President Bill Tennant. “Funds from last year’s #Giving Tuesday campaign helped immensely in getting us through the year. We’re hoping it happens again this year.” People can participate by donating on line at www.clintoncountyarts.org or by visiting the Art and Soul Gallery.

#GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. #GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on November 30, 2021, and throughout the year. It’s a day when everyone comes together to give back in all forms-acts of kindness, gifts of voice, time, talent, or treasure. Below are some opportunities to Give to the CCAC:

Give a monetary donation to the CCAC that benefits the Art & Soul Gallery, Clinton Northern Railway, Homegrown Productions, Mint City Singers, Wilson Center Auditorium, and Concerts at the Park.

Volunteer! Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Clinton County Arts Council. Whether you’re interested in being a docent in the Gallery, lending a hand by rebuilding a rail-car with the Railway Museum, helping with costume and set design for a Homegrown production, or volunteering as an aid for one of our summer Art Camps, we have volunteer opportunities to fit anyone’s interests, abilities and schedule. Learn more here.

Become a Board Member! Donate your time, thoughts, skill set and voice to connect with and reach artists, organizations, and businesses in our community through the arts so that we can build and maintain a strong, creative and connected Clinton County. To learn more about our current Board of Directors click here & email us for more information on how to get involved.


Parade, market, craft show and more coming up next weekend

Only one week until Homegrown Productions holiday variety show “Christmas in St. Johns” opens at the Wilson Center Auditorium on December 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. both evenings.

Join them for seasonal music and holiday humor from familiar faces you’ve seen in other Homegrown Productions variety shows and community theatre plays.

The St Johns Peppermint Parade on December 3rd in downtown St Johns at 6:30 p.m.

At the end of the parade, Little Miss Mint Mackenzie Colley will light the community tree; the Mayor will give the key to the city to Saint Nicholas and read a proclamation for the 2021 Honorary Saint of the Year Jenny McCampbell. Join us at the parade on December 3rd and the first ever Holiday Market on December 4th starting at 12 noon and going until 5:00 pm! There will be over 50 vendors and stores open for shopping. Live Sugar Plum fairies dancing, a Live Nativity, visits with St Nick and more. Come down and say thank you to Jenny and join in the festivities.

Plan to do your Christmas shopping at the 18th Annual Christmas Festival Craft Show scheduled for Saturday, December 4. The event, sponsored by the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at the Clinton County RESA building at 1013 S US 27 across from McDonalds in St. Johns from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 90 craft booths will sell homemade items such as pillows, quilts, jewelry, wood items, toys, flower arrangements and more. There will also be baked goods, honey and maple syrup, candy and many other food items.

Bring the kids from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. so that they can play free games and make free crafts. All kids entering the Kids Corner will receive a small treat bag.


Rodney B. Wilson High School Collage photos update

After the sale of the former Rodney B. Wilson High School/Junior High School building, the Clinton County Historical Society was fortunate to obtain the framed collage photos from the graduating classes of 1925, 1941, 1945-1967, that had been hanging along the hallways for so many years.

Central School was the high school before RBW was built for the 1925 graduating class. They also have the whole school photo from 1921 taken at Central School.

The frames are well worn and of the many individual photos they contain, fewer than five are missing.

It has been decided to make these accessible to the community, and CCHS has had them digitized. For a donation you can obtain a digital file to use as you wish. A print would make a great placemat at a reunion.

To obtain a file, you will need to contact CCHS to arrange the file transfer. Contact the Museum at pgsmuseum.com, or 989.292.9096 or the Archives at petersj@msu.edu.


There’s still time to donate to Toys for Tots

Donations to Toys for Tots can be dropped off anytime at Santa’s Remote Workshop. In November Top Elves will be available on November 30 from 10:00 a.m. until Noon.

The Voice for Clinton County’s Children is excited once again to host Clinton County’s Toys for Tots. Santa’s Remote Workshop will again be located at 306 N. Elm Street in St. Johns.

Beginning November 1, 2021 families can request help on the website, VoiceForClintonCountyChildren.org.

Toy pick up will begin Tuesday, December 7 and will be held the Tuesdays and Thursdays in December from Noon until 7:00 p.m. Elves will also be available during gift pick up in December.

Information for families needing help and donors is available on their Facebook page and on the website VoiceForClintonCountyChildren.org.


Fill Up A Cop Car is December 11

On Saturday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Law Enforcement officers throughout Clinton County will be asking for your help. The goal is to Fill The 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 don’t have the ability to help directly.

By filling their 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 in need. The back seats of the patrol vehicles are usually used to transport people that have run afoul of the law. Help us put them 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
– On Herbison Road near the south DeWitt Meijer driveway A fire truck and police vehicles will be parked in the Herbison Road cul-de-sac

All food collected at these locations will be donated to local food banks in Clinton County. 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.


Santa and Winter Market coming to IQhub December 7

Santa visits the IQhub on Tuesday, December 7 during the Indoor Winter Market. Bring your own camera and snap some pics of the rustic, barn wood themed Santa display. Suggested donation to the museum: $5.00 per child.

Join folks at the IQhub on December 7 from 3 – 8 p.m. for a night of shopping while supporting local sellers of handmade crafts and artisan goods.

The IQhub is located in the Agroliquid headquarters at 1130 S. DeWitt Road just west of St. Johns.