Hart, Silver Lake area holiday events

HART – The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Gales Agency and Shelby State Bank Hometown Christmas. Several events will be taking place in the Hart, Mears and Silver Lake areas starting Friday.


Title Sponsors: Gales Agency and Shelby State Bank


Gold Sponsors: Lakeside Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Bronze Sponsors: Adams Heating & Cooling, Advanced Land Title Agency, Inc / Prince & Monton, PLC, Coldwell Banker Anchor Real Estate, Excel Propane Company, Gales Foodliner, Inc, Hallack Contracting, Mac Woods Dune Rides, NAPA Auto Parts, Oceana Eye Care, Schooners Island Bar & Grill, Sierra Sands Family Lodge, Todd Greiner Farms, West Shore Pharmacy.

Made in Michigan & Holiday Market

Friday: 2 to 9 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: 28 S. State Street, Hart, Michigan 49420

Hosted by: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber of Commerce

Shop local stores and restaurants and the second annual Made in Michigan & Holiday Market this holiday season. At the Market vendors will feature many items for the family from fishing rods, wreaths, and wood work to food, t-shirts and books; everything is Made in Michigan. The Market hours are: Friday Nov 29 from 2 to 9 p.m., Saturday November 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, December 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Made in Michigan & Holiday Market is the indoor location for Santa’s visits if it is too cold for him at Hart Commons.

Christmas Parade

Start: 6:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, November 29, 2013

Line-up at 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at Hart Public Schools

Stores will be open before and after. The City of Hart will be decorated with music, bands, floats, horses and more, plus Santa will be there.

Parade Route: Hart Public Schools to Johnson Street, to State Street, to West Main, to Water Street, to Johnson Street to Hart Public Schools.

If you want to be in the parade, contact the chamber of commerce or register the day of the event as you line-up. Application is found online at www.thinkdunes.com community calendar under Home for the Holidays event. The cost is free. To join just sign the waiver agreeing to the rules, see application for details (e.g., lighted entry, no throwing candy or items from moving vehicle, fire extinguisher in/on lighted entry)

Line up order is based on arrival time. City officials, Hart Marching Band and Home for the Holidays event sponsors will lead the parade, therefore line-up upon arrival by entering the schools parking lots from 72 Avenue. Santa will be the last entry and he will visit with the kids at Hart Commons.

Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony

After Parade

Location: Hart Commons

After the parade, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Hart Commons will take place. Santa will light the Christmas tree. The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Youth Advisory Council will be carolers and sing a few favorite holiday songs. After the ceremony Santa will be available to visit with the kids.

Hay Rides with Horses

After Parade to 9:30 p.m.

Date: Friday, November 29, 2013

Pick Up/Drop Off: 39 S. State Street – Wellness Center

Wagon ride pulled by a team of horses around Historic Downtown Hart. Provided this year by Lakeside Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Wellness Center and Lakeside Family Fitness & Wellness Center. It will comfortably seat 20 people. Horses and wagon provided by Grace Adventures.

Catch a ride after the parade in front of Lakeside Family Fitness & Wellness Center.

Ride route loops through downtown Hart to enjoy the decorations and excitement.

Sponsored by Lakeside Comprehensive Rehabilitation & Wellness Center, Inc and Lakeside Family Fitness & Wellness Center, Inc.

Visit with SANTA CLAUS

Location: Hart Commons


Friday, November 29 – After 6:30 p.m. parade

Saturday, November 30 – Noon

Sunday, December 1 – 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 7 – Noon

Location: Made in Michigan & Holiday Market

Friday, November 29 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 30 at 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m.

If it is warm enough for the children and Santa, Santa will be at Hart Commons for one hour and then Santa will walk to the Made in Michigan & Holiday Market. Upon arrival at the Market, Santa will join in on the Storybook Village Story-time for the first 15 minutes of his time. The remaining hour he’ll visit with children.

If it is too cold at Hart Commons, then Santa will visit with children at the Made in Michigan & Holiday Market.

To request your child’s Naughty or Nice Certificate or Letter from Santa or arrange a Santa visit, call 231-327-9389 or email santasoffice25@yahoo.com

Delivery of Candy Canes provided by Gale’s IGA Foodline, Inc for Santa and for the kids.

Donut holes provided by Dan Morat’s Corner Bakery in Hart to parents at Hart Commons.

Storybook Village Storytime w/puppets

Date & Times:

Friday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 29 at 8 p.m. with Santa

Saturday, November 30 at Noon

Saturday, November 30 at 1 p.m. with Santa

Saturday, November 30 at 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 1 at Noon

Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m. with Santa

Location: 28 S State Street, Hart Michigan 49420

Storybook Village puppets and Michigan-authored stories featured.  Kid participation with the puppets will be part of the fun. Featured stories include: “The Stranger in the Woods” by Carl Sams and Jean Stoick and “A Wish to be a Christmas Tree” by Colleen Monroe and illustrated by Michael Glenn Monroe. Storybook Village will have a sponsorship booth with Michigan books for kids and they make great holiday gifts.

For more details, contact Barbara Sims, Storybook Village, at 231-690-3120.

Toys for Tots Drop off Location at Made in Michigan & Holiday Market

Location: 29 S. State Street, Hart, Michigan 49420

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program will have a drop off location at the Made in Michigan & Holiday Market. They have center booth at the Market. Drop off your donation during Market hours.

Donate $10 or more toy receive a Toys for Tots Warrior Coin. Cash donations by check, made out to “Toys for Tots”. Donate cash by check. For donation check $250 or less your check is your receipt for the donation. For donation check for more than $250 you’ll receive a letter from Toy for Toys Foundation for tax purposes.

Small Business Saturday

Friday & Saturday, Nov 29 through December 21

Location: Downtown Hart, Michigan

Shop Small” in downtown Hart and win big. This year’s Small Business Saturday event will last for four weeks: between the dates of Friday, November 29 and Saturday, December 21.

Pick up a small business supporter card at a participating downtown Hart merchant. Shop or dine five times at participating locations and get your card punched. Enter your card into a card collector at a participating location for a chance to win!

The Prizes are: $300 first prize, $150 second prize, and $50 third prize, all in the form of “Hart Bucks”, redeemable only at participating locations. Visit “Downtown Hart Small Business Saturdays” Facebook page for an updated list of participating retailers and restaurants!

Contact Ingrid Pearson, Hart Main Street, 231-301-8449 for more details.

Holiday Book Sale – Hart Area Public Library

Location: Hart Area Public Library, 415 State Street, Hart, Michigan 49420

Date: November 30, 2013

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Todd Greiner Farms – Open House

Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Todd Greiner Farms, 2542 N. 128th Avenue, Hart, Mi 49420


Applewood Grille – Craft & Gift Sale

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Time: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Location: Applewood Grille – 3666 Scenic Drive, Stoney Lake, Michigan

Come to shop and stay for lunch.

Space available for crafters. Please contact Jeanne Hallack at 231-873-5762 or 231-259-5030.

Business Celebrations & Holiday Open Houses

As the holidays approaches, the Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber of Commerce will keep you posted on business celebrations and holiday activities. Visit www.ThinkDunes.com Community Calendar and/or Like our Think Community Mi Facebook Page. We will keep you posted!

The Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber of Commerce hopes you and your family and friends have a great holiday season and happy new year!

Silver Lake – Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 30

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Sands Restaurant, 8448 Hazel Road, Mears, MI 49436

Call Mike Cook for more information at 231-301-5440.

Sponsored by: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Apple & BBQ Cook-off Festival, The Sands Restaurant, The Sand Box/BlueWater Swimwear, Silver Point General Store, Cooks Marine.

Contact Terry Sharpe for more details and event flyer, terri@SilverLakeSandbox.com

Toys for Tots Drop off Location at Double JJ Ranch

Double JJ Ranch is offering a $5.00 Water Park Coupon/Pass for everyone who brings in a $5 or more toy for Toys For Tots at their Water Park on Fridays, December 6 and 13 from 4 to 9 p.m. and Sundays, December 8 and 15 at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applewood Grille Presents… Chef’s Choice Dinner

Friday, December 6, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Applewood Grille, 3666 Scenic Drive, Stony Lake, Michigan 49455

Four course meal is kept secret until the night of the event. The cost is $20 and includes all four courses as well as wines chosen to compliment the flavors of each course. There is a vegetarian option available upon request.

Seating is limited. Reservations are required, call 231-259-5303 for reservations and for further details. Please note that tax and gratuity are not included in the $20 and would be extra.

Hansen Foods – Christmas Open House

Saturday, December 7

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Hanson Foods, 3750 Polk Road, Hart, Michigan 49420

Oceana Singers Christmas Concert

Date: Sunday, December 15, 2013

Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Congregational Church, 51 E Third Street, Shelby, Michigan 49455

Also being featured is the Shelby Congregational Bell Choir.

Freewill Offering will be collected during the concert.

Contact Marcia Thatcher at 231-873-1059 for more details.

Festival of Lights Weekend

November 30th at 5pm

Pentwater, Michigan

Santa arrives in a Pentwater fire truck. There will be a tree lighting, Christmas decorating contests for businesses, merchant open houses, carolers, free horse drawn carriage rides, Christmas menus and specials, and more.

5K Turkey Trot

November 28th – 8:30 to 9 a.m. register and go

Pentwater Public Boat Launch – Lake Street

L.A.S.S.I. is hosting a Thanksgiving Fun Run-Walk

Optional One Mile Course

5K marked course through Pentwater. Race ends at Constable’s Cottage (301 E. 6th Street). Refreshments for people and pets.

Donation $10 per person – pets free

No timing. No prizes. No turkeys.

Proceeds Support L.A.S.S.I

For more information contact Anna Mize 231-923-6563 or e-mail: anna.mize@charter.net

Merchant Open Houses

November 30and December 1

Downtown Pentwater

Open houses for the merchants with refreshments, food, and in store specials.  

Area Churches



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