McLaren Central Hospital Named Grand Marshal of Lighted Christmas Parade

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The staff and directors from McLaren Central Hospital will serve as grand marshal of the 2018 Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director shared, “This year’s Christmas Celebration marks two milestones, McLaren Central commemorating 75 years as Mt. Pleasant’s community hospital, and the 25th anniversary of Mt. Pleasant’s Christmas Celebration.”  She continued, “Since 2004 a local organization who has given so much to our community throughout the year, is honored in this special way at the popular lighted parade.”

Previous grand marshals include:

  • 2017       Max and Emily’s People Helping People Program
  • 2016       Central Michigan University (125th anniversary)
  • 2015       PEAK program
  • 2014       Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation (25th anniversary)
  • 2013       United Way of Isabella County
  • 2012       Goodrow Fund
  • 2011       Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • 2010       Chippewa River District Library
  • 2009       Toys for Tots
  • 2008       Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • 2007       Hospice of Central Michigan
  • 2006       Child and Family Enrichment (CAFÉ)
  • 2005       Isabella Community Soup Kitchen
  • 2004       Friends of the Broadway
  • 2003       Mr. and Mrs. Sheehan

Martin Tursky, McLaren Central President & CEO stated, “It is an honor to be selected as the grand marshal for this year’s event.  We look forward to the festival and celebrating with the community in December.”

The Lighted Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. in downtown Mt. Pleasant, and is one of several events taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 for the 25th 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.

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.

 

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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Tim Brockman

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.