2009-11-08 / News

Candlelight Walk lights up Chesaning streets

Annual holiday event returns Nov. 27-28

DOWNTOWN DÉCOR – Sandy Kinsey of Stoddard Mobile Court & Sales (top), wrapped garland around the streetlights along the downtown area on Friday afternoon and changed banners for the holidays. He was assisted by Mark Russell and Jenna Mongeon of Farm Bureau Insurance, as well as Randy Stoddard (not pictured) also of Stoddard Mobile Court & Sales. DOWNTOWN DÉCOR – Sandy Kinsey of Stoddard Mobile Court & Sales (top), wrapped garland around the streetlights along the downtown area on Friday afternoon and changed banners for the holidays. He was assisted by Mark Russell and Jenna Mongeon of Farm Bureau Insurance, as well as Randy Stoddard (not pictured) also of Stoddard Mobile Court & Sales. CHESANING -- Make plans to visit Chesaning during Thanksgiving Weekend for some family fun -- including free horse-drawn carriage rides -- and get in the holiday spirit in the glow of thousands of candles and tiny twinkling lights during the annual Candlelight Walk on Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28.

New this year is “Light Magic in Our Village.” The only way to describe it is unusual, whimsical and fun -- the kind of thing that has to be seen to be believed.

“You will walk among a crazy assortment of vehicles and objects parked in downtown Chesaning on traffic-free Broad Street -- trucks, farm implements, boats, whatever -- if they can get it into town, they can enter it in the contest as long as it is decorated for the season,” said Candlelight Walk chairperson Bobbi Bates.

Once again the Peet Community Center will house the Festival of Trees, where visitors can find a fantasy of decorated Christmas trees, wreaths and gift items all waiting to be raffled. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be at the Peet Center to listen to children’s wishes.

Take part in the Chamber of Commerce sponsored Candlelight Gift Walk promotion and maybe win a chamber gift certificate or a gift prize.

On the boulevard, area churches will be setting up outdoor nativity scenes to help strollers get into the holiday season.

The Chesaning Area Historical Society will host a special museum display, and is also sponsoring a Word Hunt Fun Contest. Visitors can search out the words in various local businesses, and the winner will take home a Netbook. Word searchers must be 18 years or older.

Gingerbread houses decorated by elementary school students will be on display in various downtown businesses. Other activities include arts and crafts shows at the high school and middle school and at Our Lady Parish Hall, roasted chestnuts, live skits by the Chesaning Area Performing Arts and live holiday music by the Brady Wesleyan Church Praise Team.

Beginning the same weekend, Santa’s Village at the North Pole USA, the destination of the North Pole Express, the Pere Marquette 1225 steam locomotive out of Owosso, will run through the weekends leading up to Christmas. Santa’s Village, held at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds in Chesaning, features a model train display, Santa, a food court, carnival rides, Kris Kringle’s Market and holiday entertainment. Children’s rides and activities are included in an admission fee. For more information, contact the Saginaw Fair Office at (989) 845-2143 or check them out on the web at www.saginawcountyfair.o rg.

Call the Chesaning Chamber of Commerce for a complete list of activities for the Christmas Candlelight Walk Nov. 28 and 29 at 800-255-3055 or visit the website at www.chesaningchamber. org.

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