Cass Christmas a hit

Published 9:39 pm Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Carolers at the first community-wide Christmas in Cassopolis Dec. 3

More than 100 residents turned out for the inaugural tree-lighting celebration at the Log Cabin on Stone Lake Dec. 3.
The event started with 20 or so residents on a truck-drawn wagon draped with Christmas lights, caroling throughout the village.
Songs of good cheer brought smiles to many as they looked out their doors and windows to enjoy the sweet melody of the carolers.
By 6 p.m. they were back at the Log Cabin greeted by more than 100 residents warming themselves with hot chocolate and a bonfire.
Children had an opportunity to talk with Santa Claus and to share their Christmas wishes.
Cynthia Benson, music teacher for middle and junior high, gathered her students from the middle school and they sang Christmas carols to all.
The crowd even joined in on some of the songs.
There were several testimonies by young and old on why they enjoyed being a resident of Cassopolis, “with  friends and family” being the most common comment. The event finale was the lighting of the Christmas tree and hanging of ornaments brought by residents.
The Christmas tree star is a “Ranger” die cut by K&M Tools.
If you missed this year’s event put it on your calendar for next year. It will be the first Saturday in December. Next year’s event is expected to be bigger and better.
This event was possible due to volunteers and contributions from members of the community.
The following gave their time, energy and effort to make this event a success, in particular, but not limited to:
• K & M Machine-Fabricating Inc. made free of charge, the steel cut Ranger on top of the tree.
• The Cassopolis Fire Department volunteered to make and maintain the bonfire and for trailing the wagon with the carolers.
• The Cassopolis Police Department, led by Chief Frank Williams, controlled traffic and maintained a safe environment
• The Department of Public Works Department, led by Ron Bass, decorated the Log Cabin area and hung the lights on the tree.
• Grimes Tree Service assisted with placing the star on the tree.
• Fedore Large Animal Vet Services lent its wagon to decorate the park.
• Lenell Smith, our local building inspector, volunteered and secured the caroling wagon, assisted with decorating the wagon and pulled the carolers through town.
• Teachers Cynthia Benson and Felomina Patton directed the carolers.
• Don Evans served as Santa Claus.
• Harold Nelson assisted with the tree topper.
• Officer McGrew designed the star for the tree topper.
• Tastee Twirl offered its tables for use at the Log Cabin during the event.
• Village of Cassopolis trustees took the time, above and beyond, to organize and put on this first-time event.
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