Christmas in a small town

Posted on December 10, 2011

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The Village of Central Lake is tucked into a valley in Antrim County, Michigan. Farms and orchards spread over the rolling hills that rise above it.  During the summer visitors fill the cabins and campgrounds along its Chain of Lakes. The people have staying power. A fourth generation has just taken over at Bachmann’s. The Inn is refurbished and open once more. The high school girls basketball team is a powerhouse. People get married at the 127-year-old First Congregational Church and buried from Mortensen’s Funeral Home. The cemetery is dotted with the graves of Civil War veterans and homesteaders and their descendants. And every year the little downtown is full of families enjoying Window Night.

First we admire the shop windows.

Window Night - Treasure Chest

Window Night - The Beauty Bar

Window Night - Alden Bank and Auto Care

Window Night - Central Foods

Then we head for the excellent treats . . .

There’s a bake sale at the Masonic Hall–the Lionesses made truffles and decorated cookies this year. Adams Madams put on a spread, the Treasure Chest had handmade candies and coffee, and there was free hot chocolate on the corner.

Heading into the Masonic Hall for the bake sale

Customers sample sweet treats at the Treasure Chest

Joyce Turner unwraps treats at Adams Madams

. . . and excellent adventures.

The little kids line up to see Santa, and everybody lines up for rides on the fire trucks and the horse-drawn hay wagon.

We make Fashion Statements.

It is important to be dressed appropriately for these special occasions.

The window at Adams Madams, where dogs--and their owners--are always welcome

A good bus driver is always equipped with safety lighting

And oh yes, we manage to do a little shopping too.

With all that going on, it is still pleasant to stroll from shop to shop, selecting special presents for special people. That deserves a whole post of its own, and it shall have it.

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