3 Ways to Spark Holiday Cheer in Mt. Pleasant This Year

As fall leaves turn into winter flakes, bundle up, grab your friends and family, and head to downtown Mt. Pleasant! These upcoming events are guaranteed to warm your heart and spark holiday cheer throughout the community.

Christmas Celebration

From Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 2, visit downtown Mt. Pleasant to feel the holiday spirit at the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. A community tradition for 24 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, and hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with Santa and the lighted parade on Saturday.

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New this year, the parade will feature a contest with winners selected for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship” and “Most Holiday Spirit.” Among the winners, one will be named “Best in Show.” To be eligible, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 30, 2017. Find the parade application here.

For a list of activities throughout the two-day celebration and additional information, please visit the City’s blog here.

Santa’s House

Santa Claus is coming to Downtown Mt. Pleasant!  Visit Santa and the North Pole at Town Center, on the corner of Main and Broadway streets, this Holiday season.

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Bring your letters to the bright red mailbox and make sure Santa hears your Christmas wishes. Listen to Holiday music and have the yearly conversation with the big guy, himself. Santa Claus is available for free visits through Christmas, and photos are welcome.

When will you be making your way to the North Pole?

Santa’s Hours 2017
Friday, Dec. 1 ~ 5 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2 ~ 3-9:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 15 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 16 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 17 ~ 12-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 22 ~ 5-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 23 ~ 12-4 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 24 ~ Off to Deliver Toys!

25 Days of Christmas

Dec. 1 isn’t just day one of the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration, it’s also the first of the 25 Days of Christmas downtownThroughout the month of December, this holiday calendar will bring special attention to each day leading up to Dec. 25.

You’ll have dozens of reasons to #makedowntownyourdestination this holiday season as you’re welcomed with lively decorations, holiday-themed activities, and can’t miss promotions. The Christmas Tree at Town Center, Holiday Light Curtains and lit trees along the sidewalk set the stage to brighten even the chilliest of days.

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With confirmed participants, including the gang at the Bird Bar & Grill, the Broadway Theater, Guys and Dolls Photography, and Art Reach, local businesses will continue to release promotions and activities from now through Dec. 25.

For all of the “25 Days of Christmas” details, click here!

 

Volunteers needed for Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration

Volunteers are still needed for the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration downtown Mt. Pleasant this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. Several opportunities are available, including assisting with parade safety and Santa’s house.

To sign up, contact Special Event Coordinator Melinda Salchert at (989) 779-5349 or msalchert@mt-pleasant.org, or Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org.

 

Shop downtown Mt. Pleasant Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday

Shop local on Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday. Launched in 2010, this annual event encourages people across the country to celebrate and support small, neighborhood businesses and all they do for their communities.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are more than 866,000 small businesses in operation across Michigan, and in recent years, nearly 50 percent of employees throughout the state were working for a small business. Furthermore, shopping locally ensures that sales taxes are reinvested back into the local economy.

“Spending your dollars locally fosters the growth of existing and new businesses. Small Business Saturday is a great opportunity to support the community we love,” said Melinda Salchert, special event coordinator for the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Small Business Saturday freebies will be available to those who shop early! For more information about Small Business Saturday, visit the Facebook event page.

Looking for more reasons to shop locally? Read more here!

Feel the holiday spirit at the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Dec. 1-2

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From Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 2, visit downtown Mt. Pleasant to feel the holiday spirit at the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. A community tradition for 24 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family, including a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday, and hot-off-the-griddle pancakes with Santa and the lighted parade on Saturday.

New this year, the parade will feature a contest with winners selected for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship” and “Most Holiday Spirit.” Among the winners, one will be named Best in Show. To be eligible, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 30, 2017. Find the parade application here.

Activities throughout the two-day celebration are listed below in order of date and start time. For the latest updates, visit www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Friday, Dec. 1

  • Old-fashioned hayride to see the neighborhood Christmas lights – 4 to 8 p.m. at corner of University and Broadway
  • Visit with Santa and his reindeer – 5 to 9 p.m. at Town Center
  • Tuba Quartet performance – 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway)
  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas” LIVE performance – 6 p.m. show and 8 p.m. show at the Broadway Theatre (216 E. Broadway). Tickets are $8 at the door.
  • Christmas Carols with Mt. Pleasant High School Choir – 6 to 8 p.m. at Pleasant City Coffee (205 W. Broadway)
  • Community Christmas Sing-Along – 6 p.m. at Town Center
  • Suzuki Music Studio of Mt. Pleasant performance – 6 p.m. at Mercantile Bank (102 S. Main)
  • Flutiques performance – 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Isabella Bank (139 E. Broadway)
  • Genesis Bell Choir – 7 to 7:30 p.m. at Isabella Bank (139 E. Broadway)
  • Fish-n-Chips performance at 7 p.m. at Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway)
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony with Mayor Kathy Ling – 7 p.m. at Town Center
  • Warming Stations:
    • Isabella Community Credit Union (102 E. Broadway) 5 to 6 p.m.
    • Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway) 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Foster Closet of Michigan/Carousel Corn (225 S. Main) 6 to 8 p.m.
    • Gray’s Furniture (222 E. Broadway) 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 2

  • Pleasant Road Runners’ Jingle All the Way 5K – 8:30 a.m. at Max & Emily’s (125 E. Broadway St.) Registration can be found here.
  • All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast with Santa and his reindeer – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall (302 S. Kinney)
    • Cost: $7 per person, $5 for children age four and under
  • Candy Cane Lane crafts with City of Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Library (301 S. University Ave.)
  • Holiday performance by Off Broadway Dance Studio – 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish Hall
  • “The Polar Express” movie showing – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Library (301 S. University Ave.)
  • Santa’s Workshop make-and-take crafts – 1 to 3 p.m. at two locations:
    • Cookie Decorating at Max & Emily’s (125 E. Broadway St.)
    • Crafts at Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway St.)
  • Visits with Santa and his reindeer – 3 to 9:30 p.m. at Town Center (except during parade)
  • Old-fashioned hayride to see the neighborhood Christmas lights – 4 to 8 p.m. at corner of University and Broadway (except during parade)
  • 2017 Lighted Parade with People Helping People team as grand marshal – 6 p.m. start at First United Methodist Church on Main.
  • Christmas JAZZ! – 6 to 8 p.m. at Pleasant City Coffee (205 W. Broadway St.)
  • “A Charlie Brown Christmas” LIVE performance – 6 p.m. show and 8 p.m. show at the Broadway Theatre (216 E. Broadway). Tickets are $8 at the door.
  • Warming Stations:
    • Art Reach of Mid Michigan (111 E. Broadway) 4 to 8 p.m.
    • Foster Closet of Michigan/Carousel Corn (225 S. Main) 4 to 8 p.m.
    • Gray’s Furniture (222 E. Broadway) 4 to 8 p.m.
    • First United Methodist Church (400 S. Main) 5 to 8 p.m.

Those interested in volunteering for this event may email Melinda Salchert, special event coordinator, at msalchert@mt-pleasant.org.

In memory of Tim Brockman, People Helping People team named grand marshal of Lighted Christmas Parade

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The People Helping People team from Max & Emily’s Eatery will serve as grand marshal of the 2017 Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2. Founded by the late Tim Brockman, the People Helping People program serves a free meal to those in need every Sunday. Brockman’s family will lead the parade in his memory.

People Helping People began in 2015 when Brockman learned that many of the area’s hunger relief programs were not available on Sundays. “Tim believed that no one in our community should ever go hungry, and when the idea of People Helping People came to him, he acted immediately,” said Chris “Elmo” Walton, owner of Max & Emily’s Eatery. “After a few weeks of the program, Tim and the staff started to create relationships with the program’s recipients. Smiles became hugs, faces became names, and stories were told on how his vision was positively impacting their lives.”

Funded by Max & Emily’s and community donations, the program remains strong and serves approximately 85 people each Sunday.

“Tim would be honored that this wonderful People Helping People program is being recognized in this year’s parade, and afterwards, he would challenge those in attendance to go out and do the right thing for someone else,” said Walton. “Doing the right thing is one of the many lessons Tim Brockman will continue to teach us long after his passing.”

The Lighted Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. downtown Mt. Pleasant, and is one of several events taking place Dec. 1-2 for the annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. Additional activities include a community sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday night; and a pancake breakfast and visits with Santa on Saturday. For details, go to www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Nov. 11 is “Ladies’ Night Out” downtown Mt. Pleasant

Saturday, Nov. 11 is the 13th annual Ladies’ Night Out downtown Mt. Pleasant. This year’s event will feature fantastic shopping opportunities and giveaways for women while benefiting two local women’s organizations – the Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Aid Service.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Broadway Theatre downtown. With a $5 donation at the door, ladies will enter the theatre for an exciting raffle for fun and tasty prizes provided by many local businesses. Once the giveaways are gone, ladies can visit participating downtown businesses to take part in the countless in-store giveaways, promotions and specials.

A number of area businesses, including Herbs Etc. and Mt. Pleasant Hot Yoga, are also offering deals and discounts known as “Early Girl Specials” throughout the entire day.

Over the last 13 years, the Ladies’ Night Out event has raised more than $22,800 for the Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Aid Service.

The Women’s Initiative Fund, initiated by the Mt. Pleasant Community Foundation, provides for the needs of women and girls in Isabella County by granting funds to local organizations that combat the issues more commonly faced by women, including single parenting, abuse, eating disorders and more. The Women’s Aid Service provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention for domestic violence victims, as well as counseling services and support groups for victims of violence. For more information about these organizations, visit their Web sites at www.mpacf.org and www.womens-aid.org.

See the list of participating businesses and the available specials as they are announced on the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook page!

 

Annual Downtown Mt. Pleasant Open House scheduled for Sept. 29-30

Residents and visitors are invited to the third annual Fall Open House downtown Mt. Pleasant for a weekend full of festivities! On Sept. 29 and 30, several downtown businesses will offer customers samples, specials and great coupons for future deals from local retailers, restaurants and eateries.

The following businesses will have a unique offering during the Fall Open House: Art Reach of Mid Michigan, GreenTree Co-op, Trillium, Pure Vitality, Basketree, Le Fleur Boutique, Headliners Salon, Pleasant City Coffee, Motorless Motion, Redbloom Yoga, and Gray’s Furniture & Accessories. Specific details about these offerings can be found on each business’s respective website and social media pages.

For additional information, visit https://www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Downtown Mt. Pleasant is centrally located in the city of Mt. Pleasant and is bordered by the picturesque Chippewa River.  Two of Mt. Pleasant’s most scenic parks, Island Park and Nelson Park, are also located downtown offering a local trail system with a variety of nature trails and cycling paths. Downtown Mt. Pleasant boasts over 135 businesses that include remarkable specialty shops, art galleries, excellent and eclectic dining establishments, bars and bistros . . . you’ll find “big city” amenities with small-town service and charm.

Located just a few blocks north of Central Michigan University’s campus and 3 miles directly west of the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, downtown Mt. Pleasant has all you’re looking for and more!

 

‘Super Soaker Festivus’ to take place tonight at Island Park

Untitled design (12).pngThe “Super Soaker Festivus” community water gun fight will take place tonight at Island Park. The event will officially start at 6:30 p.m., but participants may arrive beginning at 6 p.m.

Bring water blasters, soakers and cannons to this family-fun event! Large buckets of water will be available for refueling. Plus, four lucky participants will win a Super Aqua Blaster Soaker 1500!

Presented by Downtown Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Community Credit Union and WCFX, the “Super Soaker Festivus” is the final event of the City’s Thrilling Thursdays series.

For additional information, visit the event page at www.facebook.com/downtownmp or contact Special Event Coordinator Melinda Salchert at (989) 779-5349 or msalchert@mt-pleasant.org.

2017 pavement marking project to begin Monday; City parking lots downtown closed Aug. 13

City parking lots downtown Mt. Pleasant will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 13 for the application of new pavement markings. Six of these lots will be marked for additional ADA accessible parking spaces.

Between Aug. 7 and 18, pavement markings will also be repainted on 14 streets, as well as on 39 crosswalks and intersections.

Questions may be directed to Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at msponseller@mt-pleasant.org or (989) 779-5348.

Outdoor film series scheduled for Saturdays in August

Over the weekend, Mt. Pleasant area families brought chairs, blankets and snacks, and settled in on the lawn outside of City Hall for the showing of “Zootopia,” the first film in this year’s Movies by Moonlight event series.

Movies by Moonlight will continue on Saturdays in August outside of City Hall (320 W. Broadway). All showings begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk.

  • Aug. 12: “Lego Batman” (PG) Sponsored by Mercantile Bank
  • Aug. 19: “Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) Sponsored by Krapohl Ford
  • Aug. 26: “Finding Dory” (PG) Sponsored by Isabella Bank

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The “Movies by Moonlight” event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

To learn more, see the event section of the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtownmp/events.